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Do you use social networks such as Facebook, Digg and Twitter to help promote your website? I do. I use Digg, StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to help promote my site. Especially if we post a new article up on the main page I'll push it out to those sites. If it gets posted to facebook it automatically gets a copy on Twitter and vice versa. That just leaves the need to Digg the article and SU and Plus(+) 1 it. It seems to definitely help bring more guests to my site, just doesn't necessarily help increase registrations.

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Yes I know. That's precisely what I was talking about. However, also having an official Facebook page and such can help get you publicity. It's helped my site's traffic quite a bit and seems to be a great way to reach a more broader audience. I'd also recommend setting up a twitter account with the site's name and using that to post news bits pushed from the site or even if there's a good topic made on the forums here that may be of some followers/users interest.

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I have a page on Facebook and a twitter account for the site. They both bring in traffic but very few new members.

 

Just an FYI Creaky... I noticed a spelling error that you might want to fix. At the top of your site: Be apart of GadgetBit Should be "Be a part of GadgetBit" Means two different things ;)

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Yep, I do. I don't stumble/like/tweet every single post I write or anything, or even to every network when I do it, but I do put my best pieces out there. Then, I just hope other people stumble/like/etc either that post or other in between posts so it appears a little more natural.

 

Digg and Reddit are ones I never got into much, though. I hear they're really good for some people but I'm so overbooked that I don't feel like I have time to learn how best to use them to promote my content.

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I found quite a good response when I ran a competition. You do need quite a lot of followers though.

 

That's the problem. So how do you get people to follow you when your Twitter account isn't a personal one but a business account? I am guessing you need to be an accomplished business with a large customer base before Twitter will really start paying off. The ones I am following are companies I regularly buy products from and I am genuinely interested to hear news about how they are improving their business and what discounts they offer. When my hosting company went down for a couple of hours, the only way to get in touch with them was via Twitter, and they kept us updated in realtime. What kind of competition was it Talk Tech News? Did you advertise the competition anywhere else other than Twitter, or did the response come directly from Twitter itself?

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That's the problem. So how do you get people to follow you when your Twitter account isn't a personal one but a business account? I am guessing you need to be an accomplished business with a large customer base before Twitter will really start paying off. The ones I am following are companies I regularly buy products from and I am genuinely interested to hear news about how they are improving their business and what discounts they offer. When my hosting company went down for a couple of hours, the only way to get in touch with them was via Twitter, and they kept us updated in realtime. What kind of competition was it Talk Tech News? Did you advertise the competition anywhere else other than Twitter, or did the response come directly from Twitter itself?

 

I ran the competition by contacting people on my newsletter list and by sending it out on Twitter. I made it so people could only respond by twitter to see if I could 'make' people add me on twitter if they hand't yet. I got quite a few new contacts.

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I use twitter and facebook to get some traffic. I don't get a lot but its enough to keep me trying to get more with it.

The hard thing is to promote with twitter and facebook you have to have followers or likes and that's sometime hard to get. But you can always come to a big fanpage if you know what you are doing or to get a lot of followers ;)

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How did you get the initial bump to get people following/liking?

I have a like and "follow" button on my forum in the sidebar :)

 

I also don't tweet/post to FB everything that's posted on my forum, just really good topics and news articles, etc It's mostly stuff that's posted to our main webpage that gets pushed out to the social networks. :P

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