Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wednesday's Online Business Mistake-Too Much Spam

I can't believe it is Wednesday again! This month has gone so fast for us here with Christmas coming.  Today's mistake I would like to share is about too much spam.  In the beginning you read all about sharing your link everywhere.  You also see some sites that give you special code for sharing your link in forums.  I know that I see many people spamming their links all over social sites, forums, people's blogs and so many other places.  Some people really do not realize they are being obnoxious and hurting themselves.  I know I spammed a little in the beginning.  It is too easy to do when everybody tells you that you need to share your link and they do not tell you to be careful not to be too spammy.

In a forum, you should really only share your link in your signature.  Of course this does depend on the conversation and the forum.  Some discussions are started just to share your business with others.  But as a safe rule of thumb to avoid too much spam, you really should just include it in your signature.

When using social media, you should limit the amount of links you share in the day.  We all share links (some people share a lot of other people's content throughout the day) but you do not want to post too many links in a day.  This goes for any social media site including Twitter.

In blog comments, you should not add your link to the comment.  There is a place to add your link in the form and this will highlight your name adding the link to your name.  If you add your link to the body of your comment, your comment will probably be labeled as spam.

You should never email anybody your link without proper permission.  I do not use much email marketing so I am not really going to add much here.  If anybody has suggestions about email marketing effectively, you can leave a comment or contact me and we can see about a guest post.

These are the biggest places I see too much spam, and yes I was guilty of spamming a little bit in the beginning.  Not that I was meaning to and I did not go out of my way to spam people but I used to put my link in places that I really shouldn't have.

One thing I can recommend-when you see quality content or even something funny, share it on your social media sites.  Search engines and also your followers will be happy to see you sharing other people's content without being rewarded.  I share things that I find useful, funny or just a great read.

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