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Using Social Networking
to Promote your Website or Blog

When it comes to social networking, there are many people who think solely of online friendships or relationships. While this is the most common reason for using social networking, social networking is also very useful for promoting your website or blog.

You may be wondering how you can go about use social networking to promote your website or blog and you are not alone. A huge numbers of Internet users aren't even sure what social networking sites are or how they work.

Social networking websites are basically online communities. They give users an easy and pretty safe way to come together. Most social networking websites are designed specially to make it easier for you to search for and make contact with other Internet users, especially those users that you actually have something in common with. Examples of social networking sites are

  • MySpace - this is the most well known and popular social networking site.
  • Orkut - this is Google's version of social networking
  • Yahoo 360 - Yahoo's version of social networking linked to Yahoo IDs.
  • Squidoo - allows people to build their own "Lens" with information on whatever subject they are interested in.

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With a large number of social networking websites, including MySpace, having over a millions users, there is an excellent chance that you will not only make some new friends, but also find Internet users that are be interested in visiting your website, especially if your website is your personal website. When you join an online social networking community, you are normally given your own profile page. On this page you could not only describe yourself, your website. By mentioning what your personal online webpage is all about and providing a link, you should receive a number of new visitors.

Social networking websites can benefit all types of webmasters or blog owners, but in particular those who are looking to make money from their websites. If you have a website that is selling a product or a services, you may find it a little easier to use social networking sites to your advantage. The reason for this is that you can do product or service spotlights. Every week or every month, you could showcase one of your products or services. This could be done either on your profile page or on a blog page, which most social networking websites provide.

If you are using your online website to make money in other ways e.g. affiliate programs or Google Adsense, you will need to approach social networking websites in a slightly different way. You may not necessarily have a particular product or service to focus on, s you will need to approach these websites as if they were personal websites. If your website discusses being a cat owner, it may be a good idea to state your love for cats in your profile. After doing so, it would be quite acceptable and not necessarily considered as spam to add a link to your website. As with all other types of websites, social networking websites should help to increase the number of visitors that your website receives. In the majority of cases, more visitors means more money for you.

By joining some social networking websites, especially ones that are popular and have a large enough number of members, you should be able to generate a good bit of interest in your website or blog. That interest generated could turn into sales, making your social networking experience worthwhile.

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Further Reading...

- What is Social Networking?
- Things you Shouldn't Put in your Social Networking Profile
- Using Social Networking to Promote your Business
- Using Social Networking Sites - MySpace
- Free Traffic from Squidoo
- Squidoo Traffic Tips
- How to generate traffic on Squidoo using Articles

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