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Top 100 Social Media Cheat Sheet for Business

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Social marketing is on the rise and it’s here to stay. Are you still trying to figure out how to leverage social media for your business? You can start by learning the language with definitions from the marketing glossary, and then use this cheat sheet as a reference for most commonly used tools.

A few months ago a cheat sheet was introduced as a tool to help marketers get organized with Web 2.0 and social media marketing. Many new services have emerged since then. Therefore, several of those respective web sites have been added to this page as a quick reference linking to 100 free social marketing resources and online directories.

Bookmark this page or add it to your favorite places for quick and easy access to several of the top services by category. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, and some of these sites may not be the top choices internationally. However, it is a valuable resource for leveraging many of the top networks in the U.S., and can help you gain some international exposure as well.

Basic services must be free to qualify for inclusion on the top 100 list below. For your convenience, each title is linked directly to the respective site’s home page. I hope you will find this to be a helpful resource for your business. Feel free to connect with me (DeMartine) on LinkedIn if you would like to share other resources that are available online.

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Free Social Media Resources (Top 100)

Aggregation Tools (5):  Bloglines, FriendFeed, Lifestream.fm, Lijit, YouBundle

Blogs (7):  Blog.com, Blogger, Livejournal, Posterous, Tumblr, Typepad, WordPress

Blog Directories (10):  Blogapedia, Blogarama, BlogCatalog, Blogdirs, Blog Flux, BloghubBlog Listing, Blogtoplist, BritBlog, Technorati

Bookmarks (12):  Delicious, Digg, Diigo, FarkMixx, MyBlogLog, Newsvine, Propeller, Reddit, Slashdot, StumbleUponYahoo! Buzz

Comment Systems (2):  DISQUS, IntenseDebate

Free Directory Listings (25):  Akama, Bateekh, BizHWY, Cardboard, CrunchBase, DMOZ, EVliving, GetFreeListing, Google Local, IllumiRate, Jayde, Jigsaw, Librarians’ Internet Index, Little Web Directory, Manta, MerchantCircleNextMark, Simple DirectorySpoke, SuperPages, Tradevibes, TurnPike, WebBuyersGuide, Web World, Yahoo! Local

Marketing Trends (2):  Google Trends, Universe Trends

Name Checks (2):  Namechk, Usernamecheck

Post Documents (3):  eHow, Google Docs, Scribd

Post Presentations (3):  AuthorSTREAM, Myplick, Slideshare

Post Videos (2):  Vimeo, YouTube

Press Releases: (4):  i-Newswire, PR.com, PressReleasePoint, PRLog.org

Publish Articles (5):  ArticleDashboardArticles FACTORY, Ezinearticles, IdeaMarketers, Yahoo Articles Group

Social Networks (8):  Biznik, Crowdvine, Facebook, LinkedIn, Ning, NowPublic, Plaxo, Viadeo

Twitter Tools (5):  GraderPing, TweetDeck, TweetLater, Twitter

URL Shorteners (4):  bit.lydoiop, memurl, TinyURL

Wikis (3):  Pbwiki, Wetpaint, Wikipedia

Tip:  Since PageRank is important to your exposure on the Google search engine results page (SERP), you may want to check out the page rank for each of these services as well. That can be done for free online by using the PageRank Checker (higher = better).

Tip:  adding your blog to the directories can improve your search rankings and exposure; the same is true for your web site and your business. That’s the reason for including 35 directory listings (25 free directory listings + 10 blog directories) in the top 100. You only need to do it once, so take advantage of them.

Question:  Web 3.0 is to  ?   as Web 2.0 is to social media…

Your feedback is welcome!

 

Social Media Cheat Sheet

Monday, May 4th, 2009

This cheat sheet has been revised. Please click Social Media Cheat Sheet for the updated version.

Are you spending too much time trying to figure out how to leverage social media for your business? Maybe you are just waiting to see some quantitative results before diving in. You know there's value in doing it, but the perceived ROI doesn't look very good when senior management's time is at stake.

This marketing blog will help you get organized before you dive in. Just save this page to your favorite places for quick and easy access to the top services. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list since there are hundreds of social networking sites that may not be as effective for business. It is also important to note that the services listed below are most recognized in U.S. and may not be the top choices internationally. I hope you find this resource helpful.     

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Aggregation Tools: FriendFeed, Lifestream.fm, Lijit, Ping.fm, Socializr, Socialthing!

Blogs: Blogger, Typepad, WordPress

Bookmarks:  Delicious, Digg, Livejournal, Mixx, Newsvine, Propeller, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Technorati, Yahoo! Buzz

Free Business Listings:  BizHWY, Cardboard, Crunchbase, Jigsaw, MerchantCircle, NextMark, Tradvibes, and many more out there!

Post Documents:  Google Docs, Scribd

Post PowerPoint Presentations:  AuthorSTREAM, Google Docs, Myplick, Slideshare

Post Videos:  Vimeo, YouTube

Social Networks:  Crowdvine, Facebook, LinkedIn, Plaxo

Twitter Tools:  MyTweeple, TweetDeck, TweetLater, Twibes, Twitter

URL Shorteners:  bit.ly, budURL, Snurl, TinyURL, tr.im, Twurl

Wikis:  Pbwiki, Wetpaint, Wikipedia

Be careful which URL shortener you use as it may affect your future search rankings.

Your feedback is welcome, and encouraged, as to what works best for business. As NextMark's Director of Business Development, I've found LinkedIn and YouTube to produce the best marketing results.