I think 2012 truly is the year that people start to really try and harness the power of social media promoting. I know a lot of people have been doing it for a few years, but every year needs a buzzword, or a ‘thing’, and 2012 is definitely social media pimping.
So everywhere you look people are desperately asking how they can increase their Facebook fan pages and Twitter accounts so they can do more business, it is all about the Likes and the Followers.
I saw several people recommending a website recently called AddMeFast and decided to check it out since I had a couple of hours to kill and fancied doing something productive.
Evolution of the Traffic Exchange
Are you old enough to remember the traffic exchange networks? These were networks where you would visit a website in the program in order to receive a visit to your website by someone else. Well AddMeFast is a social media equivalent, but with a bit of a twist.
AddMeFast gives you access to the potential to attract not only Facebook fans and Twitter followers (for these respective fan pages and Twitter accounts), but it also offers access to a host of other sites such as Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, SoundCloud, StumbleUpon and even normal old-fashioned websites.
For my experiment I decided to go with Facebook Likes for a fan page.
Points Win Likes
The whole thing runs on a points system and there are two ways to get points.
1. You Buy Them – If you don’t fancy spending time ‘liking’ other pages then you can just buy points, they offer a number of Packs starting from Pack #2 (there is no Pack #1) at $10 for 1500 points and ending with Pack #6 at $400 for 150,000 points.
2. You Earn Them – If you are not happy spending money, then you can simply do the free route and earn points by ‘liking’ pages, this might take a while, but it is good to do when you have time to spare.
In typical fashion I went with the free option. 😛
Setting Up Your Site
Before you start earning points you should set up the page you are going to be using. It is very simple, you just select what type it is (Facebook, Google+, etc), enter in the name of the page, the URL of the page and then finish off by putting down how many points you will give for each ‘like’.
Obviously the higher the offer the more takers you will get, I offered 10 points and spent all my points within a minute, the highest amount offered (after mine) that I saw was 9.
Now you have your site listed it is time to get some points under your belt. The points normally show up in your total straight away, although there were a couple of times when points didn’t turn up until an hour later.
Does it work?
Yes it does work, I increased my fan page from 150 to 274 within a couple of days, but the main problem is that once people ‘like’ your page and receive the points the majority of them quickly remove themselves and there is nothing in place stop this, the points stay with them.
As I write this over 75 of the people who ‘liked’ my page have removed themselves as soon as they got the points and I am expecting more to follow in the morning.
It is a shame the creators can’t deduct points from the people who immediately ‘unlike’ your page, or even implement a system that deducts points if you ‘unlike’ within a certain time frame.