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Posted by on Aug 5, 2012

At the recommendation of one of my online friends, I took a shot and joined a site called Social Buzz Club. In essence it’s a social sharing site whose intentions are to help people generate positive buzz for their content by sharing the content of others.

I have to admit that I went into this with a little bit of trepidation. I’ve never done well with other sites of this type, although it looked like it might be different.

The first steps you take is in setting up your profile. You find out early that if you’re a free member that you have limits on what you can do. For instance, you can only highlight one website, which wasn’t so bad. However, I couldn’t highlight my Facebook business profile, only my main site, which was slightly irksome but not a deal breaker. There were some other limits as well, but I pushed through. You’re also supposed to pick categories they’ve pre-determined that you should fit into, and none of them actually fit my category, since I was trying to highlight my health care consulting business.

Once that’s completed it’s time to share content. You have to share so many articles before you get to list one that you want others to share. I started going through their big list of categories before I realized I was going to be in trouble. It seems that those who are already on the site have figured out ways to get their articles into multiple categories. I kept coming upon the same articles over and over by the same people. Here and there I could find something original, but not all that often.

Still, I shared, or at least tried to share. The site says you have the option of sharing on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google Plus. In actuality, you have the option of sharing wherever the person allows you to share their content, and almost every article I came to either wanted it shared on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Here’s the thing. I tend to have my beliefs of what types of things one should be sharing for their own business in different places. Many of the articles I saw I didn’t want to share on Facebook because they weren’t the type of thing I wanted in my personal stream. I didn’t think any of my friends or people connected to me there would care. The same with LinkedIn; the article people wanted shared just didn’t seem to fit that platform. Most of them would have fit great on Twitter, but since that wasn’t an option on any of the articles I saw, I couldn’t do that.

I did reach the allotted number of articles so that I could add an article, but started wondering about it all. I actually looked at every article before I recommended it, but I wasn’t sure that everyone else was going to do it like I did. Thus, I started thinking that most of the people to whom my article might be presented probably wouldn’t care about the topic. And that bothered me greatly for some reason. I wasn’t sure if it was for the same reason I never became a professional musician (I wanted people to listen to me while I played, not do anything else) or because I felt that if the people who shared the link that it wasn’t going to do me much good in the long run.

One last thing. Once you sign up, you start getting email, and lots of it. The owners of the site, who are probably very lovely ladies, send at least one email a day. One day I got 5. They host webinars and other events and in their own way they’re trying to be helpful. I just felt it was overwhelming, probably because I started getting irritated with it after a couple of days.

So, I canceled my membership, which is really easy to do, much easier than it was killing my Klout account so long ago. I figure I was a member at least 6 weeks and I gave it a good go, but in the end I knew it wasn’t going to deliver what I thought it might. And trust me, I researched it first, going to the search engines and finding all these positive reviews for the site. The issue for me once I got in was that almost none of the people that wrote positive reviews for it had articles there; at least nothing within the last 5 or months anyway. It got me wondering how they saw it as such a wonderful thing yet weren’t participating.

Anyway, that’s what I have to say about it. If you want to try it go ahead, because your experience might be different than mine. Guess I’ll just continue puttering away until I find something else I might like.

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Allan Douglas:

Thanks for the heads-up Mitch. I’ve been dropping out of some of the Social Media I was into, or at least placing a strict time limit (HUGE time suck) in order to get back to things that actually produce income. This is one I’ll give a wide berth.

August 5th, 2012 | 3:57 PM

Yeah Allan, I was really depressed because it had a great recommendation, but in the end it just didn’t give me what I wanted.

August 5th, 2012 | 4:43 PM

That sounds like a lot of effort for not much return, I’m not surprised you’re depressed about it, Mitch.

Does anything like Stumbleupon work for your sort of thing or is that too ‘pop’ (as in not business oriented)?
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August 5th, 2012 | 5:59 PM

Val, I’ve never liked StumbleUpon or most of those other services. I liked Delicious but that’s now gone, and I just heard a few days ago that Digg is gone as well. A lot of effort for nothing for those folks. Nope, not me! lol

August 5th, 2012 | 6:10 PM

Hey Mitch,

Interesting that you tried this – I very nearly tried Triberr a while back for the same reasons and because it was recommended to me, but, like you I have very strong principles when it comes to what I recommend to others and though I like the idea of promoting other people’s content I have actually read and like, I don’t like the idea of these social media clubs as they tend to come with an obligation to share content that is either outside of your niche or just not of very good quality,

interesting food for thought as always Mitch,

take care & best wishes,
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August 5th, 2012 | 7:12 PM

Man Alan, I have to keep chasing you down in the spam filter. lol

I’ve never even been to the Triberr site so I have no idea what it looks like, but I’ve wondered about it when I’ve seen certain content from people I know. It’s such a good idea sharing other people’s content and commenting on their blogs, but there’s also so much “bad” stuff and stuff we don’t really care about that becomes a part of it with some of these community things. It’s too bad, but that’s life right?

August 5th, 2012 | 9:21 PM

Digg’s gone too now? I’m really behind in things these days!
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August 5th, 2012 | 8:47 PM

Well, I guess it was sold and is up and down all the time.

August 5th, 2012 | 9:18 PM

I tried the website a while ago and abandon it, I guess I read another article for related to places where you can get more traffic, well didn’t worked quite well for me so I decided to stick to top social bookmark websites.

August 5th, 2012 | 10:33 PM

It’s right that cancel membership, really questionable service, a few months ago, too found it, but I did not even register the account. But what reason to kill your Klout account?

August 6th, 2012 | 10:00 AM

I linked to it in the article Joe to explain why.

August 6th, 2012 | 11:26 AM

You gave it a shot and tried it and for that we appreciate you sharing with us your thoughts.

I don’t like that they want you to share their content on specific sites. For me personally Mitch, I don’t want to share 20 posts a day on Facebook when the majority of them aren’t really up to par or what my friends want to read. I think it’s doing a disservice to them and it kind of makes me look bad too. So I applaud you for taking that stand as well.

It doesn’t sound like a community I would enjoy either.

Thank you for your honesty Mitch! Now, enjoy your week.


August 6th, 2012 | 12:10 PM

Thanks Adrienne. It might be a service that works for some but I just couldn’t see it that way for me. And you know I’m gonna talk about it, right? 🙂

August 6th, 2012 | 1:37 PM

Thanks for the heads up on Social Buzz. I’ll avoid that one. I still think the best form of connecting with others is to actually connect with others, through comments and interaction on social media sites.

August 6th, 2012 | 5:26 PM

I’d agree with that Nicole. Overall there’s nothing wrong with sharing posts and the like either, but if you don’t like what you see and won’t share, and that impacts how others treat you, then what’s the point?

August 6th, 2012 | 5:59 PM

Well that’s too bad that it didn’t deliver on its promise. It sounds like the apparatus is in place, and with a few tweaks they could really make it something that people would flock to.

As it is now I can see exactly why you bowed out. It seems like the service is ready to take take take but not ready to give when then times comes.

Or maybe it’s one of those situations where they try to pump up the number of users (even if they’re not actually active) so they can sell it later on.

Did you ever try contacting any of those people who wrote the reviews to see what their thoughts are on the servie now, and why they quit? Could be an interesting follow-up…
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August 6th, 2012 | 10:56 PM

I didn’t John, but it might be interesting. I was just stunned that so many reviewed it positively but I couldn’t find any of their stuff on the site. I’m not saying they were paid or anything, but… lol

August 7th, 2012 | 1:42 AM

Hi Mitch,

This is new one for me. i think one thing we have to watch is not getting so caught up with the social media that we get the life sucked right out of it.

one thing that i have done that really helps is get a group of bloggers together and take turns each month commenting on one another blog. Everyone haa a schedule and that day you email the link to all and they make the comment. your comments go up and so does your traffic.

But don’t get me wrong you have to do some of the social media just make the smart choices. Thanks for the info I will have to check it out.

August 9th, 2012 | 10:20 AM

I do that as well Debbie. This was something recommended to me and it looked okay up front, though I have to admit I had some reservations. Still, the idea’s not bad; it’s just that this site wasn’t going to work for me.

August 9th, 2012 | 11:28 PM
Anton Koekemoer:

Hi Mitch,

Thanks for sharing the network with us. I’ve browsed a couple of reviews and blogs (other than this one) and I must admit – The network seems to offer quite an extensive amount of value – depending on your niche and what you want from the community in the network (linkbuilding opportunities or just sharing information etc).

August 10th, 2012 | 5:55 AM

Hi Anton,

It probably will for some people but I found it lacking based on how it is now.

August 10th, 2012 | 8:56 AM