• http://www.ThatGirlFromMarketing.com Natasha Robinson

    All I ask is that Social Media Marketers do not start self segegrating along “ethical” or “white hat” lines. Let spammers simply be called that Spammers. And let the people who do work that hekps clients and helps to build these communities be called Social Media Marketers. In the same way that Email Marketers are called Email Marketers and Email Spammers are called Spammers (Good analogy in that previous post Danny)

    No spell check was used in the creation of the comment – ;).

  • http://www.acsseo.com Cameron Olthuis

    Natasha,

    I agree with what you’re saying. It is hard to do that though considering the spammers are already being labeled as social media marketers.

  • http://blog.seoptimise.com kevgibbo

    I would class spam as junk content promoted via forums, blog comments and email. If SMM is used to promote content on sites like Digg I don’t see this as a problem as it’s obviously got to be quality content to be successful.

  • http://www.acclivitymarketing.com/blog Solomon Rothman Web Design Search Engine Marketing

    I hope more and more social media users start realizing that most search engine marketers are not “spammers” and that we are regular users of social networks too. I’ve been seeing lots of “anti promotional” comments on digg lately. If you like the story vote for it, if you don’t vote it down, it’s that simple. If you actually spam digg, reddit or netscape your site / user will get banned.

  • http://www.ThatGirlFromMarketing.com Natasha Robinson

    Cameron,

    Re: There is no need to defend your business or yourself to people who don’t matter. Will these people be paying your bills? No. Will they be influencing your customers? Some say “yes”. I say no. I say those who are influenced by these so-called influencers were never going to be your customers anyway… or they’ll end up being your customers when “every one else is doing it.” The same could be said for SEO. The same people who used to say they would never hire an SEO agency are the same people who are bringing SEO in-house. The problem with defending your business to people is that the “unconvinced” will only dig through your argument and pick out the points that encourage their ignorance and then use your own words against your to fuel their prejudices (example: Danny vs. Digg thread at Digg). So why give them fuel to begin with? SMM doesn’t need defending (and neither does SEO); the results speak for themselves. Continue to do a good job at what you do and there will be no need to defend your business.

  • http://www.ThatGirlFromMarketing.com Natasha Robinson

    Cameron,

    Re: There is no need to defend your business or yourself to people who don’t matter. Will these people be paying your bills? No. Will they be influencing your customers? Some say “yes”. I say no. I say those who are influenced by these so-called influencers were never going to be your customers anyway… or they’ll end up being your customers when “every one else is doing it.” The same could be said for SEO. The same people who used to say they would never hire an SEO agency are the same people who are bringing SEO in-house. The problem with defending your business to people is that the “unconvinced” will only dig through your argument and pick out the points that encourage their ignorance and then use your own words against your to fuel their prejudices (example: Danny vs. Digg thread at Digg). So why give them fuel to begin with? SMM doesn’t need defending (and neither does SEO); the results speak for themselves. Continue to do a good job at what you do and there will be no need to defend your business.

  • http://www.seo-writer.com amabaie

    Hi Cameron. Following up on your comment that “There are other things you can do such as adding links within your content to encourage readers to vote.”, you might want to let readers know abou a free tool I developed to help them do that. It’s called TheBookmarketer.

    Here is the page with the code:
    http://www.seo-writer.com/tools/bookmarker.php

    Here is my explanation of TheBookmarketer:
    http://www.seo-writer.com/blog/2007/02/12/33/

    Here is my explanation of how websites can profit from social bookmarking:
    http://www.seo-writer.com/blog/2007/02/12/how-webmasters-harness-social-bookmarking-for-success-in-2007/

    I hope that’s helpful. David.

  • http://www.acsseo.com Cameron Olthuis

    Natasha, thanks! That was a great response and you have many valid points.

    Amabale, You are exactly right and thanks for the links.