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To network with other marketers check out Sphinn, to read about Paris Hilton check out Digg

Danny Sullivan has launched a social networking site specifically aimed at SEOs and online marketers, which is great news not only for those engaged in social networking campaigns, but as well for people looking to find many great posts about the internet marketing. Sphinn allows users to submit useful resources related to the industry, and it works sort of like Digg where users can “Sphinn” the article to the first page. But, unlike Digg, and this is one of the most appealing features, stories cannot be buried by “zealots” who seem to take things a little too seriously.

Rand Fishkin has put together a great list about Sphinn - The Social News Site Every Search Marketer Should Be Using

Danny has also put together some great resources on how Sphinn works that you should check out first before you start “sphinning”.

Sphinn seems pretty great because not only can you submit resources, but you can also submit topics and marketers can engage in constructive conversation. This is a social networking site designed to meet the needs of people who have a great deal of web and marketing savvy, and frankly, it is a about time. So many social networking sites frown upon personal promotion and seem to take themselves a little too seriously, and so finally there is a place where you can promote your own ideas and not have someone call you evil. (My first submission to Digg I put the title as all caps. The story was buried and I was called evil. Someone apparently got up on the wrong side of the bed and did not bother to check that THAT WAS MY FIRST DIGG! Oh, and apparently I did not learn my all caps lesson.)

So if you are looking to share resources relating to internet marketing and search engine optimization, then I suggest checking it out. If you want to read more about Paris Hilton, stick to Digg.

FYI - Sphinn is pronounced “spin”.

More about Sphinn:

From Search Engine Land
From Search Engine Roundtable
From Dave Naylor
From Small Business SEM

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Comments

Comment from Opal: Vegan Momma
Time: July 19, 2007, 10:55 am

So many social networking sites frown upon personal promotion and seem to take themselves a little too seriously…

I never understood that self promotion is key to good marketing I wouldn’t be anywhere with my business if I didn’t actively try to promote myself.

I’ve Dugg a few of my stories if I thought they were important. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of my readers weren’t to familiar with the social networking websites.

Comment from Terence Chang
Time: July 19, 2007, 1:19 pm

To Opal:

From what I see in the past few years, none of the success business do marketing without including self-promotion. I think it’s the minimum requirements to the success, otherwise, no one know s you at first place.

Once you have enough follower, you can put self-promotion behind while other will promote you.

I was surprised that how many local business pay for the local news station to write a news report for them. Suddenly many people thought the business is good because of the news report.

That is just what I learned in the past few years.

Comment from Aaron Cook dot Comâ„¢
Time: July 19, 2007, 3:15 pm

Sphinn looks very promising. I was checking them out the other day and liked what I saw.

PS: Glad to see that you’re back online all safe and sound. :)

Shine on,
Aaron

Comment from Danielle
Time: July 19, 2007, 4:22 pm

I think self-promotion carries with it all these negative connotations, and it is really important to remember that this is not a bad thing, no matter what people think! If you don’t promote yourself, no one else is going to. (If you can’t stand behind your product, no one else will either).

I think Sphinn has a great potential, and I am really excited about the opportunities it will bring to search engine marketers. There are so many places for bloggers to meet and for news hounds to submit their links - Sphinn is for SEOs by SEOs and therefore geared specifically to what search engine marketers need.

Comment from Single Grain — San Diego SEO
Time: July 19, 2007, 5:40 pm

Even tho Sphinn doesnt drive thousands of visitors (yet) its still good to join it especially early on so when it does gain more traction and start to drive more traffic you can be an authority. Good post

Comment from Grace
Time: July 19, 2007, 6:26 pm

Sphinn is everywhere this week! But sphinn might still get spam like Digg.

Comment from confessing7girl
Time: July 19, 2007, 7:09 pm

hey girl u brought the pink back … do i hv to say i understand Zero about SEO….. please explain… can i use Sphinn too?? or would i hv to understand more about it…… im in the dark here im sorry!!

Comment from Danielle
Time: July 19, 2007, 9:10 pm

@Single Grain - I agree that this is the perfect time to check it out - networking is one of the goals of Sphinn and it is decidedly easier to network with a smaller group. I am going to sign up but I don’t think I will be submitting anything anytime soon.

@Grace - I don’t know that they could create a spam free environment on the internet so long as there are spammers. It’s unfortunate. :(

@confessing7girl - You can submit articles and information you have found that you like here, but it must be related to internet marketing and SEO… check out the site and see the categories. If you don’t know much about SEO, why not just use this as your resource for learning more! :) There are a lot of good posts about the subject all rounded up in one place, and the best part is it is current information.

Comment from confessing7girl
Time: July 20, 2007, 12:49 pm

yeahh i hv thought about going through ur entire blog to learn more about SEO but i need a quiet evening to do that!! i need to concentrate!! but theres nothing like learning it from a girl who loves pink!! :Dhhehehe

Comment from Danielle
Time: July 20, 2007, 1:13 pm

Honestly - I think bloggers should really focus on this: blogging. So long as you maintain a good blog people will link to it and you can do this easily through social networking. Don’t worry about SEO unless you suddenly find yourself wanting to sell blue widgets or the like. :) It’s just interesting to know more about it.

Comment from Zhu
Time: July 20, 2007, 5:50 pm

I signed up with Digg a few days ago to see what’s the fuss is all about. I’m not a big fan to be honest… like you said, it’s more about the same news being repeated over and over again (yes, Paris !) and well… I lost attention.

Comment from Danielle
Time: July 21, 2007, 2:45 pm

There are so many things I don’t like about Digg I could write a post about it - oooh I may write a post about it!

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