I am proud to welcome [Muhammad Saleem](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/about/muhammad.html) to the Pronet Advertising team. I have been good friends with Muhammad for quite some time now and we have both had great conversations with each other about social media. You may have read some of his blog posts on social media at [The Mu Life](http://www.themulife.com) or seen him on some of the popular social media sites. As a [top 20 Digger](http://digg.com/users/msaleem/profile) and as a [Netscape Navigator](http://www.netscape.com/member/msaleem/) Muhammad has a lot knowledge and will be sharing his experiences on Pronet.
Most people think that the key to getting on the [Digg homepage](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/how-to-get-on-the-digg-homepage.html) is great content. Although this is true, a good Digg title and description can make “non-Digg worthy” content reach the homepage.
Commercials are a great way to brand a company or a product. But what’s even more effective is when others start creating their own fake commercials to make fun of your product. We have seen this with [Apple’s iPod](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/ipod-bloopers.html) and now we are already seeing this with Apple’s iPhone, which isn’t even released yet.
Don’t you just hate it when a site you trying to visit is down for maintenance? It usually causes users to get ticked off, especially if it ends up happening too often. This actually happens to [Crazy Egg](http://www.crazyegg.com) more often then we’d like because of the constant upgrades and tweaks we do. Due to this we decided to create a Crazy Egg maintenance game.
Have you ever seen a [company’s MySpace profile](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/aquafinas-myspace-marketing.html)? I have noticed that more and more large, medium and small businesses are creating profiles in an effort to leverage the MySpace community. It seems like most of them think that by popping up a decently designed profile and adding thousands of friends their business will grow to a whole new level, but the problem is that this in itself is not too effective.
[Chris Hooley](http://www.chris-hooley.com/) and I were talking today and we both noticed that [Market Wire](http://www.marketwire.com/) has been spamming Digg for almost 200 days. They have [submitted](http://digg.com/users/marketwire/news/submitted) over 300 press releases to Digg from their own Digg account in an attempt to get their press releases more attention.
A few weeks ago I blogged about my trip to [Shoe Money University](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/what-i-learned-at-shoemoney-university.html) where I learned how to make money through PPC arbitrage. It seems that a lot of you are interested in making money from arbitrage and trying to get into the whole online marketing space.
Sex appeal is being used so frequently in commercials that it is starting to get old. We already know that the message of this type of commercial is going to be centered on a hot chick or good looking dude, so if you want to use sex appeal and capture people’s attention do something unique and unexpected.
Muhammad Saleem had an interesting [article](http://themulife.com/?p=592) on how Netscape is starting to become abused and spammed by users. A while back Netscape added a messaging feature that allowed users to send messages to each other, but now it is being used as a method for soliciting votes.
Because of the popularity of Digg, Del.icio.us, Netscape and all the other social sites out there, social bookmarking buttons have been taken to a whole new level. Instead of bloggers placing a few buttons at the bottom of each blog post, it seems that many enjoy offering their visitors all possible options.
Although the concept of [Digg](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/beginners-guide-to-digg.html) seems very simple, it is actually very complicated. Most people think stories are submitted and the ones that are at the top of the upcoming section are the ones that are going to get promoted to the homepage next.
In a competitive space sometimes you need a special touch to win over customers.
[Del.icio.us](http://del.icio.us) is the most popular bookmarking service on the web. By getting on the Del.icio.us [popular](http://del.icio.us/popular/) or [hotlist](http://del.icio.us) page you could get thousands of visitors coming to your website within minutes. Here are some ways that I have found that can help your content get on these pages.
[MyBlogLog](http://www.mybloglog.com) is on so many popular blogs that it was just a matter of time before it started to be abused by spammers. At first, people were able to sign up for [fake accounts](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/hijacking-communities.html) under other people’s name and now users are able to leverage it for [free advertising](http://www.soloseo.com/blog/2007/01/10/free-advertising-on-techcrunch-with-mybloglog-flaw/).
Sites like [Digg](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/beginners-guide-to-digg.html) are well known for driving thousands of visitors to a website within a very short period of time. Because of this everyone is scrambling to get a story on the [homepage](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/how-to-get-on-the-digg-homepage.html) without realizing that they could get hundreds of hits from Digg on a daily basis without even getting their site on Digg’s homepage.
Have you ever heard those songs on the radio that was so good that you wanted to start singing along? So good that you even heard other people singing them when they thought no one is watching? Just imagine if you captured one of those moments on camera, you could turn that moment into a humorous commercial…
Last month I attended the [Search Engine Strategies Conference in Chicago](http://www.searchenginestrategies.com/sew/chicago06/index.html) where thousands of people in the Internet marketing industry came together. I know many of you could not be there and are wondering what these conferences are like. Here is a video where [Todd Malicoat](http://www.stuntdubl.com), [Mike McDonald](http://www.webpronews.com), and I discussed Digg and SEO. This is a good example of the type of things that get discussed during the day when everyone is not out partying…
As many of you already know I am currently a senior in college and have around 9 classes left. Some people think I must graduate even if it takes me a couple more years to finish and others say I should drop out. And then there’s [Jeremy Schoemaker](http://www.shoemoney.com) who told me to drop out of my current college and attend University of Nebraska, Shoemoney (UNSM); so I decided to take Jeremy up on his offer and attend his university for a few days. Here are some of the things that I have learned from Jeremy…
I have just been tagged by [Allen Stern](http://www.centernetworks.com/2007-predictions) and [Cameron Olthuis](http://www.cameronolthuis.com/2006/12/predictions-for-2007/) to share my predictions for 2007. So here goes:
Whether you have your own kids or you know some little kids you’ll notice that everyone is afraid of them learning bad things. Kids are our future and if they all learn bad things then there is a good chance the future will be screwed. So why not use this fear that we all have to create an effective advertisement?