If you do your homework well, you will soon see your readers and fans promote your content for you. Why is it so essential to always keep track of who promotes you and where you are promoted?
- You are always able to be one of the first to come and comment the submission and by this get more people to recognize you;
- You can then participate in the discussion and answer questions the members of a social media site will be asking;
- You are able to thank your promoter and return the favor once you have an opportunity;
- You can let your visitors know about the submission and maybe help it to go hot;
- You will always know how well you are doing your homework and how actively your visitors promote your content.
Here are 3 tools to keep your eye on the ball:
1. Social Alerter will send you email updates each time your post is submitted to Digg, Del.icio.us, Mixx and Propeller. It is completely free and reports the submission in real time. The site itself claims it only reports the submission that is likely to go hot but with me the tool updated me of any Digg and Mixx submission even a very new one.
- track a keyword or links to a domain;
- check hourly or daily;
- filter out messages containing a keyword;
- filter out “threaded” comments (@keyword);
- track messages by a definite user.
The tool also allows to set multiple alerts and edit any of them.
3. Google Alerts – while being used primarily to track blog conversations, it turned out pretty effective for tracking submissions/ mentions at some social news sites (Sphinn is among them for example).
Spend some time playing with its settings and you will find the solution most effective for you:
- try different keyword variations;
- choose an alert type (blogs, web, groups, comprehensive);
- set the suitable alert frequency.
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