There are many people providing social media marketing services. We do! But what you do not get with these services is paid diggs.
Your usual “deliverable” with a social media buy is a top class article, resource, widget or tool, that is attractive and compelling enough to draw votes and links naturally.
Now, obviously there is the temptation for anyone frustrated with their performance in the social media sites to cut out all this hard work and lack of guarantee. They want to buy a front page story and don’t care how it is achieved.
Enter paid diggs.
These services have been around for a while, Digg eventually neutralizes them, but subvertandprofit.com has been getting some Twitter attention so I thought I would mention it.
$2 a vote, what are the downsides?
Well you could well lose any chances of ever getting dugg again, but if you are not getting to the popular page anyway what have you to lose? Well, your reputation I guess.
BUT, what if some competitor saw you getting in Digg all the time and wanted to end your fun? One or two small payments to get you on Diggs banning radar and boom, got you banned.
And what about blog sales? Pay for votes, inflate your traffic (and therefore sale price), leave you to clean up the mess.
Am I paranoid or do these services cause more problems than merely subverting the social bookmarking sites?