Update: I wrote the Social Media Marketing Courses article in 2008 (social media was still relatively new), turned out Brian Campbell’s Social Media Marketing System Course was all smoke and mirrors.
Brian Campbell would get loads of new Facebook contacts, some of which would buy the full version of his social media marketing products, while those who didn’t pay were left to their own devices. Even those that paid didn’t appear to get much help connecting in a meaningful way with others beyond having a forum (which anyone could join): could get that from DigitalPoint forum or directly on Facebook…
In 2014 I’ve better embraced social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin etc…), though have to admit it doesn’t make me any money directly, my income is pretty much all SEO related.
Social Media Marketing
My first Facebook profile was deleted by Facebook, presumably because I was inviting too many people to be my friends (how the Social Media Marketing System worked). I created a new Facebook profile and not gone after friends so aggressively, have over 1,000 Facebook friends: send me a friend request, happy to link with others interested in similar niches.
Also signed up for Twitter, see my Twitter Profile (was PageRank of 5 at one point). Barely using it and have over 8,000 Twitter followers, pretty much followed a few hundred people who are interested in similar things (WordPress, AdSense, SEO, Making Money Online….) and when anyone follows me I follow them in return.
Google Plus have over 5,000 following me, again add anyone who adds me to a circle.
, as above with connecting with others.
Social Media Marketing Plan
To be honest in 2014 I don’t really have a plan of action for using social media networks to make more money. I think because I’ve found search engine optimization so successful it’s difficult to devote a lot of time to social media marketing when to date it’s had so little direct impact on earnings.
There’s SEO arguments Google are using social media signals in their ranking algorithm, but IME I’ve not really noticed it. After years of SEO testing when I can’t see an obvious link between something I’m doing and ranking it strongly suggests if there is a link it’s weak (probably no direct SEO value).
So right now (April 2014) social media is an area I should devote more time to (others make a lot of money from it directly), but SEO has been so lucrative for me it’s difficult to put a proven SEO plan of action on the back burner to promote something I’ve had no success using.
Brian Campbell’s Social Media Marketing System Review
This was my early use review.
I thought it was time to look into social networking and stumbled upon a program called Social Media Marketing System.
Signed up for the free version of Social Media Marketing System and have signed up for FaceBook with an aim to build a large friends list and a FaceBook group or three :)
Been looking into social networking and following the Social Media Marketing System for about 2 weeks and have:
295 FaceBook friends.
And three FaceBook groups, currently promoting 2 of them:
96 members for: SEO Secrets – Dealing with SEO techniques.
64 members for: AdSense Secrets – Dealing with AdSense placement etc… for high CTR.
Considering how little time I’ve put into this I’m doing better than I expected. Imagine starting a forum 2 days ago and getting 64 members in that time (that’s what I did for the AdSense Secrets group).
The long term aim of using FaceBook this way is to funnel your FaceBook friends and group members to your money sites, main aim is to build mailing lists (which I’ve never built, too much like hard work :-)). Not really at that stage yet, so will add more about this later. So far social networking and the Social Media Marketing System is worth looking into.
Social Media Marketing Course Update
I was a member of Brian Campbell’s Social Media Marketing System forum and there was talk of collaborations together, but reality was nothing came of it and considering my SEO skills you can imagine what I could achieve for/with others.
My opinion is it’s setup to take advantage of those without a clue about making money online (take advantage of them).
Be careful with free social media marketing courses, they are rarely truly free.
Update 2016: Have over 3,000 Facebook friends, 11,000 Twitter Followers, I ignore Google+, but have over 6,000 friends, about 4,000 Linkedin connections… Have ignored all but one of the Facebook groups I created, the AdSense one currently has over 3,000 members (the majority asked to join: have blocked hundreds of spammers). Still not making money directly due to social networks, for making money directly, complete waste of MY time.