Come Join the Social Media Club

By Daniel Scocco

Back in 2009 I created two clubs, one called “Retweet Club” and the other one called “Facebook Club”, where members would share each other’s content, with the goal of increasing social media traffic to their blogs and websites.

The clubs worked as mailing lists (using Google Groups), but eventually the activity died down. The main reason was the following: sharing wasn’t fair. A member could be selfish and only send requests to the club, without ever sharing the content from other members.

A couple of weeks ago I started thinking about what could be a better model, and I came up with this: a club where members would earn points by sharing the content from other members, and once they reached a certain amount, say 10 points, they would be able to spend those points to post their own request to the club.

This would make the system pretty fair, because members who didn’t share the content of other members wouldn’t earn points and wouldn’t be able to post their requests. In turn members who were very active would earn more points and be able to post more requests.

I spent the last week or so coding such a platform, and I launched it yesterday in beta. I still need to add more features and polish everything, but the point-based system is already working. We also have 50 members already. The club is completely free and works on a website (so don’t worry about getting tons of emails).

Here’s the URL: http://www.social9club.com

So far only the Twitter section is working (i.e., you can only retweet stuff from other members and request retweets on your own), but I am working on the Facebook section already and it should go live within a couple of weeks.

Any feedback is also appreciated.




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20 Responses to “Come Join the Social Media Club”

  • Jamie Northrup

    I’m already signed up and using it, love it Daniel, works much better than the old way, I already have more tweets in 24 hours from this version that I got like in over a year in the old FB Club (I wasn’t in the Twitter one). Thanks for doing this!

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Jamie, glad to know it’s working so far 🙂 .

  • Danny

    I’d use a service like that If I could control who shared my information and who with. For example I only want to share my content with people interested in London. If they aren’t, then my content wont interest them, so sharing it to them would be pointless. But if i allowed people who were also interested in London to share my content with their followers, the social circle that the content would be shared upon would be highly relevant.

    Im not interested in just numbers or just eyes. I want actual readers who will enjoy my content and naturally want to share it them selves.

    I really like this concept, but without that control or grouping aspect my efforts and the efforts of those sharing my content, would be wasted.

  • seogear

    Daniel, you’re a smart guy! Thanks for the link socialmedclub.com. I will follow as the architectural project evolve.

  • Sune @ Extra Income Blogger

    This is great – I’m heading over there to signup right now!

  • Devesh

    Great idea, Daniel. Just signed up for the SMC ;). Thanks for creating this great site.

    -Dev

  • Isabela

    I joined the social media club, but i don’t had 100 followers working to get 100 followers hmm and give you the feedback

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Danny, what you are asking is pretty much impossible. How can you know which followers of a certain Twitter users are interested in any given subject? Even if you screened their whole Twitter history looking for mentions of London or related terms this wouldn’t give you 100% certainty. What if a certain user never tweeted anything related to London but is interested in it nonetheless? Maybe he’s planning a trip there? Maybe a friend just move there?

    Also, I am pretty sure that not even all the people who visit your site are interested in London. Some certainly got there by mistake. Do they create any harm though? I don’t think so.

  • Jack Cola

    Only probably is, there isn’t a wide variety of messages to retweet. Maybe give all new members the ability to put one tweet up, so there’s something for everyone to retweet

  • Danny

    I don’t mean it in that strict sense, but allowing people to choose a topic they generally focus on. For example, travel, tourism etc. would be relevant to my needs, where as writing, technology etc would be a category base for this blog.

    I think this would be extremely useful as this way I can share content relevant to me and then distribute my content amongst similar content based websites keeping my audience scope relevant to my content.

    Look at reddit and Diggit, I can share my content based on a relevant topic. This is the kind of grouping I refer to.

  • Danny

    In no way was I stating that this was not a useful tool, it is very much so. But I would like to aim my content to a specific audience over wise my google analytics numbers may rise, but the number of actual readers may not.

    Like i said before I’m after readers not numbers and there is a big difference between the two. Whilst number of readers impacts on number of visitors. Visa versa doesn’t always apply. We may differ on this as Im not after advertising brownie points (visitor numbers)

  • Danny

    In no way was I stating that this was not a useful tool, it is very much so. But I would like to aim my content to a specific audience over wise my google analytics numbers may rise, but the number of actual readers may not.

    Like i said before I’m after readers not numbers and there is a big difference between the two. Whilst number of readers impacts on number of visitors. Visa versa doesn’t always apply. We may differ on this as Im not after advertising brownie points (visitor numbers)

  • Ehsan

    How much traffic will I get in my blog if I got 100 peoples to tweet my blog on that website?

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Ehsan, 1245 visitors, exactly 🙂 .

  • Robert Boland

    That’s a great concept Daniel! Fair play to you for coming up with that. Sounds like it could work quite well

  • Kimberly Gauthier, Adventures in Blogging

    What a great idea. I belong to Triberr and the only issue that comes up regularly is that some don’t retweet, but they keep pumping in content. I’ve watched several people wash out, because eventually people catch on and stop sharing their content.

    It’s an interesting process. I think the more sites like these, the better; because not every site is for every blogger.

  • Ehsan

    Daniel can you tell me when Facebook Club will be live?
    and second question is that is it needed to ad RT @username before my tweet at SMC?

  • Ehsan

    Daniel I think you have 80% of indian traffic to your blog and in social media club too because all user names were indian names like “Mahesh”, ‘Romy” and “Pradeep” etc. We don’t need only Indian visitors.!

  • Amanda

    I can’t access the member’s area! I only get the info: Sorry, you are not authorized to access this area

    But this is a really cool idea!

  • Entrepreneurial Reflexions

    Wow! I think this a great idea. Thanks for taking this initiative on this.

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