We all know that having a large social media presence is important if you want to grow your online business. But how do you go about getting such a presence? If you start a new Facebook page, how do you get your first fans? How do you get your first Twitter followers, and how do you get likes for your Youtube videos?
Must you spend hundreds of dollars on social media advertising in order to grow your network? The answer is a resounding no.
There are many programs out there that will allow you to get an unlimited amount of Facebook likes, Twitter followers and retweets, Youtube views, Google Plus followers, and so on and so forth for FREE.
In this article, we will explore eight different programs of that nature, eight different ways how to build a social media following.
Like4Like is likely the most widely used program of this nature, and it is probably the most popular free Facebook likes software. Here’s how it works: You pick a social channel, such as Facebook likes, Facebook shares, Twitter follows, etc. You then like other people’s Facebook pages, share their Facebook posts, follow them on Twitter, and so on. With each like, share, and follow, you earn credits. You can then use these credits to get likes on your own Facebook page or get other people to follow you on Twitter!
There are many ways to build a social media following using Like4Like. Here is a list of the various social channels available:
- Facebook likes, subscribes, shares, and comments
- Youtube likes, subscribes, comments, and views
- Twitter follows, retweets, and likes
- Stumbleupon follows
- Google Plus shares, plus ones, and follows
- Pinterest follows, repins, and likes
- Soundcloud Likes, follows, reposts, and listenings
- Instagram follows, likes, and comments
- Vkontakte follows and joins
- MySpace connections
- Website views
- Flickr favorites
- Vine likes, follows, and reVines
- Twitch followers
- Vimeo likes and follows
- Reverbnation fans
- Ok.ru joins
- AskFm likes
The good part is that you can earn credits on one social channel and then use them for another channel. For example, you can earn credits by liking Facebook pages and then use those credits to get Twitter followers.
I must mention that many people set up fake Twitter accounts just to follow people at Like4Like, and you will also find that many people will unfollow you or delete their accounts.
However, the point is that if you have a new Facebook page, it will look bad if you just have a few dozen likes. By using Like4Like, you can have a page with lots of likes in a short while, even if some of the likes are from fake accounts. The same goes for Twitter followers, Youtube likes and views, and so on. It just builds trust and makes you look good. It’s also a great way how to get more likes for a Facebook business page.
AddMeFast is similar to Like4Like, though the layout is very different. At AddMeFast, you can like Facebook pages, follow people on Twitter and Google Plus, and so on and so forth, in exchange for which you will earn credits. You can then use these credits to get likes, followers, shares, comments and more for your own social channels. Basically all of the social channels covered at Like4Like are covered by AddMeFast as well.
You can also use AddMeFast to get website views.
AddMeFast doesn’t seem to get that much traffic. It still is useful, but results can be a bit slower than at Like4Like.
Social Media Traffic Exchange
Social Media Traffic Exchange is a fairly new site at the time of this writing, but it already has a few hundred members, and it is growing rapidly. It allows you to earn coins for following people on Twitter, retweeting tweets, liking Facebook pages, visiting websites, and so on. You can then use these coins to get your own likes, followers, retweets, website visits, and more.
All links that are submitted are manually reviewed in order to ensure that no gambling, drugs, adult content or other problematic topics are posted.
Social Media Traffic Exchange also has a banner exchange program.
IBO Exchange is very similar to Social Media Traffic Exchange — in fact, the layout is almost exactly the same. It also has the same options. I’m not sure who the owner is, but it’s not a bad site, even if results can be a bit slow.
Hit4Hit works a little differently than the other programs mentioned here. It has three main features: Traffic exchanges, banner exchanges, and “page battles.”
Traffic exchanges are exactly like they sound: You visit other people’s websites and earn credits. You can then use these credits to get other people to visit your website.
There are actually two ways to visit websites and earn credits: One is automated, meaning you just press a button and do nothing — the website page won’t even show up. Instead, a bot will visit the page for you, and you will earn 4 credits. The point of this is to increase pageviews, which can help slightly for SEO (the truth is that it will end up hurting your site in the long run — I explain why soon). You can also manually visit a website, in which case the website page will load on the Hit4Hit interface. You will then earn 18 credits per manual website view.
Banner exchanges mean that you place other people’s banners on your site. You will earn credits depending on your site rank and how popular your site is. You can then use these credits to get other people to place your banners on their sites.
What’s the “battle of the pages?” What you do is view two websites or Facebook pages side by side. You then vote on which one is better, meaning which one is designed better and looks better. You earn credits for each vote. Afterward, you can submit your own website, Facebook page, or Youtube video for a battle, and you will be able to see how other people voted on your site or page compared to someone else’s site. This enables you to analyze your website and improve it.
I just want to mention that I do not recommend traffic exchanges. Traffic exchanges are bad because they increase your bounce rate tremendously. People or bots visiting your site and then quickly leaving show Google that your site is not interesting, and that really hurts your website rank.
At Just Retweet, the focus is not on getting followers, but on getting people to retweet your tweets. There is also an option of getting people to like your messages on Facebook and Google Plus.
First, you sign in by connecting your twitter account. Then, what you do is retweet other people’s tweets to your timeline, for which you get credits. Sometimes you can also get credits for liking something on Facebook or Google Plus.
You can then submit a tweet and choose a number of credits to use for each retweet. You can also choose whether to allow people to like it on Facebook and/or Google Plus or not. Each tweet must be approved by a moderator.
Just Retweet is a quality site, because of the moderators. People with large twitter accounts use it, and no spam is allowed. This makes it better for everyone.
Viral Content Buzz
Viral Content Buzz doesn’t actually grow your social media accounts directly. Rather, it helps you get your website pages and posts shared by many other people on social media.
This is how it works: In your dashboard, you will see various messages with links that can be shared on Twitter. Each time you share one of these messages on Twitter, you earn a few credits. If you have enough Facebook friends, you may be able to share these messages on Facebook as well.
Once you have at least 10 credits, you can create your own project. You will be asked to enter a link, create a short 80 character title, which will be shared on Twitter, and a longer description, which will be shared on Facebook if you choose to allow people to share on Facebook. You can also allow people to share it on Pinterest if you include an image.
You then pick a category and submit your project for review by a moderator.
Viral Content Buzz is really helpful in getting a lot of people to share your blog posts on social media. Members of Viral Content Buzz must have quality social media accounts, and many members have thousands of followers. Having your link shared on so many accounts not only increases your exposure, it also greatly increases your webpage’s SEO rank.
The one downside with Viral Content Buzz is that they are a little strict. They don’t allow you to submit affiliate reviews, they only allow one hashtag per message, and they have other rules that can be annoying. Of course, this also helps the community be a quality one.
Cash Blurbs is another exchange program where you share someone’s short message and link on Twitter or Facebook in exchange for someone else sharing your own message and link. However, members at Cash Blurbs are often involved in get-rich-quick schemes, and those are what the messages are often about. Also, a lot of the social accounts people on Cash Blurbs use to share your messages are just fake ghost accounts set up for this purpose only. Some people even game the system and post messages without sharing anyone else’s message or by sharing someone’s message and immediately deleting it. In short, it is unlike Just Retweet, Viral Content Buzz, and Social Media Traffic Exchange in that there is no moderation, and, as a result, has some low-quality users.
However, this also has an advantage — you can actually get people to share your affiliate links! Since there are no strict rules, affiliate links are allowed. There are some people with big social networks, such as a few thousand followers, who use Cash Blurbs, and getting your affiliate link shared on their channels can bring in some sales. However, you will have to use a link shortener such as Bitly in order to get the link to fit in the message. Also, in the USA you will have to include a short affiliate disclaimer, such as “#Promoted” or “#Ad”.
These eight programs are great for getting free Facebook likes, Twitter followers, and more. They are great ways how to grow your social media accounts and get more likes for your Facebook page. I do want to mention that all of the programs above allow you to buy credits in bulk as well, but I didn’t mention that until now because I wanted to show you how you can grow your social media accounts for free.
What are your thoughts about these programs? Do you think some are better than others? Do you think they are a waste of time? Do you have another program you want to let us know about? Just leave a comment below!
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