4 Reasons Not to Add Social Networking to Your Site
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Oct. 2 issue of FS sister publication eM+C’s weekly e-letter, eM+C Weekly. To subscribe, click here.
Social networking sites have become virtual “town halls” for people to aggregate, communicate and share ideas with one another. These sites are also growing in numbers. Wikipedia says there are 111 recognized SN sites such as MySpace, orkut, Facebook, hi5 and Blogger. Mashable, the influential social media blog, acknowledges more than 350 sites. Many have been extremely successful in attracting membership and raising venture capital, and even sold for millions to billions of dollars.
SN sites are a key ingredient to search engine optimization, as well as gaining and retaining Web site memberships. However, social networking is not for every marketer or Web site. Here are four reasons it may not be a good idea to add social networking features to your site:
1. Social networking isn’t the core purpose of your site. Are you building a site solely for the purpose of enrolling members for a specific community interest? If not, be careful. There are more than 350 sites competing with you for eyeballs. Thus, be prepared for an uphill battle to grow your membership. If you are not fully committed to this route in both design and marketing, try to think of another way to differentiate your site from your competition.
2. You don’t have the time and ability to moderate. If you do, blog away. The more relevant content you have on your site with appropriate keywords, the better your overall SEO. However, many Web site owners want all the Web 2.0 bells and whistles but don’t want to spend the time ensuring the content on their sites is relevant or appropriate. Once you’ve planted this digital garden, you have to feed it and weed it.