Its difficult isn't it? When you begin in social media, you feel dwarfed by this immense creature called Social Media that stands before you. You think to yourself; how could I possibly ever tackle something this large and win … its just too big?

Social Media Cross Pollination Theory

The truth is … its not impossible because of a little concept I like to refer to as cross-pollination. This is where two plants or media support one another, and the resulting whole is stronger than the mere sum of the parts. Another way to look at it is; don't fight, but rather join forces.

2 Types of Cross Pollination:
Cross-pollination is obviously something you're heard of before, typically though relating to plants and flowers. It can also work in social media though. In fact, cross pollination works in two ways:

1. because many people use more than one form of social media (eg. digg and stumbleupon, or Reddit and Stumbleupon, or Propeller, Digg, and Delicious), the more successful that a submission becomes in one, the more likely it also is to be successful in another. I've seen this many times; a post lumbers in Stumbleupon until it hits the homepage of Digg, then VOILA … success on Stumbleupon too. In fact, many heavy social media users find alot of their submissions in other social media. Its definitely a case of success breeding further success!

2. friends that you make in one social media, can often become friends in other social media, and can help you establish a presence elsewhere.

How Does This Concept Help?
The implications of this cross pollination concept are this; to gain a foothold in the world of social media, you do not need to be an expert in all the major sites to begin. Choose 1 popular social media site to begin (Digg, Reddit, Stumbleupon, Propeller), and participate fully. Become a power user of that site. Military strategists might refer to it as 'divide and conquer'.

Once you've become a power user on that site, maintain your profile and effort there, and expand to another form of social media where you see your content already doing well as a result of others.

All in all its very simple … maybe too simple. This is the key though to gaining a strong social media presence! Divide and conquer, then expand slowly to broaden your influence. When done properly, your reputation and work will proceed you in these new frontiers, entirely due to cross-pollination.

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15 Responses to “Using the Cross Pollination Concept to Aid With Social Media Success!”

  1. Forumistan says:

    Man I am about 1.90m and I dont want to be like those in thr picture :)

  2. Phil Benwell says:

    Right I'm off to conquer Digg, lol.

  3. Cross-pollination in Social Media….hahahah….am a plant person myself, so why don't we just settle for cross-breeding. Especially as social media is such a breeding ground for all kinds of interesting things?

  4. seo blog says:

    OMG! Is this picture real?

  5. Metaspring says:

    I like your idea of cross pollination and see how it could work to a person's advantage because people do generally use more than one social media platform.

  6. Metaspring says:

    And that picture features the record holders for the tallest and the shortest men in the world if I'm not wrong?

  7. Very thoughtful post that I belief requires and challenges one to be more strategic and intelligent the way we approach social media platforms.

    Of course we all know the advantages that any webmaster can gain in terms of traffic from such places, but as you put it, one has to be smart and tactical in order to see any gains

  8. Interesting post and well, also the title..^^ I guess you are right..it is better to do this technique that way you'll double your chances of success!

  9. Wii Boy says:

    Isn't the limiting factor always going to be time though. Making enough of a contribution to become a power user on one site is hard enough, when you add in all the other online stuff we are all doing.

  10. Utah SEO says:

    A good SEO should already have been doing this for awhile. Something I think is often overlooked though.

  11. I am hooked to the social media concept.

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