Your small business peers and fellow entrepreneurs are voting for the best content over at BizSugar. Instead of the consumer masses at other large voting/rating sites, BizSugar is focused on biz owners and it shows.
Here are the five things I’ve personally gotten out of it:
Reputation builder: I’m a contributor at many places, but the BizSugar site shows my activity and links to pieces I find valuable. If and when people find my ideas interesting, they vote it up. That puts me in front of more people.
2. Exponential Twitter Power: I can add more than I do at Twitter and explain why I think something is worth reading. Of course, I can conveniently tweet that from within my submission. Most of all this gets attention at Twitter because it receives 20 votes and 80 retweets (or however many) and shows that others really like it too. Note that when I retweet from within BizSugar I put how many votes I’ve received to make it more compelling.
3. Useful Widgets: The site offers a number of smart widgets that let me show my content, but also others in my chosen categories, on my own site.
4. Friends of BizSugar: Anita and her team have a short list of people who are adding value and participating in the community. This list (on Twitter) drives new follower signups for me on Twitter, but also showcases me as a contributor when the team retweets my posts and ideas. The criteria for landing on this growing small business list is here.
5. Online Learning about Small Business is one of the biggest advantages I’ve found at the site. Because others are submitting stories, once they get voted up, you see (mostly) topics and pieces that are good quality. In essence, my BizSugar tim is rewarded by a handful of smart people who vote for posts and articles they find valuable. I’ve found a small set of people whose names I recognize and trust and so I save time keeping up with the latest good stuff out there.
One bonus item that few seem to be taking advantage of: You get can provide a very detailed profile, too, complete with links to your different social media accounts. Instead of being a sugar cube looking avatar, you can upload a photo and be a real part of the community.
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Full Disclosure: I am the product review editor at SmallBizTrends, another of Anita Campbell’s sites. But as a small biz owner and founder of the Sales Rescue Team, I use BizSugar for my own interests, too.