What Is Crowdsourcing? Making Money From Your Social Networks and Shares

You Are Already Crowdsourcing! Learn How To Use Your Social Networks for Crowd Sourcing to Increase Sales and Make More Profits and Income Earnings!

Use your "Crowds" and Social Networks to Influence and Share Your Products. You're Half Way There!
Use your "Crowds" and Social Networks to Influence and Share Your Products. You're Half Way There! | Source

Crowdsourcing: A Brief History and Instruction Video

Have You Heard of Crowdsourcing? You Are Probably Already Using It!

You may have heard of "Crowd Sourcing" lately and even if you haven't, you soon will!

In fact, you are already Crowdsourcing just about every day if you use Social Networking Sites such as Twitter, Zurker, Facebook and Pinterest!

Every time you share an article on your Social Networks you hope that your followers will read your work and share it with their friends and followers. When they do, you are sourcing the crowd! That is Crowdsourcing!

This article will explore what crowdsourcing is and how you can use it to earn more money online as an article publisher or product vendor. Getting others to promote your products and services without direct pay or overhead is the "Going Concern" of your business. Money spent is the difference between "Outsourcing" and "Crowdsourcing".

Simply put, if people are searching for a product, service or solution that You can provide, and if you have the best products and solutions, people will naturally find your product. They will Buy it and Recommend it! This is the nature of business. You don't always have to spend a lot to acquire a lot. You should spend more time than money on any of your projects. That will lead to success.


Crowdsourcing: A Definition

Wikipedia defines Crowdsourcing as:

"Crowdsourcing is a process that involves outsourcing tasks to a distributed group of people. This process can occur both online and offline. The difference between crowdsourcing and ordinary outsourcing is that a task or problem is outsourced to an undefined public rather than a specific body, such as paid employees."

Isn't that exactly what we are doing when we socially share our articles on our social networks? If you have a Targeted Audience that is likely to read and share your articles as well as click your Ads, then you are already Crowdsourcing!

Crowdsourcing is the Future of Business!

Let's face it. People like what their friends like, not what corporations tell them what they should like. That used to work in the early 1900's but we have become smarter and better advised consumers.

If your friend tells you about a horrible experience at a particular restaurant, would you visit the restaurant or would you trust your friend's advice? That is the key to how crowdsourcing works! Warm Market Referrals (aka "Word of Mouth")

If you own your own business than you know this single truth: If customers are happy, they will not only come back for your products and services, but they will also tell their friends and will recommend you! That philosophy is the backbone to your business' success!

If you get good referrals you will do well. The opposite will happen if you get bad feedback and negative press. Your business and products are only as good as their reputation!

Are You Aware of Crowdsourcing?

What Do You Know About Crowdsourcing?

  • I knew nothing until I read this article!
  • I had heard of Crowdsourcing before but didn't really understand it.
  • I am very familiar with this Marketing Strategy!
  • I use Crowdsourcing to make money with little effort on a regular basis! This is incorporated into my Business Plan.
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Ways to Take Advantage of Crowdsourcing To Make More Money for your Business: Beyond Online Social Networks

As noted, Crowdsourcing is the best way to promote your products and services to a wider audience. Getting people to "push" your products and services is not as hard as you think. You will have to work hard at first, setting up your networks with a targeted audience, but once the ball gets rolling, it will continue to bring you an increasing amount of traffic and sales.

Here are some Tips and Guidelines for making the most out of Crowdsourcing:

  • Best Tip Ever: NEVER PAY MONEY for referrals or so-called "Guaranteed Traffic and Backlinks"! These are SCAMS and will earn you a reputation as a SPAMMER online!
  • The best way to get traffic and backlinks is to Create Quality and share it with a Targeted Audience; customers who are already searching for your products and services!
  • A Fact of Life: Most of the time, your family and friends will not be your best referrals! Over time when they see your success they can be valuable but when you are just starting out trying to promote a new product, don't be upset when they have doubts or lack of interest! Move on and find a Targeted Audience!
  • Let your Products Work For You! If you have great products they will sell! Yes, you need to get the word out, but once you do, your great product or service will "Go Viral"! It's a natural process that occurs under the right conditions.
  • Start A Campaign.
  • Write Down Your Goals! What do you expect from your Campaign? Create a Marketing and Business Plan that is Realistic. Don't overshoot your goals.
  • Deal with Disappointment! Sometimes deals fall through or you don't make your Quotas and Goals. That's OK...Forward Progress!
  • Find Like-minded Individuals that are willing to Promote Your Products and you should Return the Favor.
  • Consider sending out Mailings to Local Business to form Relationships and Referrals.
  • No matter where you are, Look Around You for Potential Sales and Relationships.
  • Remember that this is a Numbers Game; Most People Are Not Interested in Your product and you have to Sell Yourself to Sell Your Product! Never Lie or be deceitful by making false promises.
  • Hand Out Business Cards
  • Give Free Samples or Discounts to First Time Clients
  • All of these ideas can help you to expand your Crowdsource and Networks!

Use Crowdsourcing To Keep Your Business Moving!

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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Thanks for the valuable information about Crowd Sourcing. Have voted this up and shared!!!


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank You Janine Huldie! Your comment has become a cornerstone in my Crowdsourcing efforts! I appreciate your vote and especially for sharing!

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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

You are so welcome JS Matthew and thank you again!!


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Anytime Janine! Any time! I always appreciate your comments!

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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Same here JSMatthew!!


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Lee Tea 4 years ago from Erie, PA

Inspiring. Thanks for taking the time.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Happy to inspire Lee Tea! Thanks for stopping by!

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

I never heard the term crowd sourcing but its what we've been doing all along huh? Intersting how you point out that a person's best referrals are not going to be from family. I found the same to be true - gotta wonder why! Anyways, excellent article JS =) Glad to see you writing more.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

thanks for sharing this JS!


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

Hi, J.S., very interesting article, I had never actually heard the term crowd sourcing, but I'm very familiar with word of mouth and I always thought it extremelly important. Me and my husband run our own business and that has always been the backbone of the business. Anyway, you are quite right about friends and family, it is quite frustating, isn't it? Well, what can we do... You made the explanation very simple and have nice tips... Voted up and useful and sharing!


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Mellonyy 4 years ago

Crowdsourcing rhymes with Outsourcing, doesn't it.....?

In point of fact, do you use it (outsourcing) ?


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p10kabhijita 4 years ago from India

Very good article. Crowd sourcing is the dream of every marketeer. It talks about a situation where your brand ambassadors are your customers/audience. They get emotionally attached to your product so much so that they think it is worth talking about. voted up and most definitely shared :) :)


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Ardie: Hi Ardie! Crowdsourcing isn't an entirely new word but it is starting to show up a lot in the business world. You will also be hearing about Crowdfunding very soon too. Maybe a later Hub...

Every time I start a new venture my family and friends are always the last to jump on board. Whether it was selling life insurance or writing online, they don't have faith until they see the money coming in! I guess they are just trying to protect us from scams. I am trying to get back into writing somewhat regularly. At least one article per week is my goal until the Fall. Working 7 days a week and trying to balance family life is not an easy task! It's nice to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by!

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@unknown spy: Thanks for stopping by!

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@algarveview: Hello there! Crowdsourcing is a great way to get your products advertised without having to pay for it! It is becoming very popular with all kinds of companies. Often times they will give a discount or free product for referrals. It can be frustrating when you don't get the support from your family for these kinds of things but eventually they tend to come around! As you mentioned, word of mouth is the best advertising. People trust their friends and family when it comes to experiences related to spending money. I appreciate your comment and for voting up and sharing! Thanks!

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Mellonyy: Hi! No, I don't have a need to outsource just yet! I suppose the 2 words do rhyme though! Thanks for stopping by!

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@p10kabhijita: Yes it is! It fits wonderfully in any business plan and sometimes it can really make things take off. Here's an example: Justin Bieber became a huge superstar but he started as a regular Joe by posting his music on YouTube. Look where his crowdsourcing took him! I appreciate your comment, vote and for sharing! Thank you!

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Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi J.S.

Thanks for sharing. I have learned something new.

Voted up and awesome

Sharing this one

Take care :)


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

JS - I didn't know it was called crowdsourcing. I was actually thinking about this concept, though, as I was driving this morning. I feel like family and friends (i.e. MY family and friends) will share my stuff and people will buy more from my online store when I have put a lot of time, effort, volume and professionalism into my craft. Well done! Thanks for sharing this.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Sueswan: Hello! I am happy that you learned something new here. I appreciate your comment, vote and for sharing!

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@cclitgirl: Once we establish ourselves our close friends and family will come around. Sometimes they may even have to schedule time with you if you are that busy! When they see success they will become interested. That is what I have found in my experience. I appreciate you sharing your comment! Thanks for stopping by!

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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hi JS, and what a powerful and useful hub this one is!

I've learn quite a bit from reading your hubs about social networking and I thank you.

Voted up - useful

John


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello John Sarkis! It is always good to hear from you! I am so happy to hear that you have learned from my Hubs about social networking and marketing. I appreciate your votes and comment. Thanks again for stopping by!

JSMatthew~


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

I think I understand the concept, but I'm unclear about the application. My target audience is people who like to read what I write but don't know it yet. I have a targeted audience and I have products that are the best quality I can make them -- a published novel and a growing number of HubPages, nonfiction and fiction. But they aren't connecting. Now what?

Anyway -- Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello B. Leekley! Nice to see you again. The point to getting a targeted audience is to find people who have similar interests to you as well as finding people who are looking for the products you provide. When a big company like Walmart opens a store they do extensive research on things like demographics, income per capita, site relation to major highway, etc. We have to think like they do.

If you are not getting the results you desire either your product isn't as good as you think it is or you are just pitching it to the wrong crowd, or you are not pitching it to enough people. The best way to get better responses is to search for and add relevant connections to your networks.

This is a numbers game; at least 75% of the people you promote your products to will not show interest. The more targeted your audience is the better chances you have for making a sale. My advice is to keep refining your market and keep adding people to your networks. These things do take time-perhaps even several years. The key is to keep going and producing and once you take off, you can't keep up! I hope this helps answer your question. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting, voting and sharing!

JSMatthew~


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

A very interesting hub on a subject that I was completely unaware of before reading this hub....I think I will give some of your suggestions a chance....especially with my hub views diminishing every day...thanks for posting....voted up and very useful.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello Cogerson! I really hope that this can give you a different perspective on things. I am sorry (and surprised) that your traffic is down lately. I have the lowest traffic during the summer months. Hang in there it will get better! I appreciate your comment and votes.

JSMatthew~


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Faybe Bay 4 years ago from Florida

I am so glad you posted your hub on Facebook or I never would have found this article. It has so much valuable information. I am back after two years off. My family thought I was just wasting my time, lying to myself and that I would never be successful. They went so far as to say they didn't want to hear one more word about on line marketing, blogging or Hub Pages. It was my life... They talk about work to me all the time... I even went so far as to create a different Facebook account so I could say and do whatever I wanted without bothering them. Now, having received a check from HP after doing nothing for two years, it was a real wake up call. I have to ask myself how big that check would have been if I hadn't given up. I kept telling them that it generally takes two years, in any business, to know if you will be successful or not. I wish I could have had this article two years ago. It's a real boost to have you say to ignore what family and friends have to say. Great read, great info. I am sharing it and rating you up. Thanks!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Great advice, Matthew. UP and shared. The trick of course is not to be a spammer, nor to appear as one :-)


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izettl 4 years ago from The Great Northwest

I'm a freelancer and social media marketer and never heard of this. Honestly it sounds like a fancy word for what we're already doing and I'm still a little confused- it sounds like a combination of a few marketing approaches. It's good to know though and food for thought.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Faybe Bay: Hi there! Sorry for the delayed response. I have been so busy lately and have had much time online. I am happy that you found this on Facebook! I guess that this is proof that crowdsourcing works! Family can be difficult in terms of support. Once you get going though, they will see your dedication and earnings and they will come around. I was actually like you. After a few months on HubPages I stopped for over a year. Then one day I decided to get writing and I have been earning ever since! It takes a lot of time and effort, but if we stick to it, we will reach our goals. Creating a separate Facebook account is the best way to go as a writer. We need to keep our professional life and personal life separate. Many a reputation has been tarnished because of social media sharing sites. Two years is a good timeline to really start earning regularly. That's what it was for me. I am happy you stopped by and shared your experience! Thanks for the votes! Never stop writing!

JSMatthew~


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks Justin! You have been really busy writing these days! I enjoyed your poetry collection e-book and I am happy to support you! Thanks for the comment and votes!

JSMatthew~


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@izettl: Hello. Crowd Sourcing is just a term someone came up with and decided to start using it in the business world. We are already doing it! Maybe they are trying to avoid the use of the term "social networking" to make it sound more professional. Who knows? I just noticed I have seen the words on the web and did some research. What I found was I have been "Crowd Sourcing" all along! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

JSMatthew~

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