I'm always discovering new sites and recently I stumbled across Empire Avenue.
It's still quite confusing but before I get too involved I'd like to know if it would fall under the heading of a link exchange in the Adsense TOS.
How many people here use it?
I just had a look from the outside of the site, it doesn't explain how your virtual currency actually obtains traffic. It doesn't sound that much of a threat, since if you are just getting your profile displayed higher in their social lists, it isn't directly sending traffic to your sites.
I just started there. I asked people to like my jewelry store's facebook page for some shares and i got a bunch of sales out of it. Melbel has a great hub on what it is and how to use it.
Thanks will take a look.
I do remember that Twiends had to remove their Facebook like buying option because Facebook does not approve of buying likes in any form.
Yeah, since it's fake currency, it's okay and people will not "like" something just because you say you will pay them. It's really cool how many people actually check out my site from there because they are generally interested.
I have been on for a couple of weeks it is an interesting stock market game which keeps you on your toes. My name over there is Barrington.
Just started it, no your not dealing in money so it's not a link exchange, but it seems to be fun and so far the community are nice.
It doesn't have to involve money to be a link exchange. A link exchange is any website where you agree to click on my website if I agree to click on yours.
ok fair point, but i haven't said that anywhere so i'm going to give it a go has been fun thus far.
I wasn't talking about Empire Avenue specifically, just the definition of link exchanges in general.
Do you need a Facebook account to be able to get the most from it?
You can link your Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, blogs and various other accounts to it...
I noticed that, but I was wondering whether it was essential to get value from the site.
For instance, I don't have a Facebook account that I'd want to use on the site. I got the impression you're trading "Likes" - does that mean I miss out on some of the benefits?
Right now I haven't "purchased" any likes. I might in future though, since I have over a dozen Facebook pages - once I feel comfortable with how it works.
However you can link your blog sites using RSS feeds so you can increase traffic, too.
So on the whole, I think it depends what you want to use it for. Sure, you might be missing out on the Facebook angle, but I don't have a Flickr account, so I'm missing out on promoting that.
...wondering if we can link our RSS feeds from Hubpages there?
we can indeed link the RSS for HP. I haven't really got into how it all really works yet but it looks fun and the community are pretty nice.
You have a dozen Facebook pages? How does that work? do tell!
Heck, it looks like fun. I can't see where Google could get upset.. I'll give it a try (PCUNIX) there.
I played with it for a few days.. I don't have the time for it and although the site itself doesn't seem to be promoting anything that could arouse the wrath of Google,some of the people there definitely are.
Thanks for that feedback PC, maybe I won't bother!
It's more of a social networking promoting site. It doesn't help with getting your site more traffic, but if social networking is important to you, it DOES help with that. The site gives you fake currency based on how active you are in social networking, but has little to do with your own sites. Nobody gets any currency for visiting your site or blog, however, you earn currency form people buying your stock.
People buy stock from those who are active on social networking sites. If you are active, your stock will pay out high dividends. The more followers you have on twitter, the higher dividends you pay out to shareholders, so some shareholders will follow you on twitter. This is where people might confuse it with a link exchange, but it's not.
It's just a game, there is nothing you "get." You can put a link to your site on your profile, but this doesn't do anything other than maybe give you a back link. The users don't really give traffic to your sites, it's not about that. It basically boils down to how much you use Twitter.
IT CAN help you on HubPages if you tweet about HubPages, sometimes people there will retweet you, but this does not break AdSense TOS in any way.
It is not a link exchange.
And pcunix is right, there are people who are away self-promotional there. I ignore these people. They're irritating. Just go there to have fun and play a virtual social networking stock game.
I like it. Like klout it has no intrinsic value--but it helps encourage me to be a more effective social networker and promoter of my products. It is a sort of 'super klout' with some other elements thrown in.
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