Social Bookmarking Marketing, is it legal?

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Hello,

I have a question:

Is social bookmarking marketing, such as

-selling twitter followers
-selling facebook likes
-selling youtube views
-selling other platform votes/likes/followers/...

1) legal/illegal?
2) legal/illegal if you are reselling.
3) legal/illegal if you are generating the content through your own non-spam whitehat methods?

Could you make a legitimate business out of this kind of services?

I'm curious, because what started as something small for my own websites, I am now selling on fiverr... and I'm wondering if I should watch out, if I should keep the business small, or am I allowed to (potentially) have a real business?

Thanks!
#bookmarking #legal #marketing #social
  • Profile picture of the author JenMorgan
    NO it's against the website TOS
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Thompson
    I suppose that most of what you are describing is technically legal (You probably won't find the police breaking down your door), but it may not be ethical and is likely a violation of the TOS at the sites. In theory, you could get sued. Twitter recently sued some software manufacturers that it felt were hurting their business and violating their TOS.

    I believe SocialAdr has reseller accounts. This might be somewhat different because you submit links and other users decide whether to share them. It's a lot different than doing this with bots. So there may be ways to make that business model work, but I would recommend a measure of caution.
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  • Profile picture of the author donmodo
    All these methods you have mentioned are spamming, so it is not legal.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tadresources
      Originally Posted by donmodo View Post

      All these methods you have mentioned are spamming, so it is not legal.
      I think that depends on what country you're in, since different areas have vastly different laws regarding what constitutes spam.

      That being said, I do think this practice is unethical, regardless of the legalities.
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  • Profile picture of the author payperman1000
    So are you saying that fiverr is unethical by letting the users make small fortunes doing this very thing, even if the users are violating TOS?
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  • Profile picture of the author AnnaMolly
    It's just called blackhat marketing. Many, many people have businesses like this.
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  • Profile picture of the author warezQQ
    Ok thanks.

    The views/comments/likes/... that I generate myself are not bots, but via a "get paid to" system.

    The ones I resell I have no idea tbh...

    With illegal I mostly meant should I be feared to get sued, should I keep it underground, not expand my business too much?
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  • Profile picture of the author AAManager
    Yes, that's something illegal..because you are using their business, their names(TM) to make money without their consent.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasono
    No! it's not just because it's against the terms of services but who would want something that is not generating targeted traffic which is very useless.
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  • Profile picture of the author SamDermot
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    Well, I have seen on DigitalPoint forum selling these services so I would say that it is legal, social bookmarking is not legal.
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  • I would be really careful doing this. I am almost positive it is against website TOS. You would not want to get sued!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I think you should stick to conventional means of internet marketing, and not try to sell alot of "fake" stats. It won't boost your sales, and it will only delude you if you think it will increase your sales. It's not a good business model. Eventually after a few people buy from you and they see that their results dont improve even with the fake stats... they will come to the realization that these methods of making them seem "successful" is in truth futile.
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  • Profile picture of the author alexgold87
    It's not against Terms and Conditions rules, but ethically is not nice.
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  • Profile picture of the author JerrickYeoh
    Its not legal but still lot of people looking forward this service and that why lot of seller all around.
    Just like link building with robot, everyone know it illegal but yet lot of people looking for this service.
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  • Profile picture of the author IulianP
    I wouldn't reccomend it- for the reasons the guys above said already so I won't repeat them since they are right :-)
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  • Interesting have not been thinking about it. But isnt this whole idea of a concept of a VA or outsourcing. I could manually add my twitter followers or outsource the same to a group. When Businesses are sold they are sold generally with client base, now if you have twitter account with 1000 followers you are selling it to your prospective buyer to continue the same theme of your account.
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  • Profile picture of the author neowords
    I would love to buy email list ))
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  • Profile picture of the author SocialMediaOwls
    You are going to get a million different opinions....personally I do what it takes to get where I need to go
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  • Profile picture of the author seoproservices
    This is shear illegal... and people fake these services... not real followers and anything
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  • Profile picture of the author equanto
    In my point of view,,,
    Social bookmarking it's not illegal marketing - this is like a viral interest. Google like it.
    As you know, social bookmarking allows an Internet user to save and share his or her favorite websites using a social bookmarking site. From this kind of service that the social bookmarking sites offer is where you, as an online marketer can take off. By being a member of at least one of the major bookmarking sites, you get to do the things that the other members do: bookmark URLs, save and organize them, and vote and comment on other users' bookmarks.
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