Facebook has over One billion members
Google+ has over 327 million users
Twitter has over 240 million members
It’s not too late to start your own SOCIAL REVOLUTION!
Are you interested in starting a unique and successful social empire? Their is a ton of opportunity today to launch a new specialized idea and blow up almost overnight! My name is Mike Williams and I’m an expert in building and promoting social networks! I’ve got a huge secret though…
I DID NOT BUILD MY SOCIAL NETWORKS FROM SCRATCH!
In fact I have almost no web design skills at all! I have used various platforms of social networking software that have been out on the market for years and is available to anyone! By using these social networking and dating site scripts I have been able to quickly build highly scalable sites which are easy to customize. Now you might be asking “Mike, how long does it take you to start a social networking site?” You might expect me to say a few months to get a new social network up and running. If I had to doe everything myself with no script to start from that might take me months or even years! Luckily with the amount of quality social networking software avaiable to people today, it doesn’t take me months, not even weeks or days.
It literately only takes me about an hour or two to stand up a new configured social networking site!
Imagine setting up your own social network without the need to learn difficult languages such as HTML, CSS and PHP! It is all possible thanks to the amazing social networking software on the market. Honestly, my 5 year old daughter has more web design knowledge than I do. Now days, all it takes is a great idea and the right social networking script to build a popular and profitable social networking website. You might be wondering “How do I know where to find the best social networking software?” I’m glad you asked! The purpose of this site is to share my knowledge and experience with you on various types of social networking software. I have used each and every script that I have reviewed on this site. I detail the pros and cons of each platform and follow up my review with a ranking based on five stars.
Remember, to build a social network today you DO NOT need any web design experience! I have built tons of social networks and dating sites that have grown very large using just the social networking software I have reviewed on this site. Check out the table below for the social networking scripts that I have used. They have been listed in the order of best to worst along with links to my reviews and the publishers homepage.
Remember how Facebook started? It was a small social networking site that was only being offered to college students when it was first launched. At the time of it’s creation Friendster and MySpace were the sites dominating social networking. Fast forward only a few years and Facebook is now the largest and most successful social network online. According to Alexa, Facebook is now the number 2 website in the world! With what started with only a few hundred college students to now amassing over a billion users world wide Facebook is a multi-billion dollar website. It is not uncommon for a new site with the right look and feel to come out and take down the previous sites that had dominated an industry.
Take Google for example. When Google was first launched, there were a lot of other well established search engines on the Internet. Yahoo, MSN, and Altavista were some of the most popular search engines. How was it that Google was able to over throw the largest search engines and become the number one search engine online? The founders of Google thought outside of the box. Most of the current search engines were just a portion of a larger portal site that consisted of news, stocks, classifieds, online communities, and email. The founders thought outside the box and instead of building an entire web portal, they focused on just web indexing and acting as a search engine. The simplicity of the site design won people over and eventually Google overtook all of the other search engines in the market. Google has now evolved into many facets, but it all started with just a simple basic search engine. Google has even built its own social network known as Google+.
Bigger is not always better in the world of social networking. Let us take a look at the famous micro-blogging site Twitter. Who knew that only allowing people to post short messages of up to 140 characters would revolutionize the world! Tons of people flock to Twitter everyday to post about just about anything. It is nearly impossible today to watch a television show that does not have a Twitter hashtag watermarked on it. From celebrities, businesses, subject matter experts to just regular people Twitter has become a huge part of peoples lives on a daily basis.
Sometimes a photo is worth a thousand words…and could be worth a billion dollars if you were the one behind popular photo sharing network Instagram. The creators of Instagram took advantage of the forward movement of the ever improving mobile phone. As phones were becoming more feature rich with better cameras and Internet browsing, Instagram became extremely popular. Adding in lens filters only helped launch the success of the popular photo sharing social network. As Facebook wanted to obtain more mobile traffic and found Instagram to be a big competitor, they purchased Instagram for a billion dollars.
You have seen the success stories. Now where do you begin?
Besides finding the best social networking software for your needs, you need to be creative about what kind of social network you want to cater to. You really need to think outside the box in order to be successful in the social networking game today. If you attempt to build a generic Facebook type of site your chances of success are slim to none. Why would anyone want to join a site that does exactly what Facebook is already doing so successfully?
You need to focus on your specific idea and create a niche site that has a specific target audience. For example if your favorite hobby is fishing, you could build a social networking site around that topic. As you are most likely knowledgeable in that area it wouldn’t be hard to run a fishing social network successfully. Being able to advertise and create some income from a fishing site would be simple as well with pay per click programs such as Google AdSense or selling fishing equipment or magazines through advertisements on your site! Using the right social networking software easily allows for advertisements to be added to key areas of your website!
Promoting a social network can be difficult at times; however, if you select a specific niche things get a lot easier! Face it, you could have the greatest social network on the Internet but if nobody knows about it what is the point? Back to our fishing example, word of mouth advertising is extremely powerful! It would be simple to promote your fishing site at bait and tackle shops, or just mentioning it to other fishing enthusiasts while out fishing. If you’ve got more of a budget you could advertise in fishing magazines or sponsor fishing events. With the right social networking software, you can find plugins that really assist in the word of mouth advertising. When a user signs up you can ask your members to email their contacts from their email address to let them know about your new and awesome site! Let me break down the power of word of mouth advertising. Imagine you had a new site with 1000 members. If each of those members got two of their friends to join, and then those new members got 3 friends to join your site would have exploded to 6000 members at a rapid rate! The more traffic to your site means more clicks on ads which means more income from your site!
It is important to find only the best social networking software to build your social network with. You want software that is full of features out of the box so you don’t need to learn how to code things you might want or pay someone else to do it for you. Above are a breakdown of the best social networking software I have had the pleasure of working with. Click on any of the links to view the details of each script or to visit the author’s website for more information.
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If your looking for a very user friendly, full featured, and easily customizable social networking software platform then phpFox is the clear cut winner in our book. phpFox was created by Benc Enterprises and released in 2005. Over the years, the staff at Benc Enterprises have revised...
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SocialEngine is one of the most popular brands when it comes to social networking software. SocialEngine was initially released in 2007 and has over 10,000 active customers utilizing the SocialEngine platform. Currently their are two flavors of the platform, SocialEngine PHP and...
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BoonEx Dolphin has been making a name for itself in the social networking software world since 2006. BoonEx, the company behind the Dolphin social networking script started in 2005 with a few other platforms for web sites and released Dolphin 5 in 2006. Since then Dolphin has been a...
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SkaDate is the most elite dating script on the market. Created by Skalfa LLC and originally released in 2005. SkaDate provides a reliable platform for building both a dating site as well as social networks. The most recent version of SkaDate’s full featured script is SkaDate...