Remember about ten years ago when those auto-surfing services and ad-based toolbars hit the scene? Some people made some decent money with those services, but they quickly fell out of favor. Well, it seems that a somewhat similar concept has resurfaced with a social media slant to it.
In today’s review, we take a look at Sweeva, a new site and service that refers to itself as “social browsing.” What exactly does this mean and can it be profitable to you as an Internet marketer? Perhaps.
Like an Automated StumbleUpon?
Many of you may already be familiar with StumbleUpon and how it can send you a random website with the click of a mouse. Checking out the “How It Works” page on Sweeva, the fundamental concept is similar but the execution is vastly different.
Instead of only going to a new site when you click the button, the entire Sweeva membership views the same site at the same time. A new site pops up about every 30 seconds and the community then has the opportunity to interact with it: comments, Facebook shares, ratings, and so on.
The kicker is that the sites being displayed to the Sweeva community are actually submitted by the Sweeva members themselves. In this way, you could justifiably use Sweeva to promote your book, your blog, or whatever other site you’d like.
A System of Bids and Credits
After you go through the process of signing up for a new account with Sweeva, you’ll be greeted with the main user dashboard.
From there, you can use the navigational links near the top to add your sites to the Sweeva directory and place bids to have these sites appear. You see, Sweeva works on a system of credits.
You get credits for viewing the sites on the autosurf utility and referring other users. Alternatively, you can buy additional credits. There are four packages, ranging from $7.97 (1,000 credits) to $47.97 (10,000 credits).
Bidding on Promotional Power
These credits are then spent in a bid-based system. You can add as many sites as you want to your directory, but each bid is only valid for one of those. Since some times of the day are more desirable than others, the bid system accommodates such differences.
As you can see here, you can select the day of the week, as well as the time of the day that you would like your submitted site to appear for other Sweeva members. For both day and time, you can make multiple selections if you like.
After that, you’ll need to choose the number of credits you’d like to use in your bid. As you can probably suspect, the highest bidders for each surfing hour get to have their sites shown. These sites are chosen between 20 minutes and one hour prior to being shown on the Sweeva autosurfing utility.
What About the Autosurfing Itself?
Naturally, the main part of Sweeva’s social browsing is the autosurfing portion of the site.
The “winning” sites are shown in the main part of the window, of course, with the sidebar providing a space for comments and conversation. The person who submitted the site, along with any ribbons he or she may have earned, is shown at the top of this sidebar.
Below that are three buttons: thumbs down, unsure, and thumbs up. You vote on the site and it can earn said ribbons and awards. You will not be taken to the next site until you vote, it seems. You’ll also notice some links along the bottom for tweeting, saving the site, and so forth.
Web Browsing and Marketing on Autopilot?
At this point, it’s hard to say whether or not Sweeva will be a success. Many people do enjoy the utility of something like StumbleUpon, but that still has much more of a social aspect to it, whereas Sweeva attracts more Internet marketers.
Many of the sites shown during my time spent on Sweeva were promotional in nature, trying to push affiliate deals and the like. This is understandable, but almost regrettable. In terms of functionality, though, Sweeva is reasonably user friendly and easy to understand.