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avatar SoggyTractor
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Ito s never easy to stand out from the crowd. But ito s usually necessary to get into important positions, to be successful and to achieve your goals. On Planet Minecraft, the same principle applies. But Io m not talking about the basics of advertising, high quality content and all the obvious stuff you might already know. There are many more advanced techniques of getting noticed on PMC.


  1. Have a presence.


Every time you talk to someone on PMC, ito s a form of advertising which goes beyond the chat. You need to get to know as many people as possible on the site to maintain a presence. When people comment on your submission, respond to them and try making the conversation last. Show that youo re interested in what they have to say and you might o be-friendo them (cringe-worthy, but true.)


Look through the sections and subscribe to as many people as you can. Then your picture will appear in the o Subscriberso section on their profiles, and people may see it and click on it. Also, people will subscribe to you in return.


Be active in the forums. Find topics where you can offer original information. Inform people or make them laugh. People will click on your name if theyo re interested in what you have to say. So, *say* as much as possible.


Another good idea is to comment on blogs/projects/etc. that have just hit the pop reel. If theyo re just becoming popular, lots of people will begin to arrive and see your comment in the process. Dono t promote yourself on other peopleso submissions; but youo ll get noticed if you make a substantial comment and say something interesting (which leads to the next point). Just remember, having a presence is all about putting your name all over the site.



  1. Be interesting.


Let your personality come out in everything you say. If youo re making a comment on a submission, make sure youo re not repeating what has already been said, and say what you would in real life.


You can do this especially in the chat. When advertising, dono t just ask people to view your content. Your advertisement has to stand out for anyone to go near it. Mention an interesting fact about the submission (eg. o this took 28 hours to build!o or o I cano t believe this just hit 5,000 viewso ). Or ask a question to get your fellow PMC-ers involved (o can we reach 50 diamonds?o or o do you think this is my best skin to date?o ). Keep your ad snappy, and use capitals, exclamation marks, and whatever else you can think of (within reason) to draw eyeballs.


Similarly, your submission cover photos have to be interesting. Make sure you find a high quality image, that fits with the blog, project, mod, etc. and that is eye-catching. Make it funny, colourful or themed. The title of your submission should be pasted on the image but has to be visible and placed in the right way to work with the picture behind it.


  1. Have an image.


Once your profile starts getting popular (perhaps when you reach level 20), try and design an image for yourself. Ito s like running a business - you need a theme across your products. Of course, youo re limited on PMC but you can still project your image in your picture, in your profile description and in your writing. Format your writing in a certain way. For example, I now format my blogs with horizontal lines, paragraphs of different colours and an introduction and conclusion. These make my blogs distinctive. The colours are also consistent with those in my profile image.


If you want, you can make your own logo and use it in your profile picture, at the ends of your submissions and in your SigCard, which is shown under your posts in the forums. So, having an image makes you recognizable.


  1. Be talented.


Well, you cano t just o beo this. But you have to find what youo re good at. Dono t dabble with skinning and texture pack(-ing) just because o everyone else does themo , if what youo re really good at is building. Successful PMC-ers become known for a couple or even just one specific thing. For example, Hypixel is known for adventure maps and Disco for his amazing skills with redstone. Thato s their thing. You have to find your thing.




Of course, there are the obvious things as well. Stick to the rules, only post original content, be friendly, respect the moderators and post high-quality submissions. But all this extra stuff can help you along. To capture peopleo s attention, you have to interact with them as much as possible and be as unique as possible. That means working hard on the site as well as working hard in Minecraft.




o Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.o




-William Faulkner.

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I felt very. . . strange and maybe even uncomfurtable whilst reading this. I always try to be my best and subscribers are sort of a reward for being yourself. But the thing is, SoggyTractor and company, that this blog speaks the true. And you're right. And deep down inside, we all choose fame rather than being ourselves, so we put on masks. Which you have not put on a mask. And I thank you for that.
  • Frankieellen
  • Level 29
  • Expert Unicorn
  • August 28, 2013, 10:53 am
Woah this an awesome tutorial for the new people of PMC!
  • MattsOnMc
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Programmer
  • August 23, 2013, 11:18 am
you cought my attention by naming this blog "how to capture peoples attention"
*AttentionCeptia*
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 23, 2013, 11:54 am
Ceptia? Huh.
  • yigitusta9
  • Level 46
  • Master Lad
  • August 23, 2013, 6:45 am
How To Capture People's Attention

like dis
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 23, 2013, 11:54 am
no.
  • 3D
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Lad
  • August 23, 2013, 6:27 am
(insertsubstantial comment here)
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 23, 2013, 6:40 am
Now you're getting the hang of it.
  • Rhomboid
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Crafter
  • August 23, 2013, 5:28 am
I've been trying to comment more after reading this post. I'm usually worried that what I want to say has no substance so I avoid commenting.

But maybe people still like the compliments, even if I don't have much to say.
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 23, 2013, 6:27 am
I used to worry about that too. But I realised, compliments are always worth giving because the people on this site need feedback to continue uploading.
  • lentebriesje
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 82
  • Elite Terraformer
  • August 23, 2013, 4:31 am
I generally do not reply to blogs, but this blog actually touches relevant topics, all be it a bit sugercoated. It's a shame "marketing" is somewhat of a dirty word to misinformed people. I could give some additional practicle tips of my own, but i'm afraid it would paint me as being a dishonest sales person. And i'm intentionally using marketing and sales through eachother because except for people who studied it, there's little understanding about what the difference is.

I'm sorry my reply turned into a rant. Good blog though, i support its basic message.
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 23, 2013, 5:15 am
Thank you. I guess. But how exactly did I 'sugarcoat' it?

I think you should share your tips as long as they don't *directly* break the rules; we all need to learn and use subtle strategies to market ourselves in this world.

OMG you're the one who did the Earth map. Which is amazing. :D I'm honoured that you read this.
  • lentebriesje
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 82
  • Elite Terraformer
  • August 23, 2013, 6:06 am
Sugercoating was maybe the wrong word, it's just that the topics you touch are branding 101 except for the being talented part. You do avoid the marketing terms though, that's what i meant with sugercoating. Because as i said in the previous reply, people who don't know marketing in general don't think very highly of it. It's good marketing on your part though, wouldn't worry about it.

None of my tips would break the rules, most certainly not. They're just tips, but some people might find them manipulative. And eventhough that might be misinformed,,, you can loose a reputation overnight, but you can't build it ;) so i'm just staying away from it.

I think about everything in life can be explained in terms of marketing, I can't think of anything natural to humans that can't be used as an analogy for a type of marketing. But many people don't want to see the world in such terms, all business like. For example at academical level friendship & love are reduced to measureable cost & benifit exchanges[size=10pt]. Whereas most people prefer a more moral based look on the subject :)[/size]

The sleazy sales guy is a widelly known stereotype which is frowned upon, the notion that everyone shares characteristics with this stereotype i think most people find unsettleing, people can be very self righteous that way. The clearest terms to put it in would be in terms the sleazy sales guy would use, but if you package it as something more friendly you might loose some meaning along the way and some areas there are just no other terms then the proffesional ones i'd say, but the self righteous people can maintain the idea they're better ;)

/end psychoanalyse mode

And yeah, i did the earth map :)
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 23, 2013, 6:37 am
You'd think, as a blogger, I'd be good with words. But I didn't understand half of that. XD

I think 'marketing' and 'branding' and all that are only considered sleazy if it involves money. Thankfully being on this site just means getting useless internet points. Perhaps as you say, the tips would be manipulative, but they can't get much more manipulative or sneaky than the ones in this blog. Like I said the key is 'putting your name all over the site', which, to me, seems to be all you can do on the internet. I'd like to think this blog was friendly, but professional as well, but maybe we all have to kinda be that stereotype to succeed in life. So yeah. :L
  • -Rusty-
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Network
  • August 22, 2013, 9:07 pm
There is a secret message in this blog...

telling you to comment...
on pop. reel...

Mmm
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 22, 2013, 9:32 pm
I realised that, it's a bit coincidental, but I genuinely just wanted to share some tips with people in this blog.
  • -Rusty-
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Network
  • August 23, 2013, 11:45 am
:L

Well, good job anyway

diamonds :)
  • GG50
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Toast
  • August 22, 2013, 3:29 pm
Hitting someone in the back of the head with a break seems the best way to grab someones attention. Atleast, in my own experiences.

Although, well done on the blog :D
  • Ivain
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Terraformer
  • August 22, 2013, 9:54 am
Very useful indeed, this told me those specific things i needed to know, not just all the vague stuff these sort of blogs usually come up with.
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 22, 2013, 11:06 am
Thanks. I know right, I see a lot of those.
  • Contrast
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • August 22, 2013, 9:04 am
step 1 get a vacume step 2 put a spell on the vacume step 3 Suck the attention outve the ppl..
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 22, 2013, 9:28 am
A vacume step? You mean a vacuum?
Do you, sir, have a Skype?
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 21, 2013, 10:05 pm
I do not, good sir.
You really helped me out a bunch. Pentakill is right. You make people read instead of seeing a bunch of words!
Ok! Thank you so much!
Soggy you were one of my first inspirations of making blogs. You make people actually read, not just see a lot of text and think it's good, so they diamond it. You actually made me sit down, rest my chin on my hand, and read. Not that I don't do that to others, but I actually read word for word and understand every word. That's the amount of respect I have for you. Thanks for getting me this far man.
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 21, 2013, 10:08 pm
This means a lot. Like, a lot, a lot. Thanks very much :) I'll always be here, bloggin' away.
Cool blog soggy a diamond for u!Also I'm not trying to offend u. It are u gay cus ur pic is a guy with pink cheeks and a rainbow or are u a girl?
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 21, 2013, 10:07 pm
People have said this to me before and well, NO I'M A STRAIGHT GUY, OKAY. I just like colourful pictures :(
Sorry man well if it makes u feel better I like ur blogs and I am a subscriber to ur channel =)
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 22, 2013, 9:30 pm
Lol. It's okay. And ty!
  • IamPetz
  • Level 41
  • Master Bunny
  • August 21, 2013, 3:48 pm
You made some really good points, and I think this blog could be helpful to those starting out and hoping to get noticed
I personally would like to add "initiating conversation" and "making a good impression". When I started out, I was pretty intimidated to talk to others (in chat and stuff), but I found that if you want to get noticed sometimes you've got to make that first step yourself.
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 21, 2013, 10:13 pm
Thanks. This is true, true.
  • Chips
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Pirate
  • August 21, 2013, 3:00 pm
I get peoples attentions by making my title unprofessional and my thumbnail professional... which is kind of weird, but it seems to work out
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 21, 2013, 10:10 pm
Lack of professionalism..isn't that just blending in with a lot of other people on the site? ;o
  • DasDuriel
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pegasus
  • August 21, 2013, 2:52 pm
most unknown level 50+ here : P
neat blog
you even cover some "new" things
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 21, 2013, 10:11 pm
You're unknown because you only have 1 submission and you haven't released anything for ages. I'm sure you can change that. :) Thanks.
love it its helping me you get diamond
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 21, 2013, 12:50 pm
Good. That's my aim. Thanks :)
your welcome
  • HumbleHobo
  • Level 20
  • Expert Dragonborn
  • August 21, 2013, 12:02 pm
You should like, teach me your blogging ways O-O
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 21, 2013, 12:16 pm
Yeah. Lets, like, organise that sometime. ;o
  • HumbleHobo
  • Level 20
  • Expert Dragonborn
  • August 21, 2013, 12:22 pm
Ok, I'll PM you :)
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 21, 2013, 12:51 pm
Like, seriously? ;l
I wanna join this convo. Message me your ways!
  • Xoyjaz
  • Level 63
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • August 21, 2013, 11:33 am
lol both the title and the picture captured my attention. Thank you for the information!
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • August 21, 2013, 11:39 am
[size=12px][color=rgb(37,37,37)]Thank you. I'm glad I could have your attention today. Bring it back whenever you like.[/color][/size]

[size=12px][color=rgb(37,37,37)]Idk why that's highlighted.[/color][/size]

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