Social bookmarking is a great way to generate traffic to your website. Social bookmarking allows people to save their favorite webpages online. Then people can access their favorite bookmarks from any computer and share them with other people. The bookmarks are easily found through tags – single words that describe a page – making it easy for people to search for similar bookmarks of find bookmarks they have saved.
Who is Social Bookmarking for?
Social Bookmarking is not limited to bloggers. It is great for anyone who has a website, blog, or someone wanting to share or find great content on the web. Non blogger? Submit a guest post or article to a niche site. Make sure there is a bio including a link back to your website. Then invite others to submit that article to social bookmarking sites.
Please note, there are a zillion social bookmarking sites out there for your use. Some are niche specific, but others like Digg offer a wide array of categories.
Here is the list of 19 social bookmarking sites I personally use:
Generate Traffic to your Website
Social bookmarking is a great way to generate traffic to any website for the reasons below:
Browsing – People browsing social bookmarking websites can come across your site and click on it if it looks interesting.
Searching – People searching social bookmarking websites can come across your website. People search social bookmarking sites instead of regular search engines because the content is submitted by like minded users. Somebody searching these sites knows the results will be more relevant to their search than from search engines. Leading to an increased possibility of them clicking your site (aka – does your headline yell ‘click me’).
PageRank - Some social bookmarking sites do not include the rel=”nofollow” attribute attached to your submission URL. Meaning the links are indexed on the search engine (good thing). If you bookmark your link with a high PR site, it is likely to boost your PR. Of course, there is a lot of debate on how much value ‘do follow’ links attribute to page ranking in Google. For today’s matter – well negate the debate.
Don’t worry about whether the link in your social bookmarking submission is indexed or labeled with rel=”nofollow”. Just submit to social bookmarking sites to increase your traffic.
Search Engines – You can look at this one in two ways.
If PR applies, then your website will rank higher in the search engines. Higher in the search engines – more traffic generated to your site above your competitors.
Second, social bookmarking links from your website increases traffic because of your great content. Increased traffic can link to people backlinking to you as a way to show others your good content. And the effect can continue to spread. This factor also has the potential to increase your PR and help you to rank higher in search engines.
Just get out there and bookmark!
How to get started with social bookmarking
Yes, social bookmarking is great for generating traffic. I’ve only just begun to re-utilize this method. Why? Because it can be really time consuming. But none the less eminent towards success. (Automation? Yes, but I haven’t found one that is more effective over manual submission).
- Sign up – Visit each social bookmarking site and sign up for an account, confirm, and get started.
- Track – start a protected spreadsheet to track:
Social bookmarking site | username | password | website link
Trust me, it will save you tons of time from having to request ‘forgotten password’ (I’m experienced in this area ;)).
- Submit – it is not always advised to submit your own content. So make it easier for your visitors to submit your content by adding social bookmarking buttons to the bottom (or the top) of your content. These buttons will submit your pages to those URLs.
If you have a WordPress.org (self-hosted) website then you can install the Digg Digg plugin. It is the easiest solution available because it is easy to set up, easy to configure, has many of the popular social bookmarking sites available and submits the correct link every time.
Don’t see your social bookmarking site available on the plugin? Check with the bookmarking site in question. Many have their own button available with directions on how to manually install it on your website.
Get out there and bookmark! Wanna submit my link? Just take a look at those arrays of buttons below. (thank you.)
If you submit to social bookmarking sites? Which ones generate good traffic to your site?
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