Is the social bookmarking monster good or bad? Should you be afraid of it or not?
Who, what and when of Social Bookmarking.
2. How it should work
You register on your favorite social bookmarking site, fill in your profile details and start posting. If the link you posted has good quality content it will get on front page. If you get on the front page you will get loads of traffic to your website, or at least this is how it should work.
3. How it really works
First possibility: you register, start posting all the links you can find on your website and they never get you any traffic. You might have a quality link once, but because you made all those crappy submissions in the past no one will vote for it and you will never get any traffic.
Second possibility: you only submit the links you consider to have good quality content, and you still don`t get enough votes, comments, traffic.
Some people will deliberately try to stop you from succeeding with your promotion just because they can, so be careful and try not to upset anyone. You could even get banned from the website if you`re overdoing it.
Ever wondered why that happens?
3. What can you do about it
There are a few things you can do about it, but in the end what matters is the content of your submission and the good will of other people. To improve your chances you should:
1. Interact with other users.
Read other people’s posts, vote for them, comment on them, add friends, join groups.
2. Don`t overdo it.
Don`t make more than one profile, don`t spam, never leave inappropriate comments, don`t leave too many comments on the same post, don`t be rude, play nice.
4. How will this help you
By knowing all these things and taking the few advices listed above, in combination with quality submissions, your chance to get traffic from social bookmarking websites will strongly increase.
Register, interact with other people, join groups, post quality content, make friends, help them promote their stuff and they will return the favor.
6. The experiment
Just in case you`re still thinking that the social bookmarking websites are made to help other people promote their own websites, please read the definition of social bookmarking again.
You can run you own experiment and test all of the above if you`re not already doing it, as I am about to do.
Choose a good topic, make an interesting post and start promoting it on one or more social bookmarking websites. When you submit your content to the website take the time to place it in the right category, write the best title and description for it or you will fail instantly and all the work you put in this and your wonderful content will go in vain. Ask the friends you already made on the chosen website(s), or the people in your group to help you with the promotion.
Remember, social bookmarking websites are unpredictable. The traffic is a one time phenomenon for each article you successfully promoted, so try to make the best of it with a really good submission.
Feel free to leave examples of your successful or unsuccessful experiment or any other opinion you have on the matter.