Is the social bookmarking monster good or bad? Should you be afraid of it or not?
Who, what and when of Social Bookmarking.

1. Introduction

  1. What is Social Bookmarking
  2. Advantages of Social Bookmarking
  3. Disadvantages 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.

5. Recap

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.

Experiment / Social Bookmarking
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5 thoughts on “Experiment / Social Bookmarking

  • December 23, 2007 at 9:44 am
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    Great post, I’ve always found that if you bring authority and quality to any community you will see organic traffic. People are attracted to knowledge and if you can make people think and offer value people will be curious to see what your all about. After that its time to start working on your conversions, but community traffic doesn’t generally convert but they can be very effective places to generate quality backlinks through. Cheers.

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  • December 25, 2007 at 8:23 pm
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    Quality has always been the key – whether it is with social bookmarking, building a site or writing on your blog (or anything else you do).

    Provide junk content and everything you do will fail – over the long run.

    So I agree – great post.

    Andrew

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  • December 26, 2007 at 11:04 am
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    good point! I was already doing it but now will try to go more deep!

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  • January 19, 2008 at 3:27 pm
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    If you run an Adsense website, then Google traffic is more important than organic traffic.
    I don’t care about being on the front page. I just submit a new article on some social networks because this will make Google to index your article sooner.

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  • January 20, 2008 at 3:06 am
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    Having good content will build your authority, and then you will see traffic coming your way.You have to give in order to get, in the social sites.

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