Social bookmarking is a way of leaving a trail of breadcrumbs online. You might have the best product in the world, but if you can’t generate the traffic you’ve just got a nice website on your hands with no customers. Even if you have a loyal mailing list you will still need to constantly update this by attracting new online visitors.
There are many options for making connections on social bookmarking sites. To find the best you need to take your time and surf around. Once you have researched the best way to start is to set up some social bookmarking accounts that you can use regularly.
StumbleUpon is one of the most popular of the social bookmarking sites which is both powerful and easy to use. First you need to create an account and then create a toolbar interface. All that’s left to do is click on the Thumbs Up icon in order to recommend a website. This can be done for any websites you own and you can also ask your friends to give you the Thumbs Up. In addition to these ratings you can also add comments (known as discoveries) about your website.
Powerful advice: Do not stumble the same site too many times. Vary your stumbles across a number of different sites. I have had accounts ‘banned’ by StumbleUpon. They don’t really tell you why they have banned your account but I think it was for stumbling the same site too many times.
Can you Digg it? Sounds like a line from a 70s song, but it is actually a very popular social bookmarking site. Digg works very much like StumbleUpon in that users are allowed to push up the ratings for a particular site so that it reaches the front page. If you can make it to the front page you will be presenting yourself to thousands of potential visitors and more and more people will start hitting your site to see what you are all about.
Clipmarks markets itself as “scissors for web pages.” This site lets you submit items that are transmitted to the Internet – including to an iPhone and to Facebook. It provides a one stop shop and can save a lot of time.
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Start off by installing plugins for your browser. These allow you to carry out a multitude of functions such as clicking once to submit your item to many sites in one go. In order for this to work, you will need to join any social bookmarking sites you want to use. Once that is done, you can use OnlyWire to carry out submissions to these sites.
You will need to ensure that visitors to your site know how they can rate your site. It is not possible to bribe or reward them for bookmarking your site. This is the social bookmarking equivalent to stuffing the ballot box.
You can publish links to bookmarking sites as a gentle and polite reminder to your visitors. Don’t be coy about submitting any updated information to these networks yourself. You will just need to ensure that you do it in such a way that it doesn’t appear as spam. If you tell people what you have got and where they can find it there is a good chance they will pass this information on to others.
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