Social bookmarking is often over an overlooked source of free traffic. The practice of social bookmarking is done by using an internet-based service created to allow users to store, manage, and share publicly various websites and articles. Instead of bookmarking websites in your web browser, social bookmarking allows those same bookmarks to be tagged for easy searching, categorized, and shared with others and whats even better is you can search other peoples bookmarks to discover new content.
Social bookmarking is a great source of traffic building if you remain active on the social bookmarking site, but the truth is, there is not enough time in a day to stay active on every social bookmarking site on the internet. A couple days ago in a post about social branding I mentioned using stumbleupon to build traffic. Stumbleupon is a social bookmarking site, and one I am highly active on. The trouble is there are hundreds and hundreds of social bookmarking sites on the Internet.
So rather than staying active on every social bookmarking site, you should pick two or three that you find perform really well, and automate all the others. Whereas this doesn’t bring you tons of traffic it does bring you in a fair amount of backlinks – especially if you slowly go through them one by one and fill out your profile pages.
Building backlinks is not the single most important thing when it comes to SEO but it is still important when it comes to general marketing. The more places people can find your links the better. Also it puts you at an advantage if one site suddenly becomes more popular than another.
When it comes to automated bookmarking you have to be very careful. There are a lot of very dangerous tools out there that go a little overboard and can get you in sandboxed in Google.
I personally recommend a tool called social submitter. Social Submitter is a automated social bookmarking tool that submits your links and your finds to over 400 different social sites. Around 50 of these social sites are adult in nature meaning unless you do adult content, only 350 will be useful to you.
Some of the key features of the Social Submitter software are:
- Site filtering system
- Proxy support
- Nested Synonimizer
- Multiple social site accounts support
- Posted links retrieval
- Submission reports
- Submission to specific categories
- Bulk Submit mode
Social Submitter is very much tried and trusted but be very careful how you use it. Do not create multiple social accounts under fake names and spam with this tool, be selective and see where the best backlinks and best performing sites are and focus on those sites. Submit more than just your own websites and articles (this requires making multiple projects and can be a pain, do this with your favorite sites only). Make your content and submissions appear as natural as possible.
This is what makes the automatic submission tool useful.