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Build Links With Bookmarking

June 30, 2011

By Carol Amato

Do you know how to build links with bookmarking?

Recently social bookmarking has become very popular with marketers in every possible niche market.

Many social bookmarking sites such as StumbleUpon, Digg, Del.icio.us, and Technorati allow users to add links to sites they happen to fancy and other visitors can grab the links and add them to their own lists, making your URLs go viral.

Social bookmarking sites can be great for getting traffic to your own domains.

Jump on the bandwagon.

Build Links With Bookmarking

You can bookmark your sites yourself and then hope others will share the links and in some cases vote your entries up, like Digg users will do.

If enough people vote for a particular story, it might make it to the front page of that bookmarking site.  A front-page listing can mean thousands of visitors a day.  But because of the very nature of social bookmarking sites, if you want to get a lot of traffic from the bookmarking sites themselves, then you have to make sure that the links you submit are newsworthy – not just your sales pitch page.

Build Links With Bookmarking

Use the news to work your site into the bookmarking bevy of links. For instance – let’s say you’re in the gardening niche and you have a site on growing tulips.  A simple how-to site may not get shared a lot.

But let’s say you read an article about a discovery by a group of scientists that says people who grow tulips in their yards are 60% less likely to develop lung cancer, then you’d have a pretty decent shot at having a lot of users in both the gardening and health demographic share your links with others.

If your sites tend to be less newsworthy and more general, then you shouldn’t worry about how many people vote for a story or share your links.  Just concentrate on using the social bookmarking sites to gain backlinks to your sites.

Focus on bookmarking the index page of your site first.  Be careful not to bookmark too many of your own sites at first, since that can appear spammy; remember to bookmark other interesting sites you see that you don’t necessarily own yourself.

The key to social bookmarking is to become part of the community who shares interesting information.  Create a good profile that tells a little about you.  Add a picture, and if the site offers it, start building a “friends” list.

Be careful about how many links you add per day.  You shouldn’t go crazy and add 100 links the day you sign up to a Build Links With Bookmarkingsocial bookmarking site.  Keep it to five or less per day and you should be fine.

After you’ve been a user for several weeks, you might be able to get away with up to 10-25 per day.  Just make sure to keep bookmarking stories on other websites.  Vote for a few of the stories that made it onto the first page.

Also, bookmark a story at FoxNews.com every once in a while, or a funny YouTube video.  This helps make your profile look a lot more legitimate in the eyes of the community and you can feel good when you build links with bookmarking.

I use a really cool plugin that’s completely free (visible below this post) called Sociable for WordPress to build links with bookmarking.





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  • Glenn

    I have never done any social bookmarking before. I think I’ll check out that sociable plugin. thanks for the info.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      If done responsibly, it can be very powerful.

      Thanks for stopping by. – Carol

  • Connie

    I wasn’t aware of social bookmarking. Thanks for keeping me up to date!

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      You’re welcome, Connie – glad to help! :)

      -Carol

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