Are you using free social bookmarking sites as a form of blog promotion?
If you haven’t heard the term, you may be more familiar with social bookmarking sites than you think.
This post will explain what social bookmarking is and how you can use six free social bookmarking sites to conduct research for your blog posts, find quality backlinks, like-minded bloggers, increase traffic, and monetize.
by Prazwal Mahajan
Have you ever sent a link which you found exciting to a pal or member of the family? If yes, you have already participated in bookmarking.
But what is bookmarking anyway?
Bookmarking is a type of saving a page which seems interesting to you for further reference so that we can access it easily.
For example: While reading a book, we use bookmarks to remember where we left reading. We usually put a small cardboard, sticky notes, and other bookmarks. This process is called bookmarking.
Inside the era of the internet, the Kindle has taken over novels and diary writing has emerged as weblog writing. We often deal with all sorts of links such as links in email and websites’ hyperlinks.
In any case, it’s now not like you may take a small piece of cardboard or a sticky note and boldly position it on an internet page the way you may do with the pages in an actual book.
You can think about social bookmarking like tagging or saving an internet page with a web tool so that you can get entry to it later without any problem. In place of saving them in your internet browser, you’re saving them to the internet. And, because your bookmarks are online, you can get access to them from anywhere where you have a web connection.
Advantages of Social Bookmarking
1. Ease of access.
The one great advantage social bookmarking has is the ease of use compared to a browser. The question might arise in your mind:
‘Why use social bookmarking when we can search for the link through a browser?’
The answer is Searching from a browser is like finding a needle in hay. Every day millions of articles are written, the ranking of the articles are never the same. Today articles appearing on Page 1 might be outranked and thrown out of the race. This is where social bookmarking comes in handy: we can reach all the information just logging into our accounts.
2. A high-quality backlink.
When you submit your website to a Social Bookmarking Site and successfully verify the ownership of it, you get a High-Quality Backlink from the site. Usually, the backlinks are do follow backlinks.
A backlink from a site with DA (Domain Authority) and PA (Page Authority) could have many benefits for you. It might rank you higher, improve your Alexa ranking, and might improve your Google page rank.
3. Finding other bloggers of your niche.
Social bookmarking can help you find your fellow bloggers which are from the same niche. It is very difficult to find like-minded bloggers on social media platforms but the platform of social bookmarking is mostly used by blog owners to publicize their content.
It is a great platform for meeting new people, you can ask for favors like guest posting and help with the issues you are facing. This may be the point of difference in your today and tomorrow.
4. Stay updated.
Social bookmarking sites contain tons of new information every day, ranging from SEO to image optimization and much more. These pages are usually updated with the latest releases, new trends, and new algorithm updates.
A blogger needs to be updated, Blogging about the current issues would bring tons of traffic and another topic might bring none.
5. Increased traffic and faster indexing.
The number of shares of your post in social bookmarking sites is directly proportional to the increase in the traffic and the traffic is of high quality which means increased revenue.
The good qualities of backlinks also help in fast indexing of your blog post and increase the ranking of your keywords.
Various social bookmarking sites:
Pinterest isn’t only a bookmarking website, it’s popular graphical content distribution social media internet site.
It is a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting (known as ‘pinning’ on Pinterest) images or videos to their own or others’ boards and browsing what other users have pinned.
You can sign up to Pinterest from here. After signing up, you can create some boards and start pinning (bookmarking) your content and other images.
According to Digg:
“Digg captures a snapshot of all the Web’s hottest streams. Then it presents a smart, gorgeous, editorially coherent digest of what’s popular online. Other sites have attempted this, but the new Digg is the first place that does it well.”
You can sign up to Digg from here. In order to bookmark your blog, scroll down to the bottom, you will find a submit link button click here to submit a link and continue Digging.
According to Wikipedia, Delicious (stylized del.icio.us) is a social bookmarking site used for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks. The site was founded in 2003 and acquired by Yahoo in 2005. By the end of 2008, the service claimed more than 5.3 million users and 180 million unique bookmarked URLs.
You can sign up to delicious from here and submit your link to it and millions of its users online.
4. StumbleUpon: UPDATE: StumbleUpon folded in 2018.
StumbleUpon is a must-use site not only for those who want to share their articles but also for people who want to find interesting articles, hence the nickname ‘discovery engine’. It can be a powerful traffic driver for many businesses. With a range of categories to choose from, you’ll be able to show your content to a relevant audience.
You can sign up for StumbleUpon from here.
Reddit is one of the biggest bookmarking sites but Reddit hates self-promotion, Reddit is all about getting up votes.
In the beginning, you need to share high-quality content from well-renowned websites in a suitable subreddit. After getting up votes you can start sharing your content; the result will be amazing.
You can sign up for Reddit from here.
Scoop.it is far one of the most excellent places of content curation and content advertising and marketing. Right here you can bookmark your blog, publish, or you can create a complete article with inbound links for your weblog. It has premium and free plans. I have tested both of them. You can use both as per your need. The premium plan has few extra features. As its DA and Alexa rankings are high so it’s extremely good for building backlinks.
You can sign up here for free.
Curation and bookmarking: What’s the difference?
Bookmarking is or was an early form of content curation. It is a basic level or starting level of curation powered by social media platforms and social bookmarking sites.
Whereas Content Curation is at a higher level, it doesn’t include sharing of random or interesting links but it includes carefully monitoring and selecting the most relevant bits of information for a specific audience, topic, or need.
For example: creating content which is topic specific such as content about Nike Air Max in the shoe section.
Social bookmarking sites can be an asset for bloggers but take care of these things:
Don’t submit links on low social bookmarking sites; it does more harm than good.
Don’t create too many links; it will fall under Black Hat SEO.
Rest assured it is a great tool for generating traffic, backlinks, and fast indexing.
Hello! glad you landed here. I am Prazwal Mahajan the founder of Pileupblogs. A passionate blogger from India who blogs about blogging tips, SEO, and marketing.
Host Blogger’s Comments:
In closing, using social bookmarking sites is a great way to experience more success as a blogger.
For example, using social bookmarking sites is considered an off-page SEO technique. By going to another site for a link back to yours, you are boosting your own site’s SEO.
The Easykhoj blog agrees using social bookmarking sites will boost your search engine rankings and calls this method “another of the more powerful ways to promote your website. This method can help us to get more backlinks from high authority domains.”
In addition, you could meet like-minded bloggers at those sites as well as get a new audience for your articles. That increase in traffic could lead to increased revenue for you as Prazwal explained.
Problogger agrees social bookmarking sites are a valuable form of blog promotion. “More and more bloggers are discovering that becoming involved in social bookmarking and networking websites can be very beneficial for raising the profile of their blogs and themselves as bloggers.”
Readers, please share so other bloggers know about these free social bookmarking sites.
Are you using any of these free social bookmarking sites? Are there some you’d recommend more than the others? I look forward to reading about your experiences in the comments section.