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How to Use Social Bookmarking and Networking to Sell Your Digital Products

Among the most preferred tools used by Internet marketers are social bookmarking and social networking. We are all aware of the popular social bookmarking sites like Digg and networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, etc. These and a number of other social bookmarking sites let the user create the contents on the website instead of the webmaster. By social bookmarking, you can leave the address or the link to your website or articles or even the affiliate product on social networking websites.

Lots of people are using social bookmarking and networking to sell their digital products. There are millions of people on social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. Isn’t it common sense that more people mean more prospective customers? In order to attract more customers to the website that has your digital product; you can also use these methods. These are tried and tested and very effective methods to sell digital products.

But how is it done? Let’s use these examples to it understand better.

Suppose you join groups on MySpace with your marketing account. MySpace allows the users to create niche groups. These groups are generally free to join but there are some that are private and have a limited number of members. Your next step is to look for groups that have similar niche marketing interests to you. Once you have found such groups, you can make posts there. This will guide many potential clients to your site and that can help you sell your digital product. Be very careful in doing this, as you would not like to look like a spammer. If people feel that you are a spammer then there is a very good chance that you will be banned from MySpace and then all your dreams of using networking will never get fulfilled.

Lets see what happens when you join another popular bookmarking site called Digg. In Digg, you will be allowed to submit an article from anywhere on the Internet. Other members of the site read these articles. You can easily do social bookmarking here that will help you sell your product. All you need to do is place a link to the website through which you are selling your product in your article. More and more people will visit your site and this will increase the chances of sale of that product. It may sound a little tricky but most of the Internet marketers are using this method to increase the traffic towards their site and to sell their products.

Social bookmarking and networking have become the most popular methods for Internet marketing. You can use both separately however, when you use both in conjunction with the other, the results may pleasantly surprise you. It doesn’t require a lot of hard work and the results are amazing. There is a lot of information on the Internet about different social bookmarking sites, so choose the site that will offer you the best options for your needs. Once you start using social bookmarking and networking, it will not be long before you have plenty of customers willing to buy your digital product.

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December 24, 2008 Posted by | Social Bookmarking | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Getting the Most Out of Social Bookmarking

How to use social bookmarking?

The first thing that you need to do is to create a profile for yourself on a social bookmarking website. With the help of social bookmarking, you can store information about any website that you want to remember and/or share with others. These bookmarks are most of the times public but in case you desire, you can even save them as private. You even have the option of sharing them with a certain group of people or just few specified individuals. These selected people can see your bookmarks in an alphabetical order, by category or through a search engine. Another facility that most of the social bookmark services provide is that you can organize your bookmarks with the help of self-created tags. This is far better than the browser-based function of folders and tags.

When you go to the social bookmarking site, you can have a look at the articles marked by others also. You can look for the articles that are tagged with your favorite topic’s keyword. This way you will get a list of many articles tagged by others on your favorite topic. This way you get to know some like-minded people and can make friends with them too. Social bookmarking is the perfect way to share your favorite things from around the Internet and you even get to know about a lot of new things at the same time.

When you have a web page or website that you want people to visit then you can tag it using keywords and submit it to the social bookmarking websites. This will make it possible for people interested in the similar topic as your keyword, to come to your site. Many marketers are using these sites to sell products from their websites too.

The two most important advantages of social bookmarking are:

• It is a great way for quick indexing. There are many social bookmarking websites that help you to make major search engines visit your web page or site. In fact it is one of the fastest ways to make these search engines come to your site and index it. All you have to do is submit your web page or website to any of the popular social bookmarking sites and you can be assured of being visited and indexed by search engines like Yahoo, Google and/or MSN etc. much faster than you expect.

• It is widely used for traffic generation. Quick indexing is not the only benefit of social bookmarking. It is also a sure fire way to generate traffic to your site too. As soon as you submit your pages to these social bookmarking sites, a lot of traffic will start coming your way from them with the help of your tag (niche keywords). Now it is up to the contents of your website or the offers you have provided there that will further help you to have return visitors.

Tips for successful social bookmarking:

• Use a catchy headline. If you want others to read what you have written, the first thing is to write some attractive heading.

• It should have a short and meaningful description. To provoke the interest of the visitor, give a description that gives a glimpse of what you have to say without giving too much information away.

• Having great content is the most important aspect. This will make your visitors bookmark your page and you can even expect a revisit.

• Submit it at the right time and in the right category.

• You must have the right facts and no old news as that will surely not attract people.

Just keep these points in mind and enjoy all the benefits of social bookmarking!

December 5, 2008 Posted by | Social Bookmarking | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Top 5 Social Bookmarking Tips

If social bookmarking is your passion or a job, then there are some tips which can enhance your efforts. Social bookmarking is a well known way of tagging, bookmarking and categorizing links on websites and other repositories online. However, in social bookmarking, it requires contribution of all the users in order to benefit every user. No wonder it is known as social bookmarking. This book marking is nothing similar to the private bookmarking that we all do on our computers and browsers. This is much more intense and effective.

However, what’s the best way of doing this? How do you increase the efficiency? Most people do not understand the real importance of social bookmarking. Most layman users wonder about why people go crazy trying to excel at social bookmarking. Entrepreneurs and web experts are constantly trying to improve their skills in social bookmarking while the average Internet user wonders.

The idea is simple. If a website owner’s links are constantly bringing traffic or getting popular, then these links will be passed on to millions of other users on the Internet. The more the links become popular, the more the chances of them getting voted in sites like Digg and others. Hence, you will get more traffic and subsequently more business.

So what are the tips to increase your social bookmarking efforts?

Let’s say you work on a site called Digg. The first tip is to call up everyone you know including your friends, family and even acquaintances to get Digg accounts. Once you get them signed up, then you can add them as friends on Digg by using the friend function. In this way, when you have a link to submit to the link voting forum, then your friends will be the first to see it. The more friends you have, the more votes you will get.

You can also advertise in webmaster forums marketplace to generate votes for your links. You can take advantage of these services as well.

Your content needs to be interesting and unique. The Internet is all based on content and the more intriguing your content is, better are your chances in the social bookmarking world. You can spice up your content with videos, links and new photographs.

Make sure that you submit your link in the correct category. Sometimes people do everything right but they goof up in the end and submit the link to the incorrect category or section which causes a problem.

In social bookmarking, the more social you are, the better your chances. Work on your profile and have a great avatar. Make friends who share the same ideas and hobbies as you. You can also vote on their sites and stories if you like them. This will increase the possibility of them voting for your links. If they are fake, they may not vote for anyone or vote on every story and link. However, if they do not use discrimination while voting, then the value of their votes will decline.

So use these tips and zip your way to success in the social bookmarking world!

December 5, 2008 Posted by | Social Bookmarking | , , , | Leave a comment

How to Social Bookmark Your Articles

So you have some articles and you want to learn how to do social bookmarking for your articles. It is actually a very simple method that guarantees a lot of traffic to your article and increases not only your page views but your popularity too. It also increases the profit for all the Internet marketers. It is undoubtedly the most used tool to generate more traffic and storing, searching and organizing bookmarks of web pages or websites.

When you write an article, the first thing you want is to make sure is that more and more people read it. How can you do such a difficult task? Well! All you have to do is use social bookmarking for your article and the rest is all taken care of. Use the right keywords to describe the article and there will be more and more people reading your article and visiting your page. This way social bookmarking will increase the traffic to your article.

Steps required for social bookmarking:

• Lets now know more about the procedure involved in social bookmarking. The very first thing you need to do is make a list of all social bookmark sites. You can get a lot of help from Google for this by searching for “social bookmark list”. Some examples of popular social bookmarking sites are digg.com, del.icio.us, reddit.com, etc. The next step is to sign up at these sites. Don’t lose patience if it takes some time; just remember that you have go through this process only once.

• Once the sign up process is complete, start submitting your article. For this you can type your article URL, title, description and tags in separate windows. Notepad, Article Notepad or Wordpad, all are perfect for this job. Now open the list of all the bookmarking sites that you have registered with and open the created Notepad. Open the sites one by one (or more if your computer permits) in your browser by right clicking on them and submit your articles to these sites. Now you just have to click on the information and drag it to the site. When all the required information is transferred, close this site and move to the next one. Keep submitting your articles to all the sites in your list in the same manner.

These two steps may take some time but then it will bring a lot of traffic to your article. In fact as soon as you submit your article to the book marking sites, you can expect the increase in traffic within 24hours. Be regular in submitting your articles if you want a good response. With the help of these social bookmarking sites, your article will have a great advantage of moving up rank rapidly in the search engines for your selected keywords.

Now that you have understood the concept, you can immediately get down to start using social bookmarking for your articles and gain profit. Just make sure that you submit your articles regularly and use good content in your articles and within a few days you will realize the power of social bookmarking.

December 4, 2008 Posted by | Social Bookmarking | , | Leave a comment

Building Backlinks With Social Bookmarking

The Internet is one of the most highly competitive marketplaces in history. With over 15 BILLION different websites on the Internet, there are sometimes tens of thousands of businesses searching for one of the few top-ranking spots on the most popular search engines. Once you have achieved one of the top spots, you will have to continually fight to maintain that spot, as more and more competition will start mirroring your website to help them get a foothold in the search engine rankings.

The best way to help your website climb in the rankings is by implementing as many strategies as you can concurrently to keep your site at the top of the top!

One method available that should be implemented wherever possible is social bookmarking.

To get an idea of what social bookmarking is, let’s consider a few different things.

– What is a bookmark?

– Why use a bookmark?

– Why make them social?

– How can social bookmarks help build backlinks to your website?

What is a bookmark?

A bookmark in a book reminds you that you wanted to go back to that particular place. It basically holds your place, so you can get there easily when you are ready.

A bookmark in the computer does essentially the same thing. It holds your place.

Why use a bookmark?

On the Internet, with billions of websites that you maneuver through to get to that one site that has particularly useful information, you will want a way to get back there quickly, so you save the address as a favorite or “bookmark it” for easy future reference.

Why make them social bookmarks?

The bookmark option that comes on your computer, which is also often called “favorites,” can become rather messy and hard to work through. An active Internet user needs a solid way of organizing them, which is precisely what social bookmark sites do!

Also, if they are social, then you can benefit by looking at the bookmarks of like-minded people and get access to sites that they have discovered that are particularly useful to them. If you are interested in collectible spoons, then don’t you think it would be beneficial to discover what interesting places other spoon collectors have found?

How can social bookmarks help build backlinks to your website?

Everyone who bookmarks your particular website has created a link back to your site, which advances your ranking score on search engines. If you have especially useful content on your website and it gets bookmarked by your targeted audience, other likeminded people will look at their bookmarks and save them for themselves as well. This goes on and on and on! The backlinks increase exponentially.

To encourage others to link to you, book mark your own site and tag it with especially targeted keywords. As others use a social bookmarking site to search for sites that are good enough to bookmark, the entering of your keywords will lead them to your site.

There is much more to this concept, but hopefully, I have got you excited enough about this concept that you will plant the knowledge in your brain and let it grow!

December 4, 2008 Posted by | Social Bookmarking | , , , | Leave a comment

Social Bookmarking Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

If you are looking for ways to get attention online, and if you are looking to make sure that you are providing your browsers with the information that they need, you will find that one way to show people that you really know what you are doing is through social bookmarking. Social bookmarking, at the most basic level, is a way to save links to various different internet sites in one place and to let make them available to other people. You will also find that social bookmarking is a great way to really touch base with other people and get yourself some favorable attention. However, there are many traps that many people new to social bookmarking fall into. Make sure that you are aware of them, and how to avoid them!

Bad Labeling

It is a mistake to believe that you can simply take your personal bookmark list and paste it up online. People use social bookmarking as an alternative towards using an imprecise search engine, and chances are, they are looking for bookmarking lists that will give them results on a good topic. They are not going to be as interested in what you have to say if you have links to World War II tanks, medieval folk songs, snake care and Japanese language, so make sure that you sort and label your book mark lists very well.

Improper Spelling

When it comes to making sure that you can get the right kind of people looking at your bookmarks, remember that first they have to find you! If you have misspellings on your keywords, you will find that it will be much harder for them to locate you on a simple search. Take some time to spell check everything that you put up, and remember that you should always use the proper spelling for any given topic.

Not Using Subcategories

When you are looking to make sure that you are getting the most out of your bookmarking, remember that you should use subcategories. This helps people narrow down the search and find you a lot easier. For instance, say that you see a tag for “dogs.” You can further refine your search down to things like “grooming” or “husky” or “raw diet” or anything else that will help them identify your listings as useful to them.

Not Identifying Spammers

In social bookmarking, as with many things online, you will find that spammers ruin things for a lot of people. Spammers will bookmark their sites over and over again, largely to improve their linkbuilding, and they will drive searchers away in droves! Whenever you see someone spamming, see about reporting it to the moderators or the site maintainers. It can keep your site from being overrun and you will find that it essentially improves your neighborhood.

Take some time to think about what you can do to make sure that your social bookmarking gives you the results that you are looking for and that it remains a viable tool for the people you are looking to service.

November 4, 2008 Posted by | Social Bookmarking | , , , , | Leave a comment