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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!

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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