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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