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Social bookmarking as a link building tool
which are your main tips to develop this?

 12:02 pm on Dec 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Dear all,

I have been looking into starting to use social bookmarking sites to help the promotion of one of my sites. I have done some research and come up with the following list of the main social bookmarking sites out there:

Digg (to news stories)
Yahoo Myweb!

Now I have a few questions:

1. Am I missing any important one?
2. Is is worth the time and effort? Have you seen any good results?
3. Do you recommend any particular strategy apart from bookmarking the most relevant/interesting articles and content?
4. Do you recommend to include a link tag to the bookmarker or just leave the people to do it themselves?

Any input will be welcome as I am pretty new to all this.

Thanks in advance!



 1:00 am on Dec 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

ma.gnolia is kinda slick. I use a few bookmark sites just to see if people bookmark my pages... kinda ego surfing.


 5:16 am on Dec 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

Which social bookmarking sites use nofollow vs pass the PR to the site?


 5:51 am on Dec 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

Any reason why you did not mention Myspace? Is Myspace not worth the trouble?


 6:43 am on Dec 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

MySpace and StumbleUpon are not really about building links. I don't see them as important in terms of Link Development.


 8:20 am on Dec 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

Reddit should be on that list. I recently posted a link there and someone on another site mentioned my article and dropped that same link on their PR6 home page a few days later.



 8:30 am on Dec 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

You might want to have a look at [webmasterworld.com...]

P.S. Reddit seems to have trouble - I can't reach them for more than 24 hours now.


 2:38 pm on Dec 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

Trailbum and CliffR thanks for the suggestion. I haven't checked those one. Seem interesting.

Mahoogle, it is not that much about the inbound links from the sites themselves but the viral effect of tagging your websites and get people to find them. These people are the ones who have blogs or sites about that topic and may be willing to link. See what happened to CliffR for an example.

Kidder, myspace is not about social bookmarking but an online community. It is not the same.

martinibuster, why do you say stumbleupon cannot help link building? After having a brief look at it, it would seem to fulfill the conditions to be considered a social bookmarking site.

Last but not least, still no one has come up with suggestions on how to manage this sort of campaigns.... :)

[edited by: Digimon at 2:39 pm (utc) on Dec. 14, 2006]


 4:08 pm on Dec 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

>>>After having a brief look at it, it would seem to fulfill the conditions to be considered a social bookmarking site.

Traffic and links are different. Not all traffic is going to bring links. Being a social bookmarking site doesn't automatically mean it's going to bring you links, which is the focus of this discussion.

There are a lot of users (currently around 2.5 million), but the traffic and subsequent links is nothing compared to sites like Digg, at this time. I suspect this is the case because many Diggers are bloggers who are discussing and linking to a story of interest, often newsworthy or exceptional in some way. So the links grow as bloggers discuss it.

Stumblers are simply surfing and in my experience they are bookmarking sites but apparently not discussing it in their blogs, largely because they're not looking for newsworthy topics.

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