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Unfortunately, ecommerce sites have the dilemma of being obviously commercial which leads to the perception that the only reason the site is found on a social networking site is to acquire sales! If you don't have something free and very useful to offer to the online community you're targeting, I strongly recommend you steer clear of this form of traffic building. A bad reputation here could hurt you.
The stumbleupon people this round seem to be coming to a particular page that has a list of widgets for a certain purpose. You can click through the list items and read about the items and buy them. Social networking is not something I do or know much about--it seems like something for young people to me--so that's why I asked about it.
Would being linked to from there have an effect on SE rankings for good or ill or not at all? I'm asking this because it is not something under my control. I am figuring it must not have an effect, but I don't know.
I only meant to ask about something that was occurring with reference to my site because it's happening in greater numbers this time. It's something I don't understand. I didn't mean to ask about it like it was a way of building traffic.
[edited by: HRoth at 5:07 pm (utc) on Oct. 17, 2008]
Depends upon several factors - the topic of the page and the anchor text that links to your site and the topic of the linking site itself? Many additional items to consider as well but start here. I suggest you build links from strong and stable sites that are well within your market space instead of on unstable sites that occasionally touch on a subject in your market space but by and large remain outside of it.
If visitors from SU are bookmarking your site however, who knows...
The page they are linking to has little text and is mostly just a list of widgets you can use for a particular purpose and that I sell, but it does have good SE ranking, no evil eye. Apparently people want that info but they use it in general, not to buy on my site.
That others have not gotten any sales from these intermittent blizzards of stumbleupon links makes sense of my experience. People are using stumbleupon to tool around the internet for the hell of it, I guess, like teenagers walking around the mall.
hm.. seems like there might be some low hanging fruit to collect. ;)
>> People are using stumbleupon to tool around the internet for the hell of it, I guess, like teenagers walking around the mall.
That's the best analogy I've read yet!
I think the only way you can benefit in terms of Google ranking is when your website is submitted to "follow" bookmarking website. From what I know Stumbleupon is "no follow". Google won't index backlink to your website. There is a number social websites that will give you backlink. e.g. Spurl, Diigo, Ask, Connectedy, A1-Webmarks, Blinklist, Mister-Wong, Bibsonomy,Linkagogo, BuddyMarks, MyLinkVault,Jumptags,Oyax,Dizzed,Bookmarktracker,Furl,Backflip,myVmarks ,Healthranker.
I know that some people submit every content page or every post on their blogs to hundreds of social bookmarking website but I am not sure whether the benefit is worth the hassle.
From my experience, a better site for ecommerce is Squidoo. Create a lens (basically a page with a collection of information on one topic) that also includes products/services from your site and other useful information. You can create many lenses - one lens for each subject/topics. I do get traffic and some conversion from my lens.