WHAT IS SOCIAL BOOKMARKING AND WHY DO YOU NEED IT???by Salim Benhouhou IT Support Please take note : This blog was written by Vodahost hosting company
Social Bookmarking is a way to share your website and its content with the world. Social bookmarking lets visitors to your website, who like its content, share your content with their online friends. It lets them create “bookmarks” to your website and content, through the big social bookmarking sites that you are sure to have heard of and maybe even used. Facebook is the really, really big one.
You have seen Social Bookmarking at work on the Internet many times. As an example, just check out the bottom of this article and you will see little symbol buttons to get word out about this article out on social networking sites like:
These Social Bookmarking buttons let you tell your friends about this article and let them know that is helpful, useful or interesting. You can put Social Bookmarking buttons on your web page with BlueVoda very easily by using such services as AddThis.com or a variety of other services available. Just do a Google search for Social Bookmarking buttons and you will get dozens of results.
When a visitor to your website clicks on one of your Social Bookmarking buttons, they will be effectively telling hundreds of people (maybe thousands) about the existence of your website and its content.If enough other people agree with your bookmark, they will mark it as useful. In the process of doing so, they are increasing the visibility of the bookmark to other users. In sharing the bookmark, they are increasing the traffic to your site.
Let’s create a social bookmark to this article:
Step 1 - Click on one of the social bookmark symbols below. Which one you choose is up to you. If you do not have an account with one of these social bookmarking sites then you may be prompted to register.
Step 2 - Edit the title, description and tags for the bookmark as you wish, to best describe this article to your friends and other users.
Step 3 - Hit Submit and you have successfully socially bookmarked this article and it can be shared.
“And… um…What’s in it for me?”, I hear you ask. Well, as well as a good way to advertise your website, social bookmarking is a free and easy way to get a little “Do It Yourself” Search Engine Optimization (SEO) done on your website, pushing it further up the search engine results, a little closer to that #1 spot.
Basically, it’s all about the links (the social bookmarks are effectively links) that are pointing to your website. Links are the connections of one website to another and are very important to the way search engines (including the mighty Google) see your website and place it within their search results.
A golden rule of SEO states that: The more quality links coming into your website from outside, the better. Marketing your site through the social bookmarking websites can be a very powerful and really subtle method for optimizing search engine results as a vast amount of links to your site can be created by your socially bookmarking users. The best part about Social Bookmarking is that you do not have to create any links yourself at all. It’s pure SEO on autopilot. For example, when you socially bookmarked this article an incoming link was created from the Social Bookmarking site to VodaHost.com and the more people that socially bookmark this article and the more incoming links that are created, push VodaHost.com further and further up the page ranking of the search engines. Pretty cool, huh?
Create new social bookmarks to social or public bookmarking sites and they will generate a great deal of new traffic to your website as well as search engine exposure. Eventually, as time goes on and your visitors are finding new interesting information they will decrease in efficiency, making it necessary for you to find new means of driving increased traffic. You should always make it possible to socially bookmark new content on your website in order to keep the new traffic moving at a steady pace. You should be constantly marketing, updating and making your website better and then getting your users to socially bookmark the content. If it becomes boring and cluttered with old information, you can be sure that the website of someone who is always making improvements and modifications will slip past you towards the #1 spot.
So get out there and create accounts with “facebook”, “twitter” and “digg” and get those social bookmarking buttons onto your site with BlueVoda. As your users tell their friends around the world about your content, link after link after link will be created to your website, it will be advertised to the world and these are SEO gold. Go on, try it out. Google will love it and we promise you’ll love it too!
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