Social Bookmarking - New Era in Link Building
By Anwar Alam
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Introduction of Web 2.0 opened the door for innovation in how websites are designed and used by visitors. Traditionally a site visitor would visit a site and then leave without having any interaction with the site owner or with other visitors of similar philosophy. Web 2.0 allowed everyone, site owners and visitors, to be able to communicate to each other. Social Bookmarking sites are just one of these many different Web 2.0 sites that are in existence today which can be used for link building.
Idea behind social bookmarking sites is to store private and public bookmarks organized by categories and tags. Anyone can register with these social media sites and bookmark their favorite URLs. These saved bookmarks can be used for personal reference or can be shared with others. Public bookmarks can not only be shared with others but also be viewed form anywhere, as long as one has a computer with internet connection. One good thing about these public bookmarking sites is that, search engine robots can visit those sites and index the data. While indexing these social sites filled with bookmarking links, search engine robots follow the links and index the pages where the link leads the robots to. This gives site owners the opportunity to use the bookmarking sites for link building purpose.
Social bookmarking sites not only offer a world of opportunity for link building but also offer the opportunity to free traffic. All site owners know how important and often valuable traffic is for a website or blog. Specially money making webmaster who are interested in generating revenue from their sites or blogs only have one goal in mind that is to drive as much traffic as possible to their sites. Reason for driving traffic is pretty simple. More people visit a site, more opportunity there for the site owners to generate revenue.
Aside form link building and traffic generation, social bookmarking sites offer another very important benefit which is promoting brand awareness.
These social sites are viewed by millions of people so your presence on these sites, especially to the top ones, can promote brand awareness. Due to the growing popularity of these bookmarking sites, lot of platforms have been released that are mostly open source that are now being used by even average people to run their very own bookmarking sites.
You can search for such sites where you can store your bookmarks and make a list of them if you are interested in link building with social bookmarking. All of these sites require free registration so that the bookmarks you make can be stored under your user account. Once you put together a list of available bookmarking sites and registered with them, you can start submitting you site details. Details most of these sites require include site or page title, URL, description, and keywords (known as tags). More bookmarking sites you submit your details to, more backlinks you get. Digg and StumbleUpon are two popular bookmarking sites that you can start with. SocialMarker.com has a list of bookmarking sites where you can submit your site for traffic and backlinks.
Since there are countless number of bookmarking sites out there, it is ideal that you do your own search and build your own list of bookmarking sites that you can use for link building.
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