Social bookmarking is not a new concept but most of the new bloggers and people, new to SEO, ignore it. Social bookmarking websites lets users bookmark their favorite links and then access these links later. Yes, you can always bookmark links in your browser but those will only be available in your own browser and if browser or system crashes, you will lose your important links. This problem gave birth to the concept of social bookmarking and then various social bookmarking websites came into existence. These social bookmarking websites allow you to create a list of your favorite links and also share your bookmark list with your friends.
What is social bookmarking
Social Bookmarking websites are a kind of social networks that lets users bookmark links and share it with other users. Most popular examples of social bookmarking sites are del.icio.us, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, Reddit and digg.com . Users can curate their list and make them available to other users. If they do not want to engage in social networking or sharing, they can also create a private list of bookmarks.
How can Social Bookmarking help in getting targeted traffic?
These social bookmarking websites not only allow you to organize your bookmarks but also offer good quality targeted traffic. If you have bookmarked links to public, your bookmarks will be visible to other users as well. These websites have a different mechanism to expose links to other users and provide them best new content they are looking for. It is because these social bookmarking websites also allow their users to search for some topics and find useful results.
Reddit and Stumbleupon are two most popular traffic sources in United states. If you use these websites effectively and get your website’s link at the top for any search keyword, you could get thousands of visitors even in few hours. While covering for iPhone 6S launch, I instantly shared the link on Reddit and received around 1500+ visits in just 20 minutes. Is it not too effective?
Search engines also often show links of social bookmarking websites in search results. If someone bookmarked your link, it may appear in the search engine and you can get traffic. As these social bookmarking websites have high PR and good domain authority, it ranks higher.
How to effectively get the benefit of social bookmarking websites?
There is no secret in this. Just add social bookmarking buttons to your website and allow users to bookmark your website easily on different social bookmarking websites. Users can easily share your link on these social bookmarking websites and you have more chance to get exposure among these new visitors.