What on Earth is Social Bookmarking?
A Bird’s Eye View of Social Bookmarking
21st century buzz words such as Web 2.0, Web 3.0, viral marketing, RSS and social bookmarking at times lead us to believe rightly that the Internet is indeed humming with activity. Social bookmarking is the product of today’s socially interactive Internet. In this scenario, the individual and collective voices of site visitors and online customers carry much weight and significance. As a result, many social bookmarking sites have sprung up in the recent past. These websites classify, categorize and rate the quality of web pages and blog entries that you can find all over the Internet. The only way a blog can be featured on these social bookmarking sites is if customers vote for blog entries after reading them. The system is fairly transparent and democratic. Millions of Internet users and researchers use these sites to locate relevant and hard-to-find information. There are thousands of social bookmarking sites on the Internet today. Sometimes, one begins to wonder if we are gradually moving away from the digital age to an age of communication and social interactivity.
Leveraging the Technology
Social bookmarking is one of the most effective ways to drive traffic to your website or blog which in turn drives up your conversion rates. You can either set up an independent blog site or integrate a blog-style look and feel to your existing website by adding a blog to your flagship site. Many companies have used this practice very effectively and generate tons of traffic and business. Good content, however, is the key. Online readership is very picky. They will vote for your blog entry or web page only if they like what they see and read. You can use various submission services to submit your blog or web pages to social bookmarking sites. When creating your blog or tweaking your existing blog for possible submission to social bookmarking sites, take care to tag them properly. Visit Technorati.com for the most exhaustive list of tags on the Internet and pick wisely. Your choice of tags will determine to a great extent your success rate. Internet users also bookmark web pages for others to access. This works much like the Favorites list on your Internet browser. As an Internet service provider who is keen on increasing web traffic levels, the key is to provide top-notch content in the form of original and meaningful blog entries or web content, screen captures, videos and snapshots. Your visitors will undoubtedly return for more. Good luck with your social bookmarking!
Verified Online Resources
Digg http:// digg.com
Furl http:// furl.com
Magnolia http:// magnolia.com
Technorati http:// technorati.com
Blinklist http:// blinklist.com
BlogMarks http:// blogmarks.com
Delicious: http:// del.icio.us