Many website owners are discovering social bookmarking as an effective way to drive traffic to their websites. Social bookmarking websites are basically all about communities and participation. Social bookmarking sites let users interact with each other as well as create their own content. These sites are very different from static sites and blogs.
There are two ways in which social bookmarking sites operate. There are social bookmarking sites that let you bookmark your favorite links in one central place. This is especially handy and convenient for users who get online on different computers. They can always access their favorite sites from one central location.
There are social bookmarking sites that let you create a list of favorite sites public or viewable by other users who are within the social bookmarking site. This is a great way you can generate traffic to your own websites and articles since you can bookmark their URLs and make your bookmarks viewable by others.
And then there are social bookmarking sites wherein you can submit articles that can be voted on by members of the community. The articles that receive the highest votes are the ones that get featured on high-traffic pages. If one of your articles are voted to the top, you can expect to receive a lot of traffic to your site as a result.
When creating some of your articles, keep the social bookmarking sites in mind. Create a few articles on controversial issues or hot topics and then submit them to social bookmarking sites. If one of your articles catch the attention of a lot of readers, it can be voted and your site may may get hundreds, if not thousands, of new visitors.
Here’s a tip: encourage visitors to add your site to their list of favorite sites by including bookmarklets at the end of every web page you create. Bookmarklets are small icons from each social bookmarking site and display to your web pages. Whenever a visitor clicks on a bookmarklet on your site, your page then automatically gets added to their favorite sites list.
There are plenty of social bookmarking sites you can submit, but the more popular ones include Blinklist, Del.icio.us, Digg, and Stumbleupon. Don’t limit yourself to these social bookmarking sites. Find others that are particularly geared towards your niche or target market.
Here’s another tip: Get yourself rolling in the social bookmarking scene by creating multiple profiles in each social bookmarking site. For instance, if you have 12 accounts in one social bookmarking site, that’s 12 votes already for every page you submit. However, be careful about this method. It’s actually a “black hat” method, and you can get your accounts deleted and your sites permanently banned from the service if you get caught.