Last Updated on December 9, 2021 by Scott Charleboix
This post is about how to share your blog posts on social bookmarking sites. Social bookmarking sites offer a convenient way for people to discover, discuss, and share content that they find interesting. One of the original and best-known social bookmarking sites was Digg, and though it’s since falling in favor, most sites follow a similar model. Anyone can submit an article, and the community votes on content they find interesting.
Benefits of sharing include not just a direct link (helping your Page Strength), but also referral traffic. Social bookmarking sites are most effective if you have intriguing, creative content that attracts a lot of clicks and up votes.
“Social bookmarking websites are sites on which Internet users share their web pages, articles, blog posts, images, and videos. There are a number of advantages to submitting your content to one (or more) of these sites. For one thing, they help to increase your brand awareness.“
Share your blog posts on social bookmarking sites
Is there a social bookmarking site for your niche?
The best social bookmarking sites are focused on a single niche (yours!). Not only will the links be higher quality, but people on the site are more likely to be interested in your content, and the traffic you generate is more likely to lead to sales. Some examples of niche social bookmarking sites are:
- Inbound.org – inbound marketing
- GrowthHackers.com – growth hacking / startup marketing
- StyleHive – fashion
- Care2 – environmental / political news
- DZone – developers
- Autospies – automotive
- DesignFloat – web design
- Hacker News – startups/ developers
- Domaining.com – domain names
If you’re not aware of any social bookmarking/ news aggregator sites for your niche, try searching Google for things like:
- + “submit news”
- + “vote up”
- + “submit url”
- + “social news”
On the post called, 10 Most Popular Social Bookmarking Websites there’s a list of 10 popular social bookmarking websites, and my favorite is right near the top of the list, Pinterest at #2.
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How not to be a spammer
If you simply create an account and start submitting your old blog posts, your submissions are unlikely to get many upvotes, and you risk having your account deleted as a spammer. All that work for nothing! The smarter approach is to create an account and spend a bit of time interacting with the community first. Vote and comment on other submissions, and get a feel for what kinds of content the community finds most compelling. After you’ve been a member for a week or so, you can start sharing your own content, but try to stick to a ratio of 3 (quality, interesting) posts belonging to others for every one of your own posts.
How to get maximum value from your social bookmarking submissions
Make sure you choose a narrowly focused sub-category to submit your article to. Use a creative, curiosity-arousing headline. Think of the types of headlines used by sites like BuzzFeed and ViralNova, or follow these scientific guidelines for creating attention-grabbing headlines.
Move on up to the big leagues
Once you’ve got a hang of social bookmarking on your niche industry sites, experiment with sharing on larger social bookmarking sites like Reddit, Digg, Slashdot, MetaFilter, Folkd, AllTop, or Delicious.
Most of these sites don’t offer much link value, so if your content isn’t interesting enough to appeal to the general audiences they attract, don’t bother spending much time here.