Bookmarking enables users to add, annotate, edit, and share bookmarks to web content.
Let’s say you find an incredible article on fly fishing in Alaska and you want to be able to get back to that article and all the gorgeous photographs in it whenever you want.
Social bookmarking enables you to “bookmark” the page and to drop that bookmark into a digital file in your account at that social bookmarking site.
Top 15 Social Bookmarking Websites
Top social bookmarking sites include the following:
You can get server-crashing levels of traffic if your story goes viral on a site like Reddit or Digg. If people write about you all over the web and link back to the story that sits on your website or blog, you can generate loads of great backlinks.
Niche Social Bookmarking Websites
Also check out niche social bookmarking sites such as:
- Ballhyped – Sports
- Chictini – Fashion
- AutoSpies – Autos
- Livestrong.com – Health and Medicine
- Hacker News – Web Development
By bookmarking your content, people are more likely to share and link to your content. It’s not the link from the bookmark itself that aids your rankings. It’s the indirect effect.
Bookmarking is great for:
- Increasing social buzz,
- Making your content easier to share, and
- Driving traffic.
There are hundreds of great bookmarking sites. Get on them and flourish but learn the etiquette first, such as where some sites like Digg don’t want you to submit your own content, so as to keep it pure and non-marketing oriented. Otherwise you will get banned very quickly.