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July 7, 2009

Why Social Bookmarking?

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And I thought to myself: “Um. Why not?” Since I’m not really sure what they meant by that, I’m going to assume that this person mean “Why should I use social bookmarking in my business?” – with a full understanding of all the risks associated with “assuming”.

I figure that if you’re reading this, you have that question, or a similar one.

There are three reasons.

  1. More links
  2. More traffic
  3. More credibility

More links are always a good thing.

Think of links as the road traffic moves through on the web. If there are no roads to where your business “lives” online, namely its website, it’s far less likely that the visitors you want will end up getting to you.

That’s true whether you’re talking about search engines or links from other sites. Search engines use a mysterious cross between the number and quality of links to your site in their determination of whether you should be number one or number 701 for your desired keyword.

In addition, the “nicer” the road, the more traffic will flow through it – think of an authority site linking to your site as a highway that leads directly to your site, and one from a reciprocal link or link exchange scheme as a back street in a sketchy neighborhood full of potholes.

More traffic, also good.

From social bookmarking, this traffic is often targeted. Through tagging, the description someone writes, or the title they assigned to your link, the person who discovers the submitted link on a social bookmarking site knows exactly where they’re going, and why they’re interested in getting there.

It’s like seeing the cover of a magazine on a rack. That’s what pulls them in, they see a headline – to get to the story they are compelled to take another action.

The more credibility thing is a bit harder to explain, so we’ll go with another analogy.

Let’s say I made a movie and I thought it was fantastic. If I’ve never met you before, and I tell you, “hey, I made a kick-ass movie, come see it!” – you may come see it, you may not.

It depends more on how much time you have and if you’re interested in that kind of movie, even how nice of a person you are, than my opinion.

Why?

Because I’m the one who made it, so you can’t know whether to trust my opinion, at least in relation to how much YOU might like it. Of course I think it’s great, but I have no way of knowing whether you will.

Now, if you knew me and my taste, and how alike our tastes are, you may be a bit more inclined. So if I’m, say, Michael Bay, and you liked my last movie, and my new movie is on the same type of thing, you might go see it based on the trailer alone. You know you’re taking a gamble but it’s a safe bet.

Now watch this.

Your best friend, the one who likes all the same things you likes, the one you hang out with and trust the most, calls you on the phone and says:

“I’ve just seen the best movie I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I have to see it again. When are you free, I’ll come pick you up.”

The only thing that could make that deal sweeter is if your friend has also said “My treat.” At least as far as recommendations go, the person who what you like the most is likely to be the person whose advice you’ll follow.

If you know that friend, and that friend has similar tastes, or at least knows what you like, you’re more likely to see the movie.

My sister and I have similar taste in movies, but i’m a little more patient with beginnings and endings and like more indie-fare. Yet, no matter how many times I have suggested we watch a movie together that she ends up not liking as much, if I rave about a movie, she’ll at least give it a chance.

Now, let’s take that back to social bookmarking. Imagine you can find hundreds of people, all around the world, with tastes similar to yours, sharing information you wouldn’t find on your own.

Or maybe you can just connect faster and more frequently for suggestions from people you already know. Wouldn’t you be more likely to follow their suggestions than some stranger?

That’s the power of social bookmarking. It’s put a technology behind word of mouth sharing of web sites that anyone can use.

And they do.

Now all you have to do is learn how to be the person or company everyone is spreading the word about. Which is another conversation altogether.


Tinu AbayomiPaul – How do you promote your local business using online tools? I’m answering this and related questions every day – if you’ve got one come by and ask away! I know. That rhymed. You can come give me a hard time about it at http://asktinu.com – yo habla sarcasm.

12 Responses to “Why Social Bookmarking?

    What a great perspective on social bookmarking, taking it beyond the basics of just using for seo purposes.

    avatar Nikki Thomas says:

    Social bookmarking is probably one of the best ways to build links, because you can submit all your links on one sight, and get more traffic as well. However, the only way to get your site indexed in the search engines on a social bookmarking site is if the serch engines follow your links.

    -Nikki-

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    avatar Make money says:

    Definetely agree.Good article.You need not only more links, but mainly quality links.For example start a group on a major social bookmarking network.Prove you do not spam, only write good stuff.

    avatar hadis says:

    all friends in society working thanks

    avatar Archna Sajwan says:

    I completely agree with Nikki as links from social bookmarking sites only helps if you find “follow” tag.

    avatar Ricard Menor says:

    Tinu, I’d like to add some lines to “credibility” through social bookmarking.
    As an ODP editor I sense in social bookmarking the spirit of young ODP!
    You mention it talking about trusting a friend’s opinion: social WWW has made an editor from everyone of us and at the same time we all are the solid ground for viral marketing and link building.
    Not to mention the nowadays hard times, this recesion circumstance has turned “leasure” sites like Facebook or Twitter into a boiling teapot of pro networking and alliances, my example: I’m now in touch with many qualified web designers who need SEO added value from me

    Finally I think we’ll see a big bang (uh? Is it banging now? :) in social web when implementation of XHTML+RDFa becomes wide spread and standard for the masses because then the spiders will understand the flavor of links as an extra sense apart from algorithmic digestion of text strings.

    This is exactly what I was thinking as I register with yet another social bookmarking site! It’s given me the incentive to keep going! Thanks

    We’ve been using social bookmarking as a core part of our services for about 9 months. We see the impact of having a steady stream of incoming links in our Organic Search Marketing efforts as, like the author said, it also allows you to build targeted traffic from those sites. I don’t know how long the search engines will condone its use but for now, it’s a great way to build a brand in the social metasphere.

    avatar Tinu says:

    Hey, thanks for all the great comments, folks!

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    avatar Computer Rental says:

    Social bookmarking is really the easiest way to gain more traffic and to build more links. Through this there is a possibility you can top the SERP.

    This is a very nice article. I’ve read it a few days ago and now that I wanted to share it with a friend, I decided to come and look for the original source out of my email newsletter. thank you. Great stuff! greetings from the Ukraine.

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