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Effective List Building Part 8: How to Leverage Social Bookmarking Sites

Social Bookmarking is a powerful method for driving traffic to your blog and sales pages to create opt ins and build your list. This really IS NOT rocket science, but there are a few tips to share as well as a few quality sites to recommend and get you started.

So what is social bookmarking? Social Bookmarking is the act of recommending or reviewing blog post, articles, videos, podcast and other content by “marking” the chosen entries on one or more book marketing websites like those recommended in this post. Typically you will sign-up for a free account at one or more sites and recommend content as you surf he Internet or stumble across content you deem to be worthy of comment.

Social bookmarking is also a powerful SEO tool and you should always bookmark your own content or encourage others to do so on your behalf. Be sure that your bookmarking efforts are universal and that you are not limiting your activity to marking your own sites. Be sure to actively bookmark the sites of others and find a balance in the proportion of sites you mark.

Here are a few basic tips to help you maximize your list building activities using Social Bookmarking sites:

  • Use your blog as the hub for all of your content, traffic and social networking activities – everything should flow from and return to your blog!
  • By using the Internet you are marketing to a expanding global marketplace. As a result you will want to post in English and if you have skills in other languages have a little fun and experiment a little. There also are a number of free plug-ins that will allow you to add a translation feature to your site.
  • Always be mindful of SEO best practices and use keyword driven anchor text when adding a link to your blog post.
  • Utilize audio and video to make your blog post more engaging – this will also make you site very sticky!
  • Make it easy for your readers to bookmark your blog post by providing Social Media and Bookmarking icons prominently on your site and at the bottom of every page and post.
  • Create a compelling opt in in exchange for your visitors name and email address and add them to your list.

Here are the top five Social Bookmarking websites based on Alexa rankings are:

1 | twitter
28 – eBizMBA Rank | 80,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 42 – Compete Rank| 31 – Quantcast Rank | 12 – Alexa Rank.
Source: Most Popular Social Bookmarking WebsitesUpdated 6/09/2010eBizMBA

2 | digg

52 – eBizMBA Rank | 45,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 20 – Compete Rank| 32 – Quantcast Rank | 103 – Alexa Rank.
Source: Most Popular Social Bookmarking Websites | Updated 6/09/2010eBizMBA

3 | reddit
258 – eBizMBA Rank | 16,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 262 – Compete Rank | 211 – Quantcast Rank | 302 – Alexa Rank.
Source: Most Popular Social Bookmarking Websites | Updated 6/09/2010eBizMBA

4 | StumbleUpon
262 – eBizMBA Rank | 16,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 269 – Compete Rank | 315 – Quantcast Rank | 204 – Alexa Rank.
Source: Most Popular Social Bookmarking Websites | Updated 6/09/2010eBizMBA

5 | Yahoo! Buzz
310 – eBizMBA Rank | 14,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 220 – Compete Rank | *400* – Quantcast Rank | N/A – Alexa Rank. ** Yahoo.com has an Alexa Rank of 3
Source: Most Popular Social Bookmarking Websites | Updated 6/09/2010eBizMBA

If done correctly and consistently using social bookmarking sites is a very powerful method for driving massive amounts of targeted traffic to your website. I would recommend implementing this strategy and pay close attention to the tips shared in this post. If you create content consistently and integrate a service like Ping.fm to automate your book marketing submissions, you will be well on your way to creating automated daily traffic.

Be sure to post a comment share your favorite social booking sites.

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James Holmes, Global Team Builder, Coach and Trainer, combining online and offline techniques to help you grow your business. To request a free 30 minute consultation contact James by phone at 303-523-9503 or email at james@AskJamesHolmes.com

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  • http://clayfranklin.com Clay Franklin

    Great article. Reminds me to update my free giveaway on my blog to be more compelling and useful for the visitors. Also I have not been using Yahoo buzz so I am going to check it out now.

  • http://www.whoisjamesholmes.com JamesHolmes

    Clay – Thank you for stopping by my blog and posting your comment. I took a look at your blog and see that we are like-minded in many ways!

    Glad to have connected here and I a,mm looking forward to getting to now you along the journey ahead!

    Have a blessed weekend!

    James

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