Most of you must be thinking that why are we reading the benefits of bookmarking sites. This sound quite generic term amongst the social media marketer, content marketer etc. and we don’t even take seriously.
But I encountered with some very interesting data from my analytics and that was an eye-opener for me. I will show you the data.
I don’t want to waste your time. If you are already getting good traffic from other sources but have the same question as I do, then I think you should read further.
- What are social Bookmarking sites?
- Why do I need to do Bookmarking?
- Will I get good results if I invest time in the Bookmarking?
- How to drive more traffic to your website?
- How can I find the best social bookmarking sites?
- Do I need to spend money or Bookmarking is free?
What are social Bookmarking sites?
Bookmarking is a technique of dropping your post URL on high DA/PR sites so others can view and share. It helps you in driving more traffic to your website because most of the high PR bookmarking sites gives no-follow link so ranking is not the primary motive.
Why do I need to do Bookmarking?
Let me be honest here. I was pretty ignorant towards the bookmarking technique and I was also under the impression that its waste of time. Because I hardly get time to write blog posts and then promoting on Facebook and Twitter.
I was just trying to find some best ways to increase website pageviews and found that bookmarking can be a good way to drive more traffic to your website. So I started bookmarking and waiting for the Google analytics to update.
How much time do I spend on Bookmarking?
For every post I write, I try to share it on all the major bookmarking sites. I created account on all the major bookmarking sites, I take a maximum of 30-40 minutes to bookmark.
A low investment but you get high returns over the period of time.
What result did I get when I started bookmarking?
If I am writing this post and investing a lot of time on bookmarking definitely the result would have popped out my eyes.
I was spending a lot of time on Facebook and twitter but when I checked analytics they were not the major traffic sender.
See the screenshot below for a very short span of time and if you like the data please share with your fellow bloggers.
How can I find the best free social bookmarking sites list?
So here is the 10 best site for social bookmarking. I will also share a detailed list of 1000 social bookmarking sites list at the end of the post.
- Scoop it
I will share some examples here.
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Twitter is one of the best and free social bookmarking sites. You simply bookmark any URL, image, video etc.
Whenever you post any URL you are bookmarking it for future. You can come back any time and check.
It also helps you to increase engagement and drive traffic to your website.
Dribble is one of the amazing bookmarking sites for designers. If you have a design to showcase and bring a reasonable amount of traffic to your website, this can be the best place.
Even you can ask your design team to create something unique and put it on Dribble to get some more traction.
Pocket is another very nice way to bookmark the sites.
I love the simple way to put it together. You simply need to click on the plus icon at the right top corner and add the link.
There is an extension available for Google Chrome which can help you to bookmark any website directly from the browser.
StumbleUpon is one of the very high PR sites we have around. It attracts millions of followers and that’s why I am using it too.
Once your account is created, you will come across the “Add content” option shown at left-hand corner of the page. When you will click on this, it will give you an option to add your page URL and description.
One of the good parts, that you can actually insert all the keywords or tags in the description.
This will help you to found easily and drive more traffic to your website.
Earlier they were providing a sponsored post option to market your content. But I contacted recently and got the below response.
Hoping that they will start soon.
Tip: Use StumbleUpon not just to submit your content but because this platform is so interactive, you can share other’s content thus engaging in real community building.
Scoop.it gives you the option of publishing your post on its platform along with sharing it on other social media websites like Facebook and Twitter. Once you click on “Scoop It” on the left-hand corner of the page, it gives you the option of inserting the URL.
Don’t be fooled by a pop up which asks you to upgrade and still continue with the posting. It gives options like adding a description and adding tags.
So this is a free/Paid tool. It up to you if you would like to upgrade.
Scoop.it URL’s may also help you to rank in Google and increase website visitors. So this is one of the highly recommended bookmarking sites.
Once you register on Pearltrees, you get the option to add your content. Once you click there, it gives you the option of adding your webpage and you can place your URL. Voila! And it’s done.
I am currently using the basic version and I think it’s good for bloggers. However, they also have paid versions.
Though it’s a good one, I recently started facing a challenge while logging in. So you can check once at your end. But this will again help you to increase website visitors.
Diigo is easy to work with because of its simple UI. Once you click on the small blue button saying ADD, you will get the option to add pdf, images, bookmark etc. Choose the bookmark option, insert your URL and add the tags separated by a comma.
Bagtheweb social bookmarking site is quite easy to use once you know how it works! Bags are basically categories where you can list your articles based on interests. So for example, I can create a bag for ‘Social Media’ and share all content related to social media there.
It makes easy to view and share with other people too.
Choose the option of creating a bag first with a vertical of your choice. Then go to Add a Link and insert the URLs you want here. You can also share content or URLs from others in your bag as it just keeps all the similar niches content together.
As promised here is a list of 1000 social bookmarking sites list.
Click Here: 1000 social bookmarking sites list
Do I need to spend money or Bookmarking is free?
Last but not the least, bookmarking sites are free to use. Though there are a couple of them have the paid version. Being a blogger you can use the free version and it’s sufficient. If you want more exposure definitely you can choose a paid option. I will recommend using a paid version of Scoop.it if possible.
Bookmarking is a good way to drive more traffic to your website. Choose 3-4 best high PR bookmarking sites as listed above and start working. Then compare the traffic using Google analytics and see the difference.
Feel free to ask if you have any question. I will be more than happy to answer.