In this article I am going to discuss how you can use social bookmarking to generate traffic to your own website. Mass bookmarking is no longer effective as the huge number of links back to your own site looks like spam to the search engines and therefore you need to be selective where you bookmark your site.
Basically social bookmarking is where someone adds your site to a social bookmarking website such as StumbleUpon or Digg.
Since there is a social aspect to these bookmarking sites other people get to see what kind of sites have been bookmarked.
For example, if a particular website has received a lot of bookmarks then it will get greater visibility on that particular bookmarking site and therefore probably get even more attention from other people visiting the site.
It is human nature to want to find out for yourself what seems to be popular to others so social bookmarking is a way to share with other people what kind of websites you like and for others to go and check it out for themselves.
If you have a website then it is a very good idea to have some icons on your web pages where people can click and automatically book mark your particular page. There are free WordPress plugins that enable you to do this.
There are also plugins that you can purchase that enable you to automatically bookmark any page on your site to a whole load of bookmarking sites. However I would not recommend using these as Google’s guideline recommends only using a few of these sites to gain visibility to your own website.
I would recommend that you choose two or three of your favourite bookmarking sites or ones that you know to be popular with in your particular niche and then bookmark your pages manually yourself.
If you are going to use a WordPress plugin to create icons on your web pages then I suggest you use the icon for the very same three bookmarking sites that you are already using. That way you will increase the visibility of your particular web page on those specific bookmarking sites.
It is also a good idea to find other websites that are related to your niche and to bookmark some of those web pages so that your particular profile contain not just your own site will other experts in your niche.