What is social bookmarking? Well, it is a process by which internet users may share or search web pages that other people have bookmarked. People who participate save their bookmarks online and may then choose to share these web pages with other users.
You may choose whether to share your bookmarks with the general public or you may choose to limit access to them. You can therefore keep your bookmarks private and share them only with friends and family but not with strangers. People may view bookmarks by browsing through them via category or simply at random.
You may have a website of your own that you would like to share with others. You might run a blog that needs more attention from internet users. You can decide to submit your web site or blog to numerous social bookmarking sites. In this way, your web site bookmark will be listed at these sites and people may see it and decide to pay a visit. You can enter your own unique description and keywords into the submission forms.
How can social bookmarking help you? Is it merely another time wasting chore? Well, many people are excited about the potential of sharing your web site or blog with others.
First, you can generate a lot of unique incoming links to your web site. If you bookmark your site at ten different social bookmarking sites, you can get 10 unique incoming links pointing to your web site. However, keep in mind that you should not spam these sites with hundreds of bookmarks of your own site or blog.
Second, you can generate more search results in the major search engines. This means that your site is more often displayed in search results and the visibility of your site increases accordingly.
Third, this leads to more people visiting your web site or blog and therefore your traffic increases.
You can submit your most popular pages or blog posts so that their popularity can increase even more. This may also give these pages or posts a higher search engine ranking. Remember not to submit too many of the same pages to the same social bookmarking site. They may start to ignore your bookmarks if you abuse your bookmarking account.
You can bookmark a few of your favorite web sites every day. Mix at least one of your own pages or blog posts within each batch. This will make your own bookmarks look natural.
You can enter your keywords related to each page you submit as tags. Use general keywords as well as longer key phrases to describe each bookmark. This will let users know what a page is about.
Social bookmarking can be a useful free tool to increase your web site ranking and to send more visitors your way. Use it in moderation and you might harvest some good results.