Thanks for the great info! I was wondering, when I submit my hub to social bookmarking and...
pings, will I get penalized say if I I submit it to the same site twice? I've also heard that you could be penalized or kicked off from social bookmarking sites if you are just bookmarking your own blog, hubs etc, do you know if this is true?
I've never heard of this happening before. I mean, what's the point of social bookmarking if you can't bookmark more than one page at a time?
However, it may be up to the bookmark administrators of each social bookmarking site. If they think you're being too spammy, they may delete your bookmarks or ban your account altogether. There is no Google penalty.
The great thing about bookmarks is that you get permanent backlinks from them, not like Press Release backlinks that only last 6 months until the next series of news comes in.
From Google's perspective, when you're doing backlinking, you want to make your backlinks look as natural as possible. That means the links should be diverse, relevant, come from authority sites (preferably PR3 and up) and spread out.
The truth is you cannot control who on the internet will link to you or not link to you. So when Google sees this, it thinks, "Okay. Everything looks hunky dory to me." That's why you want backlinking to seem as natural as possible.
You want your site to appear like an authority site, so when your pages are getting that awesome linkjuice from a PR 7 site, etc. It helps boost your pages up the ranks of Google search engines.
The best way for to have book marks be effective for backlinking is to get other people to bookmark your sites for you. That shows Google that different people from different IP addresses (not just your own) really like your stuff, so your Hubs or pages are considered authority content.
Page ranking by Google has over 200 criteria. There's no way to keep track of all the criteria, but backlinks and low competition keywords which you optimize your pages for make all the difference.
If you want to know of a great site that has a community of people who will bookmark your links for you while you bookmark their in return, I recommend reading this Squidoo Lens: http://www.squidoo.com/social-adr-an-in … -backlinks
As Go Writer suggested, it is up to the individual social bookmarking sites. They all have different user agreements, so it's a good idea to take the time to read through them before you begin using their services. Some require that you bookmark more than your own work, while others only recommend it.
In general, however, promoting only your own content and promoting the same content over and over does have a spammy appearance and will probably send up red flags. Even if the bookmarking site itself doesn't notice, the community probably will and won't take kindly to it -- they could flag you as a spammer or simply ignore you altogether, which devalues your presence there immensely.
Keep in mind two things about social bookmarking sites: 1) Most of their links are not "followed" by search engines, meaning they don't have a lot of value for search engine optimization (SEO) in and of themselves. 2) Search engines only look at the first occurrence of a link on a page anyway, so posting it 50 times in your Twitter stream wouldn't help you with SEO even if the links were followed.
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