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Bookmark Your Posts and Articles So Search Engines and Others Can Find Them
A verified and long list of places to social bookmark your posts and webpages so others can find you.
That's the whole point, right? To write and post and blog and photograph and offer your knowledge and opinions and share with others and then get a backlink so others can find what you have created.
By posting your content to the sites below, over time you can build a lot of backlinks and draw traffic and interest in what you are writing and creating.
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Tips for Bookmarking on Sites
A few tips before you begin checking out the great list below:
- Always make sure you have made your links public. Most sites allow a private or public viewing of your bookmarks.
- Choose sites that allow links to be voted Up but not Down. You don't want to purposely get buried if you are a little guy.
- Bookmark everything from posts to articles to photos, podcasts and videos.
- Some sites use a "No-Follow" policy which means they don't create a backlink that is recognized by the search engines. However, many of these types of social bookmarking sites draw a lot of traffic, so if your links get viewed a lot and people visit your post or website page, that does count as traffic and viewing, just not a backlink that can be read.
- Read about the details and procedures the site uses. Each site will have different rules about how a link is handled. Look for the site's procedure documentation before signing up to get the lowdown.
A Few Notes About This List
Links in this article are separated into the top site category, networking sites and then an A-Z listing of additional sites.
I have visited each site (whew!) because I hate it when people give me a list of links they can't tell me about. I have used Alexa ranking to guide me on choosing the sites that might produce better traffic and backlink results.
Make sure you check through the A to Z lists as there are quite a few specialty bookmarking sites designed for particular audiences. Those are really good sites to post to if you want to interact with peers or groups you share knowledge with. Think designers, academics, folks in geographical areas.
Let me know if a link is broken or leads some place else--life changes and sites can be abandoned and purchased by others who change them.
Top Sites for Bookmarks
Delicious.com - A top bookmarking site that lets you create a collection of links to favorite sites/articles/lenses. You can categorize your list using keywords, load links from a mobile device and create groups of links called "stacks" that pertain to a particular subject. The more links a site/article/lens gets, the more popular the page becomes and the more traffic the Delicious bookmark sends to the page. You can see my bookmarks here.
Digg.com - A news site with high authority on Google - sites listed in Digg typically rank high on Google even when there are only a few votes. UPDATE: You must have login with a Twitter, G+ or Facebook account - there are no longer account options outside of that. Start linking your favorites sites and articles, vote on other users lists. Sites voted and shared among others on Digg that end up on the Digg homepage get LOTS of traffic from other bloggers and the webosphere.
DZone is a great place to bookmark articles for the web development community--php, secure passwords, stacks, cloud applications--if any of those or other development topics are what you write about then DZone is where you want to list your article links. DZone tends to stay arounf the top 3,000 mark on Alexa.
Facebook "Like" or get "Liked" using Facebook's "Like" button. "like" your own articles and posts to share them with others on your Facebook account. Facebook is technically a "networking" site and not a bookmarking site. However, it can be used as a bookmarking site and should be added to your list of sites to update when adding new web content.
Feedage is a twist on the bookmark idea. Instead of posting direct links to your articles and website pages, you post a link to your RSS feeds. It is very popular and ranks on Alexa with a global rank of 6,222.
Google+ is the latest addition to social scene. What's great about Google+ is that you can beak down your followers into circles which allows you to pick and choose who sees what posts, links and photos you want to share. Put all your Squidoo friends in one place, gather potential or current business connections in another and keep the family in a third. It's a Google product so guess what happens to well trafficked users?
LinkedIn is a sharing site for professionals. If Squidoo, your personal blog or your website are professional endeavors, then LinkedIn is where you need to be sharing your links.
SORRY NO LONGER AVAILABLE!Ping.fm allows you to update all the major sites at one time--it's a real time saver and technically a social bookmarking tool. You do need to have accounts at each of those sites--Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, Digg--before using Ping.fm. You can even instant message, too.
Pinterest is a site that likely needs no introduction. Based on sharing favorite images found across the web, registered users create "pin boards" with a topic and proceed to "pin" or link the images they find pertaining to those topics. This is a huge site for manufacturers such as funriture makers, fashion houses and accessory (home and fashion) makers. You will find most of the top food and product manufacturers from the U.S. (Hershey's, Proctor and Gamble...) using this site to promote product sales. If your articles are imaged based, this is a great place to promote links--but subtlety is important. If all you link are your own articles, others will pickup on that quickly and you could get ignored. At last check, Pinterest was ranked 38 on Alexa.
Reddit bills itself as "the front page of the Internet". It's a news based site that is focused on timely, shocking and sometimes ridiculous news. Folks vote on their favorite bookmarked pages allowing the best stories, or most ridiculous depending upon how you see it, rise to the front page and go viral. This can drive lots of web traffic to the page, so if you post a lot of current, tragic, shocking or funny stories this is the site for you. FYI: I recently attempted to submit a Squidoo link to Reddit and found out they do not accept Squidoo links. :-o Oh well, I suggest using Reddit for your other online properties/pages.
Technorati - A Google recognized authority offering links to blogs. You can claim your own blogs, bookmark other blogs and posts, and tag your blogs so others can find you.
Twitter can be used to broadcast your latest posts or forward a post someone else has made that you think is topnotch. Do it in 140 characters or less called a "tweet". To shorten those url addresses use tinyurl or a similar service (for FREE!).
Viadeo is not really a bookmarking site. Instead it is a networking site for professionals and ranks around the 400 mark on Alexa. (That's right--400, not 4000!) If you are writing articles about your profession, you can link to them in your profile and reach your target audience--FAST!
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Networking Sites with Bookmarking Capability
These sites are free blogging platforms focused on bookmarking blogs and websites so that others can find them by topic.
StumbleUpon - StumbleUpon is a blend of many types of social media categories: social bookmarking, blog voting, category/brand building and networking, web surfing and search. When you link your posts and blogging sites, StumbleUpon sends traffic from its users.
Tumblr - A blogging platform that allows you to link posts, web pages and other things you find on the web. No forced advertising is placed on your account pages. Signup for a blogging account (lots of cool, blogging templates to choose from), use your own web address if you like or use one of the many templates Tumblr provides, and start posting, linking and sharing content.
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Sites A - D
Specialty Sites Are Included
a1-webmarks is a free website where you can keep track of your personal favorite posts, pages and sites. Even keeps track of which links break.
BibSonomy is designed to share bookmarks and literature lists. If you research a particular topic heavily, this German-based organization is a great place to share links.
BlinkList Keep track of all the cool web pages and post you find while surfing. Share them with friends, make them private or allow others to find them, too. Blinklist ranks within the top 10,000 sites on Alexa and gets great traffic and views.
BlogBookMark is a typical bookmarking tool with a high ALexa ranking of around 33,150. This might be a good place to get started.
Blogmarks.net is a not-for-profit social site based in France but written in English. This site is only accepting new users by invitation but it may be worth a shot--it ranks in the top 25,000 web sites on Alexa.
Blurpalicious I love this site just for its name but it also ranks high at Alexa. The day I reviewed this site it ranked at 18,336 globally.
BuddyMarks Typical bookmarking tool with the ability to share your links publicly.
CiteULike.org is for sharing academic and research links to papers and documents on the web. If you are academically inclined and write posts to a research topic or favorite subject, this could be a great bookmarking site for you to utilize. This site ranks in the top 15,000 sites on the web according to Alexa.
Designfloat is a marking site for all types of designers--graphics, packaging, cartoons, website and all kinds of artists. Check it out if you have posts pertaining to any kind of design.
Diigo is a great bookmarking site with extra sticky ability! Diigo ranks in the top 2000 sites on Alexa and is geared to help us research, share and annotate the web and has received a lot of press from Cnet and the like. Billed as THE alternative to Delicious.
DotNetKicks - another great place to list and bookmark articles for the web development community. It's global ranking on Alexa runs at the 40,000 mark--could be some interesting people to network with on this site.
DropJack.com looks like the Craigslist of the social world--clean, no fuss interface.
Dzone.com is for web developers and software folks. Well trafficked and easy to use. If you post tech tutorials, and solid information about developing, you gotta visit and post here.
Sites F - K
Fark If it's silly, weird, funny or ridiculous submit it to Fark. Alexa ranks them at number 1,304 in the U.S.
Folkd They bill themselves as a social search engine but it's set up as a bookmark and sharing site. If you've got videos or slideshows, this might be a good place to start linking them.
Freelink.org is a simple bookmark site that allows you public or private viewing of your links. It's a great place to keep track of your links, as most bookmark sites are. It is owned by NetQuick, a software design company, but it doesn't seem to get a lot of traffic as of this writing.
Gather.com was a high ranking (1278 on Alexa) networking site similar to Squidoo. Writers share news stories and posts throughout the day, converse and discuss and share their knowledge. To become a writer on Gather you must go through a site called Skyword to be approved. However, you can signup for free and become a member and share your links and other information about subjects you care about.
Gozoof.com has a rating system that looks a bit like a business review site. It links directly to blog and website address from the users link heading.
KaBoodle.com is a shopping share site where members share links to great products and associated reviews with each other. It may be a bit of work, not unlike our own Squidoo, but if you write about fashion, home appliances, home furnishings or other such items it could be worth the effort. Kaboodle rated at number 3514 the day I visited Alexa.
Kinja is more of a blog guide than a sharing site. However, it gives you a great list of places to pursue in your link building quest. Take a look at their front page and you'll see many important places to investigate for marketing purposes.
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Sites L - P
LinkaGoGo.com comes off initially looking like a personal bookmarking site but don't be fooled. This site allows you to share with others publicly and ranks globally at 12,067 on Alexa.
Linkarena is a German site and link sharing page. If you write in German or about topics you know Germans would be interested in, start an account.
Metafilter You have to see this link and comment site to believe it. Ranked globally at 3,005 at Alexa, you'll need to explore the site thoroughly to see if your topics fit with the type of content they post.
MySiteVote Typical list your sites and links plus a vote on favorites others post.
MyHQ provides a way to list and share links. It's best feature is an automatic update of link changes across the board meaning others who share your links get updated too. NO BANNER ADS on this site! And, they update their free product.
Netvouz.com Another straight forward list your links and make them public social bookmarking site. Very clean, no fuss and publicly released links make it on to the front page at least once, as they are released. Site links directly to your web page.
NewsVine.com ranks as a top website on Alexa at around 3,000. Become auser and post newsworthy items in the categories they provide. This site has a news/journalism approach.
Plurk has a global Alexa ranking at around 2,000 so it is worth checking out as a possible traffic source. It's your basic add link, and post publicly style social bookmarking site.
If you have an account with a University of College, check the policy information to find out about listing bookmarks through your account. A .edu link to an article is a highly valued link in the eyes of search engines.
However, make sure the article is about a topic that fits the .edu reference.
Sites Q - Z
Scoop.it Is a web content tool that lets you grab already published content and put your own spin on it. Once you've gathered info and written your comments you can publish to your social accounts. Alexa's global ranking for Scoop.it is 685.
SiteJot adds a nice feature to its otherwise typical bookmarking setup. Once you've got your account active and you've begun listing your favorite bookmarks (your own articles, of course!) you can create an RSS feed to your links. Share your RSS feed as part of your signature when you post online and you've got an easy way to put your work into the flow of viewing and sharing.
SlashDot.org was an early entry in the social field and still holds high ranking. When I checked Alexa it was at 1,031. However, Slashdot has a heavy focus on technology, especially towards Open Source and Linux issues.
Startaid is a typical bookmarking site where you create an account and start adding your favorite bookmarks. You can allow others to see them which is an opportunity for some link juice.
Stylehive is an earlier entry in linking websites similar to Pinterest. Stylehive uses photos and links combined and members add their own links of favorite products, brands and items they find online. Community members vote on and promote their favorites.
We Heart It is an image-based sharing site. Make sure you add good tags to get found here. Alexa global ranking is 1,208.
Zotero is one of the more interesting options. Here is how the site describes itself "Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work-in the web browser itself." (The bolding is mine.) Think of it as a more literate version of Pinterest. You have to download an add-on/tool that works in a variety of ways and with numerous operating systems and browsers. You can read more about the tool here.