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How to Promote your Hubs and Increasing your HubPages Traffic by Using Bookmarks and Backlinks

Updated on July 27, 2012

Bookmarks and Backlinks

When you write an article and someone reads it and likes the article so much they email it to a friend or post it to Twitter, Facebook or their favorite forum, they have created a backlink for you.

A bookmark is a backlink you create for yourself on purpose. There are many places you can put bookmarks, but some are better than others.

When someone is looking for an article to read, Google counts all the backlinks when it chooses which articles to show on each page. That’s why more backlinks are better. But quality backlinks count more as far as Google is concerned.

When you write an article, link to your other articles, thus giving yourself backlinks each time you write an article.

This article is about your article being backlinked either by you creating one, or someone else.

Bookmarks and Backlinks

Where can I add bookmarks?

There are many places you can add bookmarks, here is a list of just a few. The more you do bookmarks, the more you will have ideas as to where else you can put them.

If you have your own blog you should tell your readers when you publish something and put your URL there. You can of course always email your own friends, just don’t overdo it.Forums are a great place to put backlinks because if you put them in the right category the people reading the forums will be interested to read them as they will be on topic for that forum.

You can specifically bookmark your work on sites designed for that purpose. Personally, I bookmark on RedGage, Best-Reviewer and IMAutomator.

FaceBook is another great place to put backlinks, you can show all your friends your latest piece of work, or can create aFaceBook Fan Page.

I think most people have heard of Craigslist, but there are two very similar sites, eBay Classifieds and Backpage. While Craigslist has good volume the other two are friendlier to use. You shouldn’t, however, advertise your articles in the discussion areas of these.

Here is a hub I have written about using Craigslist to increase your HubPages traffic.

If you find a question on Yahoo Answers that can be answered with one of your hubs, then you can post the URL.

On Ezinearticles and Squidoo you can make comments on other people’s articles and then it asks for your URL, if it’s relevant you can add the URL of one of your hubs. On both of these you have to have an account to comment.

Others that I haven’t personally used but are used by other people are Stumbleupon, Digg, Twitter and MySpace.

Adding Bookmarks

Adding More Bookmarks

Do Bookmarks make a difference?

You can see from the following video the difference that backlinks make. I get a constant 25%-35% of my traffic from the bookmarks that I have made for myself. In the future if that were to drop to under 10% then I would stop doing bookmarks. You can also see the benefit of doing bookmarks in the traffic sources section on HubPages, as shown in the following video.

Traffic Sources


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    • VTYEAR profile image

      Virgilio Ano 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Nice hub. Social sharing works fine with me, but this hub is indeed helpful.

    • Cyber Scribe profile image

      Cyber Scribe 4 years ago from Cyber Space

      I agree, some bookmarking is good, it's just not as good as it used to be.

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      lenalena2013 4 years ago from Glasgow

      Hi Cyber Scribe, I am aware that things have changed since your hub was posted, but I still think getting your posts bookmarked on a good sites can bring some more traffic. I have chosen three bookmarking sites and I am going to stick to them and observe what happens. I only write 1-2 articles per week or even less, so it would not take long to submit them once you have your account established. And I will check Pinterest of course, never heard if this place before, thanks for the tip!

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      Cyber Scribe 4 years ago from Cyber Space

      I wrote this hub about 2 years ago and things have changed in the Google world since then. Two years ago it was really important to write a hub and then bookmark it a lot, now that's not seen as such a good idea. I would now advise newcomers to aim for a narrow niche with good keywords and let it be found by Google. While bookmarks can't hurt, they can take your time away from writing new content, which I now think is more important to do.

      Also, put a good picture in your hub and post it to Pinterest, an option that didn't exist when I wrote this hub.

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      lenalena2013 4 years ago from Glasgow

      voted useful, thanks for sharing. I am just rolling up my sleeves to start bookmarking my first three hubs following your guidelines!!

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      Adam Finan 5 years ago from Worldwide

      Well done, love the videos and the honesty of your border-line illegal self promotion!

      Hope you do well

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      Mellonyy 5 years ago

      Great info, thanks!

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      plinka 6 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

      This is the most useful hub about traffic increasing I've read so far.

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      Rose Frankie 6 years ago

      nice info hub

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      Ashraf Mir 6 years ago from Dhaka

      I found it very useful. Thanks for the sharing.

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      Ernestasm 6 years ago from Lithuania

      Very useful article. I agree that you shouldn't follow anyone who clicked to follow you. Cheers mate!

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      azimimpossible 6 years ago from Jaipur

      dude its an awesome hub...very useful for new comer like me..keep it up and co operation is requested.thank you.