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