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Instantly Indexing Your Hubpages
I just finished a hub that I'd been working on for a few days and thought I'd submit the final product to some social bookmarking sites, see what indexing results I could get for my efforts. Less than 10 minutes after submitting to 5-10 social sites (I use 5-10 as an estimate because it varies with each Hub, so I don't want to skew the process. It could probably work with less, but I have a system), my Mercedes alloy wheels Hubpage is indexed in Google.
Indexing Hubpages in Google
So, how do I know the page is indexed in Google? Well, I simply copied and pasted the url http://hubpages.com/hub/Mercedes-alloy-wheels into Google search bar at the top of Mozilla Firefox and voila! It popped up as the first listing. So now I'm listed in the first position for my own url, exciting right? Well, yeah. I knew it was possible to index quickly through social sites, but I'd never really experimented with the process in a scientific method/manner before now.
So, what did I do, which sites did I use? I used all the major social sites you've probably heard of or used before, plus a couple others I like.
My criteria: Easy, friendly and quick to use; some don't like people to just drop by and leave a link to an outside site, they prefer interaction and what-not. On average I'd like to be able to visit the site and create a link in less than 2 minutes, soup to nuts...
Social bookmarking tutorials at Amazon.com
Digg - Everybody's heard of Digg, and for a very good reason. They rock, enough said
reddit - Another popular social site, this one is very efficient and easy to use
Stumbleupon - The list of popular social sites continues, as this site is a tried and true companion to any IM'er
Delicious - Many claim Delicious is the premiere social bookmarking site on the web. the fact that other social sites will often let you import your Delicious bookmarks over to their site helps qualify this claim
Friendster - Similar to reddit or Delicious, I often submit to this site as well
Google Bookmarks - Now take note because this is mucho important; I never, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVER submit any web property to Google in the true submitting sense of the word. Instead, I use Google Bookmarks. It's similar to just storing bookmarks in my browser, but they are stored on Google's server. If Google doesn't spider their own server and web properties, then what hope would the rest of us have for any of our other sites?! This is one of my favorite ways to manage my bookmarks, especially when my browser bookmarks are on the fritz, which unfortunately happens quite often with Mozilla Firefox
Clickazoo - Not many people are familiar with this site I assume, and I found them quite by accident, but I simply love this social bookmarking site. It allows me to bookmark any page I want in thumbnail form, helping me keep organized and providing links back to my pages
MySpace - Now, don't judge me. I can't think of any other use I have for this site any longer, except for quality linking and bookmarking. MySpace is so 2006, but it still has a huge following
Hellotxt - This site automatically updates Twitter, FriendFeed and Bebo for me, so it's 3 tools in one.
Now, I understand that this probably seems like a lot of work, and you know... You're right, it was a lot of work... The first time I used the sites, there was some initial setup. Now, when I want to bookmark a site I just click on the button on my browser's toolbar for each social site I'd like to visit and submit my site. The fields are then automatically populated for ease of use.
The site I listed took me less than 10 minutes to submit to all the social bookmarking 2.0 sites I highlighted, then 10 minutes after that I typed my url into Google search. Like magic, there it was, ready for me to start backlinking to in order to hopefully drive targeted traffic to it, so that I can hopefully start making money from Google Adsense or Amazon. What? You didn't actually think I liked writing about Mercedes alloy wheels did you?!
Quickly and efficiently getting Hubpages and other web entities indexed in Google is absolutely essential for those who want to drive SEO based traffic to their sites. How else could you climb the Google search rankings if Google didn't already know your sites existed? By making the process instantaneous through social bookmarking sites, I'm now afforded the opportunity to concentrate on other aspects of promotion, and that makes me feel better about the whole process.
On a side note: The one site I don't use to bookmark my sites is the one that everybody touts as the best, and that is Facebook. I actually love Facebook; It's where I go to play Mafia Wars, and Vampire Wars, and all those other activities I like to partake in to take my mind off of the daily grind. But I haven't set up the proper filters that will allow me to post links that won't be shoved down the throats of every 'Friend' have in the community. I'm pretty sure that my old high school buddies, my casual acquaintances, and ex-fiancees want to hear my pitch on polycarbonate roofing panels, or writing desks or how to best utilize Hubpages for profit.
It's best I've found to keep my audience in mind when engaging in social bookmarking activities. Last thing I wanna do is get all 'Spammy' with it.
The last thing I do once I've bookmarked a Hubpage at any social site is to click on the link I've just created. This accomplishes at least two things; Firstly, I know if the link is broken or not. If it's broken for whatever reason, this would be the time to fix it and make it right. Secondly, Hubpages registers the visit as coming from a different site than just my Hubpages account page and lists it in the Hub metrics. I don't know if this helps a Hub rating, but having several page hits from unique IP addresses certainly can't hurt. Lastly, I just like to click on the link to help get things moving, though this is more a superstition than anything based on SEO fact. I'm a creature of habit, though, and so far it's been working.
After much tweaking and trial-n-error here is the comprehensive list of those Social Bookmarking sites that I submit every new Hub I create to in order to gain indexing and backlinks. Some are listed above, here is the complete list:
- HelloTxt (Twitter, Bebo, FriendFeed)
- Google Bookmarks
- Mister Wong
- eLert Gadget
- Simpy (nofollow)
- Diigo (nofollow)
- Slashdot (nofollow); This site irks me more with each passing day. Don't waste your time!)
- Technorati (This site's in a flux state currently, but they'll be back even stronger!)
Those are all of the sites I submit to. So you can see that any new Hub I send out to these sites will get some quick love from Google. This is also the EXACT order I submit my sites to, because those at the bottom are my least favorite, so if I get down near the bottom of my list and don't feel like dealing with their B.S. or jumping through too many hoops, or maybe the Hub in question just doesn't need as much juice as some of my marketing Hubs, then I have some wiggle-room.
The sites I've deleted from my list, for whatever reason are:
Either I didn't like those sites, or those sites didn't like me, or the process was too complex for what I was trying to accomplish, but for whatever reason those sites are no longer on my list.
I timed myself as I submitted my most recent Hub publication, sewer snakes for blocked drains , and it took me exactly 30 minutes to submit the Hub to every one of those social sites. So you see, it is time consuming, but worth it I think. I have some Hubs on backlog to submit now that I have honed the list, so I'll try to get to at least one Hub a night, time permitting, and motivation permitting... 'cuz there's nothing I'd rather be doing right now than watching a movie On-Demand...
Also, one more step I often incorporate into the launch of any new Hub is to 'Ping' the site. This simply involves submitting the url of the Hub to a pinging site like Pingler.com and then they send a bunch of hits out to various destinations to let others know that my url exists. That seems to be the over simplified explanation if what the process entails. I understand pinging on a troubleshooting level, so every now and again I'll submit a url to Pingler.com and let them work their magic.
If you find you don't have the time, the wherewithal or even the patience to bookmark at all the sites listed, then I highly recommend at least getting through the first 15 on the list. They are the best I've come across so far, and it won't take you very long, once you've got everything set up and in place that is.
After further review...
I've now been socially bookmarking my Hubs and other web properties with these various social bookmarking tools, and have actually pared the list down quite a bit. Below is the updated list of sites that I use, mainly because they are all dofollow, and also because some of the sites just didn't live up to the hype for one reason or another.
HelloTxt, Digg, Stumbled, Delicious, Blinklist, Google, Clickazoo, mylinkvault, Blogger, BuddyMarks, Jamespot, Tagza, YouMob, Mister Wong, A1-Webmarks, Gabbr
YouMob isn't necessarily dofollow, but it's so easy to set up and use, plus I get some trickle traffic from them, so they are a keeper.