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Social Bookmarking Tips for Those Who Don't Get It

Updated on September 20, 2011

Social bookmarking is a great way of keeping track of all of the websites and pages that you find most useful and interesting. It’s a great way of meeting others including those with whom you can network for business purposes. By supporting others there, you can find the support you need for your online business as well. It often allows those who are working alone to make it in the world of internet marketing, a chance to develop a supportive network to help them succeed.

Of course for many it can be a painful and counterproductive effort if a few nuances aren’t understood. It's for this reason I offer this brief list of social bookmarking tips.

Social Bookmarking Does Not Include Spamming

In their first enthusiastic rush on a new social bookmarking site, many newcomers begin submitting their every webpage and blog to the site in hopes that strangers and friends will find their content so compelling, they will in turn visit those pages and bookmark them. This is not necessarily a good approach. Submitting your own content is fine in moderation and, after developing the trust of other members. Finding content that is compelling, useful, timely, or very entertaining to share with others often gets a better result.

Over Sharing Can Cause Friends to Turn Away

Regular participation on a social bookmarking site is important in order to develop and maintain relationships or a following.  However, sharing numerous bookmarks each day can result in other members ignoring your content unless it’s really outstanding. 

The Term "Friends" Has a Meaning

Just as in any social circle, it’s important to reciprocate and give back to those who help you along. Becoming involved in your friends’ success is necessary if you want them to care about your own. You can share bookmarks that interest them, visit their pages and blogs, bookmark some good ones, and share the love through whatever reward system is in place on that particular social bookmarking site. Another easy way to give back if you share a complimentary or overlapping niche is through referencing their work in your blog (and including a link) or trackbacks.

Learn More about Social Bookmarking and Social Media

Anonymity Won't Cut It

Although you don’t have to use your real name, you do need to have an online personality. Establish yourself as knowledgeable, successful, fun, or something. You want people to be interested and you want them to begin to trust you and what you have to say. Your online personality and reputation must be established and maintained to succeed.

The other part of this social bookmarking tip is about familiarity or recognition. I tend to keep the same screen name and avatar throughout the various sites I use. I want my friends to be able to easily follow me where ever I am. If I spent time developing a reputation that makes people take an interest in me, I want that to follow me where ever and when ever possible. Sometimes a different approach can work, particularly if you're working in different niches.

You Need to Tweak Your Profile

Yes, your profile matters. That little paragraph where you say “Hi, I’m a work at home mom” needs to be upgraded a bit. Again, this will help establish your personality and reputation. People who see your posts and are interested may well visit your profile to see what they think.

This is critical too because if it’s the page most often seen and you’ve include a few critical links on there, those links too will be seen frequently. For instance, you might include a link to your blog, website, or author page from an article directory. State your accomplishments or vision. Say something of interest and make use of the space to promote yourself without spamming.

Yes, Tags Mean Something

In my experience, how you tag the articles and pages you submit is critical to getting found.  I stick with no more than 5 or 6 tags for my submissions. I usually have two or three general tags that fit the main categories/subcategories on the site. The next two or three can be more specific. For instance, if I were to submit a blog post about How to Make Beautiful Swedish Weaving Potholders, I would submit tags such as how to, crafting, home, weaving, potholders, and Swedish weaving.

Grab Their Attention

It's kind of like going to a party. You won't get a crowd of people clamouring to talk to you if you walk in and greet everyone with "the weather's been bad" and likewise on line, people won't flock to you if all you have to say is "buy from my e-bay store".

Titles like "Sure Fire Five Minute Ways to Increase Your Website Traffic" or "How to Make an Apron that Makes You Look Like Angelina and Cook Like Rachel Ray" might make people take notice. In other words, your titles or headlines matter.

Of course, short titles also serve a purpose since most of the people on the site have a lot to do and not a lot of time for reading and deciding whether or not your post is the one they want to invest time in checking out.

Not Every Social Bookmarking Site is Right for You

Some sites are right for crafting, others for tech. Some require the hottest and latest topics and others don’t. Find a community and topic focus that fits. In addition, you can find social bookmarking sites that have very friendly and supportive communities and others that don’t. Some are more active than others and some even provide incentives like revenue sharing. One of my personal favorites is Tagfoot which is just getting ready to come out of Beta. It's friendly, simple, and offers AdSense and other revenue sharing features.

In any case, don’t always assume that the problem you’re having with social bookmarking is you, you may just be involved in the wrong site for what you're trying to accomplish.

There are certainly many resources online that can help you along in better using social bookmarking sites to your advantage, but understanding some of these basic social bookmarking tips may help you avoid unnecessary struggles.






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      6 years ago

      Found your web site and decided to use a fast read. The information provided is very very niche and this information is not available so easily. Thanks for sharing .

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      Eye Bridge 

      7 years ago

      Thank you very much for sharing knowledgeable post. Keep posting.

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      Info Help 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Great tips,

      So many people use social bookmarking just for spamming for backlinks and don't take the time to use them correctly.

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      Brian Stephens 

      7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Hadn't seen this hub before, it's a pretty good review of what it takes to participate in Social Bookmarking sites. I am also sure that finding a site that suits what you are trying to achieve is critical to whether you succeed on a site or not. Also when you find the right one or two, you should concentrate on those and not try to be all things to all sites.

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      8 years ago from India

      Really nice and well described.

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      8 years ago

      As always as a newcomer to hubbing I find at least one useful nugget of wisdom in every hub I read. Thanks for the info, well done.

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      8 years ago from USA

      I also hopped over from Qondio this hub. Nice work! I entirely forgot about Tagfoot. I set up a profile and was active there for a while, then I must have got sidetracked. Personally, my favorite social bookmarking site is StumbleUpon for its traffic and ease of use.

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      8 years ago

      Came here from Qondio - very good tips here and in the other article. In fact so good I think I will link to it from my Blog!

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      8 years ago from Jacksonville, Illinois

      Nice hub, you got my up vote!


    • mulberry1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Christine Mulberry 

      8 years ago

      article submission servicess: I've heard many people say they gain a lot of traffic from Stumble Upon. I don't use it personally however. Of course, those same people say those visits never convert to sales however. Mixx isn't bad. Redgage is good if you're an artist, photographer, etc.

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      Rose West 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      This is a great read! Thank you! I've been dipping my toes in social bookmarking and trying to understand how it works.

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      Benz B 

      8 years ago

      Great hub. I recently started to do a good deal of bookmarking. It can be overwhelming once you get to your 20th or so site. Especially when you are bookmarking many hubs and websites. Good luck to all that are going to use this method.

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      Janet Jenson 

      8 years ago

      Lots of good information here. I really need to update my profiles in a lot of places, but sometimes life gets in the problem is I signed up at a lot of different programs just to test them out and ending up liking them all.

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      article submission services 

      8 years ago

      Anybody has a clue, which social bookmarking sites should be preferred for optimal promotion?

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      Bookmarking Demon 

      8 years ago

      I made page one on digg once and never since. I don't have much hope left for that site. I'll let you use my shovel as long as you promise to smack Kevin Rose in the head with it! :)

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      8 years ago

      Great summary on social bookmarking. I had never heard of Tagfoot before so I learned something here. I just checked it out and I do like the interface...

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      Kurt Evans 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. These are good things to remember and keep in mind. I'm just starting to learn how to participate in social bookmarking sites.

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      Kurt Evans 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. These are good things to remember and keep in mind. I'm just starting to learn how to participate in social bookmarking sites.

    • JanieWrites profile image


      9 years ago from Arizona

      I am going to go check out TagFoot -- I had never heard of it. Great tips on Social Bookmarking

    • futurenetads profile image


      9 years ago from india

      very very usefull information ..... keep going

    • dawei888 profile image


      9 years ago

      Hi! Thanks for providing this hub about social bookmarking. One thing I do on Twitter is share other members' website URLs with my audience. This has brought me a bigger following and many thanks from other members. Also, thanks for the intro to tagfoot. -dawei888 :-)

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      9 years ago

      This is an excellent summary that applay to all Social bookmarking sites. What I want to add it the time consuming site of it, and what we need to do for it?



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      Paula Atwell 

      9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      This is an excellent commentary on social bookmarking. Really helpful.

    • cfangerow profile image


      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for your information here. I've just joined Tagfoot and will give it a try. One of my complaints with joining multiple sites is that I like to share my pics on each - I have tons and its a pain. Wouldn't it be really nice if they could all be shared or the albums imported direct from a Flickr account without having to load each one individually!

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      9 years ago

      This is a very good post. No matter how we promote a website, I find that time plays a huge role our success. I started a test site without any incoming links or promotion and it took almost the same amount of time to start getting noticed as the older sites I worked hard to get noticed. It didn't feel right so every website I launched since that test site was back to basics. I proved I can achieve the same traffic without social bookmarking, incoming links, or promotion of any kind, but, I still prefer the social method.

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      9 years ago from London

      fantastic hub - I love tagfoot as well!

      I think your hints are great. I might add, perhaps, not to get all over-excited and try too many at once, you won't be able to keep up with it.

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      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      I couldn't join Tagfoot, says I need an invitation. Could you please send me one? My email is cinfam at gmail


    • mulberry1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Christine Mulberry 

      9 years ago

      Glad you found the hub useful. I know I was clueless when I started!

    • redhair profile image


      9 years ago from Scotland UK

      Hi, great hub, social bookmarking is something I have shyed away from due to lack of understanding. I feel a lot clearer now, thanks

    • reagu profile image


      9 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great hub. There are so many social bookmarking sites out there that you really have to find the right one for your niche.

    • kappa022 profile image


      9 years ago from Florida

      These are tips that every aspiring social media activists need to know. Excellent hub.

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      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very informative. Thx for sharing.

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      Nancy's Niche 

      9 years ago

      Great article and full of productive information. Thanks for sharing the wisdom!

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      9 years ago from Taupo, NZ

      Great article on socialbookmarking sites. Thanks for the details

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      Jim Hickey 

      9 years ago

      Excellent and timely article given all the hype over the socialbookmarking sites. Well written and presented, I especially liked the "Friend's and "Anonymity" segments. Thanks for sharing

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      9 years ago from UK

      Pretty article. Some useful tips. I would keep them in mind while doing the Social bookmarking next time. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      9 years ago from united kingdom

      really great hub and the best work out on this.really enjoyed reading it.thanx for sharing such a nice information.keep it up...

    • sdorrian profile image


      9 years ago from Chicago

      Great job for this hub! This will truly help those people who are new in social bookmarking. Very informative and concise.

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      9 years ago

      Great piece of writing and lots to take into consideration. This is a great resource.

    • hassam profile image


      9 years ago from Pakistan

      I just heard of Tagfoot and will definitely try it out. Overall a very nice hub.

    • 397268 profile image


      9 years ago

      A lot of important information here. I wish it was applied in practive more often.

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      Anamika S Jain 

      9 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Excellent Info. Social Bookmarking has been something I have ignored for long. Thanks for reminding.

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      9 years ago

      Excellent article Christene. You have done an excellent job here with this useful information.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi mulberry, I'm learning more as I read your hub. I don't get so much time to be on the net so I don't do a lot of social bookmarking. You are so right about this "Becoming involved in your friends’ success is necessary if you want them to care about your own." Actually, I've met a lot of friends online and naturally supported them as they have with me too.

      By the way, if you haven't read your email yet, congratulations. THis hub has been picked as this week's hubnugget. Read Funride's hub to know what it is all about.

      Cast your vote now and tell your friends and their friends to vote too. Have fun eating the hubnuggets! :-)

    • mulberry1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Christine Mulberry 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by everybody. Hope those of you who decide to try out tagfoot find it as friendly as I have.  Don't hesitate to look me up and add me as a friend when/if you get there.

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      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Good, useful info. Having mastered (somewhat) the ins and outs of Hub Pages I feel almost ready to spread my social networking wings. I appreciate having people like you to share what you know and help others avoid pitfalls. Glad to have you here on HP. Keep hubbing! P.S. Your avatar is priceless!!! MM

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      9 years ago from NSW. Australia

      thanks for this - will click and btw what a cute dog you have!

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      9 years ago from NSW. Australia

      thanks for this - cwill click and btw what a cute dog you have!

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      Susan Keeping 

      9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I managed to sign up for Tagfoot with no problem

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      Susan Keeping 

      9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Thanks, good information to know.

    • mulberry1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Christine Mulberry 

      9 years ago

      eovery: I think if you click on the link in the hub (near the bottom) you would be able to sign up if you wish. If you're interested in an invitation I can send you one though. Let me know.

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      9 years ago from New York

      Very informative. Thx for sharing.

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      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      I checked out tagfoot. It is Beta right now, and is by invite to join only. Patty, you may have to send out some invites to get people to join.

      Keep on Hubbing!

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      9 years ago from New Zealand

      I believe the information especially not to over do your bookmarking is essential, thankyou for sharing this.

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      9 years ago

      Nice and useful article. Tagfoot is definitely a great social bookmarking service, too.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Tagfoot is certainly a good Social Bookmarking Site. I hope more people join.


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