How to Drive Targeted Traffic From Social Bookmarking Sites

Social bookmarking sites receive a large amount of visitors every day. If your bookmark reach the front page of the sites, you will get a lot of targeted traffic from them.

Write a Catchy Headline

The majority of the articles go unnoticed because their headlines don’t grab attention. If you want people to see your bookmarked article, you must create an attractive headline. For example, instead of using the headline iPad Accessories, you should used a more catchy headline such as Micro-review: iPad Accessories.

Write a Short Description

The description also plays an important role in drawing the attention of the readers. The description should be brief and describe the news in a way that makes people want to learn more about it. For example, you can write, this article is an in depth review of the official apple iPad’s accessories. If it is news, you can paste the first paragraph in the description. The description should be an introduction about the article and not include the details. It is recommended that you don’t use false facts and lies in the description to generate interests from the readers. The standard word count of the description should be 100 – 150 characters. Since most social bookmarking sites limit the description, you should attempt to describe the article as short as possible.

Create an Impressive First Paragraph

The first paragraph of the article must be must create a good impression on the reader. When the readers click through the link, they will read the first paragraph of the article. If the first paragraph is lousy, they will not read the rest of the article and quit the same. To encourage the reader to remain on the site longer, the first paragraph must be informational and impressive.

Create Good Content

The first paragraph serves to lure the readers to stay for longer period and read the rest of the article. To retain the readers’ attention, the body of the article must be interesting so that people will want to read it. If you are articles is useless, there is no need for bookmarking them. Sometimes, the moderator from the social bookmarking sites will visit the bookmarked page to check if it is spam. If they find out the articles are junk, they will get your site or IP banned from the site. The article should be grammatically correct and without spelling error.

Put a Bookmark Button on the Site

It is best if you provide a convenient way for people to bookmark the article. Many social bookmarking sites offer a piece of code for the buttons which you can paste into the site. When people click on the button, they will be redirected to the particular social bookmarking site. Once they sign in, they will be able to bookmark the article on your site. If you are using a wordpress blog, you can install the social bookmarking plugin from WordPress plugin directory. Addthis.com provides free social bookmarking widget which you can embed into your site. The social bookmarking widget supports 264 sites including Digg, Yazzem, Yahoo! Buzz, Webnews, Xanga, Plurk, Properller, Google Buzz, Dzone, Facebook, Fark, and others. The services which are supported by Addthis.com include WordPress, Blogger, and MySpace. Users will be able to choose different button style. If you have an account on Addthis.com, you will be able to track the performance of the button.

When to Submit

In order to rank on the front page, you must submit it on the right time. Most social bookmarking sites will only rank the post for 24 hours so you will want to post when users are most active. Many people claim that posting at around 3 p.m. US Central Time will enable you to get more traffic to the site. Submission to social bookmarking sites during the weekdays also tend to generate more traffic compare with on weekends.

Submit to the Appropriate Category

If you want your article to get noticed, it must be submitted to the right category. If there is no suitable category, you can submit to the most related category. For example, if your article is about carrot cake recipe, you should submit it to the Food category. Submitting the categories such as General, Miscellaneous and etc will not create much attention since these categories are for unclassified stuffs. These categories usually received lots of submissions so that your article is pushed to the back of the search result. In this way, it will be less likely to be noticed by the reader.

Build a Good Profile

Before submitting URL to the site, you should set up the profile. Having a good profile will make your get more notice from the people, especially if you are an old and respected user. Besides bookmarking pages from your site, you can bookmark interesting articles from other sites. If you keep on bookmark your site, people will realize that you only want to promote your site. It will make your profile look suspicious since it only has links to one site. Social bookmarking sites are places where you share interesting post with other people so that they can bookmark them too. Thus, you should not use it for self promotion purposes. Some social bookmarking sites will suspend your account if you only submit content of one site.

Cooperate with other Social Bookmarkers

One way to get your stories on the front page is cooperating with other social bookmarkers. If you have friends, you can ask them to vote for your bookmarks. In return, you will cast votes for their bookmarks. In Digg, fifty votes will be sufficient to get on the front page. In this way, you will be able to get the article rank on the first page of the site. Most social bookmarking sites have high page rank so you will benefit from the quality backlink. The link juice will pass from the high page rank site to your site. In time, Google will increase the page rank to your time.