Social Networking for Tacoma and Seattle Business – Part 10

tacoma wa internet consultant expertsSocial Networking For Tacoma And Seattle Businesses – Social Bookmarking

In the last post I talked about Google plus and how it works. In this issue we are going to talk about Social Bookmark sites and how they work.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, chances are you have noticed a very big trend online with social bookmark websites like Digg, Stumbleupon and Furl becoming extremely popular.

A social bookmark site is a website where people can save and store website bookmarks. In addition to storing bookmarks they can also be used to organize and manage their favorite places online into specialized sections like recipes, how-to lists, news reports and many more.

From a business point of view social bookmarking can be used to bring more traffic website, blog or even your social profiles. Another benefit of using social bookmarking is the fact that it can help you move up in the search engine rankings very quickly.

While each social bookmarking site is different the premise is the  same. You submit a link to their network and it is shared throughout the  member base and indexed in the search engines.

Let’s take a quick look at a few of the most popular social bookmarking sites on the Internet today:

– Digg

Digg helps you discover and share content that is the most relevant to you and those in your social network. One thing that makes Digg so popular is that anyone can submit a link (a Digg) then others can vote and comment on them. This rating system allows the users access to lists of popular stories that are being shared.

The number of diggs a story collects over time can affect how that story spreads and gains more popularity as it spreads more.

– StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is great for finding content that you may never have found on your own. With their handy toolbar you can stumble through a variety of websites including your own with a click of a button. You will then have the ability to like or dislike the sites you have visited. Similar to digg, this rating system allows members to find popular and relevant content quickly.

– Furl

Furl gives users the ability to save copies of any webpage, search within their personal archive and then share what they find with other members. Furl can be used to create personal shopping lists, real estate directories, job searches, student research papers, etc. This may just sound like a fancy way of saying bookmarks; but the thing about Furl is that you can access it from any computer, which means that your Favorites will go with you.

– Reddit

Reddit is a social bookmarking Web site that works much like Furl and you register a username and password, and then start submitting and sharing your bookmarks. Reddit is similar to in that users are encouraged to vote on the links and stories that they feel are deserving of being in the top spot, kind of like a popularity contest.

– Delicious

Delicious helps you find cool and interesting content storage and then share it easily with other members of the community. Once you become a member of Delicious you can explore collections (stacks) created by other members of the community and share them as well.

Social bookmarking can be one of the easiest ways to promote your website or business online without spending a fortune on advertising. While it does take a little bit more time than other methods we have discussed it is one that is well worth exploring.

Make sure you watch for my next post. I will be covering using social networking websites to promote your blog.

Social Networking For Tacoma And Seattle Businesses – Social Bookmarking

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