It’s easy to get lazy when using social bookmarking services and expect a world of difference. Applying some of these tips will work wonders for your traffic.
To get the most out of your social bookmarking efforts there are some conventions you’ll simply have to follow. But there are plenty of opportunities for you to spread your creative wings as well. The following tips should provide you with plenty of road map to guide a caravan of visitors from the various social bookmarking communities through the gates of your own website.
As with most anything that matters, don’t feel you have to do each and every one of these ideas, just start with one if you’d like. Simply focusing on some of these activities should provide you with noticeable increases in your site traffic. Good luck!
1) Focus on the content:
-If you’re not focusing heavily on content at your blog or website, spending time and effort with social bookmarking might be a waste of your time. Attention grabbing headlines will catch a reader’s eye and lead them right into a good, quality description of your article. Some social bookmarking sites allow for inclusion of the first paragraph of your post, so make sure that’s written well. If the visitor doesn’t want to continue reading, you’ve lost them forever. Unless you are focusing on some specific language, you’ll do better with overall traffic numbers if you write with English as your first language.
Finally, once you have the readers’ attention, hit them with other related articles that entice them to click into a deeper page of your site. The longer you keep them reading, the better your stats. Plus, your relationships grow as readers discover more about how you think and the stories you tell.
2) Take advantage of the social bookmarking site:
– By submitting your posts at the optimal time, you can maximize your opportunity to stay on the front page or top list of the bookmarking site. Also, ensure you’re conscientious about which categories you post to. You’ll get bumped way down and off the pages if you’re spamming categories incorrectly.
Pick the most appropriate services and spend some time to get your profile active and rated high. Once you’re seen as a regular contributor, your posts will be viewed as coming from an expert and should get afforded higher status as a result.
3) Use social media technology effectively:
– Most sites provide tools you can integrate into your website which make it easy for your site visitors to recommend your post. Also be sure you’re using some of the latest technologies allowing visitors to subscribe to your writing. Whether you employ RSS or email subscription services, if you’re not providing interactions like this you’ll miss out on long term traffic growth.
Be sure your web hosting services are not the cheapest available. When the time comes for your post or pages to get bumped to the home page the tens of thousands of web visitors will heavily impact your web server. If you can’t handle it, all that good bookmarking mojo will be for naught.
Though this could also fall under the content tip, be sure to use whatever technologies available to spell check your work. It may be quaint and occasionally acceptable to misspell a word, but if your prose looks like something a 5th grader would reject, you’re not going to win fans or a long term following.
4) Focus on timely, relevant & important news:
– The blogosphere can be a huge cacophony of swirling, recycled bits and pieces of rehashed news. Don’t allow your site to become yet another noisy addition to the echo chamber. Selecting the best topics for your community should help you stay away from older, stale news which may have been interesting yesterday, but is only lining the proverbial bird cage today.
Whatever you choose to write, when facts need checking, check them. Nothing will tarnish your reputation more than becoming known as a lazy writer. By putting in the work you’ll come across other hard working folks you can band together with and create groups. Using Twitter or other communication tools, you can all support each others’ new publications by voting and bumping up new posts in the various social bookmarking sites.
As stated, you may not have the time or inclination to do all of the above. Perhaps just a bit from here, a bit from there. Whatever you do, ensure you regularly devote time to contribute both quality content to the bookmarking sites and also become an active participant in those bookmarking communities.
This is not a get clicks quick scheme…Well developed habits over time will get the job done!
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