Social Bookmarking – SEO Tip Week 8

Written on February 23, 2007 – 1:00 am | by Shell Harris |

52 SEO TipsWhat is Social Bookmarking?
Social bookmarking involves saving bookmarks (web addresses) to a public Web site such as Digg or so you can access these bookmarks from any computer connected to the web. Your favorite bookmarks are also available for others to view and follow as well, hence the social aspect. If you wish to create your own social bookmarks, you must register with a social bookmarking site (we have many listed below). No you are able to store bookmarks, tag your bookmarks, and share with anyone interested in your bookmarks.

Hopefully you can see the value and power of social bookmarks. You can think of it as viral or guerrilla marketing in a way. It can be a powerful grassroots method of marketing your site. Be careful though, like everything else on the web you can spam these sites and make your list of bookmarks appear unappealing or an obvious marketing ploy which will net you very little.

Keep it honest
Bookmark sites you generally would like to share or feel are valuable, which of course can contain bookmarked web addresses of your own site. If enough people agree with the value of a bookmark you have placed they will bookmark it to and as the popularity grows your site traffic will grow.

Don’t abuse this by submitting every page of your site, try to be judicious and think about what pages of your site may be helpful and of interest to other web surfers.

All things must end
At some point you will reach a place where you are no longer drawing significant traffic from your older bookmarks, but that’s okay. Your social bookmark page should be included in the search engine’s cached sites and they are following your links like any normal web user. In fact, you have created an external link to your site that should be using useful keyword text in the link. The real beauty of this is the fact that others are also providing free one-way links from their own social bookmark pages. So even after the traffic from the bookmarks slow you have the added benefit of a grass roots linking campaign providing solid links to your site, increasing your site’s ranking in the search engines.

While you don’t want to base your SEO campaign on this one technique it should be in your SEO toolbox of tasks.

A Good Start for Social Bookmarking Websites
Here are some of the better social bookmarking websites. It wouldn’t be feasible to become a member of all of these but choosing a few couldn’t hurt. I have listed them in order of their Alexa ranking, which supplies some measure of popularity that should be taken with a grain of salt the size of Rhode Island. In any case here are some of the more popular social bookmarking sites:

  1. Digg
  3. StumbleUpon
  4. Reddit
  5. Squidoo
  6. Furl
  7. BlinkList
  9. Ma.gnolia
  10. Simpy
  11. Spurl
  12. BlinkBits
  13. Shadows
  14. Raw Sugar
  15. Yahoo MyWeb

Would you add any others? Do you have a social bookmarking favorite, please send us a comment and share it.

Shell Harris co-founded Big Oak on January 1, 2004. In a previous career he was a print & web designer and often developed the sites he designed before focusing on his current passion for search engine optimization and Internet marketing. He is an avid researcher, SEO specialist, company mouthpiece and is always looking for the next big thing in Internet Marketing.

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  1. 50 Responses to “Social Bookmarking – SEO Tip Week 8”

  2. By Michael on Feb 25, 2007 | Reply

    Thanks for providing such a useful list.

  3. By Jennifer on Mar 21, 2007 | Reply

    Thanks for the list! This is exactly what I was looking for.

  4. By klsmith on Oct 18, 2007 | Reply

    Good article. It used to be extremely difficult to get links. Before Google started tracking how one got links it was just a matter of buying links… The good old days. Now with social bookmarking sites one can get not only links but traffic.

    This stuff is so cool!

  5. By Anon on Nov 5, 2007 | Reply

    Agree – good article , Is there any software you can recommend or bookmarking script?

  6. By Shell Harris on Nov 5, 2007 | Reply

    We have used bookmarking application called Bookmarking Demon. It has been a solid program, but use it with restraint.

  7. By Toboc on Jan 7, 2008 | Reply


    Thanx for the list of sites and making me aware of the importance of Social Bookmarking and SEO

  8. By Phil on Jan 31, 2008 | Reply

    Excellent Google ranking for this information. Social Bookmarking plus Blogging equals good search engine optimization techniques. Your position in Google proves one of them works…

    Thanks for the help.

  9. By tickledpinknails on Feb 23, 2008 | Reply

    I would love someone to point me in the right direction on social bookmarking and how it helps SEO. I appreciate this overview you have created, but would love to learn more. Thanks all!

  10. By Maggie on Feb 24, 2008 | Reply

    Thanks for the info – very helpful.
    Has any one used Submit Edge to set up Social Bookmarks? I am considering using them but what they offer seems too good to be true….
    250 Social Bookmarking for US$65.

  11. By Levi Page on Feb 25, 2008 | Reply

    Do you feel having outbound links to every one of these bookmarking sites hurts you seo? All of them seem to work based off of URLs going directly to “their” site. Should people hide these with JavaScript?, because it would appear that this would make the links reciprical in nature and not one way links. Is there an effective way to hide links with JavaScript? Although… I guess you could technically use nofollow.

  12. By whitehatmedia on Feb 27, 2008 | Reply

    I have been using some of those sites for SEO purpose and it has brought us some good traffic!

  13. By Shell Harris on Feb 27, 2008 | Reply

    Social bookmarking has limited appeal for the the SEO consultant. We don’t count on it to increase site rankings directly, but indirectly it can increase awareness which may eventually provide additional natural linking.

  14. By Tina on May 26, 2008 | Reply

    Shell: Thank you for bringing this impressive and worth reading information. I personally believe, this should have helped many SEO Executives, Companies and Clients worldwide.

    You are to be congratulated for a perfect story!

  15. By Back Link Building Tips on Jun 3, 2008 | Reply

    Even though this is now a little outdated in terms of internet age, the concept of social bookmarking is still alive and kicking! One way to be able to create an account on each of the 15 listed sites (and now in 2008, 50+ more), is to use a semi-automated one like which allows you to fill out a form once, and as it takes you to a different social bookmark site, it prefills almost all of it for you, and you just have to review it and hit submit! The part that takes the longest is probably setting up an account for each site, which includes email confirmations! But hey, no pain, no gain, right?

  16. By web review on Jun 29, 2008 | Reply

    This is what i looking for…

    thanks for share..

  17. By busana muslim madani on Aug 4, 2008 | Reply

    I think we can use social bookmarking not for SEO purpose only, but the more important thing is we can describe our idea so people can understand what we want. SEO impact to our site is just bonus for us.

  18. By Junaid on Aug 11, 2008 | Reply

    I think you are right Tina. Your comment is really helpful for SEO blog readers.

  19. By Lee on Aug 13, 2008 | Reply

    Good article – I’ll subscribing to your feed!

  20. By Lee on Aug 14, 2008 | Reply

    Thought I’d come back and comment again. Thanks for the list of social bookmarking sites – I started with Digg yesterday and low and behold within 3 hours the links showed up within the first 3 pages of Google. Today they’re all close to the top of the first page.

    I’mm really impressed with this technique and will continue to use it in the future. Thanks again!!

  21. By Chris on Aug 14, 2008 | Reply

    Couple of SEO factors that can be added here:

    some social bookmarking sites such as delicious nofollow your bookmarks other’s don’t – its always useful to work out which ones.

    Another useful tip would be to import bookmarks from one main site into the others. This is often a lot less trouble even than trying to use a widget to submit to a lot of social bookmarking sites at once.

  22. By techbranch on Sep 10, 2008 | Reply

    Good article though dated. Many Social bookmarking sites do not allow crawlers to follow links, thus the links do not help the page rank. However I guess they are ok if someone actually stumbles upon it. I still think having great page content accurate meta tags with solid a solid web design combined with quality links from other pages of similar content contribute best to the end users experience.
    However, I have to admit. I do like the social networking sites : )

  23. By Sam Jam on Oct 2, 2008 | Reply

    how about its the main competitor of Digg

  24. By kosogsong on Nov 3, 2008 | Reply

    To follow the social bookmarking trend i suggest

  25. By Jenny Austin on Nov 5, 2008 | Reply

    Thanks for some really useful information that will help even a beginner obtain links. The list provided is handy, I will be trying those sites.

  26. By Ken on Nov 12, 2008 | Reply

    I would like to add It’s a social content site focused on internet marketing,blogging and making money online.

  27. By indimine on Nov 14, 2008 | Reply

    IndiMine is a good one for social bookmarking specific to India

  28. By jennysmith on Nov 27, 2008 | Reply

    Bookmark sites you generally would like to share or feel are valuable, which of course can contain bookmarked web addresses of your own site. If enough people agree with the value of a bookmark you have placed they will bookmark it to and as the popularity grows your site traffic will grow.

  29. By eorganics on Jan 17, 2009 | Reply

    Social Bookmarking is really a good weapon for search engine optimizers to improve ranking of a website.

  30. By seo on Feb 1, 2009 | Reply

    Hi there

    Plz. add mysite for list.


    Do Follow Social Bookmarking
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  31. By Shakti on Feb 11, 2009 | Reply

    This is full of information specially to them who want to boost their website traffic rank by doing social bookmarking..

  32. By bookmarking on Feb 11, 2009 | Reply

    You can submit more social bookmarking at – social bookmarking – do follow social bookmarking

  33. By fletcher on Feb 12, 2009 | Reply

    i was looking for new and strange names to save my bookmark lists. thanks for those name and registration. hope it can make my work easy now and far better systematic.

  34. By Ricky on Feb 24, 2009 | Reply

    I manage my social bookmarks with Advanced URL Catalog a bookmark manager that can integrates with major social bookmarking sites.

  35. By ndesigns on Mar 10, 2009 | Reply

    Hi there

    Plz. add mysite for list.


    Do Follow Social Bookmarking
    Do Follow Social Bookmarking
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  36. By Menexis Merchant on Mar 26, 2009 | Reply


    I want to thank you for posting this list on here and explaining to us what we need to do to get social traffic

  37. By Web Hosting Company on Apr 11, 2009 | Reply

    Interesting expression. I think Social Bookmarking work is the most important part of SEO work.Good tips and resources.Thanks.

  38. By Anonymous on Apr 15, 2009 | Reply

    I’m not sure of the value of social bookmarking, I thought the links were “no follow” so they didnt have any impact on search engine rankings

  39. By GDM on May 5, 2009 | Reply

    Do the search engines really give much weight to these type of links? Its seems too easy to game the system.

  40. By Mike on May 26, 2009 | Reply

    Great list here! there are some social bookmark sites do not provide us with dofollow link anymore, but it’s still good for robot clawing web pages.

    Thank you for your list and have a nice day.

  41. By Anonymous on Jun 16, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks for the article on social bookmarking. I’m going to be joining the social bookmarking ranks, though I’m not extremely excited about having to sign up for all of these. Like was said earlier, “no pain, no gain.”

  42. By Reiki on Jul 4, 2009 | Reply

    You have nice collection of social bookmarking sites.
    I totally agree, Social bookmarking sites are major role in link papularity.
    Thanks a lot.

  43. By michelle on Jul 18, 2009 | Reply

    The key to every siteâ??s success is through good marketing and promotion. Even if you have really good and substantial content on your site, you still need to promote it to avoid getting left behind the competition. In the internet community, the best way to achieve an increase in website traffic and revenue is to take advantage of social media. When used correctly, this tool can provide a platform for brand awareness, exposure, networking, and a huge boost in traffic & sales.

    Since there are so many different definitions of social media, letâ??s clarify what weâ??re talking about here. Social media are primarily Internet- and mobile-based tools for sharing and discussing information. The term most often refers to activities that integrate technology, telecommunications and social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio. This interaction, and the manner in which information is presented, depends on the varied perspectives and “building” of shared meaning among communities, as people share their stories and experiences.

  44. By Fakhrul ALam on Jul 31, 2009 | Reply

    Hi Guys, I have read the whole article and have gathered some knowledge of Social bookmarking for Search engine marketing but some bookmarking site have nofollow tag but some does. I am confused about does copying the same description form the content and pasting in the social bookmarking site to add article or links, does is good or bad for Google Search.

    As way thanks for sharing this useful information.


  45. By onlinesocialbookmarking on Aug 22, 2009 | Reply

    thanks for the list. I would also like to add PR2 Do follow social bookmarking site

  46. By excel help on Aug 27, 2009 | Reply

    Thank you for this good list! I started bookmarking my site and asking my friends to do so if they would and it’s definitely helping.

  47. By Timmy on Aug 28, 2009 | Reply

    Here’s another social bookmarking. . It’s dofollow.

  48. By Baju Muslim Galeri on Sep 1, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks for the article. I’ll try to apply it. Hope it can improve my website traffic.

  49. By bend on Sep 21, 2009 | Reply

    I am new to this. Thanks for the list to get me started.

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