What is Social Bookmarking?
Social bookmarks are a way for internet users to save, organize and share their favorite sites online.
In the same way that you can save a favorite, or bookmark, to your web browser, you can bookmark sites with free online social bookmarking tools.
Why is It So Popular?
For the web surfer, it is an easy way to quickly share a great website, blog post, etc with their friends with the push of a button.
From a website owner’s point of view, it is a great way to get lots of free website traffic and backlinks from the Social Bookmarking sites. That’s why you’ll find a lot of sites will have widgets on their pages encouraging you to share their site.
Digg is a popular bookmarking site. If enough people “digg” or recommend the same blog post and you get first place on Digg, you can expect to get tens or hundreds of thousands of visitors to your blog in one day!
What is the Best Way to Use Social Bookmarking?
Because there are a lot of bookmarking sites out there (e.g. Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit) it’s best to use a service that will submit your website to all of them with the push of a button. A couple of great free sites that do this is SocialAdr and Onlywire.
I prefer SocialAdr because not only does it submit your sites instantly to 19 of the top Social Bookmarking sites, it’s also set up so that other people do it for you.
This is much more powerful and will create more backlinks for you, more traffic and more sales.
Paid Social Bookmarking Tool
Traffic Bug is a Social Bookmarking tool that automates everything for you and more.
It also creates links for you to website and RSS directories. It is a paid service but the monthly free is less than $20. You can get a 40-day free trial of Traffic Bug here.