Increase Your Ranking With Social Bookmarking

social media iconsSocial bookmarking is a fantastic way to increase your web presence and build your online following.

It is a great way to circulate your material and if it is good quality it stands a chance of going viral as other users like and re share your work.

This is a great way to drive more traffic to your sites and help to improve your website search engine optimization.

What Is Social Bookmarking?

A social bookmarking site is basically a social media site that allows people to share, edit and circulate news articles, blog posts, written content etc.

The bookmarking sites do not actually save the content you upload but rather, it bookmarks them as a reference and provides a link to the bookmarked page.

Users, once they have read your article can vote whether they like it or not and can also share it with others.

The more ‘likes’ you get, the better ranking your articles receive as they will start to be viewed as popular articles by the social bookmarking platform.

The users can also save the links to pages that they may like to read again or remember for later and as these bookmarks are usually public (they can also be private depending on how you set it up) other users can also see what bookmarks you have saved and read the articles by viewing your profile on the social bookmarking site.

How To Use Social Bookmarking Sites

Social bookmarking sites are very popular with online marketers especially when starting a new business. This is because by uploading their content it increases the number of back links to their websites and can also help to improve their sites SEO.

Search engines such as Google and Yahoo love social bookmarking sites as they are viewed as highly credible due to the content being filtered by humans liking and sharing the articles rather than robots.

As soon as an article is uploaded, almost immediately the search engine spiders come and crawl through it checking the content and follow the links back to the related websites.

They then come back to their search engine (ie Google, Yahoo, MSN etc) and further increases the ranking of the content for your post in the search engine. This also improves your organic SEO.

Secondly, as the users come and read your content, they rate it which also helps to rank your articles over time. If users really start to like your posts and they also decide to write a post based on your post then this again helps to rank your posts higher.

There are many social bookmarking sites out there but some of the more popular are Digg, Tumblr and Reddit.

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How To Submit Your Posts To Social Bookmarking Sites Quickly

tumblrA quick and easy way to submit your content to multiple social bookmarking sites is to use a sharing plugin on your blog. A great, free plugin one to use for a WordPress blog is called Shareaholic.

This plugin can be put at the bottom of each post and enables users to share your post quickly and directly to various social bookmarking and social media sites as soon as they have read it.

You can also use this plugin yourself to submit your posts directly to various social bookmarking sites as soon as you have published it. This is a quick and easy way to share your post as soon as you have published it and saves you time from having to log in to each individual site to submit your content.

Get The Best Opt-in Rate From Your Visitors

Using the social bookmarking sites has several benefits but if you are going to be driving all this extra traffic to your website then be sure to make the most of it. You will want to make sure that first of all your blog really stands out and has lots too keep the visitors interest or the likelihood of them taking action in anyway on your site will be slim.

Make sure you encourage an opt-in of some kind as soon as possible. To do this have an opt-in form in a prominent position and high up on your front page, preferably in the side bar or you could also use a pop up opt-in form. So make sure your opt-in is also for an enticing free offer that will be of benefit to them.

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Starting Your Online Business

a laptop and a cup of coffeeWhen it comes to running a successful online affiliate business, it is important to firstly present the right image and to choose the right platform from which to operate from.

Having the right platform will provide a base for your affiliate business for you to start to be able to share your thoughts and information with people and start to present yourself as someone of influence within your niche.

The Ideal Platform For Your Online Business

A blog is the ideal platform from which to operate an affiliate business as you can remain in complete control of it at all times.

It would be a bad move to only base your business around a third party platform such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Google Adwords for example as you will not be in complete control.

If one of these companies decided to change it’s usage rights, as they do from time to time or if the company sold or went bust then this could potentially jeopardize your entire business.

This happened to my friend John who had built an affiliate business around Google but Google decided to change it’s usage rights and poor John, along with thousands of others lost their livelihood without any warning!

Setting Up A Blog For Your Online Business

BlogWhen setting up a blog, providing you use your own hosting with a company like Hostgator for example, and have your own domain name then you will remain in complete control and it doesn’t matter what the other big companies out there do.

Don’t settle for free hosting from companies like or any others.

If you are using for your hosting and you are selling products, once they find out that you are monetizing your blog then they will shut you down.

The best option for your affiliate business is to buy your own hosting (you can get this for as cheap as $4.95 per month with Hostgator) and buy your own domain name from either or (about $10 per year).

You can then upload WordPress onto your hosting and you will be able to monetize your blog. Uploading WordPress onto your hosting is very easy to do. Watch the video below to show you how;

I’ve Got My Blog Set Up On My Own Hosting For My Business, What Now?

From here, using your blog as your central base you will want to be posting regular content in relation to your niche.

Ideally, one blog post per day would serve you really well, however as long as you can publish 3-4 per week then that is also very good going.

Your blog posts ideally should be around 1,000-1,500 words in length. On your blog you can have a few affiliate links and banners to monetize.

Now you can start to use some of the other third party platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter etc in conjunction with your blog.

Try to avoid getting involved with too many third party platforms as you need to keep consistency with them, two or three should be plenty.

However, I think for an affiliate business, one of them really needs to be YouTube as it is really a fantastic tool.

I find YouTube, Twitter and Facebook all work well together and it is easy to use the social media platforms to bring people to your blog by posting a status or tweeting about your blog posts and videos.

Create A Mailing List For Your Business

EmailYour blog definitely needs to contain an optin form and preferably at the top right hand side of your page.

This is for you to collect peoples email addresses as this is the best way to promote your affiliate products.

Now is the ideal time to open an account with AWeber so you can set up your auto-responder.

This will be key to your affiliate business as it is your sales funnel, providing your list with great products, free gifts and helpful tips!

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