Through using social media websites and social bookmarking you will be able to send a link and description of your website to millions of viewers in less than a minute, for free!
If you have just launched your website or just want to attract new web traffic, using social media websites and social bookmarking is a free and fast way of doing it. This article will focus on using these free resources as an advertising tool. I will cover social bookmarking, the most effective and time efficient ways of using social media, and which social media websites you will get the best results from.
What is a Social Bookmarking
Social bookmarking is saving and sharing website links on the Internet, in other words, it is posting a website link to share on a social media website. If you have ever seen a website you thought was really cool and sent an email to a friend with the link to the website, or posted it on their Facebook, you have participated in social bookmarking. There are a variety of websites that allow people to submit links they want to share with either their friends on websites like Facebook, or share with the rest of the web on sites such as StumbleUpon.com and Reddit.com. These websites are always free to use and have a tremendous amount of web traffic each day.
What you can do is submit your website or blog post links to these sites for the rest of the Internet to see and click on, directing new viewers to your website. With each submission you provide a short description and your link (URL). If your content appeals to those browsing the social media sites (as 10′s of millions do each day) you will generate traffic to your website quickly.
What Social Media Sites to Use
There are now about 50 significant social media websites, and about another 1000 that are up and coming. Out of these top 50 there are some “heavy hitters” (more than 1,000,000 visits per month)
With each of these sites you must register (which is free) before posting. Most registration is extremely basic and can be done in a minute or less. You might ask about Facebook and MySpace, and why they not on the list. With these two sites making your profile can be a bit more extensive, and the content you share is only seen by your friends/contacts on those sites. Posting on these site can still prove to be beneficial as in most cases whatever your friends see of what you post, their friends see, and so on.
Using Your Time Effectively!
You can easily spend hours and hours posting to these websites. This can become incredibly repetitive and boring very quickly, but instead of individually positing to each social media site there are alternatives. If you are running a or website blog through WordPress, Tumbler, or any of the other major blogging website providers there are add-ons/pluggins that will automatically forward your posts to social media sites you have accounts with. These can work well in some cases, and can be a bit finicky in others. What I recommend is using a third party website that does your mass posting for you. My favorite is OnlyWire.com. OnlyWire allows you to enter your account information for up to 50 social media sites and send it all out through one post. The setup process is very straightforward though can take a bit of time if you are using several social media accounts. OnlyWire has a free option which allows for up to 300 individual posts per month, or if you need more than that you can pay for one of their posting packages. Using sites like this you will be able to send a link and description of your site to millions of viewers in less than a minute.
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- Joshua Leavitt
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