From Facebook to Twitter, social media has taken over our daily life and businesses are left out too. But how well are small businesses using social media?
Social bookmarking websites such as Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, ScoopIt, and others are also very popular amongst internet users.
What is Social Bookmarking and how do they work? It is just like another form of social media that offers users a way of saving bookmarks to a public website and tagging them with keywords.
Social bookmarking websites are useful for bloggers to drive web traffic to their websites. Therefore, they are not only meant for bookmarking websites but also to get people to visit your website or blog.
The positive effects of social bookmarking websites are outstanding. These tools can help introduce your website to others with relevant tastes; they can help drive traffic to your site, and they can offer valuable backlinks for your blog’s Google PageRank.
Social Bookmarking Websites
There are so many social bookmarking websites that allow users to store and share Internet bookmarks. Most of these sites typically offer a blend of social and organizational tools, such as annotation and categorization.
Other features they offer include folksonomy-based tagging, commenting, and interface with other kinds of services like citation management software and social networking sites. Below are some of the best social bookmarking websites for bloggers and webmasters:
Arguably the most popular social bookmarking website, StumbleUpon is the easiest way to find cool new websites, videos, photos, and images from across the Web. StumbleUpon has been around since 2001 and it has grown from strength to strength since it was launched.
Please note that StumbleUpon is now known as Mix
Established in 2004, Digg is a news aggregator website with an editorially driven front page, aiming to select stories specifically for the Internet audience such as science, trending political issues, and viral Internet issues.
The social bookmarking website claims to be the homepage of the internet, featuring the best articles, videos, and original content that the web is talking about right now.
Established in 2005, Reddit is an entertainment, social networking service and news website where registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links. This social bookmarking website is particularly popular amongst bloggers who use it to share their content as well as make new discoveries.
Established in 2003, Delicious is another popular social bookmarking website for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks.
With Delicious, it’s easy to build up a collection of links, essentially creating your own personal search engine. Delicious is one of the best and quickest ways to organize your links so that when you are looking for something, you can find it within seconds.
Please note that this service is no longer available.
Established in 2010, Scoop.it is another social bookmarking website where user can discover, curate and publish great content to get visibility online.
Scoop.it offers its users to make their own screen and share it with other users. If you are brainstorming to find new ways of building online reputation, generating interest, and, of course, driving traffic to a site and blog, this social bookmarking website could be really useful.
Launched in 2010, Pinterest rose to stardom as social bookmarking website as well as social networking platform within a short period of time.
Pinterest is a web and mobile application that offers a visual discovery, collection, sharing, and storage tool. The website allows users to create and share collections of visual bookmarks (boards). Boards are created through a user selecting an item, page, website, and pinning it to an existing or newly created board.
Founded in 2007, Tumblr is a popular social bookmarking, microblogging platform and social networking website. Tumblr allows users to post anything (from anywhere!), customize everything, and find and follow what their love. The website allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog.
#8]. Hacker News
Founded in 2007, Hacker News is a social news website that caters to programmers and entrepreneurs, delivering content related to computer science and entrepreneurship.
In general, content that can be submitted is defined as “anything that gratifies one’s intellectual curiosity.
Folkd was launched in 2006 as a social bookmarking and social search website. The website has grown into one of the biggest services of its kind and currently lists over 10 million public bookmarks by more than 650.000 users.
The social bookmarking site allows users to save their bookmarks and links online and search what their friends like.
Established in 1997, Slashdot is a technology-related news website, which bills itself as “News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters”. The site features user-submitted and evaluated news stories about science and technology-related topics.