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Social Bookmarking – A Never-ending Popularity Contest

In my last post, I linked to several helpful books and articles for anyone getting started or anyone interested in SEO Copywriting. I also included a few links to some blogs that I read regularly. Since last week’s post, those nine blogs have doubled (thank you to those who gave more suggestions).

Like many of you, I use a social bookmarking site to keep my blogs nice and neat and clean for me. I go to one site and am able to read all 18 blogs without having to go the actual blog site unless necessary. Pretty convenient, right?

Well, I thought so too, until I realized just how many social bookmarking sites there are. And it seems to me that, like the blogs I read, these social bookmarking sites seem to double in a week’s time.

Here are some non-niche-specific bookmarking sites (and I’m not even including some of the major players):

del.icio.us: A social bookmarking website — the primary use of del.icio.us is to store your bookmarks online, which allows you to access the same bookmarks from any computer and add bookmarks from anywhere, too.

Digg: A place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. From the biggest online destinations to the most obscure blog, …

reddit: reddit is a source for what’s new and popular online. reddit learns what you like as you vote on existing links or
submit your own! …

StumbleUpon: The best way to discover great websites, videos, photos, blogs and more. Channel surf the internet and get personalized recommendations …

Technorati: The recognized authority on what’s happening on the World Live Web, right now.

Twitter: Social networking and microblogging service utilising instant messaging, SMS or a web interface.

While many of the above are rather general, many of the below are specifically targeting those in marketing and/or marketing-related fields:

    Marketing Lens: Love internet marketing? Each day, Marketing Lens identifies the top 15 online marketing stories and blogs of the day.

Small Business Brief: Serving those in small business by providing resources, informative articles, current news, software directory and small business ideas forum.

Sphinn: The place for web, online, search, interactive and internet marketers to share news stories, talk within subject-specific discussion forums.

I can’t tell you how many times I get emails asking to “sphinn” this or “fetch” that, to “digg” this or “reddit” that. It’s almost too much to handle sometimes. Then again, I do understand the want of gaining a level of notoriety through this relatively new media frenzy of social bookmarking. Who doesn’t want to be popular?

It’s a lot like high school, where you have the different cliques. Except in regard to social bookmarking and networking, rather than having the cheerleaders and the band geeks and the rebels, you have the tech geeks, the media companies, and the marketers.

This is a popularity contest.

The more friends/fans/followers you have, the more likely you are to get on the front page and be the next hot topic.

Max Speed

If the Pole Position Marketing team had a muse—and it does—it would be Max Speed. We love Max’s occasionally off-color, usually amusing and always pointed “Maxisms.” (Maybe “Maxims” would be a better word.) Max gives voice to some of the things we think but, bound by professional decorum, aren’t permitted to say. At least, not out loud.

8 Responses to Social Bookmarking – A Never-ending Popularity Contest

  1. Rob Woods says:

    There are a TON of social bookmarking tools out there. I personally enjoy Delicous more than any other. The site is simple to use and easy to keep organized. I am also a pretty avid StumpleUpon and Digg user – I’m not too familiar with Reddit.

  2. Michelle Montoya says:

    It’s almost overwhelming how many sites there are. While many are helpful for sharing sites and ideas, some are just to get recognition. I’ll be the first one to admit that I want to get recognized for my ideas and my writing, but it’s hard to keep up with everyone else that wants the recognition too.

  3. sachinraj says:

    Like many of you, I use a social bookmarking site to keep my blogs nice and neat and clean for me. I go to one site and am able to read all 18 blogs without having to go the actual blog site unless necessary. Pretty convenient, right?

    Well, I thought so too, until I realized just how many social bookmarking sites there are. And it seems to me that, like the blogs I read, these social bookmarking sites seem to double in a week’s time.
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  4. Wheel says:

    People use Social Bookmarking to bookmark their favourite sites. And Social Bookmarking is such a place where people around the world share their favourite website.

  5. Natasha David says:

    Social bookmarking helps the SEO to promote websites from the clients their working with.
    If you have your own website you can do social bookmarking, to promote it and share ideas from different people…

  6. Fabs says:

    Natasha is right, my friend used a lot of social bookmaarking to promote their clients’s site, it helps a lot.

  7. Robert says:

    Social Book Marking is a very poweful and a great way to drive traffic to your site. I am a big fan of SBM and encourage my clients to participate in it wherever possible.