Social bookmarking sites have been around for a long time and we saw their ups and downs, from being a popular way of organizing your bookmarks online to getting spammed by dozens of SEO tools. But one thing is for certain – they are, and will continue to be, incredibly popular because of the immense power of the user generated content, which keeps them fresh and growing without much investment from the owner’s part.
Below I will start talking about the best social bookmarking sites to use in 2017 to get more traffic to your website. In the first part of the article, I will present my top 5 favorite sites, and at the end I will give you access to a huge list of over 300 social bookmarking sites.
In my list, I will not cover Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest, because for me, these 3 sites are obligatory to create and maintain any business or website that you invest time in. I see many blogs including them in their lists, but don’t seem to understand why because one is a microblogging platform, the other is a social networking site, and Pinterest is an elevated photo-sharing platform. But beside that, like I said in the beginning, these 3 social media accounts need to be set up as soon as you finish your website as their are a must for any business online.
Top 5 Social Bookmarking Sites
If you can dedicate enough time and effort in creating a presence on Reddit and not just publishing your own content, you might be able to drive massive traffic towards any of your targets. But it is tricky and, I have to admit that I haven’t had any real success in doing this, but I heard and read many articles where people have received huge numbers of visitors to their websites.
The most important thing to note is that the Reddit community is not your typical audience. They’re very smart and Internet savvy, so trying to play with words to simply insert your plug will not work at all. Tried that and got my account banned pretty quickly.
Conclusion: Huge traffic on the site (Alexa rank of 27 in October 2016), but needs time invested in nurturing a nice account.
Stumbleupon is another good site that can drive traffic back to your blog, and is a great option because it’s easy to use, implemented in the majority of the sharing plugins used by website owners, and you can submit almost anything you want, as long as you post it in the right category.
The secret to this social bookmarking site is to make sure that you have the following in every post you submit:
- Catchy but clear article headline
- High quality images in the article
- Add a few descriptive tags
- Add it in the right category
Conclusion: Easy to use and has a lot of traffic (Alexa rank of 587 in October 2016).
I didn’t see many articles about this website, and it’s a shame because it’s a great source of traffic and backlinks:
Traffic – Alexa rank is 1,800 (October 2016).
Backlinks – Beside the simple fact that you will have your post URL published on this site, many are using it as a tool for content curation. Some are taking advantage of their integration with WordPress to make it easy for website implementation of any content from Scoop.it, some are using it to create their monthly Paper.ly newsletter, and some are using it to have a constant stream of content for their social media accounts.
Conclusion: A social bookmarking website on the rise, which gives your content many possibilities to get re-published.
This is not for everyone because it focuses on the Tech niche; if your website is not part of this category, you can’t really contribute. But if you have a good tech story, tutorial, or anything impactful, I suggest you give it a try.
If you don’t know if another site to take care of is worth your time, just take a look at the picture below to see who is the second traffic source for Onthewire.io:
Conclusion: Good only if you are in the Tech niche.
Bizsugar.com is another niche social bookmarking website, its hosting content aimed at “small business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs” as they write in their About page. But if you take a look at the categories they have, you will see that almost anything that has a direct or indirect effect on the life or work of a business owner can be published here.
The content is upvoted by the community, so if you invest a little time to upvote others content and make some connections, the community will help you by voting your content and make it more visible on the site. And this can bring a nice amount of traffic to your blog.
Conclusion: Great if you are in the business niche. Has an Alexa rank of 32K (October 2016).
200 Social Bookmarking Sites List
If you feel like 5 sites are less than ideal and you need more, or if want to expand the target list for your SENuke or similar SEO tools, here is a list curated by me. Consists of more than 200 sites verified for being alive and indexed in Google.
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