Looking for a way to draw traffic to your website, but on a limited budget and do not want to or cannot afford to use pay per click methods. You should look into social bookmarking. Social bookmarking is an area of social media that utilizes social bookmarking sites to draw traffic to your website. With the proper social bookmarking strategy you can draw traffic to your site, and you don't even have to get on the homepage of Digg or Mixx to employ the benefits.

When utilizing social bookmarking you are basically using the tools and power of SEO to gain the traffic you desire. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. One key to SEO is the number of links to your website pages from other respectable and credible (high Page rank) sites. “Search engines often use the number of backlinks that a website has as one of the most important factors for determining that web site's search engine ranking.” (Wikipedia)

Traffic is also driven to your site via the social bookmarking sites search on your topic. Users watch for items with particular tags or keywords. The more bookmarks to your posting the higher up in the results your bookmark will show(same as a search engine) and be seen as a valuable reference.

Another way that you can increase your influence via social bookmarking sites is through the use of their voting systems. Social bookmarking sites use voting systems, which rank the sites that are bookmarked the most. Once a site is ranked high enough its information is seen on the front page of the social bookmarking site itself, gaining for that site even more exposure. This featured status will do more than you can ever imagine for your site. In fact, it will probably crash your server as it will have never seen so much traffic.
With the millions of blogs and websites competing for the time and attention of internet users, social bookmarking can be a huge help in getting your website or blog noticed. Social bookmarking has proved to be one of the top techniques to promote your website and guide traffic towards it, and the beauty is that it is actually quite simple to do.

The more people that click on the social bookmarking link for your website, the more links you will have on that social bookmarking website pointing back to you website. This should increase the traffic on your website when people logging on to Digg are looking for posts relevant to them and find your site bookmarked. Also, as more and more people visit your website they may also social bookmark it themselves, either on the same social bookmarking network or on other sites, both of which will lead to even more bookmarks leading back to you.

As you can see, it is a simple process. All you have to do is develop a strategy and be diligent about participating in social media and on the social bookmarking sites so that others will be likely to “return the favor.” After all, social media and social bookmarking are about being “social” and helping others as much as you help yourself. You will notice the more you give the more you will receive, so if you want to benefit from the use of them, share the love with others and watch it return to you.

Author's Bio: 

Dawn Pigoni – Social Media Virtual Assistant (link to http://besocialworldwide.com)

Internet Marketing Guide – SelfGrowth.com

I am a firm believer in the benefit of social bookmarking and the benefits of it. I have been able to maintain my Google ranking utilizing all the secrets of social bookmarking.

Unlocking the Secrets to Social Bookmarking (link to http://bit.ly/rRtDN)

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