Social Bookmarking and Traffic Swarms


Tomorrow is this blog’s one month birthday! Yay! Along with gobs of other new bloggers who are looking for an audience, I’ve been doing a lot of networking and social bookmarking looking for people who want to read what I have to say. I’m slowly building up and that works for me.

I’m more interested in people who will read me regularly than just getting hits on my pages. But I do recognize the importance of getting a lot of hits. It’s a numbers game. If 10% of people are interested in your content and will stay, you’ll get more people to stay by getting 1000 hits (100 people hooked) than by getting 100 hits (10 people hooked). So, I’m constantly trying to improve my traffic swarms while keeping my content good and relevant. Here are a few interesting things I’ve discovered:

Today’s Interesting Stuff

In the last 24 hours, I’ve discovered two new sites which might prove effective for social bookmarking and getting traffic.

First, Qassia.com: This new site is still in beta testing (you can use my link to sign up, if interested-you must have an invite of this sort). It’s a different kind of site that promises free backlinks for participating in its “intel” program. As far as I can tell, intel is simply posting stuff you know. It seems as though some people post actual articles and some people just post a paragraph or two. They’re rated by the community before being published. For each thing you do on Qassia.com, you get Q$, which I assume users will be able to use to purchase backlinks or other beneficial items for websites and blogs. I’m not sure how this will work out, but it seems interesting. And getting in on the ground floor on something like this might end up being very worthwhile!

Next, I’ve run across a site called SocialMarker.com. It allows you to post an article or story to 32 different social bookmarking sites in a matter of 10-15 minutes. You have to be a member of each site, of course, and the registration for that many sites takes quite awhile. Included are many of the big names: Digg, Tecnorati, StumbleUpon, etc. But there are also smaller sites, like RawSugar, Propeller, and one I found really interesting called NewsVine, which allows you to have something that resembles your own newspaper.

I can’t vouch for how much traffic these additional venues might bring you, as I’ve only just started using them today. If you’ve had experience with any of them, drop a comment and let me know your thoughts!

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  • Reply
    Suzanne Lieurance
    February 10, 2008 at 6:02 pm


    Thanks for the info. I enjoy the social networking, although I can’t devote as much time to it as I would like.

    Suzanne Lieurance
    The Working Writer’s Coach
    “When Your Pen Won’t Budge, Read the Morning Nudge”

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    Venessa G.
    February 10, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks for the comment! I know exactly what you mean. That’s why I think services like SocialMarker.com are so helpful. It cuts down the submission time considerably!

    Best of luck!

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    February 10, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    I use socialmarker.com every post. A lot of times I dont see any benefit from most of them, but you never know when lightning will strike.

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    February 11, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Hey I am impressed with your Technorati and RSS subscriber performance all in 1 month, will try to browse through your site and see if I can learn something and try to emulate your success!

    Nice layout and design too, best of luck!

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    Julie Gray
    February 11, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Wow, I really like this site! Let’s trade links. Go check out the Rouge Wave, a site exclusively dedicated to screenwriting, and you’ll find your link there. xo Julie Gray

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    February 13, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Yer Blog looks Great Vanessa*

    I can tell U’ve put a lot of work into creating it* I assume it’s WP – I was wondering if U might have a Light coloured BG to make it easier on the Eyes than WP’s Fave Bright White!!

    I’m vaguely Familiar with Qassia + I only use DIGG + Technorati occasionally* One I came across is BuzzFuse – A travel Writer friend of mine seems to be having Great Success with it*

    Another is Jiglu which automatically Tags yer Posts – I have the Widget up on my Blog + it’s a real Time Saver* Whether Traffic comes from it I’m not sure but I presume it does*

    I also love Feedjit that shows U on the Widget where yer Visitors are coming from*

    Cheers Troilee! Billy ;))


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    February 16, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Keep us updated on how you like socialmarker.com. I guess this would make you the experimental guinee-pig (just teasing). Take care.

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    Martha Alderson
    February 21, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Great post and nice looking blog.

    So many opportunities. It’s hard to know where best to devote time and effort.

    One day at a time….

    I’d love you hear from you on:

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