There are two very distinct reasons for using Social Bookmarking. The first is a way to allow internet users to share, organise, search and manage resources they find on the web. This might include: information you find on websites, blog posts, videos, articles, useful forums or pod casts.
The second use of social bookmarking that I use every day is a way to generate free traffic and to then direct that traffic to a piece of web space that you own, such a blog. It is also a free and easy way to increase your Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) or in plain English, increase your presence on the Web.
For the purpose of understanding how you can utilise social bookmarking sites to share, organise, search and manage web resources you find on the internet I am going to show you how you can easily get started with Del-ici-ous. How to set up an account and how it can be used to easily share and organise information with others.
So why do we need Social Bookmarking?
Well whether you know it or not, we have entered the information age. Never before, have we had so much information being blasted to us from all angles, through, video, on social networking sites, through email, through our TV even on our mobile phones.
And whilst this might have its advantages, it also means that it is harder to keep people’s attention for very long. You might be researching ‘social bookmarking’ on the internet and before you know it you have half a dozen videos to look at, some half useful blog posts and hundreds of results for ‘social bookmarking’ listed in search engines like google. Arrrgh!
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and not know where to start looking first. It’s also easy to forget where you found that first article you read just ten minutes ago.
Enter Social bookmarking.
A social bookmarking service such as del.ici.ous, allows you to save all your bookmarks online, so not only can you find the information again easily in the future, but you can also share what you find with friends, colleagues and other people who might be interested in the same things as you.
In fact, if you hadn’t even started bookmarking information yourself yet, you could simply see what other people have already bookmarked on a particular topic.
You are able to do this by either tagging content (giving it a relevant name) or by searching existing tags. So for example if you are interested in chocolate (like me) you could see what else has been bookmarked about chocolate.
Social bookmarking differs from traditional bookmarking through the ability to access your social bookmarks from any computer, anytime and anywhere. There are obvious benefits therefore for people who regularly work from different computers. Social bookmarking also always groups of people to access the same bookmarked information and also to collaboratively add bookmarks for their team and other colleagues.
Traditionally folders on individual computers were the best way to organize bookmarks usually in the favourites section on your PC. Bookmarking in this way is OK if you only have a few folders that only YOU want access to, but as you add more and more web pages to your collection it soon becomes difficult to decide what goes where.
The way that social bookmarking sites overcome this, is by using Tags. A Tag is simply a way to describe a bookmark. So for example, if you are interested in cookery, you might have bookmarks like “baking”, “pasta” or “smoothies”, to easily find your favourite recipes. It would also mean that every bookmark you tagged with strawberry and Smoothy would automatically show up in your “smoothy” and “strawberry” collection.
You can easily share your tags with others by sending your specific URL (web address) to your friends and team mates. So for example if I wanted to share my tags and bookmarks with people I would simply share with them my URL which would be http://delicious.com/username.
Furthermore, tagging is super easy to do by simply installing a delicious button and tag button to your web browser. Watch the video above to see how to get set up on del.ici.ous.
Look out for Social Bookmarking Part 2 where I show you how to use Social Bookmarking to generate traffic and increase your Search Engine Optimisation.
If you have any questions please leave your comments below, alternatively if you would like to request a “how to” video on how to get started with other social bookmarking sites let me know what you would like to see.
Yours in Success,
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