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Is It Useful to Promote Your Blog in Social Bookmarking Sites?

Is It Useful to Promote Your Blog in Social Bookmarking Sites?

Some years ago, there was a craze among bloggers to promote their blog posts in social bookmarking sites. The hordes of visitors thronging the social bookmarks encouraged new entrepreneurs to launch bookmarking sites and they, in turn, strived hard to make it popular among bloggers and internet marketers.

Within a year or two, the number of working social bookmarking sites rose to more than 200. Then the birds and animals were let out by the Google. I am referring to the Penguins and the Pandas that announced the change in Google’s search engine algorithms. Consequently, the links dropped by the bloggers in social bookmarking were devalued and thus came to the end of social booking networks.

Of the then popular social sites, very few remain alive today though with a slightly different perspective and that includes reddit.com, dig.com, and Stumbleupon.com. Of the three, reddit is a much-respected site. There are some more social bookmarking sites but I suppose veteran bloggers don’t disturb them.

Social Bookmarking Sites

What is a social bookmarking site?

I am sure I should have raised this question at the top of this post but my enthusiasm made me assume that all of you are already aware of them.

We all use social bookmarking quite frequently either by using the browser bookmarking tool or use the keyboard shortcut ^D. (control+D) These favorites (bookmarks) of ours are stored only on our browsers to visit again.

Social Bookmarking is simply taking the existing bookmark function used in browsers, and making it shareable with other people, or “Social”.

Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage web pages as favorites on the Internet with the help of free social media sites.

  • It’s a place online where you can share your blog posts with other users. This act of sharing is called social bookmarking.
  • All the social bookmarking sites provide a button to vote beside each article/story shared by the members. If you vote other people’s sites and they vote your site.
  • The number of votes received was indicated beside each bookmarked link. The more the votes your link gets, the more visitors your link gets.
  • When you comment on other’s posts, then you will soon have a network of links pointing back to your site.
  • Sometimes, your link is moved to the top of the featured links by the site owner and this sent a truckload of visitors to your site.

 

Why social bookmarking sites became popular?

1)    They get a lot of traffic due to their utility value. Members often return to read the latest stories and share their own. Thus a member pays a number of repeat visits and this, in turn, increased the popularity of social bookmarks.

2)   The advertisers reached out to social sites and their revenue hit the roof.

3)   Though every social bookmarking site is different and the interface sometimes proved to be a challenge to the users, users thronged them because they got genuine targeted visitors to their links.

4)   The social bookmarking are free and it takes a minute to register and bookmark your first link.

5)   No limit was imposed on the number of links submitted.

6)   A few newly launched social news sites used the feeds of these social bookmarks and that became another lucrative online business.

7)   Most social networks are to be search engine friendly. When the linkbacks you get were valued by the search engines, naturally, your site’s Google Page Rank got a boost.

All these advantages were history for the Internet marketers.  There is really no point in dropping links in social bookmarks as there is really no interaction taking place there. They have all become a link dumping yard.

However, as I said earlier, one can still use Reddit and result can be staggering but it is sad that not many bloggers have understood the working of Reddit and its 8000 plus subreddits.

The Digg is now a social news site and it is better to stay away from it.

My vote is for Stumble Upon as they have somehow persisted in spite of Google’s storms and is still being actively used by the bloggers.

 

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You Can Now Put Multiple Personalities onto Your iPhone

You Can Now Put Multiple Personalities onto Your iPhone

Digital assistants were simply a over glorified feature in the mobile phones just a few years but currently it is seen as added luxury oozing with utility. Amazon has begun the unexpected war of the digital assistants with the launch of the Alexa voice assistant on the iPhone. Amazon is making this digital assistant available through its very own iOS based shopping app though Alexa will be sorely missed on the Android platform for some time. Alexa will be giving stiff challenge to the Apple’s own digital assistant Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana as well. In short iPhone users will be spoilt for choice with multiple digital assistants.

Features of Amazon’s Alexa

Alexa happens to be a core part of the Amazon smart home line up of devices and most importantly the Echo speakers. Alexa has shown its mettle in answering the questions, performing varied skills and setting times as per the need of the users. It has helped in making people aware of the smart home appliances and how they will be controlled in a more interactive and decisive fashion in the upcoming future.

It just like any other digital assistant simply say ‘Alexa’ and follow it up with your command. Users with Amazon Tap or Amazon Fire TV voice remote then they are required to press the button in order to wake Alexa. Amazon is growing the list of commands for Alexa and it is designed to understand the natural language with ease and simplicity. The best thing about Alexa is that it can easily comprehend complex command or even when users omit a few words from the command.

The battle of the digital assistant

Alexa on iPhone comes with fairly limited options but it is expected to grow as more and more users start making active use of it. Setting a time or getting news pulled up is bit difficult in the beginning but as the AIexa gets a hold of it things gets seamless. But Alexa works like a charm when asked to make a search on the Amazon.com for any product. On other side Microsoft Cortana is great at scheduling meeting and setting up the reminders but still it happens to be better suited as a desktop or laptop assistant rather than iPhone assistant. Secondly users are required to make a separate download in order to get it work on the phone. Thirdly users will have to open the app in order to make use of it which is quite frustrating.

Siri works as the default digital assistant on the Apple’s iPhone and therefore it has a number of advantages. It has the coveted always on function which is deeply integrated with the voice assistant therefore it a great at getting a number of job done from opening mails, setting timer, calling others and much more without breaking a sweat. Siri is extremely capable & more than enough and very soon people will find that having multiple digital assistants installed isn’t a good thing.

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