07 Jun 10 4:29 am
Social bookmarking relys on the social aspect to be effective. i spend a lot of time making friends, building up relationships with other people in the niche, bookmarking their sites, and leaving comments on other people's bookmarks on the popular sites like digg, stumbleupon, mixx, and delicious.
Social bookmarking is like a small add for your site with a backlink. it can help your rankings some, but the main thing is the traffic that you can get from it.
i can bookmark a page, or get others to bookmark it for me, and have traffic and sales before the search engines even index it. This only works if you
1/ build relationships with people on the bookmarking site, so that they promote your links, and
2) have great content on your site that people just have to share with their friends.
I find that they will then go and bookmark my sites.
also bookmark your content, not just your own site. I bookmark articles on directories, videos on youtube, and blogs within my niches, especially if it is my content.
i have even gone through some of the blogs that i had content from ama on and bookmarked them. probably the only links going to those sites. bookmarking your content will help build diversity of links in your profiles, as well as helping drive more traffic to your content, and if it is high enough quality, through to your site.
The key to good social bookmarking is great content. have content that your readers will want to share, and have a social bookmarking feature on your wp site. i recommend the Sociable plug in.
pinging is different.
when you ping, you are letting the search engines know that you have new content on your site.
Wordpress default pinging is not very good. it pings every time you update a page. if you are setting up tables or something, and you are checking the page, and tweaking your content several times, they get pinged every time.
eventually they will start ignoring your pings. you dont get penalized in rankings, but they wont come just because you rang...i like to say it is like the boy who cried wolf too many times.
however, pinging can help get your content indexed, as long as you dont over do it. The best fix is the CBnet ping optimizer plug in. i have about 20 sites in my ping list, letting some of the popular sites know that my content is updated.