If you’d like to use social bookmarking for promotion, here are a couple of suggestions. Pull together a list of links that are related to the links you are trying to promote. For example, if you are trying to promote a car blog, pull together a list of links to popular car blogs, manufacturers, forums, etc. Save them using del.icio.us.

Export the list formatted for Internet Explorer. Use that exported list to import your links into the other social bookmark services. This allows you to enter your links into a variety of social bookmark spaces with limited effort. Associating your promotional links with related links helps the social bookmarking services decide to suggest your promotional links to those who have bookmarked the related links. I suggest using popular links for your related links as they will spread your promotional links to more people.

You should also know that many of the social bookmarking services are crawled by search engines. This means that not only do you receive value from having your promotional links in front of the social bookmarking users, but your promotional links also end up in the search engine results. That also means that your promotional links are on pages within the social bookmarking site, which count as inbound links that boosts your site’s search engine rankings. Link feeds are also often crawled by search engines, which again boosts your site’s inbound links and improves search engine position.

If you maintain a blog, I recommend putting shortcut links for people to submit your post to social bookmarking services. I use this technique at the bottom of this post. There are quite a few social bookmarking services, so I recommend using an option menu to house most of them with icons for the most popular services.

Suggest a link
There are sites that aren’t exactly social bookmark services, but they do take site submissions. These include Fark, Slashdot, Newsvine, and BoingBoing. They are great places to submit your links for promotion or if you just find a cool link that should be shared with the world.The following are just a few of the social bookmarking services out there. There are close to a hundred, but these are arguably the most popular

BlinkBits
BlinkList
Blogmarks
Buddymarks
CiteUlike
Connotea
del.icio.us
Digg it
FeedMarker
feedmelinks
Furl
Give a Link
Gravee
igooi
Lilisto
Linkagogo
Linkroll
ma.gnolia
Maple.nu
Netvouz
Onlywire
RawSugar
reddit
Scuttle
Shadows
Simpy
Spurl
tagtooga
TalkDigger
Wink
Yahoo MyWeb

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