UPDATE AUGUST 2011. If you are looking to automate the social bookmarking aspect of your blogging then you need to connect to Pixelpipe. Then you need to get the plugin that will automate the delivery of content from your wordpress blog to be syndicated and bookmarked on sites like Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Flickr – and a whole host of high PR social bookmarking sites!
This new service/tool has completely revolutionised the way I use social media to build backlinks and promote my niche sites.
For more information – and the detailed post that shows you EXACTLY how to set all this up – simply follow this link:
Now on with the original post which, although now over 6 months old is still as relevant as ever.
Last week during my Threadless Thursday rant I briefly mentioned the fact that my priorities were changing to focus primarily on my niche sites and building backlinks to them on a consistent basis and this focus had in fact already started changing earlier in the week when I posted my awesome article on Social Bookmarking over at TechnShare. Check it out here Backlinks and Backchat – The Bloggers Guide to Social Bookmarking if you want some clarification on wtf social bookmarking actually is. (yeah, I know. But if I don’t talk up the post, who will?)
In this post I listed the top 20 Social Bookmarking sites according to traffic numbers, and I mentioned that I would endeavour to provide a list of the top 10 – 20 Do Follow sites because obviously the no-follows are pointless, but then I found a free tool on the web that is so sweet I thought I would share it with you instead.
Yeah, I could list the top twenty do follow social bookmarking sites but realistically – what are you going to do with them, utilise each one, or even a few to bookmark all your pages, one. at. a. time. It really is a time consuming activity, and quite frankly – so is creating the list in the first place.
IMAutomator is a BRAND NEW link building site that provides automatic social bookmarking services. Their system also offers a paid service but when they opened in June 2010 they limited membership to 100 and this has already filled. They are so new in fact that their affiliate program has not been setup so this is just a straight link to the IMAutomator site. An extract from their homepage:
IMAutomator puts your link building on auto-pilot! The free social bookmarking tool couldn’t be easier to use – just enter the URL you’d like the bookmark, IMAutomator extracts the title, description & tags (or you can enter your own), and then you submit and forget!
The free service allows you to bookmark 10 URLs every 24 hours. That’s 10 pages, submitted to 15 do-follow social bookmarking sites = 150 links to your blog and/or niche sites every day!
What I like about IMAutomator social bookmark submitter
Without doubt, it is the user interface. At the click of a button I can have all of the required fields populated and then choose the frequency with which my site is submitted to the social bookmarking sites. Then (and this is the best bit) it keeps a record of all the pages you have bookmarked inthe past, so you can keep track of what, where, and when. I will discuss the rate at which you build backlinks further in an upcoming posts, but basically know that it is not a good thing to build backlinks too quickly. If you are using this tool on your blog then I would say go ahead and let it bookmark all in one day, but if you are actively building backlinks in other places, then you really need to drop feed these links out. Check out the screen shot below.
What if I don’t like this particular social bookmark submitter?
If Vivien Tan had not come to the comment party over at TechnShare then my answer here would be ‘tough titties’ but since she did I can happily add another to the list. This is a direct copy and paste from the comment Vivien left, thanks so much for sharing this so that I pass it onto my readers Vivien!
I have checked it out and it does indeed seem like a fantastic free social bookmarking service. What I like about this tool is that all you need to do is go to their site, drag a little widget button they supply to your Firefox bookmarks toolbar, in order to create a submission bookmarklet. When you are on a website that you want to socially mark, simply click the SocialMarker button and social marker launches in a new window with all the URL details of the page you were just on. Then you fill in all the fields and submit it. Just like Digging something except you are bookmarking A LOT more sites. What I don’t like about this tool is the fact that it submits so many all at once, good for blog, not good for niche site. I also don’t like that I have to keep track of what I have and have not bookmarked myself.
Both tools have their merits, and in a nutshell I would say this:
- Use Socialmarker as your tool of choice to bookmark your own blog posts AND others that find around the blogosphere (seriously, how awesome a blogger would you be if you bookmarked someone’s post to 50 sites! Holy crap they would love you)
- Use IMAutomator if you are promoting niche sites and/or actively creating backlinks elsewhere. (don’t want to get sandboxed now do you?)
That’s all for today, I just wanted to share that awesome tool so that others could enjoy it like I have for the last few days. Stay tuned for upcoming posts where I will delve into backlinking, because I think it is a subject that has been made more confusing than it really needs to be.