Is Social Bookmarking Dead?

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Social BookmarkingIf you have been around long enough you are probably familiar with Social Bookmarking. For those of you that haven’t been around that long, or aren’t familiar with it Social Bookmarking was a way to store your bookmarks and favorites online.

You are probably familiar with the bookmark or the favorite feature in your web browser, which will allow you to find a website or page that you want to revisit at a later time. This is great for your own computer, but doesn’t help if you are on another computer at work, or at a friend’s house for example. You want to show a co-worker this amazing site, but you can’t remember what the URL/address is. You simply login to your Social Bookmarking account, get the URL and show your co-worker or friend.

Originally they were more for storing bookmarks online for your own use in a private setting that you could retrieve from any computer with internet access. Eventually they were shared with friends and became public (Social). Once that happened they were heavily spammed for backlinks.

There were a number of Social Bookmarking sites that were hugely popularity in the early to mid 2000s. When sites like Twitter and Facebook came about they lost a lot of ground, and many no longer exist today.

I did submit some of my links to social bookmarking sites over the years. I never relied on them as my main source of backlinks, which was a good thing because many of the ones I had submitted to don’t exist anymore. I basically lost all my incoming links from many of these types of sites, which is kind of a bummer, but that’s just the way it is. This could happen to any kind of site for that matter too.

These were the more popular talked about sites that I assumed would be around for a very long time or indefinitely, but things certainly have changed as people moved to Social Media in the past few years.

A few of the ones that still exist I wish I wouldn’t have submitted to because they have gone downhill in terms of quality due to being heavily spammed now. Others could be on their way out because they barely load or don’t work properly anymore.

Social Bookmarking Sites

Social Bookmarking Sites That Still Exist That I Have Used:
Delicious
Digg
Reddit
StumbleUpon
*Digg and Delicious were sold awhile ago, and have changed some.

Social Bookmarking Sites That Don’t Exist Anymore That I Have Used:
Connotea
Faves
Identica
Indian Pad
JumpTags
Mixx (became Chime.in)
My Link Vault
MyVMarks
Propeller
Simpy
Swik
*Popular at one time (No longer exist, don’t load, or not accepting new submissions).

I know I am forgetting a few others in this list as well.

It’s hard to pick just one, but I certainly miss Propeller. I really liked the way they did things. It was kind of a news aggregator/social bookmark website similar to Digg, but much more user-friendly and easy to use.

I know people assume that certain sites will be around forever, but that’s wishful thinking. There is no guarantee that a website or service will remain popular. New technology and ideas come about everyday.

Social Bookmarking isn’t completely dead yet, but many big name players have decided to cut their losses and quit. Some without any warning. Many people believe that Facebook and Twitter played a significant role in their demise.

About: Jeremy LeSarge - AKA: Ray (209 Posts)

I am the site owner and administrator of DialMe.com. I provide help and tips for Boonex Dolphin on the main part of this website where you will also find an assortment of other resources. Here, on the blog I write about a variety of topics surrounding WordPress, technology, social media/networking, SEO, and webmaster resources.




10 Comments

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    Hi Ray

    I share my blog posts to Reddit, Delicious, Digg and StumbleUpon but I don’t really use them other than that.

    It’s a good point that they might not be around forever. I’d not heard of any of the others you mentioned!

    Nowadays, I use Chrome and I can access my bookmarks wherever I go if I log in.

    So, there’s no real need for social bookmarking from that point of view any more. At least for me anyway!

    Enjoy your evening!

    Tim
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      I used to share posts on various Social Bookmarking sites more so for building backlinks rather than for easy access or retrieval for personal use. Many of them were dofollow with very high pagerank value. There is the option of keeping them private for personal use, but publicly sharing at one time a good way to get decent quality links fast and easy. Several years back I did a lot of this, but I haven’t bothered for at least 6 months and probably closer to 1 year. I did lose a lot of my backlinks as some of the sites died off, and others switched from dofollow to nofollow. It’s kind of a bummer, but what do you do.

      Occasionally I will add something to StumbleUpon, but since they changed their site to what you see now I have a heck of a time figuring out how to add something properly. It used to be much simpler. It’s a nice site, but I sure miss the previous version. I also got some pretty decent traffic from them back then. I have no idea what all they changed, but after they did I barely got any visitors from them.

      Seems like there has been a big shift toward Social Media now, and although sites like Reddit are still popular I just wonder how long that will last. It’s definitely an easy site to use, but holy cow the layout and design looks like it was build by a kid in the mid 1990’s! I am not a big fan of change, but you would think that they could spruce it up a little more.

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    I usually use Reddit, But I won’t say it’s a social bookmarking site. For me it’s an social networking or engagement site where I share useful content on relevant subreddit and other members show and write their views. A great way to build networking and sharing knowledge.

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      Hi Pankaj,

      Seems like we are constantly changing the names of sites from social something to social something else. Social networking, social media, social sharing, social everything. I haven’t spent much time over at Reddit lately, but I know it’s still fairly popular especially if for the folks that have been around since it’s early day. I do still see mention of a link to a Reddit post on a big news site every now and then. I am glad it works well for you.

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    The social bookmarking sites never brought me much traffic Ray. I do get a little bit still from StumbleUpon but I really don’t share my posts on any of the other sites anymore. I did a very long time ago.

    I read somewhere that you’re not going to have any luck when you just share your posts which of course was what I was taught in the beginning like a lot of other crap that was wrong. I didn’t want to be that person that shared too much either so since I wasn’t getting any traffic I just stopped and like you said, it’s a good thing because they’re falling my the way side now.

    Thanks for this post and good to know as we head into another new year.

    Enjoy your week.

    ~Adrienne
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      I used to get a decent amount of visitors from StumbleUpon. That was when they had the light blue and white looking layout and design. I would get 500-1000 visitors from a single stumble. After they switched to the black and white layout and design I got 0-50. They must have changed something because that was a huge change in visits. Not that the quality that they send was that great to begin with. I rarely use or visit StumbleUpon anymore. It’s not worth my time.

      I also saw fairly decent traffic from Reddit and Digg, but those days are gone now.

      At the time I mostly submitted to dofollow Social Bookmarking types of sites in hopes that they would help with rankings.

      I don’t think most of them out there are that great anymore if you ask me. I guess a lot of people have moved on to Twitter, Facebook, G+, Pintrest, and the likes or something.

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    Hi Ray,

    I still use social bookmarking, but I use Only Wire for the submission.

    I am set up with about 10 accounts with them. If I had to do it manually, I don’t think that I would do it.

    As for if it’s worth it? I’m not really sure. It doesn’t take more than a couple minutes for me to do it.

    Thanks for sharing this and I hope you have a great day.

    Susan
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      Hi Susan,

      A few years back I dabbled into using Only Wire. At that time there wasn’t very many sites available to use it to submit to and it messed up often. It was almost faster to do it the manual way. I think I may have got banned from a couple sites as a result of using it, but that could be coincidence too.

      Sometimes I ask myself the same thing is using something or belonging to a site or service really worth it. I don’t know for certain in all cases. Some yes, others no, with a lot of maybe’s in between.

      I am kind of like you. If it doesn’t take very long I will use or mess with something for a while, but if it wastes too much of my time then I don’t usually bother.

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    Social bookmarking is not dead but it seems that its take last breath counts just for people who want backlinks,after a future update of the Google algorithm likely that this type of websites will be lost in the mists of time as web directories very popular some time ago.

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    I’m of the opinion that social bookmarking is truly dead.

    I remember the good old days of using fark, folk, mister-wong, stumbleupon, connote, identica e.t.c..

    Though, at that time, I was not getting much referral from them except folk.

    From another perspective, we may want to argue that most of them are simply rebranding e.g. freelish e.t.c.

    At the moment, I’m not wasting my time or bothering on using them, their seo influence has been reduced drastically.

    Thanks for sharing

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