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Need Traffic (money) - Social Bookmarking

Is this you?

You have a web page, blog, or Squidoo lens with which you are trying to sell a product through affiliate marketing or perhaps you want some advertising revenue i.e. Adsense?

The problem, age old as the Internet, is how to get traffic to your site.

There is PPC (Pay per Click), directories, forum marketing, article marketing, and email marketing. All can generate traffic, some more than others.

There is also social bookmarking. Most of you are familiar with at least one social bookmarking site. The more famous examples include StumbleUpon,, and Furl.

How does social bookmarking work?

Let's go back a decade or so. When the internet took off commercially in the early 90's, it was easy to keep track of different websites; there wasn't that many!

There were websites at the time which had "link directories" of sites the webmaster had discovered and kept track of. It was fun.. for about six months, when the glut of new sites became too much for anyone to list and describe.

About this same time, the first social networks were gaining popularity, but not in the form we know today. Many were started in newsgroups (Usenet), where fans of certain subjects would post messages to each other and share websites and information.

As Usenet became to ungainly to manage (Google it sometime and see what was required), the development of web based networking and social groups were well underway.

First, the need to track and save websites was always a need all of us on the internet. And storing these sites in our "Favorites" was not always practical (one hard drive crash and buh-bye Favorites).

Next, keywords became a way to sort stored websites. These became known as "tags" from the idea of tagging a site based upon keywords like "diet", "exercise", "financial tips" and sorting them out from each other.

Finally, sharing our favorite websites became part of our activities on the internet along with everything else we were interested in.

Social bookmarking was the natural evolution of all of this - finding, tagging and sharing websites we visit and like.

Internet marketers like social bookmarking because each page or blot entry on their site can be tagged with keywords and listed on hundreds of social bookmarking sites which drives traffic. Also, each bookmark is a backlink to the main website or blog which drives up the page rank of the site.

How to use social bookmarking sites

First, with any traffic generators, the right niche or market is key. For instance, if your website was about "making money online", you would face some stiff competition and be another face in a crowded room as they say. So social bookmarking may or may not make any difference in your traffic.

But say your niche is about "low carb dieting tips", then social bookmarking may be a big help. Social bookmarking will allow you to use long tail and multiple keywords, in the form of tags, to drive more traffic to your site.

With each social bookmarking site, follow the rules and guidelines carefully for optimizing bookmarks, backlinks and traffic. For instance, while most sites allow tags, the format of submitted tags may be comma separated, dash, semi-colon or single word only. Some social bookmarking sites consider any type of marketing spam, so multiple submissions may result in account deactivation. While other social bookmarks sites are by invitation only.

Most social bookmarking sites also require a username and password to submit sites.

There are hundreds of social booking sites. As fast as they debut, some go under or disappear along with all of their stored tags, but don't worry, another will take its place.

Is there a way to submit to several bookmarking sites?

Yes, there are several tools available.

First, in the paid for category there is Bookmarking Demon which most swear by. BD allows you to submit multiple tags and sites to up to 100 of the most popular (and longest lasting) social bookmark sites. Also, a neat feature of Bookmarking Demon is a way to create multiple logins to several social bookmark sites and create more backlinks and tags to your website. This would take hours to do by hand.

There is also OnlyWire. OnlyWire is a web based application which submits links to bookmarking sites, but to far fewer sites than Bookmarking Demon . However, OnlyWire is a free way to quickly build links and it has a neat logging feature which shows users when bookmarking fails.

Then there is Social Marker another web based bookmarking submission tool. Social Market submits to about 50 top bookmark sites and features a web interface which saves some time when submitting URL's, tags and descriptions of your site.

Remember this; social bookmarking takes time. Despite the marketing hype, bookmarking generally will not result in a "flood of overnight traffic". On the contrary, social bookmarking is one way, of several, to build traffic to your website or blog over time.

Further, backlinks from social bookmarks take months to accumulate in a measureable form. Be willing to wait for the bookmark effect.

In closing, I will give you an example: One site I maintain receives about 125 - 150 visits a day. Of those visits, about 5 a day are from bookmarking sites such as Propeller, and Stumbler. Those numbers vary, but it gives you an idea of what sort of scope you are looking at.

Good luck, check out those bookmark sites, start setting up accounts and consider the need for tools like Bookmarking Demon and OnlyWire to save time.


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10 Reasons Facebook Is For Losers

I am on Linked In and have over 800 contacts.

I have 6 - six - contacts on Facebook.

What's up with that and what does that have to do with Needing Money?

Facebook has replaced MySpace as the hottest social network in the universe. Nope, I don't have numbers to back that statement up, but I think it is true.

A friend came over for dinner a few weeks ago and he told me 1% of all people on earth have a Facebook account. I wonder if some of those people in countries outside of the United States even know what a "Facebook" is? They did not have a Facebook at my college or place of learning, so the word was new to me too.

Anyway, some people who do internet marketing swear by Facebook. They claim they can make all kinds of money somehow or another using Facebook. I read a long post from some guy who wrote all about using flyers and getting 5% click thru and a bunch of other things. Then he said that his money making only worked a few times before his account was deleted. Fun.

Here is why Facebook is for LOSERS and it has nothing to do with making money. (I am just tired of hearing about Facebook and why it is soooo neat.).

1) Facebook specializes in bringing people together with their former classmates

I hated high school. I hated college. So why would I be interested in seeing what "nobody I was ever friends" with is doing now? Most of the people on Facebook look like losers now, so what is the point?

Further, I think I am still friends with one person from college. Again, why in the world would I want to dig around on Facebook and see what people from college, whom I was never friends with, are up to now? 

2) Facebook's interface sucks


If I join MyBlogLog or LinkedIn, I can find all kinds of people and websites from the "get go". I don't have to join, I can just start searching.

Go to "Its Free, anyone can join". Nothing else to see. Yes, you can go to the Find Friends and search by a topic or even drill through names, but that's it. You can see a picture, but if you want to know anything else, you have to join.

To compare, go to Linkedin. Go to the bottom of the page. Enter in a name and bingo, you have the full profile of the person you are looking for, even if you are not a member or logged in. 

And another thing.. That sign up page is the same one they've had since 2005. Besides having a kid, do you think Mark Zuckerberg could take five minutes to update FB's sign up page?

3) The Wall

Who gives a rat's butt what you are doing today or this minute? People write the dumbest things like "I am using the bathroom" or "just changed the baby's diaper".

Now think about it. What kind of person finishes an activity and quickly runs to their computer or phone and puts a post on their Wall?

L-O-S-E-R, that's who.

4) Facebook is a time waster.

A friend revealed to me she spends 1-2 hours A DAY on Facebook. Some of it is spent looking up old friends (losers from high school). But most of her time is spent trying to sound more interesting than the other people on her friends list.

So she makes up stuff to put on her wall like, "just finished reading Obama's book" or "Tutoring the baby in French while listening to Mozart". And she it not alone. I read lots of nonsense like this on people's walls like "working on my spiritual drumming", "finding my inner self", etc...

Its all made up. Losers just post what ever they think their little group of friends will believe that day.

Um, I think it would be a better waste of time to eat bon-bons and watch soap operas all day.

5) Everybody lies on Facebook

If you are divorced, you are "suddenly single!"
If you are out of work, you are "starting your own business!".
If you live at home, you are "homesick and visiting your parents!".
If you are not married, you are "single and loving it!"

Everybody has a great life on Facebook. What a place for losers.

6) Why would I want to network with my sister, co-workers or customers in the same place?

Facebook is for everyone! Which means my family is on Facebook along with one or two of my coworkers, someone at a job I'm applying for, a few of my customers, ten losers from my high school, a lady from church, the next door neighbor and the guy I play golf with.

Do I really want all of those people to potentially know each other through me? Talk about the walls between your world coming down.

That sounds like the beginning of a nuclear network meltdown. Divorce, shootings, home invasions, ugh.

7) Facebook is full of middle aged people trying to hook up with that guy or girl from high school that for some reason, they think has frozen in time and still looks like they did when they were 17.

Nothing screams loser like that.

8) Facebook is the MySpace of 2015....

Just wait. In a few months you will be getting friend requests from some girl named "Jazmin" and a guy name "Pimp-O-Dellic" neither of whom you know.

Then there will be sparkly, bling a bling wallpapers for Facebook.

Finally, the last straw will be when ten people named Odinga from Nigeria want to friend you and tell you about the $10M you have in their bank that they need your help getting out of the country.

And soon, Facebook will be the social media thing your grandparents do on their desktop tower over a modem.  

9) Your Facebook membership serves only to make the owners rich with your self absorbed content. You get nothing for your work.

There is no revenue share for your content, your life, your posts. They put ads on your profile and bank the payback. You get nada, loser.

There is no linkback, SEO benefit, no way to build something better and money making outside of Facebook. There's no revenue sharing whether you have six friends and two posts or one million pals and post several times an hour. Everyone makes nothing with Facebook.

Here's a real kick in the pants: Zuckerberg is planning on giving away his Facebook billions to causes he believes in. Why doesn't he consider giving each of his members, (you know, the customers that helped him build his gazoogle dollar empire) some of that loot? How giving each FB member 20.00 for each year of active use. Users can decide to keep that money or donate it to the cause OF THEIR CHOICE. That sounds fair to me. Someone should start a petition.

10) 10 years from now, you will be embarrassed about all the stuff you put on Facebook.

But because it is the internet, it will be there forever..

You can throw the diary away from grade school.

You can burn your yearbooks.

You can pretend you never dated that guy with the Camaro your junior year.

Facebook lives forever. With all of your Wall posts, friends, everything.

Now you understand why Facebook is for losers?

Again, Zuckerberg has made billions off Facebook.   FB is only as valuable as the content you provided free of charge. Keep doing this and you're a sucker and a loser. 

That's more than being a LOSER, that's just plain STUPID.


Maximum Profits with Article Marketing

Article marketing does work for generating affiliate revenues and ad revenues if done right and agressively.

If you are not familiar with article marketing it goes like this.

a) Take a niche subject. Anything.. medical, make money, life style, hobbies, etc.
b) Build a website with ads or a pitch for an affiliate marketed product.
c) Write and submit articles to one or more article directories with keywords and phrases which describe your product or ad.
d) Include a link to your sales page in your author bio box at the bottom of the article.

After a certain amount of time and the right number of articles with the correct keyword phrases, a marketer can get enough traffic to their website and earn some decent affiliate revenue.

So how can you make the most from your article marketing. In short (I have an ebook coming with more details) here goes.

There are three types of article marketing.

1) Related articles directed to landing page comprised only of ads with a high potential payout.

How does it work

Suppose you have this parked domain with some standard parking ads.

You login to your article directory and write ten articles about alternative energy, green energy and energy conservation. The bio box points to that parked domain page. Your plan is that a certain number of visitors (1-3%) will click an ad and you make a some money every day.

Effectiveness? So so. Most people are immune to parked pages and don't click on ads that much.

2) Related articles to a sales landing page for an affiliate marketed product.

How does it work

You pick an product with an affiliate marketing program. Generally, most marketers like digital products like those found at Clickbank.

You design a sales landing page, like this one, for your digital product.

You login into your article directory and write ten articles related to debt, debt management and getting out of debt. The bio box points readers back to your sales page. Your plan is that a certain number (2%) will purchase the product because that is how they found your articles while they looked for a way to get out of debt.

Effectiveness? This is one of the more popular uses of article marketing to make some money over a 30-90 day period and is the focus of "Bum Marketing".

3) Landing page with affiliate marketing products as well as ads and other forms of revenue generating content.

You follow the steps for formula 2, but you also include ads like Google ads on your page and ads for other products your visitors may be interested in.

For instance, not only do you have a pitch for your debt guide, but you also have an ad for a low interest credit card with incentives to transfer balances. Makes sense? And your content ads, like Adsense, will also provide related ads to debt and debt reduction. Even if a visitor does not purchase your debt guide, they might click on an ad. If you are not doing this you are leaving money on the table.

Effectiveness? This is the most profitable plan I use. However, I do more than article marketing and I will give you some more information on how I do that later.

Have fun making money!

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