Should I Stumble and Digg my own content?

Posted on July 10, 2009

 

When you’re spending hours writing content for your website you’ll probably wonder if it’s worth spending some time promoting your articles on various social bookmarking websites, such as StumbleUpon and Digg. The sites let you create an account, log in and publish links to websites that you find interesting, and naturally you’ll find your own website more interesting than others, and want to share it with everyone.

However, if it were this easy everyone would be doing it (and there are a lot of people doing it). The more people that sign up just to add links to their own websites, the more their profiles sink into the mire. You can’t simply create a new profile and add your own links expecting to receive hundreds of thousands of visits because only links added by people with powerful profiles get the kind of exposure that would bring that.

If you sign up and add your own links you’ll get nowhere, very fast. Instead you should do one of two things:

1 – Write your content to the best of your abilities. If it’s good enough it will get found and added to various social networking and social bookmarking websites by power users, and then you’ll get the huge surge in traffic that you’ve been waiting for.

2 – Create an account on the social networking and social bookmarking websites but DO NOT add your own sites. Instead add sites that you genuinely believe to be interesting. The more interesting stuff you add, the more powerful your account will become, and then, and only then, can you start adding the odd link from your own website.

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