There are some factors which when kept in mind can get you attention on social bookmarking sites like dig.com, stumbleupon.com and reddit.com. One among them is choosing a catchy headline. It is the same case of a newspaper. When a newspaper is full of news gathered from all over the world, only the ones with spicy headlines get your attention. Similarly, you should not expect your article to find a place on the front page of these sites if you do not provide anything spicy in your headline.
Next in line after the headline, is a brief description which describes your article. This summary or description should give a snapshot of what to expect in your writing and can be a little provocative to generate interest. However, it should be, at no cost, full of fake lies. Provoking interest is vital, but also stuff your reader with truths and facts. Remember that readers on social bookmarking sites will not bother to read more that 100 to 150 characters in the description. So don’t get carried away with your thought process and be precise.
The rule for a good piece of writing says that your first paragraph should be good enough to cast a spell on the readers. You do not want them to leave after the first paragraph when you had made efforts to get a catchy headline and attractive description. In fact, content rules at every level of your article, so there is no use of posting to social bookmarking sites if you have only junk to write about.
When people further bookmark your site, it adds to your reputation. You need to leave a link at the bottom of the article through which the readers can further post your article building your credibility.
Timing is critical to social bookmarking. Your write-up has a life of about 24 hours and if you post when most of the readers in your country might be sleeping, it will be worthless. By the time your target audience gets up, your page might end up being on the 5th page. So time your post according to your targeted readers and the time zones. Also, find the most appropriate category to submit to get found easily.
Votes also get you on the front page. It is essential to be backed up by your networking friends which come with cooperation. Also, English being the universal language of the world is recommended. There is no use of submitting non-English stories, but if you really must, then do it on non-English sites.
When you are submitting news, no need to say that it has to be fresh. After all who is interested in stale facts? You need to remember to get your facts right because you do not want negatives votes on your story.
Some of the other things on the to-do list of social marking sites are:
– Checking your spelling and grammar
– Finding the right topics to write on
– Working on your newsletter subscriptions, affiliate marketing and RSS feeds
– Avoid automated submitter which have malware resulting in stealing of passwords.
– Being accurate in responding to the comments on your stories.
– And preparing your server for the upcoming traffic.