People Do Not Get Social Bookmarking; They Just Don’t!

After reading Rebecca’s post this morning (which rocked by the way so go check it out), I felt the need to rant at 6:30 in the morning! Thanks again, Rebecca!

rantA majority of people do not get social bookmarking; they just don’t. Their first glimpse of a new way to market their business gets them all excited like a kid chasing an ice cream truck drooling, but at the same time like the ice cream man with dollar signs in his eyes ready to charge them $5 for a push-up . So what do they do? They submit crap! Or, they submit half-way decent content the wrong way. At the end of the day, it just looks poorly on their business (especially to the parents of those poor kids).

Here are some great examples:

What the hell are these titles about? I laughed so hard at this that I took the time to print the screen (which is more time than people will spend clicking the link to their actual site)! Don’t ever put your damn domain name or URL in your title!

Don’t ever put your damn domain name or URL in your title!

Along with the crappy title, look at the domain! Wow, that looks spammy. Let’s – see – how – many – hyphens - we – can — use – when – purchasing – a – domain! The digg community is very critical on where submitted content comes from. You can always set up a micro site with an attractive domain and 301 it later, smart guy; if it takes off.

Let’s – see – how – many – hyphens - we – can — use – when – purchasing – a – domain!

SEO? Pshaaa! Good luck. The digg community hates everything and anything related to “SEO.”

digg and seo

Title is a bit bland, but this submission would have a better chance if there was a thumbnail.

digg thumbnail

This description is not compelling and is in multiple languages. Try to be short and concise with your descriptions.

Try to be short and concise with your descriptions.

ALL CAPS LOCKS SUCKS! Do not capitalize every letter in your title. I get it… you are TRYING TO GET MY ATTENTION. But doing it like this will only get you so far with me. I know what I am looking for, and it isn’t YOU (It’s especially not OK to think that JT is an exception)!

Do not capitalize every letter in your title

This is sooo bad! Wow. Do I have to tell what is wrong with this?! Only submit content that people might find compelling. Not sure if someone is looking for a new corner to venture to, or if they just got dumped; about 6 million people in China just don’t care, and neither do I.

Only submit content that people might find compelling.

Moral of the story. When submitting your content to digg or any other social bookmarking site, please, PLEASE (see the caps? Only use it to exaggerate) remember the following:

  • Write rich and compelling titles.
  • Do not put your domain name or URL in your title
  • Beware of the domain name you are submitting your content from. If needed, build a micro site and 301 it later.
  • Do not submit “SEO” stories. Use sphinn for that!
  • Get an eye grabbing thumbnail for all submissions.
  • Make your descriptions short and to the point (preferably in one language).
  • Do not capitalize every letter in your title.
  • Most importantly– only submit content that people might find compelling and useful!

Ahhh. I feel better now!

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • Sphinn
  • del.icio.us
  • Mixx
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
9:00 am Social Media

13 Responses

  1. Brent Csutoras Says:

    Is Digg really a social media bookmarking site?

  2. steve p Says:

    Bret -

    What would you consider digg then?

  3. Mikhail Tuknov Says:

    Nice one :-)

  4. Rebecca Kelley Says:

    Hah, thanks for the assist with this post!

  5. Steve P (imnotadoctor) Says:

    Rebecca -

    No, thank you for the inspiration!

  6. Greg Rollett Says:

    Amen. And stop sending me shouts for new cars that are at trade shows. I can’t afford one so I don’t care how cool or fast it is!

  7. Uh... Says:

    Just to point out the obvious, and I know it was 6:30 in the morning but…
    the-hyphenated-website-you-enjoyed-making-fun-of isnt a purchased domain. Its a subdomain of blog.com. Now, Im not saying that makes the excessive use of hyphens ok, but, isntiteasiertoreadthaneverythingshovedtogether?

  8. Anne Haynes Says:

    Great post, thanks!

  9. digg devil Says:

    Thank you oh holy digger. now I have seen the light.

  10. alex Says:

    wow, I know my office is within earshot, but wow. You hit the nail on the head! Uhh… is obviously a little green, please give him a break :)

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  12. rich page Says:

    Great post! With SEOmoz’s advice and your advice, maybe I can keep some of my blog articles dugg to the front page! :)

    Rich Page
    http://www.rich-page.com

  13. tazz Says:

    ha

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