social bookmarking sites listSocial bookmarking, beginning with Digg and Delicious, heralded the Web 2.0 era of the internet. Since then, social bookmarking has evolved and grown with only a handful of the original social bookmarking sites retaining some sort of relevance (Reddit, StumbleUpon, to name a few). Yet, social bookmarking can send your website hundreds of thousands of visitors overnight (aka the ‘Digg Effect’).

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Below, we take a look at five of the most popular social bookmarking websites and how to best use them:

1. Reddit

Website: Reddit.com

Reddit is the self-styled ‘front page of the internet’. The numbers bear out this claim: it is the 49th most visited website in the US and served 37 billion page views in 2012. This traffic has only grown in the first six months of 2013 with even Barack Obama hosting a live AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the website.

Tips for Sharing on Reddit

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2. Twitter

Website: Twitter.com

You’d have to be living under a rock to not know about Twitter, which Alexa ranked as the 11th most visited website in the US. Twitter is less of a social bookmarking site and more of a social sharing site. Still, it can generate massive amounts of traffic with the right content.

Tips for Sharing on Twitter

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3. StumbleUpon

Website: StumbleUpon.com

Throughout its long history (it was sold to Ebay before the original founders bought it back), StumbleUpon has been the go-to destination for literally, stumbling upon links. The website still retains a very  healthy user-base (it is the 221st most popular website in the world) with millions of unique visitors each month.

Tips for Sharing on StumbleUpon

4. Pinterest

Website: Pinterest.com

Pinterest was the breakthrough website of 2012 and now ranks as the 15th most visited website in the US. Pinterest is for sharing pictures, not links – a medium that makes it perfect for the current image-centric nature of the internet. You can create ‘pin-boards’ on particular subjects and themes and pin any image from across the internet on it.

Tips for Sharing on Pinterest

5. Hacker News

Website: news.ycombinator.com

Hacker News is a niche social bookmarking site for entrepreneurs, coders and hackers. Although much, much smaller than the above, it has a very active, enthusiastic community that loves to share high quality content. A link on the first page of Hacker News can easily send you over 100,000 unique visitors. More importantly, it puts you before an influential community of venture capitalists, angel investors and tech-stars, plenty of whom have Hacker News as their home-page by default.

Tips for Sharing on Hacker News

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There are plenty of great bookmarking sites in the world (SlashDot, FARK, LinkedIN, Google+). What are your favorites that we’ve overlooked in this list? Share in the comments below!

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