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September 10, 2008

Social Bookmarking Software – blog plugins

Welcome back to another follow up on the social bookmarking software review, this time we will take a look at a couple of wordpress plugins for social bookmarking and see how they stack up against each other.

Auto Social Poster?- $197

Ok for a start I gotta say OUCH!!! $197 is a big pill to swallow for a wordpress plugin, I realise there was a lot of work going into this plugin but from all accounts it may not be as useful as it would seem at a glance. Yeah sure it bookmarks to a whole bunch of high PR quality domains but it will not even semi-automate account creation, it must be done manually and then entered into the software, not much fun I gotta tell ya.

Also as this tool is a plugin for wordpress it is highly limited in its uses, it can only be used on WP blogs. There doesnt appear to be any account randomisation so all bookmarks get published to the same account which means your account will get banned pretty quickly on all bookmarking sites, this is not good.

Ok well I dont really wanna delve too much deeper into this software as you would be much better off buying something like bookmarking demon, setting up countless accounts across loads of bookmarking sites and getting indefinite amounts of backlink love without having to pay through the nose for a very limited piece of software. Now if they lowered the price to be around $50 maybe it would be worth the hassle.

Socialize it Pro – ??

?Sorry guys but this one is a little too elusive even for me. I searched and couldnt even find their homepage let alone an affiliate link. I could find a cracked version but I detest these so didnt wanna put my system at risk. From what I hear it is very similar to Auto Social Poster?in that it is a blog plugin that has no account creation module to it. I dont like the sound of it already so Im going to just through out my objectibility and stop ranting now.

If you want some serious links either get a standalone windows bookmarking software?or use one of the web based social bookmarking applications that will be reviewed in my next post. SQUIRT and Rank4 may be some of the best web promotion tools out there for straight promoting websites.

Social Bookmarking Software – windows applications

Ok so with the initial part of this post out of the way lets get to actually looking into these different social bookmarking softwares and see what each one has to offer us in terms of traffic, links, ease of use, reliability and all those other factors that make using these softwares good or bad.

Bookmarking Demon ($97(v3), soon to rise to $147(v4))

I have been using this program by Edwinsoft for just over a year now and have seen it go from strength to strength to meh. Basically it has become somewhat outdated in its uses and the drivers (for social bookmarking sites)?that it supports, now there is a good reason for this in that Edwin has taken some time out of updating drivers to concentrate on creating the new version which from most accounts seems to address a lot of the criticisms placed upon BMD. That is not to say that BMD is a useless tool right now, far far from it.

For the one off $97 fee you will get monthly updates for life and access to future upgrades such as the much touted new version 4. Ok this sounds like a good deal, what sites can it handle? Currently it is really only useful for gaining links back from scuttle sites. Most of the major site drivers have become outdated and as such are pretty useless. Some scuttle sites can give good returns in that they generally are not heavily moderated and have a mix of templates and IPs to gain backlink juice from.

Is bookmarking demon worth $97 baring in mind it really only is a scuttle site submitter? No. Is it worth the $97 considering you will get a free upgrade to v4 when it comes out? Probably.

It really is a shame that BMD isnt in better shape at the minute as I have really enjoyed using this software and would recommend it to anyone on the basis that version 4 turns out half as good as it is meant to be but I cannot be sure that it will as I am not part of the beta test team. I will update here when a newer version has been brought out.

SEnuke?- ($97 per month)

Ok so you’re probably sat here thinking DANG why so much? Well Ill tell you why so much, because SEnuke is possibly the most feature rich windows application for doing keyword research, finding affiliate products to promote and lots of link building functionality. This tool is great for getting links from a variety of places such as youtube, myspace, google videos, stumbleupon and many many more major high PR sites. It is a great piece of software for finding a niche, spinning some articles and them posting them to a bunch of sites to get your articles published and promoted all in a very short amount of time.

However there is a but to this program and a big but at that. It seems very limited for extensive link building. For getting noticed in smaller niches it is great and is a very unique tool in the scope of its uses but for pushing existing sites to hundreds of sites and building thousands of backlinks from unique sources with a range of PRs it will sadly not satisfy. If I were to recommend spending $97 a month on a piece of software like this you would have to be an affiliate marketer that simply publishes articles and hopes to rake in some profit with an ever expanding net of articles and blog posts.

This software is not really aimed at those just wanting to gain hundreds of backlinks quickly it is more about gaining a select bunch (around 20 or so) quality high PR backlinks which are great for ranking when the competition is low, which you can see using this software. It isnt for everyone but is a kick ass tool in its own right.

Social Bookmarking Software

Ok Recently I have been looking into different softwares to?increase?my social bookmark back links. If you ahve been living under a rock for the past few years you may not know that social bookmarks are the single easiest method of gaining hundreds of backlinks over night and carry on increasing backlinks pretty much indefinitely.

What are Social Bookmarks? Well basically they are like bookmarks (or favourites if you use IE) in your web browser only they are held on a website such as del.icio.us. There are many different approaches to this system whereby some sites are content to offer bookmarking facilities and others have a more complicated system of ranking such as digg or stumbleupon.

Why use social bookmarks? This one is easy peasy lemon squeezy. Basically if you are reading here you probably are aware that if you want to rank for any keyphrase you will need some links based around that phrase. Social bookmarks will cater for this need, if you choose to have your profile public. Not all links are equivalent and some of these will not benefit your rankings other than to get you listed initially.

What social bookmarking sites are the best? Hard to say really, some will increase trafiic almost instantly (digg and stumbleupon), some will get you indexed very quickly (jumptags) and others will get you raising your search engine ranking before long. What is best really depends on what will get the job done in the best time dependant on what you require from these websites.

How many bookmarking websites are there? Err how long is a pece of string? There are literally thousands upon thousands of them, not all are worth the effort to post to, if you are already listed in the SEs there is little benefit in adding your site to a quick indexing site, also if you have the #1 spot for a term why would you want to increase your ranking(I know it isnt this simple, just making a point).

Is social bookmarking to lots of sites beneficial? YES, a million times yes. At present social bookmarking sites offer literally THE BEST way to gain thousands of whitehat links and stick to your required anchor text as well as have total control over the page content that links back to you. You really can gain premier 1 way contextual backlinks which, lets face it, are the holy grail of every SEO campaign.

Ok so with that out of the way lets get straight to our reviews, this is by no means the be all and end all of social bookmarking software but they are probably the only ones really worth considering as a full bookmarking solution.

  1. Bookmarking Demon?- Windows App for semi-automatically signing up to major SB sites and search out and automatically sign up to scuttle sites
  2. SEnuke?- Windows App for creating accounts and bookmarking, also has a lot of features that are not in the scope of this article but which can be useful to some, more on these later.
  3. Auto Social Submitter – A wordpress plugin which auto posts to previously created accounts
  4. Socialize it Pro – WP plugin for submitting to previously created accounts
  5. SQUIRT?- Web application for submitting to some bookmarking services automatically
  6. Rank4?- Web application submits to major sites, scuttle sites. Wide array of randomisation and uses hundreds of accounts (Not in public beta yet)

Ok now you have the list of some of the more useful tools for building backlinks by social bookmarking I will delve into the details of each software in the next post to come a little later on today. It will have pricing details as well as go into the features of each software solution. Have fun

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