Social bookmarking vs directory submission?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by cybermeid, May 30, 2010.

  1. cybermeid

    cybermeid Regular Member

    May 22, 2010
    Likes Received:
    I read about both but I dont know which among these 2 is the best?
    I am also seeing this strange results,when I do social bookmarking,my site is coming up in the search results,but when I am doing directory submission,I am not seeing much results.
    Can someone provide an insight on which one among these 2 should we try first?
  2. Rajthepositivelife

    Rajthepositivelife Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Feb 9, 2010
    Likes Received:
    Using a combination of both is considered best.

    u need to do directory submission as well as submit your pages to social bookmarking sites, but try submitting to those bookmarking sites that are do follow. That ways - you will get backlinks which are do follow!
  3. zordon

    zordon Newbie

    Jan 26, 2010
    Likes Received:
    Website directories will give you backlinks and almost no traffic (other than dir owners visiting your site to check if it meets the submission guidelines).

    Social bookmarks that are d0f0llow will give you backlinks too and are usually indexed rapidly. If your content is interesting/viral, they will also bring you some good targeted traffic.
  4. thenonpareil

    thenonpareil Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Nov 13, 2008
    Likes Received:
    here, there, and everywhere!
    Is it right to say that it usually takes a while before you see results if you use directory submission?
  5. ZMakarov

    ZMakarov Registered Member

    May 5, 2010
    Likes Received:
    I would go for social media bookmarking, it is better because google crawls them rapidly as they are updated instantly.
    For example, is crawled by google like every 8 minutes or so.
  6. sikandar

    sikandar Senior Member

    Mar 15, 2008
    Likes Received:
    Social bookmarking can be done for your Top level domain as well as inner pages, while directory submission applies only to the top level domain. Social bookmarks are approved automatically so the backlinks are instantaneous, whereas it may take months for your directory submission to get approved by the owners. A good approach would be to use a combination of various linkbuilding methods.
  7. aftershock2020

    aftershock2020 Senior Member

    Oct 19, 2007
    Likes Received:
    The problem is that directories try to work like a cross between search engines and sitemaps rolled into one. Their purpose is to catalog the sites submitted to them and promotetheir traffic visitors into using their system to find what they are looking for.

    The problems:

    they fail to promote their own directory properly

    they don't rank due to thinking " we are a directory/search engine so we have instant authority "

    they overcharge and over process through their selections, trying to get the best of the best, failing to take into consideration that what they think that is, isn't what people are looking for.

    they are VERY limited on inbound traffic, due to the prior reasons , as well as the fact that no one knows what they are. People don't understand that these are resources to be used. Google, yahoo and bing as search engine/directories as well but they simply market better.

    So, on this side of the coin, you are looking at submitting your website for ranking and keyword position...with the exceptions of the major top directories that actually promote themselves as " search engines " and not falling to the wayside, you can depend on little to no support from the majority of them. However, still list because it is an authority backlink, no matter how low they are on the ranks themselves for the moment.

    As for bookmarks, that is all about interactive people and impulsive " now " marketing. Posting there, they will find you when they need you. This is basically the offline storefront marketing method of " I'm here when you need to buy a shovel for digging that hole...we're waiting for ya. " type of thing.

    This is what comes across with both, however bookmarking has a stronger word of mouth and opinionated foot hold on this type of marketing.

    They both have their purpose. In my business, I get outstanding traffic from both directories, ( natural search ) and bookmarking sites, ( w.o.m. recommendations ).
    • Thanks Thanks x 4