I am a newbie who has read a lot through these great forums. Essentially, I have set up a blog on which I write articles in order to promote an affiliate product. The main page has a review.
The articles are posted to my site, with the plan to then bookmark them, submit them to RSS feeds and then to article directories. I have a number of questions.
1) Do bookmarking sites like Digg, Clipmark, Reddit etc provide backlinks? If so, how long do they last...in other words are all postings to these sites archived or do they eventually delete? What strategies should I use with bookmarks...so far I have just posted my website name and article information as teasers whenever I have a new article.
If they do not provide backlinks then is the main point of these sites to drive immediate traffic? Can they actually also provide long term traffic?
2) How do I submit my articles to RSS feeds? Do I submit my website to the feeds or the articles the way I do for a directory? What RSS submission sites should I use and how often do I submit? Every article or do the RSS sites already automatically get updated each time I post to my blog?
3) How do I ping my blog posts to get the notice out that I have a new post on my blog? (wordpress self hosted). Is this done by wordpress automatically? I have the cbnet Ping Optimizer plugin so I think that does it.
4) When should I submit my articles to Hubpages, wordpress.com, blogger.com, squidoo etc in this whole process? Keep in mind I will submit a slightly spun versions for each using The Best Spinner with around 30% or so unique content (although I know it's not necessary- just future proofing in case the duplicate content myth turns into reality one day).
Thanks in advance,