Backlinks from social bookmarking/news sites

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Hi, friendly folks. I feel I should know the answer to this already, but I don't, so I'll ask you people who are more knowledgeable and experienced than me.

When I post my articles/blog entries on social bookmarking sites like del.icio.us, reddit.com, StumbleUpon, Digg.com, etc. do those count as backlinks back to my site that improve SEO? I know I get some direct traffic through those, but my main intention is to increase backlinks for SEO and I wonder how much affect I'm having. I've been using all of the above sites, plus a number of others that I simultaneously submit using Onlywire.

Thanks for your help, wise ones!
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  • Profile picture of the author scene4u
    Originally Posted by Hyaku_Man View Post

    Hi, friendly folks. I feel I should know the answer to this already, but I don't, so I'll ask you people who are more knowledgeable and experienced than me.

    When I post my articles/blog entries on social bookmarking sites like del.icio.us, reddit.com, StumbleUpon, Digg.com, etc. do those count as backlinks back to my site that improve SEO? I know I get some direct traffic through those, but my main intention is to increase backlinks for SEO and I wonder how much affect I'm having. I've been using all of the above sites, plus a number of others that I simultaneously submit using Onlywire.

    Thanks for your help, wise ones!
    Some will have some benefits but not as much as they used to and you may hope. To can only be a part of your link building strategy. Google is starting to disregard sites like Digg unless over 25 people have dugg the link.
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    • Profile picture of the author paul65
      Hello,

      One thing you want to be careful of if your only intention is to get backlinks. There are many sites that you will not get a backlink from because they are placing a rel=nofollow tag in your link. This means that the search engine will not follow the link or give credit for it. One way you can check this is by going to your browser tool bar choose page then choose the "View Source" option and see if the rel=nofollow tag is in your link.

      Now there are many good sites that do not include this tag but there are those that do so you will want to check it out :--)

      Here is an example <a rel="nofollow" href="http://yoursitelink" title="yoursitename" target="_blank">your site name</a>

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      • Profile picture of the author Hyaku_Man
        Thanks for the input, Rob. You're probably right that I need to diversify my approach.

        And it makes sense that those links give exposure to search engines, even when nofollow.
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      • Profile picture of the author Gunter Eibl
        Originally Posted by Rob Ferrall View Post

        I know, for a fact, that Google does follow "nofollow" links and uses these types of links for discovery
        Here is what Google says:

        "We don't follow them. This means that Google does not transfer PageRank or anchor text across these links. Essentially, using nofollow causes us to drop the target links from our overall graph of the web."
        Source: About rel="nofollow" - Webmaster Help Center

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        • Profile picture of the author peteinoz
          Originally Posted by Rob Ferrall View Post

          Regardless of what Google says, they do follow nofollow links - there's no way around this unless they changed it within the last 3 months or so.

          I could drudge up a quote by Matt Cutts saying essentially the same thing as you've quoted above - it might even be verbatim what is said above - I think the quote was on searchenginewatch.com or seomoz.org.

          That being said - just because Google says something does not mean it's true. Part of the reason that there is so much crappy SEO advice floating around today is because people do not test things for themselves - they take the words of others, run with it and spread the gossip and lies.

          Google saying this doesn't not negate the fact that a document, referenced in one location on the entire internet - a "nofollow" link on Youtube - was listed in Google's results within 24 hours of placement on Youtube. Nofollow links can be followed by Google and can lead to discovery - I only don't know if any weight is given to these links. I certainly wouldn't trust Google to tell us the truth in this regard.

          Well Said Rob

          I concur exactly


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          • Profile picture of the author Ryan79
            I agree with you Rob, I submitted some of my new websites to only social bookmark and google indexed them with 48h. Now I should test things by myself rather than reading SEO ebooks.
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            • Originally Posted by Ryan79 View Post

              I agree with you Rob, I submitted some of my new websites to only social bookmark and google indexed them with 48h. Now I should test things by myself rather than reading SEO ebooks.
              That's probably really good advice. I plopped a page on a PR2 blog last night and it came up second from the top on a very popular keyword within 2 hours. Blasted me with traffic. I think I know why, but it needs further testing, and damned if I'm telling anybody my theory.
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  • Profile picture of the author Solidsnake
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    Originally Posted by Hyaku_Man View Post

    Hi, friendly folks. I feel I should know the answer to this already, but I don't, so I'll ask you people who are more knowledgeable and experienced than me.

    When I post my articles/blog entries on social bookmarking sites like del.icio.us, reddit.com, StumbleUpon, Digg.com, etc. do those count as backlinks back to my site that improve SEO? I know I get some direct traffic through those, but my main intention is to increase backlinks for SEO and I wonder how much affect I'm having. I've been using all of the above sites, plus a number of others that I simultaneously submit using Onlywire.

    Thanks for your help, wise ones!
    I don't want to disappoint you as much as I don't you to waste your time with onlywire... Most social bookmarking sites are nofollow...manual submission will have more chance of success than using ineffective onlywire...
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    • Profile picture of the author Hyaku_Man
      Only 3 responses so far and I've already learned a ton. Thanks for the very useful information, everyone!

      I had heard about the no follow tags, but I didn't know how to check for them, so that's very useful.

      Solidsnake, it's not disappointing. Actually I feel that my blogs are making great progress. I just wonder if I'm using my time as efficiently as I can. Your information helped me understand that with regards to onlywire.
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    • Profile picture of the author peteinoz
      Originally Posted by Solidsnake View Post

      I don't want to disappoint you as much as I don't you to waste your time with onlywire... Most social bookmarking sites are nofollow...manual submission will have more chance of success than using ineffective onlywire...

      Hey,

      you obviously have not been reading any of my badass reports.. where you learn that

      sites like delicious my have no follow tags...

      BUT and its a BIG BUT

      Your user accounts on this and many other social sites, have their Own RSS Feeds. that Do NOT have no follow tags in them


      Can you see where this leads

      I go over this and many more rss strategies in my reports, see my sig and software to automate it etc.

      Cheers

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  • Profile picture of the author Lightlysalted
    most social bookmarking sites are NO fOLLOW, which means that Google won't give any credit toy uor link. However you will still get some traffic from having posted it.
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    • Profile picture of the author peteinoz
      Originally Posted by Paid Surveys View Post

      most social bookmarking sites are NO fOLLOW, which means that Google won't give any credit toy uor link. However you will still get some traffic from having posted it.

      Hey

      you obviously didnt read my post directly above yours

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  • Profile picture of the author Solidsnake
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    Originally Posted by Hyaku_Man View Post

    Hi, friendly folks. I feel I should know the answer to this already, but I don't, so I'll ask you people who are more knowledgeable and experienced than me.

    When I post my articles/blog entries on social bookmarking sites like del.icio.us, reddit.com, StumbleUpon, Digg.com, etc. do those count as backlinks back to my site that improve SEO? I know I get some direct traffic through those, but my main intention is to increase backlinks for SEO and I wonder how much affect I'm having. I've been using all of the above sites, plus a number of others that I simultaneously submit using Onlywire.

    Thanks for your help, wise ones!
    If your intention is backlings, better to post comments on blogs instead of posting in social bookmarks..
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    • Profile picture of the author Gunter Eibl
      Hi Rob

      if you could dig out the Matt Cutts comment where he says Google follows the nofollow links I would be interested reading it.

      Thanks,

      Gunter
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