Let’s say you are just starting out in link building, maybe as a freelance consultant or maybe just for your own websites. It’s easy to start out link building, creating social profiles, blog commenting, etc. But after a bit, you may want to see the backlinks you have created or, especially if you are working for someone, have to send a report of them.
If you are not yet ready, for whatever reason, to invest in a complicated SEO program and want to find a simpler way to record your link building efforts, here is one easy way to do it online.
Want to keep track of all of your link building online so it is accessible where ever you go, with the simple click of a button? Why not simply bookmark them? Delicious is my choice of bookmarking for personal reference for several reasons.
1) The Bookmarklet
No matter what browser you are in, and without installing an extention that may slow your browser down, you can simply install the Delicious bookmarklet by dragging it to your bookmarks bar on your browser of choice. Whenever you’re logged into your Delicious account, you can simply click on this bookmarklet on a page that you have gotten or requested a link on to save it in your bookmarks.
2) The Tags
Want to tag your bookmarks for a specific website or by topic, or maybe even note if it is pending or active? Just tag it!
Also, after you have started tagging items, it will auto suggest favorite tags in the field, or you can select them from the Recommended, Popular, or All My Tags section below the Submit button.
Tags are separated by spaces on Delicious, so you will need to combine phrases as one word or hyphenate them.
3) Privacy Options
If, for whatever reason, you do not want to share your link building history with the public, you can check the “Mark as Private” option to keep the bookmarks to yourself. This might come in handy if you are labeling your bookmarks with client or website names (I would not suggest doing that though – you can always use an abbreviation instead to make it less obvious).
You can add notes to your bookmarks which are visible when you browse them. Might be a great place to add the date when you requested a link or other notes for future reference if you want to ask the same website for another link.
Of course, if you are going to add any information that you or a site’s webmaster may not want seen publicly, don’t forget the privacy option.
5) Search Features
Delicious has one of the best search features in terms of finding your bookmarks. You can use either the right-hand sidebar which shows a popular and all tags in a list view:
or in a cloud view.
You can also use the search box to search your own bookmarks.
This will search your bookmarks’ names, tags, and notes for the phrase you specify.
The great part of the search results is that you not only get results from your bookmarks, but you also get other people’s results as well, which might help you find other sites to contact.
If you’re like me, you’re a huge fan of backups, because you never know what could happen to a website – anything from a database wipeout or the website going out of service could mean the loss of all of your bookmarks!
Delicious let’s you export your bookmarks to an HTML file, including notes and tags, just in case something should happen, or if you want to create a new Delicious account and import your old account’s bookmarks into it. You can also keep yo
The Bonus of Bookmarking Backlinks
One of the best benefits of bookmarking your backlinks (if you can have them public) is you are actually doing something to help strengthen the page that your link is on. Bookmarking the page on a site like Delicious may also help it get re-visited by search bots faster, caching your link sooner than later.
Your Thoughts on Online Link Recording
Have you ever needed a free way to record your link building efforts? What other online tools would you suggest for easy and free link recording?
Very useful and nice post Kristi.Thanks for this useful post.
The social bookmarking sites are really useful for back links.The post is very informative and nice.
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Kristi! I'd like to know where to find a form or an application where I can customize a minimum of thirty bookmarking platform of my choice. Do you have any?? Please let me know. Thanks! My recent post Boy Kilig
I try Delicious but i never get a backlink. The problem according my experience is that only the very popular bookmarks actually get backlinks. But for a small business it is very hard to find and publish popular contenet, we aren't talking about good content, Delicious need "popular" content.
I've never thought of using Delicious for bookmarking purpose. It looks like it has a lot of functionality and options, plus it's free and easily accessible.
If people view my backlinks then they can build backlinks on those sites that are linking with me, not a good move therefore! My recent post Polenta Party!
I find this method very nice, never thought to use Delicious in thi sway but so far it sounds good to me :)
I don't know about fan pages - for profiles, you can go to your profile, click on the Options, then Settings, and connect your Delicious account to your profile to update when you bookmark items.
I've been using delicious for about 2 weeks now, and I'm really impressed how it keeps my bookmark organized and now the more I'm impressed that I didn't realized that it's that powerful. I do not explore everything on it, purely for bookmarking without using the tags and all....thanks I bumped into your blog.
The improved features are great.Do you think now it looks more like a social network? Is that the intent?Ana
I use Delicious for a lot of resource databases. So easy to bookmark things from anywhere without messing with spreadsheets or other files and software.Disqus has been misbehaving here... their support hasn't had any ideas on troubleshooting though.
I was going to add an Open Office spreadsheet as the next freebie option, but I thought this one was good for those who are not Excel fans. :)
I have used it mostly and you will note thats its much improved with new features as compared to old version of it
I've never thought of using Delicious for bookmarking purpose. It looks like it has a lot of functionality and options, plus it's free and easily accessible.I personally use a paid software, but this is a great suggestion to keep in mind when I am asked how to keep track of links without spending an arm and a leg... a dime in this case!Thanks, Kristi!Ana Hoffman
Hey Donna,Thanks for the comments.As you noticed we are having some issues with the Disqus commenting system. Hopefully it will be fixed soon :-)- Mark
Kristi, this is a brilliant use of Delicious, and one I'd never considered. Lightbulb over head kind of moment. I'm definitely going to implement this now.One thing...the comments on this post seem to be about anything but this post. It really confused me, but finally I just decided it must be a bug.