Why I don’t use Social Bookmarking

It seems that the largest part of the whole “Web 2.0” fiasco/hoopla/bubble is the social bookmarking sites. Sites like Del.icio.us, Reddit, Digg, Newsvine, and the new Netscape. They’ve got hundreds of thousands of users. All bookmarking and sharing up a storm and creating rather large amounts of revenue for the owners of the sites. And I don’t use them hardly at all.

Why don’t I use them? Because I have other methods. I have three blogs on this domain. This one(the main one), A Penny Saved(Personal Finance), and eBay Habit(online auctions). I also contribute to at least two other blogs in the fields of tech/geekery(supergeekblog) and Linux(DOTM). Because of this, when I do find a site worth bookmarking in those fields, I generally will do a post on the corresponding blog rather than add it to the social sites. To me, it’s a better way. It allows me to share the site the same way that the social bookmarking sites do, plus it allows me to comment fully on the site. It also helps me keep new posts flowing on my sites which helps with traffic. The extra traffic helps me make more money.

And that’s the kicker. I make money by my way of bookmarking. Not someone else. I profit from my work. Sure, if I was lucky enough to become a “Netscape Navigator”, Jason Calacanis would pay me. But will Kevin Rose? Not likely.

Do you find yourself using a site like del.icio.us, digg, reddit, or netscape often? Think about starting a blog. You can get one for free at blogger.com and wordpress.com(I recommend wordpress). You can monetize the site with adsense and Text-Link-Ads and you can profit from your work. Work for yourself, not someone else.

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About Shane Ede

Shane Ede is an IT guy by day and a Entrepreneurial Blogger by night. You can follow him here on Thatedeguy or over on Twitter and Google+.


  1. I’ve seen the little icons for social bookmarks, but – no – I have not taken the time to figure them out. And even though I have AdSense on my free Blogger blog…nada…but then my readership is miniscule.

  2. A few questions from a blog idiot

    How do you keep the spammers from eating you alive? i\’ve seen blogs with nothing but spam postings.

    How do you keep some left wing extremist from posting racist or defamatory rhetoric? and if you cant stop them, what are you legally liabel when they do?

    can viruses be posted to blogs?


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