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.