Here is a little experiment. Using only social bookmarking websites, we are going to see how much traffic we can send to an article about penguins. Penguins.
This article is from automotive.com, which is a high traffic website, but this article surely will not receive a ton of traffic. It’s from the American Bus Association (already a tough article to get views) and their campaign using penguins to promote bus services.
The story itself isn’t important as long as it doesn’t draw its own traffic based upon the material. The article is Take the Bus for Penguins, which as you can tell, won’t get too many people looking for it on Google. We are submitting it only to SB websites. The benefits from a search engine optimization perspective are well documented, but how much direct trafic comes from SB websites. I’m betting high, but we’ll wait for the empirical data first.
As a control article, we are also submitting a potentially more popular article from the same website. Since concept cars and information about them gets its own traffic, 2008 Nissan Skyline GT-R will be submitted to the same social bookmarking websites as a traffic comparison. People at SB sites will often click on an article, but leave immediately, so this will purify the data.
PLEASE, if you contribute to the social bookmarking of either of these articles, post it here. Every effort must be documented to make sure that the data is real. We want to know the instant traffic boost as well as any residual traffic in the future.
Thank you for your support.