Nowadays, the number of social bookmarking
sites has grown rapidly. It is absolutely essential to submit your articles and
links to various bookmarking sites as it will generate more traffic thereby
improving the Alexa rank and revenues. But it will be a tedious task to
manually post the submissions to each and every web site. Hence, there is a
need for an automated tool which has the ability to submit links to various
popular bookmarking sites.
Incansoft has developed a light-weight software
product named SocialBot
which has the ability to submit links to over 1200 social bookmarking web
sites. The product has been developed using .NET Framework and hence you need
to install .NET Framework redistributable in order to install and work with it.
In order to work with SocialBot, you need
to complete a series of steps. Firstly, you need to add a company profile by
providing your first name, last name, username, password, e-mail, URL and other
miscellaneous details as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1 - Company Profile Creation
The product will make use of these details
to create accounts in social bookmarking sites, which is the next step you need
to perform. But before creating accounts with bookmarking sites, you should
create an account profile. The product ships with one default profile of over
1200 sites including a separate profile for top 50 popular sites and CAPTCHA
sites. However, it will be sufficient if you submit your links to the sites
mentioned in Popular Services profile as it will be tedious to create accounts
in all the sites.
In order to create a new account profile,
you should click New Profile button from the Account Profiles page. You need to
provide a descriptive name and select all the sites which you need to file
under the profile as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2 - Account Profile Creation
As you can see I have only selected few
bookmarking sites instead of the sites listed in Popular Services profile. I
would recommend you to create accounts in batches rather than in a single
phase. The screen will now look like Figure 3.
SocialBot supports both manual and
automatic creation of accounts. However, you will be required to provide a CAPTCHA
code for each site during the registration process. I believe that the vendor should
integrate an automatic technique for entering the code in the next version of
the product, as it will save enormous amount of time. The product automatically
fills the relevant fields in each site during manual account creation. You only
need to spend time for creating accounts in each site.
In order to create accounts automatically,
select the profile and click Sign Up button as seen in Figure 3. A new window
as shown in Figure 4 appears on the screen.
Figure 4 - Creating Automated Accounts
You can either opt to create accounts in
selected sites or all sites depending upon your requirements. I noticed that
the product fails to create automated accounts in several sites and it throws
error messages prompting you to create accounts manually. Moreover, it also
takes huge amount of time to create accounts because of the time required to
feed the CAPTCHA code for each and every site.
The next step is to add the relevant
website to the system by entering the URL in the Sites field as shown below
In order to post links to the social
bookmarking site, you need to select the site that has been just added from the
Site drop down box in the Pages section. Once the URL has been selected, you
need to click Add New button. A new dialog with the title Advanced Page Editor
pops up as shown below
As you can see the product automatically
fetches the Title, Keywords and Description if you select Get META Tags button
and the title will be displayed on the home page as shown below
In order to start the submission process,
select the Submit icon from the top ribbon after check marking the title from
the above displayed screen and select Popular Services option from the Profile
drop down from the Submission Process window.
As you can observe there is an option to
enter the number of threads. It means that if you select 5 then SocialBot
engine will attempt to submit links to 5 sites and it will process another set
of sites after finishing the first task. I would suggest you to enter more
threads only if you have a system with high end CPU.
I noticed that the product successfully
submits links to nearly 80% of the sites listed under the Popular Services
profile but fails to submit links to certain sites and triggers error messages
as you can see from the above figure.
I would suggest the vendor to provide an
option to sort the sites based on Page Rank as users prefers to submit links to
sites with high page ranks. I would also like to see the addition of Twitter to
the list of bookmarking sites in the next version of the product. The product
also generates reports after the completion of each submission process. Moreover,
the cost of the product is less when compared with other competing products.
The product is flexible and can be used as
per your specific requirements by enabling and disabling the bookmarking sites.
I must say that the product works well for submission of links to the sites
listed under Popular Services profile but doesn't work properly for other
sites. However, you can pick sites based on various trial and error methods
which you will learn after prolonged usage of the product.
The user interface is simple to understand
and doesn't contain any complicated menus and wizards. I would recommend
SocialBot if you are looking for a cheap automated software for submission of
links to several social bookmarking sites.
About the Product
About the Author
Anand Narayanaswamy is a Microsoft MVP who
works as an independent consultant based in Trivandrum, India. He is the author
of Community Server Quickly (Packt Publishing) and runs www.learnxpress.com and www.dotnetalbum.com