I post a lot of sites where you make money taking surveys and performing similar types of tasks. This is a little bit different. Today I am posting about social bookmarking.
Social bookmarking is probably something you already do on websites like Facebook, Digg, or Stumbleupon. On those sites you are sharing and exploring links that other people like. It’s a great way to promote and discover interesting content across the internet.
Now this is the fun part. There are social bookmarking sites out there where you can make money off of the content you are sharing. Most of these sites operate under the same model where they insert your Google Adsense ID into the page and you earn from the clicks on your ads.
What’s really nice about these sites is that you can promote your website, blog, or other online content and earn residual income. Residual income is great because you keep earning forever without doing any extra work. Even if you don’t have a website or don’t want to write content, you can still earn by linking to things you find around the web.
Here are the sites that I’ve found and my thoughts on each of them:
Xomba is the first of these sites that I tried, and by far it is my favorite. It’s easy to use and receives a lot of traffic. I’ve gotten the most clicks to my blog and Adsense clicks from Xomba.
The way you use Xomba is you can either add bookmarks (with a 50 word summary) or write articles (minimum of 150 words). They run your ads 50% of the time, so you get 50% of the revenue from your content. Xomba also runs contests.
Xomba also has a referral program where you get 10% of your referrals’ ad revenue (this comes out of Xomba’s 5%). Yes, this is my referral link.
She Told Me
She Told Me was the second site I discovered. It is very similar to Xomba. The main difference is the site doesn’t feel like a community like Xomba does.
For whatever reason, the number of views I get from She Told Me does not show up in my Adsense stats, but I do occasionally get clicks from them, so my ads are show on the site, I just don’t know how often. I get more clicks from Xomba though. The amount of traffic I get from here is also not as much, but if you get on the front page (like I did briefly today) it’s certainly a traffic boost.
Like Xomba, you can post articles or bookmarks. Your Adsense ads are “displayed 100% of the time.” They also have a referral program, and you will have 1 ad displayed on their page at the bottom.
Infopirate is the exact same concept as the previous 2 sites. The main difference is this site seems to have less activity. I still get impressions and clicks from it though, so it is worth mentioning.
This site is only for sharing bookmarks, not publishing original content. On Infopirate, you earn 80% of the Adsense impressions. They have a referral program as well, and you earn 10% of your referrals impressions (this doesn’t effect their 80%).
AddBlogURL.com is a site I only recently discovered. I just signed up with it and haven’t used it much, so I can’t give it a proper review.
Basically it’s the same concept as the other sites: add links to items and you get 100% of the Adsense revenue. As far as I could tell, they don’t currently have a referral program.
YouSayToo is different from the other sites I’ve featured. Instead of adding bookmarks, you earn by blogging, either by republishing your blog to their site via RSS or blogging on their site. I recently joined this site and don’t have any observations yet.
YouSayToo shares the ad impressions 50/50. Earnings can either be donated to a cause like fighting cancer or saving endangered animals, or you can enter your Google Adsense and/or Amazon affiliates ID to earn that way. If you already have a blog, this is a passive way to earn extra income and traffic, since it will automatically republish your posts via RSS.
You can also earn 15% of your referral’s Adsense impressions and 10% of their referrals. Here is my referral link.
Tagfoot is a different beast that these other sites. It’s more of a community and it’s more moderated than the other sites.
You have to earn your right to earn from Adsense sharing by being active in the community. Self promotion is frowned upon, so this is more for legit linking and socializing, and not promoting your own content. Your ads are displayed 50% of the time. If you refer a friend to join, then you earn 25% of their ad impressions (they still get 50%).
I’ve been using it for a little while and plan to eventually earn Adsense sharing on there. I haven’t gotten there yet, but as soon as I do I will follow up with my experiences earning from Tagfoot.
Redgage is a site that pays you for views on content you upload to their website. This includes blogs, photos, videos, documents, and links. When you reach $25 in earnings, you can withdraw your funds, but only to their pre-paid Visa debit card. There is a $5 fee the first time you withdraw and then a percentage of the amount each time after that.
I signed up for the site and uploaded one bookmark and everything seemed pretty easy and straightforward. I probably won’t be using this site any further though, just because I don’t like that you can only get your funds through their debit card.