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When we first launched our social bookmarking service last week, I immediately received an email from one of our active customers, stating that our social bookmarking service is too expensive.

He quoted a rather well known service, which costs $13 per month for 1000 submissions (as compared to ours at $69 for 100+ submissions).

I think this requires clarification.

When choosing social bookmarking services, there are two important elements that you need to consider – (1) number of submissions, and (2) number of approved bookmarks.

(1) Number of submissions.

The number of submissions does not equate the number of sites. In other words, a service can submit to only 30 sites. But they sell based on submissions.

So if they promise 1000 submissions, all those 1k submissions are going out to the same sites.

For this particular service that my customer quoted, they are submitting to only 50 social bookmarking sites.

(2) Number of approved bookmarks.

Secondly, submissions does not equate approved links. Social bookmarking sites are well known to be prone to errors – with captchas and whatnots.

So if a submission goes out to just 50 sites, and only 30 links gets approved, then you are essentially just acquiring 30 links per submission.

Even though they offer 1000 submissions, they are really just submitting your URLs to the same 30-ish domains over and over again.

Also, this competitor doesn’t create accounts for you. It’s a self-served service, which means that you have to register at all 50 sites and then submit the login info before you even get started.

So this customer is really comparing a self-served social bookmarking service, with a completely automated service.

Completed automated means we handle all the work for you. There is no need for you to do anything except to provide us with urls, keywords, and descriptions.

Our service features having your URLs approved on 100+ sites per submission.

That will spread your links across a wide range of IPs and domains, which can only be beneficial to your site’s search rankings.

If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to give our brand new social bookmarking service a try.