IMAutomator is a software-based automated system and works quite differently to a manual social bookmarking service. What are the advantages and disadvantages of both?
What is a manual social bookmarking service?
A manual social bookmarking service is basically outsourcing the work of posting your bookmarks to real live humans. You would either give them details of your own accounts at the social bookmark sites to work with or they would use their own. You’d give them details of the bookmark(s) you wanted posted and they would do the work of logging into each site and posting the bookmark. The real key here is that it is a real live human being who physically does the work as opposed to a computer doing the work in the case of an automated social bookmarking system.
Lets look at some common issues that crop up and how they affect both the manual and automated systems.
Because social bookmarking is such a quick and effective way to build links, they often tend to be the targets of abuse – systems that create thousands of accounts at the site and then post thousands of copies of the same bookmark for example. This kind of behaviour can really take its toll on a server and many of the higher PR sites in particular that run on shared (not dedicated) servers can suffer from temporary outages where the site does not for a few minutes or hours at a time.
For a human who is making the submission this can be a real nuisance as he’d have to go back and revisit that site at a later time and keep track of what sites had been done and which hadn’t. Computers can get around this quite easily. IMAutomator has an automatic retry system built in – if there is some kind of server error that submission will be periodically retried several times over a period of 1-3 days.
Almost all social bookmark sites these days require that a CAPTCHA be typed in as part of the submission process. These are put in place to prevent malicious systems from abusing the site in the ways mentioned above. They are designed to be difficult to read but recognisable by a human … but not a computer. So far, to my knowledge, computer artificial intelligence has not yet found a way to recognise these sophisticated graphics.
So you would think that only manual social bookmarking services could submit to sites that have a CAPTCHA? Well that may be the case for some other automated systems but IMAutomator has a fully automated CAPTCHA solving system built right into the software! How does that work? By outsourcing it to humans! There are many services now that allow you to submit an image and that is forwarded to human operators who solve the image and type in the contents and send it back to the originating computer for a small charge. IMAutomator makes use of one such service to solve all CAPTCHAS that are presented!
Bookmark URL Reporting
Most of the time, if you are using some kind of service for your social bookmark submissions then you have a lot of them to do. If you only had one or two bookmarks to post you’d probably just do it yourself! This is one area where manual social bookmarking services have the edge. A human being who posts a bookmark can easily see the created bookmark right in front of them, grab the URL and paste it into some kind of report.
Computers can have a more difficult time doing this but software is always getting more sophisticated and now submitted bookmark URL’s are available from IMAutomator!
Perhaps the biggest difference between manual and automated systems is the cost. Humans take time to do their work and have to make a living. Humans can only do so much work in a set amount of time so the cost is naturally high. You can expect to pay around $0.20 – $0.50 for each individual submission that is made using a manual service. However this is where automated systems like IMAutomator have the huge advantage as they can work infinitely faster than a human can! IMAutomator offers submissions from less than $0.01 each!! No manual social bookmarking service could ever match that price!