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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Post Basics 202 - Adding Social Sharing Buttons

When you write great content you want people to share it with their friends.  Why?  Well for one thing, when they share your content it means they liked it (and thereby you receive a plus 1 on the awesomeness scale) and for another thing, the more people that share your content, the more incoming traffic your blog is going to receive.

Now I could have put this post over with the courses on how to generate traffic for your blog, but this is such an easy and necessary thing to have on your blog that I put it here in the Starting A Blog section.

To start with, what is a social sharing button?  Take a look at the bottom of this post and you'll find several buttons that will allow visitors to share this article across platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  

These are social sharing buttons.  There are a variety of different services out there that will allow you to add these buttons to your blog, but I'm going to share with you today the Share This service, which is free, easy to use, and which has already been demonstrated for you at the bottom of this post.

I like the Share This service because it works for a number of platforms including Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, and others.  I also like it because of how easy it is to install on your blog.  It took me less than three minutes to have it up and running at the bottom of my posts.

Simply go to the Share This page, choose what platform you're using, and then go to the next step.  In step two you can choose how you want the buttons to look, and then finally in step three you can choose which buttons you want present on your site.  Do you hate Facebook for some reason?  If you do, you can remove it from the Share This bar that you're making.  Try not to add too many social sharing buttons, but make sure you have the big ones represented that your visitors will most likely be using.

 When you're done customizing the Share This bar, it will direct you to sign in (you can use a fake e-mail if necessary) and then it will give you an option to install the bar on your blog.  Voila!  Finished!

It really is that easy, and the benefits are going to be huge for your blog.  Once you start getting traffic to your posts, you are going to be thankful you have an easy way for your visitors to share your content with the world!

Are there other social sharing services you like to use on your blog?  Let us know in a comment below, and don't forget to share this post with your friends, and subscribe for more great tips, tricks, and tutorials!


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