Social Bookmarking Buttons: Free & Essential For Your Website and Blog

February 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm 1 comment



ShareThis

You can add this free ShareThis button to a website page or a blog page and when clicked, your visitor can choose which social networks they belong to that they the want to share your information with. This is quick and handy, allowing them to share your info across a lot of systems in a couple of clicks.  We like the ShareThis button because options popup on the page you are on, rather than sending you to another page, requiring an additional step.

You can see how it works on the Site Ducky website (it took us five minutes from registration to integration throughout the site using the Site Ducky WCMS).

Just requires registration and knowledge to put the code into your site.  If you use Site Ducky as your content management solution – you already have the tool – and if you aren’t sure quite what to do, just click on our chat support, email or give us a call – we’ll help you do it as part of our unlimited support.

HOWEVER: If you use a free WordPress (.COM) blog, adding any sort of scripting is ‘forboten’ (as they say if you are from the Old World).  So this won’t be of use.  But don’t despair, just keep reading…..!


We use WordPress.com and so we are in the same boat.  For our posts we like the two options below.  The first one, the single  AddThis allows more options, but you do have to go to a page to select the options (meaning your user has to click twice to get where they are going to post. It’s not a huge deal, it’s commonly used,  and it’s better to have some sort of social bookmarking tool on your post, than none.  And it’s very easy to add.

Bookmark and Share

You can sign up for your own AddThis button. There are different “looks”, you can create one that sends an email, and even do some co-branding on your button (or if you prefer below the next option is a link where you can just grab the code with instructions for integrating the button without an account).  If you set up your own AddThis button just make sure you are grabbing the HTML code especially for WordPress.com.  If the code you grab starts with <php?… it won’t work.

We also like to add the following toolbar, which shows the most common social media sites people post to, because  your visitor can click and go immediately to their favorite service to finalize the posting process. Making it easier for your visitor will help ensure they actually finish the process of posting your information.  However this takes more work to integrate into each post as you customize with your blog URL and title.  We choose to do both simply for our visitor’s convenience.

add to del.icio.us::add to blinkslist::add to furl::digg this::add to ma.gnolia::stumble it!::add to simpy::seed the vine::add to reddit::add to fark::tailrank this::post to facebook

Instructions for creating the two instances above, and a good support forum thread about this issue, can be found here (click).



Did you find this information useful?  Please bookmark and share!

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add to del.icio.us::add to blinkslist::add to furl::digg this::add to ma.gnolia::stumble it!::add to simpy::seed the vine::add to reddit::add to fark::tailrank this::post to facebook

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  • 1. Babz  |  March 26, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Thank you so, SO much!

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