If you are like me and so many other bloggers, you probably want people to share your blog posts. But, if visitors feel that your site is too difficult or challenging to share your content, they may just leave and not share at all. Your visitor should not have to do the legwork so let’s make it easy on them. This post will talk about how to make your blog more shareable.
MODIFY YOUR SHARE BUTTONS:
Most sharing plugins have a set of sharing buttons preset for you. But, if possible, modify what the order is, as well as, what is available to focus on the social media sites you want the visitors to share. If you have recipes on your site, make sure you have all the food sharing buttons. Select the buttons you feel work best for your visitors.
CHECK THE POSITIONING AND SIZE OF THE SHARE BUTTONS:
If the post has sharing buttons that float on the side or are fixed at the top or the bottom, it works best to quickly share a post. You don’t want to have your visitors looking too hard for the sharing buttons. And, check to make sure the buttons are large enough. On mobile devices, if the buttons are too small, people may click on the wrong button which may frustrate them.
HAVE FOLLOW ME BUTTONS ON YOUR PAGE:
I know this sounds old school but if someone really likes your site and they want to follow you, you should make it easy for them. It can either be displayed at the top, at the bottom or on the sidebar. There are times when I want to follow someone on Instagram and I just can’t find their page anywhere so I let it go and move on.
CHECK THE SETTINGS ON YOUR SHARING PLUGIN TO MAKE SURE YOUR INFORMATION IS INCLUDED.
For example, if you use blog plugin Shareaholic, change your Twitter handle from @Shareaholic to @yourhandlename. I see this so many times. I even did it myself when I started using it.
Here are the step by step instructions of Shareaholic on WordPress:
- Go to your website dashboard.
- Click on the Shareaholic on the left sidebar.
- Click on App Manager.
- Scroll down to Setting buttons
- Click on Edit Share buttons Setting
- Then, change @shareaholic to your Twitter handle. Be sure to keep the @ in front of the handle.
- Click X at the top right of the pop-up window. ( It will save it automatically.)
MAKE SURE THE TWITTER QUOTE PLUGINS SHARE CONTENT IS THE RIGHT LENGTH FOR TWITTER:
If you use any type of Tweet quote plugins like Click to Tweet, make sure that whatever you write includes your Twitter handle in the message and the total characters don’t go over 140 characters.
I hope these tips help you make your site more user-friendly for sharing. Visitors will really appreciate it. Now it’s your turn, what is your favorite tip about making your blog more shareable? Please leave a comment below.
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