Social Sharing: Are You Giving Readers What They Need?

It’s Annabel Candy’s last day with us on The SITS Girls. Today is she highlighting the importance of social sharing and offering some quick tips to make sure that you have all of your bases covered. You can find tips like these in her Successful Blogging in 12 Simple Steps eBook. Be sure you click over and check it out! She’s offering our readers a 35% discount off the normal price using the code, 35off.

Your most important blog readers are those you’ve already got. Make sure your blog makes it easy for them to subscribe and share your content with other people.

Offer a few different social sharing options:

  • Email subscribe
  • RSS Feed subscribe
  • Twitter share
  • Facebook share including like and share
  • Any other social networks that might be popular for your target audience, such as Pinterest, Stumble, or Instagram.

Social Sharing Checklist

Wondering if you are covering all of your bases when it comes to the world of social sharing? Scan through this list of tips and see what gaps you might need to close.

  1. Make it easy for your readers to share your blog posts by adding social share buttons like Twitter, Like on Facebook or share on Facebook.
  2. Don’t bamboozle your readers by giving them too many options. Some readers may be familiar with Digg, StumbleUpon or Delicious, but if you think your target audience has probably never heard of them, then cut out the unnecessary buttons and just give them the options they are familiar with.
  3. Check to ensure that all your subscription options and social share buttons actually work. Try them yourself. I’ve consulted with people specifically because their RSS subscriptions were low only to find that it was because their link was leading the wrong place.
  4. Make sure your subscription box is above the fold where people can see it without scrolling down.
  5. For email subscriptions, create an incentive for people to sign up, such as a free ebook or email series that focuses on your best or most popular blog posts.

Good luck!

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About Annabel Candy

successful blogging in 12 simple steps Annabel Candy is a copywriter, web designer and teacher with an MA in Design for Interactive Media and 16 years experience in online marketing. She set up her first blog Get In the Hot Spot in 2009 and has written for Zen Habits, Copyblogger and Problogger. Annabel shares her blogging tips at Successful Blogging and writes travel stories and personal writing at Get In the Hot Spot.

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Comments

  1. Love the “don’t bamboozle” recommendation! Clean and simple seems to fit some blogs more than others. But your checklist helps balance the challenges. Thank you for the reminders. Debra

  2. Awesome ideas, I have a few of them going, but just don’t have the time yet to incorporate EVERYTHING. :)

  3. You know, Annabel Candy you always teach me something… off to see if those links actually work!!! Would never ever have thought to check… Never!!! So glad to see you signed up for Pinterest… Thanks for the great series!!!

  4. All very good suggestions! Thanks for sharing!

    Maria xx
    http://www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

  5. Thank you for this! Going to spruce up my blog now :D

  6. Thanks for the great tips! Need to implement some of these myself!

  7. Great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Ah, we will miss you . . . great practical post.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

  9. Jessica says:

    What great tips, especially the one about checking to see if they work. So many don’t.

  10. I love pinterest and Socialfollow.com has a fret button u can customize which is simple…

  11. Good Stuff :)

    Happy friday everyone!

  12. I like the email subscription bonus! I’ll have to work on that! Thank you!

  13. Thanks for the great tips!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  14. Great info. I have actually been trying to think about removing some of my share buttons. This helps me.

  15. Simplicity is key. Our lives are complicated enough without needing 8 buttons for Digg, Delicious, etc.

  16. I agree with your sentiments. I wanted to add to the importance of checking out your buttons once they are installed. It may not only use the wrong link, it may have poor formatting.

    I used to use dlvr it to post to LinkdedIn automatically for posts. I stopped. You can’t use the option of a link share, and the formatting looks terrible as a plain status update. I’m using IFFT.com now to post to LI. This does have the link share ability and they look good.

    One of the social networks were this can become a big hassle is Facebook. People make whole careers out of properly formatting Facebook sharing. Two tips:

    1. Make sure you have a featured image for all your posts.
    2. Use the Facebook Share Me Button http://www.fbshare.me/

    Posts always look nice and it is easy for people to comment on them. It even has an option for a default share text, but I would advise against it.

  17. Less is more! I think that applies to the social media buttons. Too many can be a bad thing. :-/

  18. Good suggestions here :)

    I agree, there’s no need to add every social bookmarking button. Make it easy and simple… less options.

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