Posted by Aiden Clinton
on Nov 28, 2010 in Operating a Website
| Comments Off on Add Social Bookmarking to Your WordPress Posts
Twitter has nearly 200 million users sending tens of millions of tweets each day to one another on their mobile phones. On Twitter and social bookmarking websites such as Digg and Stumbleupon, a blog post that someone enjoys can easily go viral and generate thousands of hits for your website in a matter of hours. As I have said before on The Affluent Blogger, I believe that social bookmarking is the SEO of the future and that just a few votes on any social bookmarking website can give your blog a tremendous boost in search engine rankings. I also believe that the value of social bookmarking votes will only increase over the next few years. You definitely want some of that traffic. Install the Tweet This WordPress plugin to add social bookmarking links to the bottom of each blog post.
- Log in to the WordPress admin page for your website and click the “Plugins” link on the left side of the page.
- Click the “Add New” button.
- Type “Tweet This” in the search box and press “Enter.”
- Click the “Install Now” link under “Tweet This.” As of this writing, the plugin I refer to is second on the list of search results.
- Click “OK.”
- Click “Activate Plugin.”
- Click the “Settings” menu on the left side of the page, and then click “Tweet This.”
- Click the “Automatic Tweeting” link and remove the checks from the two “Enable Automatic Tweeting” boxes if you do not want the plugin to send updates to Twitter automatically each time you post. I do not personally recommend spamming Twitter with your own posts. I think that it looks a little spammy unless you have a large number of followers who legitimately want a text message each time you post.
- Click the “Extended Services” link and put a check in the box next to each social bookmarking service that you want shown at the bottom of your posts.
- Click a radio button next to each service to indicate the button style that you would like to use.
- Click the “Save All Options” button at the bottom of the page. Readers will begin to see the social bookmarking buttons on the bottom of your posts immediately.