The following post originally came out in one of my other blogs, “Blog. Blogger. Bloggest!”. Check out the rest of that blog for more insights on the world of blogs and blogging. Particularly useful for you who are just starting to blog, and those wanting to build better blogs. Enjoy!
In my quest to find out how they put little “Bookmark This!” buttons at the bottom of every post on your blog, I have managed to stumble upon (no pun intended) a rather useful service on AddThis.com.
As a blogger, you’ll want the buttons from AddThis.com because of several reasons, all pretty much pointed out on their homepage.
1. It allows for easy bookmarking. Once a reader likes one of your posts, you have a button right there that allows bookmarking on several services- Technorati, Digg, Facebook, MSN Live, Furl, Ask, Del.icio.us, Google, Reddit, Stumbleupon, Yahoo MyWeb, Twitter, and so much more.
2. It helps promote your site. Sending content to social bookmarking services like those mentioned above helps bring traffic to your site. So, yes, you’d want to do this.
3. It increases your rankings. More traffic means a greater likelihood of people linking to your site, and therefore, higher ranking on search engine results pages.
4. It reduces overall clutter. No need for separate codes and buttons for each bookmarking service. One less thing to worry about, so just keep on churning out good content!
5. It’s easy to install. No shit. If I have been able to figure it out, so can you. Assuming you already have an account on AddThis.com, just click on the large ‘Get Your Button’ button on the home page. Pick the kind of widget you’d want- whether one for bookmarking or one for subscribing to your feeds- and how it looks like.
You go to a page which enables you to put an AddThis button on your blog, and gives you a code to put on your template’s html coding so that all your posts have an AddThis button at the footer of every post.
6. It comes with free statistics. Because sometimes, you’d like to know more on how readers are bookmarking and sharing your content.
7. It’s very reliable. Heck, a lot of sites and blogs already use this service, including Time.com, TechCrunch, ABC, Lonely Planet, Freewebs, Tower Records, just to name a few
8. It’s free! Can’t argue with that, can you?
So if you’re building a blog, go right ahead and sign up for an account on AddThis.com. Get the buttons for your blog, and keep on posting!