Mari Smith, my Facebook guru, in this latest episode of Social Media Examiner TV, gives bloggers 8 Ways to Use Social Share Buttons on Your Blog.
In this video, Mari recommends which social share buttons that you should have on your blog to make it super easy for your readers to share content on any of their social networking profiles e.g. Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
As someone who has many social media agnostics as friends, this also is a very good way to understand what happens when you click on that little button.
Did you know that when you clicked on a Facebook “Like” button that your action will appear on your personal Facebook profile wall? Well, it does. Which is why brands want you to like them, really, really like them.
Recommended share buttons:
Facebook “like” and “share” buttons. – Clicking the like button sends a message to your Facebook wall that you liked this post. Some versions allow a short comment. The “share” button opens a new window that looks very much like your status update field in Facebook. You can then leave a comment above the link to the post. I use this quite often.
The LinkedIn “share” button which behaves much the same way as the Facebook one.
Digg Digg is a multi platform share WordPress plugin that you can populate with whichever icons you like. It can be customized to appear vertically or horizontally. It can also float – appearing even as you scroll down the article.
Sexy Bookmarks – You’ll see this plugin at the bottom of this post. As you pass your mouse over any of the icons, they pop up. And by clicking on one, you can share me (this) with all of your friends and followers. Go ahead, try it .
You can chose up to 85 different platforms – not recommended. I have nine.
Wibya is another plugin that I have installed. You’ll see it at the very bottom of this page. What’s cool about this plugin is that you can access any of my profiles without leaving this page. And I really don’t want you to leave. If there was a plugin for a cup of tea and some cookies, I’d install that too.
Do you have a favourite social media share button that we’ve missed?
About Ray Hiltz
Ray Hiltz is a Google Plus Specialist and Social Media Strategist helping small businesses establish their brands and build their communities on the social web. A strong proponent for the power of collaborative communication and "humanized" digital networking, Ray writes about social media, social business and Google Plus. His clients include hotels, restaurants, consulting firms, entrepreneurs, writers and individuals just trying to make sense of "social". Ray is a popular speaker on Social Media, Social Business and Google+.