6 Social Bookmarking Plugins That Will Bring You Traffic
July 23, 2008
Today we’re going to touch basis with these social bookmarking buttons at the end of posts, and why you need to have them. Sadly enough I’ve seen some blogs who don’t have the little social bookmarking buttons at the end of every post; on the flip-side I’ve seen people include it in places where they shouldn’t belong.
Why should I even have social media buttons?
Well, the buttons are important because they can help spread your post to the blogosphere. If someone enjoys your post and finds it useful they can submit your post to social bookmarking sites; the submission will be seen by other people who if intrigued will come visit your site to read it.
The whole point of having these social bookmarking buttons at the bottom of your posts is to make this an easy process for your reader.
Without the buttons the reader would have to type in the social bookmarking site’s URL into their browser, copy the URL of your post to submit to the social bookmarking site, and depending what social bookmarking site you’re using some other things may be necessary to successfully submit a post. It’s incredibly simple; only having these buttons at the end of your post will make it simpler. You will notice an increase in the number of posts that are being submitted to social bookmarking sites once these buttons are in place. This is because users don’t have to spend an extra 2 minutes typing URLs into browsers, and copying and pasting text–so they are much more likely to submit.
How will this bring me traffic?
Not only will this bring you traffic, it will bring lots of it. If you don’t already know, social bookmarking sites are a great way to generate traffic to your site. This is how my favorite social bookmarking sites StumbleUpon and Digg work: when you submit to any of the two sites, other members will be able to view the submission; they will also be able to vote. On Digg a vote is a digg and on SU a vote is a thumbs up. The more votes you get the more people your submission will be displayed to. This allows for more people to click on it and vote. If your submission is good there’s no reason it shouldn’t continue to get votes therefore leading to more and more traffic.
Digg, and StumbleUpon can bring you thousands of visitors all in one day with what I just described. All you need is great content to submit, and those little social bookmarking buttons at the end of your post; everything else will take care of itself. Now keep in mind they’re people who still submit whether those buttons are there or not, but having them there will definitely increase the chances of that submission happening. I know I won’t submit anything if it’s not through a button that makes my life a whole lot easier.
OK. You talked me into it. How can I get some?
Great. There are plenty plugins you can use that will add social bookmarking buttons to wherever you like on your site; I recommend only placing them on the bottom of your posts–anywhere else is just tacky. It’s also important not to place too many of these buttons as it can confuse the reader and end up in them not choosing anything. Pick the site you think can bring you the most traffic–if you ask me SU and Digg should definitely be in the list.
Here is a list of different social bookmarking plugins
Share This – lets you choose social bookmarking buttons you want to display, you can change the colors to match your site, and it even provides tracking reports.
Sociable – the more popular plugin amongst social bookmarking plugins on the web. Sociable allows you to select which buttons to display and has options for almost all social bookmarking sites you can think of.
Antisocial – a “nofollow” version of Sociable. With the “nofollow” attribute no juice is passed on to the link. Good for those with SEO in mind.
Add to Any Bookmark Button – this plugin creates one button that allows users to select any bookmark manager to bookmark the page with.
I Love Social Bookmarking – allow your readers to select from a drop-down menu of social bookmarking sites that they can submit to.
Digg This – Digg the actual bookmarking site, and not this plugin has the potential to bring you the most traffic in the shortest amount of time then any other site. So using this plugin to place a nice Digg button on your posts wouldn’t be a bad idea.
It’s important to remember not to over do it and place too many of these bookmarking buttons. This may cause confusion to your reader and lead to them making no submission at all. I’ve listed 6 plugins that can provide you with these buttons, and can be of some use to you. Remember, quality content is what drives the reader to want to take time out and make the submission, these plugins just make the process simpler.
i.e. it’s your content and what you write that’s going to get you all that massive traffic, but here is a little something to give you a boost along the way.