I did not open a Facebook account for a long time because I thought to myself. Where can I find the time? I have 4 blogs to maintain for fun and peanuts so where can I find the time. The same goes for Twitter. Besides, Facebook as its name suggest requires a face doesn’t it? Apparently not. I choose to maintain my avatar and so do many others.
However, more and more bloggers were migrating to Facebook, some even abandoning their blogs to devote their time to Facebook. Lets face it, there is only that many hours in a day. So how do you maintain your blog in the face of such a situation? I guess there is no other way. If you don’t want to give up your blog, you have to find a way to let all those people on Facebook and Twitter find you easily.
So that is what I did. First, I opened a Twitter and Facebook account. Now, the problem is how do I share my blog posts on Facebook and Twitter easily, preferably with one click? Like I said, there is only that many hours in a day. If I spend my day sharing on Facebook, I will have no time to blog and bloghop. At first I tried the NetworkedBlog application. It is a good method for showing your blog on Facebook but I don’t like the fact that the links open up in a frame on networkedblog. It does not go directly to your page. Readers have to click again to go to your page so it does not increase your pageviews.
Well, now I have found a way and I would like to share it with all my blogger friends.
Here is how to do it. First, you go to AddThis.com to make a button and install it on your blog. It is very easy. No registration is required. Just go and generate a button and install it on each blog post, NOT on your sidebar. Installing it on your individual blog post makes sharing much easier. After you have installed it, it will look something like what you find on this post, right below the title and date.
Now, whenever I blog, all I have to do is click on the Twitter button. It will open up the Twitter page with my blog post title and a shortened mini url for Twitter purposes. I can add any text I like then I click submit and voila! My Twitter is updated with my latest blog post and at the same time my Facebook (which is linked to my Twitter via the Twitter application on Facebook) is updated with that very same one click. I am not sure whether you have to link your Facebook and Twitter but somehow when I click on the Twitter button above, it updates BOTH my Twitter and Facebook at the same time. If I am more hardworking, I will click on the share on Facebook button and provide an excerpt and a catchy title plus some remarks that will appear on my Facebook status update.
I highly recommend doing this to all bloggers who are blogging for peanuts and especially those who have a few blogs. Your goal is to get higher page impressions and more visitors for your advertisers. This is one way to do it. If you have several blogs, this is even better. It helps your friends and followers keep up with your latest updates on ALL of your blogs on one page whichever social networking site they may prefer whether it is Twitter or Facebook. Sorry, I only limit to two social networking sites because those are the sites I am on. I also use Blogger Buzz but I will not go into that here.
Your readers can easily click on any of your blog post if they have the time and inclination and it makes it so much easier for them to follow than having each and every one of your blogs on their blog reader and trying to know when you update which blog. Nowadays many people have several blogs and it is hard to keep up with each and every one of them for each and every blogger on your blogroll. This makes it easier for everyone. They can then choose what they want or don’t want to read.
You can make it even easier for them, by adding a Facebook Like Button on your blog post like I have done. (Just below my sharing button) Then if your reader does not have time to comment but likes your post they can just click on that like button. All you need to do is google “How to Install Facebook Like Button” and you will get lots and lots of instructions telling you how to do it. 🙂
So what are you waiting for? Go do it now! Then tell the world.. go tell your readers, I mean. Announce it on your Twitter, Facebook and Blog. Make it easier for everyone to follow you whatever method they may choose to do so.
I installed the sharing button from AddThis as well as the Facebook Like button on all of my blogs so now I can share all my blog posts from all my blogs with one click. However, my Parenting Times blog is using the Classic Blogger template. That was harder to install. I had to figure out how to do it manually on my own. Took me a whole day to figure it out! So if you notice, the buttons on that blog look a bit different than those from this blog or my Mothering Times blog. You can also checkout my Facebook page and my Twitter page to see how my blog updates look like on Facebook and Twitter. And hey, if you like this blog post, why not click on my Facebook Like button above (below the title and date and sharing buttons) and see what happens?
Oh, I forgot to mention. I installed these buttons for my own use but if lets say you have those buttons and someone likes your post, they can easily share it on their Facebook and Twitter pages in the same manner. They or you can even email the link to your blog post. All you have to do is place your mouse over the “share” word and a list will appear making it easy for you to email (an email form will appear and all you have to do is fill in the to and from columns then add any comment of your own), bookmark or share it on any of the listed networking sites you prefer. Do test it out. Its really cool.
If you have any specific questions, you can put it in the comment section to share with all or email me directly. Have a happy weekend everyone!