Reader Sandi asked about how she can make it easier for readers to share posts on her blog (Thanks for the question, Sandi!) She noticed that I have a “Share this Article” link on all my posts and asked about how to add that to her own blog. The “Share this Article” link is added via a plugin for WordPress.
The plugin I happen to use is called ShareThis, which you can find and install either by going to their site and clicking on “Get the button on your site” or by searching for ShareThis under “Add New” under Plugins in your WordPress admin. I like the ShareThis plugin because the provide some nice reports and analytics on how many times the button is viewed and how my content is shared (and it’s free).
AddThis offers similar features and functionality (for free) and you can get their button without having to register (although you don’t get any stats). I’ve liked ShareThis better because I could control what social networks and sharing sites showed up (and in what order). AddThis may have added this feature as well since I last checked, but it’s not obvious from their site.
I also use TweetMeme Retweet button plugin which adds the ability to tweet about an article right from that page (search for Tweetmeme in “Add New” in plugins section of WordPress admin). And for my rss feeds, I use FeedBurner, which allows me to add links to various social networks right into my feed.
How do you make it easier for readers to share your content? If you have a question you’d like an answer to, please email me at saz [at] sazbean [dot] com.