I have been linking in at a few link parties this week, checking out the scene and doing some networking. I am the kind of person who likes to “tag” the blogger when I tweet or pin something of theirs. Firstly to get their attention and secondly to give them credit.
What frustrates me the most is the lack of social media links and buttons.
Why do I have to LOOK for them? Surely you want me to network and follow you? Don’t you?
Most blogs had some default sharing icons but no follow me icons at a glance. Lets take a gander at some random screenshots I took while browsing some linky partys this evening.
This blogs social sharing buttons kind of blend into the page, I would like to point out that this one at least has some white spacing, most I have seen are right on top of the text. Sure, if you are a fellow blogger you will know where to look for these, but what about an ordinary user that could have stumbled across your post on pinterest for example? Those are one of the best shares.
These, still small, catch the eye somewhat with added color.
The plugin from ShareThis has a range of sizes, I have seen these bright ones on many pages as well as the even bigger ones!
What is the goal of social buttons and links?
In the end, it depends on your blog, where are YOUR readers?
For my “mom blog” I have readers on facebook, twitter and G+, with traffic coming in via pins from Pinterest. These are the buttons I provide. I like to use the ShareThis plugin for my site as it has another button called ShareThis, which when clicked opens up even MORE sharing options for the advanced social user.
But what about when I want to follow you?
Follow links are important, other than subscribing to your newsletter and book marking you (both of which get lost in the masses) how can your new fan follow you? Social media is huge! Most people check their news streams many times a day for news and connectivity, how can you not want new followers?
Little badges and can be added to your sidebar. I have even come across a plugin that makes following easy with just a click. Mostly it is beneficial to add the links to your profiles on your bar somewhere for those that like to direct visit and not blindly follow.
I use WP MashSocial Wigdet for those that want to “blind” follow, just cause they love what they see on the blog! Here’s what it looks like on my mom blog.
Adding direct links to your social profiles, for example, in your footer can also be a great idea, providing your reader doesn’t have to scroll 20 pages to get to it!
Make yourself available on the social scene and provide some sharing and follow buttons 🙂