10 Tips For Up-To-Date Social Sharing

By on October 19, 2011

Sharing is all about connectivity, and there are a variety of tools and tricks that you can use to stay connected – and sharing with your community.

Here are today’s top 10 tips for sharing in the current social climate.

#1: Use ShareThis Buttons

Though understated, ShareThis create social sharing buttons that tell your community how many other people have shared your content. This in turn motivates more sharing, and leads to more connectivity overall.

#2: Twitter Follow Button

The Twitter follow button opens up directly on the reader’s page, and doesn’t divert to Twitter. Sign ups are done faster and easier, which means more follows for you and your website.

#3: Google+ Share

If you still haven’t added a Google+ button to your blog or website, then do it now. Even though the platform isn’t doing so well now, it’s proven to be a great place for influencers to meet and chat.

#4: CommentLuv

CommentLuv is a plugin we use here on SMM, its great for giving your readers a chance to leave backlinks to posts they’ve written. It motivates people to comment, and helps share more information from your blog.

#5: Disqus

Disqus is a comment app that integrates with most blog platforms. The best part about it is, it notifies your commenters when they get replies, which stimulates repeat comments. It’s also free to use in its basic version.

#6: Facebook Subscribe

The Facebook subscribe button allows you to follow people who aren’t your friends. You can still read their updates though, which means you can gather more info from top news sources, personalities and competitors.

#7: Work At It

Sharing means you’ll be giving away a lot of content to others. This is a good thing. While you might spend months working hard to get others to share with you, it’s really your own habits you should be working on. When you begin to share, and care, about your networks – people will do the same for you. It’s how social sharing works.

#8: Face The Music

If you’re not on video yet, doing livecasting or face to face video updates for your fans – where are you? The next logical step in sharing is come out from behind the 2D photo, and become a full 3D person that talks and laughs with their viewers. The more info you share with video, the more traffic and return shares you’ll get back.

#9: Gravatar

A lot of sites are requesting small avatars to use, so that when you comment people can see who you are. That’s where Gravatar comes in. Upload your photo, create a mini profile, and you’ll never have to worry about a blank space again.

#10: AddThis

AddThis is a super powered bookmarking widget that you can use to get more sharing going, on your websites. It casts the net wide, so any one of your readers will be able to select their favorite platform when they are about to share your content.

How do you share content online? Share your story.

About John Souza

John Souza is founder and chief strategist of SMMU and Social Media Impact, and is a bestselling business author. He won the 2011 Tech Marketing Awards ‘Social Media Marketer of the Year’ and most recently the About.com Reader’s Choice Award for Best Online Education Site. John has appeared on The Michael Gerber Show, and his business has been honored at the Mashable Awards, Forbes Business Awards and The Stevie Awards.
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