Social Media Buttons
I recently moved my blog from one blogging platform to another, along with setting up my domain. I wasn’t going to just throw up a post call it “my blog” and not know some of the in’s and out’s this time. I did a bit of researching on different things but, one of the things that I really wanted to understand more about was “How did the social media networks help/hinder a blog/website”
There are so many to join, linking you with other people in many ways demographic place, similar likes, age, and so forth. Naming a few of the popular ones Facebook, MySpace, Google Profiles + etc., Twitter, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, and many more.
My first thought was “alright add the Facebook like button, it will help connect your blog with Facebook” so I added it. Then the twitter, StumbleUpon and all the others. Now I have joined all these networks, but it seemed like a lot just to link them all to my blog. Again remember at first I was thinking that it was a great way to “link them all to my blog” little did I know that I was actually setting up connections.
How does it work, well you get a “like” and the person that liked you, tweeted, or stumbled you now showed your blog on his/her profile. Then someone who follows them see’s your blog and decides to visit and if that person likes what they read, then they too will do the same. It’s a circle I create you like (share) then another sees and comes to visit liking it he/she shares etc. etc. In a matter of minutes you’ve just made connections, some may turn out to be a new reader, while others might be just an extra hit page for the hour either way it’s definitely good.
Now that I had a better understanding of how these media networks helped I wanted to know which were the best, am I helping them more than myself, and does it matter where I put these on my blog/website?
The new hype Google + I’ve noticed we are all starting to join, create our circles and share. Still being new to it I wanted to know more on how it worked, pros and cons etc. While researching I came across an answer to an earlier question. “Does it matter where you put the media buttons on your site?” Let me explain my theory I tried not to put them all together, my reasoning was that it seemed like I was trying to confuse my readers. I mean they have 50 buttons in front of them which do they share with and if there are to many will it discourage them from sharing? 50 is an exaggeration but you get my point. The article said to display icons linking to your primary social accounts in the top-right corner of your website for optimal visibility. Well if this is where they say is the best place I am completely wrong, I didn’t want all those buttons on the top of my page messes with the “design” the “prettiness”
Remember this is just one finding and I am sure there are plenty of other views on this and eventually I will do some more reading and do my testing to see which works best for my blog.
I still have more to learn about building a great blog but its something that can’t be discovered over night it will take some time to research and of course do my trial and error. The best way to finding out what works and what doesn’t is seeing for yourself so I will continue testing and keep everyone posted.
In closing remember when you comment, tweet, like, share, and stumble you are creating a circle of connections. In most cases if you are a tweeter, stumbler, sharer, commenter and liker your “regular” visitors will return the share, tweet, stumble, like and comment.
How are your media buttons displayed on your blog/site? What made you choose the ones you are using?
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