If, like me you spend a lot of time on the internet reading blogs you will notice that a large majority of them have, in one form or another, the ability to add the blog post or page to a social bookmarking site. There are loads about, sites such as StumbleUpon, Digg, Del.icio.us or Facebook to name but a few.
Why should you use social bookmarking? The simple answer is to increase traffic to your site. When a visitor to your site adds your page to, for example, StumbleUpon they are in effect highlighting your post to the world. Think of it as free advertising for your site.
If you use a standard blogging CMS such as WordPress, Blogger or Typepad simply adding a social bookmarking widget is all you have to do to get started and now us iWeb users can join in on the act. Whilst I was investigating the best social booking widget to use on this WordPress driven site I came across a web-site that gives us the code to add a social bookmarking button to any web-site. Not only that it will provide you with stats on how well your social bookmarks are doing.
So lets get cracking. Open your browser and pay a visit to www.addthis.com. Its a very minimalist web-site so it’s easy to navigate. Top-right there are 3 links, click on ‘My Account’ and you will be taken to a page with a few images of graphs. These are examples of how your stats will look (providing you create and account).
Just below the nav-bar is another link that says ‘Login’, so click that and you will be taken to another page where you can either login or create a new account. Scroll down, complete your details and press ‘Create Account’.
You will now be taken to a page with an empty graph. Obviously you haven’t had any hits yet, you haven’t added the button. At the top of the graph are the words ‘Get Your Button Code’, click it.
You now have a variety of options. First off, pick which button you want to use on your site, then leave the selection below it as ‘on a Website’. Click ‘Get your free button’ to do just that.
Now you have two more options. Do you just want a standard button that allows users to bookmark your site or do you want the pop-up menu version. Decide which one is best for your site and copy the code.
Open iWeb and create a blank page. I find it useful to have a blank page in an iWeb site to keep items of code etc, that way if you have to use them on your site again, you know where they are!
Insert a HTML snippet and paste the code into the text box.
Click Apply and your new social bookmarking button will appear on your page. You can now copy it to any other page within your site.
Now all you have to do is publish your site and wait for the hits to come rolling in.
You can find out more about social bookmarking at this site.