Update: August 24, 2010
WordPress.com has now added “more ways to share“, and you can find the instructions for adding these social networking buttons to your posts in the support documentation at this link – Sharing.
Today, people draw information from other people in their communities just as they always have. What’s changed is that the fusion of sociology and internet technology has provided online “social” venues for community building.
The Internet, Social Media and Social Networking have transformed one-to-one communication into one-to-many communication and the blogosphere has become home to an increasing number of internet marketers seeking connections.
- Social networking is the practice of expanding your business and/or social contacts by making connections through individuals.
- Social media describes online tools that enable connections, conversations and interaction between groups of people. These tools include blogs, message boards, podcasts, micro blogs, lifestreams, bookmarks, networks, communities, wikis, and vlogs.
- Social bookmarking is the practice of saving bookmarks to a public website and “tagging” them with keywords. Source
Why Use Social Bookmarks?
The purpose of providing social networking buttons at the end of each post is so your readers can use them to submit them to social networks, and where applicable to vote for them. When they do that the number of people who are aware of your posts increases and traffic and the number comments may also increase.
Clearly readers aren’t going to submit your content on social media every day, and they’re not going to vote for every post that you publish, but if you seeking to promote your blog posts then you need to have social bookmarking buttons on them for submission and voting purposes.
Some new WordPress.com bloggers have been placing social networking buttons in text widgets their sidebars. This practice is not an effective means of providing a convenient way for readers to submit and vote on posts simply because the sidebar image link are not connected to specific posts (titles and URLs) . Social bookmarks placed at the end of posts are specific to the posts and are far more effective.
Although self hosting WordPress.org bloggers can choose from many plugins that provide linked icons automatically on every post, there is no elegant or automatic way to post social bookmark icons at the end of posts on your wordpress.com blog. There is no FTP access to wordpress.com blogs and no individual plugins can be uploaded into them, but several means of posting social bookmarks do exist.
This blogging platform at wordpress.com is a multi-user blogging platform. In essence all those using the same theme are using the same template. Therefore any edit made by Staff to those templates appears on every blog “wearing” the same theme. We bloggers cannot access the files template underlying our themes let alone edit them to make social bookmarks appear on every entry. That’s why we must generate and add the social bookmarks of our choice manually to every post prior to publication.
Social Bookmark Sets for WordPress.com Blogs
Update – These social bookmarks are not longer available. The code for this set of social bookmarks created for use on wordpress.com blogs can be obtained from archfx.
This is a simple form that will generate icons and HTML for sharing your content with popular social bookmarking sites. This will work with any page, but was specifically built to include in WordPress.com blogs. There are three sizes available. See the medium size below> PerlitaLabs.com
The next set of social bookmarks for wordpress.com can be obtained at getsociallive.com. You can choose from different styles including text links. Google Buzz buttons are also available and using them auto-updates your twitter account upon publication.
Instructions (perlitalabs and getsociallive) :
Here are the basic how to instructions for adding social media buttons to the end of your posts just prior to publication.
I don’t belong to every social media site that I post social bookmarking buttons for. I’m open to having my content available to online communities so I select the ones I prefer and post them.
- Copy and paste the title of your post into the generator.
- Copy and paste the short URL for the post into the generator.
- Select which the social media sites you want buttons for.
- Select the style you prefer and click a button.
- The HTML code appears.
- Copy that code, return to your blog post, and switch to the HTML editor.
- Paste the social bookmarking code at the end of your post and “save draft”.
- Preview the post and if it checks out then click “publish”.
- Add the Share Button for WordPress.com inserter bookmarklet (below) to your browser’s toolbar
- Write a post and click the Publish button
- Click the WP.com Share Button bookmarklet to insert the Share button into your post
- Click the Update Post button
WordPress.com Social Networking Features
1. Digg Buttons
If you would like to add an independent Digg button to your posts, rather than using one of the social bookmarking sets follow the steps and use the shortcode [digg=URL] See > http://en.support.wordpress.com/digg/
2. Tweetmeme Buttons
WordPress.com has implemented a shortcode. See > tweetmeme button shortcode for wordpress.com
3. RSS Feeds
On this page in your WordPress.com blog Dashboard > Settings > Reading we can use these features:
For each article in an enhanced feed, show
__Add to Stumbleupon
__Add to Del.icio.us
__Add to Digg.com
__Add to Reddit
NOTE: Also see for alternatives see > Importing wordpress.com post snippets into a Facebook fan page
Social Networking Badges and Widgets for Sidebars
1. Facebook Badge
Visit the Facebook Profiles Badges page, and select the information you would like to display on your badge. See here for instructions > http://en.support.wordpress.com/facebook-badge/
2. Twitter Widgets
Display your latest tweets in your blog’s sidebar using the instructions found here > Twitter Widget.
3. AddThis Widget
The AddThis widget can be used in the sidebar of a WordPress.com blog and the button can be added button to individual posts by pasting the HTML code into the HTML view of the editor.
4. DIY Badges
WordPress.com blogger can easily create a DIY badge from any social media or social network site image and link it to our page in those sites. This is the solution we can use when the widget or bade provided by the site contains restricted code.
For examples see the top of my sidebar and second row of icons. There I have placed Technorati, Delicious, Digg, FriendFeed, and Stumbleupon images linked to my respective profile pages in an HTML table and displayed them in a text widget. See for HTML table instructions > Align Images: HTML Tables for WordPress Blogs