Social Bookmarks for WordPress.com Blogs

social media buttonsUpdate: 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.

WordPress.com conundrum

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

1.    archfx

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.

add to del.icio.us :: Add to Blinkslist :: add to furl :: Digg it :: add to ma.gnolia :: Stumble It! :: add to simpy :: seed the vine :: :: :: TailRank :: post to facebook

2.    perlitalabs

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
Add to DeliciousAdd to DiggAdd to FaceBookAdd to Google BookmarkAdd to MySpaceAdd to NewsvineAdd to RedditAdd to StumbleUponAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Twitter

3.    getsociallive

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.

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

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.

When your post is complete “save draft” and visit either perlitalabs or getsociallive

  1. Copy and paste the title of your post into the  generator.
  2. Copy and paste the short URL for the post into the generator.
  3. Select which the social media sites you want buttons for.
  4. Select the style you prefer and click a button.
  5. The HTML code appears.
  6. Copy that code, return to your blog post, and switch to the HTML editor.
  7. Paste the social bookmarking code at the end of your post and “save draft”.
  8. Preview the post and if it checks out then click “publish”.

4.   AddToAny

http://www.addtoany.com/buttons/
To place under every post in WordPress.com

  • 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

addtoany button image

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

__Categories
__Tags
__Comment count
__Add to Stumbleupon
__Add to Del.icio.us
__Add to Digg.com
__Add to Reddit

4.   Publicize

Currently, WordPress.com Publicize supports Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo! which enables automatic updates immediately after posts are published.  See > Publicize

NOTE: Also see for alternatives see  > Importing wordpress.com post snippets into a Facebook fan page

Social Networking Badges and Widgets for Sidebars

WordPress.com users can display social network badges in text widgets in the sidebar of their blogs and some social network widgets as well. Note that these do not include widgets containing  javascript or other restricted codes.

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.
addthis button image

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.

Simply  locate free social media and social network icons by searching the internet, capture the ones you need and display them either in an image widget or in a text widget in your sidebar.

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

100 thoughts on “Social Bookmarks for WordPress.com Blogs

  1. The link that you have added in this post about the archfx in the “Social Bookmark Sets for WordPress.com Blogs section” point no. 1, that link shows a 404 error. Is there any alternative link that you have ?

    Thanks,
    Arnab.

  2. I scanned the comments and didn’t see what I’m about to say. I apologize if I missed it somewhere.

    I run a photography-related blog on WordPress.com and I’ve been trying to find the most elegant solution to adding social networking icons to each post. I came across your article and thought I had the best answer. But…I didn’t. After researching how to take off the new “tweet this” button at .com, I came across their sharing options. You can find it under settings/sharing. You can choose which services to enable, including all the big ones. There is also a place to add a social network if the one you want isn’t listed. Included is an email and print icon. Pretty great!

    It’s a million times easier than using the services above for each individual post. This way, they’re automatically tacked onto each post. Not sure if this is also for .org users, but thought I would help out the .com users. Great article, though.

    [sentence removed by timethief]

    • Hello! This post was published in April 2010. This morning ie. August 24, 2010 WordPress.COM added new options for “sharing”. Consequently, I have updated the post with the link to the instructions and video for using them on our posts. As we can see what the sharing option buttons display like in the support documentation and in the video, I removed your last sentence in your comment. Do be aware that none of these social networking additions to WordPress are a surpirise to me. More will be rolled out as BuddyPress is integrated into wordpress.com.

      • @timethief:

        Thanks for posting the update to this. I think it’s an “about time” decision from WordPress. This will make things much easier for their .com bloggers. I don’t think we are looking to be surprised, just able to keep up with the trends in Web publishing. Thanks again. I’ve got your RSS feed and appreciate your articles. Keep it going.

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  4. Thanks for this great summary. Helped a lot!
    Do you – or anybody else – know if wordpress.com will add any social bookmarking widgets in the future? It is nice that wordpress.org has tons of plugins, but the wordpress.com widgets are kind of limited…

    • I’m sorry but we Volunteers in the forums don’t have any news or information that all other wordpress.com members have. In other words we haven’t a clue about what’s coming down the pipe next.

  5. wew…this very useful article i think..social bookmark is very helpful to raise the traffic of my blog..hihi

  6. timethief,

    Thank you for this helpful information. I just added a social bookmark widget to my blog. Also, following previous advice of yours, I have set up a second blog where I can try something out first before it is added to my primary blog, which I did in this case. Onecoolbloggingtips continues to enhance my blogging abilities. Much thanks.

    Kathleen

    • @Kathleen,
      Thanks so much for visiting and praising my blog too. I’ve been taking a little vacation and enjoying the company of visitors I haven’t seen for a long time. But soon I’ll have time to visit your delightful blog again.

  7. hey timethief,
    I missed one thing to mention…If you get to the older posts on my blog, then you will see that even I have written something about Social bookmarking…
    cheers! bye.

  8. Hi,
    I have recently started a new blog, while doing the r & d and ‘how to’ I stumbled on your blog a number of times, then today I decided to give you a Thanks as your blog has helped me in solving many issues related to my blog. Really fantastic work …keep it up. Is it possible for you to check out my blog and let me know what is lacking, surely that will be of great help, but it’s up to you, afterall I can understand there must be so many like me who must be asking you to check there blogs…and you would be busy doing all that. Thanks again…and oh yes here is my blog’s trace…

  9. Thanks Timethief.

    So if I want to build a website-looking blog, would you say I should go with WordPress.org and download WordPress 3.0 for more flexibility? The thing is with WordPress.org, I have to know html, correct? I want to be able to do WYSIWYG as much as possible and avoid html coding.

  10. Hi Time Thief, I followed your instructions and successfully added the social bookmark icons like Facebook and Twitter to my blog. I also tried putting in a space in between the icons but it didn’t work. How do you do that? Thanks very much for all your good tips!

    • I don’t know why you messed with the code but as you can see doing that will break it. Which bookmarks did you use? (I numbered them above – please tell me which number). Why were you trying to insert a space and where were you trying to insert it?

      • I used #2 Perlitalabs. I tried to insert a space so that they don’t look too crowded together. I tried to place them in between each icon.

        Is it possible to do this if I am using WordPress.com to do a blog? Or this is only feasible with html coding via WordPress.org?

        I’m new to blogging and trying to put together a blog that really looks like a website (rather than a blog).
        Thanks again for all your help!

  11. Thankyou so much – really worth emphasising that posts like this, with clear “how to” explanations, are so useful for increasing the technical knowledge of laypeeps like myself…

  12. Never mind. I figured it out:-)

    Now my question is why do the “share” buttons appear on every post, if I only applied them to a specific post? Is there a way to do one “share” feature for the entire blog?

    • In my posts above please read what I said under WordPress.com conundrum

      “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.”

  13. I’ve tried more than one of these, and I keep having the same, interesting problem. When I enter the perma link for my blog to create the social bookmark , http://sapphiremaiden.wordpress.com/, it comes up with the same blog post – which isn’t even my initial post. I tried entering the URL of a specific post, and the right page will show up, but then the logos of Facebook, etc. show on *every page*, and they all refer to that particular post. (Am I making any sense?) What the heck am I doing wrong?

    I have the feeling it has to do with shortcodes. Although I’ve read numerous articles online, I still don’t now how to generate a shortcode. Once I downloaded it from WP, I had no idea what to do with it. Your help would be sooo appreciated.

    • The link to your post to use after typing in your post’s title into the social bookmark generator at http://getsociallive.com is the “shortlink” or “shortURL”. Once generated the code must be copied and pasted into the HTML editor, and not into the Visual editor. Aside from those tips I don’t know how to help you.

      1. Copy and paste the title of your post into the generator.
      2. Copy and paste the short URL for the post into the generator.
      3. Select which the social media sites you want buttons for.
      4. Select the style you prefer and click a button.
      5. The HTML code appears.
      6. Copy that code, return to your blog post, and switch to the HTML editor.
      7. Paste the social bookmarking code at the end of your post and “save draft”.
      8. Preview the post and if it checks out then click “publish”.

  14. Hi,
    This post was very helpful to me as i am starting a new blog and have no idea how to add social bookmarking to each post. All blogging resources mention that adding social bookmarking icons are very important but do not mention how to do it. Thanks a lot for this post. Helped me save a lot of time :)

  15. HI Timethief, I needed you about 2 months ago! You really explain the nitty gritty quite well. i am currently on WP.com. I find the restrictions in terms of a lot of the tools, etc, a bit of a problem. Can one migrate your blog to WP.org, or is it just too much of a schlep?

    • Hello there,
      Sometimes when bloggers “migrate” to wordpress.ORG they don’t really comprehend that wordpress.COM and wordpress.ORG are entirely separate. http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

      Can you export your content and links out of a wordpress.COM blog and then import them into a wordpress.ORG install? The answer is “yes” and it’s easily done.

      http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#moving-to-wordpress-org

      http://en.support.wordpress.com/blogroll/import-export-links/

      However, I have watched many bloggers bomb because they had unrealistic expectations about making income from ads, because they lacked the required skills to manage their install, and/or because they went for cheap and hired a web host that brought them nothing but downtime and grief.

      Figure about $10 to $25 per month total cost for a domain name and hosting. And unless you can get 1k to 1.5k unique visitors per day, every day then don’t expect to even pay for your hosting. Most people I know don’t make much over $100 per year. It’s the ad networks (Adsense and the like) make the money. Those with the ads on their blogs typically don’t. Google makes 50 or 75 cents per click and you make 1.5 to 2 cents per click.

      Besides, with 46.6% of the people on the internet using Firefox With Adblock Plus like I do (now t 82,262,619 downloads,) fewer and fewer people are even seeing the ads. I’ve been using it for three years, and I simply don’t see ads anywhere.

      I have also heard bloggers make the mistake of thinking the backlinks and PageRank that belongs their root blog at wordpress.COM will be magically transferred to a domain if they purchase domain mapping. This is not true.

      The Google Page Rank and Technorati authority and rank belong to the root blog ie. the original wordpress.com sub-domain URL for the blog. If you purchase a domain name and move the blog to another URL all the links will be broken unless you also purchase domain mapping so readers are seamlessly transferred between the URLs. The PageRank on the new blog on your domain will drop to 0/10. That can’t be avoided, however, in about 4 – 6 months time, all things considered you may be able to restore it provided you had a high enough traffic flow in the first place.

      If your wordpress.com blog does attract 1,000 – 1,500 unique visitors and not page views each and every day then hiring a web host and getting a wordpress.ORG install will not result in you making much more money than what your hosting costs in your first year. Note that Google Adsense does not even issue a check unless or until the site earns $100. US funds from ad clickers and typically this takes about a year and in some cases even longer.

      My advice is found here Self Hosting: What’s Your Hurry?

  16. Timethief — you rock my world. I was about to start looking into hosting for my (brand spanky new) blog, then you appeared out of the mist and handed me this! Awesome awesome awesome.

  17. Hello ,
    How do we get a square box ( like the one shown in the beginning of this post ) for social bookmarks .
    .is it possible in wordpress.com blogs

    • Hello there,
      Please read this section in the post above > 4. DIY Badges as it describes how to locate free social networking icons on the internet and then create an HTML table for our sidebars, enter the icon images into the HTML tables, and link them to our profile pages on the social networking sites. This does not, of course, result in social bookmarks that are post specific that we manually ad using the HTML editor to the end of our wordpress.COM blog posts. For that we must use one of the social bookmarking options above.

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