We live in an instant gratification society and people want what they want right now. They want easy, they want simple and they want instant.
Why is it so important that people share your content?
The more people that see it the more readers you can get. It really helps if you have social proof. Ever heard of that?
Social proof consists of how many comments you get and social shares on your blog. You know, when people hit the tweet button or share your post on Facebook. That will put your content in front of their friends.
The more people who see your links the greater possibility it is that they will get interested in checking out your content. We definitely want lots of people reading our content now.
So if this is what we’re all trying to achieve with our blogs and people come by yet they see little to no activity, do you really think they’re going to take you seriously? It’s not that your content isn’t any good but when people see a lot of comments or social shares then they will view you as an expert. People want to work with experts and that is our goal.
Why I Won’t Share Your Blog Posts
If I visit your blog and your social buttons aren’t set up properly or perhaps you have none at all, I’m definitely not going to share your content. So, how do you think you’re going to continue getting new readers to your blog if you’re passing up on all this potential traffic!
That is how you get new readers, new eyes on your content and people who can potentially join your list. None of this is going to happen though until you get your act together.
Now I know most new bloggers are just so excited to get their blog set up that they aren’t really sure what all they should be doing or how to set it up. Although I’m not going to walk you through all of that, I will do my best to help with this particular area.
Install Social Sharing Buttons
This post is geared more toward the self hosted WordPress blogs. That’s right guys, that’s definitely my area of expertise. I don’t know anything about the free platforms but I know you can put some social share buttons on them, I just don’t know how. For that you would have to head on over to trusty old Google.
There are literally dozens of different social sharing plug-ins you can install on your blog. Right now I’m using Digg Digg but will be testing another one very soon. If I were you, when you visit a blog and you like their social sharing buttons, email them and ask them what plug-in they’re using. It’s really that simple.
What I will admit annoys me the most is when I read some fabulous content yet I go to tweet it or add it to Buffer and their Twitter ID isn’t set up. What do I mean by that? When I go to hit the Tweet or Buffer button, all of your information should be there. The title of your blog post, your blog post URL and your Twitter ID. If your Twitter ID isn’t there then you won’t know that I shared your content.
Why is that important? Because you want to be sure and thank all those people who share your posts because that’s how you start to build relationships and we all know what that means right! If you don’t then you definitely need to head to my opt-in box right now and grab my free report. It will explain it all. Trust me when I say, that is the key to success.
If you ignore this you are passing up on a LOT of great bloggers you can connect with and who can really help you down the road.
How To Set Up Your Twitter ID
You are probably wondering well how the heck do I check to make sure my Twitter ID is set up properly! Don’t worry, I wrote a post last year walking your through how to set up your Twitter ID so be sure to check that out if you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about.
One more thing I want to point out about Twitter is that if you’re sharing your tweets and your followers aren’t online at that time then you’re just wasting your time. Want to know how to find out when they’ll be on? Check out my post on that very subject and don’t worry, it’s another free resource.
Another Reason I Won’t Share Your Blog Posts
You mean there’s more? Yep, there’s a few more reasons.
I’ll visit some blogs and they’ve definitely got the social share buttons up. As a matter of fact, they have so many of them I’m overwhelmed. They’ll have two of everything at the bottom of their post and most of those aren’t set up properly. You know, no Twitter ID like I mentioned above. They’ll have them on the side of their post and a few at the top.
Why do you need so many? Stop making us run all over the place guys. We like easy and simple remember!
Here is my logic to this and please let me know if you disagree. When I come to your blog I’m going to read your post first. Only after I finish reading your post will I share it. So I’m already at the bottom of your post right! Don’t you think it’s pretty convenient for me to just stay at the bottom of your post and share your content? Why do you want me to go all the way back up to the top of your post to find your social buttons?
Another thing that gets me and I know some of you guys think this is just fabulous but you take me off your post. As soon as I hit the submit button on my comment I’m either taken to a thank you page or a comment list page. What you’re now doing is making me work to go back to the post to share your content. Guess what! I’m not going back. I have more blogs to visit and read. Time is precious wouldn’t you agree?
These Are My Reasons
This is my post, this is my blog and these are my reasons. I’m sure there are plenty of people who will go out of their way to share your posts and I hope you can keep those people around for a long time.
Remember what I said earlier? They want easy, they want simple and they want instant. The harder you make it for them, the more frustrated they will become and leave your site without sharing your content. We want people to share our content. That’s how we get more visitors to our blogs.
Are You Like Me?
We all lead busy lives and we only have so much time to stop by blogs and comment. If you’re going to make this hard on us to share your fabulous work then you are the one losing out.
I would love to hear your thoughts on what I’ve shared here. Are you like me? Do you feel the same way or are you willing to do back flips to share other’s content? I’m just eager to hear your opinions on this so please do leave your comments below.
Thank you for stopping by today and be sure to share this post with your friends. It may be just what they were looking for. By the way, you’ll find all my social share buttons right below this post just waiting for you and they are all set up properly.
Now, you be sure to have a great day okay!
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