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  • http://twitter.com/NancyJako NancyJako

    Great advice for new and old bloggers.  Everyone should remember that “social” means to engage with others, so don’t just RT or click a button.  Leave a comment.  Engage.  Share.  Pay it forward.

  • http://twitter.com/NancyJako NancyJako

    Great advice for both new and old bloggers.  People need to remember that the “social” part of social media means to engage, interact, share, discuss, and connect.  Along with clicking the RT or Like buttons, include a comment.  The thrill of the comment never fades.  Thanks for reminding us to keep it simple.  NancyJako

  • http://www.barbaradeer.ca Barbara Deer-BSDVisions

    This was a great read for me – I am definitely a ‘stupid blogger’ – reason being, I have trouble putting anything on my pages due to not understanding technology. Am in the ‘golden age era’ and all of this blogging, social networking and trying to set up a blog is overwhelming at times.
    By the time I figure it all out, I’m ready to delete my account!
    I remember a ‘tweet’ came from a bird, a ‘facebook’ was about people’s portraits, a blog? Well, you get the gist of it.
    Thanks so much for posting this :)

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks for your comment Barbara. Yes, it can be technically overwhelming to add these elements. Why not consider having it done by a local WordPress developer for very little cost and if you want to do it even a lower costs you can engage the services of sites like Freelancer.com

    • http://www.kilkku.com/blog/ Ville Kilkku

      For WordPress at least, there are plugins ready for just about everything you need. If you run a widget-enabled theme, adding them is just a couple of mouse clicks away.

      I guess there still remain two issues:
      1. Knowing what features you want to add to your blog
      2. Choosing the plugins to do so

      Well, Jeff’s post here gives you quite a few ideas on what to add, and searching the WordPress plugin list for most popular plugins on these subjects is one way to add them fairly safely. How poor can a plugin with a million users be? Sure, it might not actually be the best one around for your needs, but it will work.

  • http://twitter.com/vitalyvt Vitaly Tennant

    Great post Jeff, in a sense … why even post if your content isn’t being shared and exposed? Doing so builds traffic and we’re all about traffic.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • http://twitter.com/mqtodd Michael Q Todd

    I was discussing this with @lizstrauss today. Yesterday she wrote a post that has attracted around 500 tweets.Even my tweet about it has been retweeted around 30 times. Because it was great content? Yes but primarily because it was very easily shareable.With you all the way here Jeff

  • http://www.kilkku.com/blog/ Ville Kilkku

    Definitely valid advice.

    I would add a couple of more things as the next step of social network integration. As it happens, your blog already practices them:
    1. Allow people to comment (as already suggested in other comments to this post), and make it easy for people to comment (Disqus is one way to do that). The easy part is also vital!
    2. Complete the circle by adding feedback from social networks back to your blog (reactions from Twitter or number of followers as you have, or perhaps reactions from LinkedIn or Facebook fan page Wall or similar).

  • http://twitter.com/westseattleblog West Seattle Blog

    Somebody’s gotta disagree, so it might as well be me. We have Share This on our site, have had it for a few years now. I was a semi-early adopter for Twitter and Facebook and have built sizable (relatively speaking, given our market – a neighborhood) followings on both. But I do not believe in junking up our site with endless little “f’s” and birds and so on. I do of course manually share both our links and standalone comments, photos, other content via Tw & FB. But our site itself is a destination, with a variety of places for people to explore (the forums, the event calendar, lost/found pets page, other sections), and there is a fine line to walk between farming everything out to social media so that no one ever comes to the site, and ignoring social media (which I agree would be stupid). Our traffic continues to grow, in a big way. Sometimes it feels like we’re a rare oasis where you don’t have to have the ubiquitous little “f’s” in your face all the time. And our comments are site-native, not Disqus, not FB, no voting, no registration, no likes, no thumbs up/down. Strange but true. I don’t feel you have to completely submit to the Faceborg!

  • Scott Becker

    How about an invite to Google+ so that I can add a Google+ and have it go somewhere?  Please?

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for sharing; the article presented the ideas nicely.

    Feedback on the site. You might want to tweak your blog for mobile views. For the four android browsers tried at least one share button could not be seen in each. I could not switch from the mobile to the desktop wordpress view but only tried that in one browser so it might not be site related.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks for the feedback on the mobile views. I will have to get that fixed:)

  • Chandler Simpson

    i consider myself special ed, thank you very much ;)

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks for dropping in. Seth can do it because he has such a following and is already popular. If you are just starting it is important to allow comments so you can get feedback and learn what your readers want and resonate to.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks for dropping in. Seth can do it because he has such a following and is already popular. If you are just starting it is important to allow comments so you can get feedback and learn what your readers want and resonate to.