One of the best ways to get targeted traffic to your blog is by allowing your readers to share links and recommendations for your blog with their social networks, friends and colleagues.
To encourage sharing, make it easy! The following plugins are easy to install and will help your readers share their favorite posts from your site. So you can focus on writing great content and let others help you promote it.
SexyBookmarks: Fantastic little plugin adds image links to dozens of social networks. You can choose which ones you want to show up and give your visitors many options. It also offers the option to allow visitors to email a link to a post to a friend. (Popular alternative plugins are Sociable, ShareThis, and AddtoAny.)
fbLikeButton: This plugin will allow you to add a “Like” button at the top and/or bottom of each post. With 500 million users, Facebook is somewhere you want your content to show up.
TweetMeMe Retweet Button: With this retweet button enabled each post will show how many times it has been tweeted, allow you to see who’s tweeting your posts, and make it easy for visitors to click and tweet a link of your post to their followers.
WP Greet Box: Ask your visitors for action based on where they came from with this very cool plugin. It will automatically detect how a visitors found your site and suggest they take a related action to share your blog. For example, if they came from Digg it can suggest they Digg your post. Or, if they came from Twitter it can suggest they Tweet your post.
With a self-hosted WordPress blog it’s easy to install any of these plugins. Here’s how:
– Login to your WordPress admin
– Click “Plugins” on the left menu
– Click the “Add New” Button
– Put the title of the plugin you want to install in the search box and click “Search Plugins”
– You’ll see a list of plugins where you can choose the one you’re looking for
– Click on the “Install Now” link
– WordPress will ask you to confirm, so click to confirm you want to install the plugin
– Wait for the page to load and watch for confirmation it’s installed
– Click “Activate Plugin”
– Now look for the settings for the plugin (it’ll be somewhere in the menu on the left of your admin, sometimes it’s under “Tools” and sometimes it’s under “Settings”)
– Configure the settings as you’d like them then save your changes
– And that’s it!