#AtoZChallenge Sharing on social media by @shilpaagarg

“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” ― Brian Tracy

We all love sharing something exciting or funny or something that resonates with us, with our circle of friends and acquaintances. Right from a joke on the Whatsapp to a call for signing petition for a change in our society on Facebook to an interesting tweet, we like to share it all on the various social media platforms.

Our blogs which we mother like babies need all the love too and no one’s more happier than us when our posts get some encouragement. Comments on our blogs is one form of encouragement, the other form of it is when our content is shared on the different social media platforms viz Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Google+ etc.

When I am reading blogs and I find something interesting or worth sharing, I do not hesitate to click the share button. And Twitter is my favourite medium to share content of bloggers in my network.

Usually, this is what I see when I hit the share button.

Tweet

And this really makes me groan!

As you can see, this tweet is not optimized with custom information. The tweet is missing my Twitter handle. In other words, this tweet would go in the Twitter la-la land and nobody would ever know about it. If I had customized it with my twitter handle @shilpaagarg and/or hashtag #BAR, this tweet would help this post have a better reach and engagement.

Since, I love sharing good content, so, I try to go the extra mile and make an effort to remember the twitter handles of friends who have not customized the share buttons on their blogs and add it myself in the tweet. For example, I know Elly’s twitter handle is @ellytreehugger or Tulika is @obsessivemom06. But sometimes, my grey cells go on a holiday without informing me. I remember sharing Inderpreet’s blog posts @indiwrites instead of @indywrites. @indiwrites must be really wondering about my sanity of sharing tweets with him/her. That’s another story that this twitter handle is hardly used.

To make long story short, it is important for us to customize our share buttons on our blogs.

The default share buttons at the end of the post on Blogger are simply redundant and one must simply do away with them.

Today we have a lot of plugins for social sharing buttons like Shareholic, AddThis  ShareThis etc which work on both Blogger and WordPress Blogs, while Digg Digg, Get Social etc are exclusive WordPress plugins.

You can select any of these plugins, I would recommend Shareholic though for its simplicity and ease of installation and convenience.

So, go ahead and customize the share buttons on your blogs. Believe me, it is a great way to increase traffic, reach and engagement. Did I tell you that  research shows that including a tweet button increases Twitter mentions sevenfold!! Now, isn’t that awesome?

What are you waiting for! Get going and start sharing!

Drop in a comment, in case you get stuck while configuring your share buttons. We’d be happy to help!

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Blogger Bio: Shilpa Garg

Shilpa Garg

Shilpa Garg is a blogger from the Pink City of India who is passionate about the written words, sweets and beautiful conversations that happen over a mug of tea. She loves writing micro fiction, book reviews and general observations of life, things and circumstances on  her blog,  A rose is a rose is a rose! Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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26 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge Sharing on social media by @shilpaagarg

  1. Excellent points, Shilpa. I had customized my twitter sharing button with my twitter handle before AtoZ, so that I would be aware of when the posts are shared and I could thank them and reciprocate. It is a win win for both. Great post as usual. 🙂
    *Shantala @ ShanayaTales*

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    • Oh yes, it is truly a win-win situation! Remember, Lisa Buie-Collard, the one who left messages for you at 3 different platforms (comments at THREE places!!! Isn’t that simply AMAZING!) for my blog. It was all because you shared my post on Twitter. Thanks to your sharing, I found a new regular reader on my blog! How cool is that! Appreciate and ♥ your support, Shantala and thanks for you kind words too 🙂

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  2. I love that quote too. I had shared it recently. 🙂 That is a very important point about twitter handles. I sometimes get frustrated when the twitter handles are missing. But really, I can only remember very few handles so I let the tweet go as is. Another nice thing to do is to quote a tweet while RTing. That gives a personal touch and reveals what the person actually liked about the post. There are also people who do mass RTing. That is a bit annoying especially when your twitter feed is just flooded with their RTs. I think they do auto RT. That is something to think about as well.

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    • This quote reminds me of the circle of Karma… it all comes back! 🙂
      Oh, while I may add the twitter handle when I am relatively free, in case it is missing, but during this crazy pacy AtoZ month, I am simply letting it pass.
      Yes, adding a personal remark about the post is like recommending it strongly and people would be keen to check out your tweet.
      Oh, those are automated tweets and I use Twitterfeed to do that for select blogs 🙂

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  3. Thanks for the mention and the good advice Shilpa! Twitter is my favorite too! NowI hope atleast all BAR members configure their buttons. Good , concise post with everything relevant. These Bar posts are awesome.

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    • That’s awesome, Mithila. Do configure and personalize your sharing buttons on your blog. Have a great time connecting and reaching out to a wider target audience. Cheers 🙂

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  4. Thanks SO much Shilpa for not just mentioning me, but for all your RTs (as I discovered through another blogger what that is!) 😉 I didn’t know about the twitter handle…thanks for the information and I will have to check that out as well as the share buttons. I attempted the latter with no success; however, I will again when I have some time (during or after (?) A to Z challenge! 😉 ❤

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    • It is my pleasure, Elly! Hope you are able to configure the sharing buttons soon on your blog. Do let us know, in case you need any assistance! Cheers ♥

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  5. Thank you for talking about this , Shilpa! It is one of my biggest pet peeves, as I also use Twitter the most for sharing posts. Somehow, no matter how much we point it out, people still don’t seem to understand! I did a post about this last year already and so many other bloggers have also done tutorials. Unfortunately, the Blogger platform makes it a bit difficult for those who aren’t technically inclined, but it can be done. Much easier with WordPress, though.

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    • Yes, most of us are tech challenged, so all these things do sound Greek and Latin to us. But with the help of detailed tutorials, helpful members in the community and of course, Google the God, we should learn these tips and tricks and incorporate the sharing buttons on our blogs! Agree completely with you Debbie, WordPress is more easier to customize than Blogger!

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  6. I also use twitter the most for sharing – though I do admit I am not good at sharing. And that includes my own posts. 😦 I must make a better effort at sharing. Thanks for always sharing mine.

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  7. As you know I am twitter shy, and I don’t know how long it will take for me to give up my tweeting inhibitions. But I appreciate this post, Shilpa, for the good points you make about the benefits of tweeting.

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  8. Shilpa, I started sharing interesting blog posts when I saw you doing it. I was wondering first as to why do you do it? What you get out of it? But, realised its a great way to share good posts and to increase its readers. Now, I too do the same.. Let me try out Shareaholic.

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