I don’t ask much, but for the love of all that is coated in caramel:
Can those of you with blogs please do me a solid and follow these 6 tips to make it easier for me to share your work:
1. Put your blog name and your name at the top of your blog.
This may sound obvious. I have confirmed it is not.
Your blog name should be the quickest thing to suss out – make it easy to read (I beg of you to not use crazy illegible, pulsating fonts) and distinguishable from your tag line.
If you are not anonymous, it would be nice to know your name, too, without having to break a sweat. Nice to meet you! May I please tell the world how awesome you are now?
2. Put your social media links somewhere easy to find.
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. all up high. At least keep them above the fold.
What’s “Above the fold,” you ask? Imagine a newspaper: If you’re picking it up off the news stand, it is likely folded in half horizontally, with the headlines and most important information up high above that fold. Get it? I figured you would.
Whether you use those fancy graphic buttons or a text link that says “Social Media” or plop them on your Contact Me page, doesn’t matter. Just make it happen.
3. Make it easy for me to email you.
It could be nice little ‘ole me trying to say Hello, a blogger you respect who’d like to invite you to join his/her helpful community, or someone legitimately trying to hire you to write for them (or whatever it is you do professionally)…please don’t make your email address a secret from us.
Fear spam? Create a free just-for-your-blog Gmail address and use it solely for this purpose. Done.
4. Somewhere in your header, sidebar, or footer put a graphic up (like a blog button) with your blog name (and logo, if you have one) on it.
It helps if it is squarish. You can make one with any of the photo editing tools on your computer, or on free sites like PicMonkey.com. It can be just am image, or button. Doesn’t matter.
Doing this makes it easier for those of us on Pinterest to pin your blog posts and make sure people know who it is by, even if the post itself has no images in it. Shazam! You’ve been pinned!
5. Put your best foot forward in your fanciest shoe while wearing a charming smile.
Call it your “Favorites” or “Popular Posts” or “Best of” page or get clever with the title, as long as it is obvious what’s there. Put your best/most popular stuff there and make sure anyone who ever finds your blog can easily see it right away, read it, and share it. BOOM. Superstar!
6. Put a few “Sharing” buttons on every blog post.
Once people get to the bottom of a blog post of yours that they love, make it easy for them to click a button to share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, tumblr, Reddit, StumbleUpon, etc. Keep it simple, keep it clean, and your good stuff will get shared.
I can’t wait to share the shizzle out of you…