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Wouldn't it be nice for those links to be social media share buttons? Allowing your readers to quickly share your amazing content with their friends and followers, not just end up at your Facebook account or Twitter Profile? Which is nice too but we are focusing on sharing your content, increasing traffic to your blog!
You want you readers to be able to share your blog posts across their own social networks!
One sure way to get readers to share your content is to make it easy!
Make it easy for people to share your content. Any more than 2 to 3 clicks of a button, and it’s too much work to share your content. - 7 Ways to Get People to Share Your Content, Practical Ecommerce
In this post, you will learn about a tool I use to make and use those "share post" icons, to create social sharing that is as easy as click and share can get. This share link generator doesn't even require you to enter html code on your site. It's that easy for you and just one click for your readers!
The tool I am sharing with you today uses specific URLs for specific posts on your website, converts them into shareable links that are social media platform specific.
When your readers click on the social icon they will be sent to that social media platform, creating a post from their social account with the link to your blog post.
Like this example using Facebook and a post from #thesosblog Best-Loved Summertime Things:
#thesosblog is powered by Weebly and as do most other web building sites there is an option to add "social share icons". Weebly makes this really easy with a drag and drop option.
You can use your website building platform's options or you can add your own social share icons as small images easily found on canva.
I also provide some for you in my FREE step by step guide for creating clickable social share links for your blog posts! You can grab thathere.
Adding the social share icons is not enough, you need a URL to attach to those icons to turn them into sharing buttons.
This specific URL attached to your share buttons is what transforms the social share icons into a share link for Facebook, a share link for Twitter, a share link for LinkedIn etc.
Social sharing easy for your readers when you give them a one-click link to share!
Until recently the only URL address I could find for my social sites was the URL that led directly to my own social sites.
What I wanted was a URL address that would post automatically to a social platform that would post/share my actual blog posts to my reader's social media sites.
This is now one of my favorite tools, I use it every time I post a new blog post.
Share Link Generator is a FREE tool from Websiteplanet.com.
This is an amazing, FREE, Share Link Creator helping you make your posts easily shareable to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more!
In a nutshell this is how to use the link generator tool:
*for more detailed step by step help grab my Free Step by Step Guide to Creating Free Social Share Links for your blog posts.
You do need to publish your post. Copy the live url. Use your live url when generating the links to share your post.
What I do is this:
1. Publish my post
2. Generate my links using the Free & Secure Share Link Creator
3. Go back in to my blog and ad the url to the social share links.
4. Update the post so the changes will be live.
I always create these clickable social share links prior to promoting my new posts!
Now you can too.
Adding social media icons along with a shareable link is the first step. How to get people to click and share is the next.
Don't be shy! Ask your readers to share your amazing content. You have worked hard and you want people to read what you created!
According to Clix.io Growth Blog (Marketing Growth Hacks) every highly shareable post needs two things:
You will notice the social share URL creator from WebsitePlanet does not have an option for sharing blog content directly to Instagram. No one does, because Instagram is not set up to make outside content easily shareable (outside of link in bio tools).
Good news! I have designed a workaround that allows you to create blog specific social share links for Instagram! you can grab that here.
Instagram Social Share URL / Icon Instructions are HERE! In this FREE PDF download!
Make sure you receive my FREE step by step guide for creating clickable social share links for your blog posts!
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I hope this was as helpful for you as it is for me! If so please comment and let me know!
Also - please SHARE this post using the links I generated with the Free Link Generator I just shared with you!
Do you have any tips to share? I would love to know and possibly share them here as a guest post. #thesosblog is actively looking for guest bloggers and regular contributors.
*this post has been updated to include a secure Share Link Creator. The Previous Share Link Generator was flagged as an insecure site by Google Chrome and Fire Fox. Thankfully links that were generated using the old tool are secure, it was only the site itself that was not secure.
Thank you to our loyal reader, Mariana, for emailing #thesosblog , informing us of this issue and also providing this alternate, secure tool from Website Planet for our readers! We love community and this is what community is all about! Thank you Mariana!
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