Making Social Bookmarking a Snap
While working on some blog improvements today, I discovered a simple way to add social bookmarking to my site in one quick and painless maneuver. When I was busy becoming the next social bookmarking guru and diligently adding things to StumbleUpon, Stylehive, and Kaboodle, I spent a lot of time utilizing the Bookmark and Share feature on Etsy (you can find this link located in the lower right hand corner of any Etsy shop). I finally saw the itty bitty question "What's this?" at the bottom of the menu and decided to click myself away to a new adventure.
Surprise! Etsy is using a social bookmarking tool from a site called Add This, which you can also insert into Blogger, Wordpress, MySpace, or your own Web site. It's as simple as answering three questions: What service are you using? What style of button? Do you want analytics?
Once you've completed the questions, Add This will lead you through the installation process. For an overview of how their social bookmarking tool works, check out a short Add This video.
For my Hint Jewelry blog, I chose to add the social bookmarking button to to my sidebar and to the bottom of each blog post. By having the button in two places, people can either choose to bookmark my whole site or focus on a particular article that peaks their interest. Add This currently supports over 50 networks and bookmark destinations, and I found this button to be so much easier then editing and adding images to HTML code :)
Give your readers the gift of easy sharing and insert social bookmarking onto your blog and Web sites. Be sure to choose the analytics feature and have Add This send you weekly reports detailing the sharing trends for your site!