As I continue to build this blog throughout August, I’ve always looking for things that can add to the user-friendliness of this site. While I was browsing a finance related blog tonight, Thorton Wealth Management, I noticed a simple graphic at the bottom of the posts called ShareThis so I decided to check it out.
If you read a lot of blogs, you’ve probably noticed that a good number of them have some type of sharing tool at the bottom of the posts. Basically, if the readers find a particular post interesting, they can share the post with members of various social bookmarking sites such as DIGG, StumbleUpon, del.ici.ous, etc. This is great for the blog owners because it can really increase the awareness of your blog and bring a lot more readers in.
Sharethis is one free streamlined tool that you can use to increase the distribution of your content without cluttering up your blog with a bunch of different icons. It simply creates one icon at the bottom of your post that you users can click on and and share your content via a variety of social bookmarking sites, social networking (Facebook, Myspace, etc), or via email. It’s compatible with all the major blogging platforms and I found it especially easy to install the WordPress plugin on this site.
So, if you looking for a simple but powerful way to add sharing capabilities to your blog or website, ShareThis is a great tool to use that may bring in a lot more traffic to your site.