Enough to make sure a blog post you have enjoyed reaches a wider audience. It’s obvious isn’t it? But why is it some many blogs don’t have share buttons or at least the common media share buttons we mostly use – the like button, the share to Facebook and twitter and various others. These buttons are very important as Codeboxr explains:
“Social share buttons are usually shown accompanied by the specific number of people that have already shared the content. When a visitor sees that the numbers are high, they’ll think that the content is worthy of reading and sharing as well.”
It really frustrates me when there are no share buttons. So many of us are time poor. When we do browse the net, we do it swiftly. We find an image here, a poem there and want others to enjoy them. We reach the end of the post and there’s nothing but a comment box. AND it’s one you have to fill in your name and email address. You don’t bother of course. You move on to the next page.
When you have a large community of people with similar interests, writers and reviewers, for instance, the reblog button is also very important. Your die hard followers form the inner ring of followers and bloggers. If this inner ring reblogs to their own blogs, other rings are formed comprising their followers who don’t necessarily follow the first blog. And so it goes expanding communities and forming new networks.
As wikipedia explains: “Reblogging (and the increased attention paid to the indexing and encouragement of reblogging) has become a major feature of many social networking sites and content-hosting services, and it has also become a potent means of secondary content promotion and audience measurement whereby links to external content are syndicated across multiple profiles and the reposts are indexed as a measurement of currency and relevance.”
So bloggers don’t forget the share buttons. Sharing is caring.