Adding social media “like” buttons to your blog is pretty much a must these days. Twitter and Facebook can drive traffic to pretty much any site, and depending on your niche, Linkedin, Digg, Stumbleupon and a multitude of other social sites can give a great bump too.
Not to mention the value of getting Google “+1″s for your search engine rankings.
The trouble is, it’s takes time and effort to install all the button code on your sites. And when they change the code you have to do it all over again.
There are many social sharing plugins from the venerable “Share This” to the more modern (but memory hungry) “Sexy Bookmarks”.
However, the one I like best of all is the Digg Digg plugin.
Digg Digg has 21 social sharing/like buttons installed, including all the biggies – Google +1, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Digg, Delicious, etc. It also integrates with other services like Topsy, Tweetmeme and URL shorteners like bit.ly.
When the new Google +1 button came out, there was a Digg Digg verion available in a couple of days.
You have three options for display. Normal display (with the buttons inside the post), floating display (where they float to the left or right of the post, a technique pioneered by the Mashable blog), or you can manually insert them wherever you want in your theme.
Within these options you can have big or small icons, have them right aligned or left aligned, and stack them horizontally or vetically. And, of course, you can change the order of the icons.
The top picture on this post shows a manual placement I use on my main site to show the icons on every post on my home page.
This second picture shows the per post placement where I have them float to the left. You can see this in action on this site too. If you scroll down, the icons follow you. Meaning that if you finish reading an article and are thinking about maybe sharing it, you don’t have to scroll all the way back up to the top again to do so.
Digg Digg is easy to use, and can certainly help your posts get more traffic. I have it running on all my main blogs.
You can grab it here:
or by Clicking on Add New in the Plugins section of your WordPress dashboard and searching for Digg Digg.
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