Too many WordPress blog owners who use social sharing buttons on their website do not set up these social buttons correctly. We all know WordPress is an awesome platform to build websites on and there’s a plethora of plugins available to install. The majority of the social sharing plugins allow you to set them up so that when someone shares an article on your website on Twitter in the form of a tweet, you the author or blog owner receives credit on Twitter. I guarantee that most blog owners do not have their social plugin set up in this way. It’s probably best I describe in more detail exactly what I mean.
Let’s imagine a visitor on your blog absolutely loves your article and they see the ‘Share on Twitter’ button at the bottom of the post.
The visitor clicks the ‘Share on Twitter’ button and is directed to their Twitter account with the article link ready to share.
Can you see the problem? The problem is the Twitter handle of the author or blog owner is missing. If the blog owner had set up their social sharing plugin correctly by adding their Twitter handle, the shared post would look like this. Notice @darren_ackers is at the end of the shared link. So now when someone shares an article on my blog, I will get notified by Twitter and I can reach out and thank the person who tweeted about my article.
Introducing WP Social
I use the plugin WP Social on my WordPress site to add social sharing buttons to each of my posts. The WP Social plugin is straightforward and very simple to configure. Once you install the plugin, click on ‘Settings’ in the WordPress menu and select WP Social. Scroll to the bottom and add your Twitter handle in the ‘Twitter Username’ field.
Now when someone shares an article on your blog, you can do the right thing by reaching out, thanking them and build a relationship with this loyal visitor to your blog.