Is Your Blog Shareable? Make It Easy On Your Readers. Motiviation Monday

Is your blog shareable?  Do you share posts that you read?

If you want to drive traffic to you blog, make sharing easy.  A click of the button should be all it takes for your readers to share your latest observation.

If you have a wordpress blog, then you should use the sharing widget:

Sharing on WordPress from Finding Forgotten Stories

Sharing on facebook or twitter should be just a click.  Make it easy for you readers to email.

Any blog platform will have this capability.

Allow your readers to follow you by email.  WordPress has a widget you can add to a sidebar:

Follow Blog via Email on Finding Forgotten Stories

Also, put some thought into the title of each post.  “John Smith” is not that descriptive or engaging.  “Why did John Smith abandon his wife and 3 children in 1849?” might draw a few more people in.

And label your images so that if someone “pins” them on Pinterest, they have a meaningful label.  image007 is not meaningful.  John and Mary Smith, Franklin, Virginia from Finding Forgotten Stories tells the world what the picture is about and where it came from.

I pin pictures from blogs I read to my “Genealogy Blogs” board.  You never know where that new reader is going to come from!

Genealogy Blogs Board from Finding Forgotten Stories

Make it easier on your readers!  And don’t forget to share those posts you read on others blogs that are interesting to you.

My Top Ten Follow Fridays

I thought I’d do a few top ten lists this final week of 2012.  Here are the top ten stories that you clicked on from my Follow Friday listings and other posts:

Blown With DNA from the Legal Genealogist

  1. Blown Away With DNA from the Legal Genealogist
  2. uencounterme – A Way to Plot Cluster Genealogy Research from Geneabloggers.com
  3. Workday Wednesday The Dispatcher from Gail Grunst Genealogy
  4. 10 Awesome Onenote Tips You Should be Using All the Time from makeusof
  5. Family Lore and Indian Princesses from Evidence Explained
  6. Five Tips for Safely Reading and Photographing Tombstones from Karen Miller Bennett
  7. Brickwall Case of Oscar F Brown from Ancestral Breezes (be sure to read all parts!)
  8. Tech Tuesday: Using Pinterest for Your Family History Photographs from Tall Tales of a Family
  9. Wedding Wednesday: Robbing the Cradle from Kathryn Smith Lockhard
  10. A True Love Story? from A Southern Sleuth

All are worth another read.