I’m constantly reading and researching anything about blogging so I can find new stuff I can relate to you, my readers. But it’s not only content I notice, but design as well. WordPress supplies plenty of applications or plug-ins that perform functions to make blogs more usable, practical, SEO efficient and compatible with social media to bring in traffic or increase your online visibility.
One thing I noticed was a Facebook share plug-in. (Now before all you WordPress.com users get too excited, I’m afraid plug-ins are only for WordPress.org blogs.) I already had the Tweetmeme plug-in set up on my posts to encourage re-tweets, and I wanted this second icon to complete the pair, so I set about finding it and adding it to my blog.
So I moused over the icon to see what the URL was, and it said ‘facebook.com/sharer.php’ which I put into Google to see what would come up:
You can see I was diverted and led on a wild-goose chase by the first link, but eventually the second link rang true:
I downloaded the plug-in onto my desktop on my Mac. Then I opened up FileZilla for my blog:
Now this is starting to get a bit techie, but if you have a WordPress.org blog you’ll know what I mean from now on.
Open up WP-content:
And select plugins:
Drag the Facebook share plug-in from your computer’s desktop into the plug-in directory and wait for it to upload.
Then go back to your dashboard in your blog:
In the left sidebar, select Plugins > Installed and find your plug-in and activate it. Then click on the new link at the bottom of your sidebar called ‘Facebook Share’:
Here are all the settings for your Facebook share plug-in. Use mine from the picture above, or have a play to find what you want. When finished, click the ‘Save Changes’ button at the bottom, and go and have a look at your blog to see your results:
At first I was disappointed, because it didn’t have the counter box above it, as shown in my first picture at the top of this post. But then I realised it has to be activated with a click to bring the counter up:
Now to keep me happy with my Facebook share plug-in counter always active, don’t forget to share my posts on your Facebook profiles to let all your followers know about my posts so they can become readers of this blog too!