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Easy way to share a blog post with a best friend—or a complete stranger

This post is the second in a three-part series that covers how to subscribe to this site, share posts on it, and navigate it. Recently I have been working with some clients to attract readers to and retain them on the clients’ websites; these articles reflect some strategies we’ve implemented. This series isn’t just to encourage the use of those features here, but also to help other bloggers add them to their sites.

In the earlier days of the Internet, if you wanted to share a website with someone, you had to copy and paste the URL into an e-mail message and send it to a friend. Now on many blogs, including this one, you can just select a button to share an entry. And you can share it with anybody, not just someone you know.

Here are some easy ways to save and share content.

del.icio.us

Selecting the multicolored box under each post on this site will bookmark the article on del.icio.us, a social-bookmarking site. According to del.ico.us, “The primary use of del.icio.us is to store your bookmarks online, which allows you to access the same bookmarks from any computer and add bookmarks from anywhere, too…You can also use del.icio.us to see the interesting links that your friends and other people bookmark, and share links with them in return. You can even browse and search del.icio.us to discover the cool and useful bookmarks that everyone else has saved.”

Digg

Selecting the dog with the shovel will submit the article to Digg, a social news website. According to Digg, “Everything on Digg is submitted by our community (that would be you). After you submit content, other people read your submission and Digg what they like best. If your story rocks and receives enough Diggs, it is promoted to the front page for the millions of visitors to see.”

Reddit

Selecting the character with the wide E.T.-like face will add this article to reddit. According to reddit, “reddit is a source for what’s new and popular on the web — personalized for you. Your votes train a filter, so let reddit know what you liked and disliked, because you’ll begin to be recommended links filtered to your tastes.”

Others

If you use another social networking or bookmarking site (such as Newsvine, Furl, or Blogmarks), please let me know and I will consider adding it to the site. (If you have a blog and are interested in adding these features to your website, I used Cal Evans’s Notable plugin for Word Press.)

E-mail a page

Selecting the “E-mail” option that appears under each post will open your default e-mail application and prefill it with information about the post, including the link, so you can pass it along to a friend. The e-mail addresses you use are private; I cannot see them.

Any questions?

The next post will cover features on this blog that allow you to easily navigate the site. And, as with the ways to share content on a blog described herein, they are easy to replicate on your own website.

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