Friday, November 24, 2006

Social Bookmarking on Blogger Beta

Social bookmarking will bring plenty of traffic to your blog. Sites like Digg, Furl, Delicious, Reddit, etc. are ways to post bookmarks to your favorite websites with short descriptions so other people can find them. Typically, there is a voting system involved so that once a submitted website gets enough votes, it shows up on the front page of the social bookmarking site. Once sites make it to the front page, they typically experience something close to or the actual "digg effect." Essentially what this means is that you'll get thousands of hits and possibly your site could stall, or in some cases even crash.

We all pray for that much traffic!

One way to help potential bookmarkers Digg or Furl your site is to give them a single-click link from a blog entry. The problem for a huge amount of people now is that Blogger has switched to a different code format with its recent upgrade, and it was aggravating me that I could not find the answer. Once I figured it out, it was glorious. Any, for all those of you who are where I was, you can now rejoice.

While in your "Template" section in Blogger, go to "Edit HTML" and make sure your "Expand Widget Templates" option is checked. Then do a search for anything in the following sequence (sans the code in red). It's easiest to search for "post-footer-line-2" I think. Once you're there, find the section in between the and the at the bottom of this

tag and insert the code, as shown here:



<p class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-2'>
<span class='post-labels'>
<b:if cond='data:post.labels'>
<data:postLabelsLabel/>
<b:loop values='data:post.labels' var='label'>
<a expr:href='data:label.url' rel='tag'>
<data:label.name/></a><b:if cond='data:label.isLast != "true"'>,</b:if>
</b:loop>
</b:if>

<br /><br />
<strong>
<a expr:href='"http://digg.com/submit?phase=3&amp;url=" +
data:post.url' target='_blank'>Digg This!</a> |
<a expr:href='"http://del.icio.us/post?url=" + data:post.url +
"&amp;title=" + data:post.title' target='_blank'>Add to Del.icio.us</a> |
<a expr:href='"http://www.furl.net/storeIt.jsp?u=" + data:post.url +
"&amp;t=" + data:post.title' target='_blank'>Furl It</a>
</strong>

</span>
</p>



Once you're done, hit the "Preview" button to make sure you haven't broken anything and it should work flawlessly. If not, comment and let me know but otherwise, great job! You are now one step closer to getting super bookmarked!

- Scott

2 comments:

Maki said...

Great blog .. was wondering if you would like to trade links as we seem to share the same niche.

http://doshdosh.blogspot.com

Thanks!

Shaunna :) said...

Excellent - thanks for this!!