How To Get Your Posts Shared Without Asking

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If you’ve been engaging in online communities, maybe of your blog’s niche, you might have noticed many bloggers out there who literally beg the fellow community members to share their posts. They don’t seem to care whether the post is worth sharing to millions or not. All they need is an increase in the counts of those social media buttons on their site.

Apart from asking everyone to share, they also keep on sharing their stuff every 30 minutes (approx.) which is a very annoying thing for everyone because the timeline is sometimes full of their posts.

Here are some quick tips on how to get your posts shared without asking anyone, so that you don’t act like the people discussed in the above stanza. If you’re yet unfamiliar with the title, it simply means how to encourage more shares (mostly on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn etc) of your posts.

Add a Personal Touch

Undoubtedly well written tutorials rock the search engines and one needs to have tutorials or similar articles on the blog for the readers depending upon the niche the blog lies into. But there has to be a good number of posts where a blogger shares something that shows a personal touch. For example, one can write a post about “Planting Seeds Carefully in the Garden”, by sharing a short personal story with the readers.

The advantage of adding a personal touch to the articles is that the readers feel comfortable knowing that the author has his/her success story with the same techniques mentioned in the article. This feeling just convinces the readers to click the ‘Like’ button, or more if they prefer.

Visibility of the Buttons

Often bloggers forget the placement of the social sharing buttons. Some keep the buttons so small that they’re hardly visible. These small buttons are usually put as 16×16 buttons under the post, and the readers rarely take a look down there.

Some bloggers have a habit to put the social buttons right before the article starts! It seems like the readers have to ‘unlock’ the article by sharing it, which totally annoys the reader.

Some bloggers prefer using a floating sharebar, which would actually work very well if it is set up properly. However, the floating sharebars are often ‘misplaced’ on the page from user to user because of the variety of browsers, devices and other mediums are used.

Have a Small Message

Sometimes a small ‘message’ might just do the thing for you. For example, right before your sharebar you can have a button like the one here. This was just an example, so the options are limitless.

The advantage of having a message is not so much, but it might just make the sharing bar look catching. These small messages might also make the ‘invisible buttons’ visible to some!

It is not a must to use images because even a catching text can do it for you. WordPress’s in-built sharebar has an option for a user to edit this text message, if required.

Note that this is not asking, because asking is when you actually annoy the readers while this is more like a small request, and doesn’t annoy at all. As mentioned in the beginning, asking is when one keeps on sharing the stuff and then PM’s fellow members to share it.

Striking Titles

First of all, don’t forget that if I share your post on Facebook, the chances of the post being shared through me also increase (depending upon my profile stats). For example, I have a Facebook page with 18,000 fans and then I share your article (which of course has to be worth it), I do have good chances of the post being re-shared by the fans of the page.

To attract more two-tier shares quality is the first thing, title and image is the second. A post titled “Twitter’s New Look Disappoints Millions” has more chances of getting the two-tier shares than a post titled “Twitter’s New Look”.

Titles do play an important rule, often when second-tier shares are taken into consideration.

Use a Popup Plugin

Advanced WordPress popup plugins such as the “Intelligent WP Popup” plugin lets you configure a popup trigger condition. You can trigger a poup with sharing option after someone spent 5 minutes on your article.

Conclusion

In order to increase those shares without asking, the first thing one should do is not to ‘ask’. Keep in your mind that requesting and asking are two different things. However, requesting often misleads to annoyance, so better keep it simple and normal.

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