Have you ever wondered how people get these buttons on their site?
I have been trying to figure that out for a while now. I really want to add it to my church’s website, and to any other sites we use – like Facebook, and others… if I can do that (will let you know).
Though I knew what I was looking for, I didn’t know what it was called. So, I made Google Search to do the work for me. I started by typing “how to” and let the drop-down of suggested results pop up. Then I added “share” to the search phrase, and after trying a few other phrases, typing one letter at a time to see what suggestions there were, I just went with “on social media” and got what I was looking for. Success!
Now, if you don’t understand what I just did, I wasn’t writing a long paragraph for my health. If you have never used Google Tool Bar to find something, I have just described how useful it can be when you aren’t even sure what key words to use in your search. If you would like to download Google Toolbar, click here.
Now, the exciting results of my search findings!
This site generates a button with code you can copy and add to your site. This is exactly what I have been looking for, but had no idea where to find it. I also discovered something. Go here to see it for yourself.
What I realized is that there are a lot, and I mean lots of social media sites - which those in the know refer to as Web 2.0 sites which you can take advantage of to promote your church or nonprofit online.
Web 2.0 simply means the reinvention of the Internet with a focus on user driven content and promotion. Social media has revolutionized the way the Internet is used. No longer is it just a world where techie website administrators control all the content and delivery of information to the Web. Now the average user can take a page they like, share it with friends on other sites to create buzz.
In essence, the users of your website or blog advertise your content for you. The best part is that these people hold sway and influence over their friends who have email addresses and membership accounts also on social networking sites. The phrase “its not what you know but who you know” has finally been applied to the Internet.
When you create media and content that your visitors find useful or enjoy they will share it, and your visitor traffic will grow, thereby spreading your message.