David Breyer’s article on putting Del.icio.us, Digg, Technorati and Slashdot buttons in your WordPress blog is brilliant and a must have if you are going for good SEO page ranking. It also makes it easy for users of Del.icio.us, Technorati, Digg, and Slashdot to add your article to their tag service.
BUT…it begs the question: Should you do this?
The technique is simple, just add David Breyer’s helpful code to your
index.php template file in your WordPress Theme, but should you?
Ask yourself if every post you write needs such links?
In order to get tagged by users, your posts need to be worthy of recognition and rememberance. In other words, worth saving and of value to many people.
Not everything written appeals to everyone. And not everything written in a blog appeals to everyone or every tagging service.
Digg specializes only in articles dealing with technological issues and products like hi-tech, blogging, Internet, web, computers, space, music, video, and cell. Technorati and Del.icio.us cover a wide spectrum, as does Spurl, Furl, Bloglines, and others, though the most popular topics tend to cover technology, current events, and politics. Slashdot has several categories of subjects, but they also tend to cover technology for the most part.
If you are blogging about your family, hobby, or just the facts of your day-to-day life, do you need such links? No. If your blogging style is to just provide blockquotes and links to information on other sites, then you probably shouldn’t include links to these tagging services either, since the tagged site needs to be the original site with the content, not a post linking to the content.
If you are blogging with original, information-stuffed content, then yes, you should include such tagging links to help users add your content information to their tagging services.
It’s up to you to include or not include such links but do so wisely. Otherwise, they just clutter up your nice looking blog. For those who are serious about tagging articles to their tagging services, they will be using tagging bookmarklets and tools that will allow them to quickly add your post to their tag service, so they will ignore whatever links you supply.
Use these wisely and intelligently so they retain their power and are not abused.
- A Tagging Bookmarklet for WordPress and wordpress.com Users
- Tags and Tagging in WordPress
- Getting Dug with Digg Can Sting
- Social Bookmarking Managers – And the Winner Is?
- Adding Post to Spurl Button on Your WordPress Posts
- Benefits of Using Furl and Del.icio.us Together for Research
- Digging Into Digg – What’s Behind the Curtain
- New Toys for Digg Fans
- Getting the Most Out of Digg Traffic Explored
- You, Too, Can Get to the Top in Del.icio.us Most Popular Posts
- Oh, The Joy of Being Slashdotted and Dugg
- Give a Wink and a Smile