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Quick New Year’s Website Update

Fun fact: search engines almost entirely ignore the words “and,” “the,” and “of.” They also don’t take to kindly to the word “it.” Why does that matter? Well, it means that “And the Rest of It” is a rather awful website name if my goal is to generate traffic.

Thankfully, that’s not my goal. I write because I love writing and want to improve, not because I want people to read all the wonderful things I have to talk about. I also don’t make any money off of running this website. That said, I’ve been encouraged to give my blog a little more publicity by people who say they’ve found my posts helpful.

Blogs get clicks in two main ways: search engine hits and social media. Since my website title does a fantastically awful job of appearing on Google, Bing, and the rest of them, I thought I’d ask for a little help from you readers. I’d like to request that if you find an article helpful, please share it with your friends on the social network(s) of your choice.

To make this easier for you, I’ve taken the liberty of adding some social sharing buttons at the bottom of each post. These are done in a noticeable-but-not-spammy way. They’re not there to yell at you; I’ve simply added them as a reminder and a shortcut. Don’t feel obligated to share, but if you think your friends would be helped by or interested in one of my posts, help yourself to one of the buttons—click two; they’re small.

While I was at it, I also made the comment form look a bit nicer by adjusting the spacing. You might not even notice this change, though.

Speaking of comments and sharing, I find that I almost never use the sharing buttons on a website. I usually just copy and paste the URL to the social network I want to use. That’s why it’s taken me until now to add the buttons. But I’m curious to know how my readers share things.

If you don’t mind, leave a comment below explaining how you normally share links.

Comments

  • JOe says:

    I use the share buttons… and almost exclusively via Twitter… though occasionally through FB

  • Matt Handley says:

    I definitely use share buttons. Usually to my twitter, which automatically puts it on my Facebook thanks to ITTT. On a sidenote, is it possible to add a feature where I would be notified of additional comments to a post I have commented on? I often forget to check for replies.

    • David Mikucki says:

      You know, the system is supposed to do that but a lot of my server’s emails get stuck in spam filters. You could check your spam filter and add the email address to your mail client’s contacts. I should also try to get my server’s emails to stop hitting people’s spam filters.

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