I imagine the underlying goal of most anyone that takes the time to blog is to have someone read their thoughts. No matter the theme, intended audience or quality of content taking there is likely someone out there that will read, watch or listen to whatever it is you do with your own little nugget of the web. There’s little technical know-how involved with the process (on a basic level at least) but actually getting your work seen in the sea of blogs can be something of a challenge.
Sites like Technorati, Reddit, StumbleUpon and Scoutle (among dozens of others) can help get your work noticed and generate some traffic. Typically this involves setting up an account and putting a little snippet of code onto your page and/or posts. Blogs hosted by WordPress.com, like mine here, can be at a serious disadvantage due to the code that is and isn’t allowed in posts and sidebar widgets.
While trolling through the WordPress.com help forums I came across this little tool called GetSocial. It generates a bar of network site buttons, customized for each of your posts, that is easily pasted into your blog. The row of buttons at the bottom of this post is just one of four cosmetic options given.
GetSocial is made especially for WordPress.com bloggers. It automatically generates a (specially designed) social bookmarking toolbar for each one of your posts. This is a 100% scriptless way to create social bookmarking links, which makes it a perfect solution for wordpress.com users. It is also based on a 3 step wizard interface which is very friendly and easy to use. Oh, and it’s 100% free!
There is no installation or registration required. If you can copy and paste a link, you can use this. Adding all these links by hand would be painfully time consuming, where GetSocial does it in less then a minute. It’s not a guaranteed source of traffic but having the links there can’t hurt 😀
As a side note, I’ve been told by someone at Scoutle that they are working on having a WordPress.com compatable widget, as opposed to the boring and slightly less effective static box we’re currently limited to, coming up very soon.