Tonight I learned a little trick that will hopefully help you increase traffic to your website and/or help your fans pass on your name to their friends and network.

I’d always wondered how to get people to forward a message through their twitter and facebook account. The code is actually quite simple. If you’ve got a useful information and you want people to spread it through their social networkin accounts, here’s how.

  • DISCLAIMER: So there seems to be an issue when you copy/paste the below codes in your html editor. It doesn’t seem to work. I’m really not sure why. Rest-assured that this is the code. It works on myspace and probably a few other sites. But it might be best to type it out instead of copy/pasting when in your website’s html editor.

Twitter
Message for fans: “Band XYZ has a a show on Friday at Iota! Hope you can make it!  Contact us for details or isit www.XYZ.com!

code: <a href= “http://twitter.com/home?status= Band XYZ has a a show on Friday at Iota! Hope you can make it!  Contact us for details or visit www.XYZ.com” target= “_blank”>Tweet This</a>

result: Tweet This (click and see what happens)

That’s your code. Embed it on your site and only change the text in blue after “href” and before “target”, and you’ve made it easy for your fans to help you spread the word.  It will look like this.

p.s. don’t forget to:

  1. including  your twitter account
  2. include a link to a place where peope can find more information on your post
  3. make sure the post is within 140 characters.

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Facebook
Facebook allows you to post links for forwarding, but not text.
So instead of posting the above message about band XYZ’s show, you can only post www.xyz.com

code: <a href= “http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http://www.XYZ.com” target= “_blank”>Share this on Facebook</a>

result: Share this on Facebook (click and see what happen)

That’s your code. Embed this on your site and only change the text in blue after that funky looking facebook link and “=” sign, and you’ve made it easy for your fans to help you spread the word.  It will look like this. Click and see what happens:

If you want, you can use icons instead of the words “tweet this” or “share this on facebook”, check out this page to see how that looks.
Pretty cool stuff.

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