By now you’ll know that I’ve started a social bookmarking site for everything Japan-related. If you’ve registered for JapanSoc and write about Japan on your own blog, then you’ll probably want this Digg-style voting button on your site.
Update: The WordPress plugin for this button is now available directly from WordPress. Read about the updates here: New JapanSoc it! Button. April 14th, 2009.
What does the button do?
It allows your readers to easily submit your blog posts to JapanSoc, and then automatically shows how many votes, or socs, your article has received from other JapanSoc’ers. After an article has been submitted, clicking the button will send your readers to JapanSoc where they can vote, or otherwise to the login/registration page.
Why should I use it?
It should encourage more of your readers to sign up for JapanSoc and vote for your posts, giving you more exposure on the social bookmarking site, and bringing new visitors to your blog.
How do I add it to a WordPress blog?
If you are running your own WordPress blog, then follow these instructions:
- Download the JapanSoc WordPress plugin
- Upload the japansoc folder to your wp-content/plugins folder
- Go to Admin -> Plugins, scroll down to JapanSoc: Soc it!, and click activate
- From the HTML tab, type
<!--japansocright--> in your post where you want the button to appear
How do I add it to a non-Wordpress blog?
To add a button on a page with a single post, just copy and paste this:
If you have a page with multiple posts, you can separate each instance of the button by using the two lines of code below, and providing a url for each post.
Thanks to the Xorsyst, creator of OtakuStuff.com
Credit for the JapanSoc Voting Button goes to Louis from Xorsyst.com, one of the oldest blogs I’ve come across, with content dating back to early 2002!
One of his latest articles announced the launch of OtakuStuff.com, a social bookmarking site for fans of Japanese anime, manga, games and cosplay. In building the site, Louis made the above WordPress plugin, and was kind enough to share it with us at JapanSoc. If you’re an Otaku, make sure you sign up for OtakuStuff and get the Moe It! version of this voting button for your blog.