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Social Stats: The Social Statistics Search Engine

Google with Social Stats is a great search engine for content marketers, social media practitioners, copywriters and SEO’s.

Google with Social Stats: The Social Statistics Search Engine

Facebook Likes, Tweet Counts and Google+ Shares are a good indicator of an article’s popularity on the web. And that’s exactly what the above Google Custom Search Engine is all about.

It serves standard Google web search results but enhanced with image thumnails and social statistics so you can easily spot the most popular stories.

So what exactly does Google with Social Stats do?

Input your search term in Google with Social Stats, hit “Search” and you’ll be served with image thumbs, and social statistics – for Facebook, Google+ and Twitter – on the results page.

Find out what your competitors followers on Facebook, Google+ & Twitter are sharing

Not only is this perfect for tracking popularity of keywords, it can also be a handy research tool for content marketers, copywriters, social media practitioners and SEO’s.

Simply input your keywords or search terms (as below) and then check out the SERP to analyse the content, keywords, reviews, post titles and many other insights.

Analyse keywords and content of social sharing results

Give Google with Social Stats a test drive now!

Setup Twitter Follow button as a widget in WordPress

Setup Twitter Follow button as a widget in WordPress

Today saw the official launch of the Twitter “follow” button which can be added to your website to increase engagement and create a lasting connection with your audience.

I reckon that this is going to be a great way to gain new followers organically through visits to your site or blog.

So you want to add the Twitter “follow” button to your site do you? If you’re using WordPress it’s a piece of cake. It will literally take you 5 minutes! Follow the steps below:

1. Go to http://twitter.com/about/resources/followbutton

2. It takes 4 steps – first add your Twitter username (e.g. my Twitter username is @pedrodasilvauk). Then select your background colour of preference and select whether you’d like to display a follower count or not. And lastly, select your language.

Setup Twitter Follow Button in WordPress

Setup Twitter Follow Button in WordPress - No Follower Count

If you choose not to display a follower count, your Twitter Follow button will look like this:

If you choose not to display a follower count, your Twitter Follow button will look like this:

Don't display Twitter follower count onTwitter Button

If you choose to display a follower count, your Twitter Follow button will look like this:

If you choose to display a follower count, your Twitter Follow button will look like this:

Display Twitter follower count onTwitter Button

3. Copy the Twitter Button code you’d prefer and paste it into Notepad or other text editor.

4. Login to your WordPress sites administrator panel.

5. Click on Appearance -> Widgets and drag a Text widget to your sidebar.

Add a text widget to your WordPress sidebar to display your Twitter Follower button

6. Paste the Twitter Follower Button code you copied earlier on into the WordPress text widget. Save the changes!

Paste the Twitter Follower Button code you copied earlier on into the WordPress text widget

7. Preview the result in your WordPress website or blog and test!

Twitter Follow Button widget for WordPress in action!

Note: Once you’re following a user that has the Twitter Follow button installed on their site and while you’re logged into Twitter, the Twitter Follow button should show you that you’re already following that relevant Twitter account.

What the Twitter Follow button looks like (when you're logged into Twitter) if you're already following a Twitter profile

Easy hey? Great. Go and setup the Twitter Follow button as a widget in WordPress…

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