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Get your website off of your website!



It used to be hard to get other websites to link to your site. Why? Because you had to ask them to do it. Then (if they decided that made sense) they had to manually create the link. If you pointed them to a sub-page of your site and then redesigned, most likely that link changed – so you had to go through the process again. And this was primarily for other businesses or organizations. Individuals? Most normal people didn’t have websites, and didn’t think they’d ever need one.

Guess what? This has changed! These days – though most people don’t think of it like this – most normal people have websites. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that more individuals have websites than do organizations.

Why do I say that? Because of Facebook. Facebook profiles are essentially personal websites. People with a Facebook account now have a way to post text, photos, and videos, add some “about me” info, and have a place for comments. Contact information can be there, if you choose to do that. You even have a URL (and now, even an email address from Facebook). And the people who also have Twitter, Linked In, or Instagram accounts? They have multiple personal web spaces.

And this is awesome. Because now, you – as an organization – have an amazingly simple way to get your content linked to a multitude of other websites without really having to ask.

Just do this: post good, useful content to your organization’s social places. Post information about your upcoming events. Post interesting book reviews. Etc. And include a link back to the full content on your library’s website.

OK – you also need to write in a fun, interesting way that’s conversational and not too market-y sounding. And this is assuming your organization actually has a presence on social networks, and has been actively working to attract friends to those sites.

Guess what? People respond. By commenting and liking. By retweets to your stuff. When they do this, they have just done something HUGE. They have just added your content to their streams … to their “websites.” And at the same time, shared your content with their friends. Then the process starts all over again.

And voila! Your content has just made it “out of the building.” Pretty cool, huh?

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  • Sbents

    I was looking at the Topeka Shawnee County PL site, and I don’t see any of the FB and other SN links on the homepage. I was expecting to see those icons for quick access. Why not have them displayed?

    Secondly, can patrons comment directly to your site? My PL has a response box online for comments, but we don’t post these online. Interaction and expressing yourself is so important to people these days that I’m considering pursuing this for my library. 

  • http://www.davidleeking.com davidleeking

    Interesting … we actually do have links to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and
    Flickr on our main page – down at the bottom of the page. We should probably
    add a more prominent “Follow us on Facebook” link towards the top of the
    page, though.

    And yep – on most pages anyone can leave comments immediately.

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