Sharing Links using Visibli



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Sharing is the most fundamental act which drives traffic to blogs. The only beneficiary in this process is the content being shared and not the person sharing it. It would be so much better if the person sharing it would also get the due credit. This is exactly what Visibli does. It creates links with a fixed bar present on the top of the content, something similar to Digg and StumbleUpon. That bar can include a loads of things including Links, Like button ,Tweet button, RSS Feed tickers, to name a few. It also has some really interesting options which can make you a shareaholic by heart. Lets dig in.



Come again What's Visibli ?

In its own words

Visibli is a Social Marketing and Analytics platform that helps you optimize your social media engagement.

In simple words, it provides detailed statistics including number of clicks each link receives giving you insights about what your audience like the most and helping you in optimizing and streamlining your engagement with them. About the bar , its officially called Engagement Bar™ and fulfills a really basic need in a really innovative way.

Is it free ?

Oh Yes and all the features that I am going to discuss are available for free use. There is a Paid version also but that just goes over the top, only for those that are like very deep into Social Media.

How to get started started

1. Go to Visibli.com and Login (In case you have not registered then register firstly either using Facebook or Twitter account)



Visibli Connect using Facebook


2. In this example I am using the Facebook Login option , after I Click the Sign In with Facebook button and give all the necessary Permissions , I am redirected to the main settings page of my account.



Visibli Engagement Bar Settings


3. For starters ,we will checkout the Customize Your Bar option


Visibli Engagement Bar Themes and Widgets



4. Now a array of options will appear to choose from. Firstly select a general format like for Bloggers or Agencies ,etc and then choose the widgets to include in it. Lets choose the Bloggers Bar



Visibli Customizing the bar


5. Now comes the part about choosing the widgets to be included in the bar , firstly the Link to your blog , hover over the Name and click the Edit option. Now enter your URL

6. For inserting any widget from the gallery , just drag it to your Bar. When you are Done just click the Save and Continue button and you will be redirected back to your main Settings page.


Visibli Options


7. Now comes the task of linking your Twitter and Facebook accounts. The reason being so that you don't have to come back again and again to convert your URL. So from Now onwards ,whenever a URL is posted on your Twitter account , it will automatically contain the Engagement Bar beforehand.


Visibli Social Settings


8. We will be connecting the Twitter Account in the example , Under the Social Settings click the Connect Twitter Account option and you will be redirected to a page to Authorize the App. Now your Twitter account is connected. Now you will be presented with options like whether to Change links from services like Foursquare ,etc and also whether you want the bar to appear in the first place or just want the statistics. Save after you are done. Now all links (expect ones present in tweet beginning with @ ) will have this Bar in them and a custom URL.


Visibli social settings advanced


9. Now you are all set and start sharing !!


Some Other options

Analytics

Visibli Analytics

One of the Core functionalities provided by Visibli , it keeps tracks of all the links shared via Visibli (And the Connected Social Networks) and also provides the number of clicks each of these receives . It also has some other interesting features like Top Reshared and Real-Time stats. To access it ,go to Analytics Tab present in the Top Menu

Connect your Bit.ly account


Visibli Bit.Ly settings

In case you want all your URLs turned into short URL , you can directly connect your Bit.ly account with Visibli . To do that just go to the following URL and enter your Bit.Ly login and Bit.Ly API Key (In case you don't know them , refer this )

Similarly you can connect Visibli directly with Tweetdeck and Seismic

Autopost Tweets to Facebook


Autopost tweets to Facebook


The normal option to post Tweets to Facebook (present in FB settings ) will cause problem of double posting , To solve that go to Twitter to Facebook option and select the Facebook page to post your Tweets to.

Bookmarklet


Visibli Bookmarklet


There is also a option for adding the Link converter to your Bookmark Bar in Chrome, making converting links while surfing easier. To do the same go to this page and drag the Bookmarklet into your bookmark bar.

Websites/Blogs External Links


Visibli Websites/Blogs Settings page


This is by far the most interesting feature . The ability to make all the external links in your blog to open in these bar windows. To access this option go to the Websites/Blogs option in the Tools Menu

In this the biggest plus is the ability to make the Custom Link URL into ones that are hosted on your Blog (like link.blogname.com ) just by adding a DNS record. This is possible for Custom Domains on Blogger only. The implication of this small option are very far reaching. Not only will the person checking out the link will see the Engagement Bar but in a way will also be contributing in increasing your Alexa Rank and if by chance the person links , then it will be your site that will get the benefit.

Hope you found this Tool useful, In case you have any problems implementing it then feel free to ask in comments below or you can even contact Visibli via Twitter (They are very responsive )


Written by Prayag Verma

A self proclaimed Blogger Evangelist. He has been blogging for the past 4 years and likes to help people having problems with Blogger . Get more from Prayag on and Twitter

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Hi Prayag

Kind of out of post related topic.

How can I get a 'You might Like box " like http://www.stylifyyourblog.com ?

nice post sir,but didn't understand the whole stuff on visibli on first attempt :p
Is this work like google analytics?

MUXLIMO said...

Hoho... thanks for this info, Bro.. :)

Nice Posts.. a lot of knowledge I have found here
I am happy to visit your blog

Something on the same lines ,It keeps track of the clicks a link receives but its main feature is the Engagement Bar in a nutshell it will let you create something like links.jobsonchoice.com and let you share any URL in it. For example check this link http://links.stylifyyourblog.com/share/PsdqOJ , you will see that even though its somebodies content yet its being browsed via my URL .

I use http://www.outbrain.com/ for the You Might Like widget, about the Rounded corners , its just border-radius attribute of CSS

Please In case you have any other questions which are not related to the post , then post them in the Forum http://www.stylifyyourblog.com/forum

Amit Shaw said...

Hey Prayag. Just superb.....
I would like to give it a try . . . .. Thanks a lot.
Nice to see that its free too :)
Thanks mate.

Thank You for sharing this! What an excellent tool!

Bharadwaj said...

Bro nice post but I wanna share links from http://geekspot.in on groups which I am not an admin any app for that ?? plz say

Thanks Bharadwaj Giridhar , to do that , just login into your account and enter the URL in the Share Your Links Here field (See Step 2 for screenshot ) and Press Go. Now you will be given a URL which contains the Engagement Bar, and you can easily share this anywhere you like

Bharadwaj said...

Thanks for the reply buddy going to implement on http://geekspot.in :D you tried this ?? ?

Yes I use this for my Twitter account , all the URL posted in my Twitter account have a Engagement bar in them

To see ,check me on Twitter

Sam said...

didn't know about Visibli before..........thanks for the article.....:)

Hello Prayag , I cant understand the way to set the links as links.blogname.com , can you help me on that?

For that you will have to add DNS records in your domain registrars control panel for your site. This procedure varies for each domain registrar but can help if you can provide the name of your Domain registrar

My domain registrar is bigrock.

There is a good tutorial on how to add a DNS record in BigRock Here

Here is what you have to add

Record Type- CNAME
Record Host- links.yourdomain.com
Record Answer- links.visibli.com
TTL- 300