How To Use ‘Press This’ On WordPress #bloggingtips

I stopped reblogging blog posts months ago. In fact, I wish I’d never started using the reblog button. Why? Because of the fantastic little feature WordPress call ‘Press This’. But, what is ‘Press This’, where can you find it, and how do you use it?

‘Press This’ is an alternative way to reblogging. It’s like reblogging a post, but you can do so much more with it than you can when using the reblog button. It does take a little more time to set up, but that’s because it’s more than just about pressing a button and then moving on. For quickness, reblogging a post is perfect. However, if like me you have made the most out of reblogging (click here to read the post) then you can easily make up the extra time it takes in setting up a ‘Press This’ share.

The ‘Press This’ button can be found amongst the sharing buttons at the bottom of a published post and is easy to spot. Here’s where it appears on my blog.

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The WordPress ‘Press This’ sharing button

I’ll now go through a step-by-step guide on how to use it.

  • First, find a blog post you want to share. It can be one of your own blog posts or a blog post that has been written by another blogger.
  • Click on the ‘Press This’ sharing button, and a new window will open (like the one below).

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  • You can, if you wish, change or make alterations to the title of the post. However, in this instance, I don’t want to make any changes or alter the title.
  • Inside the text box of the new window, you will see the Source link to the post you want to share with your readers. Just before the source link, add some text as to why you are sharing the post with your readers.
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Tell your readers why you are sharing the post
  • You can also add an image or photo to the post by either clicking on the ‘Scan’ button in the top right-hand corner of the window, or by clicking on the media icon. However, ensure you first click the place in the post where you want your image or photo to appear before clicking on the media icon. If using ‘Scan’, your image(s) will appear at the beginning of the post.

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  • Next, head on over to the box on the right-hand side of the window where you’ll see three lines – Format, Categories, and Tags. It’s essential that you ensure you attend to these three items before publishing your post. Adding a category (or categories) and tags will help visitors and search engines find your post more quickly.

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  • Choose which format you want for your post by clicking on the little arrow just after the word ‘Standard’. You’ll be presented with the different types of formats you can use for your post. In this instance, I’m sticking with the ‘Standard’ format.
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Choose a format for your post
  • Next, click on the little arrow before the word ‘Format’ (to bring you back to the page where categories and tags also appear) and then click on the little arrow just after ‘Categories’.
  • Choose a category you already have on your blog or create a new one. You can add as many categories as you want, but remember to only select those that apply to the post.
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Remember to always categorise your blog posts
  • Click on the little arrow before ‘Categories’ (to take you back to tags) and then click on the little arrow after ‘Tags’.
  • Add some tags to your post, as this helps visitors to your blog find your post more quickly. However, remember to only add tags (keywords) that apply to the post.
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Always add tags (keywords) to all your blog posts
  • Check you are happy with everything before pressing the ‘Publish’ button.
  • Click on the ‘Publish’ button.
  • Your post will now be shared with all your readers.
  • Once it is published, go back and check the post to ensure you are happy with everything.
  • Remember, as when anyone reblogs one of your posts, to always thank the person who has shared your post. Click here for full details.

Other things you can do with ‘Press This’ (before publishing the post) which you can not do when reblogging a post are –

  • Add a hyperlink or pingback to another one of your own posts or the post of another blogger
  • Add a hyperlink to another website
  • Make font bold
  • Make font italic
  • Add a bulleted list
  • Add a numbered list
  • Add a block quote

When you reblog a post, unlike when you use ‘Press This’, you have to go back into the post, after publishing it, to do any of the above. The same applies to adding a category and tags to a reblogged post. They can only be added after you have published the post (unless you’ve set up a default category on your blog).

Another significant benefit of using ‘Press This’.

None of the images or photos from the post you’re sharing go into your media library, so you’re not using up valuable storage space. Plus, that means you don’t have to worry if any of the images on the post you’ve shared are copyrighted and/or not free to use because, unlike a reblog, they don’t actually appear on your blog.

One final reminder is to ensure that you turn off comments on your ‘Press This’ post if you’d rather readers leave their comments over on the original post. Unfortunately, this is one thing you can’t do before publishing the post. To turn off comments, go to your published post and, under More Options, untick the ‘Allow comments’ box under ‘Discussion’.

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Do you use ‘Press This’, and do you have any tips on using it? Please share them with us in the comments section.

If you have any questions regarding the WordPress ‘Press This’ feature, then please leave them in the comments section, and I’ll come back to you.

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  1. Great instructions as usual. One of the main reasons I use press this now is due to the fact that you can use it on any article, not just WordPress blogs so long as you add the little button thing to your browser. That way on my music blog I can share all kinds of music related info. It works really well for me that way

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    1. I’m not sure what you mean by the ‘key’. If you have Pinterest or Flipboard you can save the post to one of your boards or magazines. Or you could press the ‘Press This’ sharing button and save it as a draft in your blog’s dashboard. I hope that helps.

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  2. Reblogged this on Suzie Speaks and commented:
    An INCREDIBLY USEFUL post from Hugh here about using the ‘Press This’ function… Something I need to learn to do myself! Please don’t like or comment on the reblog – hop on over to Hugh and say hello!

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  3. Very detailed post. I didn’t realise it had so much to offer. I wrote a post on republishing on WordPress and covered press this, reblog and reschedule. But your post show me what press this can do.

    Having said that, I don’t like reblog or press it cause some people never view the original…

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    1. Thanks so much for your comments.

      I always enjoy sharing the blog posts of other bloggers, although usually do that via Social Media. Some of my own blogs posts that have been reblogged and shared via ‘Press This’ have been very successful, bringing in lots more likes, comments and views. I’m always delighted whenever anyone shares one of my posts by reblogging, using ‘Press This’ or via social media. I always turn off comments on any posts I reblog or share via ‘Press This’ so that readers have to comment over on the original. It seems to work very well for me.

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  4. I’ve actually never used Press This function before, though I know it exists. It does sound like it provides more categorisation and editing control over just a Reblog prior to publishing. But as Ali said, I don’t think too many people know about it, and Reblog is so much more common. I wasn’t too clear on this, but I’m guessing you can also change the publication date of the post?

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  5. Hi Hugh!

    Thank you for this post. It was very informative. I’ve now done two reblogs. On the first, I used “Reblog”. (If I remember right. I may have used “Share -> with WordPress” in the Chrome browser menu. It was early in my blogging career, so I don’t remember for sure.) The second, thanks to your article, I gave “Press This” a try. Although I appreciate the fact that “Press This” doesn’t download all of the images into your media storage, when it comes to appearance, I far preferred “Reblog”.

    Why?

    Whereas Reblog (if that’s what I used) included the first few paragraphs of the reblogged post to give my readers a quick taste and encourage their “click-through”, Press This only put a link. I could have done that myself with only two extra clicks, and then made it more appealing and “clickable”!

    Anyway these are my first forays into reblogging so I will continue to experiment with them. All I know for sure this early in my learning process is that I really liked having that official-looking excerpt that the first attempt gave me.

    If you’re interested, I’m including the links to my two posts I’m speaking of.

    The Reblog (I think) post:

    https://jamesclarkthenextiteration.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/stay-at-home-moms-vs-working-moms-why-we-need-to-stop-the-mommy-wars/

    The Press This post:

    https://jamesclarkthenextiteration.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/my-mountain-memories-with-a-reblog-of-settling-part-ii/

    Maybe sometime soon I’ll reblog your list of blogging tips that I liked so well as another test.

    Thanks for all your hard work!

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    1. Thanks for your comments, James.

      I’m glad to see that when you do reblog a post that you tell your readers why you’re sharing the post with them. Many bloggers don’t do that and readers end up wondering why they are sharing it. You could actually copy and paste the first paragraph of a blog post you’re sharing via ‘Press This’, but I believe it’s up to me to tell my readers why I think they should read a post I have enjoyed reading and want to share. I now never read a reblogged post unless the blogger sharing it has given very good reasons why it should be read.

      However, what really puts me off reblogging was not only the fact that images from the post are added to your media library, but that if any of those images are copyrighted, then I could get fined for copyright infringement. I know of a few bloggers who have been fined for reblogging posts that have contained images that were not free to use. One thought that the images were free, only to discover that they were free only for a limited time. Of course, if you’re absolutely confident that the images are free to use, then there’s no reason why you should not share them on your blog.

      I’ve also noticed that posts I share via ‘Press This’ get a lot more views than those I’ve reblogged in the past. However, my blog has grown since I last reblogged a post, so that could be a reason why I’m finding that the posts I’ve shared via ‘Press This’ are getting more hits. But, to be honest, as it was somebody from WordPress who recommended that I used ‘Press This’ instead of reblogging, I was convinced by what they told me, which I’ve now shared with you all in this post.

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      1. Thx. And yes, the copyright infringement is my biggest concern. That’s why I’ve limited myself to only personal pix, Pixabay, and wikicommons images since according to their their “terms of usage” they are the most liberal in their “free to use” rights. Anyone else I’ve read has such convoluted terms I never really knew whether I could use them or not.

        I’ll take your wisdom to heart and focus on using Press This while I do more research on the difference.

        Thanks for your hard work. I appreciate you!

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      2. You’re doing the right thing by only using those sites that offer free images, James. However, my biggest concern is where other bloggers get their images from. If you’re sharing their post by reblogging it then ask yourself that question. Of course, you can ask them where the images came from, but I would still recommend you check everything out before reblogging a post that contains any images or photos.

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      3. After our discussion, I’m thinking that I will use Press This instead of Reblog, but, like you mentioned, I will copy/paste the first paragraph or two in my comments. This seems to be the best way to incorporate all of the best ideas. It occurred to me that by doing this I will also have more control over how much and which parts of their post I use as an excerpt.

        Thanks for all your help! You are appreciated!

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  6. I had NO idea what the “press this” button was for. SO thankful for your post here. But, to make sure I understand: a blogger friend is going to post an interview with/about me in October. When she does, I go into her post and hit the ‘press this’ button. Being non-tech savvy, how do I make sure this post then goes on MY blog? By pressing the ‘press this’ button, it automatically goes to me? I’m confused on that part. ;-0

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    1. As with reblogging, as soon as you press the publish button of your ‘Press This’ post, it will appear on your blog and under ‘posts’ on your blog’s dashboard. You can personalise the post before publishing it. I hope that helps, but please feel free to ask any further questions.

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