Please note that WordPress has changed the way ‘Press This’ now works. Click here for full details.
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.
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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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’.
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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