An introduction to the Onlywire service, a great tool to get more exposure to your blog posts or web pages.
Hey there, this is Tom and I was asked to make a video on the OnlyWire service. With OnlyWire you can take a blog post or any other webpage and bookmark it to over 40 different social media websites with one click to the OnlyWire button, as we have here on this website.
This is a great service to take advantage of to get your blog or your website more exposure. And best of all, it’s free.
Now to get to the point of being able to update 40+ websites with one click of the mouse, there is some set up. First you’re going to need to sign up to OnlyWire. Once signed up you will need to enter the usernames and passwords of all the social media websites you want to post to.
Here’s one account that I manage that we can look at. You can see all the different social media websites this service will post to. In addition to the usual suspects, twitter and Facebook, we also have a bunch of others. Digg.com, Reddit, Propeller and one of my favorites StumbleUpon.com.
If you don’t have usernames and passwords to all these sites, you will need to spend about an hour or two going to all the different sites and signing up.
Once you have all the social media accounts set up and entered into OnlyWire, you will then need to install the OnlyWire button on your website. We go over here and click on Tools. Next click on Get the Button.
Here you can select the type of website, if you know your site allows for embedded code, for example, if you’re able to post YouTube videos successfully on your site, then you should be okay with the first selection. I’m not going to get into the details of these other options right now, if you need help with these other options, go ahead and leave a post on my forum, TechieDIY.net, and myself or someone else will help you. At the end of the video I will display the url to the forum.
If you’re using WordPress it says here that there is a plug-in available that’s probably a better way to go you Wordress people out there.
Okay in the next step, you have the option to pick which services you want to post to. If you’re like me, you want to post all of them. Also you have some styling options if you want to change how the button looks on your website, yadda yadda yadda.
Now click Get Your Button.
Simply copy the text you see right here and paste it where you would like it to show up on your website. As you can see there are a couple other code options available, but I’m not going to get into that in this video.
Now you need to paste the code onto your website. The best location to place the code it is at the bottom of every blog post, if your website is a blog, or if it’s not a blog, perhaps on the left or right side or on the bottom of every page. Here’s what the code looks like on one of my blogs. The code creates the OnlyWire button that shows up after each one of my blog posts.
And here’s what it looks like in Ning. Since Ning doesn’t allow you to place embedded code after each blog post, we chose to put it here at the bottom of the sidebar. You could manually paste the same code at the bottom of your blog post each, and every time you make a new post but that would be a real pain. Better just place it here on the side and be done with it.
Now at this point you could begin using the button, but what you’ll find is that OnlyWire is going to ask you to download the submitter first. So we might as well download and install that now before we start using the button.
The OnlyWire submitter is a tool that works in the background on your computer and submits your blog post or whatever you are bookmarking, to all the social media websites.
So go back to tools, and click on View Downloads. Click the download link for the version that matches your computer.
After you have installed it, you should see a little OnlyWire icon in your applications tray if you’re on Windows. The OnlyWire submitter should always be running in the background when you start your computer. If it is not running what will happen when you want to bookmark something new OnlyWire will tell you to download the submitter, which may confuse you. It just means the submitter is not running and OnlyWire cannot detect it. If you get the message to download the OnlyWire submitter, and you already have it installed just go ahead and launch it by clicking the icon on your desktop, if you have one, or looking it up under your programs.
Okay you’ve got the button and you’ve got the OnlyWire some that are installed now we can finally start using this service to bookmark our articles and blog posts to over 40 different social media websites.
This part is easy. I’m going to demonstrate how this works from a Ning website. First I find a blog post that I want to bookmark and I click on the title to make sure I’m on the page that shows only the blog post and nothing else. You see if I bookmark this page over here I’m not bookmarking the blog posts on bookmarking the page that has multiple headlines. Now that I’m on the correct blog page that I want to bookmark, I simply find the OnlyWire button and click it.
If you’re not logged in you will see the Create Your Account and Login buttons being shown. Click the login button to get yourself logged in.
Now I’m presented with some options, and there is the all-important bookmark button. Before I hit the bookmark button, I can choose which social media sites I want to bookmark blog post to, I can update the title the link if needed. I’m going to leave all these as they are, the only option I’m going to edit before I bookmark is the tags. I’m not going to get into why tagging is important in this video, I’m just going to show you how to use this feature in OnlyWire.
And OnlyWire tags are separated by a space, so if you have a tag that has more than one word in it, such as as world peace you need to put a dash in between each word, so they look like this world–peace.
One of the nice things about this feature is any tags that you use are saved and can be reused over and over. If I click this little link here that says My Tags, I’ll get a list of all the tags I’ve used, and I can click each one I want to use for this particular bookmark. If I need to add a new one I just add it to the end of the list.
When I’m done tagging, I can go ahead and click the bookmark button. Now the OnlyWire submitter you have running on your computer will start submitting to all those websites behind the scenes. You will get a little Captcha entry box that will pop up on your desktop from time to time. Some of the social media websites require human verification upon every single submission, so the OnlyWire submitter passes that task on to you to do. When the pop-up shows up on your computer, don’t be alarmed, just own the letters and hit okay. You may get five or six of these depending on how many sites you are submitting to.
And that’s basically it on how to use the OnlyWire service. Now there’s one more thing I want to show you, and that is the submission tracking. You can see recent posts you’ve made and see which one of them were submitted successfully and which ones failed. Some submissions may fail either because of entering the wrong Captcha code, or using the wrong username or password, or sometimes some of the social media sites have their own technical issues and may be temporarily unavailable.
It’s a good idea to check a few times a week to see which of your submissions are failing and to double check the passwords or your account status with those websites.
So that’s it for this video I really hope that you found it helpful and again if you have further questions and need help or device feel free to drop by our forum, at www.techied-i-y.net. Thanks for watching.