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Use a Text Element to Add Social Media Badges and Widgets to Your gdWebsite

So, you have a Twitter account, a Facebook page, and you blog faithfully on your gdWebsite. But how do you let your website visitors know what’s in your social feed or how to follow you? The answer is the amazing flexibility of the text element.

Begin at the gdSiteBuilder and edit the page you wish to add your social widget(s) to.

Figure 1. Edit the page.

Add a text element from the controller menu by clicking the green plus sign and then edit the text element.

Figure 2. Add a text element.

Copy the HTML code for your widget or badge—if you’re not quite sure where to get this, look in the help pages of your favorite social sites, or do a Google search for it. Then paste the code into the text box.

Figure 3. Paste widget code and save changes.

Check the ‘do not format…’ box and click ‘Save Changes’.

That’s it! You should see your widget or badge displayed on your page. If you want to change the placement, just move the text element up or down on the page.

Figure 4. Reposition the element on the page.

Note: With our new gdSocial product, we’ll not only add these links for you automatically and include them in context-intelligent locations on your site, but we’ll setup syndication to link your blog to your Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn account. Interested? Contact us to learn more about gdSocial.

Twitter

So, what is this thing called Twitter and how can I use it as a Realtor?  This is probably a question you’ve asked yourself recently.  It seems Twitter has become a major phenomenon.   I would definitely not classify it as a fad anymore.  Now as you know, I have always been an early adopter of Technology, however I will admit that I have stood back and not jumped in the Twitter scene.  I was a little reluctant as I couldn’t see the benefit for Realtors until now.  I now have enough knowledge and research to say that Twitter is here to stay.  Here are just a few stats that make me believe it:

  • An estimated 5-10 thousand new accounts are opened per day
  • Twitter traffic has grown over 600% in the past 12 months (Compete.com)
  • Twitter.com has become one of the top 1,000 websites by traffic in May 2008 (Alexa.com)

So, what is Twitter?  Twitter is a great way to drive traffic to your website and/or blog.  It is a social networking and micro-blogging service that enables you to send and read other users’ updates known as tweets.

I have found an incredible resource for explaining Twitter and how Realtors can use it in their business.  I follow many Real Estate Technology Blogs and one in particular that I really like is MyTechOpinion.com.  The author is Nicole Nicolay (aka NikNik).  She has written an eBook titled, “Twitter for Real Estate Twits.”  This book is written in plain english, a quick read and very detailed.