You might have noticed a new feature here at Fat Pitch Financials today. I’ve added a small button on each article page that allows visitors to vote on and submit articles to Value Investing News. The image below highlights the Value Investing News Button on a post here at Fat Pitch Financials.
As you can see above, the Value Investing News Button includes the up/down arrow rating system from Value Investing News. It also displays the current total point rating of the article on Value Investing News. If you click on the “VIN” logo on the button it takes you to the article’s entry on Value Investing News where you can read the discussion, review the votes, and browse a list of other related news items. Finally, if the article has not yet been submitted to Value Investing News, a plus sign will appear instead of the arrows, and visitors to your site can then click on the button to submit a link to your story to Value Investing News. After testing the VIN Button out a bit today, it is ready to be released into the wild.
I sent out some invitations this week to active members of Value Investing News (one of the benefits of being a member). I want to thank the following
guinea pigs early adopters for already putting the Value Investing News Button on their top notch sites:
- MagicDiligence – See Book Review: The Future For Ivestors by Jeremy Siegel
- Value Plays – See AmeriCredit (ACF) Deal: ABS Market Thawing
If I missed your site, please let me know. Several other bloggers reponded positively to my invitation and are planning on adding the button to their sites shortly. Be sure that you are not the last one to add this useful interactive widget to your site. The VIN button allows your readers to evangelize your articles to other value investors, and will ultimately attract new readers to your site.
The code for this little widget is rather simple. Just cut and paste the code below and place it in your blog post or web site template:
For those of you using the popular blogging software, WordPress, I made a very simple plugin that you can use to automatically add the Value Investing News Button to all your posts. All you have to do is upload the vinvote folder to your WordPress plugins folder. Then login to your blog, click Plugins, and activate the Value Investing News Button.
Download: Value Investing News Button Plugin version 0.1
I also know that many value investing bloggers still use Blogger. To add the Value Investing News Button to all of your individual post pages on Blogger, you need to edit you Layout HTML. Be sure to check off the “Expand Widget Templates” button above the editor. Then search your template for the following line:
Then paste the following code above or below that line:
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
Finally, you can place the Value Investing News Button on your homepage teasers or anywhere else you want to highlight a specific post using the following code:
site-url = "[URL]";
site-title = "[TITLE]";
In the above code, be sure to replace [URL] and [TITLE] with your article’s URL and title. Let me know if you need help using the Value Investing News Button widget on any other platform.
Let us know how you are using the Value Investing News Button in the comments section below.