Increase Sociability WordPress Plugin

Over the last few weeks I have been putting my second wordpress plugin together, and I’ve just had a few people download and test it (most via so now I am ready to make a proper post about it. The plugin page was published over the weekend, but here is a quick post about “Increase Sociability“. Basically it is a wordpress plugin, that reminds users from Digg & StumbleUpon to give your site a positive vote it they like it.

About the WordPress Plugin

This plugin is pretty simple to install (see page for full details) and it will allow you to customise the message that visitors from StumbleUpon or Digg will see. Also as part of the implementation there is the option to display this message, before/after or both before and after your blog post. So if you just want to say thanks to a visitor from these sites then this can be a handy addition to wordpress indeed.
This plugin was inspired a little from Donncha’s plugin called “Friends don’t let friends see adverts” or as I called it “ads for enemies“. This is a cool plugin that allows you to reward commentators by not letting them see ads. Donncha is a WordPress developer (who btw. has a great new plugin to keep your site above water after the digg effect, called WP Super Cache) and is always well worth a read.

So if you are looking to increase your StumbleUpon traffic you should check out Increase Sociability. Feedback and bug reports can be left in the comments section (thanks!).

32 thoughts on “Increase Sociability WordPress Plugin

  1. That’s cool, hopefully it will do the trick for one of my projects !

  2. I’m not sure i follow the “rename the .php extension” thing. I want to donwload this plug-in, as it sounds quite helpful. I use and love SU.

    Can you clarify on the download procedure. Thx!

  3. when you download it it will be have the extension, .txt , you download it , rename it as a .php and upload it to your /wp-content/plugins/ folder. And sit back and enjoy more traffic.

  4. Jegg: Glad to hear you installed it. It will only show if someone comes from a URL. It will be hidden (transparent) to everyone else.

    Cory : I will look into this in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

  5. What is the best way to test if the plugin is working?
    Does anyone want to share what they are using for the text? Right now I’m just using the default.

  6. I always heard that if you stumble your own pages, you can get banned or your site would be banned from SU?
    Anyone want to show some love and check this for me?

  7. Hmmm… I just tested this by stumbling to my page and the message does NOT show. Same with Digg, message does NOT show. Using wordpress 2.3.2 here. No joy! Plugin is active and wordpress page source code does not show script – So I assume this does not work with newer versions of wordpress? πŸ™ Not sure what to do next to try?

  8. Hi Paul, it should work for posts, but not for the hope page. When I checked your page about passwords, I got the message. When I checked your homepage, I didn’t.

    rigger 99 : You can always check the source of a page to see if you have installed it properly. Search for “Increase Socialability 0.2”.


  9. Previously I had the plugin set up to show the text both above and below the post. I changed the setting to show only above the post and everything worked as expected. *shrug*

  10. Here’s a question though. Of the increased traffic, how many of those people actually stayed on the website?

    What’s the average time on your site of the new visitors? Is it more than 10 secs?

  11. I installed the plugin and I don’t see that it is working for either Stumble or Digg. Any suggestions?

    I’m using WP 2.3.3.

    Thanks in advance!

  12. I installed the plugin as per instructions, and did not see anything either, and I checked the view source too.

    Using WP 2.3.2

    Not working with my blog at all πŸ™

  13. Nice plugin! I want to know if I can change it to accept some social bookmark sites of Brazil. Can I do it and post at my website?

  14. Fabio : there is a new option where you can specify your own website. If you want to change the code , go ahead, but I would prefer if you didn’t release it as a wordpress plugin.

    Nevis : there is now the option to check to see if the plugin is working, check out the latest version.

    I would encourage everyone to get the latest version of WP.

  15. Thx for the great plugin. I have implemented in on my site and am loving it!

  16. Thanks for this! What a brilliant plugin (avid Seth Godin fan here too). Just a heads up, that the plugin works for SumbleUpon if you’re coming from a detail page:

    but not an archive page:

    Can you just check form the incidence of “stumbleupon” in the domain name rather than coming from ?

    Otherwise the plugin works just great!

  17. First off I would like to thank you for making such a great plugin it will work wonders for what I am trying to do.

    My question is simple I understand that I can enter in a custom site to display a message based on the referral. However I would like to know how to add more custom site fields. The plugin only comes with 1 custom site field. I want to have about 10. Bascially so I can target and show custom mesasages from up to ten different referral sources. How do I edit the plugin code to do this. Thanks for any help you can provide.

  18. Been looking for a stumble help tool you rock thank you very much for the infomation im going to add this to my wp as soon as possible

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