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Written by 9rules Blog on June 1, 2014
One of the most effective ways of promoting your blog is by including social media sharing buttons. This way, it would be easy for people visiting your site to share your content they find interesting with their favorite platforms. This sharing method is a great way to expand your audience reach and increase the number of visitors to your website.
Adding social media buttons can be done in various ways. You can include them on your home or landing page, on every web page or on every blog post and even your email content. The best option is to do so your visitors will just click the share button right there and then after reading or scanning your content.
How to Add Social Media Buttons
Before adding the social media buttons to your blog or website, first decide on what networking sites you would like to include. The most popular are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
Make sure you choose the sites where you and your readers often hang out. Include only several of them because adding too many may only decrease your shares. You need to have an account on those sites where your readers can learn more about you and what you do.
The next step is to look for the social media icons you would like to use. There are many you can find online in different colors and designs but just ensure you choose those that can easily be recognized by internet users. You may also want to design your own icon if you have the skills to do so.
Once you have your images ready, upload them to your blog via the admin panel. On WordPress, you can add it to the media library and check that the image has a URL.
From here, you need to locate the area where you’d like the social media buttons to appear. The HTML code you need to use will depend on the blogging platform. On Blogger, you can place the code in the HTML widget area while on WordPress, you can add it in the text widget area.
Normally, you will only have to follow what the HTML code requires. So put the link to your social media site where it says so (link goes here) and the image URL where it says you should put it (imageurlhere.com).
Before you update your blog’s pages, test your buttons and make sure that they direct you to the right pages when clicked. You may request a friend to do the testing as well.
If you want to add other types of buttons on your blog and find out how to do them, check the various social media news websites online for tips and strategies.