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Basic Social Sharing Buttons

Posted by unlimiteddesign on August 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM

If you want to get the word out about your website, you will have to install some basic social sharing buttons for your website. The basics at the least would include Facebook and Twitter. If you wanted to go a little further, you would include Google Plus and Pinterest. Pinterest is currently the #3 social sharing site, just ahead of Google Plus.

I've included the basic Facebook and Twitter buttons on this site for you to see and hopefully use as well, (hint hint). I've included a few different ways to feature these buttons and I'd like to briefly go over them one by one for you now.

 

 

 

The first way to include the buttons is in a blog post. Unfortunately in the Webs website design platform there is no good way to included them in each post automatically, but fortunately there is a workaround for this. I have used Add This for the sharing buttons in my blog posts and on my "Social Share" page. All I've done is copy the "newsletter code" from the Code generation page and I copy it into each post. If you use more traditional blogging platforms such as Word Press or Blogger, you will be able to copy their specific code and the buttons should automatically be included at the bottom of each post. Which ever method you use, it is essential that you include these buttons in each post if you want to see any results.

 

The next method that I have used is to include the Wibiya social sharing bar. I love this feature, it is so easy to use and unobtrusive as well. Just go to their site and enter in your info and that's it. The bar shows up on the bottom of all of your pages and it is slick looking and super easy to use. There Is a "Share" button that works across all sharing platforms, a Twitter "Tweet" button as well as follow and Facebook like, share and follow. There is also an option to add a chat bar if you like.

 

The next method I use is the dedicated Facebook and Twitter buttons. These are probably not necessary at this point with all the other options available, but it doesn't hurt to feature these buttons in a prominent place where they will be easily seen. I have these buttons on the upper right where they will be easily seen. These are buttons that I have custom coded myself, but you can get buttons directly from Facebook and Twitter as well.

 

Besides the basics of Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus should not be overlooked. At this point, I have not yet pursued these two avenues myself, so I can't really comment on them with any authority. I'll report back in another post once I get into them a little more.

 

That should cover the basic social sharing buttons, let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or if you have anything to add. We like comments. :)

 

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