How To Easily Install Social Media Buttons On Your Blog

 How To Easily Install Social Media Buttons

If you’re a blogger, then you’re on several social media platforms. If you’re not, then you need to be! But, when your readers are on your site, can they easily find where else to follow you?

The easiest way to do this is to have Social Media buttons on your page. In my opinion, they need to be towards the top of the page so that they are noticed immediately.

When I first started blogging I had no idea what I was doing and after many hours of trial and error I figured out how to do it. Here are simple steps to insert your buttons on your site.

1. Find the button images you want to use. There are hundreds of free button images all over the web but I prefer looking on pinterest. Simply type “Free Social Media Icons” in the search bar and browse around. Whatever site you end up at, if they are free, you should be able to download the images. {The icons I use on this site are 32 x 32 pixels}

2. Upload the images, one at a time, to your blog. Your images will need to be hosted online and this can easily be done by clicking on “media” in your WordPress dashboard. Once they are uploaded, you will be able to click on the image and copy the URL for the next step.

3. Have your image URLs and all of your social media URLs ready to go because you’re going to be doing a bunch of copying and pasting next.

4. Now you’ll need to copy this HTML code and place it as text wherever you want it placed on your site. I have mine as the first text in a widget. When you insert your URLs, leave the quotation marks. Only replace the text between them.

<a href=”INSERT THE URL OF THE DESTINATION YOU WANT YOUR READERS TO GO HERE” target=”_blank”><img src=”INSERT THE URL OF YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ICON HERE“/ ></a>

5. You will need to repeat that for each one you have. When I do this for several icons I copy and paste it all onto a Word sheet so that I’m not constantly changing it in the widget.

I hope this helps! Please comment below if you have any questions or tips of your own!

 

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Klout :: What It Is And Why You Need It

 Why You Need Klout

Do you have Klout? If not, how do you get it and why does it matter? If you have a blog, you have some level of Klout, but your score could get you some nice perks and maybe even a job!

What is Klout?

Klout digs deep into social media to understand how people influence each other, so that everyone can discover and be recognized for how they influence the world.

What is a Klout Score?

Your Klout score will give you an idea of what level of influence you have based on a scale of 1-100. Klout analyzes your social media platforms {any that you authorize them to} to determine your level of influence.

Klout scores are pretty vague. I know of people who in my opinion have much more influence than I do but have a lower score. The scoring system is far from perfect. But this is not a reason to not be concerned with it. While some may think this doesn’t matter, in all honesty, it does. Not every company is using it as a tool for hiring, but some are so there’s no reason to chance it.

For instance, Sam Fiorella had 15 years of consulting experience with companies like AOL and Ford but his Klout score of 34 lost him a great job to someone with a higher score. He eventually raised his score ans was offered multiple jobs. {Source}

Why do I need Klout?

Like I stated earlier, your Klout score could help you land a job or get you a cool gig. But, even if you don’t care about that, there are perks. Literally. You get perks based on your score and your topics of influence.  I have received business cards, vouchers for wine, restaurant gift cards, and most recently a $25 gift card to The Coffee Bean.

How do I get Klout?

To sign up for Klout, you must have a Facebook or Twitter account. You will use one of these to activate your account. You can edit your topics of influence and give +K’s to people that influence you. Once you get set up and start looking around, you’ll get the feel.

I like to use my score to compete with myself. If I see my score drop I know I need to be more engaged with my readers. As it goes up, it’s a little pat on the back for the work I’m putting in to building my brand.

You can sign up for Klout here.

What’s your Klout score? Share in the comments below.

 

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How To Embed A Facebook Post Onto Your Blog

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Facebook has recently enabled embedded posts. This means that you can take a post from Facebook and embed it onto your site. You can embed any public post on your site, not just your own!

1. Simply hover over the right corner of the post and you’ll see a little gray arrow.  Click the arrow to get the drop down menu and click Embed Post.

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2. Copy the code that is given to you.

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3. Paste it in the text editor of your post {not the visual because it’s HTML}. And, voila! You have your post embedded on your blog!

I embedded the post below. You can share the post directly from this page or if you Like it or Comment on it, it will redirect you to Facebook. Pretty cool huh?

Keep in mind that this is a new feature. It should be available to all users but I do know that they were rolling it out slowly. Also, you can’t change the size at this time. Hopefully Facebook will change that in the future.

Let me know what you think about this new feature!

 

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Platform :: The One Book Every Blogger Should Read

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I have been a Michael Hyatt fan for quite some time. He is a blogging guru and former Chairman CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing. If anyone has something to say about writing or blogging, it’s him.

You may not think you need a platform, but if you have a blog, you need one. There are over 150 million blogs in the world and counting. If you want to be heard, you need a platform!

In Michael Hyatt’s book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, you will learn the ins and outs of building a platform. This book is very easy to read and covers launching your blog, building your audience, working with social media, and everything in between.  It doesn’t matter what your blog is about, there is something in this book for everyone.

I highly recommend buying the physical book instead of a digital copy or audio version. I have so many pages dogeared and hilighted and marked up to no end! It is something I have used over and over again.

You can purchase this book on Amazon. At the time of this posting it is on sale for just $10 but please note that Amazon‘s prices change often.

 

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Why You Should Be Promoting Your Blog With Pinterest

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Oh, Pinterest, how I love thee. And then HATE the amount of time I waste getting sucked into your pit of coveting. I know you feel the same, right?

As much as I really try to stay away from Pinterest, because I just can’t afford the time, I do use it for my blog.

Pinterest is an excellent way to increase your visitors. Pinterest is only 3 years old and has 70 million users! Not only that, it has 2.5 billion page views per month! How would you like that for your blog? And one more stat just to convince you, 80% of the pins on Pinterest are repins.

With all that being said, you should be on Pinterest and you should be pinning your posts. {Check out the plugin I use here to pin your images}

  • Be sure that your images are attractive. No one is going to repin an image that doesn’t look clear or offer something helpful.
  • Consider making an infographic that offers your readers something useful.
  • Use ipiccy to make an image with your favorite verse or quote.
  • If you have a DIY or food blog, stay a step ahead of the game. Start pinning seasonal posts about a month ahead of time, when people will want to repin it so that they have it for future use.

This is your chance to be creative.

There will be trial and error. As with all social media, Pinterest has evolved and I’m sure it will continue to do so.

How do you use Pinterest to promote your blog?

{Pinterest stats via ExpandedRamblings}

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Sizing Your Photos For Facebook

Facebook image sizes

Having a Facebook page for your blog is extremely important. Facebook is used by 850 million users per month and 80% of social media users prefer to connect to brands through Facebook {Huff Post}. If you haven’t embraced a page for your blog, please do so now!  You will see an increase in traffic and it’s just another way to build your brand.

One of the first things you’ll want to do when you publish your page, is to add a profile photo and a cover photo.  here is what you need to know before you get started. Nothing will be more upsetting than choosing a photo just to have it cropped.

Profile Image

For your profile image, Facebook suggests a size of 200 pixels by 200 pixels. Keep in mind though, that it will actually be cropped to 180 x 180.  Go ahead and make a 200 x 200 for best quality but be sure that you don’t mind whatever is out of 180 px is cropped.

Cover Image

For your cover image, Facebook will crop it to 850 x 315, so you might as well make it exactly that size. If you make it a different size you will lose some to cropping and it may look distorted.

If you’re wanting to create your own image {not one of yourself}, head on over to ipiccy and click “Start Editing.” Then click on the paint icon and create your own painting. You will then be able to choose the exact size you want depending on what you’re creating.  Then, you can edit it in ipiccy by adding layers of text or images. Or, you can save this blank image and open it in my favorite thing, PicMonkey. Here, you’ll have more font choices, etc.

 

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