Social Media is growing by the day with new apps popping up where we can communicate with our friends, family, and reach a new audience. At Typepad, we understand that our bloggers want to share their content and want to make it easy for their readers to share their blog posts. Today we want to tell you about a great resource that let's you do just that - Shareaholic (www.shareaholic.com). Shareaholic can help you grow your blog traffic and engage your readership.
Sign in by creating your free account. At your “Site Tools Dashboard” click the blue “Add Website” button and enter your blog information.
This code can be inserted in the Head module which is available for Unlimited plans and higher. You can find it under Design > Head, paste this code here.
Once the code is saved, go back to your Shareaholic Site Tools Dashboard and click “Verify Site.” Once your site is verified, the blue button will disappear and a green bar will appear at the top of the screen saying your blog has been verified.
You will see share buttons floating on the left of your blog. These buttons can share your main blog page, we will get to sharing individual blog posts soon!
If you do not want these buttons to appear here, you can disable “Floated Share Buttons” from your Shareaholic dashboard.
To add Share buttons to your blog posts, scroll down to “Inline Apps” and click the “Add Inline Apps Location” button, select “Share Buttons”:
This will take you to a new page where you set up the style and location of your buttons. You can customize the size, shape, color, and which social buttons you want to share. You can even include a “Sharing is caring!” title.
The code snippet provided on top should be saved in your blog’s Signature module at Design > Content > Signature. Once you save this code in your design, you will find your new share buttons in the bottom of your blog posts, above the built in post footer.
You can always sign in to your Shareaholic account to update your share button setting. When you do, you do not need to add a new code to your blog, it will automatically update for you. You can test out your new buttons to make sure the connection works. When a blog post is shared, the visitor will see a “Thanks for sharing!” pop-up from Shareaholic.