We know how important it is to share your blog content with your readers on social media. The share buttons we offer in the blog post footer is a popular feature but there is just not enough room to include every social media platform out there. That is why one of our favorite third-party sources to integrate into Typepad is ShareThis.
Before you create your free account at www.sharethis.com, you must have a Unlimited account or higher as the Head module is required to set this up on your blog.
When you add your blog, you will get a red message that says:
We were unable to verify **your blog URL**. Please ensure sharethis.js is copied to header of your site!
Click the "Get the Code" button and copy the code that appears in the pop-up window. Open a new browser window (keep ShareThis open) and in your Typepad account, go to Blogs > (select your blog name) > Design > Head, and paste the code provided and save your update:
Then go back to ShareThis and click the "Verify" button and you will get a message saying that the installation was successful. Now you can create your share buttons! ShareThis allows you to add more share buttons to your blog posts such as LinkedIn, Reddit, Tumblr, and more.
You can set up the "Sticky Share Buttons" that appears on the left side of your blog, "Inline Share Buttons" which appear at the bottom of your blog post, or customize your share buttons.
If you only want the buttons to appear on the left, just "turn on" the Sticky Share Buttons on top, and click which channels you want to display as well select the alignment, label, size, shape, count, etc. then you are all set! There is nothing else you need to do. The buttons should take a few minutes to appear on your blog.
To add buttons in your blog post footer, there is an additional step which involves using the Signature module in Typepad. In ShareThis, select the "Inline Share Buttons" option. Like the Sticky buttons, turn on Inline Share Buttons, and copy the code:
Place this code in your Signature module at Design > Signature, make sure it's checked off to enable it. You can also select which buttons to display, size, shape, and count. As long as you have the code saved on your blog, any changes you make in ShareThis should be reflected on your blog after a few minutes.
Here's an example of a blog that has both set up:
With some social media platforms getting more strict with automated shares to their feeds, including share buttons to your blog posts is a good way to still share your blog content on places like Facebook and Twitter. Do you include share buttons on your blog? Sign in to your Typepad account and get started today!