Get Better Squarespace Social Sharing Icons for Free
The built-in Squarespace social sharing icons are unfortunately, not much to look at. That poses a real problem when the point of them is for people to see them and share your content!
As bloggers, we rely on social sharing to grow our audiences and get in front of new people, so it is really important that the sharing buttons we place in front of readers are big, bright-colored and click-enticing. Unfortunately, Squarespace's built in icons are anything but. They are very small, monochrome, and generally just look the opposite of click-enticing.
This can be remedied by using the free website addthis.com to add colorful social sharing buttons to your website. I use it on mine and love it! Follow the steps below to add them to your site and I am positive you will see more social engagement!
1. Sign Up for Addthis.com
All you have to do is enter your email and you get access to their site. I was really surprised they don't make you jump through any hoops.
2. Choose the Placement of the Social Sharing Bar
Next, select the placement of the social sharing bar. There are a bunch of options but the most popular that I see on blogs are floating and inline. The website gives you a preview of how each style will interact with your website, so definitely use that when looking at all the styles.
I chose inline for my blog.
3. Select your Social Channels
Click "Select Your Own" and choose the social media channels you want people to share your blog post with. I chose Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
4. Get The Code
Addthis will then generate two code snippets for you to copy and past into your site.
Copy the first chunk of code and paste it in the Footer code injector of your site. You can find the code injector by going to settings--> advanced--> code injector.
5. Insert the Icons Into your Blog Post With A Code Block
Next, go to your blog post and insert a code block where you would like the social sharing icons to appear.
You will not have to place these manually in future posts if you use THIS blog template method!
Paste the second code snippet into the code block and wala! You have bright, awesome looking share buttons for your blog posts. I recommend placing two code snippets on your posts, one at the top, and one at the very bottom. They are not obstructive and the more opportunities you give people to share, the more likely they are going to!
As a beginning blogger I am constantly looking for ways to make my blog look more professional and be more functional, and I have found that these social sharing buttons go a long way! Also checkout this article on How to Style Your Blog Like the Pros! It has more information on other elements your blog post should contain in order to grow your audience.