I just took a simple HTML div box and inserted inside it Facebook Like and send button along with Twitter follow button to create version 2 of one of our popular sharing widgets i.e. "Do You Like This Story" The first version included social media sharing buttons along with a subscription box and Facebook like button and it was designed to be added just at the bottom of blog posts but this version is kept simple and clean and designed to be added just below blog post titles in sub pages. This plugin would work with both BlogSpot and wordpress blogs. The tutorial below is aimed for blogger users only. Wordpress users may simply add the code in step#5 without the purple lines just below their post titles manually. Lets first see a demo:
Advantages of This Sharing widget
Since the area just below post titles has highest page impressions therefore it will always catch the attention of every single visitor thus leading to an increase in the number of your Facebook and Twitter followers. You can even set the like button to link to your Fan Page in order to increase your Fan following massively. We will learn below how to code it.
Add This Widget To Blogger
Follow these easy steps:
- Go To Blogger > Design > Edit HTML
- Back up your template
- Click the "Expand Widget templates"
- Search for this
5. Just above it paste the following code:
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
<div style=" height:80px; background:rgb(232, 240, 249); border: 1px solid rgb(171, 210, 233); padding: 10px; margin: 10px 0pt 10p 0px;">
<p style="color: rgb(59, 89, 152); margin: 0pt 0pt 5px; font: bold 1.3em helvetica,arial,verdana;">Do you like this story?</p>
<div id="fb-root"></div><script src="http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"></script><fb:like send="true" width="450" show_faces="false"></fb:like>
<a class='twitter-follow-button' href='http://twitter.com/mybloggertricks' rel='nofollow'></a>
- Replace mybloggertricks with your twitter username
- By default the like button will count hits for the post link only. This will cause your individual posts to be liked and circulated via Facebook. But if you wish to increase your Fan followers then you can fix the like button to count hits for Fan Page only by replacing the yellow highlighted code with the following:
<div class="fb-like" data-href="http://facebook.com/bloggertricks" data-send="true" data-width="450" data-show-faces="true"></div>
- Replace bloggertricks with your Facebook username. If you don't have a Facebook username then get one from here.
6. Save your template and you are all done!
Visit any of your blog posts to see it hanging just perfectly below post title. The widget is coded such that it will appear only in post pages and not on homepage. If you wish to show it even on homepage then delete the purple bolded lines of code.
If you need any help related to its customization then let me know. I have set the background colours such that it will suit templates with light backgrounds but if you are using a dark background and wish to change the font colours and borders of this sharing widget then let me know so that I could guide you via comments. Peace and blessings pals! :)
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