Share Blog Posts in Social Media using AddThis

AddThis is the most complete social sharing service allowing you to share your posts in more than 270 different social networks. If you want to use the AddThis widget and get the AddThis sharing buttons, this tutorial will show you how to register and add this feature on your blog. Plus, you will get to know some of the customization options of these buttons. So let's get started!

Getting the AddThis share buttons code

Step 1. Visit the https://www.addthis.com/get/sharing page.

Step 2. To get the sharing buttons and to access the AddThis sharing stats to find out how many people shared your post by using the AddThis feature, click on the "Create account" button.

create addthis account

The site will ask you to make a small registration. Fill out the information to register. It's quick, simple and it's free. To finish the registration, click on the Register button.

register addthis

Step 3. After you've been logged in, right below the "Get sharing buttons for", choose the "A website" option.

addthis share buttons

Step 4. In the "Select style" section, choose the buttons style that you think would look the best on your site/blog. Please note that on the right side you can see a preview of these buttons.

addthis sharing buttons

Step 5. After you have chosen the style, the site will provide a code - click on the "Grab it" button to copy it.

addthis code

The code provided will look like this:
<!-- AddThis Button BEGIN -->
<div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style ">
<a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a>
<a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a>
<a class="addthis_button_pinterest_pinit" pi:pinit:layout="horizontal"></a>
<a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a>
</div>
<script type="text/javascript">var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true};</script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="//s7.addthis.com/js/300/addthis_widget.js#pubid=ra-XXXXXXXXXXX"></script>
<!-- AddThis Button END -->
Now that you have selected and set up your AddThis sharing buttons, let's add them in the footer of the posts.

Adding the AddThis sharing buttons on Blogger

Step 1. Access your Blogger Dashboard and go to "Template", then click on the "Edit HTML" button on the right side:

blogger template

Step 2. Click anywhere inside the code area and press the CTRL + F keys to open the search box.

Step 3. Type the following line inside the search box and try to find the second occurrence of it - hit Enter:
<div class='post-footer'>
Step 4. Just above this line, add the code for the AddThis social sharing buttons.

Note: If you want to add at the beginning of your posts, add the code below the second:
<div class='post-header'>

How to add more AddThis buttons

To add more buttons, simply choose the button for that social network and add the code just before the </div> tag (refer to the step 5 from above).

Some examples:
<a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> /* linkedin button */
<a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a> /*gplus button */
<a class="addthis_button_digg"></a> /* digg button */
<a class="addthis_button_stumbleupon"></a> /* stumbleupon button */
<a class="addthis_button_print"></a> /* print button */

CSS3 AddThis Share Buttons

You can add just a single button, so that when the reader hovers over it, a menu will open with the options of social networks to share the post.

css3 share buttons, addthis

Visit this page for a demo.

Step 1. Go to "Template" > click on the "Edit HTML" button > press the CTRL + F keys and search:
<div class='post-footer'>
Just above this line, paste the following code:
<style type='text/css'>
.addthis_share_btn a, .addthis_share_btn a:visited {
background: #FF5C00; /* background color of the button */
display: inline-block;
padding: 6px 12px;
font-family: arial,helvetica,lucida,verdana,sans-serif;
font-size: 12px;
line-height: 1em;
color: #fff;
text-decoration: none;
-moz-border-radius: 5px;
-webkit-border-radius: 5px;
-moz-box-shadow: 0 1px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.5);
-webkit-box-shadow: 0 1px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.5);
border-radius: 5px;
box-shadow: 0 1px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.5);
text-shadow: 0 -1px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.25);
border-bottom: 1px solid rgba(0,0,0,0.25);
position: relative;
cursor: pointer;
}
.addthis_share_btn a:hover {
background: #D45500; /* background color on mouse hover */
color: #fff;
}
.addthis_share_btn a:active { top: 1px; }

.addthis_share_btn a span, .addthis_share_btn:visited a span {
background: url(http://www.addthis.com/cms-content/images/gallery/icon-addthis.gif) no-repeat left;
padding: 1px 0 1px 18px;
}
</style>
<!-- AddThis Share Button -->
<div class='addthis_toolbox addthis_share_btn'>
<a class='addthis_button_compact' href='http://addthis.com/bookmark.php'>
<span>Share</span></a>
</div>
<script src='http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js' type='text/javascript'/>
<!-- End AddThis Share Button -->

Customization

  • To change the color of the button according to the colors of your template, modify the color value in red.
  • If you want to change the "Share" text, replace the text in blue.
Step 2. Save the changes by clicking on the "Save template" button and you're done!

11 comments:

  1. how to enlarge the original share buttons of blogger

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  2. Pls I have a problem with my blog which is that it shows only 3 posts in the home page and that happened after i did the read more hack i went to the tools and made sure from the number and found it 7 but it shows only 3 in the home page ???? what should i do ????

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  3. Thank you so very much! I have just started blogging. Your recommendation of +AddThis is greatly appreciated. I was able to get the buttons on my blog myself - without having to call my son! I really appreciate it.

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  4. I have upload maxxiz template in my blog but drop down menu not working if i upload any template or add drop down menu gadget all other things work correctly but drop down menu always not working please!!! help!!! my site is http://malik-studios.blogspot.com/ and please help me and reply as early as possible

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  5. Awesome recommendation. Many thanks

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  6. I try this code but all button show have counted "310"?? all posts. When i'm click post to new window each page all button have count "0" (normal).
    pls help me.

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  7. I've tried and tried entering this code in my html, but it doesn't show up on my blog when I save it? I don't know what I'm doing wrong :/

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    1. Hi Sam,

      Try to add to the second occurrence of the codes provided above.

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  8. Hi, I added the CSS3 AddThis share button, but it doesn't show up. I just added the thumbnails for the posts explained here: http://helplogger.blogspot.ca/2014/06/stylish-post-summaries-thumbnails-for-blogger-no-javascript.html . Will it be not working because of that?

    Thanks in advance.

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