When I first started blogging, everything seemed OH SO HARD. I never thought I’d make it past zero followers and my only views would be my own. Now, one and a half years later, I’ve gotten the hang of it all, though I’ll occasionally get overwhelmed. My newest goal? To make blogging easier for you.
If you didn’t know, I design blogs through my website at IceyDesigns. I’ve got detailed pricing, an easy to fill out form, my portfolio, and testimonials from satisfied clients.
But that’s not why you’re here, right??
Today, I’m bringing you a tutorial for a blogging essential. I’ll admit, when I first started blogging, I was baffled when I saw those nifty little buttons with codes beneath it to ‘grab’ and place anywhere you want.
Follow these easy steps and you’ll have a pretty little button with a super easy way to let your visitors snag it!
1. Make your button. This could be the hardest thing if you don’t know how to design. But I’ve got a surprise for you! Here are some free graphics that you can easily add your blog name to!
Designing your own? Average size? In my opinion, about 160×160. But you can choose to have it square, rectangle, or circle.
2. Upload your new button to an image host. Photobucket, Flickr, your webhost, or even a new post in Blogger would work. Get the URL of the image.
3. Now we’re going to make the grab box. This is the best part! Copy the following code and paste it in a new HTML gadget on your blog:
<img src=”http://www.iceydesigns.com/id-graphics/id-button.jpg” /><div><textarea cols=”16″ name=”textarea” onclick=”this.focus();this.select()” rows=”1″ style=”height: 37px; overflow: hidden; width: 140px;”><a href=”http://www.iceydesigns.com“><img border=”0″ src=”http://www.iceydesigns.com/id-graphics/id-button.jpg” /></a></textarea></div>
And follow these instructions carefully, or you’ll have a mess you won’t know how to fix.
Replace the URL in RED with the URL of your image, which we got in step two.
Replace the URL in BLUE with your blog’s address.
That’s it! What do you think?
If you use the tutorial, leave me a link to your blog, so I can check it out!
And if there’s any tutorial you would love to see, drop me a comment or an email, or fill out this form and you might just see an explanation here!