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Cash In On The Value Of A Blog Button This Year

I’ve been contemplating blog buttons for the new year.

It all started with a new Pinterest board for a community. Many of the members said they had never made a button for their blog. So,  I sent out some articles on how to self-design a button.

I also told several people I didn’t think it was necessary to have a button in their sidebar. It seemed so passé to me. I wanted my community members to be hip and modern, not old and stodgy.

Then I changed my mind. Not on the old and stodgy part, but on the button part.

The more I thought about it the more I realized the value of having a blog button somewhere on your site.

Here’s why. (Hint: It’s all about Pinterest)

1. Pinterest makes blog buttons relevant

Recently, I was over on Pinterest looking for a recipe for dairy free caramel sauce. I found one on a great site that I’ve visited before, but had forgotten about. The mini light bulb (and I mean tiny) went off in my head and I thought, “Hey, I should pin this blogger’s button so I can remember to come back here to find more great recipes.”

It was then that I discovered she had no button. On top of that, when I used my pin-it extension to pin something from her site that would link back to her site, none of her graphics were about her. They were either from the post (which I had already pinned on my recipe board) or were for the advertisers in her sidebar. Not helpful.

Blog buttons still matter. Pinterest makes them imperative. Cash in on the value of a blog button this year. Make one that catch the eye of a reader so they will spread the word about your blog. ★ Learn HOW To Blog ★

2. Blog buttons drive traffic to your blog

Let’s say you write about kids with special needs. Let’s say I have a special needs kid and I want to keep up with your content AND be able to share it quickly with others, I would create a Pinterest board for that. I would pin your button because you are an authority on kids with special needs. I would use it to direct others to you as well.

Button for my board = traffic for you.

 

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3. Buttons help to motivate you to be better

I write about blogging. If I want to keep up with other bloggers who also write about blogging, I will create a board where I can place all of their buttons. Then I can check in to see what they are writing about. I don’t want a particular article, I want their homepage so I can see their latest content.

You can do this too.

Checking in with the competition isn’t bad. It can be a great motivator. It reminds you to keep using your voice and sometimes it even gives you ideas for posts – like why you think another writer is right or wrong on a topic.

4. Blog buttons encourage sharing

When I create Pinterest boards populated with the buttons of other bloggers it gets their content into the hands of my readers and followers. It also gives me content to share with my community uniquely different from my own. Remember, sharing is good.

I share you. You share me. We all win.

Buttons = Traffic

Ding. Ding. Ding.

No one really uses blog rolls anymore and the cool code that some have under their buttons is a bit bulky and unsightly. For-go the code and to simply add your beautiful button to your sidebar. Everyone has pin-it capabilities now so the code us unnecessary.

Of course, you could pin a blog’s header, but have you seen how those look on Pinterest? Not that great. A button is much more symmetrical and professional looking.

If you don’t have a button, go make one. My recommendations are to use PicMonkey and/or Canva for best results.

If you do have one, make sure it’s in your sidebar for others to pin. Pinterest makes blog buttons imperative. Unlock the value of a button on your site this year.

BONUS TIP: If you have a Pinterest business account, add your button as a Pin Widget straight to your sidebar. Now that’s pretty!

 

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 photo credit: Steve Snodgrass via photopin cc

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Comments (8)

  1. Reply Lisha Epperson

    ughhh! no I don’t and you listed very good reasons why I should. I’m gonna get on that with a quickness. thanks for helping me to expand my thinking. I thought they were old and stodgy too.

    1. Reply Debi @ DebiStangeland.com

      You go girl! We can all learn new things everyday, right? Thank you for reading and have fun making a new button for your site. I can’t wait to see it!

  2. Reply Kate @ Teaching What Is Good

    Yes I do but it’s old and unattractive. Creating one specifically as a pinnable graphic is something I’ve never considered! Once again, you push us to new heights of excellence. Thanks, Debi! You are AMAZING!

    1. Reply Debi @ DebiStangeland.com

      Thank you so much Kate. I’ve peeked at your new button and it’s perfect. It goes so well with your site. Way to go!

  3. Reply Carol Terney Federoff

    Forgive me, but what’s a button? Is it just the little symbol that takes you to pinterest or twitter? Is that what you are referring to? I think I have those if that’s what you are referring to- but some of the comments are confusing me. Someone said theirs was boring? Isn’t there only one kind? (I’m on WordPress, maybe that makes a difference.) I’m sorry- I probably seem totally clueless….but I am! LOL… slowly catching on to how this all works though!

    1. Reply Debi @ DebiStangeland.com

      Carol:

      This is a great question. Thank you for asking it. A blog button is something that represents your blog to others across the web. You can see my button in the sidebar above under the title “Add Me to Your List of Favorite Bloggers”

      A button allows others to pin you to a board of favorite bloggers or copy your button to their site to tell others they like reading what you have to say. It’s an electronic calling card of sorts.

      They are most usually square and easy to read at various sizes from small to large. I recommend making one 300×300. It should be simple without a lot of writing and convey the mood, colors, and feel of your site.

      I love that you are digging in so deep. Keep up the great work!

  4. Reply Jennifer @ Emulsifued Family

    Love the idea for the Pin widget for your blog in the sidebar. Brilliant. I might just have to do that!! First I think I need to get rid of a few things in the sidebar though. It’s tough deciding what to put there so it’s not cluttered!! Thanks!

    1. Reply Debi @ DebiStangeland.com

      It’s the new and improved button Jennifer. Thanks so much for reading. I know what you’re saying about cleaning up the sidebar. It’s tough to keep that area clutter free. Have fun. Happy Blogging!

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