Adding Social Media Icons in Your Blog Signature

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How is your social media presence? Likely, because you are on ActiveRain, you have a pretty good social portfolio for your business because we are discussing strategies here all the time! I'm pretty sure you are on Facebook and Google Plus and LinkedIn. Many have Twitter and Pinterest accounts. If you have an active YouTube channel, kudos to you because so few are doing it and yet it is something consumers love! Perhaps you use Foursquare also. Do you enjoy photography - I'm sure you have Flickr and/or Instagram pages.

With all of the above sites to curate, why wouldn't you want an easy gateway to share these sites with those who come to visit your blog? The best place to do so is in your blog signature, the block of text that shows up on the bottom of each of your posts.

Let's add some social media icons to our signatures! Let's talk about how.

Finding the Icons You Want

There are quite a few sites where you can download icons. The icons come in all sorts of shapes. You can search google images for free social media icons. My criteria in selecting an icon batch is (1) they are free (2) they do not require attribution (3) they have the pixel size I need and (4) they have ALL the social sites that I want to link to.

Point (4) is actually harder than it sounds. Some sets might be missing a pinterest icon or a foursquare icon and then I re-continue my search!

A Good Icon Set

I found one set of icons that met my criteria on a site called contentfrog. They have shared the icons that they created with others to also be able to use. They gave an adobe illustrator file and a pdf file for us to extract the icons from. I have taken the extra step of extracting the icons to graphic files in two different sizes (larger/smaller). There are two variations of the twitter icon also shown below. I personally like the bird symbol twitter icon the best. I also prefer the smaller 48 pixel sizing, but see for yourself.

64 pixel sized icons

facebook   google plus   twitter   youtube   linkedin   pinterest   foursquare  flickr   instagram


twitter alternate icon  twitter


 48 pixel sized icons

facebook   google plus   twitter   youtube   linkedin   pinterest   foursquare   flickr   instagram

twitter alternate icon   twitter

Setting Up Your Blog Signature

If you want to use the icons above, select the icon row above for the size you want and copy it to the clipboard. (tip: click your mouse in the white space just in front of the first icon, hold your mouse button down as you drag over the top of them all. Release the button and they will be highlighted. Copy to clipboard via Ctrl+C on windows/Command-C on a Mac)

Head over to where you can edit your blog signature information. On ActiveRain, you get to that page by clicking your name in the upper right side of the page and choosing "Blog Settings"  On that page you will see a box for your signature. Paste the icons from your clipboard there.

Next, we have to select each of the icons in turn and create hyperlinks to our specific landing pages for each social site. After selecting an icon, click the link button on the toolbar at the top of the editor box. 

selecting an icon to add a hyperlink to

In the icon rows that I created above, there are nine icons. If you are not truly active on a social media site, it is better to leave those icons off. Consider you link to you "YouTube" page but somebody goes there and there are no videos uploaded. That would be a bad experience and you may lose their interest!

Whether you use the icons above or choose others, having icons in your blog signature is a great way for others to get to know you better through your other channels on the web. Getting to know you better is the desired prerequisite to the step of actually contacting you!


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Bobbie Smith
Stroudsburg, PA

Thank you. This was so simple that way you did it for us. Love it!

Jun 05, 2013 10:54 AM #44
Jennifer Spanbauer Brodoway
Lethbridge Real - Lethbridge, AB
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Just did it!  Thanks for making it easy.

Jun 08, 2013 12:33 AM #45
Jill Winchel
Royal Shell Real Estate - The Koffman Group - Cape Coral, FL
We make it easy. You make it home.

I added my icons the other day. Glad I saw your post on how to do it because I was wondering how it was done. I watched your How to Embed a Map video but that didn't work out so well. The map showed up on my preview but not my post. I deleted the html for now. I am going to rewatch the video and try again before I ask for help!

Jun 23, 2013 09:41 AM #46
Tamara and Gary James
Exit Elite Realty - Lanham, MD
The James Team

Thanks Craig.  I have been searching for a post that would assist me with adding the social networking sites to my blog etc. I finally came across your post which was huge relief.  Your instructions were very easy to follow.  Thanks again!

Jul 01, 2013 01:48 AM #47
Don Hintz
2D-enterprises / HAUS Design, LLC - Anderson, IN


Very informative!  I've got a few people that I can pass this along to and it helps with some of my customers who send out e-mailings (they think they don't have time, and are afraid to blog). 

Jul 19, 2013 06:04 AM #49
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Craig, had to come back and reread this.  Thanks so much for the valuable help!

Nov 09, 2013 01:00 AM #50
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

The media streams you weed and feed, hanging out along your blog posts to be seen but not distract or annoy. Just the right size, of the corner of the blog post readers eye. Armed, loaded, safety pins pulled and ready to rock and roll. Shock and awe. If the trigger finger of the surfer says I want more...let's connect and keep the engagement going. I always think of it like an attack helicopter loaded with ordinance, firepower, the tools to get the job done. Marketing is like that. Penetrate the market, eat up the pie share size you want with the right use of technology, the fire power.

helicopter loaded with weapons photo


Dec 30, 2013 07:52 PM #51
Douglas Perry
Palm Bay, FL
Real Estate Assistant/Internet Marketer

Craig, this article was incredibly helpful.  Thanks so much for posting it!

Feb 20, 2014 11:24 PM #52
Laurie Christofano
RE/MAX in the Village, Realtors - Oak Park, IL
ABR, The Pych Team at RE/MAX in the Village

Hi Craig, I'm trying to implement your technique and am getting hung up on inserting my social media hyperlinks... Since activerain switched over to the new formatting, I haven't been able to insert a hyperlink into any images... Thoughts?

Mar 17, 2014 10:16 AM #53
Heidi Hovatter - Sonora & Twain Harte
Century 21 Wildwood - Selling Homes and Cabins in Tuolumne County - Sonora, CA
Heidi The Home Hunter

thank you so much for having this blog!  I just updated my signature and it looks fantatic!  My old links did not work for some reason so I am glad I found you!!!

Jun 04, 2014 07:24 AM #54
Heidi Hovatter - Sonora & Twain Harte
Century 21 Wildwood - Selling Homes and Cabins in Tuolumne County - Sonora, CA
Heidi The Home Hunter

Here is my blog trying to figure out my icons:

thanks so much!!

Jun 04, 2014 07:26 AM #55
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Craig -
Thanks for making it so easy!

Your devoted student,

Sep 27, 2014 08:49 AM #56
Audrey Black Maine
Mount Dora, FL

Thank you Craig Daniels for this post! I am a newbie and need all the help I can get. Any tips on how to created my signature? thank you!

Mar 15, 2015 11:12 AM #57
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

 Craig, I am so glad you are still an active AR member! I found your post after a couple of hours searching for this topic. I want to add the buttons to my blog but am having difficulty. Will go to bed and tackle this again tomorrow. Has anything changed to make this technique not work properly? Thanks again. 

Jul 29, 2015 02:21 PM #58
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

 Pat Starnes - I just looked over the post again now and it seems like everything in the procedure is still current. Feel free to email me in the form at the top right of the page if you need any assistance.

Jul 30, 2015 01:07 AM #59
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Craig - when I do it, this is what I get - the text shows up instead of the button.

Written and Published by Pat Starnes REALTOR

  Facebook-Pat Starnes

Pat specializes in Residential and New Home Sales 

Primary Service Area: Brandon, Pearl, Ridgeland, and the Ross Barnett Reservoir area

 Pat Starnes, Broker

Pat Starnes Real Estate, 121 Formosa Drive, Brandon, MS 39047 

601-278-4513 - Cell

Jul 30, 2015 01:49 AM #60
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Done! I'm mentally exhausted but your advice worked! Thanks so much!!

Jul 30, 2015 05:39 AM #61
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Glad I found this through Debbie Reynolds re-blog, thanks Debbie!

I just had a client tell me to do this to my e-mail signature so it was easier to go to my social media. We need an AR button! Thanks for all the instruction!

Apr 02, 2016 02:43 PM #62
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Craig Daniels Great blog post rich in content and call to action alway rate high. Adding these icons are addition adrenaline. Thanks!

Apr 16, 2016 09:46 PM #63
Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
C.O.O., Winslow Homes

Craig!  Long time no see, mostly because I'm not stopping by.  :)

Anyway, I posted today, and noticed that the icons on my blog signature are no longer displaying.  I wanted to correct that, but I can't find the blog settings anywhere now!

Do you have an update as to where I can find those settings?


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