Whether you work as a freelancer or part of a blogger studio, redesigning your portfolio is key to long-term success.
Once you’ve created a stunning website or online portfolio to showcase your work and skills, you need to make it easy for people to find you. Which is where your social network comes in.
Web buttons can serve two purposes: the first is to help visitors share images and articles from your website with friends on social network sites like Facebook and Twitter.
The second is to point users to other pages or sites that you publish. Web buttons are a great way to drive traffic to your main site and can increase the number of inbound links to your various sites and webpages. These are key components you’ll need to push your page ranking up on search engines like Google.
Adding social buttons to your site is really easy. Many blog platforms and templates already offer built-in sharing support for things like RSS feeds, Facebook and Twitter, but you can easily add your choice of preferred web buttons with minimum web know-how.
Most social networking portfolio sites have ready-made web buttons you can add to your website. All you have to do is pick the button style you want from the relevant resources page. Then choose the relevant web platform for your site. Lastly, create a username and then copy and paste the auto-generated code into a relevant container in your website content management system (CMS).
On WordPress or Blogger this usually entails pasting the code into a text-based widget that appears in your website’s sidebar and you can usually add as many of these as you wish. The beauty of this approach is that the buttons are usually big enough for visitors to easily spot. This makes it more likely that visitors will head off to your Twitter or Flickr account, or share your content with their friends.
The other way to add social network buttons is to sign up to a service like ShareThis or AddThis. These enable you to embed social networking buttons alongside individual articles, images and blog posts, making it even easier to share. If you can’t find the web buttons you’re looking for, then why not create your own custom designs?