After I posted about my pin-it button, some of you were curious about how to add other buttons to your blogs. It's very easy to do once you figure it out, so here's how!  You can do this with any social network or even make buttons that link back to other sites such as your friends websites or blog sponsors. All you need is a picture.

For this tutorial, we're going to use this Pinterest image that I found in a web search. For other social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr you can search for "social network icons" and find loads of free icons that match each other or create your own in Photoshop (or I use Photoscape). Ok, here's my image:

1. left click on the image, select "save as" and save it to your computer
2. go to your blogger dashboard and click the "design" tab

3. select "add a gadget"
4. a window will pop up. Scroll down to "picture" and click the plus sign next to it
5. When this box pops up, select "from your computer" and choose the image that you want to use. Make sure that you click the "shrink to fit" box so the image doesn't ooze out into the rest of your blog. Next, we need to get the link to the site
6. For this example, I'm making my pinterest button, so I logged into pinterest, copied and pasted my pinterest link to the "link" space above. You can do this with tumblr, facebook, twitter, etc.

7. hit "save" (tip- if you want to add a title or caption to your button, you can fill in those spaces in the box. I left mine blank since the button image obviously explains everything)

8. Now move it wherever you want it to be on your blog. Just drag and drop it on your side bar.

9. Hit "save" at the top right corner of the window, then view your blog to make sure that you like everything.

That's all there is to it! You can use this method to create buttons to other blogs, buttons to posts on your own blog, etsy shops, favorite online stores, etc. The only things that change are the links and images that you use. Any questions, just ask!

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