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How to add a WordPress follow button to your blog

Adding a WordPress follow button

One of the things most people want to gain when you’re blogging is followers. It means readers enjoy your content and want to return to it. I find it much easier to follow people when they have a WordPress follow button that I can just click, rather than having to type in their blog address to the reader on WordPress.

I’m going to show you exactly how to add a WordPress follow button to your blog in 2 steps. It is really simple to do. The first thing you need to note is that you must have the Jetpack plugin enabled.

Step 1 – Generate the code

The first thing you’re going to need to do is to actually create the button by generating the code. You do this by going to this WordPress page.

You will come to a page that will show this:

How to add a WordPress follow button to your blog in 2 easy steps


Next, you put in your blog URL. So here I input ‘www.clayaa.com’. Then you can tick whether or not you want to show the follower count and blog name as well as the language. These options are completely up to you what you choose. I ticked both as I wanted to show both:

How to add a WordPress follow button to your blog in 2 easy steps

After you click ‘generate’ it shows you a preview of what the button would look like. This is what my button would look like. Once you are happy with it, select and copy the code below it.

How to add a WordPress follow button to your blog in 2 easy steps


Step 2 – Add Widget to your blog

Now go to your blog and then Appearance > Widgets > Custom HTML.

Choose where you want to add the widget (such as sidebar, footer etc) and paste the HTML code from before into the ‘content’ bit. Click ‘Save’ and you are done. Simple as that! You can add a title too if you want, such as ‘Follow me on WordPress’ like I have done here.

How to add a WordPress follow button to your blog in 2 easy steps


You will then see the button active on your blog like this:

How to add a WordPress follow button to your blog in 2 easy steps

I hope you found this useful as I always love finding tips to help improve my blog. This is my first blogging tip post as well so I hope I explained it well enough for you. Let me know in the comments if this helped you.

What other blogging tips would you like to read about? Let me know in the comments.

Clare xx

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How to add a wordpress follow button to your blog in 2 easy steps

12 Comments

  1. August 28, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    Clare, you absoulute beaut!! I’ve been wondering about this for ages – just followed your instructions and now have a shiny new follow button. Let’s hope it will encourage followers now. Thank you so much for sharing!!

    Samantha x

    https://thebeautyspyglass.com

    • August 28, 2018 / 4:23 pm

      Yaaaaaay! I am SO glad it’s helped you!! You’re welcome lovely ☺️☺️ xxx

      • August 28, 2018 / 4:25 pm

        I don’t know if I was following you already but just tried our your follow button ( just incase) ☺️x

  2. August 30, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    Just stumbled upon this post whilst having a much needed catch up on your blog. I’m with WordPress.org, do you know if it works the same for them too?

    Fab post btw really easy and helpful to follow, just need to know if it works for WordPress.org

    Much love
    Holly

  3. September 2, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    This is super useful Clare! Thank you so much for sharing this! I’ve been wondering how to get the follow button back ever since I went self-hosted and you have just answered the question! I’m going to bookmark this for when I’m back on my computer. Great post! Thanks again lovely! 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • September 2, 2018 / 4:15 pm

      Aww yay! I’m so glad it’s helped you! I sometimes find it’s so hard to find out the simplest things so decided to make a post myself in the hopes to help others! I hope it works for you 😁 you’re very welcome xxx

  4. September 4, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    This is such a helpful post! I don’t have a self-hosted website yet but this will be so handy when I go self-hosted! Thanks for sharing lovely xx

    http://new-lune.com

  5. The Drifting Millennial
    September 6, 2018 / 7:12 am

    You’re an absolute angel for this, been wondering for AGES how to do it! I’m all fixed up now!!

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