Social Media Icons, Graphics, and Buttons
In my last post about social media, Social Media Tool Set, I showed you what Bryan and I use to syndicate our content as well as to encourage our visitors to share our blog posts with their social circles.
In this post, I will share with you some of the tools and resources Bryan and I use to get and manipulate social media icons, graphics, and buttons.
Graphics really spice up a web site. You should use graphics judiciously on all of your posts to increase visitor engagement. Vivid images draw your readers’ eyes and keep them on your pages longer.
Many times, we make our own custom graphics. We’re not graphics artists—when we need something that’s really hot, we call on the pros. However, we can make a visually appealing image that captures attention. We will show you how in a future post.
When we need something fast and don’t want to make it ourselves—and we want it free to boot!—we look to the following resources for graphics.
Social Media Icons
The site is super simple to use and has a nifty search function that is reminiscent of Google:
A search you can do in Google to find free icon sets is the following:
Simple enough, right?
One of the best free social media icon sets you can get is from Elegant Themes. It’s called Beautiful & Free Social Media Icons.
You will find lots of other cool icon sets with this search.
One final great resource for a ton of social media icon sets: http://naldzgraphics.net/freebies/44-must-have-free-social-media-icon-packs/
Social Media Graphics
Of course, you can do a similar google search for “social media graphics.” Most social media graphics that you find on the web will be icon sets. If you want something bigger, you will have to go to images sites like Flickr, Pixabay, and the Morgue file (not so much for social media graphics, but for graphics in general, it’s great).
This is a great starting place to find free graphics:
Social Media Buttons
There are seemingly buttons all over the place. Some are good and some aren’t so good. Do a similar google search to find buttons for your social media.
This is a great button generator. Of course, you can use it to make any sort of button—you are not limited to social media.
Bryan and I use WordPress to build all of our sites. A lot of the newer themes come with “short codes,” many of which have button makers built right in. These are pretty handy.
There are also some plugins in the WordPress repository that enable you to insert short codes:
I have tried to show you some free resources that Bryan and I have used with much success. NOTE that use of the images you get from these sites may be subject to copyright issues, so please read the terms on each web site to ensure that you use the images you get in the proper way(s).
If you don’t want to go through all of this hunting for the right social media icons, graphics, and buttons, you could just buy Max’s graphic packs and do it yourself.
Remember, in a future post, I will show you how to make your own custom graphics.