How to Easily Add a Twitter “Follow” Button to Your Blog

Recently I decided to go through my site and look for things that I felt it was missing. I noticed I was lacking an easy way for folks to follow me on Twitter.

While I do have a Twitter link in my sidebar, I strategically identified a location I thought might be a good place for the Twitter “Follow” button.

Here’s a screenshot of the “after entry” widget on my blog:

Twitter Follow Button

I’m not sure if this will distract folks from signing up for my newsletter, but there’s only one way to find out. I don’t see anything wrong with experimenting, right?

I searched how to add a Twitter “Follow” button and found that this was extremely easy to do. Thankfully Twitter has such great documentation for developers.

If you’re geeky and want to check out the comprehensive explanation (and parameters) you can head over to the developer page on adding a “Follow” button.

Below is the code you can use to display various “Follow” buttons. Obviously you’ll want to replace the bgardner mentions with your own Twitter username.

Large button, with follower count

Large button, no follower count

Medium button, with follower count

Medium button, no follower count