Crazy cool social media icons that make awesome share buttons!

You’ve seen them practically on every site. Begging to be clicked. They come in all shapes, sizes, styles and hues. Here, you’ll read about selecting social media icons that you can then use as share, like and follow buttons on your site. We’ll also cover popular placements, suitable styles to fit your brand, and what to consider before choosing the best social media icons to create your buttons.

Like spelt on wooden blocks

Why blend in when you can stand out, right? Who wants to be ordinary when extraordinary is within reach? Check out our social media icons collection that you can easily convert into buttons.

Stylish, Showy and Sassy

It can get overwhelming when it comes to choosing the best social media icons, design wise. It’s best to ask yourself some practical questions before taking your pick. For example: Does this style or design match the personality of my brand? Is it too serious or, on the other end of the spectrum, too fun and frivolous? Are these social media icons recognizable as share buttons? No matter what you end up picking, you can say no to “boring”. But you should be safe enough to avoid going for social media icons that are too creative that they become unidentifiable. A Twitter icon should still look like a bird and not a peacock with a fanned out tail. Catch our drift?

Cute social media icons

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Popular Placements

If you have been studying sites and blogs, you’d notice several popular and strategic placements for social media buttons. You can find these button at various places within the post: on the top, in the middle, at the bottom and even a floating bar that follows you as you scroll. Some sites use a combination of these.

Social media icon set stylized

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Sites with a huge following incorporate their share buttons on top, showcasing how well the post has been received with hundreds (if not thousands) of shares. In a way drawing the reader to view the post. Yes, the herd mentality that’s so innate in us can play an advantageous part.

However, placing the share buttons at the bottom might be better if you don’t have much of a following on your site. “0 shares” isn’t much to shout about. Also, buttons at the end of the article make a good place for readers to share after reading your post. Ask yourself what’s best for your site.

Pinterest Icon in paint splatter

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Size Matters

Have you noticed that viral sites incorporate larger social media buttons than others? They have no intention of hiding them. BAM! In your face! When share buttons are that unmissable, clicks are more likely pour in. Do keep in mind, though, that the bigger they are, the more desperate you may seem. Strike a balance! Big social media buttons may give off a cheap and cheesy feel to the entire site — losing that classy vibe.

Social media icon set shaded

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Options, options, options

What social networks will you feature on your site? Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Reddit, StumbleUpon… and the list continues. A wise word here on that would be to just keep the essentials and scrap the rest. Which sites bring you the most referral traffic? Do some internal research on that and stick with those. It’s also smart to keep the most widely used “must-have” social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. There is no blanket rule, you have to see what works for the nature of your brand and site.

Facebook icon in cross hatched ink lines

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“Can’t-go-wrong” social media icons

With all the variations out there, there is no guarantee what will work best for your site. The key is to test and measure. Results will show you which social media icons to choose when creating those buttons. There is no, one-button-works-for-all formula, that will launch your site to the next level. You need brilliant content for that. Even the most visionary social media icons can’t make a difference if you have lousy content.

In terms of seeing which social media icons will work better; what should you test? Everything! Ranging from the style, size, color, right down to the positioning of buttons test them all! Good luck and remember to have some fun while you’re at it. Like our visuals? StockUnlimited has over 600,000 stock images and vector graphics. Just sign up at no charge. We have more than 50,000 freebies for you to download! 

Social media icon set sketched style

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