Today, we’re excited to introduce a new way for people to engage with your WordPress.com blogs: an embeddable version of the Follow Button that you’ve seen in your toolbar for some time now. Like similar buttons you’ve seen for other social networks, this Follow Button can be added anywhere on the web and looks something like this:
Get the code
We’ve created a simple form to generate the necessary code snippet for the button, which you’ll find on the WordPress.com Developer Resources site. On the left, under Button Options, you can choose which site to follow, provide control over the button’s appearance, and then click Generate to produce the code. On the right, you’ll see a preview of the button, along with the code underneath, which you can copy and paste wherever you’d like the button to appear.
If your visitors are already logged in with their WordPress.com accounts, they’ll follow the blog immediately. If they’re not logged in, they’ll be prompted to do so without leaving the site where the button appears.
Our friends at about.me are excited to automatically embed the WordPress.com Follow Button on your about.me profile. About.me is a great place for people discovery, and they want to make it easy for people to follow WordPress blogs directly from about.me pages. Since the Follow Button works for both WordPress.com and Jetpack-enabled blogs, it’s a quick and simple way to expand your audience.
WordPress bloggers can display their three latest posts, along with the Follow Button, right on their about.me page, too:
Users on WordPress.com can also activate the about.me widget, which is a sleek replacement for your blog’s “about” section and beautiful enhancement to your sidebar. All of these tools are designed to help you build your audience of engaged readers.
Updated Gravatar profile
Another cool benefit? The Follow Button now automatically appears next to your verified WordPress.com blog on your Gravatar profile.
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