Per the wordpress support AddThis instructions, I created a text widget and pasted the AddThis button script into it as follows:
<!– AddThis Button BEGIN –>
<div><img src=”http://s7.addthis.com/static/btn/v2/lg-share-en.gif” width=”125″ height=”16″ alt=”Bookmark and Share”></div>
<!– AddThis Button END –>
But it doesn’t always work. Usually it takes people to the AddThis button homepage–I thought it was supposed to add my blog page to their whatever. Am I supposed to edit the script to reference the URL for my blog? Seems logical but the instructions didn’t say so.
Register and sign in Addthis.com and then make a button there, and a code will be supplied. Then copy paste that code into the text widget.
What you are getting is actually a list of the services where you can share the page. Like if you want to share the page with gmail, then after you click the addthis button , select Gmail from the big list and you will be redirected to your gmail account with the current page link ready to be shared. Its similar to the other servces too. But you need to be logged in to that service.
Or, you can try GetSocial – It will place a working AddThis button in your blog within second!
Thanks for the tips. I had not registered previously at AddThis because it indicated I only had to do that if I wanted to track usage of the button. But now I did register and sign in at AddThis.com and copied the new script it provided, and now the button on my blog seems to work properly, sharing my blog address rather than the addthis address.
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