5 Free Sets of Sexy Social Media Icons For Your Blog

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Whether you maintain a blog as a way to market your freelance writing services, as a way to maintain an author presence, or as its own business model, tying your blog to your larger social media presence is vital.

That includes giving blog readers the opportunity to share your posts on their favorite social networks. And it involves telling readers how they can connect with you in other ways.

One way to do both of those things is to feature social media icons somewhere on your blog. Using this site as an example, you'll find social media icons below each post. Those icons allow users to share the posts with others. If you look to the sidebar of the site (near the top), you'll see a separate set of social media icons. Those icons let you know how you can connect with me directly.

If you haven't added social media icons to your own blog yet, why not do it now? Here are five of my favorite free sets of social media icons that can get you started.

*Please make sure you check the license terms for these icons before using them to make sure they're appropriate for your particular blog.

Social Media Icons from IRockSoWhat.com

Here's a simple set of free social media icons with great adaptability built in. If you're not in the mood to edit colors, this set comes with plenty of options (more than shown in the preview below). They'll work with your blog theme whether you've gone modern, retro, or anywhere in between.

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Credit: IRockSoWhat.com

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Simple White Social Media Icons from WebTreats ETC

It doesn't get any cleaner or simpler than basic white logos. These will go with just about any blog design, and they're clear while not intruding on other design elements.

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Credit: WebTreats ETC

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Social Sketches Icons from Six Revisions

If you read this blog, you're probably a writer. So you can appreciate the artsy side of things, including blogging. Why not set your blog apart with a set of hand-drawn social media icons to reflect your creative side?

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Credit: SixRevisions.com

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Hexagon Social Media Icons on Deviant Art

This is one sexy set of social media icons for sure. They're clean. They're effective. And yet they offer that little something extra by moving away from the typical round or square icon shapes. It gives them just enough extra oomph to really stand out.

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Credit: LunarPixel (at DeviantArt)

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Round Social Media Icons from GraphicsFuel.com

This set of social media icons is clearly a favorite of mine. It's the set I use here in our sidebar to highlight my own social media profiles. I love the basic simplicity of the round icons. But the clean modern edge of the border is what makes them pop for me. That lets these icons carry over well to pretty much any background your blog might use.

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Credit: Rafi (at GraphicsFuel.com)

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Have you found other great free social media icons available to bloggers? Have you created some that you'd like to share with our readers? Leave a comment below to show us your favorites, and tell us what you look for in these kinds of blog design elements.

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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.

She owns 3 Beat Media - a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.

Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.


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8 Comments

  1. Cathy Miller November 18, 2013 Reply

    Oh, I like these. I tend to pick a share plugin and stick with it. I use Social Media Widget by Blink Web Effects in my sidebar and the Share This plugin on my posts.

    This makes me want to go play with my sites.
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      Jennifer Mattern November 18, 2013 Reply

      I just use a plugin for the sharing buttons at the bottom of posts here. But even then, you can customize by swapping the plugin image files for a different icon set (just make sure you use the same file names). That gives you the functionality of your favorite plugin, but with a more custom design (for those comfortable playing with those things — you’d have to manually deal with plugin updates if you do that).

  2. Amandah November 18, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for the links!

    I’ve been reading about how social media icons are moving towards a ‘flat’ design. Meaning: no flashiness, just a basic design. Why? Because internet users are familiar with the icons of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, etc. There’s no need to design icons that are cutesy, flashy or artsy. Click here http://ewebdesign.com/flat-social-media-icons/ for free flat designed icons.
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      Jennifer Mattern November 18, 2013 Reply

      Thanks for the extra resource Amandah. I think as long as the designs aren’t so complex that they hurt the logo recognition, they’re fine. Flat designs like that example are great in that they can be used on pretty much any blog design. And they seem to be popular with social media plugins so you don’t have to choose your own look. As a reader, my only concern about any social media icons would be consistency. I like to see them all in one place, and I like it to be obvious what I’m clicking. When a blogger uses custom buttons or widgets for each network, or they have them spread out with some above the post and some below, that drives me crazy. The only thing worse is when they forget to put the options in there at all. I’m always surprised by how many blogs still lack basic buttons to let people share their content.

  3. Anne Wayman November 18, 2013 Reply

    Ah, yes, just swap out image files… makes sense to me… great idea. Thanks!

  4. Alicia Rades February 14, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for this list. I like the first ones.
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