Over the last decade social media has changed how people interact with your business, the days of users signing up for an RSS feed of your blog are long gone. Social sharing icons are a great way of getting your content shared across various media channels and increasing your exposure online.
The following article covers 7 social sharing plug-ins (in no particular order) that can help increase your social sharing options, including social likes and hopefully assist with driving more traffic to your site. Social media is the second most powerful way to drive traffic to your site after Social Networks.
Ultimate Social Deux – $15
It also has an array of options for styling the buttons and their colors, so if you want to match your branding colors it’s not a problem, it’s multilingual too, an added bonus for those of you with a mixed audience.
Overall it’s a great plug-in with fast loading time and offers basic and advanced customization if you know a thing or two about CSS.
Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress – $19
Offering 35 social network integrations Easy social share should have you covered for social sharing. It also offers 22 styling templates for the buttons giving you plenty of options right out of the box.
It offers social like counters, links to your social network accounts, social metrics and analytics for those of you who like to see what is being shared where. For a full overview click on the link below to read more.
Jetpack Sharing – Free
Jetpack is an all round amazing plug-in and offers a lot more than just social sharing options. Just remember to use it you are required to sign up for a WordPress.com account, that is separate to your self host WordPress account.
The social sharing module of Jetpack gives you plenty of options to show the official sharing button of various social networks on your site, just note that it may slow down loading time of your pages and it might be best to opt for the text only options.
Floating Social Bar – Free
Floating social bar from WP Beginner adds a horizontal share bar on your blog posts, and pages including integrations from Facebook, Twitter,Pinterest and LinkedIn. A great plug-in for adding social sharing options without slowing down your site. It also features the option to allow sticky social bar at the top of pages and posts for when the user scrolls down.
Shareaholic – Free
Shareaholic offers many great features out of the box, floating and static social sharing buttons, and it also offers a related posts option built in. If you want to get analytics reports on your posts you can sign up for a free account with Shareaholic and learn what your users are sharing.
You can also customize the buttons, add them above and below content on your pages, posts and other areas, as well as adding headlines to highlight the sharing options. It has one of the most extensive social sharing lists and services including 83 social networks.
Mashshare – Free
Like the news blog Mashable? You’ll like this plug-in. Mashshare is inspired by the social sharing links from Mashsable, it’s large, it’s bold and it also has the options for users to subscribe to your news feed and or mailing list. This plug-in offers social sharing options for Facebook and twitter, including a large share and view counter , there are additional social options available on the add-on market place.
This plug-in sets it self apart from the others with the subscribe link, a nice way to also build up your newsletter following and increase your user base.
Social Sharing by Danny – Free
A simple social sharing plug-in offering sharing buttons for Twitter, Facebook and Google+ adding it to the end of posts and pages. It’s a basic plug-in with a few features, icon sizing, changing label names, and adding your social network usernames.
If you want a simple and easy solution for your site, then look no further.
So there you have it, 7 plug-ins that make social sharing easy. I would recommend testing the plug-ins before you use them as a few may affect loading times of your site and therefore user experience. Take your time to do some research and read the reviews to see what’s going to work best for your site and improve social integrations with your site.
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