Social media has become a pretty big thing.
Because of this, it’s very important for bloggers to integrate social sharing buttons on their blogs. By integrating social bookmarking and sharing buttons, you will give your readers the ability to quickly share your blog posts on their favorite social networking sites.
This will help you drive more traffic from social media sites which will in turn also help improve your search engine ranking.
I have already discussed the advantages of social media sharing for SEO and how important it is for every blogger to add social media sharing buttons to their blog from day one.
Do remember, “less is the new more“, so add only those social sharing buttons which are useful.
At a minimum, I would recommend that you add Facebook like, Facebook share, Google Plus like, Twitter share, and Pinterest “pin” buttons to your blog.
Depending on your blog’s demographics, you can also consider using additional buttons such as LinkedIn, Reddit, Digg, etc., but this should be done carefully so that you don’t overload your blog with unnecessary social share buttons.
There are many WordPress social media plugins out there, but here are the best plugins for you to start using today.
Best Social Media Sharing Plugins for WordPress in 2016
Social Warfare is the most feature rich & popular plugin at this moment. This is the same plugin I’m using at ShoutMeLoud. This plugin cost only $29 which is worth every penny when you see the feature it offers. What I really liked about this plugin is, even though it offers various options to configure, even a newbie user will be able to use it without getting stuck at any stage.
Here are some of the features that made me buy this plugin & recommend it to you:
- Drag & drop feature to add/remove social network (See above screenshot)
- Show Twitter share count (Unique feature)
- Add sharing button above or below your content
- Add floating sharing buttons (Highly recommended to get more shares)
- Support short URL & Analytics Tracking to see how much traffic you getting from social media sharing
- Frame buster to stop others from framing your content
- Support is excellent
- Add Pin it button to all images of your blog
- Has added support for Whatsapp button
If you are looking for one option which works for both Desktop & mobile, Social Warfare is the right WordPress plugin for you.
If you are looking for an alternative to Social warfare plugin, Easy Social share is a perfect solution for you. This is a premium plugin that cost only $19 & you can install in on multiple website. Last month only, they released the 4.0 version of Easy Social share plugin & this one got many cutting edge features. This plugin has been sold more than 16K copies & still one of the highest rated plugin in the Codecanyon repo.
This plugin offers many advanced features such as A/B testing your social media buttons placement & you can trigger social sharing buttons to show based on user action. That could be after commenting or when user is about to click the exit button.
If you are looking for a paid WordPress Social Media plugin, look no further than Monarch.
This plugin is by Elegant Themes, and they have really done a great job.
Not only does this plugin let you add social media sharing buttons in various places on your blog, the buttons are created with the goal of encouraging sharing.
Monarch lets you add sharing buttons in various places including “flight”. Fly-ins are usually used for adding email subscriptions, but if you are someone who understands the importance of social media, you may want to consider using this option for social media sharing as well.
What I like the most about the Monarch plugin is that it also lets you add sharing buttons on mobile sites. The placement will ensure that you get a good number of shares even on mobile phones.
To download the Monarch plugin, you will need to buy a license for Elegant Themes which includes access to all of their themes and a few more premium plugins.
Ultimate Social Deux is a premium plugin which is sold at Codecanyon for only $14.
The plugin adds responsive social sharing buttons, which is a must-have feature for any plugin today. It also lets you add widgets which you can use to showcase the social media profiles of your blog (with subscriber numbers).
There are five placement options for the Ultimate Social Deux social buttons. They can be positioned at the top or bottom of the page, at the top or bottom of each post, or they can float.
You can choose between vertical and horizontal layouts, and specify alignment – left, center, or right – for horizontal social media buttons. You can also exclude buttons as needed.
Jetpack is one of the most popular WordPress plugins mainly because it has the capacity to add many features to your blog.
One feature of this plugin is that it allows you to add social-media sharing buttons to your WordPress website.
If you are already using the Jetpack plugin, you can activate the sharing module and add your desired sharing buttons. You can learn more about the Jetpack plugin here.
You can also check out the official page on activating Jetpack’s sharing buttons.
This is another advanced plugin for integrating social media share buttons.
The reason why I used the word “advanced” is because this plugin comes with lots of customization options. Share Buttons by AddToAny will let you add responsive sharing buttons on your blog (which is a big plus for this plugin).
Additionally, AddToAny lets you add over 100+ sharing buttons (not that you need that many!). There are also plenty of placement options.
One of the best features of this plugin is that it will allow you to track your social media sharing using Google Analytics.
All of the plugins mentioned above offer similar functionality. One thing which you might not like about them is the fact that they increase the load time of the page. So you may wish to consider alternatives for social sharing due to the well-known fact that site load time is among various site ranking factors.
I had to add this plugin to the list for its simplicity. This is not for everyone, but I’m sure some of you will appreciate the simple concept of this simple plugin.
If you want to check out some other popular social sharing plugins, here are a couple more that you may wish to consider:
- Social Warfare
- Easy Social Share count
- WP Social Sharing: Adds beautiful big sharing buttons
- Social Media Feather
If you are using any other plugins and would like to recommend them to other Shouters, feel free to let me know via the comments.
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