Social media has become the next big thing, and it’s very important for bloggers to integrate social sharing buttons on their blogs. By integrating social bookmarking and sharing buttons, you will let your readers quickly share your blog posts on their favorite social networking sites. This will help you to drive more traffic from social media sites and it helps to 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. There are many WordPress social media plugins which will let you do that, and in this article I have compiled a list of some of the best plugins you can use.
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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 and Pinterest buttons to your blog.
Depending on your blog’s demographics, you can also consider using additional buttons such as LinkedIn, and any others you choose. So let’s get on with my list of favorite WordPress plugins to integrate social sharing icons onto your blog.
Best Social media sharing plugins for WordPress
Floating social media sharing plugin:
Here is the in-house solution for adding floating social media sharing buttons with counters. Using this plugin, you can add social media sharing buttons to both your desktop and mobile site. This plugin supports all popular social media buttons with counters, and you can enable or disable any of the plugin’s placements.
Monarch by Elegant Themes:
If you are looking for a paid social media sharing plugin for your WordPress blog, look no further than Monarch. This plugin is by Elegant Themes, and they have done a great job with this plugin. Not only does this plugin let you add social media sharing buttons in various places on your blog, the buttons are created with a goal of encouraging sharing.
Monarch lets you add sharing buttons in various places including flight. Flyouts are usually popular for adding email subscription options, but if you are someone who understands the importance of social media sharing, you should look no further than Monarch. To download the Monarch plugin, you also need to buy a license to Elegant Themes, which includes access to all their themes and a few more premium plugins.
What I liked 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. This is a highly recommended plugin which you should use.
Ultimate Social Deux:
There are five placement options for 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. 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, and it has the capacity to add many features to your blog. One of the features of this plugin allows you to add social-media sharing buttons to your blog. If you are using the Jetpack plugin, you can activate the sharing module and add these buttons. You can learn more about the Jetpack plugin here. You can also check out this official page on activating Jetpack sharing buttons.
This is another most popular plugin in WordPress plugin directory to quickly integrate social media sharing on your blog. This plugin offers multiple features including lazy loading, which will make sure social sharing buttons will not slow down your blog much. You can also add floating sharing bar using this plugin. I love this plugin but the only thing which I don’t like it is, it doesn’t play well with Jetpack responsive theme. If you are using any other method to offer mobile version of your site (Like WP Touch), feel free to use Digg digg plugin.
Share buttons by AddToAny
This is another advanced plugin for integrating social media share buttons. The reason I used the word “advanced” is that 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 plus for this plugin. Additionally, AddToAny lets you add over 100+ sharing buttons (not that you need that many!), and in some cases this is going to be beneficial. 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. You can check out more features of this plugin on the official page here.
DC Simple Share Buttons plugin
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 the various site ranking factors.
There are many more popular plugins in the WordPress plugin repo, but my favorite here is Digg Digg.
If you want to check out more popular social sharing plugins, here are a couple more you may wish to consider:
If you are using any other plugins and would like to recommend them to other Shouters, feel free to let me know via comments.
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