2018 is nearing the end. But the impact of social media continues to rise. It’s time we plan for the future and keep ourselves a step ahead of others.
As I said, with the reach and impact of social media growing at an unparalleled pace, it is essential for bloggers to reach out to their followers as well.
Do you know what the best way to do so is?
Let me tell you.
Integrating social sharing buttons on their blogs. By incorporating social bookmarking and sharing buttons, you will give your readers the ability to quickly share your blog posts on their favorite social networking sites.
Doing so will help you drive more traffic from social media sites which will, in turn, also help improve your search engine ranking.
Huge benefits with little effort. Isn’t that great?
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 only add those social sharing buttons which are useful.
I would recommend that you add at least the essential ones to start with – the Facebook share, Whatsapp share, Twitter share, and Pinterest “pin” buttons.
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.
Now, there are many WordPress social media plugins out there, but I have listed below the best plugins for you to start using today.
- Social Snap
- Social Warfare plugin
- Easy Social Share Plugin
- Monarch by Elegant Themes
- Ultimate Social Deux
- Share Buttons by AddToAny
- DC Simple Share Buttons
Best Social Media Sharing Plugins for WordPress in 2019
1. Social Snap
This is the latest, and the best, social media sharing plugin with tons of features. It is probably the ideal choice as it let you select from multiple social media sharing buttons and offers various placement options.
It also lets you do other things like adding analytics, UTM tracking, share recovery, and Content Locker to name a few. Social Snap impressed me right at the word go. I recommend you give it a try.
2. Social Warfare plugin
Social Warfare is a feature-rich plugin.
I was using Social Warfare before I moved to SocialSnap (listed above). This plugin costs only $29 which is worth every penny when you see the features it offers.
What I loved 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.
Ease of use!
Here are some of the features that persuaded me to buy this plugin:
- Drag & drop feature to add/remove social network (see screenshot above)
- 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 get from social media sharing
- Frame buster to stop others from framing your content
- Excellent support
- 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 the Social Warfare plugin, Easy Social Share is a perfect solution for you. Despite being a premium plugin, it costs only $19, and you can install in on multiple websites. Recently, they released the 4.0 version of Easy Social Share plugin with many cutting-edge features. This plugin is used by over 300,000 websites and is still one of the highest rated plugins 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.
4. Monarch by Elegant Themes
If you are looking for a paid WordPress Social Media plugin, look no further than Monarch.
Not only does this plugin let you add social media sharing buttons in various places on your blog, but the buttons are also created with the goal of encouraging sharing.
Monarch lets you add sharing buttons in various places including ‘flight’. Fly-ins are generally 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.
5. Ultimate Social Deux
Ultimate Social Deux is a premium plugin available on Codecanyon for only $14.
Yes, only 14 dollars!
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 left to 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 can add many features to your blog.
One of the many features of this plugin is that it allows you to add social media sharing buttons to your WordPress website.
You can also check out out the official page on activating Jetpack’s sharing buttons.
Share Buttons is another advanced plugin for integrating social media share buttons.
Well, the name suggests it all!
Now, the reason why 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 big plus).
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 allows you to track your social media sharing using Google Analytics.
All 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.
Not fun, right?
Therefore, 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 few more that you may wish to consider:
- Easy Social Share count
- WP Social Sharing: Adds beautiful big sharing buttons
- Social Media Feather
If you use any other plugin and would like to recommend them to other Shouters, feel free to write back to us using the comment section.
Also, as we have been talking of sharing, please remember to share this post with your friends on social media sites! 😉
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Until next time.