It’s great when someone shares your blog post to their social media pages. This means your content was worth sharing, and it’s going to get more views because of that share. In the past posts, we’ve discussed the importance of choosing the right images for your blog posts. If you have missed it, here are articles which you should read right away to use perfect images for your blog posts:
- How to turn text into images for blog & social media (Paid tool)
- 5 best WordPress plugins to find images from dashboard (Free plugins)
By now, you’ve probably made great images that your readers even want to share them. But how do they do that with just a few clicks? By using an image sharing tool for your blog post images.
An image sharer works similarly with social media share buttons, but it works specifically for images. If you’ve ever read an article and shared it to Facebook or Twitter, then you should be familiar with the process. In this case, social media sharing buttons are displayed on the images. So if you want to share or bookmark any specific image, you hover your mouse on the image, pick the right social media button & share it.
To let your blog followers share your images, you must first configure your website to do so. This is where Profitquery’s WordPress plugin comes in handy. Originally called the On Hover Image Sharer, this function is now part of a more diverse, all-in-one plugin called Share + Subscribe + Contact. Just like any other plugin, you can download it from WordPress.org or search for it from the Plugins section of your WordPress dashboard.
This plugin puts a series of social media sharing icons when a user hovers over an image on any of your blog posts. Your readers can share your image to their Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Google + accounts. Once you’ve installed the plugin, you can access the plugin’s dashboard from the left menu panel in WordPress.
Here, hover your mouse pointer over Image Sharer and click on “Settings”. This will bring you to a series of configurations you can set for image sharing before it is activated.
First, you need to choose which social networks you want your audience to share your image with. Leave the drop down section on “Default”.
When you’re done selecting the networks, click on “Next” on the bottom of the list.
The next part allows you to choose a design and manner that the social sharing buttons appear when hovering over an image. You can select the icons to appear either vertically or horizontally, and change the size and appearance of the icons. Whatever you choose reflects on the preview pane on the right side. Click “Next” when done.
The next portion is pretty advanced and lets you disable image sharing on the main page of your site. This is entirely up to you, but I would recommend doing so to keep your main page clean and fast-loading. It also allows you to disable the plugin with a specified URL mask.
Lastly, click “Save and Activate” to enable the plugin. Open a blog post and check to see if the image sharing function is working as expected.
Do I need this plugin?
If you create most of your images for your posts, then it makes sense that you would want others to share it so it brings them to your actual post. For instance, you may notice here in Shoutmeloud that our blog post images usually includes the blog post title. It’s designed to lure potential audiences, who may only be seeing the image from Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook, to click on the link for the article.
If you want to reach an audience through image-centric social networks like Pinterest and Instagram, this plugin will help you achieve that.
However, if you only use stock photos for your blog posts and don’t care much about generating more traffic through images, then you probably won’t have any use for this plugin.
What about BlogSpot or other platforms?
If you are using any other platform than WordPress, you can use micro content sharing script by Markerly. You need to add few lines of code, and all images of your blog will have social media sharing buttons.
This is one solution that Harsh was using at ShoutMeLoud. You can get the code from here. To add the tag, I recommend you to use Google Tag manager, as it would ensure 3rd party scripts & tags will not slow down your blog.
Most blogs have social sharing buttons for posts as a default, but you should consider adding social media sharing buttons on your post images. Especially Pinterest, Twitter & Fb buttons can do wonder for an image rich blog. For blogs that are heavy on images, such as food, crafting, photography and fashion blogs, then it’s essential. However, image sharing can benefit any blog in any niche because there are more chances for others to discover your work — even in places that you might have never considered.
Do you have an image sharing tool you’d like to share? Tell us in the comments below!