Most bloggers will give a lot of focus to search engine optimization and get highly involved in it. However, social media love is very important for a blog as well. You need to give a lot of focus to ensure that your blog is hip and happening in the important social websites like Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and more recently, Pinterest! So what is the best way to get your site popular with social media: it is by encouraging readers to share your content. If your reader like an article on your blog, he/she should be easily be able to share it with their social circle. To facilitate that, there are many WordPress plugins available, in this post I list the top 5 plugins used to help readers share content on social media. Enjoy the post!
This is one of the most widely used WordPress plugin by bloggers to help readers share content on social media. It adds a floating box to your posts and/or pages as per your preference. For every post/page you can also decide if you want to float the box to right/left or above/below. And of course, you can have an option to add almost all social site share buttons in the box (more than 19).
Another feature that has prompted many users to prefer the DiggDigg plugin is that it comes with Lazy loading, that is, it will delay 5 seconds to load the buttons, so that the page will load faster. This is important ever since Google has started considering site speed as an important parameter in your websites search engine rankings.
After DiggDigg, Sharebar is another trusted social sharing plugin. Sharebar also adds a floating box to your post. The unique feature in this plugin is that you can add the social share icons you need. Also, you can arrange in what order the social icon should show up in your site. Additionally, it comes with a CSS file where you could alter the layout even more. But I doubt if most of you would require t use this feature.
This is the plugin that Mohsin is using in this blog. You can see the GetSocial plugin in action to the left of this post. Compared to Sharebar plugin or DiggDigg, you are given lesser configuration option in the back end. Although, this plugin is very popular, now there are many better options available. I have mentioned the other options in this post itself. I strongly advise users to prefer the other options if you are looking to add a floating social share box for your blog article.
This was the first plugin I used when I started out on my blogging career. It shows an array of social icons, below your post. It has the animated feature and is aesthetically very pleasing and eye-catching. However, I have found that sometimes it is easy for readers to miss it – which is why I would suggest you guys to stick to using a floating share box that are provided by the plugins mentioned above.
The plugin adds a great configure panel in the admin section, you can configure the icons that should appear to your heart’s content. You can also play around with the animation a bit. Apart from this, the plugin panel allows you an option to choose whether the social links should be no-follow or follow, or whether it should open in new page or same page.
It is an attractive plugin which is still used by many bloggers.
5. Add Twitter, Facebook Like, Google plus one Social share
I am using this plugin on my blog. This plugin has a ridiculously long name, but it is a good plugin. It is the latest plugin that has hit the WordPress blogging scene, in fact, I have also shifted to using this plugin. This plugin is amazing in terms of the placement, as it allows you to position you share box exactly as you want. You can easily edit at how many pixels from the margin you want the share box to be visible. It can add the share box before post contents, after and also floating on left hand side of the post.
Apart from this, this plugin also has a “Pin It” button in the Share box, which most other plugins are lacking since they were developed before the rage of Pinterest kicked in. This plugin has an advanced image search for Pinterest sharing, it will check your post thumbnail or the first image in your post is used when your content gets shared.
And now many bloggers are realizing how Pinterest can become a source of SEO juice and traffic for their websites.
Which social sharing buttons are you using on your blog? Tell me what do you think are the important one’s, so that myself and others reading this post can learn from your comments as well. In the end, I thank Mohsin who has given me this great opportunity to interact with you guys!