Social media presence is one of the most important aspect of blogging. If you are not present on the social platforms then you might be losing a big audience. Writing posts and then getting the target audience through social media is one of the most effective way to get traffic, but you alone can’t reach a big audience.
To reach a wide range of people that would be interested in your blog and in your articles, you need a helping hand. Your fellow bloggers will surely help you in promoting your blog post, but what about your blog visitors? Won’t you like if they could too share your content with their friends and family and within their network. That would be great seeing the potential of visitors coming to your blog by this.
Why Should You Install a Social Sharing Plugin?
As I said, not all the bloggers, or more precisely most of the bloggers are not coders, not in the initial years of blogging. So to change the positions of the share buttons and playing with it to find out the best spot can be a little bit tricky if done manually.
These things can be easily taken care of with the use of a social sharing plugin for WordPress. All you have to is install it, activate it, choose the best social network that you need to display, choose a place where you want the sharing bar to appear and save it. Voila! The sharing bar will now appear on your blog. Almost all the plugins have the same method but if you find something different, then you must learn it by playing with it. It won’t be hard.
Now that you know the importance of a social sharing plugin for WordPress, let’s get to finding out the best plugins for WordPress.
7 Best Social Sharing Plugin for WordPress
#1. Digg Digg
Digg Digg is one of the best social sharing plugin you could use on your blog. The floating bar you see on this article is because of that plugin only. I have been using it from the very start and now I have it on all my blogs. A very good plugin and at the same time it is quite simple to configure it, add or remove the social network’s buttons from the bar is too easy.
Sharebar is yet another social sharing plugin for WordPress that adds a floating bar to the side of your blog post and helps your visitors to easily share your blog posts with their friends. The plugin has almost all the social networks like Facebook, Twitter, etc. that you can add in the floating bar with a single click. Highly customizable and easy to use.
AddThis social sharing plugin is one of the most popular plugin out there and used by lots of bloggers and webmasters. The plugin comes with around 330 social networks and bookmarking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Delicious etc., probably the highest from other plugins, and doesn’t take much time to load. The plugin adds small buttons for sharing the content and thus it doesn’t impact the load time of your blog.
This plugin is one of the most appealing plugins that I have ever seen. A lot of features that you can access. You can choose to show the social sharing buttons at the end of the post or create a top bar containing the buttons. An added feature in the sharing plugin is that you can display the related posts at the end of the article. You don’t need to install another plugin to display related posts, Shareaholic takes care of that too making it one of the best social sharing plugin for WordPress.
The plugin is unique for a feature that allows you to add a attention-grabbing “Call to Action” box at the end of the article. You can easily get more shares to your articles by using the CTA box in your articles or you can promote your services there or whatever you like. You can choose from 12 top social networks including Pinterest and Buffer. It also creates an additional panel in the admin section to choose the social networks more efficiently for every different posts.
Slick Social Share buttons can be considered as one of the best social sharing plugin as it is customizable and does not clutter your blog’s look. You can add social networks in the share bar quite easily, just select the networks and save it and you will get your social sharing plugin working on your blog. You can choose it to be horizontal or vertical, at the top of the blog or in the bottom, as you wish you can adjust its position. It doesn’t look cluttered because the sharing buttons appear only when you hover your mouse over the share button.
#7. Follow Me plugin
Follow Me plugin is a very simple plugin from most of the plugins in the list. Yet it can’t be ignored. Unlike other plugins, this plugin doesn’t occupy more space. It sits at either side of your blog and once you hover your mose on it, it brings you a list of the available social networks where you can share the articles. Too simple, yet one of the best social sharing plugin that you can use on your WordPress blog.
That was my list of the best social sharing plugin as per my view. If you think that I have not included any plugin that is much better than any plugin in these list, do let me know by leaving your comments below. I would love to hear your views on the topic.
Do let me know which plugin you consider as the best social sharing plugin and why?