Perhaps, social media sharing is the 2nd important thing to got popular and drive more traffic to blog after Search engines. To do so, bloggers need to integrate the social media sharing and social bookmarking buttons to their blog pages and post which let the readers simply and quickly share the post or contents on social media or social bookmarking sites. This helps the bloggers to drive more traffic and get better search ranking too.
Well there are thousands of plugins available in WordPress plugins directory and probably you may be using one of them (if you are a serious blogger), but they may cause extra load on your site speed or may not enough to have all popular social media sharing icons or buttons. If it’s true for your existing plugin, here we have compiled a list of top 5 essential WordPress Social Media Sharing plugins for you to have most of the popular social sharing integration, view the analytics of sharing and dominate the social media in 2015.
Quick Overview of Social Media Plugins
Our list of best social media sharing plugins contains:
- Digg Digg
- DC Simple Sharing Buttons
01. JetPack Sharing
If you haven’t installed Jetpack WordPress plugin, install it now and you will fall in Love with this plugin. Developed by Automatti, Jetpack is the most popular and most downloaded WordPress plugin which adds many superb features to your self-hosted WordPress blog, one of which is the Social Media sharing buttons. Jetpack allow let you to add social media buttons to your blog post allow the visitors to share the post or content on popular social media networks including Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Reddit, Stumbleupon, Digg and many others. All you need is to install JetPack plugin and activate the sharing module to add simple sharing buttons to your blog.
Install JetPack from WordPress plugins directory here Jetpack plugin
02. Digg Digg
Digg Digg is another Social media sharing plugin developed by Buffer used by popular websites like Mashabel.com. Digg Digg Social sharing plugin supports all popular social media networks along with Email and Print buttons. With Digg Digg, you can add social media sharing buttons either to the top or bottom of the post or can add left or right floating sharing bar to the post with social share counter. The plugin has many unique features one of which is the Lazy Loading which is best for site speed and performance by delaying the load of social media buttons.
So if you want social sharing along with performance, download and install Digg Digg Social sharing plugin here.
03. AddToany Social Sharing Plugins
With more than 3 million downloads and 4 out of 5 rating, AddToany is perhaps a best sharing plugin for WordPress to allow your visitors share your content on popular social media sites like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Stumbleupon, LinkedIn, Pinterest and over 100 more social media and social bookmarking sites. Along with sharing buttons for popular social media sites, AddToAny add a universal sharing and email buttons to the sharing bar.
You can add the sharing bar to the top or bottom of the post or align it as vertical or horizontal floating sharing bar. This plugin is highly customizable and you can change the sharing icon or color of the buttons to meet your need and theme style. AddToAny load asynchronously their script so do not slow the page loading.
One of the unique features in AddToAny social sharing plugin is that it can be integrated with Google Analytics so you can view the stats of sharing from your Google analytic dashboard. Click to go to AddToAny Official page on WordPress and Install the plugin.
04. DC Simple Share Buttons
DC simple Share plugin allow visitors to share content on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit and LinkedIn. This plugin can automatically add social sharing buttons to your blog pages and post or you can put them manually where you want by simply putting php tag in the template.
The limitations in this plugin are that it do not show the number of share made and that you can only put the sharing buttons on the bottom of page. So if the share count and placement of sharing buttons is not a big issue for you, DC simple share plugin is the best choice among all other social sharing plugins. Download and install DC simple Sharing plugin from WordPress Plugin directory here.
05. AddThis Sharing Plugins
Developed by AddThis Team, AddThis social plugin support over 330 social media and social bookmarking sites which makes this plugin the largest sharing tool among all others. AddThis plugin provides a clean and simple sharing buttons for popular social networking sites as well as Email and following buttons.
Not only sharing of content but, AddThis plugin keeps your visitors engages by recommending them the trending content of your blog and provide real time social analytics to webmaster to track how content being shared on social media netwoeks.
Another unique feature of AddThis social sharing plugin is that you can shorten the URL of the post or page (with Bit.ly or awe.sm) before sharing it on Social Media.
Over To You
If you have ever been tried one of them, what was your experience or if you recommend any other social media sharing plugin to our audience let us know in comments. If you like these plugins share it with your friends.
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