10 Best WordPress Sharing Plugins of 2012 To Get More Social Traffic

What does it take to get your posts shared on Social Networks? With over 250 million Tweets being posted every day and close to 4 billion items being posted on Facebook, there is definitely not a lack in volume of Social Media updates.

To make a larger junk of those being posted about your articles, one of the most important parts to focus on is the placing and options to share on your blogposts.

BrightEdge research recently published a piece a about exactly this. They looked into how sharing of your website can increase through prominently displaying sharing buttons.

What I found most spectacular was that sites with improved sharing options, can have 7 times more mentions on Social Media than sites who neglect it.

 

 

So I looked into some of the most powerful sharing plugins for WordPress out there and here are my top 10 finds for you:

1. Digg Digg – Your all in one Social Sharing bar

The first one is a very well known plugin called DiggDigg. After installing, you will have the option, to either put a beautiful floating sharing bar on the lefthand side of your posts or use a set of sharing buttons on the top or bottom of articles.

The plugin is one of the most updated ones in the directory and is constantly adding new features. It features some of the latest new sharing options such as Social Networking newcomer Pinterest and Buffer button.

 

 

2. Get Social – Easy to customize floating bar

Another great plugin that allows you to make it very easy for your readers to share your articles is Get Social. Whilst it doesnít allow for buttons before or after your content, it gives you a great floating bar on the lefthand side.

What I greatly enjoy about this plugin is how easy it is to add any other Social Sharing buttons, just by adding a code snippet to it. It is also looks great that you get the option to fade out the background and only have the buttons floating down.

 

 

3. ShareThis – Great sharing options and analytics

Of course, one of the most well known sharing plugin is the option from ShareThis. You have a great pool of options to choose for your display including a single icon, a series of icons or buttons, or a series of widgets with the number of shares or retweets displayed.

What also comes in very handy are the great reporting tools from ShareThis to help you understand better how your articles have been shared. If you are an analytics geek, this is definitely something to look into.

 

 

4. Socialize – Place sharing buttons wherever you want

Another great solution, if you are not quite after a floating bar is Socialize. The plugin is very versatile and allows you to place sharing buttons wherever it is most suitable for you in your articles.

The plugin also offers a great variety of the latest sharing options such as Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon and other services.

 

 

5. Twitter Follow Button and FB Subscribe Button – Read only the most relevant news

Although strictly speaking of course not a wordpress plugin, I believe the two button options from Twitter and Facebook are nowhere near used as much as they could be.

A lot of times, when people arenít comfortable to make the step to sharing your articles just yet, a follow or click on the subscribe button might just be most appropriate. By collecting more subscribers, the chances of getting them to share future articles of yours will evidently also increase.

 

 

6. Slick Social Share Buttons – Super minimal sharing bar

A great Social Sharing option, if you are interested in the minimal taking up of space on your blog is this one called ìSlick Social Sharing Buttonsî. It has a very slick floating effect and gives your articles a very stylish look.

What is also great is that you can add the option to only have the buttons drop down after the big ìshareî button has been clicked. It certainly makes a great impression to have this plugin floating on your left.

 

 

7. AddThis – Sharing buttons paired with publisher analytics

Another amazing solution for making your blog more shareable is the plugin from AddThis. Similar to ShareThis, but slightly less focused on design, it gives you a great solution have trackable buttons on your page.

A big plus for AddThis is that it also includes automatic translation in over 70 languages. So if you have a great number of different people from different countries visiting your site, this might be of help.

 

 

8. Sexy Bookmarks – Complimentary sharing button for your blog

Another all star, that has to be mentioned for this list is a plugin called SexyBookmarks. I would say this plugin is more a complimentary tool to a floating bar like Digg Digg at the bottom of your articles.

It allows you to place a set of Social Sharing buttons at the bottom of each post, that can be extended to lots and lots of different options. Developed by Shareaholic, you will also have access to some fantastic analytics features by installing the plugin.

 

 

9. Sharebar – Easy to install sharing bar

Another popular sharing bar to add to your site is a plugin called ShareBar. Whilst it hasnít been updated for a while, it is still a solid option to create an easy to use sharing bar for your readers.

What is also very useful is that as you minimize the browser window, the buttons automatically change to be displayed at the top of posts instead of as a floating bar. Whilst the button options arenít immense the design is fantastic.

 

 

10. Social Media Widget – Make yourself easy to follow

As the last plugin, I want to highlight Social Media Widget. It allows you to easily add any Social Media profile in your sidebar and allow users to connect with you, wherever you are most present.

Whilst I prefer the original Twitter and Facebook buttons, this plugin is a fantastic solution, if you are in need for other Social Media sites, you want your readers to be able to connect with you.

 

 

 

Those are my top 10 solution to making your blog more shareable for your readers. Have you tried any of them yet? Do you have any other solutions I have missed with this post?

Over to you now. Do you think some of these could be useful for you too?

 

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the original author:Leo Widrich on Mar 6, 2012

the original web address:http://webdesignledger.com/tools/10-best-wordpress-sharing-plugins-of-2012-to-get-more-social-traffic

 

7 tips on link-builting

In addition to using the plug-ins suggested in the previous section, there are other easy tricks you can use to increase the number of incoming links to your blog. Here are a few to get you started:

  1. Publish amazing content on your blog other people will want to read, share,and write about on their own sites.
  2. Leave comments on other blogs, and include your blog’s address in the comment forms’ URL space.
  3. Accept trackbacks on your blog posts so people who link to your posts receive an incoming link to their sites in return.
  4. Promote your content on your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networking profiles.
  5. Submit your content to social bookmarking sites like Digg and StumbleUpon.
  6. Write for multiple sites, and interlink your content.
  7. Write guest blog posts for other popular blogs, and include a link back to your blog in your author biography.

Anything you do to share your content with interested audiences increases the potential that people will read it. If they like it, they might write about it on their own blogs and link to it, or they might share it through their own social web connections.Each instance your content is shared and viewed increases the potential for others to
write about your content and link to it. The more incoming links, the better, in terms of boosting your search engine rankings.

step by step,built a great blog

How will you get people to your website? What do you want your visitors to do? The right approach to planning a great website is to work backwards.
I found that most people don’t really know how to properly plan their site. After all, your website is usually the first thing people look at. The right approach to planning a great website is to work backwards, by answering the following 5 questions:

1. How will you get people to your website? More specifically, what marketing techniques will you be using to attract your target audience? Is it search engine optimization? Pay-per-click advertising? Social media? PR? This step is very important, as it often answers many of the questions below. Tip: Calculate which marketing technique works best for your site, by figuring out which has the lowest cost-per-acquisition (how much you spent on getting a customer).

2. Who will be coming to the site? Your website needs to take all kinds of visitors by the hand and help them find what they are looking for. Within a few seconds of getting to your site, a visitor needs to know what to do next. Do they need to sign up? Should they click a link to learn more? Once you determine what visitors are coming, you’ll be able to determine what they need to do once they get there. Tip: Don’t try to please everyone, but have your site clearly laid out to direct visitors wherever they need to go. If you do too much your website will become busy and difficult to navigate. Focus on a few key features that majority of your visitors will benefit from.

3. What questions will my visitors have? Am I at the right place? How long have you been in business? Can I afford you? How do I know your product or service is any good? How can I learn more about your services and company? How do I contact you? Tip: Try to answer the questions before they are asked. For example, if your visitors come to purchase a specific product that you’re well-known for in the industry, have that product easily located so they know they’re in the right place and can access product details right away. Clear, short messages work great.

4. What do you want your visitors to do? Should they pick up the phone and call you? E-mail? Sign up for something? Buy your product online? A great website will guide your traffic where you want them to end up. If you’re selling a product, convince the visitors to buy and make it easy for them to do so. If you offer a service, let them know how and why they can benefit from it. Tip: Be clear and concise. Don’t make visitors think.

5. How do my visitors like to stay in touch? Keep in mind, that most people who come to your website won’t become a customer. In fact, the average conversion rate on the Internet is around one percent, meaning only 1 out of 100 visitors will end up contacting you, signing up, or buying something. Find out what forms of communication your visitors prefer and give them the means to stay connected: e-mail, a blog, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, RSS Feeds, and more. Tip: Engaging your customers is important, as most people don’t convert on the first visit. Keep them coming back by identifying your target visitor and catering to the market that best reaches them. If they’re entry-level professionals and they’re constantly engaging in social media, have a social media presence and actively provide them reasons to return to your site. By engaging visitors you’ll give them incentive to return, convert, and hopefully invite their network to do the same.