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

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3 WordPress plug-ins for managing your ads

Fortunately, a number of WordPress plug-ins can help you manage ads and place ads in a variety of locations on your blog. Here are a few plug-ins you can test to see if they offer the help you need for the ad program you participate in:

  1. Advertising Management: wordpress.org/extend/plugins/advertisementmanagement
  2. Wp-Insert: wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-insert
  3. All in One Adsense and YPN: wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-oneadsense-and-ypn

Remember, the WordPress Codex is an excellent resource to get answers to questions about editing theme files. Additionally, you can find resources to learn CSS , which will make it even easier for you to insert ads anywhere you want on your WordPress blog.

How to choose blogging software?

WordPress.com (Free, Hosted by WordPress):

WordPress.com is a free blogging software that provides a limited amount of customization by way of free templates you can download for your blog. It is very easy to learn and provides automatic features such as a spam blocking plug-in (Akismet), automatic pinging and more. On the negative side, WordPress.com does not allow ads of any kind on blogs, so monetizing your free WordPress blog through advertising is not an option.
Wordpress.org (Paid, Third-Party Host Required):

WordPress.org offers free blogging software, but users have to pay to host their blogs through a third-party website host such as GatorHost or 1and1 . For bloggers with some technical skills who need advanced customization, WordPress.org is a great choice. The software, itself, is the same as WordPress.com, but the customization options make it very popular among power bloggers, business bloggers and more.

Follow the link to read a complete overview of WordPress from About Web Logs.
Blogger:

Blogger equals easy. Many novice bloggers choose to start their first blogs with Blogger because it’s free, very easy to use, and it allows ads to help monetize blogs. The downside of Blogger is it’s prone to outages, so you may not always be able to access your blog when you want to.
TypePad:

TypePad is very easy to use, but it’s not free. Even though it doesn’t require a third-party host, it does have a cost associated with it. With that said, TypePad does provide great features and a high level of customization without the technical knowledge of some other customizable blogging software options.
Moveable Type:

Moveable Type is a great blogging software, but it requires users to obtain pricey licenses. The installation process is cumbersome and the features are not as rich as other blogging software programs provide. Many people like Moveable Type because it supports multiple blogs without having to install the software again and again.
LiveJournal:

LiveJournal requires users to pay a monthly fee, and it provides a limited amount of features and customization.
Suggestions from About Web Logs:

For bloggers who are looking for a free blogging software that allows monetization, you may want to try Blogger. If monetization is not important to you, then WordPress.com might be a better choice.

For bloggers who want full customization and advanced feature capability (and aren’t afraid of technical challenges and out-of-pocket expenses), WordPress.org and TypePad are excellent choices.
More Information to Help You Choose a Blogging Software:

Bottom-line, decide what your goals are for your blog upfront to help you choose the best blogging software for you from the start. Take a look at these six questions bloggers should ask themselves when choosing a blogging software to help you decide which blogging software is right for you.

4 plugin for Rejigging Internal Linking Structure

  1. Tag clouds & tag pages & tag conjunction pages (e.g. “UTW Theme Compatibility Thing” WordPress plugin)
  2. Related Posts (e.g. “Yet Another Related Posts” plugin)
  3.  Top 10 posts (e.g. “Popularity Contest” plugin)
  4. Next & Previous / pagination (e.g. “WP-PageNavi” plugin)
  5. What Are We Waiting For?? Let’s Fix our Blog!

11 top blogging app from Forbes.com

 

Blog Tools

Are you feeling the lure of Weblogging? Publishing your ideas and opinions for all the World Wide Web to read? If you are, you will need to know which sites offer the best tools for setting up and managing your fledgling Web publishing operation. For most of us, using a hosted blog Web site like Google-owned Blogger.com or Yahoo’s360 or MSN Spaces will be the best option because these sites give you everything you need and walk you through the process at no cost. Setting up a blog at one of these sites takes about five minutes. However, if you want to create a more customized feature-rich Weblog with your own domain name and the ability to track and manage user interaction, you will want to subscribe to a Web hosting space (check http://www.webhostingtalk.com for good suggestions) and use non-hosted blog software. Below you will find our picks for the best Web sites for those in need of the tools to set up hosted or non-hosted Weblogs. Don’t worry if you want to start with a simpler, hosted blog alternative, it’s easy to up grade and most sites will let you import from other services. — Matt Rand


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