Over the last couple of years, social media has become one of the main sources of traffic for many websites, so it is important to have all the right social media tools in place on your WordPress site.
In this post, we will cover 10 of the best social media plugins for your WordPress blog. (In no particular order of preference or rating.)
WordPress Social Media Plugins
Jetpack does it all, and it does almost everything well. Social sharing is no exception. While the button options might feel a little understated for some, they will be perfect for the website owners that favor clean, minimalistic design. (Accessed through the “Sharing” under Jetpack’s settings, or Sharing, under Settings on the WP Dashboard.)
Jetpack also offers the option to share your new posts automatically, once again living up to its reputation of being the swiss army knife of WordPress plugins. This can be arranged under the “Publicize” Jetpack settings, or Sharing, under Settings on the WP Dashboard.
If you do not have one already, you will have to create a WordPress.com account, and then connect it to the blog in question to be able to use these features.
Do you ever get fed up with writing social media statuses and updates over and over again for every new piece of content that you publish? As it turns out, you do not have to do that anymore! Microblog poster is a plugin that can automatically post updates to a range of social media sites whenever you post a new post.
It offers many different options, including different formatting for each of the different platforms. It currently Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Tumblr to name a few, but not Google Plus as of the date of this post.
If you already have a social media presence, and you just want a way to automate the posts about your blog posts, then this can be an awesome plugin. However, keep in mind that social media experts recommend that you only link to your content in a small amount of your social media posts.
If you are looking for a way to time your posts to social media and track stats, you could for example check out BufferApp.
While this social media plugin maybe not offering as many options as some of the other WordPress plugins, MashShare offers a beautiful design, non-intrusive design.
The best way to automate social sharing is undoubtedly having your audience share your content on a regular basis. Moreover, being able to pick a design that truly goes well with your site, instead of standing out like a sore thumb, can definitely help with that.
That is where MashShare comes in. The buttons are designed to compliment your site rather than clash with it. The buttons are good looking enough to benefit your site design, rather than being detrimental to it.
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Where other competitors focus on sophisticated options and features, social media feather focuses on making its plugin as light as possible.
Even so, Social Media Feather doesn’t skimp on the features. It offers a variety of different shortcodes that enables you to implement Social Media Feather efficiently in particular areas of specific posts or pages. You can also opt not to show the by and logo next to the social sharing buttons.
However, as expected, the biggest selling point of the social medium feather, is its lightness. Some social plugins can be incredibly clunky, sometimes slowing down a WordPress site’s loading speed by as much as half a second. (It may not sound like much, but every extra tenth of a second can mean lost subscribers and sales.)
Another veteran amongst the social media plugins. While Shareaholic initially might seem to offer a few options, if you sign up for a free account, as can be this plugin offers a range of different designs and placement options, as well as an option to monetize the related post part of the plugin.
Of course, the sleek related posts function can impact social sharing by leading your readers to a new post that they may choose to share.
An old-timer amongst sharing plugins, ShareThis goes the extra mile.
Not only does it offer a wide variety of designs to choose from, it also gives you access to analytical reports about user engagement.
It is completely free; no strings attached. There’s no sign-up required for this one, for standard features or extended ones, so you can simply grab it directly from the WordPress plugin directory and be ready to rumble.
It also offers a splendid multi-post feature which means sharing does not take visitors away from your website after sharing, meaning they might just stick around, read some more, and eventually, possibly, share some more too.
As the name suggests, this is a social share buttons plugin. It is easily one of the most used social media plugins out there at over 3 million downloads, and for good reason.
It offers custom placement options, for example via shortcode or widget, google analytics integration, and a ton of different layouts and individual icons.
Not ‘just another social sharing plugin’. The standout here is the design options. You can choose from a variety of sleek designs, including a slim, simplistic, flat icon sidebar.
You have to sign up for free to use their basic social media plugin. AddThis also offers a premium service that allows you to see data on what is getting shared where and increases your design and placement options.
For websites targeting the right audience, with the right type of visually appealing content, pinterest can be huge.
The Pinterest “Pin It” Button, apparently, helps you add a pin it button to your posts and images. You can choose which image gets priority, but the visitor can pick for themselves, which ones they want to pin as well.
The pro version offers a range of extra features, including WooCommerce compatibility.
Click to tweet is a WordPress social share plugin that allows you to create tweetable snippets quickly and place them throughout your content. This allows you to highlight your most powerful pieces of content, and also gives people an incentive to share it. Because you have cherry-picked it as something highly tweetable, also means that there is an increased chance for retweeting.
While these are all some great social media plugins for WordPress that help automate the process of marketing your new content, they only help to streamline the process. If you have not already managed to cultivate an engaged audience, or built relationships with other people in your space, you may experience underwhelming results. That has to come BEFORE you see any too significant changes in traffic by upping your social media plugin game.