Justin Bryant1 Comment
June 20, 2016
We all need social media shares, right? Without them, it would be much harder to get that big boost in social media traffic that all of us bloggers desire for every post.
As bloggers, we work our butts off to create the highest quality content we can on whatever topics we cover. It would be a total shame if no one saw that hard work but the person who wrote it.
This is why we must make it easy for people to share articles. Most people won’t go out of their way just to show their connections a post they recently read. It has to be easy and convenient for them to do so.
To help your WordPress blog posts have a better chance of going viral, I’ve narrowed down the hundreds of social sharing services to the top 8 (and they all are supposed to work with Twitter share counts):
Sumome is a household name in the blogging community. It is a WordPress plugin that gives bloggers tons of free and premium tools to use for getting social shares, collecting emails, sharing images, and more.
When it comes to their social share buttons, they are hard to beat. Here are a few awesome features that Sumome offers with their social media sharing buttons:
Before you jump for joy and go get Sumome right away, there are a few cons that come with their services:
Sumome is a solid option for your WordPress site. There is a lot to like about their sharing service, but if you want your site to look more professional and remove their branding, it will cost you quite a bit.
AddThis is another WordPress sharing service that has been around a long time and built quite a following.
Here are some great features they offer:
Although there are many things to like about AddThis share buttons, there are some things you may not care for:
All in all, AddThis is a solid option for your WordPress blog. Whether you should pick them depends on how you feel about them not working with Twitter counts and outside shares.
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AddToAny share buttons are another good option for increasing social media engagement for your WordPress site. They’re widely known and have very few bad reviews.
Of course, no plugin is perfect, so here are a few cons for using AddToAny share buttons:
Really, the only problem I had with AddToAny is their inaccuracy with share counts. In my opinion, you should be able to see an accurate total share count, regardless of what individual buttons you are displaying.
Many of us bloggers use share counts to see how popular our posts are, as well as for positive social proof. When the total share count is off and not giving us our full count, it doesn’t help.
Shareaholic is another social sharing plugin for WordPress that has been around since I can remember. Here are a few reasons you might want to look at using them:
There is definitely a lot to like about Shareaholic. But, as with the other services, there are a few downsides to using them:
I really don’t have a lot of bad things to say about Shareaholic. They have a lot of options and you get to keep the costs at zero.
If it were possible to show accurate share count totals without having to display every service to get them, I would have to give them an almost perfect rating.
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Mashshare is a WordPress plugin that helps you increase social engagement on your site with its inspiration coming from Mashable. Here are some notable features they have:
There are a lot of cool things you can do with Mashshare, but they aren’t without their downsides.
The only real downsides to Mashshare are that you have to pay to get a lot of features that would normally come with the other plugins.
Although, you can count on Mashshare to give you top quality services, so it may be worth the money.
Simple Share Buttons is another great sharing plugin for WordPress. It is widely used by the WordPress blogging community because they keep things simple while covering everything you need.
Just like the other WordPress services I’ve mentioned in this post, there is a lot to like about Simple Share Buttons. But, what are the downsides to their services?
Simple Share Buttons is one of the better options out there for WordPress users because they keep it simple and still give you a quality product.
That being said, there are more cons for using this service than most other options in this list.
They don’t have as many additional features and don’t include some of the obvious things that competitors have like total share counts, a ‘more options’ button or different button positions on the free version.
Aside from having possibly the coolest name of all the options on this list, Social Warfare is a premium WordPress sharing service that has a lot to offer its users.
It almost sounds like the perfect sharing plugin already, doesn’t it? But, hold on there, it’s not perfect for a few reasons:
It was actually kind of hard to come up with anything bad to say about Social Warfare. They are a premium plugin, but at $24/year for one site, I’m sure you can afford $2/mo.
That’s nothing compared to, say, the Sumome premium share buttons that cost $20/mo. They don’t offer as many services as a lot of other options, but they do have the most popular ones.
You probably only focus on a handful of sharing services anyway, right?
Envato market is full of big name plugins that are loved by WordPress users and it just so happens that Easy Social Share Buttons is the best selling social networking plugin they’ve ever had.
It can’t be too bad, can it?
Wow. What can I say? Easy Social Share Buttons has pretty much everything you could ever possibly think of. There is only one or two minor downsides I can think of:
I could literally think of only one downside to this plugin and it is pretty minor. It isn’t free, but for only $19 for a lifetime license with unlimited updates and all the features you get, how could you possibly complain?
Easy Social Share Buttons is probably the best value on this list. I mean, I knew all of these options were good, but after actually sitting down and listing each pro and con for all of them, it’s hard to argue otherwise unless you just don’t have the $19.
Or, maybe it is just too much for you in terms of complexity. A lot of people don’t like having too many options or features, because then they end spending too much time trying customize.
With so many features in one plugin, it almost takes an entire team to come up with the best plan for how to use it on your site. That can be a good or bad thing depending on your situation.
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I tried to give you the most detailed review of the top 8 social media share services for WordPress with the goal of helping you, as well as myself, make the best pick possible.
And I picked these 8 because they are high quality and all include New Share Count integration for getting your Twitter share counts back, because in my opinion, having Twitter share counts is very important for social proof.
I know I will probably be asked which one of these I think is the best, even though the point of this post was to give you all the pros and cons, so you can figure out which one makes the most sense in your particular situation.
Therefore, for me, I would say the best free social share plugin is Shareaholic and the best premium one (And best value overall) is Easy Social Share Buttons.
I probably would have picked Sumome for the best free version if it wasn’t for their branding being all over the place.
I’m getting a little sick of companies doing that because it shows everyone that you got the cheaper version and makes your site look less professional. That’s why I went with Shareaholic.
I could have also made the case for Sumome being one of the best premium sharing plugins, but if we look at the cost vs features ratio, they are too expensive at $20/mo and don’t necessarily have a better product than Social Warfare or Easy Social Share Buttons.
But, don’t get me wrong, all 8 of these are great options.
Comparing them against each other is a whole other argument, but I encourage you to figure out what features you value the most in a social sharing plugin and then use this post to pick the best.
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Thanks for sharing…!
Actually, I love easy social share button plugin for WordPress, and I’ve used it for long time ago. I don’t think that it is hard to customize the plugin with multi function, but it gave me too many benefits such as integrate optin form with social share button. the most I love about this plugin is to have an call to action after people share my post.
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