WordPress is without doubt the world’s most popular blogging platform. It is easy to install and comes with a user-friendly interface which bloggers can use to manage their sites. WordPress also offers a myriad of plugins which can be used to enhance the usability of a blog. Here are some social media plugins which would come in handy for any blogger.
This is a great plugin for people who would want to avoid crowding their blogs with too much content. Instead of having social media sharing buttons on the pages, it displays them in from of a flyout menu. This means that the menu is always visible to users whether they scroll down or up the page. In addition, ShareThis allows you monitor all the social media activities on your site. For instance, you can access regular reports showing which URLs have the most shares.
With over 1.7 million downloads, sociable is probably the most popular social media plugin from WordPress. It allows you to choose from a wide range of social network platforms including Twitter, LinkedIn, Google + and Facebook. With the click of a button, you can easily add sociable share buttons to your pages or posts. You could opt to have these buttons appearing blow or above your content.
This is one of the most popular WordPress plugins for Twitter sharing. It has been used by some of the leading sites globally including Time Magazine and Techcrunch. TweetMeme is easy to install and customize, and allows you to retweet your blog pages or posts. In addition, you can keep track of the number of times that your pages or posts have been retweeted.
Social Toolbar allows you display social media icons in an elaborate toolbar at the bottom of your pages. Visitors can easily share your content at the click of a button. The great thing about this icon is its flexibility. You can easily rearrange your social media widgets, as well as change fonts and colors according to your preference. Furthermore, you can choose whether to show your icons on an individual page or on all the pages of your site.
Google+ is one of the fastest growing social media networks. This plugin allows you to add a ‘+1’ button to your pages or posts, which is somewhat equivalent to a Facebook ‘like’ icon. By clicking on this button, visitors show their approval and are able to share your content with others in their Google+ circles.
This is a lightweight plugin which is very easy to use. It allows you to monitor how your content is being shared on different social networks. This way, you can know which of your pages or posts are most popular. Social Metrics displays this information in a tabular format, which can be filtered to display results by month or categories. These statistics will give you an idea of what is working, and areas that need to be improved.
Charles Mburugu is a professional blogger who likes sharing tips for internet marketers and bloggers. He is currently writing for Get A Copywriter.