In addition to search engines, social media is another great platform to get the website traffic from. In today’s practice, social media even has become an integral part of the overall internet marketing process. Just like search engine optimization which requires an SEO plugin, you need an appropriate plugin to get the most out of your social media campaigns. One of the plugin types you can install is a social media sharing plugin.
A social media sharing plugin will make it easier for your site visitors to share the page they are visiting. In fact, the social activities on your site — including page share — is associated with a better position on the search engine results page (SERP) as it can be an indicator that your content has good engagement. Search engines love engaging content like that. Some WordPress themes, including Newspaper X, come with a default social media sharing feature. However, it’s very rare (we haven’t found one till date) to find a social media sharing feature of a WordPress theme that has an analytics feature.
Analytics is one of the crucial features if you want to be serious with your social media marketing. It allows you to learn the number of shares you earned during a certain period and which articles have more shares.
Best WordPress Social Media Sharing Plugins
We have compiled the best WordPress social media sharing plugins you can install on your WordPress. Here is the list.
Monarch is one of the products from Elegant Themes, the developer of Divi theme and Divi Builder. It is one of the most feature-rich WordPress social media sharing plugins. It comes with a built-in analytics feature that allows you to monitor the social media sharing statistics on your website. You can check how many shares you earned within a week, a month, and a year. You can also check the all-time stats. The analytics feature also shows which pages have more shares. Monarch allows you to display the social sharing buttons to the following locations:
- Sidebar (floating)
The options offered by each location are varied. For instance, the popup and fly-in locations allow you to display the sharing buttons after a visitor leaves a comment. If you use WooCommerce, you can also set the social sharing buttons to show up after a visitor makes a purchase. Here are the complete options for fly-in and popup locations:
If you want to, you can also display the sharing stats on the frontend to allow your visitors to know how many times the page they are visiting has been shared.
The biggest problem with Monarch is that you need to spend $89 to get it. This is not a price for a single product, though. With that price, you are allowed to download all WordPress products developed by Elegant Themes other than Monarch. Including Divi theme, Extra theme, Divi Builder, and Bloom.
At the time of writing (August 14, 2020) the AddThis plugin hasn’t been updated for about one year. But we have tested it (on WordPress 5.5 ) and everything went well.
AddThis itself a great social media sharing plugin. Although the features offered by this plugin are not as rich as Monarch, it still worth trying. AddThis adds the social sharing buttons on the sidebar (floating on the left or right) on the desktop devices. While for the mobile devices, the social sharing buttons are placed on the bottom or top according to your setting. You can enable the social sharing buttons on the homepage, posts, pages, or archives.
AddThis has no default analytics features, but you can integrate it with Google Analytics. The AddThis integration with Google Analytics allows AddThis to share data into your Google Analytics reports. You can then view the AddThis shares as custom events in the Google Analytics dashboard.
If you want to add large social media sharing buttons above or beneath an article, MasShare is a great option for you. This plugin will add social sharing buttons that fit the content width. This plugin offers options to disable/enable Twitter Card and Facebook Open Graph. The free version of MasShare only supports two social media platforms: Facebook and Twitter. To add more social media platforms, you need to upgrade to the pro version. The pro version also supports Google Analytics integration to track and count clicks on all share buttons. You can monitor the stats in realtime in the Google Analytics dashboard.
4. Social Snap
Social Snap is one of the most feature-rich social media sharing plugins for WordPress. The features offered by this plugin are pretty similar to Monarch. However, you need to use the pro version to unlock all features. Social Snap is a great solution if you are looking for a Monarch alternative although the features offered by Social Snap are not precisely the same as Monarch. For instance, Social Snap has no feature to display social sharing buttons after a certain action like commenting or purchasing.
The pro version of Social Snap comes with a built-in analytics feature to allow you to track stats like the number of shares, views, and likes. You can also check which posts have more shares. You can filter the stats by location, social networks, and date. social login, boost old posts, and click to tweet are also available. Social Snap itself supports the following location to display the social sharing buttons:
- Sidebar (floating)
- On media
- Sticky bar
- Share hub
5. Social Warfare
You can use Social Warfare for free with an option to upgrade to the version to unlock more features. Social Warfare allows you to enable the social share buttons on the homepage, posts, pages, archives, categories, and custom post types. You can display the social sharing buttons on the bottom of the content, above the content, or both of each location. There is also an option to enable the floating social sharing buttons. Social Warfare has no built-in analytics feature, but you can integrate it with Google Analytics (pro feature) to add an analytics functionality.
AddToAny is a simple social media sharing plugin for WordPress. No need to make a registration to use it. The plugin will start to work once it is installed and activated on your WordPress site. AddToAny supports nearly all social media platforms with the default setting are Facebook and Twitter. You can display the social sharing buttons at the bottom of the article, above the article, or both. There is also an option to display floating social sharing buttons. AddToAny has no built-in analytics feature but you can integrate it with Google Analytics.
7. Grow by Mediavine
Grow by Mediavine was formerly known as Social Pug. By default, the plugin adds the social share buttons beneath the article and on the left side (floating). Of course, you can set different locations to your looking. The default setting of Grow by Mediavine adds an animation effect on mouse hover. You can disable it if you want to. In addition to articles (blog posts), you can also enable the social sharing buttons on pages and custom post types.
If you want to, you can enable the tweet counts and Facebook shares in the frontend to allow your visitors to learn how many times the page they are seeing has been shared to social media. You can also integrate Grow by Mediavine with Google Analytics.
8. Social Rocket
Social Rocket is another great option if you are looking to add floating social media sharing buttons to your website. You need to enable the social sharing buttons yourself as the default setting of Social Rocket doesn’t display any social media sharing button. In addition to floating social sharing buttons, you can also display the social sharing buttons beneath or above the article. You can also enable the click two tweet option if you want to. Social Rocket has no analytics feature.
9. Sassy Social Share
Sassy Social Share is another plugin that you can use to add social media sharing buttons to your WordPress site. You can use it for free with an option to upgrade to the pro version to unlock the pro features. The pro version of Sassy Social Share supports integration with Google Analytics to add analytics functionality to the plugin. About the location of the buttons, you can enable them whether beneath the article, above the article, or both. Also, you can display the social share buttons at floating at the side.
The bottom line
Social media sharing is a must-have feature of a website as social media is an integral part of today’s society. It allows your visitors to effortlessly share the page they are visiting. There are a bunch of WordPress social media sharing plugins. For a marketing purpose, we suggest you install a social media sharing plugin with an analytics feature as it allows you to monitor the social sharing performance of your website. If you have enough budget, Monarch is the best option when it comes to WordPress social media sharing plugin.