Social media has become such an integral part of the internet that, for the majority of websites, traffic from social media turns out to be the second or third best traffic source.
If you are serious about your content, then you should be serious about driving as much traffic as possible. One great way to do this is to share your content on social media.
As a website owner, you can gain social traffic by adding social media share buttons on your pages. Let’s take a look at the 5 best plugins or addons of 2017 that help you see an uptrend in social media traffic for WordPress powered sites.
1. Simple Share Buttons Adder
Simple Share Buttons Adder is a minimal sharing solution that allows you to do the following
- Automatically insert social media sharing buttons above and below your content area
- Insert these buttons into your homepage, archives, and excerpts
- Change the text displayed next to each button or the styling of the button itself
- Displays number of shares from each network
- Supports 15 social media sites
Simple Share Buttons Plus (the premium version) is available from $9.99 and offers various additional features such as retina-ready images, click tracking, and sharing statistics.
2. Floating Social Bar
Floating Social Bar is a simple social media sharing solution, which displays a simple row of official sharing buttons at the top of posts, pages, and media. When a user scrolls down the page, the sharing bar remains fixed at the top.
The plugin supports Google, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. Only a few options are available in the admin area, such as
Adding a label above the sharing bar
Defining your Twitter username.
Contextera addon from www.contextera.com removes the necessity to add social share buttons to your page. All the plugins mentioned above require effort to configure and occupy space. The placement of these buttons plays a major role on number of social shares as well.
This free addon from ContextEra solves all these problems in one go and integrating it is also very easy.
ContextEra addon is not just an alternative to the current day social media plugins but is a comprehensive solution that provides social sharing functionality as well as analytics.