While Looking For The Best Social Sharing Plugin For A Real Estate Site…  I fell in Love

 

In my search for the best social sharing plugin for a real estate site I have kissed some frogs, and now I have met my prince.  Not all of the plugins I tested were frogs, some were very good… but for me, just Not Great.

 

“The miracle is this: The more we share the more we have.”
— Leonard Nimoy

 

If you are doing any Blogging, Posting, Content Marketing, you know how important it is to have quality Social Sharing Buttons for your readers.  A small part of the Google SEO recipe is Social Signals.

Social is all the shares, comments, retweets, likes, +1’s that your readers are doing.  These signals are a sign to Google that people like your content.  If people like your content that it is worthy of being ranked on the search engines.

In addition, other people, new potential readers, will see your content because it is out there in the Twitterverse or Google + land.  This will produce new readers, and ad infinitum.

 

Social Sharing Plugins Tested

  • Shareaholics
  • Flare
  • Digg Digg
  • AddThis
  • ShareThis
  • Jetpack
  • Sociable
  • Sharebar
  • Simple Share
  • Floating Share Button
  • Floating Social Bar
  • And many more I can’t remember

There was one plugin that I had seen for years and was popular, but I resisted testing it.  I resisted because it looked gimmicky.

I want sexy and simple, not gimmicky or spammy.

I originally wrote this article in 2014 and my answer then was:

I want a system that is rooted in the solution of Social Sharing, not one that has gotten in the game as a way to boost their “Real Business”.  One that is say, addicted to social sharing, a Shareaholic!

I used the Shareaholic plugin for 3 years and it worked quite well.  However, we have lost touch over the years.

It’s Me… Not You, Shareaholics.  I have met someone new.

 

Social Warfare

 

Social Warfare Social Sharing Plugin

 

Social Warfare offers both a free version and a Pro version.  I sprang for the Pro version at only $29 year.

Even if you decide to go frugal you will still love the free version.

This plugin is available in the WordPress Plugin repository and currently has over 30,000 downloands and 4.5/5 Star rating out of 60 reveiws.

 

Social Warfare Free Version

 

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My favorite 3 things about this plugin:

  1. You can have it set up and running in a couple minutes
  2. It is lightweight and loads fast
  3. The floating share bar is responsive, beautiful, and available on the free version

 

How To Set Up Social Warfare

 

  • Download the plugin and upload it to your WordPress website.
  • Activate the plugin.Social Warfare Menu Item
  • Click on the Social Warfare Menu Button.
  • You will be on the Display screen and need to select which Social Networks you would like to display.
  • I choose to display:  Pinterest, Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+social networks

 

  • Next you should decide if you want to display a share countshare count example
    • If yes
      • A count for each buttons
      • The total shares
      • Or both

Share COunts

  • I choose to display only the total count

 

Social Warfare Pro Version

 

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Shareaholic

Shareaholic was once known as “Sexy Bookmarks” and was pretty cool when I first saw it.  However, I felt like it was one of those cool tools that would get old fast.

 

Do you recognize this:

Sexy Bookmarks Social Sharing

While doing a search for social sharing plugins I ran into Shareaholic and decided to give it a try.

As you can see from by social sharing buttons the above layout is not required.  Although they do still offer it.

 

Why The Best Social Sharing Plugin

 

As I stated above I have tried many, many, many different social sharing plugins.

I set up Sharaholic and everything worked!

I will repeat, I set up Shareaholic and everything worked.  That is never the case with all the others.

Looks are important, % of shares is important, platforms you can share is important.  But that it works is the most important.

 

Features I like:

    • Free
    • Easy to Use
    • Share Counter Option
    • Optional Button Styling
      • Traditional Icons

Traditional Social Sharing Button Icons

      • Flat Square Icons

Flat Design Square Social Sharing Icons

      • Flat Circle Icons

Flat Design Circle Shaped Icons

      • The Shareaholic “Sexy” Icons

Sexy Design Icons

    • Floating Social Bar Option
    • Horizontal or Vertical Display Option
    • Optional “Call To Action” Headline Display
    • 3 Different Size Options
      • Normal (displayed above)
      • Mini

Mini Social Icons

      • Rectangle

Rectangle Social Icons

    • Over 75 Social Sharing Platforms To Choose From
    • Analytics
    • A “Social Media Follow” “Call to Action” Screen 
    • Add Icons with the Plugin, Shortcode or PHP

Feature I Would Like:

    • The Ability To Colorize The Icons

 

How To Get Started With Shareaholic

  • Visit their site:  https://shareaholic.com
  • Click on:  Add Shareaholic to your Site
  • Find “Share Buttons” and Click on:  Get Started
  • Click on: New User Create A Free Account
  • Enter:  Your Domain (jasonfox.me) & Your Site’s Name
  • Select: Platform (WordPress), Your Content Category (Real Estate), & Your Content Language
  • Customize:  Your Buttons Name, Size, Shape, Social Platforms, Counter, Headline…
  • Click On: The Get Plugin button
  • Install Plugin
  • IF YOU WANT THE FLOATING SOCIAL BAR:  Under apps slide the “Floated Share Buttons” to Green
  • In The Backend Of Your WordPress Site:  Click on “Shareaholic” —  “App Manager”
  • Under “Share Buttons”:  You can select where you want to display your buttons by placing a check mark.  You can also “Customize” your buttons here.
  • Click On:  “Edit Share Button Settings”
  • Change Your “Message Format”:  (ex: ${title} – ${link} via @JasonFox_me)
  • IF YOU WANT THE “FOLLOW ME” Call-To-Action SCREEN TO DISPLAY AFTER A SHARE:  Check 
  • Enter:  A Heading
  • Click On:  The Gear Icon “Edit” after FOLLOW BUTTONS
  • Customize:  The “Follow” Buttons Layout and Enter your URL for any Social Sites you would like people to follow you on.
  • Save Settings
  • Save Settings
  • GO BACK TO THE SHAREAHOLIC SITE:  Verify your site (this will activate the analytics)  **My site would not verify immediately, but did when I logged back in.

If you want more Shareaholic Set up Details.

 

Other Shareholic Features

 

As part of their social sharing suite, Shareaholic, also offers a “Related Content” feature.  I am a huge fan of a good related content plugin, as it increased my time on site and number of pages viewed, instantly.

You can see examples of this, both to your right and down below.

I use a plugin called NRelate.

Because I am already comfortable with the NRelate plugin I have not tried the Shareaholic related content feature.

 

They also offer a “Cookie Consent Banner” this is really only applicable in countries that require you display that you are collecting cookies.  Not in the US, so again I am not using this feature.

 

Summary

 

I may not be qualified to state what is the Best Social Sharing Plugin for WordPress

But  I am qualified to say what has been the Best Social Sharing Plugin for me...

Shareaholic I am a believer!

 

Social Signals and Social Sharing is an important, if not critical step in building business using a Content Marketing Strategy.  If we are going to blog and write content, we darn sure better have an adequate sharing system.  A system that is highly visible, without being tacky, that allows people that enjoy our work to share it with their peers.  Sending our writing, as they say, viral.

 

Once the plugin is set up it is Easy for readers to share your content.  The Social Share site loads quickly and accurately.

The plugin is fairly easy to set-up and has a good amount of customization.

It is Free.

And comes with some cool additional features like:  Floating Social Bar, Analytics, Related Content, and Follow call-to-action pop-up.

 

I Would love to hear your take on Shareaholic or what you think the Best Social Sharing Plugin for WordPress is in the Comments Section below: 

By |2017-09-29T16:13:18+00:00August 13th, 2014|

About the Author:

Jason Fox - Real Estate Marketing Business: We build WordPress Real Estate Websites with IDX Me: #GoHawks, #BringBackTheSonics, #MaybeNextYearMariners, #ILoveMyKids #SeattleSunLover #SeattleWaterLover #BFF Blog: Focuses on Wordpress Websites, Content Management, SEO Services, SEM Campaigns, Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing, Beautiful Design, IDX, and more.

7 Comments

  1. Joe Manausa August 13, 2014 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Jason, have you tested it’s impact on your site speed? I’m looking for a better solution for my site, but I am concerned they will slow me down …

    • Jason Fox August 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      Joe, Great question. Time Spent per Domain — shareaholic.com 1.79%

    • Danny Wong (@dannywong1190) August 14, 2014 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Joe, At Shareaholic we use industry best practices to make our code as fast and unobtrusive as possible, meaning we take appropriate steps to make sure our code is well-written, loads asynchronously, minified and cached so the question worth asking is: how much *faster* can your site be? 🙂

      p.s. here’s a user’s take on this issue — https://www.lahtela.com/shareaholic-wordpress-plugin-speed-test/

  2. Danny Wong (@dannywong1190) August 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Jason, first I wanted to say THANKS! This is an awesome review and I’d highly recommend taking advantage of our Related Content plugin too. The beauty of our tools is that you can access multiple features and still only load one plugin (vs one plugin for each individual feature/tool). That may even boost your load time! Always happy to chat if you’re looking for a new friends (dwong at shareaholic dot com or @dannywong1190).

    • Jason Fox August 14, 2014 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      Thanks Danny! I love the plugin so it makes it easy. I might give the related content feature a spin 🙂 I just followed you on the Tweeter.

  3. Todd Blair August 20, 2014 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Great information and FREE… free is good. I am assuming these only work on WP sites? I have a couple I will certainly give this a try… thanks.. I have to bookmark this to refer back to it for great layouts, thanks Jason.

    • Jason Fox August 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks Todd. No the tool works on many different platforms. In my post I only demo’d the WordPress plugin version, as I am exclusively WordPress.

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