Making it easy for people to share your site’s content is key to getting noticed online. And it’s not difficult at all.
Many companies and app creators now offer social sharing apps – bars that make it easy for people to share content on their social network of choice with one simple click.
If you’re considering adding some share-power to your site, here are 4 good options to choose from:
Flare (this is the one I use)
Pros: It looks very slick and it’s super easy to set up. With it, you can add a vertical sidebar or horizontal buttons to any page. It also offers a convenient “Follow Me” widget so that you can encourage new followers on your social accounts.
Con: It’s only available to WordPress users and does not offer as many options as the other tools listed in this post. There is also no reporting beyond the basic “flares” shared on the bar.
Pros: Many large sites use this plugin for vertical or horizontal share bars. It’s well known and well supported. Many people like the fact that it caters to a large list of social networks and is quick to set up.
Cons: It’s also only available on WordPress. Some site owners find it temperamental depending on the theme and other plugins they use.
Pros: It caters to many types of websites, not just WordPress! I also like that it offers many different tools – share buttons, follow icons and recommended reads – with one piece of code. Their smart layers concept is good for adding functionality without disrupting your site template. It’s also 100% mobile-friendly and provides you with analytics.
Cons: It offers a limited collection of networks on which to share; although all the major ones are there. The different options and the code they provide can be confusing to beginners. It’s best to get your web person to handle the setup.
Pros: It’s one of the most popular sharing tools and it’s not limited to WordPress. This plugin has the largest selection of social sites and offers many button style options. It’s more flexible than many other tools and offers analytics.
Cons: Sometimes less is more. Don’t overload your sharing toolbar with too many options. You’ll risk confusing your visitor. Depending on your skill level, the code you need to insert into your website may be confusing. Turn to your web person for assistance.
Do you currently have a sharing toolbar on your website? Which one do you use?
photo credit: mkhmarketing
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