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The Best Social Media Promotional Plugins for WordPress

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Over the last two years, social media and social networking have grown exponentially. The ability to constantly (and automatically) promote your content has been a godsend to startup bloggers and businesses across the world. More exciting than that, there are tons of plugins that will allow your content to be promoted by your own readers. That’s right, the system of checks and balances has finally reached the blogosphere. If you create good content, it will be apparent by the number of readers willing to put their sea of approval – publicly – on your content.

Ah, remember the days when you had to manually add each individual social media bookmarklet? Then, having the cluster of 18 tiny images at the bottom of each post, messing up your theme and annoying the heck out of your readers? I’m glad those days are gone.

The interesting thing about these plugins is that they all basically do the same thing. The “better” of this group is their ability to seamlessly integrate into your blog. A lot of it is aesthetic, a lot of functionality, but basically these are the best plugins to keep your blog from looking amateur, and keeping social bookmarking quick, easy, and organized.

ShareThis

(This plugin was included in the 10 Must-Have Plugins for WordPress) The reason I like ShareThis is simple: you can customize its appearance to match your site, it’s unobtrusive and doesn’t mess with the theme, and it’s quick. “Click, click, click” is all it takes for you or your readers to submit to nearly any social media platform. There are tons of appearance-related options during the configuration process, so you can be sure it looks exactly how you want.

SexyBookmarks

Aside from the alluring name, this plugin offers an aesthetically unusual (in a good way) option for social bookmarking. You can see them in action at the bottom of this post. I feel like SexyBookmarks is exactly what it sounds like, the sexy, new bookmark plugin that’s taken the ‘net by storm. It’s definitely functional and, if you keep the number of options to a minimum, can only minimally interfere with your design – often times it will fit right in.

Wibiya Toolbar

I consider this plugin to be one of the best-kept secrets of the blog world. Adding the Wibiya Toolbar does much more than just give your readers an easy way to submit your content to social media, it adds a wealth of additional interaction and functionality to your bloh. After installing Wibiya Toolbar, your readers will have a toolbar at the bottom of each of your pages (floating) which allows them to search, submit to Facebook and Twitter, subscribe to your RSS feed, and tons more. This plugin is so advanced it actually has plugins for the plugin. You can add specific functionality to the Wibiya toolbar to perfectly fit your needs.

Social Bookmarks

Yes, another straightforward name for a straightforward plugin. Social Bookmarks adds a text link to the bottom of each post that, when clicked, delivers a drop down menu with icons for each social media site supported (which gives you a lot to work with). You can then choose to hide the buttons, once you’ve submitted to keep the post clutter-free.

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Comments (16)

Comment by Sam Soares says:

I use sexy bookmarks on my site and find that it works pretty well. Used to use the Wibiya toolbar until this week but the share option it gives when you hover over images became really annoying and a few visitors to my site commented on it…

Comment by Eric says:

I usually use SexyBookmarks but I love the different display options for ShareThis. It’s easy to find something that suits whatever look you’re going for.

Comment by Dave says:

Great list! I just installed Wibiya and love it.

Comment by Gon says:

Share This is definitely the best. I used SexyBookmarks in my early blogs.

Comment by Brian says:

Nikola, great idea and would love to do that. Do you know where can you copy the code and where do I paste it in the theme?
Thanks!
Brian

Comment by Mr.Ang says:

I still can’t make a float image in sideways,, help me please..

Comment by Kenny Elliott says:

Thanks for the Turn Social buzz…I added it, and it’s pretty nice! Just with the Twitter had a follow button?!

Comment by Sie says:

Hey. That’s really amazing. Would you mind if I asked for the code, or pointers on how to add it? Thank you so much!

Comment by Rohit says:

i love wibiya toolbar in my blog……

Comment by James Delnort says:

Hello!
What is the name of the floating “follow me” social widget you have on the right?
Thanks,
James

Comment by Madame Thermomix says:

Hi there
What is the brilliant widget floating on the right hand side of this page? It’s fantastic and I want it but I don’t see it here! Please email me your reply. Cheers!

Comment by Matt Hendrick says:

Also check out the TurnSocial bar – it’s a great way to include a lot of the same content you mentioned above, plus you’re also able to bring in some additional apps based on a business’ street address.

Check it out at http://TurnSocial.com – cheers!

Comment by amanda says:

Hey How Can I add the buttons instead of sexybookmarks like you have here? I have twitter on top but want digg etc on bottom like you have it thanks!

Comment by tangologix says:

Thanks for this wonderful list! Going to check few right now. i was looking for sexy bookmarks plugin, thanks for avail. thanks man

Comment by Hesham @ FamousBloggers says:

I agree, I have removed plugins as well and started to use social buttons by inserting it’s code directly to my blog theme!

Comment by Harsh Agrawal says:

I love secy bookmarks but now I have started using custom code to add social bookmarking icons to decrease my plugins count

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