WordPress Plugin #2: Social Sharing with ShareThis

Note: In this series I’ll delve into some of the better plugins available for WordPress that I am already using, or about to start using. I’m aiming to highlight 30 of my favourites.

You have a blog, and you use various different ways of publicising it (try WordTwit and WordBooker) automatically when you publish a new post. But what about getting your audience to share your content when they find it?

There are many plugins available that can help with this, I’ve used some in the past but the one I’m currently ‘liking’ is ShareThis:

“Increase your audience engagement with our innovative sharing tools … the plugin allows users to share your content through email and 50+ social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit, and Pinterest. You can broadcast your message more easily and widely than ever before.”

Available from the WordPress plugin area through your blogs admin panel it’s easy to install and configure. You have the option on which of the major networks to have sharing to (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest) and, if you sign up for a free account on the ShareThis website you can store your ‘publisher key’ for analytics which you can browse and interrogate (I haven’t been able to get mine working properly, it doesn’t seem to like self-hosted WordPress blogs).

It’s important to note that this doesn’t capture the sharing of the post on the networks unless the click/link was generated on the blog itself. So, for example, a re-tweet on Twitter of your tweet from ShareThis does not increase the number shown on your blog.

  • No doubt, ShareThis is a very popular sharing tool, however, I liked this versatile tools called LoginRadius that not only integrate social sharing but also let your users log in with their social account like fb, twitter etc and post comments.