The problem with a lot of social media plugins is that they offer tiny, basic buttons and icons that easily get lost within the contents of your posts and pages. And while it may be better for you to tweak these social media buttons and icons to your own personal liking, doing so may take more time and effort than those icons really deserve.
Your main focus should mostly be on the articles and content of your blog. Hence, this is also the reason why most plugins fail to provide dazzling buttons and icons that will really get readers and visitors to click and share. But while it’s not the buttons that ultimately make your readers decide to share your posts, the appearance of these buttons matters a great deal. This is simply because if the buttons remain obscure and unnoticeable, then the chances of your readers sharing your blog post with their friends are null.
What is Shareaholic?
Like the name implies, Shareaholic’s main goal is to make social media sharing a pleasure and a treat for your readers. The benefit this has for you as the blog owner is that Shareaholic is a wonderful tool that will help other discover and submit your articles to the many available social bookmarking sites.
1. Classic Bookmarks
Of course, for those of you that simply like the classic look of these social media share buttons and icons, they remain available for use, giving your blog that clean-cut and professional look.
2. Share Counters
Available for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc, share counters help give your readers a basic idea of just how popular or valuable your posts were to others. This helps promote even more shares and likes, thus giving you more ground when it comes to marketing your articles on all the different social media platforms.
3. Officially Supports Google’s URL Shortener (goo.gl) and Google Analytics
With URL shortening supported, having readers share your content on Twitter is much easier. In addition to that, you get to easily track all the shares, views, and likes on your page, giving you a better chance of analyzing what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to marketing and word-of-mouth.
4. Related Posts and Recommendations
One problem a lot of blogs often face is that once a new visitor is done reading your blog post, the chances of them clicking through your blog’s other content is minute. This might not necessarily be your fault. Most people simply have little or no time to browse through a blog’s archives.
However, providing them the option to view any related posts to the article they just finished reading should entice and encourage them to dig deeper into all the benefits and information that you have to offer them.
5. Social Analytics
Shareaholic creates and gives you reports on all the important actionable social media metrics, including who among your readers is making referrals and spreading the word about your webpages and posts. Knowing this can help you reward these people for constantly promoting your content, thus creating even better relationships and connections between you and your audience.