I have been slowly working on making some updates to my blog about Pittsburgh over the past few weeks. I am still on the hunt for a simple author bio box so I will save that post for later. If you have suggestions for the author bio please let me know. This post is a look at the changes I made to the social sharing buttons.
I was using the social sharing icons from Jetpack at the bottom of the posts.
I did a little searching and came across this blog post from the folks at CoSchedule: The Best Place To Put Social Media Buttons On Your Blog. Even though the post is from last year, it is incredibly through and I have made the following changes to the social sharing buttons:
- Bottom to Top. I moved the social sharing buttons to the top, just under the date and author name.
- Less buttons. The CoSchedule posts offers some great stats on the number of social media channels to include. . I went back and looked at the shares on the posts from the past few weeks – most people are using Twitter & Facebook.
- Switched from JetPack to AddThis for social sharing buttons.
Why I switched from Jetpack sharing to AddThis for Social Sharing
Based on the suggestions from CoSchedule, I did some research and decided to switch from the JetPack social sharing plugins to the AddThis WordPress plugin for a few reasons:
- Easy to move social sharing buttons: JetPack only gives you the option of having the social sharing buttons at the bottom of the post. You can move the buttons to the top of the post, but that involves editing some code. With AddThis, you can use the settings to display social sharing buttons above the content, below the content and/or a floating sidebar.
- Stats: AddThis gives you some basic stats on how your content is being shared through the social sharing buttons.
I thought this was worth a try. I will check back in a few weeks and see if the switch has had an impact on site visits.
What social sharing plugin are you using?