Every website owner knows the importance of search engine optimization. However, many people forget that social media integration is important as well. According to a survey carried out by the Pew Research Center, two thirds of Internet users in the United States have joined social networking sites. This is a massive increase compared to just 20 percent in 2006. Ignoring social media can doom your fledgling online efforts considering that more than 1 billion people have social media profiles. The number of adults visiting social media sites every day is about 43 percent. The 18 to 29 year old age group is very active on social networking sites. The pew report showed that among this age group, 83 percent visit social networking sites regularly. The following are some of the top 5 social sharing plugins.

1. AddThis


This is one of the most robust plugins for sharing content with your readers. The plugin will give your readers the ability to promote content across 330 bookmarking and social networking sites.The plugin also has the added advantage of supporting address bar sharing. You will be able to see how readers share your content using the analytics tool. All you have to do is sign up for a free account and everything will be ready. Take note that signing up for the free account is optional. The creators of this plugin have taken into account the global reach of web-based technologies. Automatic translation covering over 70 major languages will keep your global audience well informed.

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2. ShareThis


This plugin has gained a sizable following among Web users. You will be able to share content across more than 50 social networks. In addition, the plugin gives you the ability to share content through e-mail. This is a great way of reaching a wider audience using one tool. Opening a ShareThis account will enable you to receive tracking reports. Such metrics can prove invaluable and help you gauge how much content is being shared.

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3. AddToAny By Lockerz Share


AddToAny is a non-intrusive plugin that has impressed many web users.You can bookmark and share content via e-mail or social networking site posts. The plugin covers more than 100 of the most popular social media sites such as Facebook, twitter, Digg, Delicious, and StumbleUpon. The customizable button makes it easy for users to add a personal touch to the plugin. You do not need programming knowledge to integrate the plugin into your website.

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4. DiggDigg By Buffer


There is no doubt that this is one of the most up to date plugins available. Some of the new features include Buffer and Pinterest buttons. You can customize the plugin to appear as a floating bar or as sharing buttons. This will enhance user experience significantly while improving content sharing.

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5. SexyBookmarks By Shareaholic


If you are looking for a stylish way of sharing content, this plugin provides that and much more. You will have access to great analytics as well as Google’s URL shortener. The plugin also supports more than 15 languages. This will ensure that your blog or website has a wide reach across different continents.

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Social media integration and exposure can improve your web reach through increased traffic. This is the only way to you will be able to differentiate yourself from the competition. The top 5 social sharing plugins discussed above provide a rich social bookmarking experience. According to the pew survey, tapping this rich vein is the way forward.

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Author : Elidi Darwin

I am freelance writer and web design consultant. I love to review software and tools that can help users increase their productivity.

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