social-media-marketing-tipsImplementing social media marketing tips has been my project for today.

What a struggle I've had. But hopefully some of the lessons I've learned will be helpful. If they are – please make my pains worthwhile and Share!

Shareaholic Plugin

Over the years and months I've had several stabs at adding social media sharing icons onto my various blogs, and to be honest that has been the problem. I never took an integrated approach so I had ended up with a mish-mash of different buttons, none of which really achieved what I should be doing. First I added Facebook and Twitter buttons, then I discovered Pinterest. Then Google + became the thing to do, then I started noticing LinkedIn. All added one plugin on top of previous ones:-(

Then I was recommended to use the free Shareaholic plugin and I was impressed by what I saw. In fact I'd seen its features used on many other WordPress blogs and not known how to implement them, so I was really pleased to be introduced to it. Especially as it's free!

Well, it went onto this blog easily enough, so I was inspired to add it to my health blogs and that's where the problem started – because I'd had several attempts with other plugins.

I think I got there in the end, but let me try and summarize the problems I had in case anyone else has the same:

  • First of all I ended up with an absolute Social Media fest on my posts which looked awful. So I went back to deactivate/delete the other plugins that were adding social buttons. With some it wasn't as obvious as it sounds.
  • Shareaholic just wouldn't display on one of my blogs at all. In the end I deactivated the theme I was using (Cloratio) and the Shareaholic plugin started to work. That's a real pain because I'd done a LOT of work customizing that theme. When I've recovered my composure I'll reinstall it and try again There were so many other old social media plugins lurking that the theme may work with my new slimmed down plugin list.
  • The non-obvious plugin causing me problems was Jetpack, which I'd used to do my sharing previously (and forgotten about). I didn't want to completely disable Jetpack, as it has some features I use! (Publicize to LinkedIn, for one.) I finally found some advice on the WordPress forum and managed to get the settings organized so that Shareaholic shows on the top of the post, and the Jetpack share buttons show fairly discreetly at the bottom. (You can drag them all behind one little “More” button for most discreet option.) These options are found in Settings | Sharing.

Oh dear, listed like that, my problems sound so trivial and easily fixed:-) But I can tell you I have been tearing my hair out. Anyway, those are my social media marketing tips for sharing blog content if you're having problems getting a consistent looking set of sharing buttons.


Digg Digg Social Sharing Plugin

Lots of people love Shareaholic, but in the end the problems listed above just defeated me, so I changed to the free plugin Digg Digg that you should be able to see now.

No reflection on Shareaholic. It was obviously clashing with other themes or plugins.

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