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Having social media sharing buttons is crucial. They encourage your visitors to share your content. I have seen many blogs where the content was worth sharing, however, there was no sharing buttons. Not only did I miss out on sharing some great content, but the writer also missed out on having their content shared.

What I wanted to share today with the community was the Monarch WordPress plugin, developed by Elegant Themes. I have seen a lo social sharing plugins, over the years. I have used Digg Digg, Share This, AddThis and many more. However, Monarch is one of the most lightweight social sharing plugin there is. It loads very easily on your site and doesn’t cause any kind of delay in web page rendering.

Why Use Monarch

Monarch has five different kinds of display – sidebar, flyin, popup, inline and media. Apart from that, you can choose from any of the 35 social network sharing buttons that are available.

flyin

In sidebar, you will have the sharing buttons floating on the left side or right side of your blog. It’s actually very handy, because it will always be in front of your visitors. Whenever, visitors find your content interesting, they will be able to share it to major social networks immediately.

The Flyin buttons really grab the attention of the visitors. You can have it displayed once the user reaches the end of of your post or after a certain time interval. They will come up from the bottom of the page. They really encourage visitors to share your content. You also have the option of adding a custom message to the flyin widget asking readers to share your content.

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The popup makes the social sharing buttons appear in the middle of your screen. It’s similar to how a popup optin form works. It catches the attention of your visitor immediately and encourages them to share.

The inline option is the normal display option that shows the sharing button before and after your post. Here too, you have the option of adding as many sharing buttons as you want. You can either one option available or both.

For the media option, you will get to display sharing buttons on your images. It’s similar to the how the Pinterest WordPress plugins where a pinterest button appears on the image. However, here you will have the sharing buttons of all social media networks.

popup

How To Set It Up

Monarch comes up with a neat user interface. You will have all the settings in a single interface. Each of the display options comes with some specific settings that you can configure. However, there are some settings that are common like share counts, total shares, network names, location etc.

sidebar

In my opinion, the best way to set it up is not to use all of them. In fact, I would say that the combination of the sidebar and the flyin is the best. Both of them combined really encourages your visitors to share your content. So, make sure you check out Monarch because it’s a cool plugin.

About Brian

My name is Brian and Iā€™m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

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