How to Add Social Media Sharing Buttons for Blog Images?
This is great when someone posts your blog on their social media page. This means that your content was worth sharing, and because of that stock, it will get more ideas. In the previous post, we discussed the importance of choosing the right images for your blog post.
So far, you’ve probably made great images that your readers want to share them with. But how do they do this with a few clicks? By using an image sharing tool for your blog post images.
What is an Image Sharer?
An image sharer works equally with the social media share button, but it works specifically for images. If you have ever read an article and shared it on FACEBOOK or Twitter, then you should be familiar with the process. In this case, the social media sharing buttons are displayed on the images. So if you want to share or bookmark a specific image, you rotate your mouse over the image, select the right social media button and share it.
To share your images with your blog followers, you must first configure your website to do this. This is where the WordPress plugin of Profitquery comes in handy. Originally called On Hover Image Sharer, this function is now a more diverse, all part of a plugin called Share + Subscription + Contact. Like any other plugin, you can download it from WordPress.org or search for plugins section of your WordPress dashboard.
This plugin places a series of social media sharing icons when a user hovers over an image on any of your blog posts. Your readers can share your image in your Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or GOOGLE + accounts. Once you have installed the plugin, you can access the plugin dashboard from the left menu panel in WordPress.
Here, move your mouse pointer over the image sharer and click on “Settings”. This will bring you into a series of configurations that you can set for image sharing before activating.
First of all, you need to choose which social networks you want to share your image to your audience. Leave the drop down section on “Default”.
When you select the network, click “Next” at the bottom of the list.
The next section allows you to choose a design and method that social sharing buttons appear while hovering over an image. You can select the icon to appear vertically or horizontally, and change the size and appearance of the icon. Whatever you choose is reflected on the preview pane to the right. When finished, click “Next”.
The next part is very advanced and lets you disable image sharing on the main page of your site. It is completely up to you, but I recommend doing this to keep your home page clean and fast loading. This allows you to disable the plugin with a specified url mask.
Finally, click “Save and Activate” to enable the plugin. Open a blog post and check to see if the image sharing function is working as expected.
Do I Need This Plugin?
If you create most of your images for your post, then it is understandable that you want others to share it so that it can bring them to your real post. For example, you can notice in Shoutmeloud here that our blog post images usually include the blog post title. It is designed to entice the potential audience, who are seeing only images from Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook to click on the link of the article.
If you want to reach viewers through image-centric social networks such as Pinterest and Instagram, this plugin will help you get it.
However, if you only use stock photos for your blog posts and do not care too much about generating more traffic through images, then you probably will not have any use for this plugin.
What about BlogSpot or other platforms?
If you are using any other platform than WordPress, you can use Micro Content Sharing Script by Marcrollley. You need to add some lines of code, and all images on your blog will have social media sharing buttons.
This is a solution that Harsh was using in the Shotmeoud. You can get the code from here To add tags, I recommend you use Google Tag Manager because it will ensure that third party scripts and tags will not slow down your blog.
Most blogs have a default socialsharing button for posts, but you should consider adding social media sharing buttons to your post images. Especially Pinterest, Twitter and FB buttons surprise for an image rich blog.