WordPress Trackable Social Share Icon Plugin Released | 2011

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Ecreative Internet Marketing has officially released our Trackable Social Share Icons WordPress plugin. This plugin is available for download via WordPress.org.

The Trackable Social Share Icons plugin does two things, and it does them simply and well:

  • Adds social media icons (like Facebook and Twitter) to the bottom of your blog posts and pages
    • You can choose which icons appear, and the order in which they appear
    • You can choose what the icons look like from a dozen different looks
    • You can choose what size the icons are
  • Automatically tracks all clicks on those icons in your Google Analytics, including what pages were clicked.
    • Tracking information is not shared with us or any 3rd party. Only someone with access to your Google Analytics will see it.

Why We Made This Plugin

We developed this WordPress plugin to fit a need of our clients for whom we were creating their custom WordPress blogs. While there are many different social media sharing plugins out there, we needed one that included customizable looks, could track clicks in Google Analytics, and didn’t share that information with 3rd party agencies (a process that also usually slowed page load times).

I have to say that Mike, the Ecreative Internet Marketing developer on this project, knocked this one out of the park. The customization options for the icons are better than I’ve seen in any other social media plugin — giving a full dozen different icon appearances, and then also letting you change the size of the icons, whether text appears next to them, the order, etc.

My favorite thing about this plugin is that it really works the way a WordPress plugin should: just install it and you’re done. By default the addon adds the most common icon set for Facebook, Twitter, and email to the bottom of your posts and pages. If you want you can go in and tinker to choose different icons, add more social media outlets — Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, etc.

And the tracking requires you to do nothing at all. The plugin works with the onclick tracking built into Google Analytics, so you literally don’t have to do anything at all — just install the plugin, and your icon clicks automatically are recorded in your analytics. Beautiful.

What it Looks Like

The plugin is running right now on this blog. We’re currently using the round icon set, because it matches the Ecreative Internet Marketing logo, and we’re only using the Facebook, Twitter, and email icons, because that’s 99% of all social media clicks anyway.

On the backend, clicks on those icons show up in your Google Analytics under Content > Event Tracking, and it looks like this:

Social media icons WordPress plugin, event tracking

Try it Out on Your Blog

We’ve decided that rather than keeping this plugin just for our clients, we’re making it available (for free) on WordPress.org for all members of the fantastic WordPress community to take advantage of. So download it from WordPress and try it out yourself!

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7 Comments | Leave a comment

  • Great plugin!
    I could use this for my site, but it would require better control of where the plugin pops up.
    Would there be possible for you guys to create a (php) code to prevent the icons from showing on that specific post/spot?

    Thing is, I got a small version of a couple of posts on the front page where this plugin is not fitted. They would be great to have on all pages and full version of the posts, but on these couple of sections, it would be great to be able to say, skip social icons here.

    Regards
    Sondre

    Comment by Sondre

  • I was wondering when I would find something that meshed well with Google Analytics. All of the other Social Shares never offered it. Being able to see which social network is displaying your posts the most could prove to be quite valuable. Thanks for sharing this.

    Take care,

    Jeff
    http://www.reydean.com

    Comment by Jeff

  • I have all the global discussion settings and individual post settings set up to allow comments. However, no comments show up on my blog pages. The comments show up in the dashboard for moderation but, even after I approve them, they won’t show up on my blog posts. Anyone have any idea how I can fix this?

    Comment by Plexus Slim

  • Good to hear that there are developers that are willing to create plugins to help people on their blogging, for free.

    Comment by I Marketing

  • We got Askimet, but now we have to read through all our spam. . .

    Comment by Keril Sawyerr

  • Thank you. I’m a new blogger and have been trying to weed out the spam comments by hand. I know you posted this quite some time ago, but it is still very relative.

    Comment by Tria

  • I’ve never heard of the Cookies for Comments plug in before, but would be interested to see how effective it is. The only issue with all of these anti-spam measure is, like you mentioned, that they become a deterrent to comments in general. People that have to fill you a form, a captcha, and then wait for moderation are just going to stop commenting on your blog. My personal feeling is that you should turn on only moderation and do your best with that until the spam becomes unbearable and then, and only then resort to these plug ins. A great commentary is what makes a blog interesting and scaring away that conversation can dull down any good blog.

    Comment by Topher Bricks @SEO

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