Increase Social Shares On Your Blog Posts With A Simple Plugin

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Increasing social network shares on your blog posts will help you get some free traffic. The more people are sharing your blog posts on the social networks, the better, right!87b927826b98932526bd9e04d27c1331705a494bed65213a08d715bd9847d5c0_large

And, if your content is epic, really valuable, and people really love it, it might end up going viral online. That’s when a lot of free traffic spikes up on your blog.

If you want people to share your blog posts, make sure they love it first!

This is why you must always work hard on the quality of your content.

I’m going to share with you one simple plugin for WordPress Blogs that you can use to help you increase Social Shares.

But, before anything, if you really want to get a lot of free traffic from social networks, you will have to work a lot on creating very valuable, unique, interesting, epic content, first!! πŸ™‚ … content that people will want to share naturally, because it is soo damn valuable and good!!

Epic Content + A Lot of Social Share = Viral Traffic

There is one plugin I have been using for a while now, to help me get more social shares on my blog posts. This plugin is called ‘OnePress Social Locker’.

This is a very simple tool for your WordPress Blog – and if you learn how to use it right, it can help you a lot more than you think.

You can learn more about this plugin here.

Here is how I use it on my blog.

I have a lot of ebooks a visitor can dowload, IF they share the blog post on a social network.

What the OnePress Social Locker Plugin allows you to do, is Lock any content you want behind a social locker. It is a very simple concept, but yet very powerful.

Just take a look at how I’m using this plugin on one of my blogs:

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As you can see, if you want to have access to these ebooks for free, you will have to Unlock it first!

This is a great way to encourage your visitors to share your blog posts and pages. You just got to get creative with this simple strategy, and learn how to make it work to your advantage.

You can lock any type of content here. Just test things out – and learn what your audience would like the most. Free dowloads seem to work pretty well for me so far.

It is a matter of finding out what would your blog’s audience like to download or get access to, and give it to them, if they help you out with a social share.

Of course, you will still need to push a lot of traffic to your blog first, in order for this simple plugin to help you get a lot of extra free traffic from the social networks. If you want a lot of social network traffic, then a lot of people need to be sharing your content in the social networks. As simple as that!

And this is where EPIC Content comes in handy! πŸ™‚

If your content is very good, very valuable, and very unique, with a lot of social shares, it can go viral online for a while. You will be very happy when this happens, so why not work hard on creating the best content you can ever create? ..

You got to be able to consistently create epic, valuable, unique content – and market the heck out of that content. You will need to drive a lot of traffic to your content through multiple internet marketing strategies, before you see this social locker plugin do its work.

I know I know .. it is a lot of work … and who can blame you for thinking like that. But, the truth is, it is all worth it at the end. If you put together everything the right way, the end results are life-changing!

Learn how to use a plugin like the OnePress Social Locker to help your content get a boost in the social networks!

If you have implement it this simple strategy to boost social shares on your blog posts, please share your experiences below. Leave your thoughts and opinions in a comment below. Thanks! πŸ™‚

I hope you have found this information valuable and helpful!

Thanks for passing by and reading this. Don’t forget to share the knowledge!

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  1. Hey Freddy,

    I’ve seen this tool used by you and Enstine Muki quite a few times. This would definitely be a great tool if you have quite a few ebooks you want to give away for free. This in turn will help you get more shares and traffic, and at the same time your readers will get what they want.

    I don’t use it myself, but maybe in the near future if I write more ebooks on different subjects on internet market, I may incorporate this plugin into my strategy.

    Thanks for the share! Have a great weekend!
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  2. Hi Freddy,
    You are absolutely right by reminding us that creating epic, valuable, and unique content is the first step to increasing social shares on a blog!

    If the content is valuable then it would become easily shareable.

    Plugins like One Press Social Locker are very effective in increasing social shares. I agree with you, it can help us more if we utilize it rightly.
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  3. Hi Freedy,
    Nice to hear about this plugin, as Sherman mentioned I too noticed this plugin at Enstine’s page and recently at Jaime’s page. This is indeed a good idea if you have solid eBooks or any such things to share with your readers, otherwise i don’t think this will be a help. Anyways at the present moment I am not going for it since I do not yet have a eBook to share πŸ™‚
    I am sure it will be a good thing to know about it and I am sure in the near future i will be using it. πŸ™‚

    Thanks again for this valuable information
    Thanks for sharing
    May you have a great week.
    Best
    ~ Philip
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  4. Hi Freedom Blogger,

    I love the simplicity of your approach:

    Epic content –> A great Social Share plugin –> A steady stream of focused inbound traffic

    The Social Share plugin being the really easy part in this approach.

    There are a ton of really easy to use, brilliant, free, Social Share plugins available on the WordPress plugin site.

    WordPress 4.X.X allows you to access the plugins section directly from within its Admin interface. You can search for an appropriate plug and install it directly from within the WordPress Admin interface.

    How convenient is that?

    Today no Blogger can have a reason for not having a choice of social streams at the top, bottom as well as interspaced within content if so desired.

    Your use of the OnePress Social Locker Plugin is brilliant. I love the idea that a site visitor has to do something as simple as a social share and get something valuable in return. This must have really pushed up your site visitors a great deal.

    As always if you give your site visitors something of value first, they’ll come back for more and will always help spread your content across their Internet universe.

    Now if only I can get the Epic content sorted . . .
    Ivan Bayross recently posted…Can I Do More With My Blog Post Content?My Profile

    • Hey Ivan!

      I am happy to hear this information is simple, but yet so powerful, if implemented right!

      You can get really creative with the plugins in WordPress for sure!

      And yeah you are right, these little creative tweaks can definitely help you get more free traffic to your blog site.

      About Epic Content; you are not going to be good at it in the beginning, just keep on doing research and getting creative with your writing. The more you go for epic content, the more you try, the better you will get with time! πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for passing by and leaving an interesting comment Ivan!

      I wish you the best!

      Keep up the great work!

      Cheers! πŸ˜€
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  5. Hi Freedom Blogger,
    Greeting of the day πŸ™‚
    Increasing your social share provide a solid social signal to Google which helps to boost ranking on SERP.
    But most of people always worried about how to get more social share on their post. As you described in this post, I think they will got a solid idea from here.
    Thanks for sharing such a great post.
    Have a great sunday πŸ™‚

    Naveen
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  6. WOW what a F-ing genius plugin. I didn’t know about this plugin til I read your post Freddyman. Having people share a post to unlock a valuable offer is a small price to pay and a big pay off for the blogger.

    Not to mention finding some good content to offer is very easy to do with the internet.

    Thank you for this post Freddy. Really appreciate what you bring to the table.
    Justin Temple recently posted…How To Quickly Get More Shares, Visitors And Backlinks For Your New Blog Posts.My Profile

  7. Hi Freddy,

    Well, when I saw a title at first I thought “omg it’s another ‘install a social sharing plugin and rock like a rockstar’ article”, but, hell, no! I was wrong!

    The great thing about your post is that you pay a lot of attention to the fact that content matters first. No plugin can save you if your content is a piece of sh*t.

    However, I think that such “pay with a tweet/share” plugins are pretty much controversial. Why? Because content must be really super amazing for me to “pay” for it with a share. And if it’s great, I’ll share it anyway, whether it’s locked or not πŸ˜€

    Moreover, if content is locked, I can’t send a direct url to my friends. What if I want to show it to my friend, but I don’t want to share it on my page?

    On the other hand, my colleagues are in love with such plugins, and they tell they are very effective – they collect shares, tweets, etc.

    I don’t doubt my colleagues’ opinions, but I’m not likely to share something just to unlock it.

    Anyway, thanks for a great post!

    • Hey Tim!!

      haha well, quality content must always lead here! …

      Like you said, if the content is not great, no matter what you are offered, you might not want to pay with a “share” to unlock the offer.

      I’m offering to unlock ebooks downloads here, not just a simple piece of content. So, the strategy I’m using here works a little better than when you just lock a little piece of contents.

      This social locker plugin works best, with a efficient strategy. You gotta come up with a nice strategy to make a visitor want to unlock something with a “share”.

      Thanks for passing by and leaving an awesome comment man!

      I wish you the best!

      Cheers! πŸ˜€
      Freddy G. Cabrera recently posted…How to Use Social Media Followers to Find Your Audience and Turn Them into CustomersMy Profile

  8. HI

    I heard about this before also but never used it or even tried to use it. Your article inspired me to add this plugin in one of my blog posts.

    The big thing is that now we can use this locker in Blogger websites too.

    Thanks for an amazing article

    Ahfaz Ahmed

  9. Wow, Its a nice plugin. I am running one coupon blog in blogspot. I’ve my own .com domain which is linked to my blogspot blog. I want to lock coupons for Facebook Likes, Twitter Tweets, Google Plus, and share. If someone has to access the coupon one need to do Likes, Share.

    Does this Plugin support blogspot blog too? I am eager to use this plugin on my blogspot blog.
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    • Hey Dani!!

      Yes it would be! … and this is why behind that Social Locker – there is an opt in form!! lol

      So, you can get social shares AND a lead from this simple strategy. πŸ˜‰

      Once the user shares the blog post, a small capture form will show up. It’s a smart strategy, if you asked me! hehe

      Thanks for passing by and leaving a comment!

      I wish you the best!

      Have a great week!

      Cheers! πŸ˜€
      Freddy G. Cabrera recently posted…How To Generate Leads Without Cold CallingMy Profile

  10. This really seems like a great plug-in if you know how to use it correctly. It seems as though you have implemented on your blog very well. I am glad that it has been working for you, and that is probably because you create unique valuable content all the time. The more quality content you create and market the more people you will attract. I figure in order for something to go viral though it needs a lot of visitors. This is where you say market the crap out of it. I will definitely be looking into this plug-in. Thanks for sharing.
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    • Hi Anshul!

      Well, actually, according to Matt Cutts from Google – stated that their search engine cannot really count the number of social shares on a page online. So, the number of social shares doesn’t really matter when it comes to ranking – what matters is the increase in Traffic and backlinks that come from social sharing!!!

      There are many social networks that will count as a backlink. And also the more social shares, the more traffic. Which will tell the search engines the content is worthwhile! .. you get what I mean!?

      I also used to think the number of social shares affected your rankings – but I was dead wrong!! lol

      Anyways …. thanks for coming by and leaving your comment!

      Have a great week! πŸ˜€
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  11. Hello Freedom Blogger,

    Interesting plugin! While I think it’s a great idea, you also have to be very careful how you use it. I have seen some websites abuse the gate feature to get people to continue reading. To be honest, it can be a hit or a miss.

    While you don’t mention it directly in your post, I feel that you are implying that one should only implement the plugin on specific blog posts. Am I correct?
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    • Hi Cendrine!

      Yes, this is a very interesting plugin for sure! πŸ˜‰

      I agree with you – you must be careful with how you use to not hurt your blog’s audience.

      I have seen some people locking part of their blog post with this. And that strategy can help or hurt you. It will always depend on your audience.

      This is why you must split-test things and see what works best for your blog’s audience. You might not know it, but if locking part of the content is working well for the blog, then more power to it!!

      Using this plugin BLINDLY is what can hurt you more than it can help you!

      I use this plugin on every single blog post and page on my blog. I have been testing it – and it is helping me get more social shares all over!

      As I already mentioned, you have to test things and learn what works best for you. Not every strategy implemented with this plugin will work for everyone!

      Thanks for passing by and leaving a comment! ..

      Have a great week! πŸ˜€
      Freddy G. Cabrera recently posted…60 Ways to Generate Network Marketing LeadsMy Profile