How many links do you share online each day? If you share at least 5 links/day, why not take advantage and gain a little extra blog traffic or social followers? There are a few tools available to accomplish this, but the easiest I’ve come across is the fairly new Social Bar.
With Social Bar you get to customize your very own toolbar that will automatically appear when you share a link anywhere on the Web. The toolbar will include links to your blog and/or social profiles, thus helping to increase traffic, followers, virality, and engagement.
Social bar also includes real-time analytics so that you can see how well your links are doing. As far as sharing links, you can share right from Social Bar’s web-based dashboard or use their Google Chrome extension.
You can sign up for Social bar using either your Facebook or Twitter account. After connecting your account, you can enter your name (or company name) along with your website or blog URL. You can also choose which buttons to include on your toolbar (Facebook and/or Twitter), and choose to use a light or dark color scheme.
As stated above, there are two ways to share links: from the Social Bar dashboard or from the Google Chrome extension. Unfortunately, with a free account you’re only allowed to share up to 5 links a day. However, the Pro account gives you unlimited links per day for just $5/month. This is pretty affordable if you plan on sharing a large amount of links each day.
Sharing links from the dashboard is really easy, just enter the URL in the text box and click on the green check mark button. The link will then be added to your dashboard and you can copy and paste the short URL wherever you’d like. As you can see in the screenshot above, Social Bar uses Bit.ly for its shortened links.
Sharing links via the Chrome extension is just as easy, but the downside is that it only lets you share links directly to Twitter. When you’re on a page that you want to share, click on the browser icon and a “Post a Tweet on Twitter” window will appear.
Of course, you can always just copy the link from the tweet box and then paste it wherever you’d like; it still saves you from having to go to the Social Bar dashboard to shorten a link.
From the dashboard you can see the number of clicks and unique visitors your links have received. There’s also a chart that can display your clicks and visitors from the past day and past month.
When you share a link and someone clicks it, there’s no annoying ads or anything distracting. What your visitors will see is a light or dark bar across the top of the page with your image, name (that links to your blog or website), and links to your social profiles.
There’s also a little “x” at the far right of the bar so that your visitors can easily close out the bar to get it out-of-the-way. That’s it.
Social Bar has a quick and easy set up process, and sharing links is really easy as well. My only complaint is the limited amount of links that you can share each day – 5 links/day seems a bit low.
What do you think?
Charnita is a full-time freelance writer and blogger with 3+ years of experience, and also the owner of SocialWebTools.info. She's also an early adopter who loves trying out new social media tools along with Web and iOS (iPad) apps. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.