Most Share Posts

Screenshots of the Most Shared Posts plugin on various sites.

The Most Shared Posts plugin for Wordpress allows you to display, as a widget, which of your blog posts have the most social shares and are proving to be your most popular content.

download button Version 1.1.0 - 14th August 2011
hosted on wordpress.org


 

If you'd like to see this plugin in action, you can see it on this site, or you could check out Kate Morris' SEO Blog or John Doherty's SEO Blog. They both helped to test the initial version.

Features

If you have feature requests, bug reports or you just want to show me where you are using the plugin please post a comment below or drop me an email to wpplugins@tomanthony.co.uk.

  • Fetches Facebook Likes, Twitter Tweets and the new Google +1s.
  • Caches results to ensure good performance. Older posts are cached for longer.
  • Select which of the 3 social counts to include.
  • Select how many posts to display in the list, and an age cut-off.
  • For beginners, it is very easy to install with no necessary customisation.
  • For advanced users, there are various display options available.
  • Option to hide the counts and icons.
  • You can have multiple instances on the same page with different titles (e.g "Most Tweeted Posts" showing just the Tweet counts, or "Most Liked Posts" showing just the FB Likes counts etc.)

Installation

The steps to install 'Most Shared Posts' are quite simple:
  1. Upload `most-shared-posts` directory to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress.
  3. Go to the 'Widgets' page in the 'Appearance' section of WordPress.
  4. Now you can add the widget to different pages of your site. Recommended pages to add the widget: "Sidebar Index", "Sidebar Single", "Sidebar Category".
  5. You can customise the plugin differently for each of these sections should you wish.
  6. NOTE: The plugin throttles how quickly it gathers the social data, to ensure it does not cause any slowness for your users. For small sites with less than 100 posts, this should typically be done in the first hour. For sites with other 2000 posts it could take a day or more.
  7. Now load a page on your blog which should show the widget. This will initiate the first data fetch.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Q: I just installed and refreshed the page, but my most shared posts are not at the top of the list?
    A: The plugin will take a little time to collect all the data about your posts. It does so in batches so as not to upset the social networks by requesting too much data at once. You should find that it'll sort itself out and catch up quite quickly.
  2. Q: I just got tweeted but the count hasn't updated! Why not?
    A: The results for each post are cached for varying lengths of time depending on the posts age. Very recent posts (less than 2 days old) are cached for an hour, and then older posts are cached for incrementally longer periods of time. Posts in the last month are cached for 12 hours, posts 1-6 months old are cached for 48 hours and older posts are cached for a week.
  3. Q: My older posts aren't showing up...
    A: When you add an instance of the widget to a sidebar in the Wordpress admin section, you can customise how far back you wish to look; the default is 2 years.
  4. Q: Where can I change how many posts are included in the list?
    A: When you add an instance of the widget to a sidebar in the Wordpress admin section, you can customise how many posts to include; the default is 5.
  5. Q: I activated the plugin, but I don't see it. :(
    A: This plugin is a widget, so after activating it you need to go to the Appearance->Widgets section of your Wordpress settings and select which pages you'd like it to appear on.
  6. Q: Can I include the count inside a post or a page?
    A: Yes - there is now a shortcode option. The shortcode has a few options (all are optional):

    [most-shared-posts num_posts="5" max_month_age="24" title="Most Shared Posts"]
  7. Q: I have no shares. How depressing... help!
    A: Assuming you're providing content worthy of being shared... Make sure you are including sharing buttons on your blog in a consistent fashion. I recommend adding them into your theme, or alternatively:
    • Alex Moss of Pleer has created some great social button plugins for Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
    • The AddThis plugin is very popular, and provides a variety of sharing buttons.
    • At sharethis.com, they provide a variety of sharing plugins.
    • The Sharedaddy plugin, part of Jetpack from WordPress.com, provides a range of social buttons.

Changelog

Version 1.0.0 - 4th August 2011
  • Initial Release
Version 1.0.1 - 5th August 2011
  • Update on the format of the API requests for added robustness.
  • Added link to the FAQ on plugin activation.
Version 1.1.0 - 14th August 2011
  • Can now view social stats in admin area (with or without an active widget).
  • Added a shortcode option to include within posts/pages.
  • Data now collected without an active widget.
  • Improved method for scheduling data collection.
  • Various code tidying and improvements.

Donate

Please consider a donation, or alternatively enabling the attribution link in the settings:
Donate Button
270 comments on “Most Shared Posts – WordPress Plugin
  1. buy phentermine adderall alprazolam online

    Our meds are of good quality and we sell at affordable prices to all interest clients.
    We do offer discount as well to bulk buyers
    We sell and supply high quality and purity research chemicals in both large and small quantities worldwide. Our shipping and delivery cost is 100%

    • Smithd613

      Only wanna tell that this is very useful , Thanks for taking your time to write this. agggfdabkcdbcgck

  2. Anayo Etumnu

    Thanks Tom for wonderful plugin! it’s precisely what i used to be probing for. I actually have only 1 question/problem: when fourteen hours since installation plugin fetched solely shares on Google+, whereas fields concerning FB and Twitter shares keep blank. is that this traditional or range of shares on all 3 social sites ought to already appear? http://www.peoplesplumber.co.uk/plumber-kings-cross.html

  3. 25 Social Media Plugins For WordPress | wpimp

    [...] Most Shared Posts | Download Cost: free 25. Social Metrics [...]

    • David Sun

      We are capable to supply you with any quantity of the mentioned products with fast and secure delivery to any of your desire address .and any part of world with good prices.We are premium suppliers of high voltage research compounds and plant feed with outstanding customer service,satisfaction guaranteed,worldwide shipping to any address,same day dispatch and perfect shipping methods with discreet packaging available.All small orders are double bagged,all large orders are compressed,vacuum packed and heat sealed,all orders receive the same attention be they large or small

  4. Hairfouru.com

    Hello to every , as I am truly keen of reading this webpage’s post to be updated regularly. It contains nice information

  5. Nolimittaxrefunds.com

    Thanks for sharing your work. I now need to add some interactivity to the offline map, so that a user can get info after clicking on a point.

  6. Luca

    Hi! This looks pretty awesome, but I’m just wondering… would it work for pulling the most shared from across a multisite network?
    Thanks!

  7. wpdil

    nice post

  8. 25 Social Media Plugins For WordPress

    [...] Most Shared Posts | Download Cost: free [...]

  9. sepatu crocs

    The first time I saw this blog I was immediately impressed because this is very good blog.. I hope you can publish useful articles again.. Very usefull information.. thx for sharing

  10. Visit Website

    Thanks for the marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it

  11. Blogging as Part of Your Marketing Strategy « MindCorp | Newsfeed

    […] social media success with tools like Jugnoo (I’m biased, but we do track pretty well!), Most Shared Posts, or social campaigns in your analytics solution(s). By knowing what content resonates, and where, […]

  12. Besplatni dodaci za Wordpress blog | Sandra Kravitz Simonovich

    […] preuzmi dodatak: Most Shared Post Plugin […]

  13. You Might Also Enjoy Some Of My Most Shared Posts!

    […] It’s by Tom Anthony and here’s the link to his website >>> […]

  14. Prospectool.com

    prospectool.com

  15. Carlo

    How long would it work on a blog with 10,000+ posts?

  16. Mostrar lo más compartido en redes sociales - Totum revolutum....

    […] voy a verlo para no ser el único que se lo pierda“.Y para ello tenemos el ayudante ideal: Most shared posts.No hay cosa más sencilla y efectiva. Lo instalas, lo activas y añades el widget donde quieras que […]

  17. Buy cheap meds

    We are capable to supply you with any quantity of the mentioned products with fast and secure delivery to any of your desire address .and any part of world with good prices.We are premium suppliers of high voltage research compounds and plant feed with outstanding customer service,satisfaction guaranteed,worldwide shipping to any address,same day dispatch and perfect shipping methods with discreet packaging available.All small orders are double bagged,all large orders are compressed,vacuum packed and heat sealed,all orders receive the same attention be they large or small

  18. naomi

    Great plugin to try and use on blog found on http://www.makemoneygamblingonline.com

  19. penny

    Company Spot search in UK companies and organisations

  20. 7 recursos sociales para aumentar el tráfico hacia tu blog - Blogpocket

    […] Most Shared Posts. Con este plugin de WordPress se añade un widget con el que mostrar en el sidebar las entradas de […]

    • health text messaging reminders

      Assisting clinical trials with compliance and helping health and fitness industries, we provide a range of services ranging from reminding mobile phone users with medical appointments and drug usage to helping them lose weight, improve mental health and have a healthy lifestyle. Through text messaging services or mobile apps, we have innovative ways to provide patients with health information and to improve medication adherence through health interventions

      Healthcare is changing. New dynamics bring with them new opportunities and new challenges in both developed and emerging markets.

  21. traffic owner

    Nice plugin

  22. lotto tickets online

    Buying powerball tickets in canada? In fact, ANYONE can play any lottery draw including the Mega Millions, Euro Millions, UK Lottery, or any other major draw in the world by buying lotto tickets online. You don’t have to worry about losing that next jackpot, you avoid the lineups, you get informed if you win and you can participate in out-of-country draws.

  23. Thinkcept

    Is this plugin still working? We do web designing and need to use it on a website. Any alternatives ?

  24. udin

    cara diet cepat dan alami

  25. udin

    I have seen your awareness about this theme once you publish cara diet cepat dan alami it and it really provides an informational message to us readers. I hope that you will proceed writing this sort of blog. Thanks for sharing this information.

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>