8 Tips on Getting the Most Out of AddThis

You’re ready to make your site social this year, and you just created your AddThis account. (YAY!) But now you’re trying to figure out where to put those share buttons and which buttons to add. There’s so much to choose from, and you don’t have time to figure it all out. We want to help. Here are 8 tips that’ll help you get the most out of your AddThis tools.


1. Use Preferred Services

If you’re having a hard time figuring out which services to use, rest easy. By using our preferred services, your visitors will automatically see the services they share to the most, and you don’t have to do a thing. We’ll choose the right services to show based on sharing activity from the 15 million domains that use our tools.

2. Enable Address Bar Sharing

Take a look at your address bar now, and you’ll see a strong code at the end of the URL that looks something like this: #.UrhxVGRDtY4. This is our address bar sharing at work, letting you know about a big part of sharing on your site that you may not know about. If you’re not using it, you’re missing out on all that data about what your visitors find most interesting about your site. (And btw, the string of code on your URL does not get indexed by Google.)

3. Add Meta Tags to Your Site

Meta tags are elements you put in the section of your page that help services like Facebook and LinkedIn provide rich content to users. By using meta tags, you’re ensuring your content displays well when it’s shared to social networks.

4. Display a Floating Sidebar

No matter how long your page may be, our Smart Layers floating sidebar will display sharing buttons whenever your site visitor is ready to share. This is one reason why the floating sidebar is effective: if your site visitor is in the middle of your blog post and that section speaks to them, your sharing buttons will be sitting unobtrusively beside waiting for their click.

5. Provide Follow Buttons to Build a Community

If you have a site, odds are you have a few social media pages, too. Our Follow buttons will give your visitors a way to connect and stay engaged with you on social media. Let them know about your social communities when they’re on your website.

6. Increase Traffic Recirculation and Time-On-Site

Our trending content box will surface the most popular content on your site for a certain time period, making users want to see more of your site. It’s as easy to include in your sidebar as our other products, and can increase the time user spend on your site dramatically.

7. Customize Your Tools

Make your visitors feel welcome to your site with our Welcome Bar, or make them smile with a heartwarming message for them in your Recommended Layer. There are different ways you can customize your AddThis tools, so take advantage of them!

Bonus Tip: Just Use Smart Layers!

We’ve done a lot of research to figure out the optimum services and user interface to maximize sharing, and continue to work to improve it. Just add Smart Layers on your site, and you’ll have the most effective sharing system in the world automatically.

  • awesome explanation admin . Mostly all the tricks which you mention above are unknown i really like this and now i am goona try these

  • KM

    Is AddThis similar to Addmefast? I haven’t really used AddThis and I was wondering

  • We offer a variety of social sharing buttons you can use to increase engagement on your site. If you haven’t seen them yet, you can check them out here:

  • So is AddThis only for use on a blog or webpage or is it for personal use, as in the “Share” bookmarklet, or does each one require a separate AddThis program? Wondering because I have a blog I can put it on but would also enjoy having the bookmarklet, as it seems to me that it makes sharing on many different social sites easily accessible and much easier than doing one at a time.

  • Yes, you’d have to install the bookmarklet separately from the sharing tools on your site. But it’s easy! To add the sharing tools on your site, generate the code here: And to add the bookmarklet, just go here and drag it to your bookmarks:

    Does that help?

  • AgainDesign

    Will you be making the share buttons more functional? At present share buttons require additional tricky php strings to share individual specific pages

  • Thank you for this wonderful explanation. This is a great thing!

  • By default, our buttons share the current page URL. If a different URL needs to be shared, then the addthis:url attribute needs to be added. For any sort of custom PHP solution that is required, our support team may be able to assist:

  • AgainDesign

    Thank you for your reply. Keep up the good work.

  • Sweet, useful info for better sharing! Thanks much +Paul :)

  • I love Smart Layers. But I can’t able to choose “Preferred Services” and it’s order on left side floating sharing button. I like to use Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Email and more Addthis buttons. How to do that?

    Also in Tweet button, How to enter basic twitter button customization like via @albertalbs or @addthis and all?

  • Glad you love Smart Layers! Check out these instructions on how to set up your preferred services:

    As for adding text in your Twitter shares, this will show you how to do that:

    Hope this helps! But if you have any other questions, feel free to email us at

  • Thanks for the links. This is really helpful. Super +1 :)

  • No problem. Hope that helps!

  • Sure thing. Let us know if you need anything else!

  • kim fleming

    addthis has the best info on sharing and the floating side bar is are great tool