My blogging has been less frequent of late due to increased client work as well as a number of projects that relate to Pinterest. But I wanted to take the time to briefly share a simple tool that I have found extremely useful in doing research on social sharing.

This tool is Shared Count. While there are dozens of tools that will track social shares across your web pages (many paid), I love Shared Count for its simplicity. This tool doesn’t require a login, doesn’t have a fancy design and doesn’t cost anything , yet it can quickly provide you with basic social share information for any url that you enter.

1. You enter a url on the Shared Count site.

2. It returns the number of social actions that have taken place on that page by querying  the APIs or publicly available data of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Digg, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Delicious and StumbleUpon.

Here is an example of the results you will get:

See it in action

I put together this Shared Count “report” that tracks the social shares of the three Pinterest infographics I created. Have a look.

http://sharedcount.com/dashboard.php?urls=,http://llsocial.com/2012/05/pinterest-guide-to-images-infograph/,http://llsocial.com/2012/06/pinterest-food-infograph/,http://llsocial.com/2012/05/private-board-alternatives-to-pinterest-infograph/

Since the Shared Count results are entirely public you can share the results as easy as sharing a link. If you want to capture the information for reports, you can export your results to CSV file.

They same mechanism for sharing reports applies to saving. Just copy the Shared Count url after you have added all the pages you want analytics for. You can save it as text and just copy it into the browser when you want to have a look, or you can just drag it to your bookmarks section in the browser and click on it whenever you want to see the shares for the pages you have added.

Uses

Quick Social Analytics

For a number of reasons, you might not want to put a share count with each social button on your site. In those cases, you still may want to see for yourself how many repins/pins, likes or tweets any page is getting. Shared Count makes it simple to do.

Competitive Intelligence

You see a web page or site showing up on a social network frequently (say you see the same pin showing up over and over). You want to understand what type of social activity is causing this page to be popular. In less than 3o seconds you can use Shared Count to understand what type of social shares any page is getting.

Prioritizing Social Share Buttons

If you are thinking about writing a new blog post or even launching a new website, you can use the tool to understand the type of social sharing that already existing content is getting.

Social share information can influence what social share buttons you decide to include on your own site, the order of them and even what type of blog posts you choose to do.

Quirks To Know

Pinterest and Twitter in particular return results that are very specific to the url entered. Having the “www” or trailing “/” in the url can return different results. Facebook and LinkedIn seem to cover all the variations, but the other social sharing service can turn different results based on these variables.

I have found the best format to capture Pinterest pins/repins to your main url is this format:

http://yourwebsite.com/

If it is a individual page you are looking for, you need to see how it is shared in Pinterest and just copy that format. Or type in all the variations and see which one is being shared.

I hope you find Shared Count useful.

 

 

 

2 Responses to Simple, but extremely useful tool to check social shares from your site and the competition.

  1. This seems like a great tool, I’ll have to give it a try! I wonder how accurate the numbers are. I know you mentioned that they use the APIs and publicly available data. But my experience, at least with some networks like Facebook, has been that of small samples. It seems FB has a lot of their info locked down. I wonder if that effects the results shown with this tool?

    • avatar Josh Davis says:

      Thanks for the comment Annalisa. There might be some data that isn’t shared from Facebook. But I can say the Facebook share, like and comment data is pretty much the same as in paid social media platforms. Also the same as SEOMoz shows.

      One thing that I particularly like about SharedCount is that is gives Pinterest pin/repin numbers. Most free and even paid tools haven’t added that yet.