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How to configure share counts (Twitter and Facebook)

To display Twitter and Facebook share counts, you need to configure them. Don’t worry, it only takes a few minutes.

Enable Twitter counts

Twitter stopped offering their share count API a couple of years ago, but thankfully the amazing team over at cognitive SEO created TwitCount. This is a completely free service that aggregates all this data.

Follow the steps below to enable Twitter share counts.

Step 1

Click into the Novashare plugin settings.

Novashare plugin settings
Novashare plugin settings

Step 2

Under the “Options” tab click “Configuration.” Toggle on the option “Enable Twitter Counts.”

Enable Twitter Counts
Enable Twitter Counts

Step 3

Visit twitcount.com and sign up for a free account. Before clicking the button, make sure you are logged into the Twitter account you want to use for your site.

Sign up for TwitCount

Step 4

Input your domain for which you want it to count shares. For example, with our @novashareio Twitter, we have it looking at our novashare.io website. Any posts or pages shared from novashare.io on Twitter will then be counted.

And that’s it! Once you have TwitCount setup, Twitter shares will start showing up on your site.

Note: According to TwitCount, counts will start appearing in approximately 1 hour. This is due to the API limitations. The API provides information only for the tweets in the last week or so. This means that old pages may show incomplete counts. Starting the day you configure TwitCount, all new pages will have complete counts data.

Facebook app ID and secret

To set up Facebook shares, you need to create a Facebook developer application. Don’t worry, this is easy and completely free. All it requires is that you have a Facebook account.

Follow the steps below to enable Facebook share counts.

Step 1

Visit developers.facebook.com/apps/ and click “Add a New App.”

Facebook for developers - Add a New App
Facebook for developers – Add a New App

Step 2

Input your display name and contact email. You can choose anything for the display name. We typically use our domain name. Then click “Create App ID.”

Facebook Create App ID
Facebook Create App ID

Step 3

Click into “Settings → Basic.”

Facebook app basic settings
Facebook app basic settings

Step 4

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Add Platform.” Then click “Website.”

Add platform website on Facebook App
Add platform website on Facebook App

Step 5

Add your website’s URL and click “Save Changes.”

Add Facebook Site URL
Add Facebook Site URL

Step 6

Scroll back up to the top and input your website’s Privacy Policy URL and Terms of Service URL. These aren’t technically required, but we recommend that you add these.

Facebook App Privacy and Terms
Facebook App Privacy and Terms

Step 7

At the very top, copy your Facebook App ID and App Secret to your clipboard as you will need to enter this in the Novashare plugin settings.

Facebook App ID and App Secret
Facebook App ID and App Secret

Step 8

Back on your WordPress site, click into the Novashare plugin settings.

Novashare plugin settings
Novashare plugin settings

Step 9

Under the “Options” tab click “Configuration.” Paste in your Facebook App ID and Facebook App Secret.

Novashare Facebook App ID and Facebook App Secret
Novashare Facebook App ID and Facebook App Secret

Step 10

Scroll down and click “Save Changes.”

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