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social media toolsIs your blog taking full advantage of social media plugins?

Looking for tools to help grow your following and encourage sharing?

The right WordPress plugins make it easy to grow your social media following and increase social shares.

In this article you’ll discover six WordPress plugins that’ll make your blog more social.

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Discover six social media plugins for bloggers on WordPress.

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#1: Showcase Your Instagram Photos

Pictures are worth a thousand words, and Instagram is all about the pictures. Feature Instagram images and posts in a widget on your blog to help send new users to your Instagram profile, as well as to provide vibrant, alluring images for your blog.

The plugin that best lives up to this task is the appropriately titled Instagram Feed. It’s another free tool that’s easy to use and offers a lot of value. Use it to increase social engagement by automatically sharing your Instagram images with your blog readers.

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Display a feed of recent images and posts from your Instagram account.

Instagram Feed also offers these handy features:

  • Display images from multiple Instagram accounts.
  • Choose the size of the images.
  • Provide a Load More option that allows people to load more of your Instagram images.

Because users often still flock to platforms like Facebook and Twitter first, having an Instagram feed on your blog is a great way to send your audience to your Instagram in hopes they’ll become new followers.

#2: Feature Your Twitter Feed

Twitter is a powerful social networking platform and being able to showcase some of your Twitter activity on your blog can be very effective.

WP Twitter Feeds is a free widget that simplifies the process, saving you from having to copy and paste code from Twitter. You just install the plugin and choose where you want to place the widget.

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Showing your latest tweets in a feed on your blog provides social credibility and can give new life to your blog.

The plugin gives you the option to exclude replies to your tweets and show or hide Twitter intents. It connects through the API, so it never has access to or requires your password.

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WP Twitter Feeds offers several options for customization.

Feature your latest tweets to give your blog social credibility and make it seem more alive and active to new visitors. It also helps connect your Twitter and your blog, making them seem like two parts of a whole.

#3: Make Pinning Effortless

If you actively use Pinterest as part of your social media marketing and want to keep your plugins both free and simple, the Pin It button is a good tool to use. The button will let people pin your content without ever leaving your blog.

This is especially helpful if you’re a small business that doesn’t use Facebook or Twitter, and you want to focus on making the posts, products and images on your blog more pinnable.

Use this tool to help users not only share your content on Pinterest, but also save it to their own boards.

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The Pin It button allows users to save and share your content without leaving your blog.

The Pin It Button plugin comes in two different versions: the lite version, which is free, and the pro version, which comes with pricing plans starting at $29.

The lite version offers these options:

  • Let the pinner choose an image.
  • Use a default pre-selected image for the pin being the first pin of the post.
  • Hide the Pin It button on certain posts.
  • Pick an official Pin It button in different sizes and colors.

In addition to these options, the pro version offers other features, including:

  • Add a Pin It button when a user hovers over an image.
  • Provide Twitter, Facebook and Google+ sharing buttons.
  • Add a Pin It button under each image.

#4: Distribute New Content Automatically

Jetpack is a great tool for anyone who has a WordPress blog. It offers features like enhanced security, optimized image performance and centralized management of other plugins, post scheduling and more. But the social media integration features alone would make it worth using.

This tool will share your blog posts to your social channels automatically, right after you publish them. You can also create custom messages to share along with the posts.

People typically set up Jetpack to share new posts to Facebook and Twitter automatically, but the tool can also publish to LinkedIn, Tumblr, Path and Google+.

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Jetpack can automatically distribute your new blog posts across multiple platforms.

Jetpack’s social sharing tools are incredibly valuable. Rather than having to manually share a post, description and link on multiple social media platforms, Jetpack takes care of it all for you. You get new content delivered to your social media sites quickly, which in turn sends more traffic back to your blog.

It’s an easy way to sync your blog and social media sites so they work together more effectively.

#5: Increase Your Blog’s Shareability

Monarch

Monarch is a social sharing and social following plugin from ElegantThemes. The high-quality, customizable tool allows you to add a floating social bar and social following prompts to different locations on your blog.

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Monarch’s floating social sharing bar encourages users to share your posts and content.

With Monarch’s floating social sharing bar, you can choose from five different places for the sharing bar to appear:

  • Sidebar: A floating social sharing bar appears in the sidebar and follows users as they scroll.
  • Inline: A social sharing bar appears above or below the article.
  • Fly-in: A unique option, the fly-in position is triggered by different user interactions, such as when the user reaches the bottom of a post, tries to leave a page or there’s a timing delay.
  • Pop-up: Similar to the fly-in position, the pop-up social bar can be triggered by a variety of user interactions.
  • Media: This option adds semi-discrete sharing buttons to images when users hover over them.

Monarch’s social following options include a widget or a shortcode you place on your blog in a location of your choosing. The social following buttons take users directly to your profiles when they click the platform icon on the widget or shortcode.

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These social following buttons take users right to your social media sites, encouraging them to follow you on multiple channels.

Personal plans start at $69 per year, but you can get lifetime access for a one-time fee of $249. When you sign up, you get access to all of Monarch’s themes.

This plugin gives you social sharing and social following buttons, both of which are important to fully integrating your blog with social media. This makes it easy for users not only to share your content, but also to sign up to receive it regularly by following you across different platforms.

Floating Social Bar

Floating Social Bar is, as you may have guessed, a social sharing bar that you can place on your blog. This free plugin allows you to add networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and/or Google+ to a floating social sharing bar that follows users as they scroll through a page.

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This social sharing bar will follow visitors as they scroll through a post.

Though it’s simple and easy to use, Floating Social Bar is highly effective and comes with the following options to customize it for your blog:

  • Choose what platforms to include in the social sharing bar.
  • Select what types of content it will appear on, including pages, posts, media and/or featured slides.
  • Set a Twitter handle and a Pinterest image fallback.
  • Make the bar static so it doesn’t follow users while they scroll.

You can customize these options with the tool’s easy-to-use interface.

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This plugin offers a large number of customization options, including where the sharing bar will appear.

Floating Social Bar is promoted by WPBeginner as being easy to use and beginner-friendly. If you don’t need a lot of fancy features or want to get too technical, this is a great free tool that integrates your blog and social media by encouraging users to share. It does this without being overly obtrusive or slowing down your blog.

Final Thoughts

Businesses will often see more success when their blog is fully integrated with their social media platforms. These six WordPress tools and plugins can help you do that.

What do you think? Do you use any of these plugins? Are there any others that you would recommend? How do you integrate your blog with social media? Share your experience, knowledge and thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Hmmm, look useful but are these really new? They all use the outdated Google+ icon and thus haven’t been updated for several months it seems.

  • Adam Stevens

    Tweet old post is also a great plugin to keep sharing content from your blog automatically

  • Problem with Floating Social Bar is visible in your screenshot. Different Social icons don’t align well and that looks ugly.

  • Krista Wiltbank

    You didn’t mention two of the best: SumoMe and (my favorite) Social Warfare. Either one is awesome for bloggers & social sharing.

  • Ana

    I use Social Warfare on one of my sites as well! This is a great recommendation, thanks for bringing this up!

  • Ana

    Thanks for your comment! The icons are actually staggered, which is more visible once you’ve got 4-5 icons; this site only happened to have the 3.

  • Ana

    I haven’t used this one, but I’m going to look into it now! Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Ana

    They’ve all been updated recently enough to be fully functional with WordPress updates 🙂 I know some plugins may not change the icon/interface right away, but it still works great.

  • As a blogger who loves to support her fellow bloggers, I’ve been known to X out of a site before reading any of the content just because the floating social sharing bar was so annoying! Depending on the site and device, sometimes they cover what I’m trying to read, or for whatever reason, they slow the loading time. I much rather a post have the static type!!

    And a big yes and yes to the Twitter and Instagram plugins! Since they usually have a “Follow” button on them, it makes it much easier for me to follow someone who’s blog I may be visiting for the first time, which also means I’m much more likely to follow them 🙂 Great post!

  • Ana

    Thanks for the comment, Alison! As a reader, I also much prefer the floating social bars that are on the side (like SME has) or are static on the bottom and don’t interfere with my reading. I know different sites want different tools though, so I tried to include some different options for that.

  • I used Floater Social Bar on one site, I will be adding it to my others. Thanks for the reminder.

  • drburt

    Sumome for sharing works great on both mobile and desktop platforms. Many times automated distribution of a new blog post to social platforms will not post thumbnail image. It will reduce a visibility of a post. I always start with Google Plus which is set up with friends+me and distribute a new content to the rest of my social networks. New post has new URL and it has to be verified via Twitter Card Validator so an image of blog post could bee seen on in a twitter feed. Just my 2c

  • Max Hugs

    Good overview of social media WordPress plugins for bloggers, thanks for that. I found some new useful tools like Jetpack, to optimize my social traffic. It’s a tool for social media sharing, but have you heard of the Blog2Social? I would strongly recommend it, because it really makes my blogging life much easier. I’m using it, because you can schedule and customize your posts individually for each network and then send them automatically to all of your networks in one easy step. That’s helpful to save valuable time.

  • Joe

    Brilliant recommendations… Thanks