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social media toolsDo you want to make your WordPress blog more social media-friendly?

Looking for easy-to-use solutions?

WordPress plugins are simple to install and make it easy for you to incorporate socially focused functionality on your blog.

In this article, you’ll discover eight plugins to socialize your WordPress blog.

8 Social WordPress Plugins to Improve Your Blog by Kristel Cuenta on Social Media Examiner.

8 Social WordPress Plugins to Improve Your Blog by Kristel Cuenta on Social Media Examiner.

#1: Share Blog Posts Automatically With Blog2Social

Sharing new blog posts on social media is pretty much mandatory at this point. You want as much content exposure as possible, but posting from your blog to your social channels takes time.

That’s where the Blog2Social plugin comes in. It lets you automatically schedule and share your new blog posts to your social media channels. You can customize your posts for each network if you want and schedule them at optimal times for each audience.

The Blog2Social WordPress plugin lets you automatically share new blog posts on your social media channels.

The Blog2Social WordPress plugin lets you automatically share new blog posts on your social media channels.

This plugin is free, but there’s a premium upgrade available starting at $49/year.

#2: Create Tweetable Content With Better Click to Tweet

Better Click to Tweet is a simple Twitter sharing plugin that lets you create tweetable content from your blog posts that readers can share with their followers.

The Better Click to Tweet WordPress plugin lets you insert click to tweet boxes into your blog posts.

The Better Click to Tweet WordPress plugin lets you insert click to tweet boxes into your blog posts.

When readers click the Click to Tweet box in your blog post, a pre-populated tweet with the article link will appear, ready to be shared on Twitter.

The Better Click to Tweet WordPress plugin displays pre-populated tweets for users to share on Twitter.

The Better Click to Tweet WordPress plugin displays pre-populated tweets for users to share on Twitter.

#3: Stream Instagram and Twitter Feeds With Social Streams

If you want to display your Twitter and Instagram feeds on your blog, the Social Streams plugin is for you. Just connect your feeds and the plugin will merge them into a single feed on your website.

The Social Streams plugin will merge your social feeds into one page to display your engagement across social channels.

The Social Streams plugin will merge your social feeds into one page to display your engagement across social channels.

You can tweak the plugin with CSS so you can tailor it to your theme. With its plug-and-play features, it will showcase everything that’s happening on your Instagram and Twitter accounts.

#4: Customize the Display of Your Instagram Posts With Instagram Feed

If you want to integrate your Instagram profile with your website in a visually appealing way, consider the Instagram Feed plugin. It offers gorgeous layouts and powerful functionality. The plugin is free, but there’s also a pro version with additional features.

The Instagram Feed WordPress plugin lets you display your Instagram feed on your blog.

The Instagram Feed WordPress plugin lets you display your Instagram feed on your blog.

By default, your feed will match the style of your WordPress site, but you can customize it. For example, you can choose the number of photos and columns and the size of the photos. The display is responsive and looks good on mobile devices.

The Instagram Feed plugin lets you tweak various settings and sort images by date.

The Instagram Feed plugin lets you tweak various settings and sort images by date.

#5: Encourage Pinning of Your Images With Pin It Button

Among social media platforms, Pinterest draws a unique crowd with its premise of being “the world’s catalog of ideas.” Pinterest users can create boards that become repositories of interesting items. To encourage users to pin your content, provide a Pin It button with your posts.

With the free version of the Pin It Button plugin, users can select the image they want to pin, although you can preselect a default image. You also have the option to customize the button’s size, shape, and color.

The Pinterest Pin It button offers a wide range of customization options.

The Pinterest Pin It button offers a wide range of customization options.

The Pin It button is a must if you post lots of images on your blog, especially original images designed with care and creativity.

#6: Add Sharing Buttons With Shareaholic

The free Shareaholic WordPress plugin is described as an all-in-one content amplification platform. It lets you add sharing buttons for the top social media websites to make it easy for readers to share your blog content. The plugin is easy to install and use.

The Shareaholic WordPress plugin lets you change a number of settings in the configuration panel.

The Shareaholic WordPress plugin lets you change a number of settings in the configuration panel.

#7: Link to Your Social Profiles With Simple Social Icons

Of course, you want people to like and follow your social media profiles so they’ll know when you share new content from your blog. It’s also a good way to keep tabs on their interests and interact with them.

Simple Social Icons is a free WordPress plugin that makes it easy to display social media icons on your blog that link to your profiles. You can customize the icons’ size and color, and their alignment on the page.

By including social links on your blog, you’re inviting readers to check out your profiles, and if your content appeals to their interests, hopefully they’ll follow your accounts.

Simple Social Icons is an easily customizable plugin that lets you post links to your social channels on your blog.

Simple Social Icons is an easily customizable plugin that lets you post links to your social channels on your blog.

#8: Control the Look of Your Content on Facebook With WP Facebook Open Graph Protocol

Facebook’s Open Graph Protocol controls the metadata that shows up when you share a blog post, including the title, description, author name, author link, keywords, and thumbnail. The WP Facebook Open Graph Protocol plugin allows you to tweak the Open Graph metadata of your blog posts.

Typically, you’d have to edit the header of your website theme to put in the appropriate Open Graph metadata format for your blog posts. This plugin will let you make changes without having to know HTML/CSS. Adding proper tags and values can increase shareability of your content.

The WP Facebook Open Graph Protocol plugin adds proper tags and values to your blog to increase shareability.

The WP Facebook Open Graph Protocol plugin adds proper tags and values to your blog to increase shareability.

Over to You

These are just some of the social media plugins you can install on your WordPress blog. As you can see, they offer a variety of features, so it’s worth finding out which ones will suit your needs.

What do you think? Have you used any of these plugins on your blog? Which ones are your favorites? Share your insights in the comments below!

8 Social WordPress Plugins to Improve Your Blog by Kristel Cuenta on Social Media Examiner.

8 Social WordPress Plugins to Improve Your Blog by Kristel Cuenta on Social Media Examiner.

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