8 Great Plugins to Integrate Your Blog to Social Media

8 Great Plugins to Integrate Your Blog to Social Media

Want to integrate your blog more fully with your social profiles? Plugins make it easy. But with so many plugins now available online, how do you know which one to pick?

To help make that decision a little easier, here are eight great social plugins worth trying!

1. Sociable

Already downloaded more than 1.7 million times, the Sociable plugin calls itself “the fastest-growing leader in the sharing space of WordPress plugins.” After it’s installed, the Sociable plugin places a banner on your site that reminds readers to share your content.


What’s more, with Sociable, you can customize the sharing tool to your site’s style with text, color and length options.


2. Shareaholic

The Shareaholic plugin not only provides an attractive social bookmarking menu and a related-content widget, but it also offers analytics that provide actionable metrics about how your content is performing.


3. Sharebar

The Sharebar plugin places a vertical bar to the left of blog posts, featuring links/buttons to popular social networking sites. The bar is fully customizable and dynamic, and it may be vertical or horizontal in its display.


4. Jetpack

The Jetpack plugin does a lot more than social sharing, but as a plugin created by the makers of WordPress, you can bet it has good coding and strong features—among them, its social media tools.


Beyond its mobile optimization, WordPress stats in your dashboard, and extra sidebar widgets, Jetpack also includes a publicize feature that makes it easy to share posts on social media networks, through automatic posting. Simply integrate your dashboard with your social profiles and decide to which profiles you want to auto-publish. After that, publishing a new post sends notifications where you want them to go.


Jetpack also includes sharing tools to post content on Facebook, Twitter, and other networks with a few simple clicks.


5. Floating Social Media Icon

The Floating Social Media Icon does exactly what its name implies: places a floating bar of social media icons/links on your site. Featuring over 20 icon styles (customizable in size and order), the ability to enable or disable floating, and easy configuration, this plugin gives you a lot of control in the way you encourage sharing.

Floating social media icon

6. Tweet Old Post

If you’ve ever wished for a way to breathe new life into old content, you’ll love the Tweet Old Post plugin. After it’s downloaded, installed, and integrated with your Twitter profile, it automatically Tweets links to your old content on the schedule you determine.

Tweet old post

With Tweet Old Post, you are even able to exclude certain posts, right within your dashboard, as desired. So if you have some content you don’t wish to reshare, you have total control over that, too.

Tweet old post

7. Rel=Author Plugin

Thanks to changes to Google’s search algorithms and the importance of author authority, linking content to its author is more important than ever—and a plugin like the Related Author plugin makes that sort of linking easy. It places an author box on every blog post, which links the post’s author to his or her Google+ profile.

Rel=Author Plugin

8. Pinterest Pin It Button for Images

If your blog or website revolves around images, you already know that Pinterest is a powerful source of referral traffic—and with the Pinterest Pin It Button for Images plugin, you have an easy way to make the most of that Pinterest traffic. After you’ve downloaded and installed the plugin, set your preferences about style of pin-it images, and so on, your site’s images will feature a noticeable “pin it” button when users hover over them. This encourages your readers to pin your posts to Pinterest, expanding their reach.


Your Thoughts

Are you already using any of the above social media plugins? Why or why not? Which ones do you think could be most beneficial? Which other plugins have you found to be helpful in increasing shares and traffic?

Image credit: Philippe Put

  • I have been using such tools in my blog as well. It’s great as they’d give you metrics on how many people liked your post on facebook, for instance. The one that I don’t really like is the ShareBar. I find it annoying. Every time I read a blog posting and hover my mouse over that bar (either intentional or by accident) the whole small window of the bar would pop out and cover the posting I am ready. Tsk. Just my opinion though.

  • Great plugins. We’ve become big fans of the Flare plugin for sharing.. But the key is to at least have something! But not have too many!

  • Two thoughts. 1) Floating plugins sometimes put buttons where users can not see or use them if the browser or OS they’re using recognizes monitor width and adjusts blogs to full width. 2) Some popular plugins do not work on all mobile devices. Sometimes they are not visible, but more often visitors can see the buttons, but they do not actually work. We need to test these plugins to ensure they actually operate on all mobile devices, all operating systems, and in every browser.

  • I really love Jet Pack. I use it on several different sites. That said, sometimes I wonder if the plug-in is too bulky. My sites slow down occasionally and I think Jet Pack might be the culprit.

    For social sharing, another feature I recommend is Click To Tweet. http://clicktotweet.com. Great way to easily generate social buzz!

  • Sarah Hills

    This is a great article but I am worried that some of these plugins will be placed in areas that readers may not see or will cover up content. I think the use of these would be great for new bloggers.

    Sarah Hills

  • Marjorey

    I only used Sociable on my blogoloola blog among on the list. Simple and yet easy to use. But if I found it useful I am willing to employ all of this of my site. 🙂

  • lizzy1992

    This is very informational thank you. I am a bit worried that people find these plug ins annoying. I also feel that the millennials (being one myself) are becoming annoyed by all of the bombardment from social media. Do you think there is a way that this issue can be resolved? Social media marketing works, but I have talked to peers, and it seems that they feel the same way.

  • Where is that related authors plugin? I cannot find a plugin with that name in the WP plugin library.

  • Shanna, do you know which plugin Francisco is using here for his Google+ widget? I checked source code but didn’t see any clues. It’s a very good, attractive looking tool for attracting more people to G+.

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  • Eugen

    You forgot to add to the list this plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/gc-social-wall/

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  • tulip

    what is the best plugin for blogger? Tried sociable but I don’t think it works with blogger..

  • Stacey Meyer

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    There is one more userfriendly wordpress plugin and that is Blog2Social. The best part about the plugin is you can post across all different platform from a single dashboard in which prefilled posting texts are provided and obviously it doesn’t require any server side installation. It requires just a simple installation and activation.

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