Do you want more visitors and readers for your blog? Do you wish your blog visitors would share your posts with their friends and followers? Would you like to accomplish all this without adding more to your workload? Would it make your day if I told you there is a simple way to make this all happen?
There is. You can use plugins to draw more attention to your blog posts, to share your posts more easily throughout your network and to make it easier for your readers to share your posts with their networks.
Here are a few of my favorite WordPress plugins and add-ons for post sharing and increased interaction.
Tweet Old Post is my favorite blog-sharing plugin. Using Tweet Old Post you can choose to share any or all of your blog posts on a periodic basis. It randomly picks and tweets old posts at an interval specified by you. There are many available customizations. You can choose to tweet or exclude specific categories or specific posts. You can also select specific date ranges. It takes less than five minutes to set up and I have seen a definite increase in visits to older posts since I have installed it.
Networked Blogs is not actually a plug in, but a Facebook app. Networked blogs can publish your blog posts to your Facebook feed as well as tweeting it. You can also place a Networked Blogs widget on your page which will allow readers to have your blog posts automatically published in their news feeds. It does require a little more effort to set up than some of the other options, but once you are set up, it’s an automated process, allowing you to set it and forget it.
The Sharing plugin is one of the components of Jetpack, WordPress’ collection of blog enhancements recently made available to WordPress.org users.
This plugin allows you to include the sharing options of your choice automatically with every post. It enables your readers to share to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, StumbleUpon and LinkedIn, as well as a few other sites. You can also add other custom sites of your choice. Using a Sharing plug in allows your readers to share your posts with a single click. It really doesn’t get much easier than that.
Shareholic is another simple sharing plugin with many options that is easy to use and very popular. Doing a quick search on wordpress.org’s plugin page will bring up dozens of choices so you can customize your site in any way you want. Just make sure that the option you choose will be simple for your readers to use. Getting too fancy or complicated defeats the purpose and will lead to less sharing, not more. This is true of any sharing option.
These are just a few of the tools you can use to attract more readers to your blog.
Do you have a favorite sharing plugin? Do you have a plugin you’d like to know more about. Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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