If you have a WordPress blog and want to rule the blogosphere, then promoting your blog via social media is the best possible option to explore.
And, the best way to leverage social media on WordPress blog is by using ‘Plugins’. With so many social media platforms available online, many a times its very difficult to incorporate different platforms individually in to your blog. WordPress plugins makes the job simple by offering numerous social media platforms right on your blog!
Without any much ado I am listing 11 best WordPress plugins to promote your blog in social media.
FREE Social media WordPress plugins
1. Slick Social Share Buttons: One of the best and easy to use plugin to promote blog posts in social media. It adds Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest and many more buttons to your blog, either in a floating bar or sliding panel. You can see all the social metrics in the admin social statistics page. Its a free plugin with plenty of customization options.
I am personally using this plugin on my WordPress Powered blog MoneyCTL, which you are currently reading.
2. Social Crowd: If you want to show your social power a bit on your blog, then Social Crowd is the right plugin for you. This plugin pulls the latest counts of your fans/followers and friends from your favorite social networks and displays on your blog. A highly customizable plugin, which will rule the rest of 2012 for sure.
3. WP Socializer: It’s a cool WordPress plugin to use social media on your blog. It contains all possible social bookmarking and sharing buttons. The floating bar and widgets are highly customizable. It also has Shortcodes.
4. Social Toolbar: With this plugin, you can add a social toolbar into the footer. The toolbar is highly customizable, with choice of colors, social icons, recent tweets and share buttons.
5. Social Discussions: It’s a highly professional looking social media plugin. You can share your blog posts with 30+ social networks. With the self-publish feature you can automatically publish your article to 25+ social network sites. Even, you can share your posts to different social sites under different categories (subsets or groups).
6. Social Essentials: This plugin provides a stats about your social activities and sharing buttons for your posts and pages. Its really a simple, slick and professional looking social plugin.
PREMIUM Social media WordPress plugins
7. Pinterest Automatic Pin: This premium WordPress plugin automatically pins images from your posts to your Pinterest account. It has features like automatic image detection and automatic board detection in the Pinterest account. It also hyperlinks all the pins on pinterest to your blog posts, helps driving more traffic. Price 5$
8. Facebook Auto Like: This WP plugin adds a slick and smooth hover effects to the images on your posts, making them instantly likeable. It also includes 5 different types of hover images or overlays. Price 4$
9. Pinterest Marklet Pro: Its a very useful Pinterest plugin. It allows users to pin any images, You Tube and Vimeo videos on your posts with 1 click. The Pinterest button which comes in 6 styles floats on any corner of your site with scrolling feature. It will definitely increase the number of pins on your WordPress blog. Price 4$
10. WordPress Facebook Blog: If you have a Facebook fan page for your blog, and want to leverage the fan page to the most, then this trendy plugin is definitely for you. You can directly publish the latest and featured posts on your blog to your Facebook fan page. It’s automatic feature publish any new post on your blog to the Facebook fan page on its own. This plugin is available with 7 different themes, and many more to come in the future. It is compatible with the new Facebook Timeline for pages. Price 15$
11. Exit Through Social Share: Although controversial its an extremely useful plugin to drive traffic from social sites to your blog. If the reader click any external links (outbound) on any posts, pages or comments, then it shows a pop-up box, suggesting the user to like the Facebook or +1 on Google or share on Twitter for immediate redirection, or wait for sometime to be redirected automatically. Price 12$
The above Social Media Plugins are my favorite for any WordPress blog to conquer the blogosphere . Feel free to add your, with a comment.