Personally I’m not a big fan of Social media automation but when you are managing multiple Websites, automating social media sharing is your best friend. We have already covered few of the Social media automation technique for Bloggers earlier and if you have missed it, you can read about it from below posts. Today, I will be talking about Jetpack new feature call “Publicize” which will auto share your blog content on multiple Social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Tumblr.
Before, I get started with this tutorial, here are some of the past posts on automation:
- How to Auto Publish new blog posts to Google plus page
- Dlvr.it : Send RSS feeds to Twitter and Facebook
- Socialommph: Automate your Twitter profile
- RSS Graffiti App Auto publishes Blog posts to Facebook Pages and groups
- TweetFeed : Tweet RSS feeds of your Blog post Automatically
Now, we have Jetpack plugin, which is one of the essential and multi purpose plugin powered by Automattic (WordPress parent company). They are constantly adding new features like mobile theme options, Sharedaddy and many more. In the latest release (Jetpack 2.0) they have added many new features.
Connecting your Social media profile using Jetpack WordPress plugin:
In this tutorial, I will be showing you how to use auto sharing feature of Jetpack. Once you have enabled and activated the plugin, Go to jetpack settings from WordPress dashboard and look for Publicize option. Click on configure and follow this guide to get started with auto sharing of blog posts. Here is an official documentation for your reference.
Connecting your Social media account:
Once you click on configure, it will take you to sharing settings page, where you get an option to connect your Social media profile. I will be showing you for Twitter and Facebook, and similarly you can do for other Social networks like LinkedIn, Tumblr and Yahoo connections!
Click on Add new Facebook connection and it will take you to Facebook permission page, where you give access to Jetpack to use your Facebook account. You can auto publish blog posts to your profile wall or select a page where you wish to auto publish blog post. You can enable this connection for all the users or just for yourself. Once you selected the page where you want to auto publish blog post, and click on ok. You can also add multiple page which is another useful feature by this plugin.
Auto Publishing on Twitter
Similarly click on Add a new connection infront of Twitter logo and authenticate Jetpack (WordPress.com) access to your Twitter account and similarly, you can allow access to all the users for this Twitter account. If you connecting with official blog Twitter account, it’s a good idea or you can keep this connection only for your Twitter account to avoid any kind of spam Tweet going from your account.
Similarly you will be doing the same for your other Social accounts, and it will not take more than a moment.
Some important information about Jetpack Plugin Auto Sharing:
Here are few important information which you should know, if you are enabling this feature.
- This works only for Publishing new posts and will not work for old blog posts or Pages or when you save something as draft.
- Right now, Wp.me URL shortener is used but in next version you can use your custom URL using bit.ly.
- Google plus auto publishing support will be added once the Google plus API is available. (There is no projected date for the same).
Though you have added all the connections, but at times if you wish to deselect certain Social accounts or don’t want to auto share your blog post, you can click Edit publicize under new post section and you can deselect the account. You also have an option to add Custom message which will go with your updates. I recommend you to use this feature to increase the CTR of your socially shared blog post.
To be honest, this is one of the first few things which you should do after setting up WordPress. Specially for Bloggers, who have multiple blogs this new feature to auto-share is going to be very useful, as you don’t need to rely on 3rd party services for auto sharing your blog posts on Social networks.
Do let me know if you find this new feature in Jetpack to be useful or not? And also let me know what other 3rd party services you are using for auto publishing your blog on Social networking sites?