16 Interesting WordPress Plugins to maximize Traffic and Followers from Social Networks
Blogging is essentially about reaching out to people, readers and followers to deliver a message, opinions, knowledge, taking lead etc. Writing great posts, being a SEO guru, sharing links etc. is well known tricks but not enough any more. Most bloggers have realized that social networks is where the modern “www sapiens” “party” all day long sucking up as much screen radiation as possible while connecting with virtual friends and peers. Getting someone attentions requires some kind of presence and showing up to the “24/7 online cocktail party” certainly may help you. Why not attend the “party” from within your favourite blogging tool – WordPress? You don’t even have to leave the dashboard…! OK probably it is not that simple but a few plugins for WordPress may significantly help you get more out of social networks, attracting more traffic and followers.
I have noticed that many plugins in this category is not being maintained any more. While all plugins listed in this post should be compatible with latest version of WordPress (2.9.x). it may be a sign that may social network related plugins are created because it is hyped and many will not remain maintained for very long. This means you may risk using a plugin that will not be supported next time there’s a major upgrade for WordPress.
Turn WordPress into a social network site or community
OK there are enough website out there trying to become the next digg or stubmleupon by installing pligg or some other out of the box social network application. The competition is though and while wordpress is an excellent tool it may not be enough. Still you may benefit a lot from adding community features to your blog or magazine.
This plugin will turn your WordPress website into a Social Network. Mingle uses your standard WordPress website and standard WordPress theme to create profile pages, user friending, profile page posts, profile activities, social comments, email notifications (with privacy settings) and a full directory of members. Mingle can be used to start a new Social Networking website or can be used with the existing registered users on your Website.
Integrate with popular social network sites
The Gigya Socialize plug-in aggregates authentication and social APIs from Facebook Connect, MySpace ID, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and AOL, giving sites the ability to:
- Authenticate users via Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo and many other OpenID providers
- Promote user activity on social networks by enabling users to invite friends to your site
- Increase site traffic by sending user status updates and newsfeed updates to Social Networks
Simple Facebook Connect is a series of plugins that let you add any sort of Facebook Connect functionality you like to a WordPress blog. This lets you have an integrated site without a lot of coding, and still letting you customize it exactly the way you’d like.
Socialite allows your WordPress posts to publish to Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace. Each social networking site can be enabled or disabled for publishing, and each is configured separately with their own options. Support for Short URL services such as zz.gd and Tinyurl.com is also supported.
Add Social Bookmarking buttons
If you ever had articles hitting the front page of digg, delicious or any other large social bookmark service you know why this is important. It must be simple for readers to vote or bookmark your posts. These plugins make it easy for you to set up the services you want to have. I suggest you focus on the large ones covering the niche you’re in and avoid having too many buttons.
This plugin will add a Google Buzz Bookmark button to your WordPress posts/pages. The button can be inserted manually or before or after the content automatically
This plugin adds the Gigya toolbar to your blog. The toolbar is widely used and offers a great way to allow readers to bookmark and shre your posts. Supports 80 social destinations including Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Yahoo.
ShareThis makes it easy to add most of the share and bookmarking sites in one butting. This is not really a plugin but since over 125,000 sites to increase traffic and engagement and it is simple to add to your blog I thought it should be in the list.
Like sharethis AddToAny is a popular all in one share button. It helps readers share, save, and bookmark your posts and pages using any service, such as Delicious, Digg, Facebook, MySpace, and all the rest. The button comes with Add to Any’s customizable Smart Menu, which places the services visitors use at the top of the menu,
This is a super lightweight plugin to insert a set of social share links at the bottom of each post, focused on technical blogs. With this plugin you don’t have options to configure. Simply activate or deactivate to show or not the bookmark social links.
The TweetMeme retweet button easily allows your blog to be retweeted. The button also provides a current count of how many times your story has been retweeted throughout twitter. This button is probably one of the most commonly seen on both small and large blogs. This is a must have!
Though the name may be a little “edgy” for some, SexyBookmarks is an extremely useful tool in getting your readers to actually submit your articles to numerous social bookmarking sites.
Automatically add links to your favorite social bookmarking sites on your posts, pages and in your RSS feed. You can choose from 99 different social bookmarking sites!
Automatically add links to your favorite social bookmarking sites on your posts, pages and in your RSS feed. You can choose from 105 different social bookmarking sites!
This plugin contains amazing looking, sketched icons for only the top social bookmarking sites.
RO Social Bookmarks plugin for WordPress adds a list of XHTML compliant graphic links at the end of your posts and/or pages that allow your visitors to easily submit them on social bookmarking / network sites. Furthermore, the plugin adds a page in the WordPress admin section that lets you customize it.