Publicize Your WordPress Blog through Social Media - dummies

Publicize Your WordPress Blog through Social Media

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

WordPress gives you the ability to easily integrate your WordPress blog with various social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Click the Sharing link in the Settings submenu on your Dashboard to load the Sharing Settings page.

In the Sharing section, connect your blog to popular social networks to automatically share your new posts with your friends within that network. WordPress allows you to share your blog on the following networks:

  • Facebook

  • Google+

  • Twitter

  • LinkedIn

  • Tumblr

  • Path

Click the icon for the social network you want to connect to and follow the steps provided to authorize your WordPress blog with that network.

WordPress makes sharing easy

Users of social media like to share the interesting content they find around the web with their friends on other social media sites, and the Sharing feature on gives you the tools that make it easy for your readers to share links to your content in different ways:

None of the sharing services are enabled by default. To enable any other service, click its button in the Available Services section and drag and drop it into the Enabled Services section. After you’ve done that, small, convenient buttons display within each blog post on your site; your visitors can click these buttons to share your content with their friends on their own social networks.

Clicking the Like button

If you’re a Facebook user, you’ll find that the WordPress Like feature is very similar to the Facebook Like feature that you use within your Facebook account to indicate that you Like a friend’s Facebook status.

On the bottom of the Sharing Settings page you can set your preference for Likes — select whether you want them turned on for all posts (by default), or turned on per post. This feature does exactly what it says: It displays a Like button on your blog posts, allowing readers to click it and Like your posts within the network.

You can disable the WordPress Like feature at any time. Also, you can disable the Like feature on a per-post basis. This means that you can enable it globally, but disable it on individual posts if you publish a post that you don’t want people to be able to Like.