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What is Blog2Social?
Blog2Social is a WordPress plugin that allows you to automatically share your blog posts on all your social media profiles, pages and groups, fully customised and scheduled for each network (note: auto-posting, scheduling and other features only available with the premium version).
Free Version – Share your posts and pages on 15 different networks (all at once):
- Facebook (profile and page)
- LinkedIn (profile)
- XING (profile)
With the Blog2Social plugin for WordPress you can easily view all of your social media networks from the back-end of your WordPress website, and add new ones.
Customise for each Social Network and Reposting
You can also customise your post for each social network by adding individual comments and hashtags. Reposting your old articles to one or all of your social media networks at once is also easy and the Blog2Social plugin can be set up to automatically repost to the social media networks for you.
Easy to use
The Blog2Social plugin is very easy to set up and use, even for a beginner (very important – it’s no use having a great tool if you can’t understand how to use it). The Blog2Social website also has a range of video tutorials (some of the videos are included in this article below – see bottom of post) and has lots of useful tips and articles related to social media marketing too.
Using the Blog2Social WordPress plugin will help save you a lot of time posting to social media and increases your outreach.
Scheduling Calendar Feature
One of our favourite features of Blog2Social is the Scheduling Calendar feature (premium version only). This feature allows you to see all of your scheduled posts at a glance, plus you also have the ability to change the posts publishing schedules by dragging & dropping them wherever you want/need them to be, this way you can easily ensure that all of your post publishing will be evenly spread out throughout the year (…which will also help to attract the search engines to your website regularly, and therefore should help your website to attract more visitors, plus regular posting can also increase other metrics too, such as website ranking, etc). The Scheduling Calendar will also help you to easily and quickly identify any “bare spots” in your publishing schedule.
Blog2Social – Premium Version Highlights:
Automatic sharing to all your social networks
Automatically share your posts and connect your blog to Facebook profiles, Facebook pages, Facebook groups, VK profiles, VK pages, VK groups, Twitter and Google My Business.
Connect your WordPress to LinkedIn profiles, LinkedIn pages, Xing profiles, Xing pages and Xing groups. Share your images on Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest. Re-publish on Tumblr, Medium and Torial and connect your blog to Reddit and Diigo.
Automatically share your posts on:
- Multiple social media profiles (FREE)
- Facebook pages (FREE)
- Social media pages or groups (PREMIUM)
- Multiple accounts per network (PREMIUM)
Schedule your posts at the best times
Schedule your posts to auto-publish at the best times to post on each of your social networks. This feature is especially needed if your website/business is located in eg: Australia but your social media audience (or even some of it) is located in another time-zone, (such as UK or USA).
Even if they aren’t, the ability to schedule your posts publication times is essential if you want to reach your audience at the peak reading times and are unable (or unwilling) to do it manually at those times, every day. Plus different social networks have different peak/best times for publishing. The premium version of Blog2Social takes away all of that work and the hassle of publishing at inconvenient hours etc, and gives you the freedom to concentrate on your business, whilst still publishing your posts regularly and at the peak viewing times.
NOTE: Why timing is important: The right timing determines whether your post will be read or disappears in the endless stream of social media noise. Every social community is different and every social network has its own rush hour. Blog2Social also provides you with a ready to use Best Time Scheduler based on current research for the best times to post on each social network – SEE ALSO THIS USEFUL ARTICLE ON BLOG2SOCIAL WEBSITE: The Best Times To Post On Social Media
Multiple Users: Multiple accounts per network is also possible with the Premium version.
Social Media Calendar
There is also a social media calendar (very useful and essential for anyone who is serious about their social media marketing or who posts regularly) which allows you organise your social media posts and take your social media marketing to the next level. You can edit, add or change scheduled posts per drag & drop in the built-in social media calendar.
Social Media Reporting (Free)
Keep track of your shared posts and scheduling plan and filter your posts per network. Posts from other users will be displayed in different colours (Note: Only premium version allows for multi-users).
Facebook Instant Sharing (Free)
Share your posts with Instant Sharing, customise and schedule your post with the social media post editor or share instantly. After scheduling your posts, they will be listed in the “Scheduled Posts” tab on your “Posts & Sharing” navigation bar. On your scheduled date, your posts will move to the “Instant Sharing” tab and you can click on “share” to send them to your Facebook Profile instantly.
You can share your post with your Facebook profile, or on a friend’s timeline, groups, events, pages you manage, and even private messages. You can also add @handles, tag friends, check in at a location, add emotions and activities, or edit the privacy settings for your post.
These are just some of the great features and highlights of this (very popular) plugin – to learn more please watch the videos below or visit the Blog2social website.
Blog2Social is available in a (limited features) free version which is available to download from WordPress.org. You can also test the Blog2Social Premium Plugin with their 30 days trial.
Written by Karen Banting
Karen Banting is co-founder and co-CEO of Sites2U.com.au. She is an experienced expert in WordPress, graphic design and content marketing. Sites2U.com.au specialises in online services, website design/development and tools for bloggers, e-entrepreneurs and businesses of any size to support and grow their business on the web.