The scope of this article is far beyond explaining the crucial importance of social media networks for blog authors and publishers. Social networks are the best traffic sources nowadays. Creating fan club and getting your content to reach as many readers as possible are just few targets you can set while using social networks.
Each time an author publishes a new article or blog post, they need to syndicate the post with their Facebook, Twitter or other social media profile. Social media auto posters are plugins that remove a workload from their head so that they can focus on blogging.
April 2017 update. There are some good reason to update the article about the social media WordPress plugins. The main one is Blog2Media plugin.
This plugin is downloadable from the WordPress.org repository. It is a new for me. I came across it when searching for something different in the repository. I am glad I have found it, because it prove to be better than I expected.
The plugin does the same as other similar plugins do: automatically share the posts whenever you publish a new post. With the free version of the plugin you can post to multiple social media profiles and Facebook pages. As you can guess, only one account per network is allowed with the free version. If you need multiple accounts per network, there is a premium version.
Plugin is very intuitive and easy to setup and use.
The plugin is accessible from every post in the editor or from ‘Post & Sharing’ lefthand menu. This menu displays a preview of all social media posts and allows you to customize your posts for each network in one single-page workflow. You can change the text and hashtags for any network of any post with on a single page.
Last but least this plugin will help you submit your photo blog posts to Instagram and Pinterest. This is the first plugin so far which can submit pictures to Instagram from a desktop computer. This is an extremely useful feature.
Update: Using this plugin to submit to Instagram can lead to Instagram disabling your account temporally. Use it very cautiously and beware of the risk.
The only shortcoming, in my own opinion, is that plugin lacks support for some major networks like WordPress.com. Other from this it works like a magic, and lives up to its author promises.
Social Media Auto Publish
I followed the instructions and was able to get it work seamlessly. All posts and events from my wordpress website went to Facebook without any need to bother. Definitely a keeper. Premium version of the plugin includes support to Pinterest and Google Plus.
Social Networks Auto Poster
Here I came to my third choice SNAP or Social Networks Auto Poster. The plugin is on the WordPress.org repository, at least its free version. There is a paid version which by the time I am writing this article is the best WordPress plugin for social media auto posting. With the paid version you can publish to the following social networks in nicely formatted manner: Facebook, Twitter, Google+(Google Plus), Blogger, LiveJournal, Delicious, Diigo, Stumbleupon, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Plurk, VKontakte(VK.com), WordPress, and Tumblr accounts. You can reach the most audience and let all your friends, readers and followers about your new post automatically. Plugin works with profiles, business pages, community pages, groups, etc.
Of course the free version has some limitation: it doesn’t have the ability to publish to Google+ (Google Plus), Pinterest and multiple accounts. Yet it works perfectly with the other networks. Paid version is $49.95 but is well worth the money provided you are a vigorous hard- working author.
Publisize by Jetpack
Jetpack from WordPress.com is a very popular package and I have already used some other features like the fancy tiled gallery. As expected there wasn’t any problem installing and getting it to work. The only shortcoming was that Publisize doesn’t have the functionality to publish automatically to Google+.