The vast majority of website owners and indeed businesses are now finally beginning to understand the power of social media as a marketing tool. In fact, if you just take a moment to think about how much time the average person spends on social media on a daily basis, you could be doing your business a lot of harm by not interacting yourself.

We highlight below the three great social media WordPress plugins you should be using.

1. JetPack Publicize

 

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Now firstly, it should be said that there are many website and blog “experts” who condone the use of automated plugins when it comes to publishing a new post to social media sites. In fact, many people are dead against this and believe you lose the chance to add that personal touch.

However, that being said there are certain businesses which simply don’t have the time or resources to individually publish the information they have added to their sites to a dozen or so social media sites.

This is where the JetPack plugin is in a league of its own. As soon as you publish a blog post this plugin will immediately publish this to all your social media profiles. If you feel the need to add that personal touch there is nothing wrong with adding a more personalised post later in the day.

2. Tweet Old Post

 

 

As the title states the ‘tweet old post‘ plugin that will tweet your old blog posts. The plugin will simply pick a random post, published within a period you specify, and retweet this for you.

You have the opportunity to set the plugin up so that it sends out tweets at certain random intervals and it can even add text and hashtags to your retweet if required.

This is a fantastic idea for a business that has had a blog/website for a number of years and has literally thousands of posts. This will allow you to share old posts with new and recent followers and maybe even attract the attention of potential new customers.

3. Really Simple Facebook Twitter Share Buttons

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Admittedly, this isn’t something that is new to WordPress, in fact it is one of the older plugins, but still great for social media interaction in 2013.

Each post with have share buttons to popular social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google +1, Pinterest, Linkedin and a whole host more.

This plugin lives up to its name and is extremely easy to integrate into your website and allows your followers and readers to easily share any post of interest to them. For those of you who have a Buffer account for social sharing you’ll be pleased to know that the Really Simple Facebook Twitter Share Buttons fully support the use of Buffer.

WordPress has currently been downloaded in excess of 60 million times and it is estimated that more than 100,000 new sites are being added on a daily basis. So, as a content management system, WordPress currently powers nearly 17% of all websites online, but you can always do with a little extra help to get the word about your business out to the masses… and that’s why we have social media!

This guest post was contributed by Pat Collins; he works for Christom Pty Ltd which is an established company offering content management solution to clients for ecommerce in Melbourne. His hobbies include cricket and writing.