My favorite WordPress plug-ins, the social ones

I’m going to do this in 3 parts – the first 2 will include the plug-ins that I love, followed by plug-ins that you love!  Feel free to include the ones you really like as comments on either post and I’ll post them (with credit to you, of course) on the 3rd week.

 

CommentLuv: I’m sure you’ve seen this one, it lets the commenters leave a link back to their latest (or a post of their choice) post.  Check out Lauren’s comment below- A quick trick about the Comment Luv setup: if things aren’t working properly right after the installation, click CommentLuv in the Settings, open the “Technical settings” (the blue link toward the bottom) and look at the bottom where there is a whole bunch of code.  Look for something that has your blog address and make sure that it is entered in correctly.

Pinterest “Pin It” Button:  allows me to add a “pin it” button at the bottom or at the top of each post.  Although there are lots of Pin It buttons out there, I like this one because it runs all on its own if you don’t want to meddle with things or you can choose a specific photo and a link, along with text, for the Pin.  Although you can let peeps browsing your blog pin things on their own, I’m a big fan of including the button because it sets up the pin with a link directly to the post, allows you to choose the photo and text that you want to include (all editable by the person pinning) and gives your readers an easy way to pin something when they don’t want to install the Pin It button on their browser.  It’s what I’d call a win-win.

Bonus?  It tracks the Pins (but only if you want to).

Shareaholic:  a way to spread the love via any social media way that you wish.

There are a ton of (sometime overwhelming) options, but the defaults are great!

Social Media Widget:  another one of thems social widget thingies.  This one is great for your sidebar and the options are endless.

Just a heads up though – I would keep it to 3-5 so peeps don’t get too overwhelmed.

What are some of your favorite social (or other) plug-ins?


Comments

  1. I love the CommentLuv plugin, but I’m not sure if it works on WordPress.com. I want to migrate to WordPress.org, but I’m not sure if I can do it without losing most of my blog (because I’m incompetent).

  2. I think one that is completely overlooked and people don’t realize they need it b/c they assume it “comes with WP” is the comment reply notification plugin. Boring name, but completely revolutionizes commentary and discussion on your site. I can’t think of many people that come back to a site to see if their comment garnered a reply so you NEED this to show your readers you’re interacting with them. They only downfall is that it doesn’t work when you’re responding on a mobile device.

  3. um… this is maybe a stupid question, but how do you get the social media widget? Can you search for it? It doesn’t look like it’s in my available widgets…

  4. and… nevermind, I just had to figure it out =)

    • LOL! ps- no matter how many times I add it, my reader just will NOT update me with your posts…on to adding it for the third time in 2 weeks. Le sigh.

  5. Your blog is just making me want to switch from wordpress.com to wordpress.org.

    Ugh, more work. I already transitioned to wordpress from blogger, now this. :)

  6. wpbandung says:

    is it helpful on building traffic? i never really believe any social media plugin. but maybe that the main reason why my blog has insignifict traffic

  7. Thank you! I am off to try them out!

  8. One of my favorite things about you is that you always reply to comments :)

  9. So many plugins…so little time. I’ve got about a dozen plugins that I want to try out when I get a chance – I’ve been looking for a good Pinterest plugin, so I’ll give the one you mentioned a try

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