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10 Social Plugins Developers Love

You actually only need to use one of these but you must have at least one. If you do not have a social connection from your blog, you are leaving a lot on the table. That being said, there are new social plugins coming out every week and how to do determine what is the ideal one for you to use? In this post, I will go through some of my and my friends’ favorite ones and you should be able to narrow down your search to one that works best for you. As a blogger and a WordPress designer my self, I deal with the need to connect blogs to the social sites all the time and there was a time when I was only using a plugin called SexyBookmarks, by Shareaholic. Then I found a better one called ShareThis. Let me go through each one and tell you about them in order.

Top 10 Social Plugins WordPress Bloggers Love

ShareThis
My favorite social plugin of all, I now use it exclusively, simply because it is easy to customize if you know how to edit HTML. Even if you do not know HTML, this plugin will let you set up social sharing buttons for each post and page and has lot of settings you can customize the way they display.
SexyBookmarks
This used to be my favorite social plugin before I discovered ShareThis. This is a very powerful plugin and has a very user friendly settings page where you can choose from pretty much all the social networks, which you want to include. There are also many display options that let you control how and where the buttons appear.
The Google+ Plugin
Although you can have a Google+ Plus One button with the above plugins, The Google+ Plugin will go beyond just letting visitors Plus-One your post, it will also let you update your Google+ profile or page status when you add a post, controlling how it displays and other custom settings.
Smart YouTube PRO
Connecting your videos to your blog, Smart YouTube PRO lets you embed Youtube, Vimeo, Metacafe, Liveleak and Facebook high quality videos. It also works with iPhone and iPad. This is the real deal if you need to play videos on your blog.
Social Metrics
It is smart to not just participate in the social media but also to know where you stand. SocialMetrics plugin will let you track your blog on the popular social networks. Know how far each post reaches in the social world, see which posts have gone viral. This also shows you where your blog makes the biggest impact and where you should focus your marketing on.
Twitter Tools
Another good plugin that I use a lot on my blogs is the Twitter Tools. It runs in the background on my blogs and when I add a new post, it automatically sends a Tweet to my Twitter account and announces the new post. The nice thing is, I can automate is so after it does that, my Facebook page has a Twitter app installed on it that will then pick up the new tweet and post it on my Facebook page and with one swoop, my new post has reached out to Twitter and Facebook without me having to do anything.
Social
Although I have not used it before, this plugin is very powerful. It will automatically share the new added post to Twitter and Facebook. It will also pull in any tweets, mentions and comments from Twitter and Facebook and adds it to your blog as comments.
Sociable
Simple and easy to use, Sociable lets you add social buttons to your posts. The nice thing about this plugin is that you can use your own custom icons. This plugin is also well known for letting you create a social skyscraper that you can place on the side of the post instead of under or above the content.
AddThis
With this plugin, just like with others, you will be able to add the social icons to your blog posts and pages but what makes it unique is that when you create an account at AddThis, you will be able to track each share that visitors create. You will have a nice dashboard where you can see how your posts and pages are doing in terms of social reach.
Now you have the tools you need, use at least one of these on your blog to reach out to the valuable traffic-pulling power of social sharing.

How to Use Hashtags on Twitter Correctly!

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How to Use Hashtags on Twitter Correctly!

What is a Hashtag?
A hashtag is simply a relevant word or series of alpha characters preceded by the # symbol. Hashtags help categorize messages and can make it easier for other Twitter users to search for tweets of specific subjects.

When you search for or click on a hashtag you’ll see all other tweets that are using the same hashtag. Only others who are interested in the same topic thread will likely be using the same hashtag.

For example, if you search for #Apple, you’re less likely to see tweets that include references to the fruit and more likely to see more information about the technology company “APPLE”.

However, lets remember that Twitter is a real-time platform and its search function only goes back about 7 days. If you want to pull older conversations, try using third-party services, such as Topsy, that archive messages sent over public social networks.

Why Should You Use Hashtags
Twitter is an open social network, and anyone can see your public tweets provided you haven’t set up your account to be completely private. But few people want to follow everyone in the world. Hashtags can make it easier to find other Twitter users who are interested in the same conversations you like.

For instance, by conducting a Twitter search for #FIFA, you’ll see only the tweets with that hashtag for the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Because you can use any hashtag you want, your tweet about how awesome singer Bruno Mars was on the Grammys could be seen by more than your 150 followers. If you used the #Grammys hashtag, all then of people who were following that hashtag #Grammys could have seen your tweet.

If you said something insightful or answered a question, others may respond and engage you in conversation by using the hashtag you used. Conversely, if you’re following a certain hashtag, you can tweet a question to others who are observing that conversation stream, engage other interested users in real time or find people to follow.

When using hashtags it’s important to consider scale. Doing a search for the #NFL on Sundays will most likely subject you to a litany of tweets and keeping up with the conversation may be difficult. But if you still want your opinion thrown out there with everyone else’s, use the hashtag.

Here is How to Use Hashtags for Business
Create your own hashtag, you can use it to drive conversations about your business. Are you having a summer sale at your clothing store? You can tack #BigSavingsAtBeachBums on to your tweets, for example. Encourage your Twitter followers and others to use YOUR hashtag. Maybe even do a daily giveaway or prize for the person who tweets the funniest pitch line for the store and uses the hashtag. At the end of each day or the end of your sale, you can do a scan for the hashtag and measure how many tweets were posted using it and how many Twitter users you reached.

If you’re hosting a business event, you can create a hashtag for it, too. Encourage attendees to use the hashtag when tweeting about the event. This will help organize the Twitter conversation while also promoting your business brand.

If you create a hashtag for your business, or an event or certain topic of conversation, make sure it’s distinctive. Include your Company Name or, if it’s long, your initials. Before tweeting with your chosen hashtag, search to make sure people aren’t already using it for a different purpose.

Twitter highlights trending topics, which often represent conversations around hashtags. This list is found in the right hand column of your Twitter home page and can be filtered by geographic areas. To become a trending topic and reach a wider audience, you must tweet a lot in a short time. The best approach could be hosting events with a lot of Twitter users posting to the same hashtag.

By using third-party applications such as TweetDeck or HootSuite, you can set up permanent search columns to monitor certain hashtags all the time. If you want to keep tabs on tweets about your industry and competitors, for instance, there’s a good chance you can find hashtags to follow.

Don’t overload your tweets with to many hashtags when you’re promoting something. Some people add on lots of hashtags so the tweet appears in more conversations on Twitter. For instance, if I wanted more people to read Entrepreneur magazine, I could tweet:

Need a website? Call Smackwagon Design Great WordPress Developers! #developers #website #business #web design #WordPress #plugins #WordPress Themes #Social Media

While a couple of those hashtags make sense, many don’t. And too many hashtags in one tweet are distracting to other users.

With all this advice in mind, go ahead and search for a few hastag topics that are relevant to your company. Searching and using hashtags on Twitter can help drive more conversation about your brand and your industry.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) Plugin by Godaddy and StarfieldTech.

Smackwagon is not in the habit of showering praise on GoDaddy in general. Their whole business model makes my skin crawl.  How many upsell checkboxes does one need to uncheck to purchase a domain name?

That being said… I was digging around a customers site trying to diagnose a performance issue and came across the P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) Plugin by Godaddy and StarfieldTech. I have to say it is well done, and effective.

Run a scan on your WordPress site, clicking around front-end and wp-admin pages to get a feel for how your chosen set of plugins is affecting your load times. In one case I isolated a plugin that was adding 20seconds to the wp-admin load time.. 20 seconds!

Very handy information, and a well executed plugin (from what i can gather after 15mins of use)

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P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) Plugin by Godaddy and StarfieldTech.

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P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) – Smackwagon

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