A lot has been written about SEO plugins for WordPress, but what about SMO (Social Media Optimization)? There are literally hundreds of plugins for SMO out there, but a lot of them are seriously unstable and haven’t been updated for months/years by their developer. Our team has tested more than 25 plugins designed to improve Social Media Presence, and here are the ones we thought you should definitely setup on your blog:
Simple Facebook Connect: this plugin does a complete integration between your blog and your Facebook accounts. Not only can it post automatically to your profile’s wall, but it can also post to your Fan Page with 1 click. It also lets you add the Facebook “Like” Button to all your posts and/or pages.
Disqus Commenting System: The Disqus plugin is a real work of art! It replaces the traditional WordPress Commenting System with a Multi-Login SMO-Friendly Commenting System, allowing users to login using their Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo Accounts. Comments load fast and in real time. Very cool plugin, and best of all: it’s totally free!
WP to Twitter: It does what its title says: posting automatically from WordPress to your Twitter Account. It gives you a lot of customization options, such as how to display your titles, which URL shortener to use, what category of posts to publish to Twitter, etc… simple to use and does the job quite well!
WP Tweet : this is a plugin that lets you integrate the “Tweet” Button, recently launched by Twitter! It has lots of customization options available. For example, it lets you decide to display the number of tweets beside the button or not.
Sociable: last but not least… Sociable! No Social Media Optimization would be complete without a plugin that lets your users share an interesting post on all the major Social Bookmarking Platforms out there (such as Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Delicious, etc…). This plugin lets you choose which one you want your blog to support and how to display them.