Further to our post on enhancing your WordPress blog through social networking, we have realised that this the flip side to that is, WordPress plugins to help your commenter’s’ spread the word about their social network sites. Any help you give them helps you, as they get a chance to have their say and tell the world about what they do, by directing traffic to their social network profiles, and in the process you get to make your pitch as well. Here are some useful plugins you can use to help that process.
Retagger. This plugin allows your commenter’s to leave an icon next to their comments. If a mouse is held over the comment, the links to their social networks are revealed together with their name. Retagger supports over 180 social networks, so many are catered for by this plugin. To use Retagger, the commenter has to have a Retagger account. For this reason, you could post a post, or configure a sidebar widget to tell people how to get one and what they do.
Social Profiles. This plugin is designed for sites that have multiuser bloggers or registered users. As the plugin allows the promotion of their social profiles along with their comments, there is a good incentive for users of all types to register. The plugin allows users to enter their user names for up to 10 social networks, by adding fields for them to do this. This can be extended through modifying the PHP if you know what you are doing. When a registered user comments on your blog, the links to their social networks are displayed as either text or imagery. This, as you can imagine helps their comments stand out, and enhances their posts.
WP Twitip ID. This plugin is twitter specific, and allows users to put their twitter account user name next to their comments, which is then linked with their twitter account. As twitter is such a popular social network tool, it is highly universal and highly popular, and all your users need to use it is an active Twitter account. It works by placing a line of code in your comments template file.
Tweetmeme. This plugin is one of the unique ones that allows you to promote either your blog posts, while promoting your social media profile. Most social media plugins do one or the other. This one works a little like Digg and provides “vote” buttons on your blog post. This allows readers of your blog pot to easily retweet your blog posts. The default setting will begin tweets with RT@tweetmeme…together with the post title and the URL of your blog. This is customisable however, by updating the settings to list your Twitter username, and thus the tweet is changed to RT@YourTwitterIDHere…via@tweetmeme. This no t only allows people on Twitter to view your post, but to see your Twitter ID too. Other options that are available are to select the position and size of the button, as well as providing the ability to display it on your RSS feed.
The social networking revolution simply cannot be ignored, and these plugins together with the ones in our previous post, provide a capability for you and your readerships to promote each other in the wider social network community. The advantages of this are both mutual and far reaching, and should generate whatever it is you are hoping to achieve, as your profile will be raised to a point where the traffic generated will keep your site in view of not only your readerships but a wider audience too.
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