Social Media: WordPress Plugins to Increase your Presence

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Did you notice how all the big companies and brands are jumping onto the Social Media train? It’s a good thing that they finally understood the value of Social Networks and Online Social Interactions. People are becoming more and more cautious with traditional advertising.

Believe me, if the big guys out there are jumping on social media, there is a good reason for it: we are not anymore in a consumer society where the brands are hammering their messages over and over again to get into the consumer heads. People have seen a lot of it and became cautious with the messages they are receiving from advertisers.

The master/sheep organization of consumerism is disappearing a little more each day and we are taking part into the rise of an exchange society. Brands are interested to know what people think about them and people like being heard by the brands they like. People want to interact: interact with brands, interact with other people, interact with their favorite websites, they want to be part of it!

If I apply this concept to my blog, I MUST take you (the reader) into consideration. Because you are part of the success of this blog, it wouldn’t exist as it does if you were not here to read my posts, to comment and let me know what you think. This blog is a way to share my thoughts and tools but it’s also a way to hear what other people think about my ideas, and how other people are dealing with the issues I am facing every single day.

To increase the interaction with you, I installed a few WordPress Plugins to add some functionalities to this blog: Sexy Bookmarks, Show Top Commentators and Subscribe To Comments Reloaded.

Though the name may be a little “edgy” for some, SexyBookmarks has proven time and time again to be an extremely useful and successful tool in getting your readers to actually submit your articles to numerous social bookmarking sites. The developer sole aim was to stray away from the “in the box” thinking behind most social bookmarking plugins, and add a little flair that would entice your readers, rather than deterring them with microscopic icons that get lost in pages heavy laden with content.

Show Top Commentators is a sidebar widget to show the top commentators in your WP site.

Subscribe To Comments Reloaded is a robust plugin that enables commenters to sign up for e-mail notification of subsequent entries. The plugin includes a full-featured subscription manager that your commenters can use to unsubscribe to certain posts or suspend all notifications. It solves most of the issues that affect Mark Jaquith’s version, using the latest WordPress features and functionality. Plus, allows administrators to enable a double opt-in mechanism, requiring users to confirm their subscription clicking on a link they will receive via email.

What about you? What plugins are you using on your website to increase interactions with your readers?

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5 Comments

  1. Shad

    Social Media has become one of the most essential assets of any promotion campaign for both online and offline projects.

  2. Mitch

    Using Show Top Commentators is a very good thing because it encourages your visitors to comment more on your blog posts to earn a link to their website, it’s a win-win situation.

    1. I love this system of rewarding your visitors if they contribute to your website. It’s all about giving!

  3. Bruce Johnston

    Ste:

    I have seen the “Subscribe to Comments” plugin in action on another blog I subscribe too – nice “LinkedInesque” (I just made that up – what do you think? – LOL!) touch. The real power is what you’ve suggested, combine the two.

    Thank you for the great guidance!

    Bruce

    1. The good thing with these plugins is that they increase your social media presence without having to spend more time on social media.

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