How to Set Up an Author Blog (part 2): Integrating with Twitter and Facebook

In part one, I explained the basics of setting up a WordPress website. Now I’m going to show you how to integrate your blog with Twitter and Facebook.

Adding prominent “follow” buttons to your site

At the top of my site, I’ve got several buttons that allow visitors to connect with me on various social media sites:

stayconnected

To do this, I used a widget called, appropriately, Social Media Widget, from Blink Web Effects. In WordPress, go to Plugins => Add New.

installplugin

 

 

Search for “social media widget” and install it. (There are lots of similar widgets you can use; this is just the one I use. I’m sure others work fine as well.)

socialmediawidget

 

Activate the plugin. Then go to Appearance => Widgets.

widgets

 

Drag the Social Media Widget into your template, where you want it to appear.

template

Click on the Social Media Widget heading to expand the settings and enter your social media profile urls (you’ll have to scroll down a ways).

socialmediasettings

 

Scroll down and save the settings. If you bring up your site in another browser tab, you should now see your social media icons.

 

Auto-posting to Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites

Next, we’ll see how you can set up your WordPress blog to automatically post to various social media sites. The easiest way to do this is with another plugin. I use something called Jetpack.

installplugin

jetpack

Activate the plugin, then click Settings => Sharing.

sharingsettings

 

Enter your social media account information to tell Jetpack where to send your posts.

 

publicize

 

Click Save Changes. Now, when you create a new post, you will see some additional “Publicize” options.

publish

 

Note that for Google+, I noticed that my posts were being marked as private. There is a setting in Google+ that you can edit to make your posts public by default.

Making it easy to share posts on social media sites

Jetpack also makes it easy for readers to share your posts on their own social media accounts. To set this up, go to Settings => Sharing.

sharingsettings

Scroll down to the Sharing Buttons section. Then simply drag the button you want to the Enabled Services section.

sharepost

Save the changes. Now when you view your blog, you’ll see your selected sharing buttons on each post (and on other pages, depending on the boxes you checked).

That’s all there is to it! You’ll all linked up. In part 3, I’ll show you some ways to use widgets to make it easy for readers to buy your books from your website.