Linking Your Blog to Twitter and Facebook…and more! (Part 1 of 4)

Social Media NetworksAnyone who has a presence online knows the power of engaging in social media—whether it be through your own blog, Facebook, Twitter, Linked In or other services. But it’s not long before you discover that keeping up with your social presence on the web can be a full time job!

The good news is, there are now a few services out there that link your social media outlets together—so you can automate the process. I’m writing this post because over the past couple days, I’ve spent hours researching, using trial-and-error, getting frustrated, looking for answers…and then finally figuring out how this “linking” of social media works.

The funny thing is, as hard as I looked, I couldn’t find any current definitive answers to making this work on other blogs or forums, so I was left to figuring a lot of it out myself. It’s partly my own fault—I had one particular needs going in which I’ll explain in a moment.

So here’s what I set out to do: I wanted to be able to make a post on my personal blog and then have notification of that post broadcast across the web, alerting anyone following me on other services. I was most concerned about linking up Twitter and LinkedIn…and—here’s the tough one—my Facebook Page, but not my Facebook Personal account.

Personal Blog –> Twitter, Facebook Page, LinkedIn, etc.

I looked at WordPress plugins since I use WordPress, hooking multiple services together, Facebook apps, etc. What I finally arrived at was a pretty simple—and consistently workable—answer. In my next post, I’ll lay out step-by-step exactly what I did. Do the same and you’ll be good to go.

Photo: Social Media Dataflows by silvertje

Go to Part 2: Hellotxt setup

Go to Part 3: Twitterfeed setup

Go to Part 4: Testing it out

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