#5: Auto Post to Your Social Media Accounts

#5: Auto Post to Your Social Media Networks

You’ve created a brilliant blog post.

Now, to get the word out and get people interested in your blog.

It’s like distributing a magazine to the newsstand racks. Of course, far easier to do online.

You can update your Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts with your blog post’s URL for your friends to see. But updating each account manually is a pain in the ass and a huge waste of time.

The solution: auto post.


What’s Auto Post?

It’s simply distributing your blog post to your social media accounts automatically. Think of it as outsourcing to contractors, in this case, third party applications.

They’re easy to set up and across different social networks. Best of all, they’re free to use. Caveat: There are many similar applications. These are just a few that I’ve used and liked.

 

TwitterFeed

Website: twitterfeed.com

twitterfeed

I’ve used this in the early days of blogging. The good thing about this application is that you can:

  • Add as many RSS feeds as you want
  • Publish to networks as often as you post
  • Add phrases before and/or after each tweet
  • Exclude or include posts with keywords

You can sign in through Facebook, Twitter or OpenID (which includes Google accounts).

 

Ping.FM

Website: ping.fm

ping.fm

I stumbled up Ping.fm when looking for a way to send my tweets and status updates to Plurk, Facebook, Twitter and occasionally, blogger.

What really got me onto Ping.fm was the incredible number of available networks. It pretty connects to every available social network that’s been conceived. All you need to do is to connect your RSS Feed (it’s been disabled as of this writing, but should be up soon), set up the networks that you want to hit and viola!

Another plus point: You don’t have to go to their online dashboard to work. You can post via Skype, sms, email, iPhone, mobile app, and Seesmic.

 

Tumblr

Website: tumblr.com

tumbler

I read that Tumblr’s the next Posterous, that’s why I’ve jumped on the bandwagon (see Skybe’s Words) and I’m not regretting it.

This microblog (which has full blogging capabilities) makes it really easy to reblog what’s hot in Tumblr and whatever’s on the internet. It’s real power is like TwitterFeed, you can import RSS feeds, blogs, Twitter, and even YouTube into your Tumblr microblog, and then redistribute it to Facebook and Twitter.

My main gripe is that it doesn’t connect to Windows LiveWriter. But’s that easily amended by using Tumbleeze or one of their apps.

 

I’ve been Meaning to try…

Posterous and Amplify. But I haven’t gotten to it, yet. If you’re interested in them, check out Christine.biz for a nice post on how to use them to autopost your blog’s content.

 


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Credits: Featured image from The Purist
Other images are screenshots

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2 Responses to “#5: Auto Post to Your Social Media Accounts”
  1. Christine says:

    Thank you for the kind words. Love Amplify. I do need to clarify with amplify – i do not like that it sets the cut content in blockquotes from a design point. But it is essential that it does put the content in blockquotes because it eliminates crossing as duplicate content.

    Have fun auto posting. Such a wonderful time saver for a busy blogger.

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