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7 Must Have Social Media Plugins and Tools for Bloggers

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7 Must Have Social Media Plugins and Tools for Bloggers

After the successful launch of our new social media plugin, Floating Social Bar, many of you asked us what other social media plugins and tools we use for our blogs. If you are a blogger just getting started, then you are in for a treat. In this article, we will share 7 must have social media plugins and tools for bloggers. These are the tools that we use for all of our blogs.

1. Floating Social Bar

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Floating Social Bar adds a horizontal floating share bar to your blog posts and pages without slowing down your site. All social media plugins and scripts slow down your site. For the longest time, bloggers had a choice of either adding share buttons OR having a fast loading site. Well, a year ago, we fixed that problem for our site by creating the floating social bar. After numerous requests from our users, we released it for free, so others can benefit from it as well.

2. HootSuite


HootSuite is a social media dashboard that allows us to manage all of our social media profiles from one location. It has the ability to allow for team members to work together. You can have assignments for each team member, and they can update your profiles without having your password. HootSuite also allows you to schedule tweets, and see analytics for each profile. It supports Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ Pages, FourSquare, Mixi, and WordPress.

3. Buffer


Buffer is an awesome social media tool that allows you to easily schedule your tweets through out the day. As you are reading, simply use your browser extension to add articles, photos, and/or videos to your Buffer, and their algorithm automatically shares them for you through out the day. The beauty of Buffer is the spacing it adds between each tweet. This makes it a smarter way to share. Aside from that, Buffer also allows for analytics and team members.


Bitly is the best link shortner on the web. It allows you an easy way to organize your links, and you also have the ability to create custom keywords. Not to mention, you can have your own branded short urls. Last but certainly not the least, offers analytics for each shortened link.

5. Feedly


As a blogger, it is important that you read. Part of using social media is sharing interesting content. Now that Google Reader is dead, we use feedly to stay up to date with all the sites that we like. Feedly is a RSS reader (What is RSS). We highly recommend that you use Feedly, so you have one place to get updates from your favorite websites.



IFTTT allows you to automate WordPress and social media. IFTTT stands for if this then that. Essentially, this service allows you to create recipes that function based off triggers. An example would be if WPBeginner RSS feed updates, send out a tweet about the latest post. We have written article about IFTTT on WPBeginner. You should definitely check out IFTTT if you are a blogger.

7. Twitter Search

Twitter search is by far one of the most useful tools for bloggers. If you are looking to build an audience or looking to expand your community, then you need to be using twitter search. The advanced feature allows you to really monitor your brand and engage with new users.

In our opinion, these are 7 best social media plugins and tools for bloggers. Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Editorial Staff at WPBeginner is a team of WordPress experts led by Syed Balkhi. Page maintained by Syed Balkhi.

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  1. Vanessa says:

    Hi Syed! Thanks for your post—you’ve provided some very useful, concise information.
    But I’m looking for a simpler plug in for my WP site. This is just a conference site and all I want are two buttons: one that links to the conference facebook page, and one that links to the conference Twitter handle.
    It seems like most of the plugins are more complicated than what I need. We have no need for likes and shares.
    **Can you help me out with suggestions?

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      It looks like you don’t really need a plugin to add two buttons that only link to your profiles. Find free buttons graphics for facebook and twitter and then add them to your page, post, or a widget in your WordPress theme.

  2. dialuz says:

    Nice post.These tools are helpful to new blogger users. Thank you

  3. Katrina Maksimuk says:

    Thanks for sharing the information! Very useful

  4. Mohammad faizan says:

    I’m certainly going to try the floating social bar with so many THANKS

  5. alexandria scott says:

    Your blog states so many relevant tips and insights that we need to know regarding social media and blog posting. You have given us ample information on how we can be able to utilize social media for blogging. There’s a lot of things that needs to be considered and you tackled enough information that is very useful and timely.

  6. Abhijith V M says:

    The info about IFTTT was helpful. thanks.

  7. Jigar Doshi says:

    Hello. Great list.
    Will surely check out IFTTT, seems interesting.
    Thank you.

  8. Zimbrul says:

    This IFTTT looks very interesting. In fact you can use this for a lot of things and you can automate things you never thought can be done (or you didn’t know how to do it).

    Can I ask a question? How do you add “comments” in the social bar like here at WP Beginner? Is there a turorial for the code or we should dig into your code?

    • Editorial Staff says:

      We’re using a beta version on our site. In the future, there will be a hook that other developers can use to add items such as comment icons etc in the bar. Right now, the only way to do this would be to edit the plugin core code.

  9. igor Griffiths says:

    Well hello Syed thanks for mentioning, having invested in AdTrackzGold which is a great self hosted service it came unstuck when I moved my hosting and thus this self hosted service broke which of course meant all my tracking links stopped working and thus much of my site promotional and lead generation content could not be used until this was resolved. .

    With that in mind, I had been looking for a non self hosted alternative to sit alongside the Redirection WP plugin for on site tracking and had forgotten about, time to fire up the old account.


  10. Wade` says:

    I’ll have to check out that social bar, thanks

  11. Dixie Lee says:

    Great list. I’m particularly fond of #2 Hootsuite as I like having access to all my social media accounts in one place. Keep up the great work.

  12. Todd says:

    Thanks so much.

  13. Anshu says:

    Great list, I found several tools that are new to me. I am particularly intrigued by IFTTT, I have added a note in my to do list to check it out.

  14. Jotpreet Singh says:

    Hey, SYed. It’s nice to see that you are now producing videos. It’s just awesome, more simpler to follow and easy to see.

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