WordPress Support Week – Publicize

So there you are, you just published a post on WordPress, and now you want to copy it to Facebook to let your friends see it, and maybe to Twitter to let your friends there see it too.  Oh, and don’t forget the people you know over at LinkedIn!  That means copying and pasting all those times, right?

Nope!

One of the beauties of WordPress is that they will do that posting for you, so you don’t have to.  It’s sort of having an auto-pilot for your blog.  You can set those permissions to be the default, and you can also alter them per post if you’d like.  WordPress is sort of like the gift that keeps on giving, heh.  Smile  After all, that’s why you’re blogging, right, to share your thoughts with the world. 

So go ahead and share! 

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~*~*~*~*~ Publicize~*~*~*~*~

 

Publicize makes it easy to share your WordPress.com posts on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Yahoo!, and Linkedin.

WordPress.com also sends your published blog posts to several places to automatically promote them for you. For example, your posts end up in WordPress.com’s topic pages, are sent out to many search engines via Ping-o-Matic!, and sitemaps pings notify search engines of new updates.

If you want other tips and ideas for getting more visitors to your site, try Getting More Views and Traffic.

 

~*~*~*~*~ Using Publicize~*~*~*~*~

 

Once you’ve approved a connection to any of the below services, you’ll see a Publicize section in the Publish box on your post writing screen each time you write a new post.

Just publish the post as usual, and you’ll see it show up on the services you enabled.

If you want to opt out from any of the Publicize services for a specific post, just click the Publicize Edit link. You can then uncheck whichever services you want. You can also customize the message that gets sent by typing it in to the Custom Message box.

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~*~*~*~*~ Setting up Publicize~*~*~*~*~

 

To set up publicize on your WordPress.com blog please go to Settings -> Sharing in your site Dashboard.

At the top of the screen that appears, you will see a list of the services to which you can share your posts.

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~*~*~*~*~ Facebook~*~*~*~*~

 

Find the block for Facebook at the top of the Settings -> Sharing page and click Connect to Facebook.

A message will appear asking you to authorize the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Facebook account.

Click the Go to App button and Facebook will ask you to approve the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Facebook account. To complete the connection, click on the Allow button. You’ll then be taken back to WordPress.com and will see a success message at the top of your Sharing page.

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~*~*~*~*~ Facebook Pages~*~*~*~*~

 

If you would like to Publicize your posts to your Facebook page, instead of your Facebook profile, click on the “Set Options” link underneath Facebook on your Settings -> Sharing page. You will need to connect your blog to Facebook first. You will need to use a Facebook account that has a Profile with administrative rights to the Page.

Note: A Page-only account can not be used with Publicize. The Facebook account must have a profile.

In the pop up box that appears, select the Facebook profile or page that you would like to connect to your account and then Save these Settings.

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~*~*~*~*~ Twitter~*~*~*~*~

 

Find the block for Twitter at the top of the Settings -> Sharing page and click Connect to Twitter.

A message will appear asking you to authorize the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Twitter account.

Publicize: Twitter authorization message

Click the authorization button and you’ll be taken to Twitter where you’ll be asked to approve the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Twitter account. Click Allow.

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~*~*~*~*~ Tumblr~*~*~*~*~

 

Find the block for Tumblr at the top of the Settings -> Sharing page and click Connect to Tumblr.

Click the authorization button and you’ll be taken to Tumblr where you’ll be asked to approve the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Tumblr account. Click Allow.

If you have more than one Tumblr blog you will then be prompted to choose which blog to publicize to.

You can always change which Tumblr blog you want to publicize to by clicking the Set options button underneath the Tumblr option.

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~*~*~*~*~ Yahoo!~*~*~*~*~

 

Find the block for Yahoo at the top of the Settings -> Sharing page and click Connect to Yahoo! Updates.

A message will appear asking you to authorize the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Yahoo account.

Publicize: Yahoo authorization message

Click the authorization button and you’ll be taken to Yahoo where you’ll be asked to approve the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Yahoo account. First sign into your Yahoo account.

Publicize - Yahoo Authentication

Then click Agree on the following screen.

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~*~*~*~*~ Linkedin~*~*~*~*~

 

Find the block for Linkedin at the top of the Settings -> Sharing page and click Connect to LinkedIn.

A message will appear asking you to authorize the connection between WordPress.com and your LinkedIn account.

Click the authorization button and you’ll be taken to LinkedIn where you’ll be asked to approve the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your LinkedIn account. Click OK, I’ll Allow It.

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~*~*~*~*~ Video~*~*~*~*~

 

Here’s a quick video walkthrough of activating Publicize:

Publicize Your WordPress.com Blog

Publicize Your WordPress.com Blog

<p>JavaScript required to play <a hreflang="en" type="video/mp4" href="http://videos.videopress.com/K3o0HiyO/sequence-15_dvd.mp4">Publicize Your WordPress.com Blog</a>.</p>

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~*~*~*~*~ Additional Information~*~*~*~*~

 

Per Blog and Per User
For maximum flexibility, these connections between WordPress.com and our Publicize services are configured per blog and per user. If you have several blogs you want to connect, you’ll need to connect each one separately. For multi-author blogs, each user that wants to connect to a Publicize service will need to do so separately as well.

Setting Up Non-Administrator Users
The above steps are described for Administrator, Editor, or Author user roles. If you’re an Contributor for a blog, you cannot use Publicize.

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~*~*~*~*~ Reconnecting Facebook~*~*~*~*~

 

Sometimes, the connection between Facebook and WordPress.com might get disconnected. Not to worry, the following steps should get you up and running again quickly.

  1. Log into your WordPress.com blog. Go to your blog’s dashboard -> Settings -> Sharing and click the Disconnect from Facebook link.
  2. Reload the page and confirm the link now says Reconnect to Facebook, but don’t click that link yet.
  3. Log into your Facebook account. Then go to your Facebook Account Settings > Apps page by clicking this App Settings link.
  4. Remove the WordPress.com app by clicking the X in its row. (If there is no WordPress.com row, don’t worry, just skip this step). If you see a popup asking for confirmation, click the “Remove” button.
  5. Log back into your WordPress.com blog. Go to your blog’s dashboard -> Settings -> Sharing and follow these steps to reconnect.

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~*~*~*~*~ Reconnecting Twitter~*~*~*~*~

 

If the connection between Twitter and WordPress.com gets disconnected for some reason, don’t worry, just follow these steps and you’ll be back on track again in no time.

  1. Log into your WordPress.com blog. Go to your blog’s dashboard -> Settings -> Sharing and click the Disconnect from Twitter link.
  2. Reload the page and confirm the link now says Reconnect to Twitter.
  3. Clear your browser’s cookies (this clears some cookies that Twitter sets which are often part of the problem).
  4. Log back into your WordPress.com blog. Go to your blog’s dashboard -> Settings -> Sharing and follow these steps to reconnect.

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~*~*~*~*~ Reconnecting Linkedin~*~*~*~*~

 

If your LinkedIn connection gets disconnected for some reason, don’t worry, just follow these steps and you’ll be back on track again in no time.

  1. Log into your WordPress.com blog. Go to your blog’s dashboard -> Settings -> Sharing and click the Disconnect from LinkedIn link.
  2. Reload the page and confirm the link now says Reconnect to LinkedIn.
  3. Clear your browser’s cookies (this clears some cookies that LinkedIn sets which are likely part of the problem).
  4. Log back into your WordPress.com blog. Go to your blog’s dashboard -> Settings -> Sharing and follow these steps to reconnect.

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~*~*~*~*~ Troubleshooting~*~*~*~*~

 

  • Static pages will not be publicized.
  • After connecting/re-connecting the services, you will need to publish a new post in order to publicize it.
  • If you see the message “Error – See Support” (see image below) after connecting to Facebook, there is a problem with the Facebook account being used. Only Facebook Pages that have an associated Profile can be used with Publicize. Follow the Reconnecting Facebook steps above and connect to a Facebook Profile that has administrative rights to the Page.

Publicize — Support — WordPress.com

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2 thoughts on “WordPress Support Week – Publicize

  1. Another great post, love! I like it! I’m going to connect to Tumblr as soon as I get home so I can start utilizing it!

    So glad you like it Love! 🙂

    Like

  2. Pingback: Sharing « J. Dane Tyler

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