Blog2Social Guide step-by-step

This Blog2Social Guide will lead you step-by-step through the installation of Blog2Social and everything you need to know to get started. Moreover, this guide helps you with understanding all setting options and awesome features such as auto-posting, scheduling and tailoring your social media posts. And, this guide also provides you with tips to make the most of your social media marketing for each individual social network.

Blog2Social is a time-saving social media automation tool and WordPress plugin that offers an all-in-one solution for blogs and websites, social media marketers, businesses and agencies who look for easy ways to automatically cross-promote and share blog posts on social media platforms.

Blog2Social currently supports 15 social media networks to automatically schedule, share, and cross-promote your content. Blog2Social currently supports the following networks: Facebook, VK.com, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Xing, Bloglovin’, Tumblr, Torial, Medium, Flickr, Diigo, and Reddit.

You can share on personal profiles as well as on pages and groups on Facebook, VK.com, LinkedIn, Google+ and XING

Social Media Automation

The plugin automatically turns all posts into an appropriate format for each social network.

You can auto-post or preview and edit your social media posts before automatically sharing them on all your connected and selected social media channels.

In the one-page preview editor, you can view and edit all your social media posts for each network and add individual comments, hashtags, handles, and emojis. You can schedule your posts once, multiple times or recurrently at predefined best times or at your personal time settings.

Blog2Social Guide step-by-step

Blog2Social Guide Step-byStep
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Getting started with Blog2Social

Blog2Social is easy to use. It just takes just a few steps and you will be able to share your first post. In this section, you can find helpful links which guide you through the installation process and provide you with information about getting started with Blog2Social.

Requirements for installing Blog2Social

The following links provide you with answers to any questions you may have before installing Blog2Social. Find information about specific system requirements for installing Blog2Social, compatibility with other plugins as well as security information.

System requirements for installing Blog2Social
Compatibility with other plugins
Do I need special folder permissions to install the plugin?
Where does Blog2Social save my personal data, passwords and usernames?

Setting up Blog2Social

Downloading and setting up Blog2Social is easy! It just takes 2 steps and 5 minutes to share your first post. Have a look at the following links for detailed information:

How do I download Blog2Social?
How do I install Blog2Social?

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Basic settings

After having installed Blog2Social, take a look at the basic settings to adapt them to your personal needs. You can easily switch the language of the plugin and change the password and email of your account.

I want to change the language of Blog2Social. How can I switch?
How do I change the email and password of Blog2Social account?

Notifications you might encounter

A slow server might result in a server-side timeout and the notification “The connection to the server failed. Please try again!” Follow the included link to find several solutions for this request.

Selecting the right Blog2Social license for your needs

Blog2Social offers FREE and PREMIUM licenses.

With Blog2Social FREE you can connect and share on your social media profiles of the following networks: Twitter, Facebook + Business Page, VK.com, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Xing, Bloglovin’, Tumblr, Torial, Medium, Flickr, Diigo, and Reddit.

You can also

  • Tailor your posts with individual comments, #hashtags or @handles,
  • Cross-promote your content on all your selected social media networks at once.
  • Manage all blog posts and share the blog posts of all users of your blog (administrator rights required).
  • Select and share images with your posts.
  • Keep track of your social media posts with the posting dashboard.
  • Re-share old posts.
  • Automatically generate hashtags from your WP tags.

By upgrading to Blog2Social PREMIUM your license can be used by multiple users and you have even more advanced features for sharing and scheduling your posts, such as:

  • Auto-post on social media business pages and groups.
  • Connect multiple accounts per social network
  • Auto-schedule your social media posts with the pre-configured Best Time Scheduler, or save your own best time setting for each social network.
  • Use advanced scheduling options for scheduling recurring posts.
  • View and change your scheduled posts in a drag & drop calendar.
  • Create and schedule multiple social media posts per profile, page, and group in one step.
  • Use more setting options for tailoring your social media posts, i.e. select different post formats and images for each social media network and post.
  • Define network bundles for different social media campaigns.
  • Social media reporting to track the status of your social media posts.
  • and many more

Have a look at the following link to find out which license suits you best:

How do I select the right Blog2Social license for my Needs?

If you are thinking about upgrading to a Premium version of Blog2Social, you can test the Premium features 30 days for free and without any obligations. When your free trial expires you can upgrade or your account will be automatically switched to a Blog2Social Free license.

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Once  you have decided which Premium license suits you best, click the following link for more information about the purchasing process: How can I buy Blog2Social Premium?

Activating your Blog2Social license

Depending on the license you choose you can use your license key for multiple users on one or more blogs/ domains. The following links provide you with helpful information concerning your license key, like where to find it and how to activate it.

Where do I find my license key?
How do I activate my license key?
Can I use one Blog2Social Premium license for more than one blog?

Connecting social networks with Blog2Social

Once you have chosen your Blog2Social version you can get started with connecting social networks with Blog2Social.

Blog2Social supports the most important social media. Currently, you are able to connect 15 different networks. With these, posting is possible in profiles, on pages and in groups (depending on the network and your license). Depending on the license version you’ve purchased you are able to connect multiple accounts per network.

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Below you find further helpful information regarding each individual network and how you can connect it with Blo2Social.

Facebook

Autoposting to Facebook can help you to save time and tiresome manual work, and skyrocket your engagement rate and blog traffic. Follow these instructions to learn how to connect your blog to Facebook for auto posting.

You have the option to connect your Facebook profile, page and/or group with Blog2Social. The following links will guide you through the process:

Connecting Blog2Social with Facebook Profiles

How do I connect Blog2Social with my Facebook profile?

Connecting Blog2Social with Facebook Pages

How do I connect Blog2Social with my Facebook page?
I connected my Facebook page, but I still cannot post to that page. What can I do?

Connecting Blog2Social with Facebook Groups

How do I connect Blog2Social with Facebook groups?
I cannot connect Blog2Social to Facebook groups, why?
How to automatically post to multiple groups on Facebook?

Google+

You have the option to connect your Google+ profile, page and/or group with Blog2Social. The following links will guide you through the process:

How do I connect Blog2Social with my Google+ profile?
How do I connect Blog2Social with my Google+ page?
How do I connect Blog2Social with Google + groups?

Twitter

With 330 million active users, Twitter is the second largest social media network in the world. Learn how to automatically post customized tweets with Blog2Social: How to automatically share your blog post on Twitter?

In February 2018 Twitter changed their terms of service (TOS) in order to prevent malicious activity and spam. Learn more about the changes and what they mean for your work with Blog2Social here: Twitter terms of service update February 2018 + common questions

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Instagram

Sharing your blog post with images on Instagram can significantly increase your engagement rate and blog traffic. Learn how to connect Blog2Social with Instagram and how to auto post to Instagram with Blog2Social by using the included links.

Pinterest

If you want to connect Blog2Social with your Pinterest profile, use this link for instructions:

How do I connect Blog2Social with Pinterest?

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LinkedIn

With Blog2Social you can connect your LinkedIn profile as well as LinkedIn pages. Find out here how to connect Blog2Social with the business network:

How do I connect Blog2Social with my LinkedIn profile?
How do I connect Blog2Social with my LinkedIn page?

Reddit

The social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website Reddit allows users to submit content to the site such as links, text posts, and images, which are then voted up or down by other members. Find out here how to connect Blog2Social with Reddit.

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Medium, Tumblr, Torial

Blog2Social enables you to not only share and post your WordPress posts to Social Media but also re-publish your whole posts on blog networks like Tumblr, Medium, and Torial. Find out here how to connect the networks with Blog2Social:

How do I connect Blog2Social with Medium?
How do I connect Blog2Social with Tumblr?
How do I connect Blog2Social with Torial?

Bloglovin’

To boost your reach and visibility online and to put your content in front of a great community of readers, you should consider to automatically re-publish your blog posts on Bloglovin’. Find out here how to connect Bloglovin’ with Blog2Social to automatically re-publish blog posts on Bloglovin’.

Diigo

The social bookmarking website Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community which allows you to bookmark and tag Web pages. Find out here how to connect Blog2Social with Diigo.

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Flickr

Flickr is an image- and video-hosting website. Its community is home to tens of billions of photos and 2 million groups. Join it and find out how to connect Blog2Social with Flickr.

VK

As one of the leading social networks worldwide, with over 410 million registered users and over 710 million hits per day, VK.com attracts a massive amount of traffic every single day. So find out here how to connect your blog to VK for auto posting.

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Creating profiles for network selections

Blog2Social also enables you to create profiles for different network selections. This way you can bundle specific networks for different social media campaigns. This link provides you with more detailed information: Can I save a specific selection of Networks?

If you need help with disconnecting any of your social networks, click this link for more details: How do I disconnect one of my social networks?

Sharing and customizing social media posts

With Blog2Social you can easily share your blog posts on social media. Learn everything you need to know about sharing posts on your selected social networks and how to customize your social media posts.

Sharing social media posts

If you want to share your blog posts on social media, just go to the Blog2Social submenu in your WordPress admin panel, click “Posts & Sharing” and select the blog post you want to share on social media. Click on the green button “Share on Social Media” to access the preview panel.

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Customizing social media posts

When you have accessed the preview panel, Blog2Social enables you to customize and tailor your social media posts for each social network. Learn how you can add individual comments, hashtags, handles, emojis, and images to your posts for each network:

How to delete the text automatically generated by Blog2Social.
How do I customize my social media posts individually?
How to share individual images on social media?
How do I insert individual hashtags in my posts?
How do I add emojis to my social media posts?

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When you write your posting text Blog2Social shows you a character count, and for specific networks also a character limit. You can see how many characters you have left in the upper right-hand corner of your Social Media post preview.

Tips for Auto-posting with Blog2Social

Auto-Posting is the fastest and easiest way to share your blog post on social media.

The Blog2Social Auto-Posting feature enables you to automatically share your post immediately whenever you publish a new WordPress post. Or, you can automatically schedule your social media posts for a specific date, with the Best Time Manager or with your personal best time settings for each network. Learn how to auto-post and auto-schedule blog posts:

How do I auto-post and auto-schedule blog posts on social media with the Social Media Auto-Poster?

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Tips for Scheduling and the Blog2Social Best Time Manager

Cross-promoting your blog posts on social media and putting them in front of your target audience will help you to drive more traffic, new readers, and potential customers to your blog or website.

But the outreach of your post is depending on the level of activity in your community at the time you publish your post. The time when your community is most active can vary across the various social networks.

For example, posts on Twitter and LinkedIn are most likely to get the most attention during rush hours in the morning and afternoon, that is before and after office hours. On Facebook and Pinterest, your posts are most likely to get the most attention in the afternoon and evening hours.

In order to extend the lifetime and reach of your posts, you should also consider sharing your posts on different days and times across your networks.

With Blog2Social you can easily schedule your social media posts at the best times when your community is most active to increase your outreach, likes, shares, retweets and finally your site traffic.

The following links provide you with information about scheduling your posts once or recurrently.

Also, learn about the Blog2Social Best Time Manager to auto-schedule your posts at the best times and how to set and save your own best time settings.

the best time to post on social media

How to schedule your social media post one-time, multiple times and recurrently

With Blog2Social you can either schedule a blog post to be shared once or on a recurring scheduling scheme. You can choose whether you want to repeat your content every week, every month or according to your own chosen interval. Find more information here:

How do I schedule blog posts to be shared only once?
How do I publish blog posts on a recurring scheduling scheme?
How do I schedule the posting of not yet published blog posts in advance?

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Once you have scheduled your posts you have the option to have a look at them again, change their planned posting time, edit or delete them. Find out:

How do I see scheduled posts?
How do I change the time of already scheduled posts?
How do I delete already scheduled Posts?

Schedule your posts at the best times to maximize engagement

By sharing your posts at the best times you can catch the time slots when followers are most active. This will increase the likelihood of grabbing their attention when you appear in your followers’ feeds. For your convenience Blog2Social provides a ready-to-use pre-configured Best Time Scheduler you can apply with a simple click. If you know which times work best for you, you can also save your own preferred times as Best Time Settings. Learn how to use the best-time-scheduler and how to set your own times:

How do I schedule blog posts to be shared on social media in advance, using the best-time-scheduler?
How do I set my own time setting to post on social media?

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If you are really active in social media and have many social media posts scheduled in Blog2Social day by day, it can become quite hard to keep track of your scheduling. Find out how to access the Drag & Drop Social Media Calendar to get a better overview and easily edit your scheduled posts: How do I access the calendar feature of Blog2Social?

Re-sharing posts with Blog2Social

Blog2Social enables you not only to share your WordPress posts on social media but also to re-share your old posts.

Moreover, you have the option to re-publish your posts on blog networks like Tumblr, Medium, and Torial. Take a look at the following link for more detailed information:

How do I re-share shared posts?

Content Curation: Share relevant content from any sources on your social media accounts

Content Curation is one of the key strategies used in social media marketing. Sharing relevant third-party content will help establish your social media accounts as a valuable content resource for your particular field of expertise. Blog2Social allows you to share any content post you want to share with your followers on social media. Schedule your content curation posts to automatically fill your social media feeds with a consistent content mix of your own content and third-party content. Learn more about Content Curation for Your Blog and Social Media Marketing

Learn how to share any link with Blog2Social

Advanced network settings

Below you can find further helpful information regarding your individual preferences for specific network settings which help you to work with Blog2Social even more efficiently:

Re-publishing blog posts

Blog2Social provides you with the option to re-publish your posts on blog networks like Tumblr, Medium, and Torial. Take a look at the following link for more detailed information:

How do I re-publish blog posts on Tumblr, Medium, and Torial?

Post settings

For some networks, such as Facebook, Google+ and Flickr, Blog2Social provides you the option to insert the complete text of your WordPress post as a comment for your social media post. Find out here: how to insert the full-length text of your post.

Open Graph and Twitter Card Parameters

In order to control the look of your link post preview and image, you can add or edit the Open Graph meta tags on your websites. Open Graph tags were developed by Facebook to improve the correspondence between websites and social media platforms. This information in your meta tags tells the respective social network which image to pull and display in an automatically generated link preview when sharing a URL.

Find out more about open graph tags by clicking the following link:

What are open graph tags and what do I use them for?

In the sections below you can find specific instructions for the individual networks.

Post Format

Blog2Social enables you to chose between an Image Post and a Link Post. This gives you the opportunity to determine the focus of your social media post.

The image post format sets the focus on your image. If you click on the image, the image will enlarge. When using Blog2Social, your link is inserted as a clickable link below your text.

The link post format sets the focus on your link and blog content. A link preview is automatically generated by the network with the information pulled from your blog posts’ open graph tags.

Use the following link to learn more about the differences between Image Post and Link Post.

Find more detailed information concerning the selection of the post format for specific networks below.

Facebook

When posting on Facebook you can choose between two post formats: a link post or a photo post. See this link to find out the difference and learn how to select a post format: How do I select the post-type of my Facebook posts?

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Sharing content with your followers on Facebook is now easier than ever with Instant Sharing for Facebook. Instant Sharing does not only let you share content on your Facebook Profile but also in Groups, Events and more. Learn how to use all the new features of Facebook Instant Sharing including @handles, emotions, and more customizing features.

All networks are different and follow different rules when it comes to images sizes. Find out here: What is the best image size for Facebook Posts?

If you post to Facebook and no image or the wrong image appears in your post, please see the link included to find out why.

If you want to monitor the reach of your Facebook posts you can do so in your Facebook business manager. This link provides you with instructions: How can I monitor the reach of my Facebook Posts?

If you want to change your privacy settings to adjust the visibility of your Facebook posts, see this link for more information: How can I change the visibility settings of my Facebook Posts?

Notifications you might encounter

Use this link to find a solution to the question: Why do I receive the error message “Post not found” when posting a link post to Facebook?

Google+

In general, you can connect your Blog2Social to any group you are a member of. However, it might be that you entered the correct group ID but still cannot connect Blog2Social to your Google+ group. Please see the included link to find a solution.

Notifications you might encounter

If the notification “Your authorization for Google+ is interrupted. Please check your authorization” occurs, please follow the included link to find the solution.

In case you are notified that “the number of photos in Google+ is reached”, please delete some pictures from your default album or move them to another album.

Twitter

Selecting an individual image for Twitter

Twitter provides different post formats for tweets. You can either share a link and an automatic preview of your post or an image with an additional 280 character comment. Use this link to learn how to select an image for your Twitter post: How do I select an image for Twitter?

All social media networks are different and follow different rules when it comes to images sizes. Use this link to find out what is the best image size for Twitter: What is the best image size for Twitter Posts?

Using Twitter Cards to control the appearance and post format of tweets

If you want to control the appearance of your photos, videos or link tweets on Twitter, setting the right Twitter Card Meta Tags in your blog posts’ meta data is important! But what are Twitter Cards and why are they so essential? Find out here: What are Twitter Cards?

Important changes to Twitter’s terms of service

In February 2018 Twitter changed their terms of service (TOS) in order to prevent malicious activity and spam. Learn more about the changes and what they mean for your work with Blog2Social here: Twitter terms of service update February 2018 + common questions

Notifications you might encounter

If you are notified that Twitter has blocked your account, please log in to https://twitter.com to unlock your account.

Instagram

All networks are different and follow different rules when it comes to images sizes. If you have posted to Instagram with Blog2Social and your image is not displayed the way you wanted it to or not at all, the size of your image could be the reason. See this link for more detailed information: Why doesn’t Instagram post my image or displays my image incorrectly?

If you have posted an image with a comment and hashtags to Instagram and only the image is published on the network, you might have used too many hashtags. Find out more details here: Why does my Instagram post appear without caption and hashtags?

Notifications you might encounter

If you are notified that Instagram has blocked your account, please follow the included link to find a solution.

An activated Hotlink-Protection might cause the following error message: “Your post could not be posted because your image is not available”. Please use the included link to find a solution.

Pinterest

All networks are different and follow different rules when it comes to images sizes. If you have posted to Pinterest with Blog2Social and Pinterest does not display your image or not in a way you want, the size of your image could be the reason. See this link for more detailed information: Why doesn’t Pinterest post my image or displays my image incorrectly?

Notifications you might encounter

If you are notified that Pinterest has blocked your account, please follow the included link to find a solution.

An activated Hotlink-Protection might cause the following error message: “Your post could not be posted, because your image is not available”. Please use the included link to find a solution.

Reddit

Reddit runs on a special policy. Each member receives “karma points” depending on how well his/her comments or posts perform. If your post was not published on Reddit, it can be due to the fact that you need a certain amount of “karma” to be able to submit your content Use this link to find a solution to the question: I submitted a post to Reddit but it was not posted, why?

If you are wondering why you cannot select all the subreddits you have subscribed to, follow this link: When I submit to reddit I cannot select all the subreddits I’ve subscribed to. Why?

Medium, Tumblr, Torial

This link provides you with instructions how to automatically publish blog posts on Medium, Tumblr or Torial.

With Blog2Social you have the possibility to edit your blog posts before publishing them on Medium, Tumblr or Torial. For more details see this link:

How can I edit my blog post in the HTML editor for re-publishing on Medium, Tumblr and Torial?

XING

Posting to XING Groups is a great opportunity to share news related to a specific field of business and to reach and engage with target groups. However, when posting to XING groups there are several dos and don’ts considering posting frequency and cross-posting to multiple XING groups. Find out more by following this link: Dos and Don’ts for Posting to XING Groups

Reporting

With Blog2Social you can keep track of your planned, scheduled and shared social media posts.

Whenever you share a post on social media, you will get a one-page report of your current sharing scheme (shared and scheduled social media posts with links to the respective network postings).

Blog2Social offers an easy-to-use social media reporting dashboard:

  • View the complete list of your blog posts with links to the one-page preview editor to share and schedule the respective post
  • View the list of all scheduled social media posts, grouped by blog posts, with links to every single scheduled social media post to edit date and time and the option to delete single or all scheduled social media posts
  • View the lists of already published social media posts, grouped by blog posts, with deep links to the post in the respective social network.
  • Each user can see their own posts
  • Administrators can see all posts

To see your shared posts on social media or to delete them, you find detailed instructions in the following links:

How do I see shared social media posts?
How can I delete published social media posts in Blog2Social?
How can I delete shared posts in the freemium version of Blog2Social?

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Bitly URL Shortener

Make the most out of your social media marketing efforts by tracking your posted links with Bitly. To do this, activate Bitly in the Blog2Social settings and link your Bitly account to Blog2Social. Log into your Bitly account to track your engagement and see how your posts performed across all social media networks. Learn how to use Bitly links for your social media posts

Affiliate program

You like Blog2Social and you want to tell other WordPress users about the plugin? You review and recommend tools? Then monetize your promotion with our simple and effective affiliate program! It’s free and easy to join.

With our affiliate program, you will get 15% commission on every sale you generate using your referral link. And you will receive 5% commission for each of your recurring sales. Payment of the commission is possible at any time. There is no minimum turnover.

To join the Blog2Social Affiliate Program, you can register in just a few steps. Find detailed instructions here: How can I join the Blog2Social affiliate program?

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If you are a part of our Affiliate Program, see these links to find out:

Where to find your affiliate link and
Where to find advertising material for Blog2Social.

Blog2Social provides various sales triggers for converting FREE users to PREMIUM upgrades. Affiliates can benefit from these sales. You can include your affiliate id into the wp-config.php of your own blog or any blog, you install and configure for your users or clients. See the following link for detailed instructions: How can I place my affiliate ID in the plugin?

Also, find out how to get your commission in just a few steps by using the following link: How do I get my commission?

Conclusion

Whether you are an agency, a corporate blogger or writing for your own personal blog, automating your social media marketing with Blog2Social will help you boost your social media exposure and gain more outreach and traffic for your blog.

This step-by-step guide has led you through the basic and advanced social media marketing features of the Blog2Social WordPress solution.

If you have any questions regarding Blog2Social that have not been answered in this guide, please take a look at our FAQs or use our contact form to send us a message.

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