The debate continues about whether or not bloggers should auto post their content to other platforms. I have heard the gambit of arguments for and against this practice and I used to fall somewhere in the middle. I believe that like everything, auto posting in moderation is definitely not a bad thing. More importantly, how your content is displayed on the various platforms like social media networking sites makes all the difference.
What is Auto Posting?
Auto posting is the use of an application or tool that allows you to schedule a post to be made at a later time. Some applications also allow for reoccurring auto posts. There are more than enough tools available to help us with this evil practice (that is just one of the descriptions I have heard in recent times :-). Here are just a few of some great apps for auto posting:
Enter Next Scripts and the Social Network Auto Poster (SNAP) Plugin.
This wordpress plugin I believe has changed the face of auto posting. You can send content from your blog to unlimited platforms and there is no trace of it being push via automation! There is free version that works well although the pro version has a few more useful features. According to NextScripts:
SNAP can publish nicely formatted messages to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+(Google Plus), Blogger, LiveJournal, Delicious, Diigo, Stumbleupon, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Plurk, VKontakte(VK.com), WordPress, and Tumblr accounts. You can reach the most audience and let all your friends, readers and followers about your new post automatically. Plugin works with profiles, business pages, community pages, groups, etc.
Plugin makes 100% White Labeled Posts. The main idea behind the plugin is to give you the ability to promote only yourself. Plugin uses your own apps and all posts to all networks come only from you. No “Shared via NextScripts.com” or “Posted by SNAP for WordPress” messages.
I recently started using this plugin and so far, it does all that it boasts and I am loving it more than any other plugin I have used! Seriously!
The feature that I LOVE the most is the scheduling, which not only allows you to schedule posts, it also allows you on every social networking profile or business page you are pushing content to, to set delays for when the content should be sent to that platform. This means that unlike many of the other tools, you can have the appearance of sending the same content out to various social networks at different times throughout the day. How kewl is that??
As of this writing, the plugin supports a total of 15 platforms or networks and here is what Next Script says about future networks being added:
We are getting a lot of requests to add Digg and Reddit to our list of supported networks.
1. Digg. As you may notice old Digg (that allowed anyone to share links) is not here anymore. New Digg it still undergoing development and has no API and no way to submit new links using their own accounts. They don’t even allow their accounts to be created yet. We are monitoring the development, and we may consider adding it as soon as their system allow it in any way.
2. Reddit. Technically we can add reddit, but it’s basically useless. Reddit does not allow you to post your own links (and they force this policy):
So, if you are looking for a tool to share your content across many platforms with a lot more control and without the usual identification from the developers of these tools, then SNAP is definitely the plugin for you!
Are you using Auto Posting or not? What are your thoughts? Have you thought of using it?
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this controversial topic! Please comment below, on my facebook page or hit me up on Twitter @urwordpressdiva.
You can learn more about this plugin and Next Scripts below and, I understand that at the time of this posting, there might be a sale going on for their pro version!
What are other auto-posting plugins that you like to use?
See you in the Blogosphere!