Jetpack Acquires WordPress Plugin Social Image Generator

We’re thrilled to announce that Jetpack has acquired Social Image Generator, a WordPress plugin founded by Daniel Post.

Social Image Generator automatically creates social share images for your content, saving hours of tedious work. It creates images for all major social networks including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, VK, WhatsApp, iMessage, and Reddit. Simply share your content as you normally would, and the images will automatically appear.

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How to Maximize Social Media in Less Time

Whether you’re a small business owner, online merchant, or blogger, social media is a valuable tool to grow your audience. It gives you the opportunity to connect with people where they already spend their time and enables fans and customers to share your content with their own friends, family, and followers.

But you probably don’t have hours of extra time to spend on social media, and hiring a professional may not be in your budget yet. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to maximize your efforts without taking up your entire day.

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Jetpack supports LinkedIn API2

Love Publicize? Changes are Coming for LinkedIn

One of the Jetpack features our users love the most is Publicize. And it’s easy to see why: a lot happens on social networks–Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and others–and Publicize makes it easy to make sure your content is in the mix.

When you establish a Publicize connection between your WordPress-powered site and your social network accounts, your new posts are automatically shared in your feeds. As of March 1st, LinkedIn is making changes that will stop Publicize from sharing new posts to your feed there. To ensure your posts continue to be correctly shared, we’ve made some changes on our end to achieve full compatibility with these changes from LinkedIn.

To make sure the changes take effect for your site, you’ll need to disconnect and re-connect with LinkedIn. This will re-authenticate you with their systems, and then you can go back to not thinking whether your posts are getting shared–which is the point of Publicize!

  1. Log in to wordpress.com, and select the site whose LinkedIn connection you need to update.
  2. Go to the Sharing settings. You’ll find a link to this section in the sidebar: Menu with Sharing item highlighted
  3. Once in the Sharing settings, you’ll see a warning notice below the LinkedIn connection:Notice informing user that LinkedIn needs to be reauthenticated
  4. Click Disconnect button to turn off your LinkedIn connection.
  5. You’ll see that button change to a Connect button again. Click it to start the connection process.
  6. Authorize the LinkedIn connection in the pop-up that appears. You might need to log in to your LinkedIn account to complete this. All the instructions in this dialog come from LinkedIn.

This re-authenticates your connection and ensures that Publicize will continue sharing your posts to LinkedIn normally. Time to start writing again!

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Add Social Commenting to Increase User Engagement

Audience engagement can play a large role in keeping visitors on your site for longer periods of time, inviting them to explore related posts or converting them into loyal fans.

On the other hand, there are people who won’t want to create an account on your site just to leave a comment. When this is the case, engagement is limited and it can stifle your community growth, as this group of users might not return to your site again.

Adding social commenting with Jetpack opens the door for more interactions by making it extra convenient for visitors to comment on your posts using their existing social media accounts. And streamlining this process might encourage previously reluctant visitors to share their thoughts.

Let’s review what social commenting with Jetpack entails, and why you might want to activate this handy feature on your own site.

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Schedule Social Media Posts Ahead of Time to Grow an Enthusiastic Following

No matter what type of blog or site you run, you can share content across social media pages to increase your site traffic and attract more readers, subscribers, clients, or customers.

However, manually sharing content on multiple social media platforms can become a time-consuming task. It’s also possible to forget about promoting a post here or there, leading to reduced readership.

One way to keep this from happening while making content promotion and sharing more effective is to schedule social media posts ahead of time. Read on to learn about the benefits of scheduling your posts ahead of time, and how you can use Jetpack to make the process more efficient!

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Better Social Media Sharing with Jetpack

Tips for Better Social Media Sharing

If you want as many people as possible to find your site and engage with your content, you need to make sure both that your content is shared, and that those shares encourage new people to visit your site. Cultivating brand awareness with shareable content on social networks has become a cornerstone of any great content marketing strategy. But in a world where so many marketers are already vying for attention on social media channels, how can you stand out?

The answer lies in optimizing your content for social media sharing, and also optimizing those shares to maximize clickthroughs.

Let’s review some of the tools and techniques that can help you do just that.

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3 Ways to Build an Online Community

So, your new website is coming together. You found the perfect theme, added plugins that gave your site the right features, and started creating content that will keep visitors engaged.

Now it’s time to put that beautiful site to work and build an online community.

Building a community means engaging with your audience. Connect with the people interacting with your site, and you can build a loyal following that will support your brand.

Today, we will explore three ways to use your online presence to build a community, and the Jetpack tools that can help you along the way!

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