WordPress plugins for 2018

By Jason Hulott | Wordpress

If one of your resolutions in 2018 is to get more from your WordPress website, then you need to take a look at all of the available plugins out there.

Here I want to focus on three paid-for plugins that can help boost your social media and content marketing activity.

Social Media Sharing

Simply writing blog posts is no longer enough – you need to share them and get people to share them. This helps not only with reach but also with social proof and using the technology to allow for easy sharing.

Warfare Plugins have produced Social Warfare and while on the first look at it simply a plugin amied at displaying social media share buttons, digging into the pro (paid version) it does a lot more than that.

  • Adds uniform social share buttons
  • Can add share by email buttons
  • Adds custom quote tweets – to make quotes shareable on Twitter at the click of a button
  • Displays social proof – by showing the number of likes and shares

Why not check it out?

https://www.speedieconsulting.co.uk/recommends/wordpress/social-warfare/ 

Podcasting

Podcasting is one of those things that has been around for a long time but very few people have been using it until recently. There has been a huge uplift in the number of people consuming content on the go. Listening to something while at the gym or in the car is a great way for people to consume content.

2018 is the year you should look at podcasting – especially if you are not comfortable with video. (I have a face for radio, so I will be podcasting this year). Podcasting can get you and your brand on iTunes and GooglePlay.

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But not just that – you can then use the podcast audio to embed on your website and then provide transcripts of the audio. This gives you much more content.

The only thing I have struggled with is finding an easy-to-use plugin that would embed podcasts into my site without a huge amount of upheaval. Then I found Simple Podcast Press. This provides a great, clean way to embed an audio player onto your website with all the associated marketing tools to help you grow your listener base.

Why not check it out?

https://www.speedieconsulting.co.uk/recommends/wordpress/simple-podcast-press/

Facebook Live

While looking at the Simple Podcast press plugin, I also noticed the same company have another plugin called Simple Social Press – I was about to dismiss it as another plugin like the Social Warfare plugin above, I’m glad I didn’t though.

This is a hugely powerful plugin for anyone conducting or has conducted any Facebook live activity. If you don’t know what Facebook Live is, read this.

Basically, it is a way to stream live video with your audience, on Facebook. While in and of itself, this is huge, now this plugin takes it to the next level by automatically allowing you to convert those Facebook Live videos into WordPress posts and also carrying over any comments on the live video and then posting them as comments on the video post too.

Why not check it out?

https://www.speedieconsulting.co.uk/recommends/wordpress/simple-social-press/

Summary

As you can see, there are plugins popping up all the time and it is worthwhile taking a look at from time to time. I hope these plugins give you some food for thought.

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About the Author

Jason Hulott is Business Development Director at Digital Marketing Specialists, Speedie Consultants. He is Google Partner certified. His role is to identify and implement traffic generating and revenue increasing ideas for our client base.