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Publicize – The best Social Tool to spread your word

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Publicize makes it easy to share your WordPress.com posts on FacebookTwitterTumblr, 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.

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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 PublicizeEdit 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.

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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 Profiles & Pages

On the Settings -> Sharing page click Add new Facebook Connection.

A message will appear asking you to authorize the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Facebook account, providing access to public profile and friend list.

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Click the “Okay” button and Facebook will then ask you to allow WordPress.com to post publicly on your behalf. Click the “Okay” button to allow this. Finally, you will be prompted to allow WordPress.com to manage your pages. Click “Okay” for this dialog as well.

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You’ll then be taken back to your dashboard and will see a success message and dialog. You can choose if you would like to publicize to your profile or one of your pages. You can also make the connection available to all users of the blog. Meaning that when another user creates a post it will also publicize to this Facebook connection.

Connecting to pages

You will need to use a Facebook account that has a Profile with administrative rights to the Page. A Page-only account can not be used with Publicize. See the Facebook Page-only Accounts section at the bottom of this page for complete steps on how to check for this and how to add a Profile to your Page.

Twitter

On the Settings -> Sharing page click Add new Twitter Connection.

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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You can also make the connection available to all users of the blog. Meaning that when another user creates a post it will also publicize to this Twitter connection.

Tumblr

On the Settings -> Sharing page click Add new Tumblr Connection.

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.

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

You can also make the connection available to all users of the blog. Meaning that when another user creates a post it will also publicize to this Tumblr connection.

Linkedin

On the Settings -> Sharing page click Add new LinkedIn Connection.

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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You can also make the connection available to all users of the blog. Meaning that when another user creates a post it will also publicize to this LinkedIn connection.

Images in Publicize

Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn Publicize select images that are at least 200 x 200 pixels in the following order:

  1. Featured image
  2. An image attached to the post and inserted
  3. Any other image in the post (not attached but perhaps linked)
  4. Gravatar

Tumblr Publicize will display an image if your post is an image post format or if there is an image embedded within the first 256 characters of the post.

Additional Information

Multiple connections to the same account
You can connect multiple social service accounts from the same WordPress.com account. This means you can connect five Twitter accounts, for example, and your posts will publish to all of them. If you are a blog administrator, you can also “share” any connection, so that all your authors can publicize to the same account without each author having to set up their own connection separately. Plus, other WordPress.com Administrators, Editors, or Authors on the blog can also have their own Publicize connections in addition to yours.

Please note that you can only connect a personal Facebook account once.  It is not possible to simultaneously connect to both a personal Facebook account and a Facebook page created by that account.

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.

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 X next to the link to the Facebook profile or page you wish to disconnect.
  2. Reload the page and confirm the link now says Create new Facebook connection, 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. Do not check the box to delete content created by WordPress.com. This will remove all previously publicized posts and there is no way to recover them.
  6. Log back into your WordPress.com blog. Go to your blog’s dashboard -> Settings -> Sharingand follow these steps to reconnect.

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 X next to the link to the Twitter account you wish to disconnect.
  2. Reload the page and confirm the link now says Create new Twitter connection.
  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 -> Sharingand follow these steps to reconnect.

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 X next to the link to the LinkedIn acount you wish to disconnect.
  2. Reload the page and confirm the link now says Create new LinkedIn connection.
  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 -> Sharingand follow these steps to reconnect.

Troubleshooting

  • If you schedule a post, it will not be Publicized until it is actually published. You must still be connected to an external service at publish time for Publicize to work.
  • Saving a post as a Draft will not Publicize it.
  • 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.

Facebook Page-only Accounts

Publicizing to a Facebook Page requires that the Page have an Admin with a Profile account. Here’s how you can check:

  1. Go to your Facebook Page
  2. Click on Edit Page in the Admin bar – you may need to scroll up to see this button appear
  3. Select Admin Roles
  4. If you see an image and full name that belongs to a Facebook Profile, then your Page can be connected to your blog with Publicize
  5. If  instead you see a blank profile image with your own email address displayed next to it, that means there isn’t a Profile account with admin access to the Page. To Add a Profile account as an Admin:
    1. If you have a Profile account already, type the email address for the account into the blank and click the Save button (your Profile account must already “Like” your Page account in order to make the Profile an admin).
    2. If you don’t have a Profile account, you’ll need to create one:
      1. Log out of your Facebook Page account
      2. Go to Facebook’s new Profile account signup page:http://www.facebook.com/r.php
      3. Fill out the new account signup form — note that you will need to use a different email address than the one you used for your Page account
      4. After completing the signup, visit your Page account and “Like” it from your new Profile account
      5. Log out of your new Profile account and sign back into your Page account
      6. Click on Edit Page in the Admin bar – you may need to scroll up to see this button appear
      7. Select Admin Roles
      8. Enter the email address you used to sign up your new Profile account
      9. Click Save.
  6. Log out of the Page account and sign back in to your Profile account
  7. Go to Settings -> General in your WordPress.com site dashboard
  8. Click the link next to Facebook to “Add New Facebook Connection”

Source: WordPress.com

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