We take a look at Nextscript’s Social Networks Auto-Poster WordPress plugin, and how it can help distribute your blog posts and articles to all your social media channels. Not only that, its Auto-Repost functionality can be set to re-post automatically to your social media channels on set random intervals.
Nextscript’s Social Networks Auto Poster (SNAP) plugin automates the posting of links to your WordPress blog posts to around 15 different social networks. There is a free version, but for $49 (about £35) the premium version provides the ability to post to multiple accounts of the same type as well as post to social networks such as Pinterest, and Google+.
The current version is currently 3.5, but for the last year they have been developing an entirely new version 4 that contains significant improvements to their Auto-Reposting functionality. With the new features you will be able to configure each social network individually and state what posts should be re-posted, when and to where. The announcement of version 4 was first made in December 2014, so we are surprised that it still has not been released. That being said, some of the functionality designed to version 4 was recently rolled out in version 3.5. Nextscripts said:
It is likely to be some time before version 4 is released, but in the meantime, version 3.5 works well.
Why the Social Networks Auto Poster is great
We have tried many WordPress Plugins, and SNAP is by far the best and most powerful for its automated features. Besides its ease of use and the vast number of social networks it can post to, it costs nothing (or at least is a one-off payment for the Pro version). It relies on your server resources to handle all the posting, so as long as you have a decent host (we recommend SiteGround), there are no ongoing costs.
Here is a summary of why we think SNAP is the best Social Sharing Plugin:
- Each post is highly customized for the specific social network, allowing your posts to look great.
- Each post can use a variety of fields, such as the post title, URL, excerpt, full post, images, videos, tags, author name, and even hashtags. The possibilities are endless.
- Fully automated. Once configured, you can forget it and let the plugin do all the work.
- Around 25 Social Networks are available (we cover these in more detail below).
- You can auto post to an unlimited number of accounts on the same social network with the Pro version.
- You can set your posts to be published at a future date \ time, and configure different social networks to be published at different times.
- Supports custom post types
- All posts are white-labeled, meaning you won’t get “Posted by Nexscripts” or something similar that you quite often see with other services.
SNAP WordPress Plugin Social Networks
The social networks available depends on whether you have the free, or paid plugin:
Platforms/Social Networks available in the SNAP Free Plugin:
- App.net – Post
- Blogger/Blogspot – Blog Posts, including HTML.
- Delicious – Post
- Diigo – Post
- Deviantart.com – Post
- Facebook – Post (text & image posts) to your profile, business page, community page, or Facebook group page.
- Flickr – Post to Photostream or Sets.
- FriendFeed – Posts & Image Posts
- Instapaper – Post
- LiveJournal – Post to LiveJournal blog or community.
- Scoop.It – Posts to Topics, Links to the Scoop & Image Posts.
- Stumbleupon – Post
- Tumblr – Post
- Twitter – Text \ Image based Tweets
- Plurk – Text \ Image posts.
- vBulletin – Post to vBulletin forums via new threads or posts.
- WordPress – Post to any WordPress Blog, including WordPress.com.
- XING – Post
Platforms/Social Networks available only in the SNAP PRO.
- Flipboard – Post to your magazine.
- Google+ – Submit Text, Images, Links Posts to your profile, business page or community.
- LinkedIn – Post to LinkedIn Company pages
- Pinterest – Pin your blogpost’s featured image to your Pinterest board.
- Reddit – post to your subreddits (Note: You should only post to your own subreddit, but even then you are likely to be shadowbanned. We do not recommend you post to Reddit via this Plugin.)
- YouTube – Post to your YouTube channel feed.
Example view of the Social Networks Auto Poster Admin Panel
Be warned, though, it can take the best part of a day to setup up all your Social Network sites and configure the plugin. Thankfully, for each module Nextscripts have simple easy to understand instructions, so don’t worry about it being complicated. It is worth the effort.
The auto-reposting feature is one the best aspects of this plugin. Sure, you could endlessly repost old posts, but doing this will look spammy. Plus, who wants to see old posts that are irrelevant from several years ago. What we recommend is to carefully configure the plugin to repost new articles on your blog a few times over the few days after it was initially posted to social networks like Twitter. For more timeless articles, you can repost for longer, at a slower frequency. With the paid plugin, you have a lot of flexibility to use this plugin carefully in a non-spammy way.
The next screenshot shows a glimpse of the power it has for auto re-posting content, with commentary below:
- Activate/Deactivate re-posting for this account.
- Set re-posting interval. For Twitter, you can have a new post every 30 minutes, but for Google+ you may want a new posting just 3 or 4 times a day. This gives you complete flexibility.
- Set random delays around your interval time. If you have the interval set to 30 minutes and “Randomize posting time ±” to 5 minutes, your next post will appear sometime between 25 and 35 minutes from the previous. This is useful if you do lots of re-posts to make it look more natural.
- Set specific days and hours when plugin should do auto posts. This is useful if you would like your posts to be reposted, for example, only Mondays to Fridays during the daytime. Many companies, for example, would not want posts in the middle of the night, or at the weekend.
- Set how to select what posts should be auto-reposted.
- Set the age of the posts selected for auto-reposting. You can set specific dates, or you could specify the age of the posts in days. This ensures that the really old posts that are no longer relevant are posted. You have complete control.
- This setting controls the default value of the new posts. You could set new posts eligible for re-posting or excluded from re-posting. This could be overridden for each post. Some posts you might not want auto-posted. This gives complete control over your postings.
- Use those buttons to set all posts to “Enabled for Repost” or “Disabled for Repost”. If you want all your posts to be re-posted after installation, you will need to click “Enabled for Repost”.
- This shows some info about last re-posted post. You can also “Reset” the process so that plugin will start over.
- You can set the ID of last re-posted WordPress post. The plugin will continue or start from the next one.
Setting up the auto-posting is not the easiest thing to get right, but if done correctly it works perfectly. That being said, in response to a large number of help requests after the launch of this functionality, a decision was made to revamp the auto re-posting functionality completely. Unfortunately, it has been well over a year since this was announced for version 4, and there is still (as at May 2016) no indication when it will be released.
Although it can be quite a bit of work to configure all of the different social networks (it took us a whole day), once done it works on autopilot to automatically share your content on all your social networks.
The service uses your web hosting resources, rather than a third-party hosted service. As such you will want to avoid very cheap or bad quality hosting providers. In addition, no branding is added to your social network posts as it relies on API apps you create yourself to connect to the Social Networks.
Overall, this is one plugin that we highly recommend purchasing the premium version for.