If You Use Twitter, Jetpack Sharing Makes It Easy to Network

As a Blogger and Web Designer, I stumble upon many blogs that don’t have a way to share the blog post.

This baffles me!

Adding the ability to share your blog posts across the World Wide Web is about the easiest thing to do with a blog!

Today, I want to share two of my favorite Jetpack features.

Wait, what’s Jetpack?

Jetpack is the ultimate toolkit for WordPress. It gives you everything you need to design, secure, and grow your site in one bundle.

With Jetpack, you can:

  • Fully customize your site with free themes, image tools, and rich content.
  • Increase your traffic through automatic social sharing, related content, and faster load times.
  • Get a safer, stronger site via secure logins and protection from brute force attacks.

There is a Free version, which I’ll discuss below and a Premium which offers additional features.

Before We Get Started

You’ll need to install the Jetpack plugin to your website. Don’t tell me you don’t know how to do that?

  • Go to Plugins on your WordPress Dashboard Sidebar.
  • Select Add New.
  • Select Install.
  • Select Activate.

And You’re Done!

The first feature I want to show you is Publicize.

PUBLICIZE

Publicize is a feature that allows you to connect your blog to a select few social networks, that are specific to you or your blog. When you Publish a blog post, the post will automatically be pushed out to whichever networks you connected! 

I like to do this using Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn so that the news of my new post gets out FAST!

Check out how easy it is to set up!

Step 1

  • Go to your Jetpack Dashboard.
  • Select Sharing.
  • Click Connect your Social Media Accounts.

If You Use Twitter, Jetpack Sharing Makes it Easy to Network - Jetpack ‹ Publicize Step 2

The next screen you see is below. Just click Connect on whichever network you would like to connect and it will send you to the authorization screen!

If You Use Twitter, Jetpack Sharing Makes it Easy to Network - Jetpack ‹ Publicize

Wasn’t that easy? So no matter when you hit Publish on your blog post, you can ensure that your content will be pushed out to whichever networks you selected! It’s that easy!

Now go ahead and get that setup!

The next fabulous feature is Sharing!

SHARING

The Sharing tool is one that I have liked in the past but in order to use it properly, I had to add another plugin, Jetpack Extras by Barry Carlyon. This plugin allows you to enter your @Twitter Handle to the Twitter share button. The Sharing tool via Jetpack did not have that option until a few years back. Now you don’t need to extra plugin to add your Twitter @Username.

Enabling the FREE Sharing buttons feature is very easy. I’ve broken down for you in a few easy steps!

Step 1

Go to your Jetpack Dashboard, Select Sharing, and let’s get started!

If You Use Twitter, Jetpack Sharing Makes it Easy to Network - Jetpack ‹ Publicize - Jetpack Sharing Dashboard

Step 2

Choose the Sharing Networks you’d like to use and Drag them below.

Be sure to select the “Button Style”, change your “Share This” wording if wanted, and be sure to add your Twitter @Username!

Step 3

Let’s take a look at a blog post on your site and see how it looks!

Depending on your WordPress theme, your share buttons could come out customized like in the image below. This is a StudioMommy theme.

If You Use Twitter, Jetpack Sharing Makes it Easy to Network - Jetpack ‹ Publicize - Jetpack Sharing Dashboard

Or look like the below image, which is a standard depending on the “icons” you selected during setup.

Now, how easy was that?

Mind you, there are other Social Media Sharing Plugins

Lisa Sicard, Inspire to Thrive, wrote about using Shareaholic buttons.

I, personally, love using Social Warfare {affiliate link}. I use it on all of my websites. Just look below and see how pretty they are. Yes, read my posts too and you may be convinced you need Social Warfare too! —> The Best All-In-One Social Media WordPress Plugin! | How to Increase Your Content Shareability!

There are many out there but just heed my warning. Not all of them will give you the capability to add you Twitter @Username. Having this feature is extremely important so whoever sees our Tweet, can connect with us right away on Twitter.

So There You Have It

Blogging 101 Must-Have for Your Blog! Sharing Buttons!

Sharing Buttons!

Note: If you are a blogger, I highly recommend creating a Twitter account. Twitter is one of my biggest blog traffic generators and it could be yours as well.

Now that I’ve brought this to your attention, how many of you don’t have sharing buttons currently on your blog?

How many of you do have sharing buttons but don’t have the Twitter @Username capability?

How likely are you to install Jetpack on your blog and use Publicize and Sharing? What about going Premium and using Social Warfare?

Let’s chat about it!

13 thoughts on “If You Use Twitter, Jetpack Sharing Makes It Easy to Network

  1. Very cool and extremely formative post Bren!

    Thanks, because you did an excellent job explaining
    and demonstrating how to properly set the plugin up.

    Your instructional images are great too. In fact, since I definitely
    need to get a new social share plugin for my blog,
    I may just look into the free version of Jetpack
    thanks to you!LOL!

    I have seen it around for years,but never heard much about
    it until now! Thanks again!

    You really did an awesome job!

    1. Hi Mark!

      Happy Monday! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the post! Yes, Jetpack sharing is free so I often wonder why many don’t use it. I know it doesn’t have all the perks, like Social Warfare (premium), but for someone who doesn’t want to purchase a plugin or is on a budget, Jetpack sharing is a no-brainer.

      If you do decide to give it a spin, I would love to know what you think of it!

      Have a great week!

      B

  2. I absolutely love Jetpack, Bren. I’d say it’s one of my favourite plugins of all time.

    The big frustration on my end is, when you set it to post new blogs to Facebook, it’ll take a couple of hundred words and add it as the status update, which looks really spammy. So I only really use the Publicize feature for Twitter and Tumblr.

    1. Hi Max,

      I’m happy to hear you’re a fan of Jetpack! I can see where some might think the Facebook share is a bit spammy, but I actually like having a blurb there before the post. It gives our readers a tiny taste of what the post is about. I do like the Publicize feature and use it for at least three of my networks.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it.

      B

  3. Hi Bren,

    It’s great to read your post. I was busy with my projects, that’s the reason I was inactive a bit, specially reading & commenting was completely off.

    But Anyways, Thanks for the interesting & informative read. Keep up the good work and enjoy the holidays.

    A Very Happy New Year Bren! Cheers

    ~ Donna

  4. Hi Bren, I am still amazed how many do not use these on their blogs today! I go to share and there are no usernames. I use Social Warfare premium now and LOVE it.
    Shareaholic is good, I know they have made more changes for the good too recently.
    I will be sure to share this one on Jetpack for those with the WordPress.org sites.
    I hope a few more folks will add their usernames to their blogs!
    Thanks Bren for the mention here too 🙂

  5. Hi Bren,

    What an fascinating article you’ve put together for people like me who’s considering the best plugins for my new blog.

    WordPress has always advertised or promoted jetpack, but I haven’t thought of giving it a try for one second.

    However, your step-by-step guide on this topic is so stunning that I’ll have to reconsider and give it a go.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Shirley,

      I, too, always heard that it was top heavy and would slow my site but after numerous trials over the years, it never slowed mine. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Have a great weekend!

      B

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