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Short On Time? Learn To Post To Google+, Your Blog, Facebook, and Twitter Simultaneously

Not all of us have hours on end to spend on social media (myself included). Most photographers make their money by bringing in clients whether it’s families, brides, small businesses, whatever it may be. So any excess time spent on social media is time that could be spent sourcing clients. Now, social media can actually be a way to source clients if done properly, but that’s a whole other article! In this article I want to show you how you can take one single post and make it appear on all the social media outlets mentioned in the title. So I’ll simply go through my workflow in this area and you can take it or leave it :-).

Step 1: Create A Post On Google+

This is the first step for me. Using a wordpress plugin called Google+Blog created by Daniel Treadwell, I can create a post on Google+ (be sure to follow me there!) and have it automatically export that post over to the pending section of my blog. There is a free version of this plugin but I was more than happy to pay $10 for the paid version. It supports the hard work Daniel put into this plugin and it gives you more features and options.

Google+ is the best for step 1 because you can create titles and headers using bold font and there’s (virtually) no limit to how long your post can be. Google+Blog even imports comments from G+ to your blog so that’s a plus (pun intended) as well!

Setting up the plugin is quite easy. The way I do it is to only have the plugin export posts to my blog if I include the hashtag #photography in the post. That way I can post all kinds of stuff to G+ but only the images I share (along with accompanying stories) will get thrown over to the blog and only when I include that hashtag somewhere in the post.

Step 2: Post To The Blog

Once the post goes live on G+ I go over to my blog. The post only shows up on my website when G+ makes an API call at certain times throughout the day, but you can speed this up by going to the Google+Blog option in wordpress. There’s a checkbox next to the “Update Options” button that says “Import Posts On Options Update.” So I just check that box and update the options, then the post shows up in Pending Status immediately. Now, it should be noted that I had to set it up that way. Under the options I chose to have all posts start out as pending. That way I can do some slight tweaking before it goes live.

Now that my post is imported to my blog (which you can check out at james-brandon.com) and in the pending section, all I have to do now is make some final tweaks to make it ready for my readers. When I create the post on G+ and it exports to my blog, the image that comes over is a bit too small for my blog. But the title, the words and all the links are imported over perfectly. So all I do here is quickly delete the small image and upload the full blog sized image from my desktop. I then make a few final tweaks (like creating the image thumbnail, adding categories, adding post tags and a ‘read more’ section) to make the post look right on my blog and then I hit “Publish.”

Step 3: Post to Facebook and Twitter

As soon as the post goes live on my blog, it’s then automagically sent out to my personal Facebook page, my business Facebook page and Twitter all at once. This is done through a site called Networked Blogs. Networked Blogs takes my RSS feed on my website and syndicates it to Facebook and Twitter so I don’t have to! This couldn’t be easier. You simply sign up for an account, add your blogs RSS feed address, then log into Facebook and Twitter to allow access, click a few boxes and done.

So this isn’t really a step anymore once it’s set up, it just happens in the background without you lifting even a finger. No tweaks to make or anything like that.

Conclusion

So that’s it. Post to Google+, make a few quick tweaks in wordpress, publish and done. You’ve just killed 4 birds with like…1 and 1/4 stones :-). There are a couple of downsides to this method. If you have the time to post to each individual social media outlet, then by all means do. Having Networked Blogs do it means that the post is really just a link to my blog, instead of posting the image to Facebook and including the story there. But you have to decide what you’re after. I would rather have people jump over to my blog and read something there instead of having them read it and leave comments on Facebook. Twitter is the same way and with there character limit and no images a link is a must anyways.  Once this process was set up, it easily shaved my time by more than half. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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  • http://kentonsmith.net Kenton

    Thanks for this post it is an interesting process. I use the Facebook “Like” button on my blog to get my posts over to Facebook because it then will post a small version of the photo as well. It feels a bit odd to “like” my own photos, but it works well.

  • http://fortunehillphotography.ca Vanessa

    Great post! Thanks so much! I just tried to set up the Google+Blog plug in but it doesn’t seem to be working….I left all the settings as is and just added my google id and api key…not pulling in any posts…if you have any other tricks that’d be really helpful. If not – no worries.

    Thanks!

    Vanessa

  • http://www.ilanbresler.com Ilan

    Why not use tools like ifttt.com?

  • http://photos.rickscheibner.net Rick

    Or…just use If This Then That and make it that much simpler.

  • http://passeiosdamarg.blogspot.pt/ margarida

    Hello, amazing pictures you have, thanks for the post, but the problem on publishing on the social networking is that if you don’t mark your photos, and yours aren’t watermarked, anywone can copy them and publish on the web, The social networks and bloggs don’t protect photos, and the option copy is so easy as clicking on the mouse.
    For instance I stopped publishing photos on my blog because of the copies, I’m registered on a site that sends a weekly report of the copies that are made from my blog, don’t you ever think of this sort of problems? What kind of solutions do you have for this?

    margarida

  • http://www.james-brandon.com James Brandon

    A couple of you asked why I don’t just use ifttt.com: I think my main reason would be that (from what I can tell) it doesn’t seem to work with G+ yet. Maybe I’m wrong though. And I don’t think it can import your comments from G+ to your blog. And besides that, my way basically does the same thing in the end right? I post to G+, make it look right on my blog, then it goes to Twitter and Facebook automatically. If you can tell me why ifttt.com is better then I’d certainly be all ears :-).

    Kenton – The thing I don’t like about Facebook like is that I can’t decide which thumbnail shows up on Facebook along with my post. Do you have this same issue?

    Vanessa – I remember having to mess around with the setting for a little bit to get everything working smoothly. There may be some videos on setting it up on YouTube or something?

    Margarida – Here’s the difference between you and I: I don’t care about the small, even minuscule percentage of people who steal my photos online. It’s the cost of having an online presence in this day and age. If anything, I hope some company does steal my images! Some big company like Ford or something! Imagine the money I’d make off of that!

    I search the web too on a regular basis to see if any reputable companies are using my images without permission. And when I find them, I send them invoices threatening legal action if not paid. And a lot of the time; they pay.

    So I don’t watermark my images 99% of the time. If I do it has nothing to do with trying to keep people from stealing my image. Sometimes I’ll throw a very subtle watermark at a bottom corner on facebook if a client wants to use an image. That way their friends and family can see who the photographer was and find their way to me.

    Seriously though, the percentage of people that are going to use your photos without permission is waayyy less than one percent. So are you really going to change your business practices and stop posting images online because of less than one percent of anything?

    My solution for this problem is to let it go :-). Take a deep breath and let it go. Don’t deprive the 99.99% of your audience of your art because of a few dishonest people. Hope this helps!

  • http://fotochaynik.com/ Yura

    Very interesting and useful article! Thank you!

  • http://www.saderphotography.com Chris Sader

    Hey James, I think your Networked Blogs link is directing to your G+ profile.

    By the way, I’ve been using the Google+Blog plugin for a while now and it’s awesome! I’m going to start using ifttt or Networked Blogs to finish the triangle and post to Twitter (I don’t use Facebook).

    Thanks for the post!

  • http://www.saderphotography.com Chris Sader

    I take that back…I won’t be using Networked Blogs because they require a Facebook account to login. I hate when sites do that…

  • http://www.PhotosBySergio.com Sergio Burani

    I wonder is the Google+Blog works with blogs other than WordPress – see mine: http://www.photosbysergio.com/blog

  • http://diychronicles.co.uk Chris Langton

    If you don’t use Facebook you can automatically post to Google +, WordPress and Twitter by simply making one post in G+ . I use Daniel Treadwell’s word press plugin to pull my posts from G+ and another WordPress plugin called Twitter Tools to automatically post to twitter every time a post is published on my blog so all I have to do is post in G+ and the plugins do all the rest.

  • http://funmommie.blogspot.com Elizabeth

    Awesome information! What a time saver, now I can make hours of work turn into less than one. More time for fun at Disney World!

    http://www.livingdisney.com

  • http://dewandemmer.com Dewan Demmer

    I use the networked blog tool and it works well, making my job easier. I do however skip the G+ step, but I think may soon change.

  • http://www.neverendingfootsteps.com Lauren

    … Except much fewer people click on automated content.

    I know I never will.

    With so many blogs using networked blogs your posts are usually hidden on news feeds. Two networked blogs posts and then *view more posts by networked blogs* or whatever…

    I will only click on personalised posts. If someone can’t be bothered to post a link and write a description then why should I be bothered to read it?

  • http://www.weddingphotographerindevon.co.uk PaulB

    Sounds like good advice…. thanks.

  • http://www.cheekymonkeysm.com Tai

    I wouldn’t recommend posting the same exact content to multiple platforms. Each one has a different format and different audience. Start with a blog entry and link back to it on other platforms, customizing each link to the platform.

  • Quaintlee

    This is quite useful . Thanks! Not a photographer but was trying to figure out how to make things go on various social media simultaneously. How about Linkedin?

Some older comments

  • Tai

    May 21, 2012 06:06 am

    I wouldn't recommend posting the same exact content to multiple platforms. Each one has a different format and different audience. Start with a blog entry and link back to it on other platforms, customizing each link to the platform.

  • PaulB

    May 20, 2012 08:28 pm

    Sounds like good advice.... thanks.

  • Lauren

    May 19, 2012 10:49 pm

    ... Except much fewer people click on automated content.

    I know I never will.

    With so many blogs using networked blogs your posts are usually hidden on news feeds. Two networked blogs posts and then *view more posts by networked blogs* or whatever...

    I will only click on personalised posts. If someone can't be bothered to post a link and write a description then why should I be bothered to read it?

  • Dewan Demmer

    May 18, 2012 09:41 pm

    I use the networked blog tool and it works well, making my job easier. I do however skip the G+ step, but I think may soon change.

  • Elizabeth

    May 18, 2012 12:14 pm

    Awesome information! What a time saver, now I can make hours of work turn into less than one. More time for fun at Disney World!

    http://www.livingdisney.com

  • Chris Langton

    May 18, 2012 06:14 am

    If you don't use Facebook you can automatically post to Google +, WordPress and Twitter by simply making one post in G+ . I use Daniel Treadwell's word press plugin to pull my posts from G+ and another WordPress plugin called Twitter Tools to automatically post to twitter every time a post is published on my blog so all I have to do is post in G+ and the plugins do all the rest.

  • Sergio Burani

    May 18, 2012 05:37 am

    I wonder is the Google+Blog works with blogs other than Wordpress - see mine: www.photosbysergio.com/blog

  • Chris Sader

    May 18, 2012 03:02 am

    I take that back...I won't be using Networked Blogs because they require a Facebook account to login. I hate when sites do that...

  • Chris Sader

    May 18, 2012 02:59 am

    Hey James, I think your Networked Blogs link is directing to your G+ profile.

    By the way, I've been using the Google+Blog plugin for a while now and it's awesome! I'm going to start using ifttt or Networked Blogs to finish the triangle and post to Twitter (I don't use Facebook).

    Thanks for the post!

  • Yura

    May 17, 2012 08:34 pm

    Very interesting and useful article! Thank you!

  • James Brandon

    May 17, 2012 01:28 pm

    A couple of you asked why I don't just use ifttt.com: I think my main reason would be that (from what I can tell) it doesn't seem to work with G+ yet. Maybe I'm wrong though. And I don't think it can import your comments from G+ to your blog. And besides that, my way basically does the same thing in the end right? I post to G+, make it look right on my blog, then it goes to Twitter and Facebook automatically. If you can tell me why ifttt.com is better then I'd certainly be all ears :-).

    Kenton - The thing I don't like about Facebook like is that I can't decide which thumbnail shows up on Facebook along with my post. Do you have this same issue?

    Vanessa - I remember having to mess around with the setting for a little bit to get everything working smoothly. There may be some videos on setting it up on YouTube or something?

    Margarida - Here's the difference between you and I: I don't care about the small, even minuscule percentage of people who steal my photos online. It's the cost of having an online presence in this day and age. If anything, I hope some company does steal my images! Some big company like Ford or something! Imagine the money I'd make off of that!

    I search the web too on a regular basis to see if any reputable companies are using my images without permission. And when I find them, I send them invoices threatening legal action if not paid. And a lot of the time; they pay.

    So I don't watermark my images 99% of the time. If I do it has nothing to do with trying to keep people from stealing my image. Sometimes I'll throw a very subtle watermark at a bottom corner on facebook if a client wants to use an image. That way their friends and family can see who the photographer was and find their way to me.

    Seriously though, the percentage of people that are going to use your photos without permission is waayyy less than one percent. So are you really going to change your business practices and stop posting images online because of less than one percent of anything?

    My solution for this problem is to let it go :-). Take a deep breath and let it go. Don't deprive the 99.99% of your audience of your art because of a few dishonest people. Hope this helps!

  • margarida

    May 17, 2012 09:53 am

    Hello, amazing pictures you have, thanks for the post, but the problem on publishing on the social networking is that if you don't mark your photos, and yours aren't watermarked, anywone can copy them and publish on the web, The social networks and bloggs don't protect photos, and the option copy is so easy as clicking on the mouse.
    For instance I stopped publishing photos on my blog because of the copies, I'm registered on a site that sends a weekly report of the copies that are made from my blog, don't you ever think of this sort of problems? What kind of solutions do you have for this?

    margarida

  • Rick

    May 17, 2012 08:22 am

    Or...just use If This Then That and make it that much simpler.

  • Ilan

    May 17, 2012 07:20 am

    Why not use tools like ifttt.com?

  • Vanessa

    May 17, 2012 07:20 am

    Great post! Thanks so much! I just tried to set up the Google+Blog plug in but it doesn't seem to be working....I left all the settings as is and just added my google id and api key...not pulling in any posts...if you have any other tricks that'd be really helpful. If not - no worries.

    Thanks!

    Vanessa

  • Kenton

    May 17, 2012 05:59 am

    Thanks for this post it is an interesting process. I use the Facebook "Like" button on my blog to get my posts over to Facebook because it then will post a small version of the photo as well. It feels a bit odd to "like" my own photos, but it works well.

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