Finding time to post images to social media can be a real pain in the backside, especially when photography is a part time hobby which takes third place behind work, and then family. I wanted to share a handy trick which might provide some useful information for those who a. blog, and b. use the WordPress platform… It can be automated (sort-of).
My images take two different forms, the first is a post, where I include a number of images (and one featured image) which get sent out to the various social networks (e.g. Google, Twitter, 500px, Flickr, Instagram and so on). In addition to a featured image, a link is also shared which directs back to the post the image came from. The reason for the link back is that there may be more content that I cannot share in a single social media post, or descriptions and tips on how to capture those images.
The second form my images take, is a single image to be posted out to the various social media networks, but not linked to a specific article; This is known as a custom post type. The custom post type consists of a title, a featured image, an excerpt, and image tags (e.g. hashtags).
In both cases, I can schedule these images to be posted into the future, and once they become ‘published' one of two different plugins kick on.
Social Network Autoposter Pro by NextScripts
Instagram Auto Posted by Code Canyon
I do on occasion have issues with the Social Network Auto poster, but for the most part it works fairly well. I use these for publishing images but they can equally be used for publishing links to articles and other content.
* Update: I struggled with the support for NextScripts given the ongoing cost, as such I moved to an alternative called fsposter which does 90% of what nextscripts does (including posting to instagram), another option may be to look at something like zapier however, this does not support posting images to instagram personal accounts.
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