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Learn How to Connect Your Social Media Accounts

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As an author, you likely have multiple social media accounts to manage. Make life easier by connecting as many of them as possible!

Here’s a list of the accounts I use regularly:

*I also have author profiles on these sites: BookBub, Readers in the Know, and BookGorilla. I rarely use them, but it doesn’t hurt to have the extra online visibility.

Feed your blog posts to your Amazon Author Profile.

  1. Log in to Author Central.
  2. Click the link to update your Amazon Author Page.
  3. Click Add Blog, and enter your blog’s RSS feed URL. For example: https://kjfarnham.com/feed/

Feed your blog posts to Goodreads.

  1. Navigate to your Author Dashboard.
  2. Hover over your mini profile pic in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Scroll down. Click where it says your blog.
  4. Click edit blog settings.
  5. Enter your blog’s external blog feed URL. (Same as the one you entered to display your posts on your Amazon Author Profile.)

Note: You have the option to show full blog posts. I don’t check that box because I want people to navigate to my blog to read full posts. 😉

While you’re on Goodreads, add links to all of your social media accounts if you haven’t already done so. Goodreads provides a spot for your website and Twitter handle, but you need to add all others in your bio.

Goodreads Profile

Feed your blog posts to other social media accounts.

  1. Hover over My Site in upper left-hand corner.
  2. Scroll down to Settings > Sharing > Publicize Settings.
  3. Choose which social media accounts you’d like to connect. This means you’ll have the option for new posts to feed directly to these accounts as soon as you click Publish. (My blog is connected to my author page on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. You can’t connect a Pinterest account to a WordPress blog, but you can share posts to Pinterest as soon as they go up.)

Note: These instructions are likely different if you’re not a WordPress blogger.

Feed your Facebook posts to Twitter.

  1. Click HERE to connect your Facebook profile and/or page(s) to Twitter.
  2. As you can see, you’ll have the option to link one or more of your accounts. And you can choose which types of posts will automatically feed to Twitter.

Link Facebook to Twitter

Add social media apps to your Facebook page.

  1. Use Woobox to connect all of your social media accounts to Facebook. It’s free!
  2. Once you log in with your Facebook account, click on Static Tabs. Then you can add Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and other apps to your Facebook page.

The app icons will look like this:

Woobox apps

When people click on the arrow, they’ll see all of the apps you’ve added. They can be rearranged however you like so that the icons of your choice appear in the first three spots.

Feed your Instagram posts to various social media accounts.

  1. Navigate to your profile page.
  2. Click the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Scroll down to settings.
  4. Click linked accounts.
  5. Choose the accounts you’d like to connect. This means you’ll have the option for new posts to feed directly to the selected accounts. For example, sometimes I choose to share an Instagram post to Twitter but not to Facebook or vice versa.

Note: You can connect more than one Facebook account, but one has to be set as the default account (the one your post will feed to). You can change the default account any time you like.

Note: As far as I know, you need to perform these steps on your phone. While Instagram can be viewed via a tablet, desktop or laptop, the ability to make account modifications is limited.

Connect your website to your Pinterest account.

  1. Navigate to your Pinterest profile.
  2. Click the Edit Profile button.
  3. Enter your Website address if you haven’t already.
  4. Click the Verify Website button.
  5. On the next page, next to How to verify, copy the meta tag (you’ll need to enter this on WordPress.com).
  6. Leave the verification page open and go to your blog dashboard (in a new tab/window).
  7. Open the Tools → Available Tools Page and paste the string from the How to Verify field of the Pinterest verification page in the Pinterest Site Verification field of your blog dashboard.
  8. Click on Save Changes.
  9. Go back to the verification page and click the Complete Verification button.

If you have any questions, ask away! I’d be happy to help you figure out how to connect all of your social media accounts. And if you can think of any other connections or tips I’ve missed, please comment.

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