Share Juice Pro: Plugin To Help You Increase Social Reach
How many times now have I had issues and needed help. Okay, I can’t count them all but they’ve been a bunch. I’m so blessed that I met Ashvini Kumar Saxena online a few years ago because this man has and still is my savior.
I’m more then honored to have him as my guest today and am so excited for him. I’ve praised him in past posts and I could easily do it again but will let him have the floor now…
It has been around four months since the first version of Share Juice Pro was released. I never had the idea that it would become so popular. There are plenty of social media plugins online and the traction that Share Juice Pro got was unexpected. A lot of people went ahead and tried it on their blogs. There are a good number of customers now using the plugin.
How It All Came Into Existence
The idea came into existence when Carolyn, from Wonderoftech, was once discussing with me about a few features that would be nice to have on a social media plugin. She had already discussed this with Adrienne and then she asked me if I could create a social media plugin based on keeping these requirements in mind.
I started working on it last year August. It took me about four months to create Share Juice Pro and another month to setup the website for its promotion and download.
Adrienne wrote some great stuff about it on this blog and then Jens Berget was kind enough to talk about it on his blog. Since then a lot of people have downloaded and used this plugin for trial and permanent usage and they have provided their invaluable feedback for improvement and new features.
My Idea About Share Juice Pro
I feel that small bloggers often are at a disadvantage. There are so many useful features provided by social media networks (such as open graph tagging, widgets, tools, etc.). Bloggers are unable to use them because they probably find it difficult to wade through so much technical stuff. By developing Share Juice Pro I wanted to provide them with a plugin that helps remove the technical drudgery and help them concentrate on business.
Initial Days Of Troubles
Share Juice Pro 2.0 will be launched soon and will contain a number of improvements over 1.0, based on the feedback by customers and also improvements in my learning of the WordPress system.
In the initial days just after the release there were a few hiccups (as with every new software). There are many vendors to WordPress system building themes, plugins and other things. Conflicts between them are inevitable. The major challenges that I faced were:
1. My own gaps in knowledge about WordPress (since it is such a large system)
2. Variety of themes and the way they were coded leading to conflicts
3. Learning curve for Share Juice Pro users
Fortunately, all the users of the plugin were very patient and I was able to solve their problem in time.
One Cannot Rest On The Past Success
Of course, with a product like Share Juice Pro, I had a few expectations myself. I was very keen to add new features. However I received a few good suggestions from the current users. I decided to incorporate features that not only make Share Juice Pro more user friendly but also more functional. Here are a few changes I incorporated in Share Juice Pro 2.0:
1. Making Share Juice Pro much more stable (in technical terms)
2. Providing a more modern looking user interface for admin panel (using jQuery accordion)
3. Adding an email module that not only allows users to share posts via emails but also does a number of functions like IP blocking, domain blocking, un-subscription function and logging among many others
4. Adding automatic notification for updates just like WordPress does for plugins hosted at its repository
5. Addition of new buttons like Flattr, comments, Tumblr and Kindle subscriptions
6. Management of separate licenses for Share Juice Pro customers and their clients if they decide to use Share Juice Pro.
Here are a few pictures of new additions in 2.0
Nice Accordions From jQuery UI
I hope these features are useful to the users of Share Juice Pro and help them increase the productivity of their time.
What Is Coming Up In The Version After 2.0
There is always something to add or things that can be refined to improve performance.
1. Right now in the next version the priority is Adrienne’s requirement for author bio box. I already have requirements spelt out by her and I have a few ideas of my own.
2. Internationalization: Right now the plugin is available in English. I hope to be able to release it in other languages too.
3. Pinterest widget
And Further Down The Road….
Here are a few features that I would like to incorporate in the future:
1. Logging using Facebook/Twitter: This will unravel a number of features that can be utilized by people especially those who are into internet marketing
2. Twitter integration for posting status updates right from the blog
3. Open graph tag framework
4. A few others that I am still working on.
Share Juice Pro has started to build a community that is both engaging and mutually fruitful. I hope with this plugin I am able to provide a lot of power to bloggers who are often overwhelmed with ever changing technology and costly solutions needed to work with them.
Take A Test Drive
Have you tried Share Juice Pro yet? Would you like to take it for a test drive?
Ashvini is offering a 30 day trial period to see if this is something that you’d like to use on your blog. Despite some of the issues it may have with different themes, he does his very best to help you in this area which is why the paid plugins are so valuable to bloggers. Support is crucial.
Please be sure to leave your comment and let us both know what you think about this awesome plugin. If you haven’t tried it yet I sure hope you’ll check it out. By the way, this is my affiliate link.
If you’ve had a great experience, please let us know and we both would love for you to share this post with your friends. I seriously believe that Ashvini is determined to make this the best social sharing plugin online period. So far I believe he’s accomplished just that.
Ashvini is a blogger and he has been blogging about entrepreneurship for over three years now. He has over eleven years of corporate experience before jumping on the entrepreneurship bandwagon. These days he helps out small business and entrepreneurs succeed in meeting their goals.
He has interests in web technologies, reading books and listening to music.
You guys know how much I love Twitter right! I probably sound like a broken record a lot of times but it’s my #1 source for referral traffic and there’s a reason for that. Once I learned how to properly use Twitter it’s just taken off from that moment on.
Now looking at my Twitter account it might not seem like much. I only have a little over 6,700 followers so I’m not even close to the 10,000 mark but I learned some time back that it’s quality over quantity.
Okay, quantity is cool I admit but I’ll get there in time. By the way, if you aren’t following me on Twitter I’d love to remedy that right now.
I’m even making it really easy for you too. All you have to do is just click this button right here and you don’t even have to leave my post!
Since that is now taken care of let’s move on so I can tell you about my fabulous Twitter friends.
In all honesty, all of you are fabulous and you know it.
Because I do love Twitter so much I wanted to take this time and just acknowledge 20 wonderful people who always tweet my content pretty religiously.
It truly does mean the world to me that you’re always there for me and you support me so what better way then to publicly thank you here in this post.
Everyone likes to be shown a little love every once in awhile right! Well today is your day.
Thank You So Much
It is with sincere gratitude that I give you:
Carolyn Nicander Mohr
If you would love to show your support I’m sure they would all love for you to follow them as well. I mean we’re always looking for genuine supportive bloggers to follow right so check out their profiles and show them some love.
Sometimes people ask me well Adrienne, why do I need to follow them because I’m already sharing their tweets! Want to know why!
For support and social proof, that’s why. When you help someone they’ll help you in return. Show the support, help your friends get more followers and they’ll return the favor.
Numbers aren’t everything but let’s face it, they sure do help.
Remember, it’s about building those relationships guys!
Acknowledge Your Followers
It never hurts to publicly thank the people who have been there to support you for any length of time. I chose to thank some of my Twitter friends because this platform has been very generous to me.
By the way, I don’t want my Triberr buddies to get upset with me because I didn’t include them because they definitely share my content religiously too. I just have so darn many of them.
Now, a few of the people listed above are also on some of my tribes but we made that connection before we hooked up on Triberr which is why they are on this list.
I wanted to show a little gratitude to just 20 of my fabulous buddies. For now that is and I just might do another post with 20 more down the road. Want to make that list?
What Do You Think
Have you done anything like this in the past? If so did you get a warm and fuzzy feeling for just saying thank you? Doesn’t it just feel good!
I love my online buddies and I definitely appreciate the ones that support me. It never hurts to let them know that and they never get tired of hearing it either.
Hope you’ll share this post with your friends and maybe this will give them an idea. Friends supporting friends! That’s what this is all about.
I appreciate all of you old faithfuls, I love you!!!
You are absolutely right, we need to show appreciation for our friends and followers. I love how you thank your loyal readers and friends so publicly. Too often than not we take them for granted but not you. Thanks for the reminder that I need to star being more appreciative AND SHOWING IT..
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Despite how mad I get at Google I will admit that they’ve got some darn cool programs. I have tried my best to find other services to use instead of the ones that Google provides but I have just struck out. Dang, I hate being dependent on them but they did that for a reason.
They’re really smart ya know.
I did start using Bing more after my little rant at Google and for the most part they do a darn good job. I’ve really been impressed with just how far they’ve come. They still have a long way to go though.
No matter how much I’d love to drop Google entirely some of their programs are just too awesome. Despite still having the #1 search engine online they’ve got Gmail, YouTube, Voice, Hangout, Analytics, Docs, Feedburner, Reader (for now), PageRank and that’s just mentioning the ones I use.
If you’d really like to see ALL the products that Google has, check out this link over at Wikipedia. I couldn’t believe it when I saw that list.
So in life, Google is pretty darn cool. Want to know how they’re cool even in death?
Did You Say Death
Okay, now I know what you’re thinking. Gosh Adrienne…why bring that up!
Whether you want to talk about it or not, death is a part of life. Most people prefer to avoid that subject altogether but those of you who visit me often know I’ve lost a lot of people close to me throughout my life.
Life is NOT promised so are you prepared?
I’m not just talking about getting your affairs in order, having a will drawn up or power of attorney assigned.
What about all your accounts that you have through Google? What do you want to happen to them should something happen to you? Have you given anyone access to those? Want to know how you can?
I was over at Katy’s blog last week and read a very interesting post about a new feature Google just came out with called Inactive Account Manager.
Google is the only company so far to implement something like this and I personally think it’s a brilliant move. Especially for all those business owners out there.
Let’s say something happens to you and you’re not able to get online and access any of your accounts. Would you like to assign someone you trust to access those for you?
What if you were killed in an accident and weren’t in the position to tell anyone how to access your stuff before you passed away! I’m sorry, I’m not trying to be morbid about this but let’s face it… This stuff happens whether we want it to or not. None of us knows how long we’re here so do you intend to plan ahead “just in case”!
What you can do is set up a timeout period for when the last time you logged into Google. You can set it for a week, a month, six months, a year, two years, whatever you want. You can have Google send you a text message or maybe an email at a different address to remind you that you set this up.
You can even set it to delete all your accounts after a certain period of time if you want.
Remember the guy some years ago that knew he was dying and wrote a great blog post before he passed away! I wonder what he did with all his accounts.
Do you think your online friends would start to worry about you if you all of a sudden stopped posting to your blog? I know that your blog is different then what Google has set up here but have you seriously considered how to handle all of that?
Do you have anything in place so that your family and/or a trusted friend can access your accounts and perhaps notify your online friends of what’s happened? I think it’s something to think about don’t you!
If you’re running a business or you’re in the process of creating one don’t you think someone should have access to all your business contacts or friends for that matter! I think it would be appropriate to notify them if something did happen.
It’s definitely a topic that you need to consider whether you find it pleasant or not. It never hurts to plan ahead ya know.
What Do You Think
I know a lot of you are young and you have your whole lives ahead of you. Or do you! We have no idea what tomorrow will bring.
Within just the past seven weeks I’ve lost three more people. See, we have no idea when our time will come so Google is helping us make those plans just in case.
Do you think this is something you’ll look into or do you think it’s too morbid? Have you planned ahead for “just in case” or would you prefer to ignore the obvious? I’d really love to know your thoughts on this.
I always appreciate the shares and hope you won’t ignore this subject. Personally, I’m setting mine up. Oh yeah, I’m such a planner that I’ve actually had this in place for the past 13 years. Google is just making this much easier for me now.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this one. Oh yeah!!!
And you are so right – we often never tend to think of what might happen to our accounts or blogs after we are gone. There are no guarantees in life, and if you are here today, you never know where you’d be tomorrow, or if at all you’d be around. I know of the recent losses your end, and such things have to be accepted as part of our life. But where do any of us really cater to such thoughts. We just live from one day to another, or perhaps never think beyond the coming few weeks or what all we need to be doing then. Thinking so far ahead rarely crosses our mind.
I’d soon be checking out the links you provided and if Google’s come up with such an Inactive Account Manager, I guess it does no harm whatsoever to check it out and do the required before it’s too late. Speaking of my accounts and passwords, I’ve listed them all down in a little diary and given it to my hubby, and he too has his in the same diary, but that’s about all. What happens to our blogs or other things isn’t something ones ever thought about.
So, thank you so much for sharing about this with us, which I think all of us should check out because life IS short and often comes with no guarantees. Have a nice week ahead
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Images make a post wouldn’t you agree. It’s been proven that posts with images when shared on the social media sites will get more attention before the ones with just text. You are using images right! Do you know when I first started blogging I didn’t even know how to upload an image! Now don’t laugh because I’m sure there are a lot of you that didn’t either.
I was just learning WordPress so I thought that you uploaded the image directly from your computer. No problem right! Well the issue I ended up having later on was that I backup all my files but remove them from my hard drive so all my images disappeared. Dah! What a duffus…
Once I realized that wasn’t going to work I started uploading them all to my server. No problem, I’ve learned to get around pretty darn good in my cPanel.
I did that for awhile until last December when I started having issues with my blog. Long story there but in talking with several customer service reps at that time they all recommended that I upload them directly to the Media Library in WordPress instead.
My goodness, that’s three different ways I’ve been uploading my pictures over the course of four years now.
The good news though is that when I was in corporate America I was the one that created our fliers for our properties. I was in commercial real estate and I always volunteered to do the jobs no one else wanted to because I love to learn.
I had basic experience using a graphics program so I was comfortable with resizing images.
I was pretty proud of myself for at least knowing that much but wait, there’s more… What I didn’t know is that I should have been compressing them as well.
Compressing Your Images
About six months ago I started uploading my images to the Media Library in WordPress after I’ve resized them of course. At that same time I was introduced to a plug-in called Smush It.
What this plug-in does is it dramatically reduces the file size of your image without losing any of it’s original quality.
If you’re like me you probably don’t really understand what all of this really means. What I have learned is with images there are literally thousands and thousands of bytes which make up the picture. There can be so many bytes in one photo that although you reduced it in size they will load slower. Well we definitely don’t want any image pulling our blogs down so imagine if over a four year period of time you literally have hundreds of images now.
I used Smush It for about six months but found that on some of the images it just wouldn’t compress them. I then heard a few other people complaining about it as well.
So with my issues I had late last year I decided that if I can get away with not having a plug-in then I would prefer to go that route.
My friend Ray over at DialMe.com introduced me to a stand alone program that will compress your images for you. Now it might be one more step to take but it’s worth it to me.
PunyPNG is a free website optimization tool that will do all the work for you. It will dramatically reduce the file size of your images without any loss of quality.
They have a pro version if you have a heck of a lot of images you want to do at one time but I just use their free service. I don’t even have to log-in to get my image compressed.
All you do is go to PungPNG.com and click on the big green button that says “Upload Images”.
Find the image you want to compress on your computer and it will do the work for you. It will tell you how much it’s reduced that image and then you just download it, save it to your computer and then from there upload it to your WordPress Media Library.
No one will be able to blame your images for your blog not loading quickly. We never want that to happen right!
What Are You Using
So which plug-in or program have you been using? Were you even aware that you should be doing this?
I know there are several different programs you can use to compress your images and Yahoo has one as well. I’ve never used it because after reading Ray’s post I decided to give PungPNG a try because I trust his judgment.
It really is simple and easy to use and takes no time at all. Just one less plug-in to worry about right.
Would love to hear how you are handling your images and are you compressing them before you upload them to WordPress? Have you had any load time issues yet? Watch out because they’re coming if you aren’t using some type of service like this.
Now be sure to share this post with your friends too because I’m sure they’ll appreciate knowing how they can do away with one less plug-in too. I know I was happy about that.
That was just I was looking for, thanks A lot, there are tons of images and I thought to delete them but your method just worked, without the loss of quality, I have successfully reduced image size, need to do more.
Again, Thanks a lot for this post… Awesome tutorial.
All good things must come to an end and for the older version of TweetDeck, tomorrow is the day. That’s right, on May 7th version v0.38.2 will die. I’m bummed because it really has so many awesome features that I have yet to find in any other third party application.
I reached out to all my fabulous readers back in December when I learned that TweetDeck has been bought my Twitter and they had updated everything.
The older version was really starting to have it’s issues. I was just crossing my fingers praying that it wouldn’t quit working altogether. I knew that they were no longer supporting it and it would eventually be taken down.
I’m so bummed that tomorrow is the official day.
My Apologies To All
So the reason that I’m actually writing this post today is because I want to apologize to you now.
You see, with the older version of TweetDeck I know who is retweeting everything. What I mean by that is take for example I tweet a post by my friend Donna. She posts great content and I love sharing them with my followers.
So another Twitter follower of mine, Jens, sees that post and then retweets the one I shared. Well I know Jens shared that in the older version of TweetDeck but in the newer version and also even in Hootsuite, you have no idea that he retweeted that post.
Now why would either of these applications leave that feature out! They don’t show up so do you know how many people you’re not able to thank because you don’t know they shared those posts! I hate that.
So I want to apologize to you right now because as of tomorrow I’ll no longer see that you retweeted posts that I tweeted so I won’t be able to thank you. Bummer right!
I had a lot of people come to my rescue when I reached out to them back in December asking them what program they used. I had certain features that I just loved about the older version of TweetDeck that the newer version just decided wasn’t worth keeping.
I checked out every program that you had recommended, that’s right, every single one of them but they didn’t the features I wanted either.
Hootsuite to me is the most comparable third party application but they still have a lot to be desired in my opinion. Of course I shared that as well in that other post so I won’t rehash all of that.
For now I guess I’ll stick with TweetDeck and pray some other platform will come online and knock them both off their high horse. With Twitter acquiring TweetDeck of course a lot of those features went away because they didn’t benefit them.
I’m Just Bummed
So this post has no cool information for you today, nothing you can learn you didn’t already know about. I know, I guess I’m due one of these right!
We all know that things change but in my opinion they’re suppose to be for the better and not for the worse. How can this even happen!
I know the majority of you use Hootsuite and love it so if their pro version has some of these features that I’m not aware of could you let me know! I mean I really hate to pay for a service I got for free all this time but if that’s the route I now have to take then I will.
Will Hootsuite allow me to respond to numerous people in just one tweet without me copying and pasting them into one?
Will Hootsuite allow me to see the other people who retweeted the posts I shared?
Does Hootsuite have a stand alone program or is it just web based?
I heard you could take a 30 day test drive with their pro version so I went to check it out but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I can only take a 7 day test drive and for me that’s not enough time to play around. I’d prefer having these questions answered before doing that. I don’t have time to try and figure all of this out on my own!
You’re The Best
Thank you so much for always helping me when I have issues or problems. Whether you’re able to help me or not you try and that’s what matters to me.
I sincerely apologize for my rant today but I’m seriously bummed about losing this program. The end of an era, dang it. That’s life right!
Thank you for commenting and hopefully you have the answers to my questions if you’re using Hootsuite Pro. Do you even think these features or important or is it just me?
Always love for you to share my post so maybe someone out there may know something we don’t. Wouldn’t that be cool.
Thanks again for all your help. You rock!
Honestly speaking, I’ve never used it ever! Well, I never felt the need because I was able to manage my tweets so far, and prefer thanking people in 2′s or 3′s and sometimes individually too. But I agree, those who want to thank many people in a single tweet would find it tough now unless there is another alternative.
Similarly, just as you mentioned if you want to know who retweeted your posts, how would you know now so that you can thank them too. Because I am on Twitter 2-3 times a day for a short while, I can make out the retweets and send them a DM to thank them instead, so I wouldn’t really know the best alternative here too. Hootsuite too isn’t good enough here I guess and the paid version I have no idea of.
Sorry, can’t really help you much with this post, other than share what I do. However, I know you’ll find all your answers in no time through the wonderful comments that will come up soon – so don’t worry.
Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead
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Don’t you love it when someone shares your content on the social media sites? I mean you do ask them to do that at the end of your posts right! Hey, sometimes people have to be told what you want them to do. Same goes for commenting so never leave those out my friends. It’s your call to action.
So if someone shares this post on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ through any of the social share buttons I have at the bottom of this post then I’m going to know about it and I’m going to be darn sure I thank them for it too.
What happens though if someone thinks your post is cool and shares it as well but only the link!
I have some alerts set up so that I’m notified when my name is mentioned but when someone just shares the URL of a post they don’t show up.
Would you like to know how to find those shares and thank them?
Check out this video, I made it easy for you:
Hope you enjoyed the video and learned something new today.
Be sure to let me know if you were aware of this cool tactic that Google implemented back in March. You might be missing out on posts of yours that have been shared. We don’t want that happening right.
As I mentioned earlier too I always appreciate you sharing this post with your friends. We don’t want to keep them in the dark either. They’ll appreciate you even more for helping them learn this too.
If you’re a fan of American Idol then you’ve heard this phrase used probably more times then you care to hear. Randy Jackson actually gets on my nerves when he tells the contestants, they are in it to win it. Well of course they are Randy, that’s why they’re on the darn show!
So although I’m sick of hearing that phrase it’s embedded in my brain because I watch the show every week. So it dawned on me the other day that as bloggers, we are all “in it to win it”.
To me that phrase means we all want our blogs to be successful right!
Now having a successful blog may not have the same meaning to me that it does to you and that’s okay.
I do know one thing though, we all want people to read our posts.
The good news is that no two blogs are alike. Thank goodness for that right! How boring would that be..
I Want My Blog To Be Popular
People tell me all the time that they want as much traffic to their blogs and comments as I get.
I use to say the same thing.
I was intimidated by so many blogs that I would visit early on.
As I would sit at my computer and read what people shared I was so in awe of their talents. I did NOT see myself ever being able to accomplish what they were doing.
I tried to write like others and follow what they were doing but I failed miserably.
One day I finally quit beating myself up and had a serious talk with myself.
Now I’m not going to go all ego on you but I’m a pretty darn good person. I’m kind, compassionate, helpful, caring, loving, outgoing, bubbly, fun, you name it. I’ve been like that the majority of my life so looking back on that I had to just throw everything else to the wind and just be myself.
I was never going to be the next Mari Smith or Darren Rose but I can be the best me that I know how to be.
Once I let all of that go the rest just seemed to fall into place.
Just Be You
I know you hear that all the time and like me you were probably sick of hearing that too. I don’t blame you because in the beginning I didn’t even know what that meant. Urggggg
How sad is that!
Of course I’m being me, who else do you think I am?
But then I realized that I had been trying to write like some of those other successful bloggers and do the things they were doing as a nobody and it just didn’t work.
I was lying to myself so when reality hit me that was another one of those aha moments.
You are special and unique just the way you are. Whether you view yourself as a writer or not, just let the words flow in your posts.
I’ve mentioned this numerous times before but I write like I talk. I’m a pretty simple person. I also have to learn through simple methods as well. So many things go right over my head because they aren’t explained the way I understand them.
So when people tell you to just be you, that’s what they mean.
All those thoughts I had of not being good enough, never being able to be as popular as some of those pro-bloggers, never having success with my business or blog because it took me so long to actually “get it”.
Well look at me now!
If I can do this then anyone can and that’s a fact.
What You Truly Want
Now my last statement that anyone can do this, I stand behind that 100% but here’s the deal.
You have to really want this. Some people say they do but then I ask them what they’re doing and they’re not taking the consistent action steps needed in order to achieve their goals.
It’s like going on a diet and only eating right and exercising three days a week. Do you really think you’ll lose the weight and keep it off? Bingo!!!
You truly have to want to have a successful blog and again, that meaning may be different to you then it is to me.
In my mind I have a successful blog. To me that means that every single day I have a steady flow of traffic to my blog, a steady stream of opt-ins to my list, a steady flow of readers who read my posts, a steady flow of commenters who love to share their thoughts and some darn awesome relationships that I’ve been able to build.
All of these things have lead to me having a successful business as well because I use my blog to make those connections that lead to what I have to offer.
So here is the big question I have for you.
In your eyes and what you’re here to accomplish, do you believe you have a successful blog? Remember, your view of success and mine might be different so whatever that is to you that’s the question I’m putting out there.
If you’re brand new then of course you haven’t reached this point yet but you will. Is there any area that you’re stuck on? Maybe something you don’t quite understand? Ask away and maybe I can help.
Would love to hear your comments on where you are with your blog and I really would appreciate it if you would share this with your friends. You know, just because you’re the coolest person ever and I appreciate you so very much! Ah…
I’m writing to become a better writer. I was challenged well over a year ago in regards to the quality of my writing. I took this professional writer seriously.