I'VE USED OR TESTED EVERY TOOL HERE

Hello, there and thank you for visiting my tools and resources page here. Please keep in mind that I’ve personally signed up for each tool that I’ll be mentioning below thus these are tools and resources that I’ve tested and trusted.

Please feel free to email me via simon at simon zaku dot com if there’s any tool you want me to test or review.

Social media tools and resources

Affiliate Disclosure: Note that I’m affiliated with some of the tools mentioned below which means I get a little commision when you pay for them (at no additional cost for you). Please keep in mind that I’m doing this to give you the best of the best tools to run your blog and business and not because of the commisions involve.

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT TOOLS

1. COMMUN.IT

Commun.it is a one off tool you need to grow your twitter account, manage your Facebook and LinkedIn communities. I personally haven’t used commun.it to manage my Facebook and LinkedIn but it’s my goto for twitter. What I love about commun.it? Saves a lot of time by recommending accounts to follow, inactive accounts to unfollow, suggests tweets to reply and best times to tweet.

2. SMARTERQUEUE

SmarterQueue is a social media management and automation tool. Most bloggers use these tools to load “share queues” with their blog content (and other people’s content), to pre-schedule posts to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. What I love about SmarterQueue is it’s evergreen automation feature. You get to schedule your blog posts once and SmarterQueue will continually repost it on your social media channels without you having to do it.

3. BUFFER

I’ve been using buffer since day 1 and still use it. It’s my number 1 go-to tool for all my social media automation tasks. I love how simple buffer is. If you hate sophisticated analytics but love something simple but cool dashboards then buffer is the right one for you. I pay $15 monthly for buffer. Totally worth every penny!

4. CROWDFIRE

Crowdfire is a social media app that takes care of everything social. It doesn’t only help you manage and grow your social media following but also recommends targeted content for you. When you sign up for Crowdfire, you get to select your category/niche, this way, you’ll only see content that matches your niche. Crowdfire is also free but also has other paid plans. You can stick with the free plan except you want to do more like schedule more posts daily, add more social media accounts and many more.

5. MANAGEFILTER

ManageFilter is a twitter management tool that offers far more than just tweet scheduling. What this tool does is it helps you to grow your twitter page easily. You don’t need to set out time to find accounts to follow/unfollow, ManageFilter does this for you and that’s one reason I love it. When you sign up for a ManageFlitter account, you’ll immediately see your dashboard and a Manage tab where you get lots of information about your Twitter followers. This includes users you follow who are not following you back, users without profile images (spam or fake accounts), inactive users, influential users and the list goes on.

SOCIAL MEDIA SHARE TOOLS

1. SOCIAL WARFARE

Social Warfare is the best social share button I’ve ever used. It’s the one I still use on this blog. The slick design, share counts and responsiveness is what I particularly love about social warfare. One thing I’d love is twitter share counts; at the moment, you need to use a third party tool or service in order to display or regain your tweet counts. Aside that, social warfare is absolutely the best in the market and I 100% recommend it!

2. MASHSHARE

I started using Mashshare earlier when I started this blog. What I loved about is is how responsive it is. When it comes to responsive designs, in my  oppinion it beats social warfare. It automatically fits any design without you having to tweak anything. If you’re looking for a social share plugin that’s extremely simply then I’ll advice you go for mashshare.

3. TWITCOUNT

Twitcount is a free social media tool for Bloggers to display or regain their twitter share counts. If you want your twitter share counts back, then you should head over to Twitcount, sign in with your twitter account then authorize. Get your code and paste it in the header section of your website or blog. I use “Headers and Footers” WordPress plugin to add codes easily. Please note that Twitcount is only compatible with four (4) social share plugins which are; SUMO, Addthis, Shareaholic and Jetpack 🙁

4. CLICK TO TWEET

Do you want to increase your blog traffic from Twitter? Click to tweet is the secret sauce. I use click to tweets every where on my blog. If you don’t know what click to tweet is; it’s a free tool that generates tweet-able links to encourage sharing. You basically turn any piece of writing (280 characters max) to tweets. Better Click to Tweet Plugin for wordpress users makes this super easy for you.