Have you noticed how your favourite sites add those cool links within their articles allowing you to share a pithy quote (along with a link to the full article) with your Twitter followers?
It’s a great way to highlight an important takeaway or key point and provide an easy way for your reader to share your content–all in one easy step.
Click to Tweet is a site that provides a free link generator that, once set up, gives your reader the opportunity to Tweet portions of your text with just one click.
By making it super easy for your readers to share your article on Twitter, your blog post gains more exposure and will help drive more traffic back to your site.
Simple Click to Tweet Tutorial
Usually something this cool and effective costs money or is a technical nightmare to implement, right?
Not so for Click to Tweet. I’ve added a quick video tutorial to walk you through the process, and outlined the steps below.
“Want to learn how to add Tweet-able links to your blog post?” (Click to Tweet) 🙂
Can’t see the video? Click here.
Steps for Adding Tweet-able Links to Your Posts
Three things to include when adding Click to Tweet to your blog post:
1. Your text
2. The link to your site
3. Your @Twittername
- Within your blog post, highlight the quote you would like people to Tweet. Copy and paste it into the white box on the Click to Tweet site (http://clicktotweet.com).
- Shorten your blog post URL (permalink) by copy and pasting your link at http://bitly.com.
- Grab your shortened link and paste that into the Click to Tweet box after your text (remember to leave a space).
- Add ‘via @yourTwittername’
- When creating your tweetable, leave room so that people can RT and add their comments within the 140 characters.
- Click ‘Generate link’.
- Copy the link given in the ‘Here’s your URL’ box and paste it into your site by first highlighting a note you have put at the end of your tweetable, like ‘Click to Tweet’ or ‘Tweet this’, and then select the link button at the top. Paste the link generated by Click to Tweet into the URL box, and choose ‘open in a new window’.
- Click ‘Update’ to save the changes. Go to your article (not in edit mode) and test the link.
- A Twitter status box will pop up with the option to Tweet your Click to Tweet message.
Congratulations! You’ve learned to add Click to Tweet to your WordPress blog post!
But be careful with your new powers! The value of using Click to Tweet for your Tweetables is that it helps you highlight meaningful, concise points that will entice not only your reader to share the article, but persuade their followers to read it and share it as well.
Overuse makes it no longer noteworthy, and disrupts the flow of your article; so be choosy.
What are some unique ways you can use this new tool to create interest or excitement for your blog posts?
Fictional character quotes?
Attention grabbing non-fiction facts?
What other ideas can you think of? Please share in the comments below.
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