Tweet This Plugin Increased My Twitter Traffic by 330%; Here’s How to Use It on Your Blog
In this post I will explain how I increased tweets to my posts by +330% using a simple plugin, but more importantly, how to set up the correct tweet format for maximum results.
(Social traffic from Twitter to buildyourownblog.net)
Firstly, Before We Talk About The Implications, Let’s See the Tweet This Plugin in Action, and Compare to The Traditional Method (clicking a tweet button like the one floating out to the left side of this blog post.):
“Click to Tweet” tripled my traffic. Here’s how!
What you have just clicked is a very useful resource that has the potential to make your tweeting experience easier, more enjoyable and engaging.
The Click to Tweet or Tweet This plugin allows you to tweet specific parts of posts or texts (within the 140 character limit) immediately and with no hassle. If you find a specific sentence or quote in a post that you particularly like as the writer, you just need to click this plugin, and you will be able to tweet whatever caught your eye, followed by a link to the whole text.
It is quick, easy, and it allows you to highlight precisely what you want to share.
Instead of only getting the link to the whole text, you get the quote you want from the article ready for readers to tweet with ease. All they do is “click tweet” and it is done.
It saves you the trouble of having to copy and paste the quote that you really want to share, or having to type something yourself. This is particularly useful if you are using a smart phone or tablet. Plus, a catchy quote will make you look good, be more effective at grabbing the attention of your followers, and motivate them to retweet or go read the text themselves.
If you write a blog or other online content, this will be a very helpful tool for you. Since you can set the plugin yourself on whatever part of your text you want, this will help you guide the attention of your readers toward those parts that you really want to highlight. These attention-grabbing quotes will then be shared by your readers, and hopefully catch the eye of their followers, who will then click the link and read your text.
This will help you increase your outreach and attract more readers. This can lead to an increase of 300% on your click rate. The “click to tweet” or “tweet this” plugin immediately engages your readers, calls them into action, and, by being placed in the middle of the text, it occupies a much more prominent place than the normal sharing plugins.
By attaching several of these plugins in different parts of your text, you are multiplying the opportunities for your readers to share your work.
Different readers will be attracted to different quotes, and they will be more motivated to share them since what they will be tweeting is a simple, catchy and a short idea, instead of a mere link with the article title.
Because we all know that spreading eye-catching brief quotes is precisely what Twitter is best at.
But perhaps the best thing about this plugin is that it is easy to set up. You just need to follow these simple instructions, and you will be all set to enjoy the benefits this “click to tweet” or “tweet this” plugin can bring you.
How to Create “Click to Tweet” Links
The easiest way to create your “Tweet this” or “Click to Tweet” link is to use the free tool at http://clicktotweet.com and sign in to Twitter.
Once logged in, you will be prompted to enter the message you want to link to and then tweet:
When you have generated a new link, you will be taken to the screen below.
Here is where you can enhance the link by choosing an image to appear for the button, and whether or not your visitor will open the link in a new window. The code shown in this image can be embedded immediately into a webpage, or the link within the code (http://****) can be used on its own to create your own hyperlink.
It is advisable to include a link to the original text in the tweet. This will help you promote your content. Make sure the URL you use is shortened, so as to save as many characters as possible. You can use a URL shortener such as bitly.com for this. Including a Twitter handle like @username in the tweet will also increase your reach.
Click to Tweet is a 3rd party tool which, by generating the HTML code for you, means that you do not have to create one yourself.
If, however, you do not want to use a 3rd party, (which in turn promotes their own servers, and also exposes your links to failure, should the website go out of business or changes its policy etc.) it is not too much extra work to generate the links yourself.
To do this, open the HTML editor of the page you want to add the link to, and add a single line of code. An example of this code may look like this:
XXXXX TWEET THIS QUOTE.
Replace XXXXX with the quote or statement that you want the user to tweet, and YYYYY with your own handle so people can see where it has come from, or remove completely if you do not want to include one.
Please note that target=”_blank” refers the browser to open a new window, which is usually what you want, though it can be removed if you want the user redirected, rather than opening a new window.
If, for example, you are at the end of your webpage. TWEET THIS QUOTE can also then be changed to whatever text you prefer to appear on your page.
Remember to test the link before publishing it live. To use quotes in this manner, you would need to avoid the use of apostrophes or quotation marks, other than those in the code above, as otherwise they are likely to confuse the editor, and can have all sorts of unintended effects. The same is true of #hashtags.
What happens when your readers click on the “tweet this” or “click to tweet” link?
This depends on whether they are logged in to Twitter or not.
If they are logged in to Twitter, they will be directed to a new window or tab to Twitter’s status update option. The message you included in the link will be there, and then it is just a matter of your readers clicking the Tweet button.
If they are not, a new window or tab will appear inviting your readers to log in to Twitter. Once they are logged in, they will be directed to the status update option, and they will just need to press the Tweet button in order to send the message you already prepared for them. In either case, the message may be edited by the reader before it is tweeted.
Tweet This Plugin Tip
If you are the author of tweetable content, be honest with your readers.
Your success depends on the trust your readers have on you.
So do not under any circumstances include in the prepared message something different from the quote attached to a specific “tweet this” or “click to tweet” button.
If you do, your readers will feel cheated and abandon you. Also, make sure the quote or message is short enough to fit in a tweet, including the tiny URL to your original content.
2 Samples of Tweet This From My Blog That Get Lots of Tweets
If you are a reader who has just clicked a “tweet this” or “click to tweet” button, make sure that you check the suggested message before clicking the Tweet button.
Sometimes the author may have made a mistake, or the suggested message may be different from what you wanted. The fact that the message has already been prepared should not mean you do not have control over what you tweet.
So please, If you haven’t already, use the link below to try it out. Let me know on twitter what you think about the feature, or new ways it can be used.Here’s a super helpful guide on how to increase traffic to any website using Twitter!