4 Easy Steps To Add Tweet Buttons Inside Your Blog Posts

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Note of appreciation: This is a guest post by Jordan Lyall from Twin River Labs. I have been DYING for such a tool that lets you easily add Tweet buttons to sentences in your posts. Jordan has done an amazing job here. I think this will be incredibly useful to any blogger! :) 

One thing I learnt: People don’t share your articles simply because of the great content. Unless you already have a following of passionate readers, the “post it and forget it” strategy tends not to work. If you feel your post is “tweet-worthy,” you need to take whatever actions you can to get it in front of as many people as possible.

It starts by optimizing your post for sharing.

With MyTweetLinks, a WordPress plugin that lets you provide for your readers short one line phrases pre-set for quick sharing. It helps you queue up bite-size content (excerpts from your post) that visitors can easily tweet or add to Buffer.

Download the plugin here: MyTweetLinks

You have probably already added instant sharing to your blog via social buttons (if you’re smart, you’ve installed Buffer’s DiggDigg. But even then your readers are forced to either share the post’s headline or write their own recommendation. MyTweetLinks makes the experience of sharing your content very easy.

With sample tweets are already displayed, the reader picks their favorite and easily posts to Twitter.

 

You’re creating a new reason to share – without them having to write something from scratch. The goal should be to reduce any friction before the share.

1.) How to set up MyTweetLinks on your WordPress blog

Installing MyTweetLinks couldn’t be easier. Just go to Plugins > Add New in your WordPress admin and search for “MyTweetLinks”. From there you can install and activate the plugin in just a few clicks.

Alternatively, you can download it right from the WordPress plugin database.

2.) Customize your version of MyTweetLinks

MyTweetLinks was designed to fit the design of any blog. From the Options screen you can customize the heading text, the background color, and whether or not you want to include Buffer buttons (highly recommended).

From the options page you can also choose your method of implementation. When set to “Show below post content” the box of tweet links automatically appears at the bottom of your post (above comments).

Alternatively, you can choose “Shortcode” as your method of implementation. Now you can place the list of tweet links anywhere in your post or the theme itself.

Your mileage may vary, but I recommend displaying the tweet links at the bottom of your posts. After reading, your readers are ready to take action and it makes it easy where they don’t have to scroll up to the top to share.

However, when you post the tweet links at the top of your post, you’re presenting your readers with a summary of the content to come.

 

3.) Adding tweet links to your articles

With MyTweetLinks installed, your post-entry screen has an extra box below the main body content text area. After you’ve written your blog post, scroll down and start entering your tweet links. Just enter a sentence or phrase you want your readers sharing (see tweet recommendations below) and press “Add New” to lock it in. Rinse and repeat for as many links as you need.

That’s it, you’re done! You’ve primed the pump. Your readers are now much more likely to share your content.

As a blogger, you know how to optimize the message. Don’t rely completely on the reader to craft an effective tweet. You know what will work. You know what keywords help you build social SEO. Below are a few suggestions on crafting quality tweet links.

4.) How to create winning tweets with MyTweetLinks

  • Choose your words carefully. Use keywords that encourage clicks.
  • Resist the temptation to spam.  Stick with key quotes from (or descriptions of) your posts.
  • Mention others. Does your post quote or link to another source? Give them a shout out with one of your tweet links.
  • Use hashtags.
  • Test. Test. Then test again.


Pro Tip: 
Eat your own dog food and share your top quotes

  • After publishing your post, click the “Buffer” button on each link to add it to your own queue.
  • The tweet half-life is roughly 3 hours. Get them with a different hook on the second chance tweet (and third, fourth, and fifth chances).

And as we’ve discovered with DiggDigg, the more visible the sharing buttons, the more likes and tweets your posts will receive. Couple that with pre-packaged, sharable sound-bites and you can imagine how many more people would share your content.

I hope you find the plugin useful in promoting your blog. I’d love to hear any feedback, or ideas for improvement in the comments below. Thanks!

 

About the author:

This is a guest post by Jordan Lyall from Twin River Labs. He also created the above MyTweetLinks plugin.

Jordan is a super friendly guy, be sure to hit him up @jordanlyall any time on Twitter. 

  • http://twitter.com/JoHarris0n Jo Harrison

    This sounds great, another plugin to add to my growing collection!

    • Anonymous

      awesome, yes, please do Jo, let me know if you have any questions about it! :) 

  • http://twitter.com/ajancovich Ann-Marie Jancovich

    Good information and easy to follow tips. Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Hi Ann-Marie, glad it was useful. :) 

  • Anonymous

     I would be concerned about screen clutter. This is an awesome idea but I would be real careful about it. For some blogs I can see this being too much.

    • Anonymous

      great thinking there, yes, I think one does have to be quite careful not to overload it! I found that adding 1 or 2 quotes at the end, can really drive some massive more sharing! :)

      • Anonymous

        I absolutely want more comments and interaction with social media. I’ve found it difficult to encourage interaction. I am just concerned about the number of buttons and links on my blog. Go take a look if you like, and let me know if you think it would be too much. I actually removed DISQus until I can make it look a little cleaner because even that’s a bit much. Thanks for the reply!

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  • http://www.meetusinghal.com/ Meetu Singhal

    Awesome Plugin!

    Question – is there a open source available for this so that can be used on any other platform and not just wordpress? May be we can widgitize it and use the custom code on any webpage ?

  • Anonymous

    Hey dude, great stuff. Do you have any stats or analytics on engagement after installing it?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Joss, great to see you here. Good question, I haven’t actually measured it, but that is definitely what is needed to see if changes actually make improvements, I will get onto that, thanks for the heads up! :) 

  • Internet Marketing Guru

    Useful content needs useful tweet for that need of adding tweet button inside, nice stuffing..Thanks!!!
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  • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

    By ‘any blogger’ do you mean only bloggers using WordPress? Where’s the Google Blogger love because I’m not seeing it much these days. C’mon guys!

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    Will the Tweet button be on my WordPress blog post AFTER it is fed through Feedburner to all my blog subscribers?

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  • Jill

    Thanks. Where is the “options” button for this plugin?

  • http://www.junloayza.com/ JunLoayza

    Great plugin! I noticed that the suggested Tweets also appear on the home page. Is there a way to make it only appear on a single post page?

  • http://www.facebook.com/armaanmagic Armaan Khanna

    Really helpful.. Thanks for the amazing post.. on this plugin..

  • http://kellymartinspeaks.co.uk/ Kelly Martin

    Hi how do you do this on a blogger blog as I notice you mention wordpress?