If you have a WordPress Blog and Twitter then this series of posts will save you a little time and help drive some more traffic to your blog. The way we are going to do this is with a WordPress Plugin I have discovered that tweets your blog posts when you hit the publish button on WordPress.
This post is part 1 of 2; part 2 will cover the installation and the plug-in settings page. Part 1 will cover why this integration will save you time, as well as what you need to do to get ready for part 2.
When I first found a plugin that would tweet the title as well as a link to my post I am not going to deny that I was pretty excited. However the first several plugins that I tried did not work so I got frustrated until… I found WP->Twitter or WP to Twitter, they are one in the same. After taking the time to set up the WP to Twitter settings, my blog posts were automatically tweeted.
Here are some reasons that you need to get WP to Twitter:
1.) Your twitter followers will have easy access to all of your blog posts. This will give your traffic a little boost depending on the quality and amount of followers your twitter account has.
2.) Tweeting all your posts as they are published gives them another chance to get crawled by the search engine robots, which basically means it can help them get put into the search engine results quicker. Twitter has become a great source for all news especially breaking news, search engine robots (information collectors) hang out on Twitter to take advantage of this.
3.) Cuts down on the time we all no doubt waste on Twitter. There is nothing wrong with being on Twitter, but this will help you to keep it in check because you won’t get sidetracked by logging in to tweet your posts.
There are plenty of other benefits, but these are definitely the biggest ones.
I know, I know, we all hate homework, but if you have Twitter already you may have the homework done. You will need the following things for part 2 of this post.
- Sign up for a Cli.gs or Bit.ly account. These both shorten URLs, I use Bit.ly, but have nothing against Cli.gs I just haven’t had a reason to try it.Save your API Key and Username after you create the account we will need them next post.
- Have your Twitter Account details ready, this consists of your Twitter Username and Password.
- Extra Credit: Install WP to Twitter, but don’t activate it.