If you’re writing a blog then chances are you also want to attract people in to read it. Twitter can be an extremely effective (as well as free) tool to help you do this, whether you have your own account or not.
You’ll see one of these at the bottom of all my posts and they come in different formats so you can pick which you think will fit best.
Tweet Buttons are great because they’re not too intrusive and you don’t need to have your own account to display one. Once you’ve installed the plugin you don’t need to give it any more attention, just sit back and let visitors to your site tweet about your posts.
Of course this does rely on a few people visiting your site and reading the posts in the first place, so as with anything it should only be used as part of a wider strategy.
There are many different plugins which do pretty much the same thing but I use the one found here – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-tweet-button/
This is a specific plugin which professes to give total integration between WordPress and Twitter. Here is a brief overview of its features:
- Display a feed of your recent tweets. This can be a great way of attracting people to follow you.
- Tweet every time you publish a new post. Let people know when you’ve written something new, but beware of spamming people with these auto generated tweets messages.
- Tweet from within your WordPress admin area. A great time saver if you usually log in to the Twitter site to post updates. This way you can do lots of different things all from one place.
- Automatically shorten URLS. A great way to save some of those precious 140 characters.
You can use one or all of these different features, but it does require you have your own account. You’ll also need a Bit.ly account if you want to auto shorten URLs.
You can download Twitter Tools from http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/twitter-tools/