Tuesday, March 1, 2016

How to Install Click to Tweet on Your Blog

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Today I'm stepping way outside my comfort zone. Instead of my usual written post, I've put together a screencast. 

I've chosen a screencast because I know many people get frustrated with written directions—even when pictures are included. Let's face it, we all learn differently.

I'd love to know if you found the screencast helpful, or if you'd like for me to stick with written posts. Neither opinion will hurt my feelings. I really want to present valuable information in a way that helps you all the most.

So without further dithering, here we go!

How to Install a 
Click to Tweet on Your Blog



TWEETABLES
How to Install Click to Tweet on Your Blog (a screencast) - @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)

Get more #socialmedia shares for your blog with a Click to Tweet in each post - @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)

43 comments:

  1. Edie, you read my mind. I wanted to learn this. Thank you.

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    1. Funny, I was just thinking about this yesterday as I wrote my last post. Thanks for explaining it. I think I can do it.

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    2. Cherrilynn and Ellen, I'm so glad I was able to help! Blessings, E

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    3. Me too! I always wondered about the chicken and the egg - you need the post's permanent link before you can create the click-to-tweet, but want the click-to-tweet in the blog before posting. The magic information was permalink which I clearly didn't understand! Thank you Edie. Get ready to see ClicktoTweets in my posts from now on. I took many notes for myself, but agree that the screencast was the way to go on this one.

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  2. Thank you. I like the video instructions!

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    1. Sharon, thanks for weighing in! Blessings, E

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  3. I like it. I wish I had taken your class last week. Too many choices and not enough time!! I bought the book and hopefully can figure out how to do things. Keep sharing.

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    1. Sharron, there were so many good options at the Florida conference! Just email me when you have questions. Blessings, E

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    2. Thanks, just might take you up on the offer!!

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  4. Because you asked I will answer. I prefer written posts simply because I read fast and going at someone else's pace while watching a video is time consuming and I end up not getting the information since I don't have the time to watch the entire thing. I just don't have patience for videos. :) But what I saw of it was good. :)

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    1. Kimberly, thank you for letting me know! Here's a link to an older post that is just written instructions. Blessings, E http://thewriteconversation.blogspot.com/2012/10/social-media-mondayclick-to-tweet.html

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  5. Excellent way to teach! Thank you, Edie!


    Blessings,

    MaryAnn

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  6. Edie, This is awesome! I think I can do it!!! Thank you.

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    1. MaryAnn and Linda, thank you! Blessings, E

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  7. Edie,

    Thank you. I've been watching you use these Tweetables for months but had no idea how you did it. The screencast was fantastic. I'll be doing it now with my blog posts. Fantastic insights.

    Terry
    The Writing Life

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    1. Terry, thank you so much! Blessings, E

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  8. Great way to teach! I've been having trouble figuring this out on my own. Now I think I've got it!!! Thank you so much!!

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    1. Denise, I'm glad I was able to help! Blessings, E

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  9. This is very helpful and much easier to understand than an article would have been (at least for me)! A couple of questions ... I've noticed that some bloggers sprinkle their "click to tweet" links throughout their posts. Is there a reason why you only have yours at the end? (As a reader, I prefer the way you do it, but I wonder if there's a more technical reason for it.) Also, is it bad form for someone who isn't yet on Twitter to put "click to tweet" links in her blog posts? Thanks so much for this lesson today!

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    1. Lois, those are great questions!

      1. Where to put click to tweet - that's a personal preference. I don't like to break up the blog post, but if a reader doesn't read to the end, they might miss where I put them. My thought is that if they don't read to the end of the post, they probably won't be sharing it anyway. LOL!

      2. Bad form - no it's not bad form, but it does waste opportunities to connect with readers and followers. If someone is tweeting something you wrote, they find your writing valuable. It only follows that they'd want to connect with you on Twitter. So yes, go ahead and do it. But what I want to now is why are you waiting to get on Twitter? Even if you're not ready to use it regularly, you could still be adding connections.

      I hope this helps! Blessings, E

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    2. Why am I waiting to get on Twitter? That also is a good question, Edie! The answer involves what my daughter used to call an LBS (Long Boring Story). I'll spare you that and just say that you've encouraged me to go ahead and stop putting it off!

      Could you recommend posts from your blog that will help me do it right? I tried the search option a few times but I keep getting a message that says, "This Custom Search Engine is loading. Try again in a few seconds."

      Thanks again for your help!

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  10. BLESS YOU! I have tried to do this in the past with a plugin that messed my computer up. lol This is much easier. :-)

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    1. Pat, some plugins work well. Others...not so much! Glad this works for you! Blessings, E

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  11. Great job, Edie As always, you rock! :)

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  12. Awesome, Edie! Gotta share this, for sure!

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  13. This is awesome and so helpful!! Thanks. Love the video instructions!

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    1. Andrea, Vonda, and Darlene, thanks for the shares and for stopping by! Blessings, E

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  14. Edie, as always, thanks for the help. Actually, I've been doing it this way, but you've shown me an even shorter way. Appreciate it.

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    1. Richard, I'm so glad I was able to help. I agonized over whether or not to post the screencast. It's rough because I'm still learning. But I decided it was more important to get the information out that to be perfect. Blessings, E

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  15. I took copious notes, but seeing it really helps. Now to see if my notes are right. lol

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    1. OH MY!! It worked! lol I've wanted to do this for ages, but the printed instructions got me confused. After watching this video, I wrote down each step and now have created 3. THANK YOU, Edie!!

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    2. Ane, I'm so excited!!! Thanks for letting me know it worked. It does get easier the more you do it. Blessings, E

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  16. Edie, I love the video, easy to follow. I tried it right after with just a short sentence to try it out. It worked, but when I tried to click the link on the tweet that goes back to my website, it says "Page not found." Did I do something wrong?

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    1. Jennifer it could be a couple of things. First make sure you copied the entire URL. I've found that occasionally I miss copying the entire thing. Second, your post has to be live for it to work. So if that page isn't published, it will give you an error message. Let me know how it goes when you try it again. I'm happy to help you troubleshoot any issues. Blessings, E

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    2. It actually adds a bunch of characters to the end of the link, so it goes to my website but not the page. I'll try it again and see what happens. Thanks! Jen

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    3. Jennifer, is your website URL masked? Meaning do you have a different URL pointing to the actual URL. For example, this site is www.TheWriteConversation.blogspot.com. BUT I have www.EdieMelson.com forwarded to it. If someone type in EdieMelson.com, they come here. When they come here though, they still see TheWriteConversation.blogspot.com. That's forwarding. If I had it masked, even though they were on theWriteConversation.com, the URL would read EdieMelson.com.

      I didn't choose to do that because it's not possible to point to a specific post. That's why I just have mine forwarded.

      ANYWAY, that can cause what you're talking about happening in Click to Tweet.

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  17. I'm a visual learner so I loved this screencast/post. I'm also a mom-on-the-go so I greatly appreciated the brevity of it as well. I took notes and I'm sure I'll need to refer to the video once more before I get it all down pat (which is another benefit of the screencast). I'm excited about learning how to do this. I'll give it a whirl this weekend. Thanks, Edie.

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    1. Sally, I'm so glad you think this will be helpful. Let me know how it works! Blessings, E

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  18. It worked! I am over-the-moon excited about the new look of my blog, just from applying what I learned in your workshop at FCWC, and this blog post. I am re-launching this Wednesday with a brand new look, new ways to communicate and hopefully, new followers. I am just starting on the course, and then there is your book...I have so much to learn. Thank you for all of it. It has been incredibly valuable to me.

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  19. I know you posted this WEEKS ago, and I have been wanting to watch how you create a click to tweet. WONDERFUL, Edie. This was so helpful. Watching you do it as you explained it, helped. But I confess, I took step-by-step notes as I watched. :) I've been wanting to learn this since last fall.

    If it's not too late to ask this, I'm curious . . . how do people put squares around their click to tweets in their blog posts?

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    1. Jeanne, that box is a Click to Tweet plugin for WordPress. Blessings, E

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    2. Thanks, Edie! I added my first-ever Click-to-Tweet to my blogpost today. :) I may have done a little happy dance. Thanks again for the help!

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