Adding Twitter to your website is easy, and a one-time setup function. This is about 1 out of 10 on the difficulty scale as long as you pay close attention to the steps. You’ll only have to do this once.
Done correctly, this will be a bi-directional integration, which means your twitter will broadcast / tweet a link to each article every time you post a new blog entry (a “Post”, not a “Page”), and if you choose, each tweet can even become a blog entry as well. This can get excessive if you use Twitter a lot, but if you don’t, it’s fine.
Note that if you use Aweber ($1 trial here; this is a mass email / sequential autoresponder system), then Aweber can automatically push to Twitter, which in turn links to your newsletter on Aweber’s server, which should always include a link back to your website(s) of course – automatically building a tiny link-chain that helps your SEO, 100% automatically. Aweber can also push to facebook, FYI.
Anyway, here are the steps, just do it now, it’s easy:
- Turn on the plugin and connect it to your Twitter account
- Login to your control panel by clicking the “Website Admin” at the far bottom of your website.
- Navigate to “Plugins” on the left
- We have a lot installed, so you’ll need to click the next page >> on the top right or bottom right until you see a plugin simply called “Twitter Tools” (currently on page 3).
- Optionally, you may wish to enable any of the 3 following related plugins, bit.ly, exclude category, or hashtags. If you’re not sure about these, leave them off for now, and then come back to it later if you need those specific functions and know what they do / mean.
- Configure it, which means set it up how you want.
- Go to Settings >> Twitter Tools, which will get you to YOURCONTROLPANEL.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=twitter-tools.php. Follow the directions there to link it up. Don’t get too hung up on details just give everything your best guess and hit save, you can change anything anytime.
- Decide where to place it into your website using the widgets system.
- Go to Appearance >> Widgets; drag “Twitter Tools” from the center lower middle into the right-side widget where you want to drop it. If you’re not sure what to do with it, drop it into “Primary Sidebar” or “Footer 1”. You’ll get the idea; you can drag it to other locations as you see fit, move it up and down in the order, etc.
As usual, we hope that helps. If you have any further questions or if this article is not clear, contact us and we’ll update it or improve it. Twitter can be a powerful addition to your SEO, make it easy for people to follow you, and is another “micro-blogging” way to involve you audience in what you’re up to.