Update: I found something called “Better Click to Tweet” and I’m giving it a shot! Let me know what you think.
[bctt tweet=”Helping out a friend at OWP – is this really a better click-to-tweet? “]
Not gonna lie. That’s pretty sleek and sexy and actually might have handled some of the issues I mentioned in the original post below. Interesting. I’ll keep ya posted.
If you’re like me, you heard about the click-to-tweet WordPress plugin awhile ago, but you figured it was too much of a pain to install and use. Still, you’ve been thinking about it for awhile. (Yeah, read my procrastination post over at QueenBeeing lol).
Or, you’ve never heard of it and you’re glad you’re hearing about it now. Because honestly, I don’t know what I was waiting for!
Why you? Well..because of course I’ll be sharing all of my goodies with you this week – everything I am doing to change it up and make it better.
Now, I’ve been blogging a LOOOONG time (more than 10 years now), so I know maybe you’re in a different place than me. That’s okay! You can jump in right where you are and we’ll go together from there. (In fact, check out this free intro to blogging I’m giving away here on the site – no obligation and nothing to buy – just free downloads.)
Click to Tweet WordPress Plugin – Things to Know
I have not been able to find any official documentation on how to use Click-to-Tweet yet, but here’s what I’ve personally discovered so far. (Let me know if you find anything official – I’m sure it’s there but I got tired of looking. That’s a marketing flaw on their part, IMO, but the product is so awesome that I don’t even care.)
How to Install Click to Tweet on WordPress
- To install Click-to-Tweet on your blog, just visit http://coschedule.com/click-to-tweet and download it, and then visit your WordPress dashboard (with self-hosting) and upload it to the plugins section. (To upload, click “plugins, add new, upload,” in that order on the left-side menu.)
- Then activate like you would any other plugin.
- Once activated, choose the “settings” dropdown menu (or flyout) on the left and select “click to tweet.”
- The ONLY setting that I was able to find was “what’s your Twitter?” I signed in with Twitter and I was in business.
- Once it was activated, I found the Twitter icon in the tools tray on my posting window (on the dashboard side where you write or add your posts), and followed the basic directions there.
After a couple of tries, I got it figured out. Here are a few tips I have learned so far on how to add Click to Tweet to each post.
- Don’t use hashtags, colons, commas or apostrophes in the display tweet or they will display weird. If you use them in the tweet itself, it’s easy and works fine. I’m guessing only periods, dashes and MAYBE question marks work. But if you know differently, please leave me a comment below and share it with my readers too,
- You need to manually insert the link into the “to tweet” section. If you don’t, it’ll just tweet the quote without a link. That’s useless to you because not only won’t it link back to your site, but it won’t even be attributed to you.
- You CAN add your Twitter handle to the TWEET as well, but don’t try to add it with the “@” to your display tweet (it will add weird characters as it does with a lot of punctuation.)
What do you know about the Click-to-Tweet plugin? Do you like it? Have you tried it? Would you or will you now? Interested in hearing your thoughts.