Tutorial: Click To Tweet Plugin for WordPress

When Blogging Bistro client Amy Yoffie shared a new click to tweet tool with us, we were eager to check it out. As vice president of Eric Yoffie, LLC, Amy manages the social media and marketing for her husband Rabbi Eric Yoffie, writer, lecturer, and internationally known religious leader. Amy shared with us a WordPress plugin that creates click to tweets with the touch of a button.

With several click to tweet tools to choose from (we showed you how to use TweetLink and a different Click to Tweet tool in the past), you might be wondering, “Is there really room for another click to tweet tool on the market?”

After testing CoSchedule’s Click to Tweet WordPress plugin, we say yes. In fact, we’ve been convinced to switch our from our go-to tool for two reasons: ease of use and good looks.

Take a look at how Amy Yoffie used CoSchedule’s Click to Tweet in this blog post on Eric Yoffie’s site:

We like the clean lines and block quotation style of the tweet, which not only highlight the important info but also help the reader envision what they’d be tweeting.

Install the Plugin and Create a Clickable Tweet

Ready to learn how to use the Click to Tweet plugin for WordPress?

Please note that this is a plugin for WordPress. If you use a blogging platform other than WordPress, you’ll be best off using TweetLink or the original Click to Tweet.

Log in to the dashboard for your WordPress blog. On the lefthand side menu, hover over the “Plugins” button, then click “Add New.”

On the “Install Plugins” page, type “Click to Tweet by Todaymade” into the search field.

The details of the Click to Tweet plugin will appear. Click “install now.” Once the installation is complete, navigate to “edit settings” and add your Twitter handle.

When you’re ready to insert a Click to Tweet in your blog post, simply click on the blue bird icon in your text editor…

…and write or paste in the text for your tweet in the dialogue box that pops up. If you included your Twitter handle when you customized the plugin’s settings, the tool will automatically insert it. The tool also automatically includes a link to your blog post. CTT insert tweet

If you like to edit your blog posts with the text/HTML editor rather than the visual editor, simply code your tweets likes this: [Tweet “Insert text for tweet here”]. Here’s what our finished Click to Tweet looks like:

And here’s what that tweet looks like when we click on it.

The only downside we’ve discovered with this tool is that it doesn’t automatically shorten the links. Hopefully the developers at CoSchedule will include this function in a future update.

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A Creative Way to Use Click to Tweets

Instead of simply placing Click to Tweets at the end of your blog post, experiment with placing them throughout your post. One creative way to do this is to pull statistics from an infographic and create Click to Tweets out of them, as Scott Ayres did in his Post Planner blog post.

For example, let’s say we’re writing a blog post about the common features of the most successful blog posts. We might write something like this:

The Blog Pros analyzed 100 top ranking blog posts and discovered that the most successful posts had several things in common. Did you know that…

Looks like links are another key component of top blog posts:

Tweets have tremendous power to widen the reach of your blog posts, so get creative in the ways you can use Click to Tweets—and let the Click to Tweet plugin do the dirty work for you.

Tweet It!

Let’s Talk

Do you like the look of this new Click to Tweet? Are you going to start using it on your WordPress site? 

 

  • After your last tutorial, I’ve been using TweetLink and loving it. This looks even better. Thanks for always being on the lookout for great blogging tools and for giving step by step directions non-techy people can follow.

  • After your last tutorial, I’ve been using TweetLink and loving it. This looks even better. Thanks for always being on the lookout for great blogging tools and for giving step by step directions non-techy people can follow.

  • Katherine Jones

    Funny you should feature this today. After seeing this used on one of my favorite blogs, I looked it up and installed it on mine just last week. So far so good–so easy to use, and it looks good too. Glad you’re giving this useful tool some more attention.

  • Katherine Jones

    Funny you should feature this today. After seeing this used on one of my favorite blogs, I looked it up and installed it on mine just last week. So far so good–so easy to use, and it looks good too. Glad you’re giving this useful tool some more attention.

  • Katherine,

    I saw that on your blog this morning and thought, “Did Katherine already read our tutorial?”

    My only gripe about it is that it doesn’t display correctly in the RSS feed email or on mobile phones.

  • Thanks, Mindy. Andrea and I like this one even better than TweetLink because it removes several of the steps. Anytime we can do something more quickly and efficiently, we jump on it!

  • Katherine,

    I saw that on your blog this morning and thought, “Did Katherine already read our tutorial?”

    My only gripe about it is that it doesn’t display correctly in the RSS feed email or on mobile phones.

  • Thanks, Mindy. Andrea and I like this one even better than TweetLink because it removes several of the steps. Anytime we can do something more quickly and efficiently, we jump on it!

  • Katherine Jones

    Hmm, hadn’t checked it out there. Maybe coming in an update soon? One can hope. 🙂

  • Katherine Jones

    Hmm, hadn’t checked it out there. Maybe coming in an update soon? One can hope. 🙂

  • Susan Sage

    Is it ‘CoSchedule by Todaymade’? That’s the only one I find that’s compatible.

  • Susan – Thanks for bringing this change to my attention. They changed the author name from “CoSchedule” to “Todaymade.” I’ve updated the tutorial and included a link to the plugin in the WordPress plugin directory.

    So yes, you found the correct plugin! I’ve been using it exclusively for close to a year now and it’s the best one I’ve found.

  • Susan Sage

    Okay, good. Thanks, Laura. Looking forward to seeing you at Mount Hermon. I’ve been applying many things you’ve taught, and suggestions you made when we spoke personally last year, to my blog. I’m liking the results. BTW, do you have any tutorials on how to embed a song on a blog? I couldn’t find anything but may not be looking for the correct worded item. Thanks again.

  • Susan, Not sure what you mean by embedding a song. If someone else wrote the lyrics and or tune, you’ll need to get written copyright permission from them to use it. If you have permission, you could try a downloadable PDF if you’re including the score.

    See you soon.

  • Susan Sage

    It’s when I want a song from like, Youtube, to be on my blog post. I see other people do it often and thought that since it was on youtube, and downloadable, it was okay. I’d better check I guess. Thanks for your time.

  • If you are using WordPress, simply copy the “Share” link from the song in YouTube and paste the link in the spot in your text editor where you want the YouTube player to display the song. When you save and publish your post, the player should display in the body of your blog post. If your blog goes out via email to your subscribers, the player will not display in the RSS feed, so it’s best to embed a clickable link to the video in your post, in addition to the link to the video player.

  • Susan Sage

    Got it. Thanks

  • Hey Andrea and Laura, thanks so much for sharing Click To Tweet! This is a pretty great tutorial to get that all set up. 🙂 -Nathan from CoSchedule

  • Thanks, Nathan. I love this plugin and have been using it in almost all my blog posts.