Looking for a way to encourage your blog readers to tweet your posts? Make it super easy for your readers to tweet your posts by giving them ready-made tweets. We showed you how to use Click to Tweet in the past, but now we want to show you how to use another free tool to create ready-made tweets for your readers: TweetLink. TweetLink is similar to Click to Tweet but has the added benefit of automatically generating a Twitter image button, which will go far in encouraging your reader to click away and tweet your post. Ready to give TweetLink a whirl?
Create the TweetLink
First, visit www.tweetlink.abiro.com. In the “Message” form field, type or paste in the text for your tweet. We like to include a shortened link to the blog post we want to link to and an @ mention of Blogging Bistro, as in the image below. Notice that TweetLink provides you with a “URL” form field. Since this puts the URL at the end of the tweet and we like our URL in the middle of the tweet, we just paste the shortened URL into the message area above instead. As for shortening URLs, we like to use bitly because bitly tracks the statistics of the shortened link, including how many people have clicked it. Check out our tutorial on shortening links. I usually skip the “Title” form field because I prefer to use an icon rather than text to create the finished button. This brings us to the final form field, “Icon.” Simply choose whichever icon you like best by clicking the radio button next to it. Click the blue “Create” button to generate the html code you’ll paste into your blog post to create your TweetLink button.
Insert the TweetLink into Your Blog Post
Below the “Create” button, you’ll see several different options for the types of code you can use and a test of what each option will look like. Don’t be intimidated by all the options! For posting in a blog, your best bet is to use “Anchor (short, image).” This option gives you the icon you selected above and contains a shortened version of the code, which makes copying and pasting it a little simpler. Highlight the code in the “Anchor (short, image)” form field and copy it. Go to your blog post draft and paste the code under the “Text” (HTML) editor. If you’re using WordPress, you’ll need to toggle from “Visual” to “Text,” as in the image below. After you’ve pasted in the TweetLink button code, toggle back to “Visual” to see the button. You can even test out the button by previewing your draft. There’s one last step before you’re done: Let your reader know what the tweet says. Here at Blogging Bistro, we like to let our readers know we’ve created a ready-made tweet for them and we include the text of the tweet. We write something like this (click the “Tweet” icon; it’s live!):
Tweet This Use one of our ready-made tweets to share this article:
If you run into a problem while using TweetLink, don’t hesitate to use the TweetLink contact form to ask a question or offer a suggestion. I ran into a snafu but received super fast and helpful responses from Anders, the CEO.
Try out TweetLink. What did you think? Do you think you’ll start using it to create ready-made tweets for your blog readers?