Have you ever wanted to embed a tweet button into your blog post?
Rather than tweet a link to the whole article, have you ever wanted to tweet just a quote or snippet?
In a previous post I explained how to get people to share your content through social networks. This article will help you to make it easier to get people to share parts of your content rather than just the traditional way and sharing the whole article.
Below is an example of a tweet button that I embedded into a previous post. This tweet button was designed to give readers a chance to tweet the quote that I had listed in the post.
Example of a tweetable quote with tweet button embedded into the post
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When you click on the Tweet button it takes you straight into twitter with a pre-formatted tweet
This is what the preformatted tweet would look like
The pre-formatted tweet includes the quote, the author’s twitter handle and a link to the article.
This is the actual result of the tweet button
As you can see the result is a tweet which links back to the author and the article.
How do you do it?
Find a button
Find a tweet button that you like using google image search. Alternatively you can make your own or use any other picture.
Insert into post
You need to insert the picture into your blog post as you would as if it was any other picture.
Find the link to your blog post
On WordPress, before I hit publish I go to the top of the page and hit “Get Shortlink”.
This is the button you need to press to get the short link
If you are not with WordPress there may be other ways to find the URL before posting. If you can not figure out how to do it, you can alway create the post and then go back in to edit the post and add the tweet button.
Once you click the button, it will show you this box.
This is how the link will be generated
Once you have the link, you can copy and paste it to the clipboard and move onto the next step.
If you want to track the number of people who click on the link, you could use a URL shortening service which has built-in analytics.
Create the custom tweet link
Visit www.clicktotweet.com and create the custom message you want the tweet to contain.
When you have done this you can click generate and it will create a link
Once you have the link – in this case http://clicktotweet.com/v7Qc9, you just add the link to the tweet button that you inserted earlier and hey presto you have made your first tweet button!
This is the result of your hard work!