Have you ever written a great post and then forgotten to promote it? And wondered why you haven’t gotten any comments?
Automating your promotion will help you to get more visibility to your blog and free up your time for other things… like writing more posts!
I’ve been using the WordTwit plugin for about a year now. It automatically tweets out your post immediately after you publish it. Cool.
But a little while ago, I noticed it stopped working. And things being what they are, I didn’t get a chance to look into why until this week.
Turns out, the reason it stopped working was they made some significant upgrades which require you to set up the plugin differently.
Setting it up is now a bit more complicated, but it is TOTALLY worth it.
This new version of WordTwit will tweet out our post not just once, but multiple times, on a schedule you set. And to multiple accounts (!)
Now, if you are a savvy Twitter user, you know that Twitter only allows you to post the same URL twice in a 24 hour period. WordTwit gets around this rule by changing the URLs in the tweets for you.
Pretty cool, huh?
Oh, and did I mention that WordTwit is free?
Step-by-Step Instructions for Installing WordTwit
(Note: this plugin is only available for self-hosted WordPress-based sites.)
- Search for WordTwit in the plugins directory from your WordPress dashboard. Click Install Now.
- Click Activate Plugin.
- There will now be a WordTwit menu in the sidebar. Click WordTwit, then WordTwit Settings.
- Click Options. Here’s the only step that is complicated: for WordTwit to function, you must create an application at Twitter. And then enter the Credentials:
To create your own Twitter app go to http://apps.twitter.com and login with your Twitter username and password. Click “Create New App” on the right sidebar.
- Click Create New App
- Fill in your Application Details:
Name: This is the name that will be attributed to the tweets that you send to Twitter, so I’d recommend your blog name.
Description: Imagine it’s 5 years from now and you see this application listed in your authoirzed applications in your Twitter profile; make sure you include enough of a description that you can recognize this application and why you created it.
Website: The url to the WordPress blog that you have installed WordTwit on
Callback URL: Repeat the same URL as above in this field. (I’m not sure why, but WordTwit won’t work without the URL here).
- Agree to the Terms of Service and click Create your Twitter Application.
- Return to your WordPress Dashboard and copy the Consumer Key and Consumer Secret values into the correct fields.
- Choose your other WordTwit Options:
General: Set your default language. Give others authority to add Twitter accounts.
Publishing Widget: Set WordTwit default tweet content.Default Post Info: Set publishing schedule
Shortening Method: Twitter will shortnen the URL with their shortner, but often this means that part of your tweet isn’t visible. Control the display of the tweet by shortening it first. Options: WordPress, bit.ly, is.gd, ow.ly, TinyURL, StumbleUpon, YOURLS.
Tracking: Add extra tracking data.
Click Save Changes.
- Add your Twitter accounts. Click WordTwit, then Accounts. Then Add Account. (Note: if clicking Add Account doesn’t open the next screen, check to see that there are no leading blanks in your Twitter app authorization codes that you copy/pasted into the WordTwit settings and that your URL appears in the Callback URL in your Twitter application.
- Click Authorize App — wait a moment — now your Twitter account will now appear in the list of accounts.
- You are now set up to auto tweet every time you post in your WordPress blog.
- You will find the WordTwit widget in the sidebar of the post publishing page. Here, you can see when the post was last tweeted and what the tweet contained. If you’d like tweets for an individual post to be different than your standard settings (to add hashtags, for example), be sure to change the settings in the widget PRIOR to hitting the publish button.
Happy Blogging (and Tweeting!)