Successful Social Media Tip of the Day . . . Add Twitter Feed to a WordPress Site

Would you like to share your Tweets on your website or blog?

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Adding your Twitter feed to your blog or website can display more content from you. If you are active on Twitter, this can also add to your site’s dynamics making it feel current to followers and you may even gain Twitter followers and engagement.

If you are trying to add your Twitter feed to your blog and can’t figure it out, this post is for you. This post will help you do this on a WordPress.com site.

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Let’s Begin -

The first thing you need to do is create your Twitter Timeline widget within your own Twitter account.  This will generate a widget ID code that WordPress needs in order to enable the Twitter widget on your site.

So let’s go to your Twitter account and follow these steps -

1. Click on your profile photo in the upper right hand corner.

2. This brings up the Account menu on the left side of your screen. Click on the Widget menu located near bottom of the account menu.

3. Click Create New.

This will bring you to the widget menu with options to auto expand photos(this option will display pictures you link to in tweets) and exclude replies(this option will not display a tweet if it is just a reply to someone’s tweet).  These are automatically checked off.  Uncheck the boxes if you wish to change these settings.

Choose the Height – this will determine how many tweets will be displayed at one time. Think of how you wish the feed to look like on your site.

Choose the  Theme color – light or dark which means your Twitter feed on your site will either have a white background or black background.  Choose the color which will make more sense to blend on your site.

Click ‘Create Widget

If you  wish to change the background or other settings, you can always go back to this menu and change the options.

Twitter will now display an address to copy.  The most important part of this address is the numeric code which appears within the address.  Your WordPress widget needs that code.  Copy the code and return to your WordPress site.

Now Go To your WordPress  – Dashboard – Appearance – Widgets

In the widget menu, choose the Twitter widget box from the settings. Copy the Twitter widget code into the Widget ID (?) box. 

Click SAVE to complete the process.  Now go to your site and check out your Twitter feed.  If you wish to make appearance changes, go back to your Twitter widget menu in your Twitter account to make any changes.

Now you have your Twitter Timeline feed on your site and  you may want to add your Facebook like box to your WordPress site . . . that will be my next post ! Right now I have to get outside and enjoy this beautiful Autumn day !

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Successful Social Media Tip of the Day . . . How to Use Keyword Searches

 Keyword Searches

If you are trying to attract more attention to your website or blog, use Keyword Searches to uncover what folks are searching on-line to find a particular topic or product.  This helps build your on-line audience. A few things to know about Keyword searches -

Search engines use the Title and Description to figure out what the content is about so it can be indexed by their spiders.  As they crawl your post they should come into contact with keywords in the body of your content if it reflects what the title and description display.  In order to discover relevant keywords you need to find what the targeted phrases search engines are optimizing in searches.  To do this, use a keyword tool to find the data needed to uncover keywords in your product or service field.

There are many tools you can use to do Keyword searches.  Here are 2 Free tools to try -

Google Keyword Planner – this is free of course but you will need a Google AdWords account to use this tool. After signing into AdWords, you will find the Keyword Planner under Tools. Click on any of the “what would you like to do” questions to customize the type of data you wish to compile. On the right side of your screen you will see How to use Keyword Planner with lots of tips and information on using this tool.

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Bing Ads Intelligence – this is of course Bing’s keyword search tool and is free with a Bing Ads account. This tool is available to use with Microsoft Office Excel interface.  Download your keyword to Excel from your Bing Ad account to get started. You can have up to 200,000 words. Bing uses it’s Yahoo Bing Network data to build your keyword lists.

Remember that Twitter and Pinterest both have in depth analytic tools that can be utilized to see what posts or tweets get the most attention.  The data that both of these sites can provide combined with Google Analytics will provide a comprehensive data picture for your business.  Of course if you wish to pay for Keyword services, there are many great ones out there but if your business is just starting out, use your social media platform data tools.

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