Looking for an interactive way to spread your blog’s message on Twitter? The Clicktotweet service lets users add links to blog posts that can auto-populate a Twitter status update for readers to share.
I like to think I’m a pretty prolific writer. In some of my better blog posts (that you’ve probably never read) I’ve created a dope line, phrase, or quote that would look good as a tweet on somebody’s timeline. When two people many people share my blog posts on Twitter, the entire post is shared.
Which is cool (I’m not complaining), but some of my more shareable one-liners can get buried within the entire blog post. Clicktotweet is a handy service that lets me create a customized link that when clicked, opens a new Twitter window that’s auto-populated with the quote I want shared. All a reader has to do is click the quote in my blog post and share the message on their timeline.
Clicktotweet makes it stupid-simple to create sharable quotes in blog posts! <–Tweet this
Well, maybe not my best work, but you get the point. It’s equally as simple to create the link as well.
Step 1. Come up with a catchy quote that you think will generate some shares. It probably helps to be original, but as long as it’s relevant to the topic.
Step 2. Visit clicktotweet.com and add the quote in the message box. It’s also helpful if you add your Twitter handle and link to the blog post to the message as well. (Pro tip: Save a draft of your post and copy/paste the Permalink that’s located under the draft title into a url shortener like bit.ly to add a link to the quote.
Step 3. Click ‘Generate Link!” and copy the link created in the “Here’s your URL” field. Clicktotweet also provides a preview option so you can play around with the message until you’re satisfied.
Step 4. Go back to your blog post and add the link. You can add the link to the exact phrase you want readers to share, or you can add it to the words “Tweet this” like I did above to give the readers a Call-to-Action trigger to act on.
That’s it. Clicktotweet is one of those handy tricks I would suggest any blogger add to their arsenal to offer an additional layer of interactivity to blog posts.