How to Add a “Click to Tweet” Link to Quotes Within Your Posts

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Ever wondered how people add a little “tweet this quote” or “click to tweet” link within their posts that allows readers to just tweet that quote and not the whole article?

You might not have even seen it yet. Its a fairly new thing that all the cool kids are doing.

Anyway, I first saw this on Neil Patel’s blog and decided to implement it on my own.

This is a really cool way to get more retweets on your blog because you are giving people micro-opportunities to share your work. They might not want to tweet your whole post but they might like a quote or two.

How the “tweet this quote” function works

Okay so basically the way this thing works is by allowing you to add a little link next to quotes that you think people might like to share on Twitter.

I’ll show you an example. Here is a quote I just came up with:

Twitter is like the lunch meeting with potential clients before you do the pitch. [Tweet this]

Every now and then I write cool little sentences that I’m 100% certain get lost within the post. Now I add these little “tweet this” links so that people who spot them can share them.

How to add it to your blog

As far as I can tell there are two ways to add a little click to tweet link to your blog.

The hard way:
The first way, which takes a bit more work, is to use the following URL as the link for your quote:

http://twitter.com/home/?status=

After that you add the message that you want people to Tweet and the text you want them to click. So the one I gave in the example above would look like this:

<a href=”http://twitter.com/home/?status=Twitter is like the lunch meeting with potential clients before you do the pitch. via @blogtyrant”>tweet this </a>

The easy way:
The easier way to do this is to use a website called Click to Tweet.

All you do is enter the quote in the box on the right and then click “generate link”.

You then use they URL that they give you as the destination for your anchor text.

For example:

Here is an example quote you want people to share. [<a href="http://clicktotweet.com/HVk8C" target="_blank">Tweet this</a>]

You can add these at any part of your post, it doesn’t have to be a blockquote. It could just be a cool little phrase you use to sum up a paragraph or article.

Make sure you make the quote short enough to allow people to retweet it within Twitter itself and make sure you include a tiny URL of the post where the quote came from.

What do you think?

What do you think about this little function? Will you use it on your blog? If you are confused about the implementation or know a better way to do it then drop a comment and let me know.

Photo credit: Neal.

 

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29 Comments... Leave yours.

  • Rowena

    Will definately use on my blog. I think its a great way to help advertise competitions, giveaways etc.


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Absolutely. That is a really good idea.


  • Peggy Baron

    Hey cool, thanks!

    I’d like to make mine blue so they’re more recognizable.

    Peggy


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Now that is a more tricky request. Probably need to do some CSS work there.


  • Vidya Sury

    That’s very neat indeed! And something that will make it more fun. I practiced by hitting the Tweet This for the example quote, BT – and of course, it went off in the twitter-sign-in-tweet-this-twitter-home-page route. Now, I remember that the first time I registered “opening in a new window” on your blog – adding that target blank stuff. Is that a good idea here? ‘Coz I found myself having to go back to my email to return to read the rest of the post.

    As always – I love the value you post.


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Hi Vidya.

      Good to see you.

      Generally people say that link should stay in the same page if it is the same site, different page for different sites. So I probably should make that a target=blank as you say.

      Good find! Thank you.


  • Gera

    Hi,

    Really something simple and effective. I saw it but never used clicktotweet, just saw for the entire post.

    I like the idea to apply it to short phrases on mine: then more exposition, better traffic and eventually more readers – good social recipe :)

    All the best,

    Gera


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Thanks Gera. Glad you liked it.


  • zimbrul

    I’ve seen that yesterday here at Blog Tyrant and I thought: what a brilliant idea! It seems that you’ve just introduced and I think it’s quite good thing to have something like that in the first third of your article when the reader’s attention is at its peak. I’ll definitely click to Tweet on such link…and I’m not the “clicky” reader out there.
    I’ll give it a go for sure.


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Glad you like it. Thanks mate.


  • Kirs @ MyHealthyWeightLossJourney

    Thank you! I’ve been looking for this for quite some time – I just couldn’t get my head a round it!


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      No problems Kirs.


  • Bilal Kamoon

    I want to add that you can add %23hashtag to add some hashtags to your tweets, for example:
    Something about nature [tweet this]

    The tweet would come out as: “Something about #nature”


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Good idea!


  • Trish

    I love how practical you are with your posts Blog Tyrant (may I call you “BT” for short?) This is a great tip and one I will be implementing.

    Can’t wait to see your face!


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Thanks Trish.

      You can call me whatever you want.


  • Sharon Fiberesima

    Hmm…this is really cool. The last post on my blog had a lot of quotes and stuff and I can’t wait to go try this out. Thanks!


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Glad it helped.


  • Dan Sumner

    Hi BT,

    Thanks for the tip. I too noticed it on Neils blog, and I Tweeted it.

    Thanks for sharing.

    I am going to add it to a tweet this graphic. I seen this on Social Triggers and it looked good.

    Thanks

    Dan


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Yeah that will work well. Thanks Dan.


  • Johanna

    Thanks BT. I’m going to try it too.


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Glad you liked it Johanna.


  • Christelle Hobby

    I really like this trend. It seems like a stronger call to action than a button and it doesn’t distract the reader. I’d also say to add a little more *umph* to a “tweet this” link, make sure a small link to the post is in the message. Thanks for the tip!


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Yeah totally agree with that Christelle. Thanks for dropping by!


  • Michelle

    Wow. This is so helpful. Thank you for the post. Twitter is such a big part of everyday lives now, where even certain news is breaking on Twitter before news agencies.I’m definitely going to try this.


    1. the Blog Tyrant

      Glad you liked it Michelle.


  • Mike Jones

    Nice article! I’ve always tried to get my readers to interact with me over Twitter. Maybe I’ll give this a shot. Just thought I’d mention I stumbled across a site just like clicktotweet.com, but instead it’s clicktotweet.me and they offer click statistics for those who are interested in finding who clicked their link and how many times it was clicked/tweeted. I’m a statistics freak so I liked that more. :)


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