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:
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.
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.