This is a post from contributor Jenni of Live Called:
If you are starting to get serious about blogging, you are probably interested in building your reach through more blog traffic. Although there are several ways you can gain more readers for your blog, the best way is through “word of mouth” (i.e. other people sharing your posts).
Increase Your Blog Traffic with a “Tweet This” Link
I have found that an effective way to encourage readers to share my blog posts is to use a link that says “tweet this” after a poignant or interesting sentence within the post.
You may have seen this (and hopefully used it!) in my last post about living your ministry:
Don’t use your circumstance as an excuse to avoid serving others. <— Tweet this!
The great thing about this link is that it makes it extremely easy for people to tweet about your post, and allows you to have a little more control over how it is tweeted. It’s a win-win all around!
3 Ways to Create a “Tweet This” Link
- I personally use a method I learned from Blogging with Amy. She has a great tutorial (with a video) on how to create a “tweet this” link using ClickToTweet.com.
- Another option is to download the free Tweet This plugin for WordPress. I don’t have any experience with this plugin, but have read about it on several blogging sites, so I would assume it is a safe option.
- If you like to get techy, you can utilize HTML code to create your own “tweet this” link. Be sure to read the comments below the code for more information on how to insert the hashtag and such.
Whatever method you choose to use, I highly recommend shortening your permalink (blog post URL) with a link shortener such as bitly.com. Since tweets can only be 140 characters long, this will allow you to have more room for your message.
See how the “tweet this” link works by tweeting one of the following phrases!
I just learned how to boost my blog traffic over at Christian Mommy Blogger! <— Tweet this!
Interested in gaining more readers? Learn how using a “tweet this” link can help! <— Tweet this!
I believe you will find that using a “tweet this” link is very beneficial to your blog. Not only will you have the opportunity to gain more readers, but the chance to build a community – which is so much more important than your stats, in the long run!
Have you tried using a “tweet this” link? Share your thoughts in a comment!
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