WordPress

WordPress Plugin #6: WordTwit

Note: In this series I’ll delve into some of the better plugins available for WordPress that I am already using, or about to start using. I’m aiming to highlight 30 of the better plugins.

Integrating Twitter into your blog is, for me, one of the best things you can do. While there are plugins around that can display your Twitter profile and/or recent tweets, having WordPress publish your posts to Twitter automatically is a tidy idea.

Hence why I use, and like, WordTwit which “keeps track of when you publish new posts, and automatically informs all followers by pushing out a tweet.” The plugin details talks about an increase in traffic to your blog as a result of this automatic activity, and I can vouch for that – since loading the plugin back in April 2009 I have seen visitors to the blog jump from less than 1,000 per month to over 10,000 unique visitors each month.

You can choose from your preferred URL shortening service, but be warned you’ll need account details for some of them, so sign up and get the API key first:

You can personalise the message that is posted when you publish a blog entry, and you must remember to authorise the WordTwit plugin to your blog before it’ll work at all:

With the plugin working you’ll see something like the below on the new post page, including the shortened URL for the published post;

  • http://www.rsc-ne-scotland.org.uk/mashe Martin Hawksey

    I think your increase in traffic is more about the quality of your posts than a wp plugin ;-)

    • http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk David Hopkins

      Thank you.

  • Erwin Yatsko

    This is a testing of my new software, if you see it, means it works? I just want to exchange a back link with you, please post your link on my page http://www.justreviewer.com/wordpress-seo-sem-tool-review/

  • Zackary Leete

    Fantastic blog! I actually love how it is easy on my eyes as well as the information are well written. I am wondering how I can be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your rss feed which should do the trick! Have a nice day!

    • http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk David Hopkins

      Zackary – You can always sign up to the ‘Email Subscription’ service to receive email alerts when I next publish any content?

      All the best, David