So, if you have been following my journey for the past couple of weeks, you know that I am working hard to grow my Twitter followers. I’ve been able to go from a stagnant account with under 200 followers to a pretty active account with 1,090 followers. You can read all about what I’ve learned so far in my Twitter Challenge in my last post, and if you want to follow me on Twitter, you can find me here.
One thing that I have learned throughout the challenge is that there are a lot of things that I do not know. I haven’t used Twitter regularly in a couple of years, and even then it was very sporadically. As I was going through and looking at the big influencers on Twitter, I noticed that when they shared links from their websites, they had this nice looking little box that showed the link, a description, and an image. I thought that it looked pretty slick, but I figured that it would be tough to set up, so I put it off.
Then, when I started posting some of the posts from my site, the look of just a link started to bother me. Here I am posting all about how to grow an audience on Twitter and my links look like garbage. I decided then that I’d get one of those little box thingies no matter how hard it is to set up. First thing I had to do was to figure our what they were called. I did some research and found that they were called Twitter Cards. From that point, I found out that it is seriously easy to set up on your website – at least it is if you have WordPress – if you don’t, you’re on your own.
How To Set Up Twitter Cards In 5 Minutes
Step 1 – Install Yoast SEO Plugin
There is a good chance that you already have it, but if not you will have to install Yoast’s SEO plugin. If you’re not experienced with WordPress, here are the instructions for adding a plugin:
- Click on plugins on the left menu from your admin page.
- From there, click the “Add New” button at the top of the page.
- In the search plugins box, type in Yoast SEO and it is the one that looks like the picture below.
- Install and activate the plugin.
Step 2 – Configure Yoast SEO Plugin for Twitter Cards
Now, on the left side menu in your WordPress admin area, you will have an option called SEO. That is where you configure the Yoast SEO plugin. This plugin can do a lot of great things for your site SEO wise, but for today, we are just talking about Twitter Cards (if you want to know how to configure the plugin to maximize your SEO, let me know in the comments. I can write a post about that if anyone is interested.).
When you click on SEO, a sub menu opens up – click on Social
When you click Social, you should be on the accounts tab (and if you’re not, make sure to click on the accounts tab). For this, you will simply want to type your Twitter username in the correct box – without the @. This is what mine looks like.
Make sure to hit save when you’re done and then click the Twitter tab. Here, you just need to make sure that the enabled button is selected and you can choose between the summary card or the summary with large image card and hit save changes. This is what mine looks like. I like the summary format better, but it’s all down to personal preference.
If you are the only author on your site, skip this step. However, if your site is a multi-author blog, there is one more step that you (and all of the other authors) have to do. Hover your mouse over users on the left side menu and select your profile. Under your contact info, just enter your twitter profile URL into the box and hit save.
Step 3 – Test To Make Sure It Worked
Everything is set up at this point. All that is left to do is to make sure that it works. Follow this link – https://cards-dev.twitter.com/validator and enter the url of a blog post to make sure that it is working. If it looks something like the screenshot below, you’re done! Your Twitter Card is now set up and any time someone shares your link on Twitter this box will be added below the link!
Questions or Comments?
If you have any questions or comments I’d love to hear them! Leave them below and I promise I’ll answer!