Admit it. You'd just love to flip everyone that visits your blog the bird. Not out of spite, but because you care about how they'd react simply by waving that bird tall, and proud, in their faces. Because everyone loves to get the bird waved to them before kissing their spouse and children as they head to work, right?
Let's break it down.
Keeping blog guests engaged in your content means you’ll need some method of allowing conversations to take place all the time. Accepting blog comments mean cleaning spam every day from your Wordpress console, and carry little value when you really seek deep engagement. Finally, nobody really wants to ‘beg’ people to share their content on Twitter; it would be simpler to provide an easy tool for others to carry forth conversations which can be #hashtagged easily and spread amongst your followers. You need to get more Twitter followers, right?
Enter now the king of 140 characters, Twitter, offering the most comprehensive solution for novice and expert webmasters (or even just plain-Jane blog owners like you – yeah, you) to have the ability to embed their conversation widget onto your blog. Hold on as we explain this process thoroughly.
Gotta Find the Blasted Thing First
Discovering where in the dickens this blasted widget is located is the most trying step since two locations of opportunity exist: Wordpress or Twitter. Twitter passes out an easy to use .zip file, or you can simply search for the plugin in your Wordpress dashboard by clicking the ‘Plugins’ link and going up to ‘Search’ and entering Twitter.
It should be noted that when searching Wordpress, tons of search results will pop up; choose the most prudent one based on user reviews and general ratings. Twitter, of course, would be the guaranteed hotspot for 100% unsolicited perfection in conversation widgets.
Now that you’ve located the widget, what you do next depends on where it was acquired. Follow the instructions below for both instances of finding the Twitter conversation widget you wanted:
You now have installed the widget, and now need to properly configure this to work with your blog.
Once you’re back on the Wordpress dashboard, you’ll see the ‘Appearance’ section located on the right. Find the ‘Widgets’ link and head towards that area. The Widget ‘Options’ area will house your shiny new widget and you need to click-and-drag your widget to the proper area of your blog, more than likely the ‘Primary sidebar’ area. Once you’ve dropped off your widget, you’ll now need to further configure what this cadaver does. We’ll do this as such:
Now that you’ve connected your sidebar Twitter widget then played with your Twidget (a nice portmanteau) options, you’re ready to give the world the bird. Eh, not that one. The Twitter bird, of course. But there are actually some fun things you can do, and this really depends on your CSS knowledge. You can even embed Twitter into Flash.
Embedding The Widget Into Posts
If you want every blog post to consist of live Twitter conversations, you’ll need to embed the Twitter conversation feed into your HTML, which is accomplished through the following methods:
With your freshly commandeered code, it’s time to create your blog post with whatever keyword you’ve decided works best for your Twitter feed. Since Hummingbird created a big humdinger for many a webmaster, you’ll need to choose your keyword and content pragmatically instead of covering rehashed B.S. Once you’ve completed the blog post, flip the tab in Wordpress from ‘visual’ to ‘HTML’ and paste the code Twitter gave you wherever you wish for the feed to show up.
If you wish to get innovative, plaster that bad boy right down the middle of the post to attract reader attention. Clicking ‘save draft’ will allow you to preview what your Twitter feed looks like inside the post; if displeased with where it’s located, you’ll revert back to your blog post and flip back to the ‘HTML’ tab where you can easily adjust the code up or down.
Coloring Your Twitter Feed
A really cool hack to totally manipulate the color of installed Twitter feed or conversation box entails a quick editing of the plugins’ CSS, manageable through the plugin sections (under ‘Editor’). If you’ve managed to pick-up some crafty color hexadecimal experience, you simply located the Twitter plugin’s CSS inside the main website CSS file and tweak the colors to fit your fancy.
You can edit everything applicable to this cutesy little square – so play with text, your background and even the custom URL which appears on the bottom of this widget if you feel daring. If you get bored on Sunday, finagle around with your cascading style sheet and make Twitter look totally sci-fi on your blog.
A Few Cool Twitter Hacks For Wordpress
Hey kids, like digital malevolence? Read enough Twitter followers review blogs, and want to make a change? To anyone that calls themselves an ‘advanced programmer’ or the layman who wishes to jack their Wordpress functions.php file up, here’s some nifty hacks to consider which can make your drab daily blogging much more fun. They are below for your deployment.
Unless you’re loaded on Jager Bombs, you’ll notice we’ve taken you through the digital voyage of integrating Twitter so your blog isn’t that abysmal. Sure, we were even kind enough to proffer a method to screw with the colors, and offered some simply yet fun hacks. Having the ability to flip your visitors the bird will allow your subscriber base to grow and, on the reverse, will allow your Twitter base to increase.
Always remember to put forth excellent content, embed separate Twitter conversations for selected keywords and engage your audience by answering questions or feedbacks left both through Twitter and your shiny blog.