Adding Twitter card is really a damn-simple job into WordPress if you follow the procedure which I am going to show below.. But first off let’s do some background hit on Twitter card as to what it really is and how it can help your site.
Twitter card beautifies your tweets when posted with your site’s links i.e. blog posts. It has your blog post title, your twitter handle, meta description and image which you posted into your blog post.
It puts a very good impression so people would want to retweet/favorite your blog post.
See the following example image how a site’s link with Twitter card added shows on Twitter:
Are you feeling that way? If not, you better should. If yes, let’s get it on your blog!
You must know/have a very famous WordPress plugin called “WordPress SEO by Yoast“? If you don’t have, let’s install it first because this post is solely upon adding Twitter card through that plugin and this plugin will not put a burden on your blog but will be very-very helpful for your SEO efforts.
After installation and activation, head to WordPress Dashboard > SEO > Social > Twitter > Then do the following:
After performing the above steps, we are at 50%. The parts left are to actually test if the Twitter card is activated and functional.
It is the mandatory part or the card will not be functional.
For activation, you have to go through the following steps:
Once the activation process is completed, we are almost at 95%. Only part left is running the test to ensure everything work as expected.
Almost congratulations! We are near to the end! Let’s run a test to conclude the integration of Twitter card!
By the way, during Step 2, we are finished testing because if all come green in step 2 that refers to the working Twitter card but step 3 of testing is to ensure which missing parts Twitter couldn’t identify and of course double testing always help.
Moving back to the topic, it’s the 3rd party tool to check the tags to see if they are well-optimized for different social platforms not just Twitter but Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, etc. as well as SEO score of the link you want to check.
Now, take your blog post’s link and enter here into the field: http://smo.knowem.com/ .. If it finds the tags for Twitter card, it will show them in the Analysis area including missing items as well as scores, etc.
For myself, I am missing on twitter:title, twitter:description and twitter:image but still I find my tweets way to go on Twitter because it looks all okay. 🙂
Now, a real congratulation to you for successfully adding Twitter card into WordPress blog! If there’s still any part unclear or have any question for me. Hit me in comments!
Always staring at WordPress Stats bar is not good, especially for the new bloggers. They do hard work but less visits/counts of people coming to their site, may dishearten them and take away their interest to continue their blogging journey.
Most of the established bloggers remove it as well and that’s the best sign to not have it up and running, as you have to focus/interest on content writing and not worrying about stats too much.