If you own a blog you should already know the value of having lot of visitors on your blog as a regular reader base is the heart of a blog. In present scenario social media sites like faceBook, Twitter and Google Plus are playing a major role in giving a high expose to your contents. Twitter is one of major part of social Media Networks. So with this article I am sharing about some important plugins that can make your blog more incorporated with Twitter.
Twitter provides a lot of useful plugins that increase the fun for readers and commentators, so visitors are likely to visit your blog more often. Twitter followers can also be attracted by one of the plugins, increasing your blog community.
Plugins are used for a long time to integrate Social Medias with sites, most of the top-notch bloggers using them to attract readership. Loyal commenter prefer to use a trusted platform for blog posts, and this way you get to know better who they are and what they are looking for. Plugins also provide extensive options for your blog integration, such as allowing you to personalize the way user comments are shown or even letting others retweet links to your newly posted articles to invite others to read them as well. So, no wonder plugins are often used in the blogosphere.
But deciding which twitter plugins best suit your blog can be a tough decision, so here’s a list with the top 4 of them to help you out:
1. TwitterLink Comments
This small plugin will allow your visitors to include their Twitter ID in comments they post. This way, a “follow me” link will be displayed on all their posts. Note that the “follow me” link can also be freely customized by the user, and once somebody use it, it will quickly become popular throughout your blog. New visitors are likely to find this feature good for increasing their twitter followers, and they will also regard you as a trustworthy person. All in all, this plugin will attract loyal commenters to your blog.
This one is useful for attracting more readers. It will allow everyone that has a twitter profile to re-tweet your article, so whenever you write a high-quality article, chances are that more and more people will link to it. Also, every time somebeody tweets your article, a special counter goes up by 1 point. There are many alternatives to this plugin, but this one has been proved to be used by most bloggers to attract readership. Oh, and if you wonder how the people’s tweet will include, it will show the title of your article and a shorten link to it.
Another simple, yet very useful plugin which automatically show the commenter’s twitter avatar, based on his matching e-mail address. If, supposedly, he doesn’t have a twitter profile, it will show his specific Gravatar. If he doesn’t have that either, the plugin will load a default image, which can be set up by you. This way you will get to know your readers better, and improve your blog’s appearance at the same time.
Note that the plugin, provided by Smashing Magazine, is a little old and requires some basic set-up. If you don’t want to bother with that I recommend a newer alternative, Twitter Avatar Reloaded, which works the same way but also comes with 7 preloaded templates, that lets you choose how to display commenter’s twitter id or profile.
This latest lightweight plugin will automatically export your blog posts to Twitter or Facebook. It also allows you to customize the broadcasted messages. Furthermore, we all know that when you publish on twitter the discussion might go on there, but Social comes with a solution: it can republish the retweets, replies and responses as blog comments. Social offers various other options as well, such as allowing users to reply to offsite responses, and the option for visitors to comment under their Twitter/Facebook identity. Linking points to the user accounts are displayed, so you get to know better who are the loyal commenters of your blog.
Now these are the most popular choices for twitter integration, but you are not limited to these options only. Various other plugins are available, such as Tweetbacks, that automatically includes what others are ‘tweeting’ about your post in the specific article’s comment section. Most of the Twitter plugins are also customizable and offer various settings, so you are not limited by the default appearance of the plugin.
Any of the above mentioned plugins you would choose, you are most likely to attract more readers and improve your relations with them.
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