How to Use “Click-to-Tweet” Links In Your Blog Posts

Last Updated on: July 15th, 2017

pic that says "Tweet this"

Using Click-to-Tweet links in your blog posts will help get your posts shared more often.

Every blogger wants more traffic to his or her blog, and using Tweetables is one way to get it.

There are several ways for inserting Click-to-Tweet links into your blog posts. Some are free, and some cost a small bit of money.

This post will cover these various methods.

If you have a self-hosted blog, you have more options for doing this (including plugins).

If you are a newbie blogger and are blogging for free on a platform such as Blogger or WordPress.com, then your options are limited. But there is still a way for you to insert Click-to-Tweet links into your posts!

All you have to do is execute these 10  easy-to-follow steps in the order that they are listed

This is a long and tedious process, but it works. (This is how I used to insert Tweetables when I was a newbie blogger back in 2013!)

10 Steps to inserting “Click to Tweet” or “Tweet This” links in your blog posts:

  1. Find something worthy of tweeting, and write it in your blog post, such as “Tweeting helps you gain followers!” (Tweet this)
  2. then click on the “get Shortlink” button and copy your post URL’s Shortlink (note that this is for the  WordPress platform; for Blogger, click on Permalink and copy your post URLs permalink) OR simply copy the permalink of your post’s URL, which is found right below the title of your post
  3. then shorten your permalink by going to Ow.ly, which is a URL shortener and copy the shortened URL that it generates
  4. then go to Click to Tweet  and
  5. then type your phrase, in my case, “Tweeting helps you gain followers!”, inside the text box
  6. (optional) add relevant hashtags to your Tweet so that it becomes a Perfect Tweet that will get retweeted!
  7. then paste the link generated by Ow.ly after this phrase and add via @yourtwitterhandle which, in my case is via @lorrainereguly (you don’t have to do this, but when you are on Twitter and are checking your @ mentions/notifications, you will be able to see how many people are actually Tweeting your Tweetable links)
  8. then click “generate link” and copy the URL it gives you
  9. then go to back to your blog post and type “Tweet this” in brackets (like I did in step one) after the phrase you want your readers to tweet,
  10. then highlight the words “Tweet this” and use the link icon to add the link you just copied from Click to Tweet so that when your readers click on “Tweet this,” they will be connected to their Twitter account and a textbox that is pre-populated with the phrase “Tweeting helps you gain followers!” and the link to the post that you are writing!

Make sure that you click on the “open link in new window” so that your readers don’t leave your website.

You can also change the color of the text (like I did) if you want it to stand out and really catch your reader’s eye.

If you are able to follow these simple instructions, you should have absolutely no problem adding “Tweet this” to your blog posts!


Other Methods for Using Click-to-Tweet Links

You could use a service such as Click-to-Tweet.

Of course, you could always try to figure out what Ana Hoffmann was trying to say in her instructions for how to do this, if you have an understanding of code and how coding works… or maybe Ramsay’s post, How to Add a “Click to Tweet” Link to Quotes Within Your Posts might help you gain a better understanding.

You might also want to use one of these recommended plugins (if you have your own, self-hosted site like I do now).

You can also use a plugin called Tweet Dis. (This is an affiliate link.)

I love TweetDis. It has a lot of options, looks nice, and has many neat features you can use.

Tweet Creation

Another tip to remember is to make your Tweets as short, or succinct, as possible so that when they are Re-Tweeted, or RT’d, there will be enough room in the 140-character box for all of the characters!

(Twitter adds the name of the person who is Re-Tweeting your Tweet TO THE TWEET. This is why you need to leave at least 15-20 characters free!)

Include a hashtag relevant to the topic of your Tweet, too, to increase the visibility of your Tweet.

Note that it is common practice to put it at the end, and to use no more than two hashtags, although sometimes people use three.

Please Tweet this, and leave me a comment if you found this information useful!

Thank you! See you in the comment section… or on Twitter!

By the way, I will accept donations if you feel like thanking me for this information!

51 thoughts on “How to Use “Click-to-Tweet” Links In Your Blog Posts

  1. Hey Lorraine!

    This is the guide which I’m looking for. Actually, I want to use click to tweet feature on my blog.

    I really appreciate your work.

    Thanks once again. 🙂

    • says

      Ravi, thanks for stopping by and thanking me. It’s not often that people express their appreciation!

      I’m so glad I was able to help you! 🙂

  2. says

    okay. Here is it: ” Is there a way to know how many tweets we got from the plugin clicktotweets?” “How many times people has clicked on the tweets pre-made that just need to be clicked on to be published by the visitors in their own tweeter accounts?”
    It’s just in order to measure the effectiveness of this tool.
    I hope I was clear, if I still wasn’t just tell me about it.

    • says

      Okay, you want to know how many shares your Tweets have. Now I understand!

      Honestly, I don’t know if there is a way of measuring this. I’m sure there is, but I am not very techie and so don’t know how it’s done.

      I actually just emailed a guy who might know, and will post his reply as soon I receive it!

    • says

      As I mentioned in another comment, I reached out to someone who could help.

      This is what I learned:

      Regarding Tweets made via https://clicktotweet.com/:

      There is a dashboard on https://clicktotweet.com/dashboard (you must login with Twitter account), which shows the stats of your click-to-tweets.

      As for the TweetDis plugin, you can easily see the performance of your click-to-tweets, including number of shares, when you use bitly url shortener in the plugin.
      Then you can go to https://bitly.com, log in and see the statistics of the tweets, created with TweetDis plugin.

      I hope this answers your questions!!!

  3. says

    Thank you Lorraine for this post about this plugin.
    I am using it already for some weeks ago in my website. I just want to know, is there a way to know how many tweets clicktotweet generate in each post even if you don’t get mentioned?
    If you have a solution for this, that would be great!

  4. Jonny Zier says

    A nice “How-to”, Lorraine!

    There are more plugins to make some tweetable quotes and images, like TweetDis, for example. Tweetable quotes rock!

  5. Carol Amato says

    Hi Lorraine,

    I’m a big fan of unique and original Tweets, so this is cool – I also created a video tutorial on a slightly different method. I will be sharing yours too because folks need to make their blogs unique and sharable – everything sharable!~ 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great weekend.
    – Carol

    • says

      Carol, people learn in different ways and so it’s great that you are offering others yet another way to learn how to create click-to-Tweet links.

      If you send me the link via Twitter to your tutorial, I’ll update this post with a link to it!

      Thanks for sharing, Carol, and have a great week ahead. 🙂

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  7. Belinda Letchford says

    Thank you for the very clear instructions. I feel great for having learnt something today – I saw this feature on a blog I read, googled for help in how to do it, came across your post, and looked no further! thank you again.

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      This was a HUGE issue for me, too. I really wanted to know how other bloggers did this. I’m SO glad you took the time to thank me. You just made my day! 🙂

      It’s nice learning some of the secrets of the trade, isn’t it? 😉

      • Belinda Letchford says

        It is! And I shared your tip with my family too – some of my kids blog – and it became dinnertime conversation! LOL.

        • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

          Awesome! So nice to hear that it became such a hot topic of conversation! Lovely!

          Cheers to better blogging! 🙂

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      Glad to be of help, Sue! I know that I had a lot of problems trying to figure this out, and when I did, I felt that this “secret” should be made public!

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      Not everyone knows code, so this is helpful to newbie bloggers who want to look like they know something! LOL

      Like me… 😀

  8. Dan Black says

    Great step by step guide Lorraine!!! I’ve found the Click to Tweet is beneficial to sharing a idea, thought, or blog post. Would you recommend using the feature in every blog post or every once in a while?

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      Thanks, Dan! Good to see you over here again!

      My personal recommendation would be to use this feature on occasion, when you have something useful to say that will resonate with many people. They will want to share your information, or your quote, or whatever, with others, and they will be happy to help you share your message! Wouldn’t you agree?

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      I am glad that you like what I am doing…I try to tell others and teach others, too. It’s great when we can all learn together!

      Thanks for tweeting! Usually I respond with a re-tweet of whomever helps me, as my way of saying “thanks”, even if it’s a Retweeted tweet! Actions speak louder than words, in my opinion!

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      I think so, too! I have seen this done on many of the bigger sites…and think part of how they got noticed was because of their tweeaders (tweeters/readers)!

  9. Great post Lorraine. I like the idea of imbedding tweetable quotes in your posts, sometimes that’s more appealing than tweeting an entire post. I’ll have to sit down and test drive it.

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      It took me a few tries to get this post “just right”. These instructions are pretty clear, and once you have done them a few times, you will get used to them. I have to say, though, that Ana Hoffman has provided an alternate solution, which can be found at https://plus.google.com/u/0/115854344437995415484/posts/CnDChnCinmb if you are interested in an “easier” way of doing this.

      So far, I have not tried *her* way, but as far as I am concerned, both ways get the job done, so it is really up to each individual and what he/she feels comfortable with doing. Everyone learns differently, and some people know how to “code”, and some don’t. Myself, I have to say that I don’t know to code, don’t understand it, and don’t like how it looks. I just don’t get it. Of course, I could learn it if I really wanted to, I think…

      At any rate, I will try out her method in a future post, and compare the two. For now, I understand how to do it “my way”, and if I overload my brain all at once, it just might burst! 🙂

      Good luck, with whatever method “fits” you the best, Debra!

  10. Jeri Walker-Bickett (@JeriWB) says

    Nice overview, and I like that there’s a plugin available that can do this for self-hosted sites. I’ll be sure to check it out, and I tweeted your info above as well 😉

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      I saw! Thanks!

      I appreciate your comments, too. It’s nice to know that we can all help one another and share information so freely. 🙂

  11. Glynis Jolly says

    Thanks for the lesson. I was wondering when I would use the short-link feature. Now then, what in the world does RT mean? I’ve seen it but don’t have a clue.

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      RT means ReTweet.

      MT mean Modified Tweet.

      I didn’t know either, at first, but then I asked someone on Twitter, and became informed. Like you are, now!

  12. A couple of things, Lorraine: you don’t really need to click on “get shortlink” (took me a while to figure out what you meant, by the way); you can just use your regular post link.

    Another thing I’d definitely add to ClicktoTweet is your Twitter @handle; that way, it’ll go with the tweet.

    OR, instead of going through the ten steps above, do this:

    Copy and paste this code string into your post (HTML mode):

    Tweet – that’s it. Just make sure to add your own info, of course.

    I hope as I post this comment, the HTML won’t be messed up as WordPress sometimes does it, and if it does, let me know.

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      Thanks for stopping in, Ana. I appreciate it.

      I will remember to add my handle to future posts, and I will experiment with the code you sent. Since you emailed me, I still have it.

      Thanks for sharing this, Ana! I love Traffic Generation Cafe and your free guide, “Mommy, Where Does Traffic Come From?”

      I got it months ago from you at this link, and I see it’s still available. I think my readers will pick it up!

  13. Thanks, Lorraine

    This is good information and I’m keeping it for future reference. Diana was right. I lost your post, but came back in. I’m a regular tweeter so I’m happy to help others get information out.

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      You’re welcome, Elaine. Thanks for sharing!
      Thanks for coming back, too. I was not aware (until you and Diana told me) that I lost you…I am going to look into fixing this so that it doesn’t happen again!

  14. Connor Rickett says

    Definitely easier to use a plugin if you have a self-hosted blog, the rest of you will be well off following Lorraine’s steps until the feature gets Jetpacked sometime in the future–which it almost certainly will.

    Good article Lorraine!

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      Thanks, Connor!

      Remember, I am still learning…

      If you can add to Diana’s suggestion, I would appreciate it!

  15. says

    Nice, post, thanks for writing it, Lorraine!

    I also found clicktotweet.com recently – tested it on one of my posts, definitely liked it and it’s on my to-do list to revisit old posts to insert it (and to make it a habit to insert tweet links in future posts, o course)… Yet to see what’s the effect of it 😀

    Here’s a piece of advice from me (blogger to blogger who is concerned with losing the reader :-P) – you can make your external links open in a new window (via target=”_blank” if there’s no built-in function, not sure how it’s with the free blog). I thought of this because when i clicked to tweet, it open the tweet in the same window and i lost your post – then i had to click a couple of more times until i found it again. Maybe other readers wont be so committed to leave you a comment and will not come back after tweeting 😉

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      Diana, I think that explains why there are not many comments on this post! Thanks for telling me this!

      I don’t know how it works for a free blog, either. If anyone knows, please share…

      Can you please tell me more about this “via target…” stuff? I would like to know what you mean. Remember, I am a non-techie!

      Thanks, Diana!

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      It works! 🙂 Try it out!

      Just keep your tabs open so you can copy and paste with ease!

  16. Jose says

    I use a plugin called tweet embed, it is a lot easier and one right from your editor in WordPress. Give it a try 🙂

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      Thanks, Jose, I will check it out! 🙂

      Ok, I checked it out. This is good if you don’t have a free blog…but I do.

      • Jose says

        Hey Lorraine,

        Yes I realized later that your post was for wordpress.com blogs, in which case it is really helpful 🙂

        Sorry for coming off as uninformed.

        Jose

        • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

          There is a lot to know about blogging, and I am not a pro, so I accept suggestions gratefully! I also realize that there is more than one way to do things…and know that sometimes people need clear instructions, rather than a generic instruction.

          I am glad you think this post IS helpful. 🙂

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