If you’ve been on Twitter for a while, you’ve forgotten your first tweet. Check out Discover Your First Tweet…. In April of 2007, Dreamhost was down, it seems. (Face palm.) On the other hand, that’s what I always do when something’s not working right — I check Twitter to see if others are sharing the misery.
Who’s got enough blog content? No one, that’s who. I’ve shared my big content time-saving trick – plan your content on Sundays. If you don’t want to plan on Sundays, do it anytime you like, but don’t do it in your office. You need time, and a calm, relaxing atmosphere. I hike myself and my iPad to our local park, or on cold days I snuggle up on the sofa to plan.
My big secret for the Sunday planning sessions is creating draft posts using the Drafts Dropdown plugin on my WordPress blogs.
On most blogs, I’ve got at least ten draft posts, so I know that on my worst day, I can create content.
Here’s my second big blog content secret: SHORT posts. Little itty bitty posts… You may find as I do that these little posts get more attention than long screeds.
Here are some ideas for itty bitty content you can create FAST.
Instant content: embed tweets
I save all my tweets to Google Docs using an ITTT recipe. Just activate Twitter and Google Docs in your If This, Then That account, and your tweets will all be saved for you.
I can click on an individual tweet, and embed it in any blog post.
Facebook and Google+ allow you to embed content too – these embeds create short, fast, blog posts.
Create a tips list (just the list – expand later)
Create a list of tips about anything at all. Don’t bother expanding on the tips, you can expand on them later. If you have a blog post with ten tips, each of those tips can expand into a brand new article.
Create a roundup of posts from your own, or others’ blogs
Roundup posts are short and simple to create.
Some bloggers create roundup tweets, and roundup Google+ posts. Bring your older content to reader’s attention.
In similar vein, update older content with a fresh tip, insight, or with the latest news on the topic.
Using the Media Explorer, you can now insert tweets and YouTube videos without ever leaving WordPress.
This tool lets you search Twitter and YouTube from inside the “Insert Media” window in your WordPress.com Dashboard, which makes it easy to find and embed relevant Tweets and videos in your posts and pages.
I tried it out on my WordPress.com blog.
It’s easy. Just click the Add Media button when you’re creating a new post (as in the image above).
On the Insert Media page, just click Insert Tweet, or Insert YouTube. In the above image, I clicked on Insert Tweet/ By User.
As you can see above, recent tweets by user @angee (me) appear.
Click on the tweet you want to insert, then click the Insert Into Post button.
You’ll just see a link, until the post is previewed or published.
Here’s the preview of the tweet in the post:
As you can see, the tweet is embedded in the post.
Sadly, Media Explorer is not yet available on self-hosted WordPress blogs
We’ve talked about Twitter tools and Buffer. Buffer’s one of my favorite social media tools because it’s so fast and simple. If you’re not using it, WHY NOT? The basic service is free, so it costs you nothing to try it.
In addition to providing an amazing service, Buffer has a truly useful blog.
“Tweets with image links get 2x the engagement rate of those without
Just like on Facebook, photos are more engaging for Twitter users.
Did you know you can Buffer images right from the web? Our chrome extension lets you right-click on an image and put it straight into your Buffer account as an image post:”
I use Chrome, but didn’t know about the extension, so I’m downloading it now, AND I’m making images a priority. (We’ve talked about image marketing. It was the big news at the end of 2012, and it’s powerful in 2013. Start investing in images, and get a Pinterest account.
Stats you can use to power up your tweets
Tips from Buffer’s article:
* Twitter engagement is higher on weekends.
This makes perfect sense. We all have more free time on weekends, so spend more people are spending time on Twitter.
* Write short tweets — under 100 characters.
* Use hashtags. If you’re doing a marketing push, make up your own hashtag for your campaign. Get your Twitter pals to use it.
* Be fun — people are on Twitter during their commute. Give them something to brighten their day.
* Ask for retweets. Be careful with this one, obviously.
Use Buffer’s stats to power up your tweets. Now I’m off to source more images… :-)