Twitter Cards To Showcase Your Blog Posts on Twitter
Twitter Cards (Updated October 26, 2019) – Seeing tweets in the stream with images and videos inspired me to learn more about these multi-media cards years ago. After all, they do generate more buzz on the Twitter feed even today.
Now, these Twitter Cards allow you to attach media experiences to your tweets that link back to your own content. I love the way they look in the Twitter stream.
As I was considering doing away with my Yoast plugin and doing research on these media cards I learned that Yoast was easy to integrate with the Twitter Cards. Yoast is now here to stay!
You will love how the images come out when you see the posts in your Twitter stream.
Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Sweet Tweets of Summer with Lisa Sicard, Twitter for Biz Part 2 https://t.co/UWrZEiF7Ot with @Lisapatb and a sweet @MadalynSklar tale too! #TwitterTips
— Sue-Ann Bubacz (@SueAnnBubacz) October 26, 2019
How Can You Get Your Twitter Cards?
First you must register via Twitter and they must grant you permission. It took several days for mine to come through. You will receive an email from Twitter that you have been approved or not.
Then you must follow the instructions on how to code for the Twitter cards which can be quite technical. You can click here to see the meta tags you would need to add.
There are more instructions on Twitter cards here as well.
Yoast Made Installing the Cards Easy!
Luckily I have the Yoast SEO plugin and it was super easy. Check off one box and add your Twitter username. That’s it!
Otherwise you must add special coding to your site. That’s why I did not apply immediately. I knew it would not be simple until I read about Yoast’s easy settings for Twitter Cards.
If you not sure about Yoast you can follow the developer Joost de Valk on Twitter. If I can learn how to use Yoast I think you can too. It’s not the easiest plugin to learn. There are many settings within it.
— Joost de Valk (@yoast) May 14, 2013Luckily I have the Yoast SEO plugin and it was super easy. Check off one box and add your Twitter username. That's it! #yoast #Twittercards Click To Tweet
7 Types of Twitter Cards
- Summary Cards. This is the card I decided to go with for this blog.
- Large Image Summary Cards. I may consider applying for this one as well.
- Photo Card. Great for photographers and photo bloggers. I also can see food bloggers using this one too.
- Gallery Card. This would be for a collection of photos. Great to use for photographers and retail web sites.
- App Card. Great for Pinterest and Instagram.
- Player Card. A video/audio cards, great for those who use a lot of YouTube and Podcasting. Ms. Ileane, queen of podcasts and YouTube, are you ready?
- Product Card. Great for retail websites to show off their products.
More Examples of Using Cards for Tweets
Ileane uses her Twitter cards for YouTube right in the Twitter stream. I love sharing YouTube to Twitter because you can watch them in the stream. Don’t try this with Facebook because it will not work!
— Lisa ???? (@Lisapatb) October 26, 2019
National Geographic also has their Twitter Cards set up and looking great. With all their beautiful photography I would not be surprised if they use several different types of these cards.
Arctic foxes don’t usually get this close to humans, but this one was feeling brave pic.twitter.com/ucOcjUWDek
— National Geographic (@NatGeo) October 25, 2019
Etsy, the online retailer, with almost 2 million Twitter followers, has made use of these cards for their products.
— Etsy (@Etsy) October 20, 2019
With over 500 million tweets going out daily in the Twitter stream, make sure your tweets are noticable with the right Twitter cards today.
Have you seen some great uses of Twitter Cards? I haven’t seen a lot of them and am surprised that some big companies are not using them.
Will you be setting up Twitter Cards for your blog or website soon?With over 500 million tweets going out daily in the Twitter stream, make sure your tweets are noticable with the right Twitter cards today. #Twittertips Click To Tweet
This post has been updated, October 26, 2019.