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Twitter Cards To Add Some Zing To Your Posts On Twitter

Twitter Cards To Showcase Your Blog Posts on Twitter

Twitter Cards  – 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 here to stay!

You will love how the images come out when you see the posts in your Twitter stream.

After all, they do generate more buzz on the Twitter feed. #Twittertips Click To Tweet

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 are 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.

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— Joost de Valk (@yoast) May 14, 2013

Luckily 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

  1. Summary Cards. This is the card I decided to go with for this blog.
  2. Large Image Summary Cards. I may consider applying for this one as well.
  3. Photo Card. Great for photographers and photobloggers. I also can see food bloggers using this one too.
  4. Gallery Card. This would be for a collection of photos. Great to use for photographers and retail websites.
  5. App Card. Great for Pinterest and Instagram.
  6. Player Card. A video/audio card, great for those who use a lot of YouTube and Podcasting.
  7. 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!

 

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.

Etsy, the online retailer, with almost 2 million Twitter followers, has made use of these cards for their products.

In Conclusion

With over 500 million tweets going out daily in the Twitter stream, make sure your tweets are noticeable 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 noticeable with the right Twitter cards today. #Twittertips Click To Tweet

 

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