Showing posts with label Twitter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Twitter. Show all posts

Add Social Sharing Buttons To All Images On Blogger And Wordpress


Photos and images have become such an integral part of blogs with many thinking images are as important as the text.This does not just referr to Photography blogs but no matter what the subject of your blog; visitors respond to photos and other media.The success of Pinterst has just gone to reiterate this, in the modern online world the old and overused saying A picture is worth a thousand words really rings true.

So as bloggers we can utilize the images we use on our blogs in a number of ways.In this post we will see how to use images to get visitors sharing your posts.This tutorial will cover how to add social bookmarking buttons to the images you use on your blog.So directly from the image visitors can share the image (thus the post) on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other popular social networks.I know from emails and comments i received this was something many of you have been looking for.

To do this we will use the gadget from SlingPic which offers a plugin for Wordpress users and I will walk you through how to add the code to Blogger.Take a look at the demo below, simply hover over the images to see the share options :

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How Changes in Social Media Will Help Bloggers In 2014


Guest Post - Our host is Ben Taylor, Ben is taking a look at the changes we can expect to social media in 2014.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.

October was a big month for social media. Twitter finally ousted HootSuite and other third-parties by introducing its own Scheduled Tweet program. It also added the option of allowing people who follow you to send you direct messages (you used to need to be following them first). Facebook, meanwhile, has added the ability to edit posts. Google+ is also creeping into other Google properties, requiring the use of real names in comments and posts.

So what do these changes mean for bloggers? Will they need to change their social media tactics to benefit from these newest steps? Let’s look at each platform and examine how a blogger’s day-to-day might change.


First, the addition of Scheduled Tweets to Twitter will simply make it easier to schedule Tweets concerning articles and webcasts for those who already do so via HootSuite. For those who haven’t been using HootSuite, of course, this can be a golden opportunity to begin scheduling Tweets to increase their blog’s visibility. Take care when scheduling Tweets, however- if you make a blunder or Tweet in poor context, you’ll find yourself under fire faster than you can delete the offending message.

Guest posting has become important for both marketers and for bloggers. The influx of fresh content, sometimes quality and sometimes not, is a good way to make sure that your blog is always up-to-date. Twitter’s move to optionally allow followers to be able to direct message you could be a godsend for bloggers who want to encourage easily filtered guest post offers, especially around the holidays when time to post is scarce. This new feature, paired with an announcement on your contact page, could make for very easy perusing of guest post ideas- all people must do to pitch is follow you and send a direct message to you with a short pitch and their email.


Obviously, the ability to edit statuses will cause a good amount of havoc. Once a post has been changed, any replies to it won’t make sense anymore. However, bloggers can use this ability to their benefit. This is good for bloggers because nothing hurts traffic worse than misinformation. Adding hashtags or adding a note about a significant reblog or comment can also increase your traffic without needing to make a new post altogether.

Also, if you’re posting a snippet of an article onto your Facebook page to increase prominence, it’s comforting to know that you can edit that snippet if you need to improve the grammar or change the URL. Especially if you need to change something for accuracy in an article, it’s important to be able to edit your Facebook post as easily as you can edit the article, itself.

Google+ and YouTube

Also in the social media news, there has been much nay saying concerning Google’s ambition to connect all of its services and force users to post everything under their real name, notably YouTube comments. Google has been trying to boost its social media platform, Google+, to little success in the past 2 years. The incorporation of YouTube into this network is a calculated way of ensuring that Google+ gets traffic and becomes more heavily used.

For the average person, this is not a welcome change. For the blogger, however, this can be exceedingly useful. Your most valuable asset when blogging is your reputation and especially your name. Having your name attached to your activities should be a positive when trying to gain traffic to your site. The downside might be a loss of privacy and a need to take more care in what you post. But as successful bloggers are people who manage their online reputations fastidiously, these things shouldn’t be intimidating.

The bottom line is that social media is evolving in ways that benefit bloggers. That is, if you’re willing to put in just a little extra effort.

AuthorBy Guest Author - Ben Taylor is a social media studying, coffee drinking, hat wearing child of the digital age. He currently writes for social media optimization company, Eloqua.

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How To Embed Tweets In Your Blog Posts


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There are a number of times I have found myself quoting a Tweet in one of the posts on Spice Up Your Blog.I know many of you will have in the past either seen tweets quoted or quoted them in your own blog.However most of the time bloggers simply quote the text from a tweet and I have even seen people use screenshots.But Twitter actually offer the option to fully embed tweets and it couldn't be easier.

In this post I will show you exactly how you can grab a tweet and embed it on your blog.I have made a video tutorial to make it as easy as possible to follow.It will work on blog platforms like Blogger and Wordpress, indeed anywhere you can place HTML.

Below I have an example of an embedded tweet from my Twitter account :

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How I Used Industry Leaders On Twitter To Spike My Blog Traffic


Guest Post - Our host is Nick Steeves, Here Nick shows us how he has managed to get huge brands promoting his content.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.

So you’ve got a blog and you’re picking away at the basics - getting backlinks, optimizing your tags and meta-data and posting to but you’ve yet to see any major spikes in traffic.There are people out there with established audiences which you would love to tap into, but how? These people are bombarded with requests at all hours - how do you get their attention?

Flattery is Your Best Weapon

Everyone loves to share a glowing review about themselves, and thought leaders are no exception.Talking about why someone is successful and how others can emulate them to be successful will get you a much quicker shout-out than simply soliciting one by telling them why you’re so great.

I have done this successfully with a number of large brands on Twitter - most notably DKNY who retweeted me (@GetLocalShopprs) each of the three times I tweeted them over the course of several months.

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Neat Triangle Design Social And Rss Icon Gadget For Blogger And Wordpress


Triangle Social Icons GadgetI know we all like to have a unique look to our blogs and some unique icons to display our social profiles and feeds.So here I have a Subscribe and Follow section for your blog using a neat set of triangle social icons.You can add the icons with links to your feed and profiles to your sidebar on Blogger and Wordpress.

The icons are from Design Cauldron and look fantastic,Included in the gadget we have the code for are icons for your Rss Feed, Email Feed, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest And YouTube.You can easily remove any of the icons if your not on one or more of the sites.

Below you can see the icons (All connected to our profiles so you can use them to connect with Spice Up Your Blog if your not already), further below that you can follow the link to see them live on a demo blog.

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Using Twitter To Find Guest Post Opportunities


Twitter 3D Logo IconGuest Post - Today's host is Caeden M MacGregor, who looks at Three ways Twitter can help you find high ranking, relevant sites for gust posts.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.

Since its launch in 2006, Twitter has been the way to communicate what you’re doing, what you’re thinking, and what you’re eating to the world. It’s true; with more than 100 million people logging on every month to tweet their pet pictures, share upcoming local events, and the latest and greatest events in their day, Twitter users share every thought and whim in real-time with their followers.

However, for SEOs and link builders specifically (we use Twitter to identify link building opportunities at the SEO company I work for all the time) Twitter offers more than a simple opportunity to share what pub you’re at or what movie you just caught. Twitter offers much in the way of link building targeting—meaning high ranking, highly followed sites that you can approach for guest post opportunities in exchange for a back link.

As far as making your online presence known to high ranking, relevant sites, Twitter is the place to be…or rather Tweet. This social media platform offers the perfect foundation for you to follow, retweet, and connect with the sites and readers you are targeting just by re-tweeting and replying to their tweets to making your presence obvious. This way, when you approach them with a guest post, they will be more likely to respond and accept it.

Here are three ways you can use Twitter to find guest post opportunities…

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Latest Tweet Twitter Bird With Speech Bubble Gadget For Blogger


Using the latest Twitter API it's become easy to create a neat latest tweets gadget.In this post i will show you how to add a Twitter bird with a speech bubble containing your latest tweet to your blog.The idea comes from and all that's needed is some Css and a few lines of script.

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Remember Always Back Up Your Template Before You Make Changes - How To Back Up A Blogger Template

Step 1. In Your Blogger Dashboard Click Design > Template Designer, Then Advanced > Add Css

Step 2. Copy and Paste the following code into the Css section (See Paste Code Here Above)

#twitter_update_list li{
background: #f4f8f9; /* Old browsers */
background: -moz-linear-gradient(top, #f4f8f9 1%, #e8f0f2 100%); /* FF3.6+ */
background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(1%,#f4f8f9), color-stop(100%,#e8f0f2)); /* Chrome,Safari4+ */
background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top, #f4f8f9 1%,#e8f0f2 100%); /* Chrome10+,Safari5.1+ */
background: -o-linear-gradient(top, #f4f8f9 1%,#e8f0f2 100%); /* Opera11.10+ */
background: -ms-linear-gradient(top, #f4f8f9 1%,#e8f0f2 100%); /* IE10+ */
filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#f4f8f9', endColorstr='#e8f0f2',GradientType=0 ); /* IE6-9 */
background: linear-gradient(top, #f4f8f9 1%,#e8f0f2 100%); /* W3C */
box-shadow: 1px -1px 2px #bbc6c8;
-webkit-box-shadow: 1px -1px 2px #bbc6c8;
-moz-box-shadow: 1px -1px 2px #bbc6c8;

#twitter_update_list::after {
content: "";
position: relative;
left: 30px;
border-width: 15px 15px 0;
border-style: solid;
border-color: #e8f0f2 transparent;
display: block;
width: 0;

Step 3. Thats the Css added now return to the design page and click Add A Gadget > Choose Html / Javascript

Step 4. Copy and Paste the following code into the Html/Javascript gadget

<ul id="twitter_update_list">
<li>Loading Tweets..</li>
<a title="Follow Me" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" /></a>
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>

Important - Change my Twitter username paulcrowepro x2 with yours.

Step 5. Click Save and check out your new Twitter gadget.

That's it a very simple yet stylish latest tweet gadget, make sure to check out more of our Twitter Gadgets And Tutorials.Thanks again to

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How To Automatically Bookmark Your Blog Posts On Delicious Via Twitter


3d Delicious IconIn this Blog Tip i will show you how you can have your posts automatically Bookmarked on Social Bookmarking website Delicious.Delicious is a very popular social bookmarking site used to store bookmarks of your favorite pages online.Delicious was bought by Yahoo in 2005 and in what seems to have been a very low key transaction Yahoo actually sold Delicious in April this year (2011) to AVOS Systems, a company owned by Chad Hurley and Steve Chen the founders of YouTube.Delicious is often used as a gage of a blogs popularity including on advertising site BuySellAds were the number of bookmarks for each site is listed.OK so enough of the history lesson lets see how to automatically bookmark your blog posts on Delicious.

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Add The Brand New Official Twitter One Click Follow Button To Your Blog


twitter developers follow buttonTwitter developers today released a brand new shiny follow button for Blogs and Websites.The new Twitter follow button has dispensed with the pop up window to view the profile of the user in order to click Follow.Now when added to your blog as long as readers are logged in to Twitter when you click follow they are following you.Basically it works like the Facebook fan page like button, click and your done.This looks like good news for Bloggers looking to increase there Twitter followers, anything that makes it easier for people to follow you has to be good.The new button also has a few extra options like choosing a light or dark color scheme to suit your blog, display your follower count beside the button and also you can choose the language.

Live Demo - Below id a working demo of the new button, click Follow and your automatically following me (If your not logged in you get a log in option):

Pretty Cool..

Get The New Twitter Follow Button For Your Blog

Simply follow the link to the Twitter Developers page, choose your options and grab your code - Twitter Developers New One Click Follow Button.

Add The Button To Your Blog

The Twitter One Click button uses html and javascript so for all blog platforms you can put the button anywhere that accepts Javascript which is pretty much everywhere.Here are some steps to place it in your Blogger sidebar and above or below posts.

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On Blogger go to your Design Page > Click Add A Gadget > Choose Html/Javascript and paste in the code then save.

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On Blogger Go To Design > Edit Html > Tick Expand Widget Templates.

Find the following piece of code in your blogs Html : (Click Ctrl and F for a search bar to help find the code - More Info)

<div class='post-header-line-1'>

Paste your button code Directly Below <div class='post-header-line-1'> the save your template.

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On Blogger Go To Design > Edit Html > Tick Expand Widget Templates.

Find the following piece of code in your blogs Html : (Click Ctrl and F for a search bar to help find the code - More Info)

<div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'>

Paste Your Button Code Directly Below <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'> then save your template.

Once again we are bringing you the latest releases as they happen so Make Sure To Follow Us For Updates with our new shiny one click button !

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Polaroid Icons Blog Subscription Gadget With Rollover Effect


The other day i posted 3 very cool sets of icons you could use to let people subscribe to your Rss Feed, Twitter and Facebook Page.In that post i gave you the code for the icons ready to use, you just had to add your URLs then copy and paste.Two of the icon sets were very similar both having a Polaroid Picture Design.One was fresh and bright while the other had a vintage worn look.This lead me to thinking wouldn't it be cool to have the worn vintage Polaroid icons in your sidebar and when someone hovers over them they switch to the bright clean icon.This is called a rollover effect. I'm sure you have seen image rollover effects before and this is a great way to use it.

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