How to Use Click to Tweet to Promote your Blog


How to use Click to Tweet for Blog Promotion

Click to Tweet is a Twitter marketing tool that lets people tweet the exact text you want them to share on Twitter. A number of bloggers, including myself, use it on a regular basis, and find it very handy. The problem is that not everyone uses it the right way, so they’re not getting the maximum bang for their effort.

Click to Tweet Directions: Good News, Bad News

On the Click to Tweet website, it tells you ‘here’s how it works’:

  • Write the message you want to share in the box
  • Click the ‘generate’ button to create a custom link
  • Share the link

Sounds easy enough right? And it is. If you follow those directions, you certainly will get a custom link that others can share on Twitter, just like they said. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that unless you specifically include both a link back to your blog and your @twittername, no one will know that the tweet originated with you.

Same Tweet, Different Impact

Let’s suppose I want to promote this post. I go to Click to Tweet and type in the title ‘How to use Click to Tweet to promote your blog’ and then hit ‘generate link’, like this.

The Blog Title by Itself


After I generate the link and preview it, the resulting tweet will look like this:

Click to Tweet just  the blog title

Whoever follows my suggestion to ‘Tweet This’ will be tweeting ‘How to use Click to Tweet to promote your blog’ and nothing else. The tweet won’t make any sense because it doesn’t link to anything, and I won’t get the credit for blogging about it. Not good.

OK, Let’s Try This Again

My goal as a blogger is to provide valuable content to my audience. For obvious reasons, I also want them to know where it’s coming from. So the best way for me to do that with Click to Tweet is to brand my content and make sure it leads right back to this post.

Two more steps will complete the job.

First I’ll need the short URL to my published blog post. Note I said published. This part is really important, otherwise my link will point to the draft version, which will result in a ‘page not found’ after it’s published.  The WordPress short URL can be found at the end of the permalink where it says ‘get shortlink’.


Get the shortlink


Second, I need to include my Twitter name @bizcoachdawn in the copy. You can add a few hashtags too for good measure.

Now when I go to Click to Tweet, I’ll enter this information:


The Right Information for Click to Tweet


And the tweet others will share will look like this:


The Very Final Tweet Copy


That’s it! Now can you do me a favor? Tweet This OK? Thanks!

Have you used Click to Tweet? What do you think of it? I’d love to hear about your experience.
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30 Responses to “How to Use Click to Tweet to Promote your Blog”

  1. I’ve not heard of this before. Thanks for sharing, Dawn. One more thing to add to my “to do” list.
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  2. kungphoo says:

    We tweet our blog everyday, and make sure everyone in the dojo does also, so that we reach a larger audience.

  3. Tina Ashburn says:

    This is interesting and something I must learn. Thanks for reminding us of the other social medias.
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  4. Kelly says:

    This is all so confusing to me! I just need to sit down and read about it more.

  5. Michelle E says:

    Thank you so much for this information, I need to learn more about twitter.

  6. Meli says:

    Terrific information Dawn. I’m going to have to return to this post when I complete my blog.

  7. Roz says:

    You got me- I tweeted and shared to google+. I’m not really into sm marketing and I don’t think Ill need this bUT I recognize how valuable it can be for tweeters and bloggers.
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  8. Oh boy Dawn another great article. Now you’ve got me wondering if I have been using ClicktoTweet tool the right way either. Hopping over to my blog to find articles I used it on to see if my tweets are formatted properly. Thank you for the heads up tutorial about how to use ClicktoTweet properly for maximum bang for my time.
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    • Dawn Lanier says:

      Thank you Carla for your kind words. You are most welcome for the tutorial. FYI – I had to teach myself how to use ClicktoTweet the right way because when I first started using it, I was doing it the wrong way 🙂 Guess that’s why they say mistakes are often our best teachers!

  9. Simona says:

    Great tutorial! I bookmarked it!

  10. Sherie says:

    Excellent post on using click to tweet, Dawn! Love that you included the visuals because that makes it so much easier to do!
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    • Dawn Lanier says:

      I’m glad to hear you say that Sherie – I’m a visual learner too. I understand things better when I can see them, and I think most people are the same way. Thanks for the encouragement – I’ll keep using them 🙂

  11. Thanks for this great info Dawn! I definitely need to try this out on my next blog! What I have been doing does not seem to be working. Thank You!
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  12. Sharon O'Day says:

    Dawn, I’ve been looking for a tool that supports in-text “tweetables” on my blog. From what I can tell, I can use this for that purpose, right? That is, I can indicate a tweetable on my blog and follow that with a “Click this” link that has an embedded link generated with this tool … and by clicking the link they’ll tweet the tweetable text, however I format it with the URL and my @name?
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    • Dawn Lanier says:

      Yes Sharon, you certainly can. Click to Tweet is actually perfect for sharing blog posts. You’ll want to use Tweet This (or something similar that references Twitter) instead of ‘Click this’ though. That way people understand you specifically want them to share it on Twitter. Also, make sure you’re using your WordPress short URL when you format your text with Click to Tweet so you stay within the 140 character limit. Think you just found the tool you were looking for 🙂 Thanks for your question!

  13. Lorii Abela says:

    Interesting post! Click to Tweet is definitely easy to use. How do you benefit the most from using it?
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    • Dawn Lanier says:

      Thanks Lorii – it is pretty easy to use. The most obvious benefit I’ve seen is that the number of blog visitors who use the ‘Tweet This’ link seem to be higher than the number of people who will tweet the same content using the share icon below the post. In other words, I get more tweets! That works for me 🙂

      • Alex says:

        Now it seems CTT wants people to sign in first. Awful now. Unless they go back to the old way, I will no longer use CTT.

        • Dawn Lanier says:

          Alex – thanks for calling my attention to the new changes with ClickToTweet. If you’re interested in tracking responses to your ClickTtoTweet link, then yes, they do make you sign in now. However, there’s also a place where you can get a simple link like before without signing in. You can find it here.

  14. In that case, I’m getting Click to Tweet.

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