Add Twitter Cards to Your WordPress Website and Boost Your Social Shares

If you want to make your content stand out from the crowd when it’s Tweeted then Twitter Cards are an easy way to do so. In this post you will get an overview of the different types of Twitter Cards and how you can enable them for your WordPress website in order to break free from the 140 character constraints of a Tweet to get more retweets and traffic back to your website.

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Add WhatsApp To Your WordPress Website And Double Your Traffic

With mobile usage on the rise, ensuring your website is mobile-friendly is a no-brainer.

According to Smart Insights, mobile usage is overtaking fixed internet access, while 91% of mobile internet users go online to socialize.

So it’s no wonder smartphone apps like WhatsApp have taken off. WhatsApp is now the most globally popular messaging app with more than 600 million users.

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Increase Traffic With Better WordPress Post Excerpts

Do you add a hand-crafted excerpt for every post on your WordPress site? Are the excerpts even used by your WordPress theme?

No? Then you’re missing out because your post excerpt is the clincher for a reader clicking through to your post from your home page, a Facebook share or a Google search result.

In this Weekend Project, we’ll look at how to take control of your WordPress excerpts, how they are displayed, where they are displayed and how they are formatted.

Post excerpts are vital - don't hide them or leave them to automatic generation

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How To Power Your WordPress Site With A Social Paywall

Yesterday, I looked at implementing a paywall on a WordPress site.

If you are just starting out or are using your WordPress site for reach then a monetary paywall will provide little benefit. A social paywall, though, might be just what you need.

In this article, I’ll look at how to implement a paywall where the currency is not cash, but Likes, Shares, Tweets and PlusOnes.

Social paywalls are a low-cost method for site owners to realise value from their content

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Take Control Of How Your Posts Look When Shared In Social Media

We all want to take advantage of social sharing to extend our reach.

But when someone shares a link to your site on Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn those sites pull in the title, a thumbnail and short excerpt. If you don’t tell those sites what those attributes are they’ll guess.

Remove the need for guesswork and control what gets shared by quickly and easily adding Open Graph tags to your posts. Here’s how.

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Who’s Who of WordPress: 99 Twitter Accounts You Should Be Following

Edit: I’ve put together a public Twitter list that includes all 99 accounts.

If you’re not on Twitter it’s time to get with the program.

In 140-character bursts of information, Twitter provides quick headlines, links to stories and the wittiest zingers going around.

I’ve created a list of the top 99 English-language Twitter accounts I recommend following for all the latest news and views about WordPress and the people in every time zone working with our favorite 10-year-old.

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The WordPress Planet is Pants – and here’s how to improve it

Since back in the day I’ve had a keen interest in the WordPress Planet, sure sometimes it’s been a bit snarky, but at the end of the day I am genuinely interested in good WP news coming through the pipes into my various dashboards.

And of course, from a business perspective I could hardly be more interested… man I’d love to have WPMU.org in there, since the early days it’s been the holy grail of ‘writing about WordPress’ publishing.

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