In this video I'm going to teach you how to embed a YouTube video into your website, so you can make your blog posts more interesting and attract more readers. You can add your own videos or other people's videos. It is a super simple process and only takes a few minutes to do.
Twitter widgets are great for social engagement, as your visitors can engage with your Twitter content without ever leaving your website. This is really great for added visibility. They can reply, retweet and favorite tweets live on your blog. How cool is that?
Adding a Twitter widget on WordPress is actually pretty simple. Here’s how to do it:
Go to ‘Settings’ in your Twitter account by clicking on the small profile image on the top right hand side. In the drop down menu click settings and then click widget. You will end up with something that looks like this.
Click on Create new. In here it doesn’t matter which of the top 4 you choose as they all take you to the same page.
We'll go through each of them, learn how to create them and what they're going to look like on your website.
Click on Profile and a new window will open.
Now you will see:
Types of Twitter Widgets:
– A collection
– A Tweet
– A profile
– A list
– A likes timeline
– A handle, like @staceylmyers
– A hashtag, like #WhattoTweet
Embedding a Tweet
This is what an embedded tweet looks like. Notice that you can interact live with the tweet inside the blog post. You can like, retweet, share and reply directly through the tweet. As mentioned earlier this is great for social engagement right on your blog.
To embed the tweet, find the tweet on Twitter. Click on the tweet, not the image. It will open out in a pop up window and you will see the unique link for that tweet.
Copy that link and go back to the ‘What would you like to embed?’ page and paste it in there.
Please note that there are other ways to embed a tweet – I am only showing you how to do it using the widget tool in this post.
It will give you a preview of what the tweet will look like and the embed code. We will cover what to do with the embed code once we have covered all the options.
Embedding a Profile
Either copy and paste or type in your username. It is the Twitter website with your username. Mine is www.twitter.com/staceylmyers. Once you put it in you will get three options.
1. Embed Timeline – this is my timeline embedded into the sidebar or my website.
You will want to customise the length of your Twitter feed or it will go down the entire length of your blog. Just above where you get the code you can ‘set customization option’. Set the height of your feed there. I have mine set at 700.
2. Follow Button – Visitors to your website can follow you with one click.
3. Tweet to Button – When this button is clicked on it opens a tweet with your username already in it.
This will show the tweets of all the people you have on a list. If you don’t know how to create lists on Twitter I show you how in this video. Once you have created the list, copy and paste the list web address – just like we did for the tweet – embed it, and away you go.
A Likes Timeline
This will be a list of everything you have liked (used to be favourited). To find this, go to your profile and click on likes. Copy and paste the web address like we have done before. It will look like this www.twitter.com/staceylmyers/likes.
A Twitter Handle
This one will give you the same options as the profile one.
Add in a hashtag for your industry, or one you use yourself, and it will bring up a timeline of all the tweets using that hashtag.Embedd
Embedding the Code
Now that you know how to create all of the widgets we are now going to look at how to embed them into your WordPress website.
Every time you create a widget you get a distinct code for it. To add it to your WordPress website is pretty much a copy and paste job.
We are going to cover adding the embed code into a blog post or page (the procedure is the same) and into the sidebar of your site.
Putting the embed code into a blog post or page
Open up the blog post you would like to embed the tweet or timeline into.
You do need to add the code to the html part of your post. To get there will depend on what editor you are using. Either click on the HTML tab or the Source button – you may have one or both of them. If you have both it doesn’t matter which one you click.
The HTML code might look a bit like gobbledygook but you can still read what is there. Scroll down until you find the section in your post that you want to embed the code.
I scrolled until I saw the words ‘seconds to tweet’ as I knew I wanted to posted it directly under that. You then paste it in.
One thing to note is that when you click back to view it as normal text it will not show you the tweet. It will show you something like this…
It will show the actual tweet in the post once you publish it.
Google made an announcement on the 21st April that they are going to be giving preference to websites that are mobile friendly. This is really important as around 60% of search traffic is now generated by mobile devices (ComScore, 2014).
In this video I give you additional information about the update and where you can test to see if your website is mobile-friendly.
How to Add a Pinterest Widget to Your WordPress Website
Are you using Pinterest? I love Pinterest, but it is a dangerous place to be. I think it is even more dangerous than Facebook. I just popped back over there for a minute to look at something and off I go down a trail of amazing holiday destinations or off on a food frenzy.
I always say that if you aren't already on a platform don't jump on board just for the sake of it. Pinterest is a great place but it is also another thing to manage in your business. If you are on there though, it would be great to connect. You can also, of course, connect with me through the widget in my sidebar.
In this video I show you how to add a Pinterest Widget to the sidebar of your site. We look at creating a widget for your entire account or for just one board.
If you are on Pinterest leave your link below. I would love to pop over and visit you!
So you have started a website, or are thinking about it, and wondering which pages to have on your site. In show #6 I talk about the essential pages for your site and the other pages you might like to have.
Here is a good start to the pages you would have on your website.
Home Page – Static Page – Blog Feed
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Has this show helped you? Tweet me – @staceylmyers and if you have a question for the show, add the hashtag #StaceyAnswers.