So I have been asked a couple of times how I am Tweeting out my older posts. I have been thinking of this for awhile and had thought about creating my own plugin or hoping WP-Twitter plugin would add this feature. I did a search and found a plugin Tweetily, now this plugin does exactly what i was looking for. Not to mention it was free! I love free plug-ins that do what I need then too.
So Tweetily simply picks a random post from the database and tweets it out. now you can take it a couple steps further and automate it to some other social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook by using If This Then That website.
Why want this feature?
Pure and simple more traffic, I know many bloggers out there are sitting there with old posts that are still effective and timing is everything on posts and things get overlooked and forgotten about. This plugin allows for those older posts to become more relevant. I use a personal Bitly url shortener Blu-rt.me and the great thing about bitly is ability to track links being clicked. As you can see in the image below 463 clicks have come from new and old posts.
That’s just clicks in last 30 days. I haven’t checked since I started, but I average 10 new links a week. I know by adding up the old posts that I have had over 200 more clicks through to old articles. Even if this number was less and it got only 20 I think it adds value to site.
The plugin is very straight forward. Despite it not showing compatible for latest version of WordPress it works.
As you can see in the image above pretty simple. Connect you Twitter account and you start selecting through the options. I have it set for every X amount of hours to post one post. I also add the hashtag #ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) you can put whatever you want. You can see when the next post is scheduled to post.
Say you want to exclude certain posts or categories, well it can do that as well.
Just choose the Exclude Posts option and there you can select certain categories or individual posts.
That’s it. Enjoy your old posts bringing some more life to your blog.
I love this tool and recommend it. I do wish it was being updated more though. A few features I would like is on a post or page there is a check box to exclude the post this way when writing the post you can select to do it then. Overall it is pretty low key and a great addition to any bloggers tool set.