How to auto-publish your latest blog posts to Twitter

When I first started Blog in Grace I never used social sharing buttons. I always concentrated on writing content but never cared on adding a social bookmarking widget. But as days went by I had to add these social networking buttons as Angela one of my online blogging friend insisted me to do so.  Later she insisted me to use twitter handler too which I never knew before. My basic twitter lessons were being learnt from Angela. I recommend you to read Ways To Increase Traffic To Your Blog by Angela McCall where you can get some good twitter lessons.

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I use Facebook more often then I use twitter, so I never cared to post any tweets or share others posts in my twitter. But how wrong I was since I have been missing some of the good things a blogger needs to do. I always thought how could twitter be so useful but then How To Use Twitter To Your Advantage by Adrienne Smith just insisted me to use twitter as frequently as I use Facebook.

I started tweeting and re-tweeting some useful articles, then one day my chrome browser started to give warnings like “The site’s security certificate is not trusted!” when ever I opened twitter. This was the time I had to face the bad time ever. All I could do is to open Firefox then open twitter and tweet. Even if I had to share my articles in twitter I had to open up twitter in Firefox which I omitted as day’s went by. Then I thought why not I auto publish my new blog posts automatically so that I don’t need to go through a long process.  So I got two methods on how we can do this which you can read in following post. There are few third party sites which can also do this feat but I shared the methods which I personally recommend.

1. Jetpack Plugin:

The first method is you can achieve this by using a plugin called Jetpack, which is not only useful for auto publishing your posts to twitter but also to other social media. Once you have installed this plugin and connected it to WordPress you will find a widget which says Publicize.

Jetpack How to auto publish your latest blog posts to Twitter

Once you have activated the widget you need to click configure you are shown a screen with the required social networking sites where you need to enter your account details. Since I am writing this article on Twitter just click on add a new twitter connection.

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Once you click the add a new twitter connection it will redirect you to your Twitter account. If you are not logged in then you need to log in and then allow the plugin to add your blog posts as a tweet to your account. This plugin itself will make a short URL of your post and will share it in your twitter account.

2. FeedBurner:

There were many news that feedburner is going to die, but it never happened. Feedburner is a useful service for bloggers in delivering their RSS updated via email. People who just don’t care about customized newsletters can use this service free of cost where all the blog updates will end in the email of the subscribers who have opted to get so. Apart from this you can also use this service in number of ways and one such useful feature is to auto-publish your RSS feed as a tweet to your twitter account.

All you need to do is login to your feedburner account and add your blog address as a feed if you haven’t done earlier. If your blog is already having a feed then head over to Publicize button where you will get a list of options towards the left side. Click on Socialize button after which you will be redirected to a page where you can add your twitter details. See the following image on how it looks after you click socialize button.

Once you have added your twitter account you are done, all your future blog posts will be tweeted automatically.

feedburnerr How to auto publish your latest blog posts to Twitter

One more advantage with feedburner is you can opt “use inline hash tags” which will post your categories as a has tag in Twitter, isn’t this beautiful feature.

The above mentioned methods are for those who don’t use twitter so often but to post their blog updates automatically. But the joy of posting tweets in twitter manually is different where you can write your own words, while in automated process your blog title will be posted as it is without any change. Hope this tutorial helps all those who want to tweet their latest blog post automatically.

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  1. Hey Vijesh,

    Well written mate! I used to use JetPack but no longer now. The sharing option is great and love it. Nowadays, I am more towards a Buffer and Socialoomph guy for Twitter automation :)

  2. Wow Vijesh…

    Thank you for mentioning my name and post. You are awesome! :)

    I’ve never used feedburner but now that you explained how to use it, I will check it out later. You know on that RSS thingy on AddThis, when I went to brokenlinkcheck.com it says that it’s a bad URL and so I dunno how to fix that.

    Guess Jetpack plugin is pretty good for Twitter too. However, I already deleted mine.

    You know what I used to automate my Twitter? I use Friends+Me in Google+. Anything I post on G+ it automatically get posted on my Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook (both personal & business page), and Linkedin. So resharing via social media for me becomes more EASIER since I started using Friends+Me.

    Anyway, thank you for sharing your thoughts. Have a beautiful weekend my dear friend.

    Angela

    • Hi Angela,

      So at last you got a link back at your blog. So you have been using Friends+Me for your social sharing, its an awesome tool. There are also many tools like Dlvr.it, twitter feed, Buffer etc. So now I understood why the posts you share in G+ appear in Facebook too.

      Thanks for your comment, Great weekend to you also…

  3. Earlier I’ve used Feedburner and Buffer to automate my tweets but now I am making the tweets manually during the times when most people hang out.

    There are many tools to check the timings – One good ex is – http://sleepingtime.org/ by Labnol.

    We even had a debate in our company with the clients about this issue – which tweets go viral, manual or auto? And finally manual wins if having fans from multi-geo.

    However, if our blog is country-specific (entirely from India, or US), then we can customize the tools to auto-tweet during those particular timings.

    • Hi Radha,

      After a long time and as usual a valuable comment. I know the Sleeping time tool by Amit but never used it but now will try to use it. There are many advantages of manual tweeting rather than automated tweets cos you can include hash tags and @ mentioning a person so that they can find that somebody has tweeting for them.

      Knowing the peak hours for tweeting is also a good strategy for sharing our word. As people of US won’t be active in the times when Indian’s usually stay awake.

      Happy that my blog post made you remember your good old company days.

      • Hmm..I was actually busy with some aff.blogs and so not having time to read that many blogs these days..i was even away from my main blogs…

        and yes you made me remember my corporate days ;) looking for more such interesting posts from you on this blog :)

        • Yeah Sure Radha, will write good posts in coming days. I will put down some of my experiences hope they might help those who have just started blogging.

          I too was busy with my other blogs which made me to take a break with this blog. I think techzene and 9to5blogger dropped a bit in terms of traffic.

  4. The information is very useful for me and will remember all this points . Good article publishing a blog post on twitter is great idea.

  5. Thank you Vijesh,
    That was mighty kind of you and I’m sure it’s going to be very helpful.

    Also, the image in your file is loverly

  6. Hey Vijesh,

    I so appreciate the mention here and I can’t believe you’ve had so many problems with Twitter. My goodness but I’m glad you didn’t give up and you found out how to work around that. Bravo to you so now you get to share with your readers ways they can automate their posts for the social media sites too! I love that and although we oftentimes run into problems they become solutions for our readers. Nice!

    You can also use TwitterFeed and set up anyone’s posts in there so that’s another option people can use as well.

    Thank you for sharing this and I so appreciate the mention. You have a wonderful week okay.

    ~Adrienne

  7. I use Buffer as a tool to auto tweet my posts. I am also using evergreen post tweeter to tweet posts from the archives.
    Social bro is a great twitter tool that lets you know about your followers and when do you get the most clicks, which helps you schedule your tweets to reach everyone.

  8. Still digesting the hall thing “Social Signals” whatever they are, if works are welcome!

    Kind regards, I. C. Daniel

  9. Your posts are making me more and more lazy @Vijesh..but in a good way ;)

  10. Hi Vijesh,

    Sorry for not having stopped by earlier, though I’m glad I finally made it now – just been pretty overwhelming lately for me :)

    I didn’t know you had so many problems with Twitter! It works well in most cases, and I think Jetpacks is a great choice. I had it earlier, but now Sharebar works better for me because it has a lot more than JetPacks, though i still use JetPack light for checking out my stats, which helps me a great deal to keep a count of things happening on the blog.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead :)

    • Hi Harleena,
      Thanks for stopping by and giving a valuable comment, in fact I have been working on some other projects for not have visited some of my favorite blogs which does have aha-now. But though I don’t comment I peep now and then to see whats new. Hope to read more of your blog posts in future…

  11. Very useful article Vijesh

    I have one question. I have a blog and I want to publish my new post via twitter, but for that, I need to create API. To create an API, I need to provide twitter with my mobile phone and it is so annoying for me. Is the any plugin or script that allows to publish my new post to twitter without crating api. It doesn’t have to be fully automated Is not a problem for me to for example enter my twitter username and password and click tweet, but at least to have post prepared for submission that would contain link to my site and featured photo of the published post. I have a lot of post daily and would be very useful to me.

  12. Nice point with a great information. I am not using any type of sharing plugins yet but actually think after reading this post. I also search the other alternatives of Jetpack so that I compare all of them and use the best one. Thanks Vijesh

  13. Thanks For Sharing these great way Vijesh . I was facing problem publishing blog post update ti twitter . I was using SNAP plugin for that but I could not got succeed . Now I am going to use Jetpack to do that

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