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If you’re blogging, you can tweet automatically
Are you looking to establish a presence for your business on Twitter, but don’t know how to get started tweeting? Twitter can help your business with social media presence and search engine optimization (SEO). If you’re already blogging, you can set up your blog entries to automatically be tweeted in four easy steps.
1. Sign up for an account at Twitterfeed.com
Go to Twitterfeed.com and sign up for an account. Just click on the big Register Now button, fill out the form fields, and click Create Account.
2. Enter your blog’s information
On the next screen, enter your blog’s name (something you’ll remember), and the address of your blog. If you know your blog’s RSS feed address, you can actually enter it in here instead. Either way, make sure you click the Test RSS Feed button to make sure it works. Then click the Continue to Step 2 button.
You may get an error message on this screen when testing your RSS feed. If that’s the case, you will probably need to enter your actual RSS feed address. If you’re using WordPress, you can just append rss to the URL. So if your website is http://whatever.com, you just enter in http://whatever.com/rss
If you’re using something other than WordPress, you might check their technical support to see what your RSS feed address is.
Note: You can click the Advanced Settings before going on and customize a lot of the settings. If you consider yourself a somewhat advanced user, feel free to do so. If you’re just a beginner, you can safely ignore those settings.
3. Select Twitter
Next you’ll be presented with a list of websites Twitterfeed will publish to. There are several to pick from, but we’ll do Twitter.
I actually recommend different services for the other websites. Twitterfeed is great at what it focuses on, Twitter. It’s not as good at the rest.
4. Authorize your account
Click on the giant Authenticate Twitter button. That will send you to the Twitter website. Sign in if you’re not already signed in, then confirm that Twitterfeed is authorized to tweet on your behalf.
Once it sends you back to the Twitterfeed website, you can safely ignore the rest of the fields and click the Create Service button.
That’s it! Now your blog entries will automatically be sent to your Twitter account. Just make sure you still check your account on a regular basis (or have it set up to email you), so you know when someone responds to your tweets.
July 28th, 2011
Tim Priebe is a public speaker, the author of the book Webifiable and the upcoming book Blogify Your Business and the owner of T&S Web Design. You can reach him on Twitter and Facebook with the username timjpriebe.