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Getting Twitter URL’s right with Bit.ly Shortlinks by Yoast

Integrating Twitter with WordPress is pretty easy to do without a plugin. With a few lines of code you can have a nice tweet this or follow me button on every post or page of your WordPress website.

However, the URL that is part of the Tweet is the permalink URL and for many sites you’ll want to Tweet a shortened URL. If like me, using Bit.ly and Yoast’s Bitly Shortlink plugin, you maybe wondering how to get your short Bit.ly URL to be part of your tweet.

Joost kindly stores the bitty short URL in custom post meta field so all you have to do is retrieve it and show it on the page

[php]
<a href="https://twitter.com/share" class="twitter-share-button" data-url="<?php echo get_post_meta($id, ‘_yoast_bitlylink’, true); ?>" data-counturl=<?php echo get_permalink(); ?> data-count="horizontal" data-via="damiensaunders" rel="me">Tweet</a><script type="text/javascript" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script>
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Yoast Bit.ly Shortlinks

Best tools to start with Social Media Marketing – 2011 re-cap (where are they now)

Best tools to start with Social Media Marketing – 2011 re-cap (where are they now)

[typography font=”Special Elite” size=”25″ size_format=”px”]If you’re just getting started with Social Media marketing then you need at least 1 web based tool to help you.[/typography]

In 2011, I wrote a great article on the best tools to start with Social Media Marketing. A year later, things have changed, so I wanted to look back at my 2011 suggestions to see where they are now.

Klout

SMM Damien Saunders | Klout Influence

Keep track of your social media status and influence, albeit using Klout’s own scoring. I wrote this before they ‘famously’ changed their algorithm and before everyone started to realise they were influential about anything. So Klout is becoming meaningless. Do you klouchebag?

GoSquared

SMM damien saunders GoSquared LiveStats

Real-time website visitor monitoring with GoSquared is achievable with their WordPress plugin. GoSquared, previously featured in a list of must have WordPress plugins. It is one the best new tools in CRM – real-time is the way to go. Google Analytics also launched their own real-time reporting so GoSquared has been working hard on API tools and other niche reporting features.

CoTweet  (May 2012 – CLOSED)

SMM Damien Saunders CoTweet

CoTweet has been praised many times before on my blog. It’s free product has now been closed and many are left wondering what to use instead.

Postrank (May 2012 – CLOSED)

SMM Damien Saunders PostRank

Postrank has now been aquired by Google. Back then I suggested it wasn’t all bad news. It’s still not ‘bad’ news, it’s just now hidden in the guts of Google Analytics.

Bit.ly Pro

The other tool I had to mention was Bit.ly Pro which is free … Why not get your own domain name so you too can share links like I do with http://damiens.ws. Twitter launched it’s own URL shortener and it seemed that maybe Bit.ly Pro’s market niche would disappear. They’re still here and acquiring other services like Twitterfeed.

You can follow me on Twitter

Did you know that social media is more than just blogs and RSS feeds? Well I hope so.

I have a following on Twitter that is <— this BIG —>   which is a lot for little me.  Maybe you prefer Twitter because you can dip in to the Twitterstream – maybe you should try following me.

What does Damien Saunders have to share on Twitter?

Damien’s Twitter account is kept updated 24/7 with the latest headlines from across my Internet websites. This is complimented with unique social media news, and sharing of important articles from across major tech and internet websites.

Let me share what’s up with you

I also spend a few minutes each day reviewing what people who follow me have to say and I do go out of my way to RT (re-tweet) anything funny, interesting or new.


If you don’t like Twitter — well stick to reading my blog or subscribe to my RSS Feed.

Or if you don’t like social media — then why did you read this?

Twitter – a few suggested alternatives to CoTweet or Hootsuite

Twitter – a few suggested alternatives to CoTweet or Hootsuite

Are you responsible for Twitter and Social Media in your business? Perhaps you’ve been feeling a bit lost after CoTweet closed its free version (shame on them) … here are a few alternatives you can look at

HootSuite

– yes I said alternative to CoTweet – personally, I like to use my own bit.ly Pro URL so this was not an option.
Hootsuite has a very reasonably priced premium version and it has clients for pretty much any device

MarketMeSuite

MarketMeSuite is looking the most promising ‘free’ solution.

Integrated with LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter

Tools for scheduling tweets just like CoTweet or HootSuite.

GroupTweet
GroupTweet could be good for sharing access to 1 Twitter account in much the same way as CoTweet

SocialBro

– I’d forgotten all about SocialBro til a colleague showed me the latest logged in / dashboard.

– Definitely one to join and compare.

You can follow me on Twitter

Did you know that social media is more than just blogs and RSS feeds? Well I hope so.

I have a following on Twitter that is <— this BIG —>   which is a lot for little me.  Maybe you prefer Twitter because you can dip in to the Twitterstream – maybe you should try following me.

What does Damien Saunders have to share on Twitter?

Damien’s Twitter account is kept updated 24/7 with the latest headlines from across my Internet websites. This is complimented with unique social media news, and sharing of important articles from across major tech and internet websites.

Let me share what’s up with you

I also spend a few minutes each day reviewing what people who follow me have to say and I do go out of my way to RT (re-tweet) anything funny, interesting or new.


If you don’t like Twitter — well stick to reading my blog or subscribe to my RSS Feed.

Or if you don’t like social media — then why did you read this?