Updated Twitter and WordPress.com integration

Today WordPress announced a few new features that integrate your blog with Twitter. This comes as Twitter renews it’s look and feel! Perfect timing, I say! There is no better time to start using Twitter for keeping up with news, current events, local weather, friends and family. And lastly, with the recent improved embedded functionality, all your WordPress.com short links will preview from within Twitter!

I find I click links on Twitter far more if there is a preview giving a snippet of the content! This should drive more traffic to WordPress.com blogs! At least I hope so. If it works for Google+ and Facebook, it’s bound to work for Twitter as well.

Some other changes to Twitter’s embedding feature will allow for more customized HTML control of how your embedded tweets show up on your site. I believe this new feature is rolling out slowly for people, however here is a snippet of how it looks.

For more about the new features and Twitter integration, here is today’s WordPress.com post…

via The Long and Short of It — Blog — WordPress.com.

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How do you promote your Blog? Does it payoff?

Word of Mouth
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I have been running my site for 4+ years now, and haven’t really made any serious attempt at self promotion. I have built my following by word of mouth, and showing up in Google searches. I am curious if people reached a critical mass at some point and some targeted promotion built up your visitors. I currently get between 2,000-3,000 visitors per month. Were you a small blog like mine at some point, and did something to break on through?

This last year I decided to use Twitter and Facebook as my main source of promotion. It brings in about 10-15% of my traffic. I am not a big fan of forum spam, or trying to get traffic via Digg or Reddit by posting links to my articles there. Most savy posters know blog spam and typically down vote the post anyway.

I run my blog via of WordPress.com, and have each post ‘publicize’ to Yahoo Updates, Twitter, and Messenger Connect, and then manually add links to Facebook. because I can’t seem to figure out how to auto-post to my blog Facebook page… It is nice that WordPress.com auto-publicizes my posts, but honestly, I don’t think I have EVER get traffic from Yahoo or Microsoft…I registered with Technorati a couple of years ago, but also don’t seem to get traffic from there. Various web-rings, same thing! I see a trend…I have messed around with Google Webmaster tools as well, but I’m not big enough for Google to really care about.

I know all the stuff about focusing on good content and doing regular posts, but I am looking to see if there are any other tools that other bloggers use to promote themselves!

I’d love to hear what you have to say. Don’t be afraid to leave a comment. 🙂