Thanks to Sarah‘s suggestion, I added the Tweet Old Posts plugin a while ago to cover a quiet time of heads down a-working followed by the team dropping like flies with flu and the like!
During that time, the work put into our older blog posts was double useful for us, sending out a tweet for the older posts, that people won’t yet have read or who might have forgotten about.
And the effect on the site visits has been significant, considering we’ve not been creating fresh daily posts, we are still getting a lot of new visitors, who are then reading further.
So – how to set it up yourself:
- From your Dashboard, go to Plugins, Add New and search for Tweet Old Posts – install now and Activate
- In your Dashboard’s sidebar, you can now see a section Tweet Old Post – it will be under the main sections, near the bottom.
- There you want to set any pre-fix to the post title, the intervals, etc – work your way through those.
- And you will want to authorise the plugin to use your Twitter account – that’s at the top of the settings page.
And away you go…
A couple of things to consider when doing the same for your WordPress blog:
- don’t overdo it – I’ve reset the interval for tweeting old Blogmistress posts to just a couple of times a day now, at least until we tweet more generally (at present we’re only tweeting posts and that’s not my preferred way to use Twitter).
- set up an extra category just for this purpose, so that you can be sure that only relevant old posts will be retweeted.
- If you don’t want to be a-tweeting on Christmas Day, remember to de-activate for the duration (I think I got away with it but would have preferred not to have been business twittering on such a day).
As ever – any questions, suggestions, thoughts, please comment below.