Twitter iconsOne of the best ways to connect with readers outside of your website is through Twitter.

By adding a “follow me” badge or image to your sidebar, you’ll find that other twitterers who call by your blog will very often add you to those they already follow.

I’m assuming here that you know how to edit your blogs’ theme, because explaining that is a whole different can of worms.

Open your sidebar file. It’s usually called sidebar.php, and will be numbered (eg. sidebar1.php) if you have two sidebars.

Look through the code, and going by the text, you should be able to work out what the different sections are for.

There should be a lot of <li>s and <ul>s in there, interspaced with headings, text and code for the bits and pieces you already have in your sidebar.

Choose a location for your twitter link and insert the following code for a text link:

<a href=”your twitter page url”>Follow Me!</a>

eg. <a href=”http://twitter.com/janeblogs”>Follow Me!</a>

will show this:

Follow Me!

For an image link, try searching the web for cute bird images, and insert the following code:

<a href=”your twitter page url”><img src=”your image url” border=”0″ /></a>

eg. <a href=”http://twitter.com/janeblogs”><img src=”http://janeblogs.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/blueapple.jpg” title=”Follow Me!” border=”0″ /></a>

will show this:

Here are just a few other images I found after a quick search on the Microsoft Outlook clipart site, which I’ve resized and converted to png or jpg files for easy use.

Bird & heart on pink background Purple bird on a branch

If you need help with any of this just drop me a note, tweet me or leave a comment and I’ll give you a hand.

 

7 Responses to How to add Twitter to your blog’s sidebar

  1. Fiona says:

    I have to admit, I haven’t been tweeting….. I don’t twit, I’m a bit intimidated! I think I may have to explore!

    Fionas last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  2. Jane Blogs says:

    Now you’ve done it, Fiona.
    I’m going to follow you and tweet until you get right into it.
    Just as soon as you let me know your twitterid – I’m no stalker, really… ;)

  3. Fiona says:

    Ok … I’m in and trying to figure it out. I linked to you on my post today btw! Thanks for the kick in that pants!

    Fionas last blog post..Do you Tweet? Wanna Be My Friend?

  4. Great tips Jane. I have been meaning to add an image to mine for ages. Thanks for the reminder!

    PlanningQueens last blog post..MPM – Basic Pikelets Recipe

  5. Robin says:

    Hi there Jane – I’m finding Twitter a good way of chatting to other bloggers, and also seeing what goes on “behind the scenes” – I’m glad got into it.

    Cheers! – Robin

    Robins last blog post..Finding Our True Selves

  6. Jane Blogs says:

    Hey Fiona! Thanks for the link :)

    @PlanningQueen ~ glad to be of service!
    - I’ll be checking to see if you’ve done it this weekend…

    @ Robin ~ That’s one of the things I love about Twitter, too.
    You get to know people much better & share much more than by just visiting each others’ blogs.

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