For the past few weeks, I’ve had Google Analytics installed on this very blog to track how people are discovering it.
In the beginning, most visitors came in by directly entering the URL into their address bar. As it became more popular, referral traffic and search engines played a bigger role.
Over the past few days though, I noticed 500% spike of new visitors coming from Twitter.
Light bulb went on in my head of course. It ocurred to me that the reason was a stupid little post I did a few days ago which had a picture of my crazy book shelf. For whatever reason, that was interesting enough that a few of my Twitter pals re-Tweeted to their pals who then discovered the blog.
Anyway, so I decided to ditch the other social bookmarking plugin I was using with wordpress and get another called TweetMeme. It’s pretty simple to install and activate and makes it easy for visitors to share on Twitter any of this blog’s posts. Simply genius.
Only thing I didn’t like was that it posted the little sharing box EITHER at the top or the bottom of a post but not both. I wanted it both at the top where it’s easy to spot…and at the bottom where it’s convenient to share a post when someone is done reading it.
So i jumped in to my wordpress plugin editor and modified it as I do with any plugin that needs minor tweaks to suit my uses. I was going to leave it at that…but I thought you guys might want to try to modify it on your blogs too.
- Save yourself the effort, just download the modified Tweetmeme from here.
- Upload to your wp-content/plugins directory.
- Activate the plugin.
- Click Settings on the left of your WordPress interface.
- Choose Before AND After option
- Save Changes
Now you’re set to go. Enjoy
UPDATE: The creators of Tweetmeme have seen my modification and adopted it in all new versions of the plugin. Therefore, I recommend you download Tweetmeme directly from the WordPress “Codex” plugin repository as that will be the latest version. A lot of cool and useful new features have been added since i wrote this post.