So you’ve written a fantastic blog post and set the featured image, but all you’re seeing is bland text and a hyperlink when you tweet it.
A picture adds a thousand words to your tweet, grabs your audience’s attention, and drives traffic to your website.
This is a quick guide that will show you how to include the featured image of your WordPress post in your tweets.
In order to get images to accompany your tweets, you need to use something called Twitter Cards.
Twitter Cards are essentially meta tags that allow you to attach a photo or video to your Tweets.
When you tweet a link to your blog post, Twitter scans it looking for metadata, including a tag that points to an image.
So how do you add this metadata to your posts? Well, you could add it manually, but that would get tedious fast!
JM Twitter Cards
You install JM Twitter Cards like you would any other WordPress plugin. Here is a link to the instructions if you need them.
After installing, you just need to fill out a little bit of information in the plugin’s settings page.
Your Twitter username goes in the top two fields, and then you select the type of card you want. For starters, go with “Summary below large image” so that a big image is displayed with an excerpt from the post below it.
The next step is to validate your blog with Twitter. This involves going to the Twitter Card Validator and entering a link to one of your posts.
When you click on “Preview card”, Twitter will scan your post for the meta tags.
At this point, you should be presented with confirmation that your site has been whitelisted, along with a preview of the tweet. You only have to do this once.
That’s it! After following the above steps, you can delete your dull text-only tweets, and retweet them with brilliant and compelling images.
If you haven’t installed the plugin, or it wasn’t installed correctly, you may see the error message “Unable to render Card preview” after submitting it to the Card Validator. If so, try re-installing the plugin.