Who does not like more traffic on their blog? Apart from usual SEO, Social Media there is one thing call bribing which can do wonders for you to get more traffic.
Don’t mistake me when I use word Bribe, as it’s a white-hat method that makes you & your readers both a winner. The key here is to offer downloadable stuff to your readers in exchange of tweeting about it. Kind of Social Currency!
If you are online for a while, I’m sure you must have seen few websites who offers downloads only when you share it on Twitter or Facebook. This technique which I’m sharing is specifically for Twitter. If you are looking something similar for Facebook & other social networking sites, you should check out Social locker WordPress plugin.
So, the plugin that you will be learning about in this post is call Pay with a Tweet, which is a free plugin. It is such an awesome plugin for WordPress bloggers to make their content viral & get more traffic.
Harsh is already taking advantage of this technique with his popular free WordPress eBook. (Though he asks user to tweet in his email newsletter).
This guide will help you to understand everything about Pay with a Tweet plugin & how to use it. Feel free to drop a question in the comment section below.
- Viral post: Top 21 Twitter tools every power user should know about (5K tweets)
How to use Pay with a Tweet WordPress plugin to get more traffic:
This is a free plugin & could be downloaded from WordPress plugin repo here. Once you have installed & activated the plugin, follow the instructions below to setup this plugin.
Go to Feedback »Pay with a Tweet » Configuration: See below screenshot
Now, you have to create a Twitter App to fill the above form.
Go to Twitter Developers to build a Twitter app.
Sign in with your Twitter username and password, and then click on your account name on the top right corner of the screen. You need to click on My Applications to proceed. Now, Click on create new app button.
On the next screen, you have to fill required detail such as your name, description, website, callback URL and then click on create your application form.
Check out the below screenshot for reference:
After this, Twitter redirects you to APP dashboard, and you can see headings like detail, Setting, API keys, Permission. Go to the permission section and change permission mode to read and write. Copy the consumer key & consumer secret from here to your plugin settings.
Now, next step is to upload the file using Pay with a tweet. You can always convert your best post into PDF & offer as downloadable content. You can also offer an eBook or stuff like checklist, slides as a downloadable content. This is just a basic idea for all & you should use something based on your blog & kind of audience you have.
Click on New payment, in this section you have to give the description about the download file. After this, you have to upload button image. This button image will be used to display your button. After this, you have to select the download file that users will receive once they send out the tweet. The file you uploaded earlier will appear here, and you can select it. And click on Create Payment Button.See the below screenshot to understand more about it:
Lastly after all this you will see a WordPress shortcode.
To display your Pay with a Tweet button in a WordPress post or page, you need to copy & paste this shortcode into any blog post or page where you want to display pay with a tweet button.
This plugin also offers widget option that you can use to offer a downloadable file in your sidebar or widget section of WordPress blog. It’s kind of funny to think that many bloggers offer free to download but don’t take advantage of such free offerings to make their downloadable viral & drive more traffic at the same time.
Do let me know if you have ever used Pay with a tweet or something similar to drive traffic to your blog? How’s your experience & any tips for newbies to make most out of it?
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