Email opt-in is a common strategy used by some webmasters when promoting a download. You know the drill, if you want to download the file you have to join their email list. While there is nothing wrong with this some people are not comfortable with the notion of handing over their email address. I’ll show you a cool new alternative that utilizes the power of Twitter.
Tweet And Get it is a new WordPress plugin that gets you a tweet and Twitter followers in exchange for the download you are offering. In a nutshell, if a visitor to your site wants to download the file you are offering he/she is required to follow you in addition to tweeting a message of your choice.
How it works:
Simply install and activate the plugin as you would any other plugin. Once activated you will see a new menu item called Tweet&Get it. It contains 2 submenus – Make your button and Manage your buttons. To begin, navigate to Tweet&Get it > Make your button. You will now see the screen below.
Configuration is simple. Referencing the above image:
- Enter your Twitter username
- Enter the message you would like users to tweet
- Upload your file
- Name your button (important if you plan on offering multiple downloads)
- Click Create your button
After clicking Create your button you will be given a shortcode specific to the file you just uploaded. You can then insert this shortcode into a post, page or a widget. Here is what it looks like in a post.
Clicking the button seen in the above image will bring up the following screen where your visitor can log in to Twitter.
After logging in to Twitter and authorizing the app the following screen will appear.
You can easily create as many buttons as you like for as many downloads as you like. Tweet And Get it makes offering downloads to your readers fun and at the same time gets you some followers. Your readers never have to worry about getting spammed to death since there are no emails involved. The best part of all is Tweet And Get it is 100% free.
If you want to give this plugin a test run you can install it directly from your dashboard. If you prefer the old fashioned way you can download Tweet And Get it from the WordPress Plugin Directory.