How to enable Twitter cards

How to Enable Twitter Cards

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I like pictures. I’m a very visual person so they do a lot to help me decide whether or not I want to click on a link. Unfortunately, when it comes to Twitter, adding an image to your tweet can use up valuable characters that I’d rather use for my message or those required hashtags.

How to enable Twitter cards

How to Enable Twitter Cards

Thankfully, there is a way that you can have an image in your tweet without uploading it  via Twitter. Learning how to enable Twitter cards will make this happen.  Basically, Twitter cards allow you to attach rich photos, videos and media to your tweets so you don’t need to upload anything else.

If you don’t have Twitter cards enabled and you don’t upload a photo, your tweet will just be words with no image. This is a tweet I sent from my other blog, Confessions of an Overworked Mom, that has Twitter cards enabled. It pulled the image from the post without me having to upload it.

This is how you can enable Twitter cards. This works with self hosted WordPress blogs.

  • Choose the type of Twitter card you want. I chose Summary Card with Large Image for Confessions of an Overworked Mom & Summary for this site.
  • The next step you can do one of two ways. You can add the HTML to your header section (which is beyond something I want to deal with) or you can enable Twitter cards via Yoast which is a plugin you can use for your WordPress blog. I never mess with code unless I absolutely have to.
  • On your dashboard, look in your left hand column for SEO, hover over that and select Social.
  • Once you’re on that page, click on Twitter at the top of the page.
  • Check the box next to Add Twitter Card Meta Data.
  • Enter the Twitter name for your site.
  • Select the type of card you want. It should look like this with your Twitter name:

How to enable Twitter cards

  • Next on the left hand side, look for the word Users. Hover over that and select Your Profile.
  • Scroll down and add your Twitter name without the @ under Contact Info. Save the changes.
  • Next you need to validate your card.
  • Go to your blog & open a blog post. Copy the URL to a blog post & paste it in the card validator. This is important. It must be a blog post and not the main URL to your blog. It will only work with a blog post. Make sure there is an image in the blog post.
  • It should look like this. If you get an error, go back and repeat the above steps.

How to Enable Twitter Cards

  • After this is done, it may say that the blog is not whitelisted. If this happens, simply fill out the short form to request approval. The time varies but my request took less than an hour.

After that, test by sending another tweet. It should post and automatically pull an image. Another benefit of doing it this way is that it will pull an image no matter who tweets from your site so if a reader shares your post, Twitter will pull an image automatically. Now that I have enabled Twitter cards on this site, my tweets have images included automatically as well.

So, did it work for you? If you have any questions let me know! My thanks to Nicole from SAHM Reviews for sharing this knowledge with me.

How to enable Twitter cards

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42 thoughts on “How to Enable Twitter Cards

  1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Now, do you have tutorials on what I do with the FB and G+ tabs in the SEO section of Yoast?

  2. Thank you for this. I still can’t get mine to work, but I am still trying. Since I have had issues with everything else, I figure why not this also. But at least now I know how. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks sooo much Ellen!! I enjoy reading your blog and learning all these informative tips. Thanks again :0)

  4. Great article thanks. My Twitter lead generation card is setup and collecting emails!

    My question now is: how do I get it to repeat? I know Twitter doesn’t like repeat tweets, but this is a Twitter card, so surely there’s a way to have it recur every day etc.


    • I don’t believe that the Twitter card function would help in that at all. You’d probably have to load whatever tweets you want posted over and over again into something like Buffer and do it that way.

  5. Thank you so much for this handy guide! I’m new to Twitter and have been totally confused about how to get my Tweets looking awesome with an image. Now I’ve just gotta work out everything else haha…

  6. Thank you so much. I believe I have it set up now 🙂 I love these tutorials they are so helpful. I hope you do more on Yoast for g plus, Facebook, and pinterest.

  7. Hi, Ellen. I was referred to this post by a friend, and I’m so glad I found you. I am having trouble with the images on Twitter. I already had twitter cards in place, but my problem is that it is pulling a non-relevant image. Instead of one of the main images, it is pulling a social media icon. Why is this happening, and how do I fix it? Any ideas?

    Life With Lorelai

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