Chiropractic Blogs and Twitter Validating Cards
What is a Twitter card?
A Twitter card is a way for you to add more text and images to your tweets that are associated with chiropractic blogs. Twitter Validating Cards give you a lot more options than you get with an ordinary tweet. Visual image of 440 by 220 pixels is a preview of your chiropractic blog post with an url link back to your blog.
With a normal text based tweet, you can upload an image that has to be rectangular. If it isn’t, Twitter crops the top and bottom for it to fit. When you create a tweet with an image, the default is displayed on Twitter.com and on mobile apps.
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— Chiropractic Dr Burt (@AskDrBurt) March 23, 2016
Twitter cards work similarly to how Facebook, Google Plus and LinkedIn pulls in default information from a post when you paste a URL into its stream. It pulls in an image, a headline and some text.
Twitter card benefits for chiropractic blogs
1. The Summary card is the default that most bloggers will likely choose. It shows a small image that’s offset to the right, and all text is below it. This is very similar to how Facebook works.
2. The Summary card with large image is a better option if you have nice big images on your blog.
The difference here is that the large image is above the content. When someone hits View Summary, they will see the large image before the additional information you have included.
3. The Photo card is essentially the same as the Summary card with large image, except it doesn’t have the summary. Instead you just see the photo with a headline.
There are two ways of adding twitter cards in WordPress. Let’s take a look at both of them.
Method 1: Yoast SEO plugin
If you are using WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin, then you are in luck. Yoast has built-in integration for twitter cards, so turning it on is a matter of few clicks.
Simply go to the “Social” page of Yoast SEO settings page. Enter your Twitter username and save changes.
After that click on the Twitter tab. Under the Twitter tab you need to check the box for Add Twitter card meta data. Select a default card type to choose. You can choose to show summary or summary with large image.
Next thing you need to do is go to Users » My Profile page. You will see a new field under Contact Info for your twitter username. Enter your twitter username there.
Final Step: Test and Validate
Before links from your WordPress site start showing Twitter Cards, you need to first check it in Twitter card validator.
Simply head over to the Card Validator page on Twitter developers website. Enter URL of any post from your WordPress site and click on preview card button.
Twitter will show you a preview of your Twitter card.
Update: Previously you had to apply for participation in the Twitter Cards. However, Twitter has implemented a system that automatically whitelists domains when you test them with the validator or just share a URL on Twitter.