I’d really love to use Twitter Cards on my blog frankbukowski.com
My problem is I’m not a web developer or coder, I’m a simple writer.
I hoped Twitter Cards would be easy to install and use. They look awesome.
But there seems to be lots of fragmentary, incomplete, conflicting information about Twitter cards online (including these discussion boards), that is mostly aimed at coders/developers, which reads like Chinese to me.
Some information suggests I need to paste code into my blog, other information says if I am using SEO Yoast or All in One SEO on my blog, that should pull the meta information automatically into my post pages, so the twitter cards should work automatically.
I use All in One SEO on my Wordpress blog frankbukowski.com I have activated the Social Meta feature of All in One SEO.
I installed and activated JM Twitter Cards on my blog.
I went through the validation/application process for the Twitter Card, pasting in the URL of a post I wanted to tweet, using a summary card, and got an email back from Twitter saying:
Your Twitter Card is ready!
We’ve activated the summary card for frankbukowski.com.
If you want to use other kinds of Twitter cards (and we know you do), please make another request.
Get another card
But it didn’t tell me how to get the Twitter card to work.
When I tried tweeting the URL for the blog post that had apparently been activated, no twitter card showed up in my tweets. Just a normal tweet with the URL link to the blog post. No card.
Here’s a typical blog post of mine. http://www.frankbukowski.com/52-pick-up-by-elmore-leonard-book-review/
When I look at the admin page for this post in my Wordpress dashboard, there’s a ‘Twitter Cards’ panel in there, with three buttons - Documentation, Validator, Troubleshooting.
Underneath the three buttons is a box including the following code:
<!-- JM Twitter Cards by Julien Maury 5.2.2 --> <meta name="twitter:card" content="summary"> <meta name="twitter:creator" content="@FrankBukowski1"> <meta name="twitter:site" content="@FrankBukowski1"> <meta name="twitter:title" content="52 Pick-up by Elmore Leonard - book review"> <meta name="twitter:description" content="Book review of 52 Pick-up by Elmore Leonard - a Flawed but highly readable early crime thriller by the daddy of naturalistic dialogue"> <meta name="twitter:image:src" content="http://www.frankbukowski.com/wp-content/uploads/52-Pick-up-featured-image.jpg"> <!-- /JM Twitter Cards -->
When I click on the Validator button, it takes me to the Card Catalog at Twitter.
I click on the Summary Card to choose it.
I click on the Validate & Apply tab
In the box where it says ‘Enter URL to validate’, I paste in the URL to my blog post: http://www.frankbukowski.com/52-pick-up-by-elmore-leonard-book-review/
I click the ‘Go’ button.
The Card Preview shows me how the Summary Card will look, it looks fine.
At the top of the LH column there’s a message saying *.frankbukowski.com approved
At that point, like most non-developers, I start scratching my head. There’s no instructions as to what to do next.
Okay, so I assume (guess?) I need to I head over to Twitter, and open up a Tweet and past the blog post URL in: http://www.frankbukowski.com/52-pick-up-by-elmore-leonard-book-review/
I tweet it, but only the URL link appears in the tweet. No twitter card.
I know I’m a dumb no-coder but can someone tell me if I’m doing something REALLY OBVIOUSLY WRONG, that will be easy for me to fix?
Or are Twitter cards really only supposed to be used by web developers? Is it a dark art that is going to be beyond normal human beings without developer knowledge?
I’m hoping someone can help, but it feels a bit like the wild west, trying to find someone who can explain this to a non-expert in simple English, without saying something like, “set the robots.txt to accept twitter’s bot”, which means absolutely nothing to me.
If I really need to have that level of geeky knowledge to have a hope in hell of ever getting Twitter Cards to work, can someone please put me out my misery and just come out and say so, then I will give up trying.
Sorry for the long message.
Hope someone can shed some light on this for me.
I’d really love to use Twitter Cards, if I could get them to work. They look awesome when I see them on other people’s twitter feeds.