Monthly Archives: April 2012

How Do Spammers Work?

We get a lot of questions about how spammers work on Twitter as well as on the internet in general. I thought I’d provide an overview of general internet techniques spammers use (not specifically about Twitter spam), particularly those techniques used to make more people find their websites in Google search.

I found an infographic from a Google Search Marketing company that provided a summary, so  I’ve enlarged and extracted the key sections from their infographic below:

WordPress Begins AUTOMATICALLY Embedding Tweets

What a great feature this is! WordPress.com users have had a similar feature for awhile, and now it’s available for self-hosted WordPress sites as well. Here’s how it works:

You simply put a link to a tweet on its own line, and WordPress turns it into an embedded tweet. All you need is the tweet’s link! (Here’s how to find the link for a tweet.)

For example, all you would need to do is type this into WordPress, and the middle line will turn into an embedded tweet:

Check out this helpful tweet:



That was a helpful tweet.

Here’s what that will look like in WordPress:

Check out this helpful tweet:


That was a helpful tweet.

This is already available on self-hosted WordPress sites now if you are using version 3.4 beta 2 (or later) and will be rolled out to everyone in just a few days when version 3.4 is released on May 9 (planned release date).

TIP: If you don’t want to use the beta, and don’t want to wait a few days for the full release, you can use the embedly plugin or this technique already provided by Twitter.