On the 18th of September, Twitter announced a new addition to their profile pages.
If you’ve not heard about it, it means that you’re still far behind in terms of social media and hot trends.
You can now add a beautiful banner to your twitter profile page. Just like Facebook timeline, the twitter profile is where you promote your website.
Every day, 5 – 10 new people follow me on twitter. They like what I do and they like to retweet my campaign. I’m glad that finally, twitter is doing a similar thing like Facebook. It’s definitely going to turn out right. I presume.
Take a quick look at my new twitter profile page. Did you see the beautiful header?
I’m loving twitter now more than ever. This new profile banner can send more free traffic
to your website/blog. But you might be wondering, how on earth I’m I going to add a beautiful banner to my twitter page?
There are few steps to take right away. This post is going to be short – but straight to the point.
How to add the new banner to your twitter page.
1. Step one: Search for twitter wallpapers
If you want the banner to look professional like the one I’ve in the above screenshot, I suggest you look for wallpapers. Professional graphic designers have done it all for you. Yes, 85% of the wallpapers are free to use and without any legal violation.
And there is no better place to look for backgrounds and wallpapers than Google search engine. Just visit Google Images and type “twitter wallpaper.” Or twitter background.
Ideally, type the exact image color you want Google to serve you and it’d appear quickly. Once you find a good wallpaper that suits your color, brand and audience as well as your twitter background color, it’s time to move on to the next step.
2. Step two: Adjust your wallpaper size and elements
Because I’ve a basic knowledge about Macromedia Fireworks, I was able to use it to adjust the size of the wallpaper I got from research.
You can also use Photoshop or any other free image resizer online. The new profile banner must be 1200×600 pixels, with a maximum file size of 5MB.
It’s better to use a blank twitter wallpaper, so that you can easily add your logo and your job title. From my screenshot above, you’d see by the left hand side how I added my job title (I’m a Freelance writer).
Or better yet, leave the image/wallpaper as blank, but make sure the size is 1200×600 pixels.
3. Step Three: Login to your twitter account
If you’ve been using twitter for a long time, then you should know how to access your account. Quickly log into your account and click on “edit profile.”
The button appears at the top right hand side like a revolving circle with zigzagged edge. Just hover on it and you’d find “edit profile” right under your own name.
Once you click the edit profile, look at the left widget.
4. Step four: Click on “Design”
At the left hand side, click on the Design tab and you’ll be taken straight to a page that looks like this:
All you’ve to do is click the drop down arrow on “change header.” Then, click on “change existing image and you’ll automatically get a prompt to upload your image. Remember, in step one, you already have an image or wallpaper for your header.
Now, just browse it from your computer and click open. Don’t change a thing or try to reduce the image again, just click “save.”
5. Step five: Save Changes and view your profile page
Scroll down to the bottom of the page, save changes and that’s all. Your profile banner is changed and ready to suck in more targeted traffic to your blog and enhance your brand.
You should check your twitter page now to see how the banner looks. If you don’t like the banner color, go back and find a better image or get a professional designer to handle this project.
If you’ve not been getting traffic from Google, it might be as a result of your profile not looking professional. When you add this new banner, it’s going to elevate your professional status and give you more exposure.
This new addition from twitter is still very new, which means you could still drive traffic from organic searches. My ultimate goal with this post is to position it on Google homepage. It’s a challenge but I’m confident it’s possible.
When you implement the right social media strategies, it can lead to more targeted traffic, real-time leads and sales. If you like this tutorial, leave a comment below. See you at the top!