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November 28, 2012

How to Customize Your Twitter Profile

<img src="CustomTwitter.jpg" alt="Custom Twitter Profile">

If you got a chance to check out our post Top Twitter Tips for Bloggers the other day, then you read how you can advertise your blog by adding a custom header and background to your profile.

A rule of thumb to remember is to try and incorporate the same colors, header, logo and/or profile picture in every social network account you have set up. This way when your readers and followers see your profile, they know it's yours. This is a form of branding and it's a very important step in growing your blog.

So let's get started. Follow these directions to get the "Profile" and "Design" sections where you can customize your Twitter Profile.

  • Head on over to your Twitter account and get signed in. 
  • Once you're there and logged in, in the top right corner next to the blue "Compose New Tweet" button you'll see a small wheel. 
  • Click on that and navigate to "Settings". 
  • Then on the left side you will see a list of options. Let's start with the background of your profile, so click on "Design". 

At the top of this page you will see the premade themes that Twitter offers. They have a lot to choose from and some are really cute. Unfortunately, I'm not going for cute, (lol) so for now, I'm using the premade black theme that's available until I can get my custom design completed.

<img src="premadetheme.jpg" alt="premade theme">

You don't have to use the premade themes. You can upload your own background image or solid color. For example, if you have a header or theme on your blog that you want to use on your Twitter profile, you would upload it here. The requirements for using your own images for the background are they must be in PNG, GIF, or JPG format and they must be smaller than 800k. If your images file size is too large, use an image editing program or web app to shrink the image. Animated GIFs are not supported as background images. Remember that your Twitter feed uses a majority of the center part of your profile area. So any image or background you load, should use the sides to advertise you and your blog. I'll show you an example in a bit.

In the image below, you will see the area where you can upload the background image. You also have the option to tile the background. This means that it will repeat the same image over and over again in small blocks on the background.

Below the background option is where you position the image you uploaded and directly below that is where you can change your background to a solid image and change the color of the links that appear on your profile.

<img src="customsettings.jpg" alt="custom settings">

The Overlay area only has two options: Black or White. I have mine set to white. You can see an example of the White Overlay in the image below. It appears behind your Twitter feed. After your done making changes to this section, make sure you click on save.

<img src="overlay.jpg" alt="Twitter Overlay">
Next, let's add a header to your profile. To add a custom header behind your profile picture and bio navigate to the "Profile" section of the settings. You will see this option right below your profile picture. The recommended dimensions are 1252×62 with a maximum file size of 5MB.

I suggest you play around with the header image until you can fit everything you want in there. There are many free image editors online that you can use. My favorite is Picmonkey. I placed a simple solid color in my header with my websites name and url. After you've uploaded your header image, make sure you click save at the bottom of the screen.

<img src="mytwitterprofile.jpg" alt="Bonnies Twitter Profile">

For the big finale today, I want to share with you an example of what branding and a custom Twitter profile is supposed to look like. John Paul Aguiar is the man and genius behind The Money Dummy Blog. Please take the time to visit him at the three links below and check out how he has incorporated his websites theme into both his Facebook and Twitter profiles. While your on his website, look around a bit. You can find a lot of great tips and information on growing your blog and turning your hobby into a profession. He has written some awesome Ebooks that I'm sure you'll love also.

After you've visited John and seen how branding should look, get busy customizing your Twitter profile. As always, please remember if you need help or advice, I'm here for you. Feel free to leave a comment below saying so or you can email me at!