Twitter Tips! Free Twitter Tips!
In this series of the Boost Your Blog Challenge we’ll work to grow your blog with twitter. I LOVE twitter. It’s one of my top 3 favorite social media channels and I earn an income using it for both myself and the clients using it.
Follow people who can add VALUE to your feed that you can share with your readers. I share info that my readers are interested in and can grow with.
Ignore and block spam, ‘bots and porn. Answer questions that are addressed to you. Imagine twitter is a party. Don’t be the jerk that ignores someone because their klout score or readership isn’t over yours.
There’s no such thing as a private conversation in a twitter stream. The point is to get your feet wet and start talking. It’s not rude to jump into a conversation but if you’re uncomfortable simply start one!
Use 1 to 2 hashtags and NEVER more than 3. Because #hashtagging #multiple #words #makes #one #a #hashtag #weenie.
Comment on a retweet so it shows up in everyone’s stream.
For the love of all get rid of the tacky validation services. I refuse to fill it out. It’s like inviting someone into your house and then putting barbed wire across the door way to wiggle through. You’re missing the point of twitter if you have a ‘private twitter account’ for your business or blog.
Read through their timeline, click over to their blog, 3 tweets doesn’t tell you if they’re having a quirky moment or if they always speak about dinglehoppers. If you’re into dinglehoppers you’ll miss the fact that normally all they speak about are watchamacallits
Hootsuite is the tool that will help you separate and see who to follow that will help you grow and provide great content for your readers. It’s what I use for both myself and my clients to help grow their twitter accounts and stay engaged with their readers.
I love interacting and there’s nothing worse that a tweet that I have to edit so I can answer. So…keep your tweets shorter than 100 characters. Most people won’t edit and you’ll miss out some quality interaction.
I’m ornery and enjoy sarcasm but you don’t want to leave people wondering if you’re a jerk or you’re being sarcastic/funny. Using a smiley face 🙂 or a winky face 😉 will let folks know ‘This is funny! I’m teasing/joking/having fun!’
Tweets have an expiration date of a few to 72 hours depending on your niche. Twitter isn’t the place to see a comment and then respond back to it days or Heaven forbid! weeks or months later. Set notifications up on your phone so you can respond quickly and easily WITHOUT opening your laptop.
The one tweet that never expires is the one where you made a mistake. Now, if you ignore it…it’ll grow bigger. But, if you apologize for being ignorant or thank someone for educating you everything is good. I tend to say something like, ‘Oops! I lied! 😉 Here’s the right info from -name-!’ The smiley face shows I wasn’t TRYING to mess up and the ‘lie part’ makes it a bit funny/enjoyable but shows I misunderstood the question or my understanding of what was taught. And, mistake disappears.
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