I personally have a love/hate relationship with Twitter, it was a platform I joined not knowing what to do – threw myself into blindly and hoped for the best. While this does work to some extent it can be hard to be seen amongst the sea of others out there but with a little invested time and effort it can be easy to make changes which will not only help you to become visible but to drive traffic to your blog too.
The first thing to remember is that Twitter is a SOCIAL MEDIA platform and while you can use it get your blog post links out there being social is key, you will be muted or unfollowed if all you do is constantly tweet out your blog post links without any interaction with your followers.
Interact with people, Retweet their posts, join in with a conversation, check out the hashtags and join in, find blogging twitter parties and join the conversation.
Twitter parties are a great way to interact with like-minded people too, there are loads out there it’s just a case of finding one which suits you and joining in as much or as little as you like during the time period of that chat, usually an hour – the hosts will often throw out questions so you can join in and of course you can then interact with the others joining in. These can be fast paced but great fun and often you can have the chance to win competition prizes too. Our outreach group on Facebook is a great place to find out which Twitter parties are happening and putting your name down to review the brands products/get involved.
One of the ways of keeping up with a select group on Twitter is to create Twitter lists. You can use these to filter out your feed to perhaps brands, family members, friends, your favourite bloggers, local groups etc. – this means you can select that list and see only posts from those people you’ve added – this is great for the evenings when you may just want to chat with friends, brands are usually offline so why not filter them out for a short time and put some effort into real interaction.
How to grow your twitter followers is often a hot topic – I personally HATE the follow/unfollow tactics and I know I’m not alone here. Why not follow your favourite bloggers and take a look down their follow lists, you’ll find some lovely people to follow that way – of course make sure you follow us (BlogOn) we will do our best to interact with you so do come over for a chat, we are a very friendly bunch.
You’ll also want to make sure your posts are seen by your readers: write a blog post/a review then tag in the company, been to the theatre or even a local even and written about it then tag them into your tweet – hopefully they will then share it with their followers.
Pictures also speak a thousand words….with limited characters available make yourself seen by sharing a pretty picture to accompany your links.
Clare Nicholas is a married Mum to two livewire whirlwinds, Blogging life’s adventures and misadventures over at Emmy’s Mummy. Clare loves procrastinating, gin & chocolate and has a bad habit of remembering deadlines at 3am.