A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on Twitter tips for beginners. I thought I’d be able to write it in one shot but apparently I have a lot to say on the subject!
Here’s part 2 and I hope you find these Twitter tips useful as well!
4. Be Helpful
When I started using Twitter I did it for fun. I just shared anything and everything I thought was interesting from a wide range of different topics.
As I started using Twitter in my job search, I began tweeting items that were law and education related because that was the job market I was hoping to enter. By doing this, I kept myself up to date on key issues. I also became familiar with the various thought leaders and the trending topics.
My Twitter following grew substantially at this time. I think it’s because I was focused more on sharing interesting stories than gaining followers.
Since starting the blog, I haven’t changed my strategy much other than to follow other lifestyle and mom bloggers whose work I enjoy reading. I only promote my own posts maybe once a day (if I can remember to schedule them – more on that below).
5. Use Google Alerts for Tweets
I think I first heard about Google Alerts when I was listening to one of Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income Podcasts. In the podcast he suggests setting up alerts for topics of interest to use as inspiration or content across social media.
Google Alerts is quite easy to use. If there’s something you’re interested in, type it in the search button, enter your email address and create an alert. Every day you get email updates on your topic(s) of choice.
I have a few of these set up and I go through them at the end of the day to choose which articles I’ll schedule for future tweets.
Personally, I like to read the articles before I schedule them to make sure they offer useful advice. After reading the articles, I’ll either create my own tweet or use the tweet button on the article and then paste it into my scheduler.
This is a great way to make sure you never run out of scheduled tweets.
6. Schedule your Tweets
Speaking of scheduling… I know that there are a number of different Twitter schedulers out there and I’m sure they all work very well.
Personally, I’ve only tried Hootsuite and I really like it. I use it for work and for my personal account. I love that it’s free – key when you’re on a budget and it does the trick.
It can take a few tries to get used to the dashboard and how to schedule but once you are comfortable with the dashboard and set up it’s easy.
After you link up your Twitter account you can choose different streams (columns) for your screen.
- “home” stream – my Twitter feed
- “my tweets” – the tweets that I’ve sent out
- “scheduled” – the tweets that I plan to send out; and
- “mentions” – if someone has tagged me in a tweet
- “retweets” – to keep track of any retweets of my posts
At the top of the screen there’s a little box where you can write your tweet, schedule it using the calendar icon and add media using the paperclip icon.
If you’re sharing a link, Hootsuite also lets you shorten the link to make the tweet more concise. When you add your link you just click the “shorten” button and voila you have a much shorter link to share.
7. Tweet Often and at Different Times of Day
I probably tweet about 6-10 times per day with maybe one tweet of my own content and the rest other people’s posts, articles, events etc.
I’m sure many Twitter gurus would have a different ratio of sharing others work vs your own but I’m focusing more on growing my audience and as that grows, more people will be exposed to my writing as well.
In terms of scheduling you can either choose your own time or have Hootsuite auto schedule it for you. I’ve done both and haven’t seen much of a difference either way.
The convenient thing about using auto schedule is that you don’t need to worry about tweeting too close together, or too often in the same window of time.
8. Have fun with Hashtags
A hashtag is the pound sign (#) tweeters put in front of a word or phrase. You can search hashtags to see which ones are popular in your areas of interest. This allows you to identify what other people are discussing on your topics.
For example, if you want to see what other people on Twitter are saying about homeschooling, just type #homeschool in the search window and a bunch of tweets will come up. If you want to add to the conversation, write your tweet and add the hashtag at the end (in front of the key word).
You can also use Hashtagify to find out related hashtags. Searching Hashtagify for #homeschool I find that related hashtags include #education, #kids, #math, #parenting etc. You can add these to the tweet as well. What’s great about this, is that now, your tweet will be found not only by people searching for #homeschool but people searching for #education or #kids or whichever other hashtag you add.
Your tweet could look something like this:
Check out these amazing tips from @homeschoolexpert www.hse.com #homeschool #education #kids
9. Twitter Parties
So, I find Twitter parties to be their own unique thing. Some people love them, other people hate them. Personally, I find them fun to participate in depending on the topic.
Usually Twitter parties are hosted by a few different bloggers and/or brand ambassadors. These individuals promote the party on their networks and spread the word. To participate, you often have to follow the hosts on Twitter and sign up for the party on the host’s website.
The parties start at a specific time and usually the hosts set out a number of questions and people answer them. The questions usually start “Q1:” “Q2:” etc and when responding party goers typically put “A1:” “A2:” in front of their answers. People will often add the host’s twitter handle to the answer and use the specific hashtag that has been created for the party.
Mommy Blog Expert has an amazing Twitter party calendar that she updates every week and you can see if there’s a party of interest to you. Also, if you follow influencers they will often tweet out about upcoming parties too.
So Fab Chats also has a great list of parties and if you login to their site they have a platform that lets you follow along easily.
Hope you’ve found these additional 6 Twitter tips helpful and in case you missed it, check out Part I for more helpful tips and tricks.
What are your best Twitter tips?
For more helpful blogging tips and tricks check out these posts:
- Must Have Apps for Bloggers
- Blogging Year One
- 5 Blogging Mistakes I’ve Made (and you don’t have to)
- Helpful Blogging Tools and Resources