I love Twitter, not just because it is the best way to get traffic to the blog. But also it so lovely to talk to a wider audience. Over time I like to think I have perfected the best way to gains new followers on Twitter, so here is my best Twitter advice on gaining new followers.
I’m a tweeting idiot, there I said it. But in all honesty, I don’t think I’m along on this. There isn’t a day gone by when I’m not using the platform, whether it’s to contact a brand to work with, or just having a good natter with someone. Someday all I do is just look at the popular hashtags and reads everyone tweets. What I’m saying is, I use Twitter every day and this makes me a tweeting idiot.
Anyway, I found last year that Twitter was a great source of traffic to the blog. This is amazing and I really didn’t do a whole lot, really. All I did was make sure all new blog posts get tweeted as soon as it got published. I did this using a feature on Jetpacks. I also retweeted a blog link once or twice a day at different times. That all I did really. But somehow, the lack of actions – has worked for me and I get a lovely amount of traffic.
I also how noticed, I seem to be gaining a healthy amount of followers as well. This is amazing and once again I didn’t really do a whole lot. Ok, so I did something – or otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this.
Here what I consider my best Twitter advice on gaining new followers. But before we get into it – I would like to say that it does take time and patience. There is no really simple formula, just wait and people will come.
Make your profile attractive:
Don’t just have lines and lines of boring tweets with no pictures. Make your overall profile attractive. So have pictures and even videos. Have a cover art that matches your blog/brand, also have a clear profile picture as that what going to make people look at it in the first place. When linking a blog post, make sure you also use an image. If you see a picture from another tweet, then retweet it. One thing I have done recently has a picture of the day tweet, where I just posted a pretty picture with the hashtag: #pictureoftheday.
Keep your politic to yourself:
If you counting your twitter page to be a great source of traffic to the blog, it might be best to keep your politic stance to yourself. Don’t use your profile to rant and rave about how you feel about whatever happens in the world. Of course, I’m not asking you to bury your head in the sand. Just remember if you want to work with brands, they will look at everything on your twitter page – including your likes. My advice would be to have a separate private account and there you can rant and rave about your heart content.
Talk to fellow Tweeters:
I’ll admit this took some time for me, but I soon got over my fear, and overall I had nothing to worry about really. Don’t be afraid or shy to talk to fellow tweeters. If you see a tweet where someone is asking questions, respond by tweeting back. If you found a blog post enjoyable, then feel free to tweet that person and tell them that you did. Don’t be a loner, is what I’m saying. I have found the more you talk to someone on Twitter, the more you often get grouped up for #fridayfollowing. A hashtag where some tweeters round up people on who they have talked to throughout the week.
That the key thing on Twitter, where you can only be yourself. If you start pretending to be someone, then people will catch on really quickly. Plus it can get pretty tiring putting on an act all the time. Say whatever is on your mind, feel to post something cool you have seen while out. Feel free to vent when something breaks. Showcase your humour and tweet a joke. Remember your Twitter profile page is an extension of your blog, if you start being two different people then no one will care and won’t follow.
Don’t publish half a gazillion tweets all at once, that a sure fire way for people to unfollow you or to block you. HootSuite is your friend for this. You can schedule tweets to whatever suit you best. Just don’t go overboard and essentially spam your profile.
Those were my best Twitter advice on gaining new followers. Do you have any to add?