Twitter tips and tricks
I’m a newer travel blogger and still learning something new every day. Twitter was getting the best of me. No matter what I did I couldn’t seem to get followers. I was stuck and I was completely disinterested in it. If you’re like me, the frustration was mounting and I was ready to just write it off. I decided I wasn’t going to let it win and I was determined to figure it out, so I started doing some research. I’ll share with you what I’ve learned. In the last week, I’ve gotten over 600 engaging followers and it’s still increasing every day!
Make your profile catchy and professional looking. Write up a short bio that describes you, your blog and your twitter account. Use keywords that describe your blog/profile. For instance- travel, blog, travel blogger, family and other descriptive words that fit your niche. You can even use a # or 2, but don’t get crazy here. When people search for accounts to follow, they search by keywords. Make your account stand out. Think about what you look for when following an account. Check out mine at www.twitter.com/lovelaughcarib
Search and follow accounts you like and that are similar to your niche. Take note when you are searching what YOU look for in an account and make sure yours has the same qualities. It goes without saying, please don’t copy someone else’s profile. It’s rude and unprofessional. Be creative and let your personality shine here.
DO NOT, do not, do not, use an automated ‘thank you for following me’ message. I can not stress this enough. No one opens them, no one reads them or follows the links included. Just don’t do it. This is a big reason why people unfollow accounts. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need to be thanked for following an account. If you must do something, do a daily or weekly tweet mentioning your new followers. This gets their names out there which is much more appreciated than the auto-message.
Twitter moves fast and if you aren’t tweeting often, people will not see your tweets. It is imperative that you use an automated app to tweet. I use ‘Revive Old Post’, (just the free version) and I only use it for Twitter. You can set this to retweet old posts as often as every 5 minutes. I used to have mine set up to tweet every 4 hours. I now have it tweet every 15 minutes. This is probably where I’ve seen the biggest increase in my followers. Play around with this, see what your followers like. If you’re not getting followers, increase the frequency, if you notice your followers leaving, back it off a little bit.
You need to be on twitter as a human a few times a day. You could seriously just hire a teen to do your twitter activity! It’s a full-time job! Like and retweet accounts that interest you or quite honestly, you want to potentially work with. Answer their questions, be engaging, quote their tweets with a sentence or two. The more people see you engage, the more likely they are to follow you and potentially reach out to you. Use a # or two in your retweet, different from the ones that the initial account used, but don’t go crazy, this isn’t Instagram.
Blog Specific Stuff
When tweeting a new blog post, you want to physically tweet it 3-5 times a day for a few days. Space it out so it isn’t annoying. Make sure you are using a catchy title, add a few # and add an eye catching photo. Change it up each time, don’t keep repeating the same tweet.
RT other peoples blog posts. Support your fellow blogger and 9 times out of 10, they will support you back.
Tag people in your photos. This brings your tweet to their attention and makes them at least see it. Seeing it is half the battle. When they see it they are most likely going to like or RT the tweet.
Try new things. Some days your followers will want a quote, some days a survey and other days just an awesome picture.
Unless it is relevant to your niche, don’t engage in posts that are political or controversial. This is a great way to lose followers, especially if they don’t agree with you.
Join twitter groups that are in your niche. Engage with those groups. The groups are basically just a list of the member’s tweets. Like and RT these tweets often.