Most people still don’t understand why you’d use Twitter to increase traffic to your blog, site or business. They have an account but don’t really use it much.
Twitter can be daunting – a continuous stream of information, most of which seems irrelevant. But use it well it’s an excellent way to drive traffic and interest.
It’s important you’re as human as possible. Think about what you might like to read and don’t just paste links over and over.
Managing a huge list of people just on twitter.com becomes hardwork but there’s free software out there to help. I use tweetdeck but there are others around. You can download the software for your pc or mac here www.tweetdeck.com.
Tweet deck displays all your lists, feeds and tweets in place so you can easily deal with things. Plus you can schedule the tweets to roll-out over the day. We’ll discuss building lists in my next post.
This one’s written for a friend whose tumblr blog needed a few more visitors. He asked me to help and I suggested that Twitter might be one way to achieve this. After verbalising his distaste for a few moments he came round to the idea. Here’s what we did:
- Created a twitter account – free and simple to do.
- Set the tumblr blog to automatically post to twitter. (Most blogs allow this.)
- Added a nice background to his twitter profile and put up a picture.
The next thing to do is get followers on Twitter. Here’s what we recommend, in no particular order, just do them all:
- Find people on Twitter that post similar things (like fashion). Follow them.
- Follow the people that are following the people you’re interested in.
- Search for people who send interesting tweets. search.twitter.com is a good place to start. Follow them all.
- Create lists of people you like. Like the PolkaSpots one here.
- Read the tweets of the people above and ‘retweet‘ them. This sends the tweet out to the people who follow you.
- Comment on people’s tweets and retweet them – be human.
- Read lots of websites everyday and use the ‘Tweet Me’ button to send interesting things out.
- Post links but not too many.
Things not to do:
- Never follow more than about 100 people day (max) otherwise you’ll be suspended. We were stuck for ages on this one.
- Never never never never never never use / pay for services to get twitter followers.
- Never never never never never never send spam out
- Never blatantly advertise yourself / services. It’s not cool
That’s it, have patience – it doesn’t happen over night.
I have never seen so many happy Dutch people as there were in the Dominion Theatre for this Saturday’s matinee of We Will Rock You.
A traumatising event on a number of levels. I’ll spare you most of the details however imagine being trapped in your worst nightmare for three hours. Then, add a blisteringly loud Queen soundtrack…you get the picture. The cringeworthy stor is set 300 years in the future on ‘Planet Moll’ (or Mall, I couldn’t be sure). Music is banned and everyone’s basically a generic clone. Say no more…if you’re still interested, go watch it, I don’t want to think about those 3 hours ever again.
The quality of singing was average and the only real benefit of going was the female dancers. The stage was rammed full of them, all dressed up in costumes from Agent Provocateur. Great.
Now, while this kind of show isn’t for me (in fact it was torturous), there was barely a seat free and it’s been going now for quite some time now. Certainly, the Dutch group of friends behind us were having a ball – singing along to all the songs out loud. Good for them!
There are so many different people out there, it’s amazing we ever meet anyone we get on with. But life is also about compromise. After all, my folks enjoyed it and I get on fine with them. And because of that, I really enjoyed it too.
Most days after I’ve woken up, I head over to the kitchen, mumble something to Alicia my flatmate and get myself some breakfast.
Then I head straight back to bed and start catching up on some technology news (exciting I know). While doing so, I’ll often schedule a few tweets of my favourites to go out over the day.
Sharing news via twitter is great, but it’s best to even things out – sending 20 updates in one go would be a bit too much.
I use a program called tweetdeck to do just this. It’s completely free and lets you schedule your updates so they go out at precise times. You look busy all day for very little effort…
Obviously if you’re using twitter as a work tool, you also need to update your status at other times. Otherwise, you’ll look a bit robotic and no-one will follow you.
This morning however I knocked my full cup of coffee off the side table and onto a pile of books. I spent 30 minutes trying to get my white wall white again. Unlike me, my cat thought this was very entertaining. No tweets today – sorry everyone.