Though my blog is about health and wellness, we all know how crucial social media has become in our lives. If you have a health blog and are still not on social media, you absolutely should…So that brings us to Twitter, and how to make it work for you in the simplest, less frustrating way.
One thing is for sure, the Internet is filled with numerous Twitter guides that only specialize in telling you what to do but rarely go further to explain how it should be done. This, I find, leaves many new Twitter users in complete confusion.
If you are brand new to Twitter, you might find that tweeting can prove challenging at first. However, do not worry; it is expected, and most Twitter users (including myself) have been in the same situation at some point in time. So before throwing the towel and hiring an SEO link building service to send traffic to your blog, spend some time understanding how to leverage the Twitter platform to do the same thing for you (free of charge). This guide should help you get your Twitter feet wet, and initiate you to embrace this powerful social media. The fact is that the necessary rules that should help new users get started on Twitter simply need to be better clarified and simplified, to avoid confusion. In most instances, some of the tips are usually correct but are conveyed with such complexity, making them difficult to understand, let alone execute. Examples of common tips that need some more clarification include:
– You should follow everyone
– You should reply back to everyone
– You should tweet a lot
1) Clarification on the Tip about Following Everyone
There is no question that the essence of Twitter resides in the number of twitter followers everyone has. However, this doesn’t mean: follow everybody. If you are brand new to Twitter, you might wrongly assume that the true goal of your Twitter experience is to have as many followers as you can. If that’s what you believe, let me assure you this is not the case.
Twitter is about interaction; it’s about quality, not quantity. So you should first learn to interact with people, let people know who you are, find a niche that you’d like to discuss, and then begin sending your tweets. For example, if you are into health and fitness, type the hashtag #fitness or #workout or #healthyeating, etc in the twitter search box. This will return any tweet that discusses those topics. Begin engaging with those Twitter users by responding to their tweets. For example, in the below screenshot, you can send a tweet to @pdnothsa to congratulate her on losing 5 pounds.
Find tweets that appeal to you and engage with those users. Always make sure to follow them before responding. This is important because as they receive your tweet, they would usually check and see whether you are following them. If you are, they will follow you immediately, and possibly even respond to your tweet. That’s an easy way to get followers. Make it a habit to respond to at least 20 hashtag tweets per day. Out of those 20, 2 to 4 people may follow you. That’s 15% conversion on average. Assuming you keep that rate constant for a month, you can quickly garner ~90 to 100 followers in 30 days, and making friends in the process.
2) Clarification on the Tip about Replying Back to Everyone
Let me make it clear that I’m not talking about responding to a question someone posed to you on Twitter. Any question deserves a response. What we are speaking of, are tweets that carry several Twitter users name. A typical example is a #FollowFriday which tends to group several users under a single tweet. For such tweets, avoid replying back to all. Instead, you can follow every one on the tweet and tell them it was nice meeting them through “insert username of the person who tweeted about the #FollowFriday”.
If you want to reply back to everyone, you may say something like “Thanks. Let’s all follow each other”. I typically do this because I know everyone on Twitter (including myself) has a very short attention span. Therefore, you have to explicitly ask people to take action otherwise they will forget about the tweet the next second. As you can see from the image below, Kajuan Kennedy first sent out the FF (FollowFriday ) tweet. Then Nancy Onyett merely responded by saying TY (Thank You). Then it wasn’t until I explicitly said “Let’s follow each other”, that everyone realized it was a great idea.
This is a great way to get new followers. If you are a health and fitness enthusiast; find similar tweeter users and every Friday, send out a #FF or #FollowFriday tweet to show them love
3) Clarification on the Tip about Tweeting a Lot
When you are new on Twitter, you will probably find it hard to strike a balanced way to establish a good reputation on Twitter. However, unless you have a reason to tweet a lot, avoid it! This is the quickest way to be classified as a spammer; and no Twitter user wants a spammer as a follower. Neither does anyone wants to follow a spammer. For this reason, it is extremely critical to figure out your niche before you begin tweeting a large volume of tweets. If you absolutely can’t find a topic you are passionate about, tweet quotes. Everybody loves inspirational quotes. In between your quotes, you can tweet anything you like, as long as it is appropriate.
Your tweeting habits will build and grow naturally as more people follow you. Sending out between 10 to 20 tweets daily is completely okay. When you begin sending 30 to 50 tweets a day, make sure there are some pretty meaningful tweets in there. By meaningful tweet, I mean, either a quote, or a tweet of someone else’s article. See below for example. I tweet at least every 30 minutes; but I make sure most of my tweets are showcasing other tweeter’s work. This is a sure way of getting some twitter “love”.
If you are on Twitter, your primary goal should NOT be to get as many Twitter followers as you can. Your focus should be to socialize, and network with as many people as time allows you to. To make your Twitter experience more meaningful, find a niche that you are passionate about and begin building a reputation within that niche. You will quickly find that people will start following you naturally.