Twitter For Bloggers: 4 Ways To Be Successful

Twitter is one of the largest social networks out there today and with millions of people using Twitter everyday it is one of the best places to be active on as a blogger. Through using Twitter you can easily grow your blogs social media presence and find new readers. I like to think of Twitter as free advertising for my blog and therefore I am always using it to promote content and drive targeted traffic  to my blogs.

The problem with Twitter is that there is no handbook on how to get the most of Twitter and this often leaves a lot of people confused on how to gain followers and use Twitter as a great tool for their blog so in this post I am going explain 4 techniques I use to be successful on Twitter.

1. Follow People

Many people I see try to take after celebrities; following as few people as possible whist trying to gain a lot of followers. Well unless you are very popular online then you are not going to gain hardly any followers.

Following people back is not a bad thing and in my opinion.  :D

Been seen as someone who follows people back is one of the fastest ways to gain followers and it is a good idea to put that you follow back in your bio as people will follow you just because of this.

Further more you should also try following people in the first place as well, most likely a lot of them will follow you back with  in a few days and if not then you can just unfollow them and go follow some more people.

  • How to Get More Twitter Followers?

2. Be active

Another thing I see a lot on Twitter is accounts that have not been active for weeks but expect to gain followers. If you’re not tweeting then you are not going to get followed as no-one is interested in someone who does not tweet. Now I know a lot bloggers may not update their content for a few weeks so may not think they have no need to update but this is where you are wrong.

In my opinion as a blogger you should be tweeting at least once a day to promote your content. If you cannot find time to tweet then you can schedule your tweets using a website such as Hootsuite so that you can post your tweets at peak times to be seen by the most viewers as possible.


3. Use Twitter in your blog

If you are going to be successful on Twitter then it is key that you integrate it into your blog and there are two ways that you can do this. The first is to add a Twitter widget into your blogs sidebar. This will also readers to see your latest tweet and to easily follow you on Twitter direct from your blog.

The second way is to use social sharing widgets at the bottom of your posts. These will also readers to share your content on Twitter and other social media websites. By doing this you can get free promotion as other people are sharing content for you.

4. Keep track and Analyze your account

Just like with a website it is a good idea to monitor and keep track of your Twitter account. By doing this you see when you are tweeting, what you are tweeting and how often your reply to people in your tweets.

By doing this you can see where you need to work on to get the best results our of Twitter. For example I noticed that I was not Tweeting that often in the evening so I knew when to start tweeting more.

Don’t forget to read : Top 10 Best Twitter Applications Of 2012

Did I missed any point? Do let me know in comments! :)

How to Get More Twitter Followers?

Now unless your a celebrity of some sort with a decent following somewhere, getting (genuine) followers who retweet and interact with you will take time and effort. It’s better to have a 100 followers who will actually read your tweets and interact with you instead of thousands upon thousands of useless spam-bots that will do absolutely nothing. People often use programs that promise to increase your followers that do what their meant to do but in reality don’t really help you at as most of these followers will consist of spam-bots.

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These programs rely on something called ‘Aggressive Following’ and will make you automatically follow thousands of people in the sole hope that they’ll follow back and if they don’t you’ll dump and them and follow other people. Twitter has an policy against this and if caught, will delete your account. Here are 6 Tips to get more twitter followers.

How to Get More Twitter Followers?

  • Write an Interesting Bio: Your Twitter Profile bio is the first and most important thing to get more followers on Twitter. 160 characters for bio may not seem like much but it’s one of the first things your potential followers will see so try to be witty, make an interesting tag-line and write anything interesting that will get people to follow you.
  • Make your presence visible: Tweet too little and people won’t notice you on their Timeline or all together forget that they even followed you. Tweet too much and people will start to think your either a nuisance or a spam-bot and will unfollow you (and you don’t want that happening).
  • Be Entertaining: Try to be witty or funny when making a tweet. Don’t be all like “today was so boring of my life, i am bored and i have nothing to do except being bored” instead try to be like “…. is updating his status to let you know his status is that he has no status” funny and effective.
  • Tweet on Trending Topics: Give your opinion and perspective on things and the latest events. If you’re lucky (and clever enough) you might have a ‘top tweet’ (over 100+ Retweets) which can lead to you gaining many followers.
  • Avoid Promoting Yourself too much: Yes, you can promote your blogposts, products, music etc but their is an invisible that you must not cross. If you do, you’ll either end up looking like a spammer/spam-bot or just clueless. Not only will you NOT gain additional followers but you will wear out your existing followers and many of them will un-follow you.
  • Linking your account: You can link you account with facebook. This will also help you to get more twitter followers.
  • An Inviting Twit-Pic: Chances are, you’d rather follow someone using their own picture or logo than some random spam-bot with a semi-nude twitpic. So why wouldn’t your potential followers? Using your own image goes a long way to create an impact.
And Last but not least, try to have fun! Don’t worry too much about the numbers. Like most things in Life, slow and steady wins the race, so have faith in yourself. I didn’t build my following over-night and neither will you. :)