How to Quickly Tweet Your Way to Blog Traffic

By: | July 26, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 67 comments

Use Twitter to Increase Blog TrafficA reader was perplexed.

He wrote,

Janice – don’t suppose you’ve written anything about using Twitter?   I can’t get my head around it at all!

Getting blog traffic from Twitter can be as fast as actually writing a Tweet, so dubbed due to the fast nature of the writing.

According to recent statistics, 302 million people actively use Twitter each month.  Clearly, that’s a huge market that bloggers can tap.  Getting Twitter users to your site is easy and quick.

Twitter is an online social media site used to connect people with similar interests.  The difference between Twitter and other social networking sites is that users are limited to 140 character messages called Tweets.

Since bloggers and other content creators can Tweet about their posts, Twitter is a great way to promote your blog and drive traffic to your site.

How to Get Blog Traffic from Twitter

1. What to put in your Tweet:

The Tweet should contain six parts placed strategically.

The Hashtag:

According to BuffersocialHashtags also have the potential to be truly valuable… Research says you should be using hashtags.

The beginning of the Tweet should have a hashtag (#), so it can be found by readers who might be interested in your article.

One complaint I hear is that people don’t know how to find like-minded bloggers.  That’s why hashtags are used.  My reader who requested this post is a humor blogger.  By typing in #humor into the Twitter search bar, he will be able to find like-minded bloggers.

Some users will hashtag every word hoping one of them resonates with interested parties.  This is a mistake.

Use no more than two hashtags or your Tweet is likely to be ignored.

There are many ways to find relevant hashtags for your readers.  Sites exist which will help you know which are your best hashtags.

Hashtags.org is a free hashtag analyzer.  Make an account and sign in with your Twitter account information.

Use Twitter to get #blog traffic with this free hashtag analyzer.

 

By looking at the screenshot, you can see that the site analyzed the #blogging hashtag.  An analysis of each hour in the last 24 hours was used.

Based on a sampling of all Tweets, in the last 24 hours, #blogging was searched at Twitter almost 350 times at 5:00 am and 11:00 am.

The advantages of using this site are many.  I get current information, the number of people searching for my keyword, and the times that most of my potential readers are on Twitter.

RiteTag is another free headline analyzer.  Some people consider it a hashtag coach.  It analyzes your hashtag choices with colors which indicate varying degrees of effectiveness.

Note: it will install a toolbar extention on your computer.  That way, when you use hashtags across all social media platforms, it can “grade” them for you.

The message:

After the hashtag, type a short message that you think will compel readers to click on your link.  According to research, people are so impressed by statistics, numbers in your message will be the most persuasive.

This makes sense.  Statistics provide credibility, proof, that your article is correct.  (In my introduction, I told you how many people were using Twitter.)

The link:

Next comes your link.  I like to use the shortlink since characters count.

The Call to Action:

Research shows that people are more likely to retweet your Tweet, share your message, which will give your writing more exposure, if you ask them to.  I like to say “Please” if I have enough characters remaining.

Since characters matter, you might not have enough space left to write out “Retweet”.  This is not a problem.  Twitter users know RT stands for “retweet”.

There is protocol regarding this.  If someone is kind enough to share your Tweet for you, you will be notified.  Make sure you Tweet them with a message of thanks.  You could simply write TY (thank you) or TYVM (thank you very much).

It only takes a second and goes a long way.  Blogging is about reciprocation.  Thank them, and if opportunity affords you the chance, retweet their link in return.

The @ sign: 

You might want to send your Tweet to someone.  The @ sign is used for this.  If you ever write about someone in your article, send them the article link on Twitter using @.

You would write feat@ and then their Twitter handle which you can find by searching for them at Twitter.  They may want to share the article that featured them with their social media followers which would give your writing more exposure.

Often people we blog about have a huge Twitter following, so this could lead to many new people at your site and the potential for huge growth for you.

According to Sue Anne Dunlevie of SuccessfulBlogging.com, “Include or link to influencers in your posts and then ask them to share your post is my #1 promotion key for beginning bloggers.”

My post 7 Tips I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging gives more information about people you could send your Tweets to using the @ sign who might retweet them for you and my favorite hashtags.

The Picture:

Research shows that Tweets are more likely to be effective if a graphic is attached.  Since my graphic for my post is still accessible on my desktop, I attach it to my Tweet.  Caution: this will add characters to your message.

2. How to Get Help With Your Tweets:

People that will help you:

Sue Anne Dunlevie mentioned influencers might kindly promote your Tweet for you.

Another group that might promote your Tweets for you are your very own readers.  They have several ways to do this.  At the bottom of your post are social sharing buttons that you might have set up when you made your blog. Your readers have the option of clicking on the Twitter bird which will retweet your link to their followers.

Another way they can promote your Tweet for you is if you embed  Click to Tweet inside your post.

Tweet: Get the millions of people that use Twitter to help you promote your #blog post. http://ctt.ec/EACrZ+Tweet: Get the millions of people who use Twitter to help you promote your
#blog post. http://ctt.ec/EACrZ+

Note: You will need to know how to embed code into your post to use Click To Tweet.  Click the “Text” tab at the top right of the screen in WordPress.  Copy the code at Click to Tweet and paste it in Text mode on your WordPress blog.

In addition to hoping your readers and the influencers you write about will share your Tweets, there are guaranteed ways to get people to retweet your links.  Groups of people exist who will share your Tweets for if you share theirs.

Just Retweet, Viral Content Buzz, and Triberr are examples of those sites.  They work on the principal of reciprocation.  If you Tweet their links, they will Tweet yours.

A more recent development on the Twitter scene is the development of Twitter chats.

Twitter chats are conversations that people with a common interest have. They are held at Twitter and have a moderator.  There is a published schedule so participants know when to go on Twitter.  They find each other through the hashtag.

While the participants may not promote your link for you, they support your learning about your topic of interest.  It’s comparable to an online forum.

After I participated in a Twitter chat about blogging, many of the other participants added me to a Twitter chat list for that topic.  The result was I gained more knowledge and my contacts grew.

Christoph of the AuthenticStorytellingProject has provided a Twitter chat schedule:

My Top Twitter chats to participate in (all times CST):

#CMWorld – Tuesdays at 11 a.m- Content marketing

#hcsm – Sundays at 8 p.m. – Healthcare and social media

#blogchat – Also Sundays at 8 p.m. – Blogging tips

#socialchat – Mondays at 8 p.m. – Social media topics

#peopleskills – Sundays at 9 a.m. – Working with people.

#mmchat – Mondays at 7 p.m. – Marketing topics

#mediachat – Thursdays at 9 p.m. – social media

#tchat – Wednesdays at 6 p.m. – talent engagement

Sites that will help you:

Hootsuite and Buffer are sites that exist that will schedule your pins ahead of time for you.

Much has been written about the best times to post your links on Twitter.

I post at times divisible by 3–9:00, 12:00, 3:00, and so forth.  I have experimented with other times, but this works the best for me.  I have heard others post every two hours.  Stuart Walker of nichehacks.com likes 12, 5, and 6.

The odds are you will have difficulty being at a computer during the multiple times you want to post new and old links on Twitter in order to do just diligence to your blog promotion.

Hootsuite and Buffer will allow you to schedule your Tweets ahead of time.  I am not familiar with Buffer, but I know that Hootsuite is free.

In conclusion, I find using Twitter a rewarding experience.  You can promote your blog posts, get help with your promotion, and meet new people with common interests.

The best part for me is I get to see my blogging friends outside of our blogs.  The friendships I’ve made through our blogs are perpetuated outside of our blogs.  Blogging is about the connections we make.  Those connections are made and strengthened on Twitter.

Convinced?  If you haven’t already, go make an account at Twitter.com today.

UPDATE: Since writing the post, I have been using hashtagify.me.  This free and easy site analyzes your keyword for you.  I entered “blogging”, and it produced the ten most popular “blogging” hashtags.

Readers, if you would like to share my post on Twitter, or any other social media, I would be very pleased.

Do you have any Twitter suggestions or strategies?  I’m sure the blogger who requested this post and many other confused potential Twitter users would be grateful.  I look forward to your views.

Sources:

About Tech

How to Participate Correctly in a Twitter Chat

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5 Smart Things You Can Do to Be a Better Blog Promoter

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7 Tips I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging

How the Hashtag do Authors use Twitter?

 

 

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  1. sjhigbee at 2:32 am

    Reblogged this on Brainfluff and commented:
    I have a Twitter account and a blog and have sort of fallen sideways into using them heavily because I enjoy the interaction. But I’m conscious that I probably don’t use either all that effectively… If anyone else has that nagging feeling, this very helpful post I came across on Chris The Story Reading Ape’s blogsite may help.

  2. john doe at 6:45 am

    I hope you had a great vacation. It seems like you were gone a whole month. This was a very informative blog as usual. Now that you are back blogging again, will you blog as often? Are you going to re-blog more? I read you are asking for bloggers to send you their topics they want to have you re-blog. How will that work? Are you re-blogging all subjects or just blogging tips?

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  4. Sherrie Miranda at 2:37 pm

    Reblogged this on sherriemiranda1 and commented:
    If you are like me & still haven’t figured out how to best use your Twitter account, here are some great tips. Thanks Janice & Thanks to Chris as I wouldn’t have found this otherwise!
    Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is a/b an American girl in war-torn El Salvador: http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

  5. Janelle at 8:58 am

    I’ve never heard of RiteTag…thanks for the tips! Twitter is a great way to promote your blog, I’m trying to do a better job of having conversations instead of just sharing posts.

    • Janice Wald at 2:57 pm

      Hi Janelle,
      I wanted you to know I am updating my Twitter post. I just found out about http://hashtagify.me/ and I’ve been using it consistently. Free and easy. Just type in your keyword into the search bar (mine is blogging), and it tells you the ten most popular hashtags for your topic! Thank you for writing. I’m glad I could help with Rite Tag.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald at 3:32 pm

      Hi Susan,
      How cool is this! I don’t think I wrote you back yesterday, so here I am. I love writing you here. I think we met on Facebook, then Pinterest, now here. Did I leave out any social media? Thanks for coming here and chatting with me. I use RT all the time. I never thought to put a hashtag in front of it or search #RT; I will now. Thanks!
      Janice

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  9. Charles Rogers at 2:53 am

    I look for to wake up every morning to a new edition of “mostly Blogging”
    It’s nice to learn something new everyday!
    A friend set me up with a Twitter account years ago but I’ve never learned to use it being an advanced “old dog” in the “new tricks” department. Today’s issue has made me decide to try to learn this funny little car at last. Watch out twitters, student diver. Hmmm, where to start?
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  13. Barbara at 4:32 pm

    Hi Janice, Im wandering through your blog and am thankful for every single post you write here. So inspiring and full of informations!
    Can you please explain to me why did you write “Use no more than two hashtags or your Tweet is likely to be ignored.” ?
    I am quite new at twitter and still learning. Some people use really lots of hashtags and this surprised me now a little bit. Is it same on Instagram as well?
    Anyway, thanks for great posts. Have a nice day.
    Barbara
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    • Janice Wald at 4:48 pm

      Hi Barbara,
      Thank you so much for visiting my site today. Thank you so much for your kind words about my articles. I write articles like this regularly. I would love to invite you to subscribe to my blog. I offer three free incentives for subscribing.
      Ask me anything,anytime. I’d be happy to answer your question.
      In blogging, everyone is afraid of looking spammy, like you are overselling. You use hashtags, so people can find you, but you use social media to offer others information. If you use more than two hashtags, you give the impression you are only there to get people to notice you and not to empower others. You can do both, look helpful but not too self-promoting if you restrict your hashtag use to only two.
      Janice
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  17. Razia at 8:51 am

    Hi Janice,

    You are really awesome. Your writing style and blogging style is different. I have never seen a blogger like you who really answers to each and every person who commented on your posts. And you are a very helpful person too.

    Here is my blog which is started recently: http://digitalbuzzonline.com/

    Can you please give suggestions on improving my blog.

  18. Malik Tabish at 8:12 pm

    Great knowledge shared and good tips for driving traffic from twitter. Twitter’s traffic is very juicy and good for any site. A twitter account with good following is enough for a website to run, but still the proper communication is required

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