Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Raise your Twitter profile by tweeting about popular TV shows

The thing people love about Twitter is its immediacy. You can post something about a subject that a lot of people are focused on and get a response almost immediately.

It's like fishing when you can see a massive school of fish circling around near the pier. Cast your line into that area repeatedly and you're bound to catch some good sized fish.

So, timing is important. You've got to know when your target market will be swarming on the site. Quite often a regular mainstream media event will attract them. TV shows are good for this. There'll be many tweeps watching it and tweeting madly at the same time.

Take the Aussie political show Q&A. Just about every Australian political junkie on Twitter watches that show, tweeting their thoughts with the hashtag #QandA. If you take advantage of this and offer some good observations you're sure to get some retweets and mentions and thereby raise your Twitter profile.

Of course not everyone's into politics. But there must be other shows related to different niches where the same conditions apply.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bloggers should retweet often to grow their Twitter followings

A lot of bloggers sign up to Twitter and use it pretty much solely to tweet their blog posts. That's not recommended -- not just because you may eventually end up being suspended or even banned from the site. That's because if you do that you're missing out on a whole lot of other benefits.

It's really important to interact with other users. If you reply to their tweets they'll definitely notice you. They may end up following you, but even if they don't some are sure to reply to your tweets. If they have a lot of followers themselves then when they do this you'll be seen by a lot more people, and eventually get more followers that way. You should retweet their tweets for the same reason.

Keep interacting like this and you'll get a lot more benefit when you actually do tweet your blog posts. With a greater number of active tweeps aware of what you write, more retweets will follow. You'll also start to get noticed by those who edit the various Twitter dailies. If your blog posts end up being included in these then you will get even more clicks, of course. 

Remember that those editors have a big and constant appetite for content. So some of them will make you a favourite and include your blog posts repeatedly, if not regularly.

Whenever you see that you've been included in a Paper.li edition, you should retweet it. If you've got a decent number of followers that will really help the editor. So he'll appreciate this and be even more likely to include your blog posts in subsequent issues.