Twitter 101 for Bloggers

4 years ago
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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Twitter is one of the BEST ways to interact with your readers and grow relationships in the blogging world. While there are no rules (minus Twitter’s TOS) to tweeting, there are a few things we can do to help ourselves out, and a few mistakes we can avoid.

Retweet and share other bloggers’ posts. Whether or not it’s included in someone’s sponsorship, it’s a nice thing to do. So just help a sista (or a brotha) out and tweet/retweet their posts that you love the most.

Promote ad sales via Twitter. You know, a few times. Not ten in one hour.

Follow back. Yeah, I know, some of you are going to disagree with me on this one. Obviously you don’t want to follow every single account that follows you, but I honestly think only following 1% of your followers is a mistake. Why: If I feel like a blogger doesn’t want to interact with me, I’m likely to unfollow after awhile. Or I may not even follow in the first place if you’re following 50 of your 5,000 followers. After all, a relationship is a two-way street. “But Becca,” you say, “I don’t want my feed to be SO CLUTTERED I can’t see tweets from the people I actually care about!” Well, friend, I have a solution for you…

Use lists. Twitter lists are a great feature. Use them! If you’re using a Twitter client like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite, you can even see these lists in columns. It’s wonderful! I see so many more tweets. If you’re worried about mobile, make a “Favorites” list, and open that one up in the Twitter app. I promise, this will make your tweeting experience much, MUCH better.

Don’t overshare your posts. I asked, and you responded. Readers don’t think bloggers should be tweeting links to their own posts more than 4 times a day. Most of them are probably following you on Bloglovin, anyway.

Tweet your every day life. Random stuff. Funny stuff.

Interact and reply to other tweeters. This is how you grow your relationships with readers and other bloggers! No one is going to listen to you if you never listen to them.

Favorite tweets. Sometimes you might just want someone to know you like their tweet. But don’t favorite more than a few of their tweets in a row or they’ll assume you’re spamming them.

Don’t OVER RT. We’ve all seen those Twitter users who do nothing but RT parody and celebrity accounts. Don’t be that person.

Don’t ask others to RT you all the time. Once in awhile, it’s okay if you’re really trying to get the word out about something. But not every tweet. I’d also avoid tagging those retweet bots. Just a tip based on some feedback from others.

Schedule your tweets. This is a great way to make sure you tweet out your posts throughout the day. Buffer and Hootsuite are some favorites.

Do tweet tipsy. It’s funny.

Don’t tweet drunk. Less funny.

Remember that you may have non-blogger followers. Or at least, you will if you stop exclusively tweeting about that #bloglife.

What are some twitter tips you would offer bloggers?

Originally posted on Becoming Adorrable 

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