When I first started out on Twitter I was not that impressed at all. I managed to gain a few followers within the first week then things started to snowball a little.
The more and more followers I gained the noisier my timeline became. I got to the point where I couldn’t actually spot any subjects I was interested in on the page.
So, I thought I’d publish a few Twitter tips for newbies to the platform – try and make their experience there more pleasant than my initial experiences.
It’s a massively important platform for new bloggers IF you manage to use it correctly.
Let’s take a look at how…
1) Turn Down The Noise
If you have a lot of noise on your timeline you need to get to grips with it straight away. Thankfully Twitter is perfectly aware of the spam artists that use the platform and they offer a few tools to combat them.
- Take your time when deciding who to follow – you have complete control over this. There’s no point having 100’s of followers who post inspirational quotes all day long or pictures of cats. You want followers who are interested in blogging or your chosen niche
- If people follow you don’t instantly follow them back – check their profiles first. A lot of members use fake photos to get you to follow them back ( nice looking women usually! ). Before clicking follow read their bio. More often than not you will see them offering followers for $5 or similar services – you don’t want these guys infecting your timeline!
2) Shrink The Link
Twitter is not really that generous when it comes to the size of your post – 140 characters isn’t exactly adequate in most cases.
Shrink the link and give yourself more space to get your message across.
3) Be Good to Your Followers
Followers on Twitter can be a fickle bunch at times – you will find many of them leaving you unless you prove your worth to them.
Always keep tabs on your more important follower’s tweets and give them a helping hand if you like their work. You can simply hit the ReTweet button underneath their post to showcase their offerings on your timeline.
Another option is to use the RT @name option to ReTweet their work. I kinda like this option more as it allows you to add your thoughts with the ReTweet. It’s also a good way of letting your follower know you have shared their work on your timeline
ReTweeting other’s work is an awesome way of building up lasting follower relationships on this platform – don’t ignore it!
4) Answer Your Messages
Twitter offers a mini messaging service that is also limited in the amount of characters you can use.
I’d say about 75% of the messages you’ll receive through this service are idiots trying to get you to sign up for some software/service.
Don’t worry about that – we ALL get spammed by Twitter messages! It’s the 25% left over you want to watch out for.
Every now and again you can receive really helpful advice and meet really decent people through these messages. I have personally built up a lot of strong relationships with fellow bloggers, writers and marketers by answering these texts.
Screen all your messages and respond to the ones that seem more human ( the ones who are not on the sell! ). You’d be surprised at the amount of working friendships you can strike up.
5) Use Images
This is one of the most powerful Twitter tips for newbies out there – use images on your tweets.
When I first started out on this platform it was a pretty basic and bland location. My timeline constantly looked like a sea of text with blue links thrown in here and there.
Thankfully Twitter is a much more visual platform these days that promotes the use of images. If you do decide to use an image you will lose a slight bit of length off your character count so plan out your tweet wisely.
Tweets with images get much more interaction than tweets without – they allow your posts to stand out on your follower’s timelines.
Make sure you keep the images clean and relevant to your tweet topic.
6) Create a Banging Bio!
You are given 160-character limit Twitter BIO space in the profile section of your account – use it wisely.
Do a bit of keyword research and find a few high volume phrases relevant to your niche – include them in your bio. This will highlight you to perspective followers when they are searching for like-mined Twitter members.
7) Make Use of The Search Bar
The Twitter search bar is often overlooked due to members getting distracted by their own timelines. I try my best to use this search bar as often as possible to locate people I find interesting ( within my niche ).
I also find it extremely effective for locating new article ideas. Simply type in a rather broad keyword like ‘blogging’ or ‘SEO’ and scan through the thousands of results thrown at you.
You should also use this search bar to find out who is talking about your blog/site. Simply type in URL of your blog and see who is sharing your work and how often.
8) Stick to a Following Ratio
Whenever I see a profile on Twitter that’s following thousands of people but only has 100 followers I feel a little sad. Something reeks of desperation there and it just doesn’t look right ( or professional ).
Don’t go about following hundreds of people in the vain hope they may follow you back – you’ll end up with a poor follower ratio.
I tend to wait until people follow me then check them out to see if they are interesting. Only then will I hit the follow button back.
Always try and add at least one hashtag to your tweets as these work as awesome keywords. It doesn’t matter what your tweet is about – there is always SOMETHING you can turn into a tag.
I would advise against using more than three hashtags per post – it looks kinda spammy and messy. There’s a good chance these overstuffed tweets will be overlooked by potential visitors.
Twitter Tips For Newbies
Remember that Twitter is a social community and how you act there will reflect on the amount of followers you gain. If you constantly tweet the same affiliate offer or landing page from your blog people will get sick of you.
Treat the other members like humans and share the work you find interesting. Mix it up a bit and keep your followers interested.