Twitter Tips For Newbies – The 9 Point Checklist


Twitter Tips For Newbies

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…

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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 BirdTwitter is not really that generous when it comes to the size of your post – 140 characters isn’t exactly adequate in most cases.

To free up more room within the post use a shrinking service on your link. Hootsuite has a simple free tool for doing this and offers a free service as well.

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.

Twitter Messages

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 givenΒ 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

Twitter Search BarThe 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.

9) Hashtags

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.

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30 comments on “Twitter Tips For Newbies – The 9 Point Checklist

  1. Hello again,
    Is there anything you can do about spam on twitter? Or is it just something you have to live with?

    1. Hi again Paul! Nice to see you back here so soon πŸ™‚
      I’m afraid Twitter spam is always going to be around – there’s not much the platform can do about it. Just make sure you are not following any dud accounts, always read their bios and see how many followers they have. Once these idiots latch onto you they can completely screw up your timeline.

  2. What twitter scheduler do you recommend. An incredibly important element to success on Twitter is consistency. We should tweet often and tweet regularly. Also what tips can you give to be able to write a strong, descriptive bio? For you, a strong bio can lead to more followers and be an ideal way to introduce yourself to others. For those viewing your profile, a well-done bio lets them know what to expect if they are to follow you. I want to do the bio right and gain more quality followers.

    1. Hi Keye,
      I’d recommend a reasonably new scheduler called Tweet Jukebox – you basically load in tweets as ‘songs’ and the software will shoot them out randomly ( like a Jukebox! ). Brilliant piece of kit and still free…at the moment πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Chris, do you think it’s better to go for a less saturated niche? I mean my interest does lie in making money online (like yourself) but I can’t help thinking that people are more dubious & there are lots & lots of people trying to do the same. So going into, say, Camping or Hiking or .. I would say fitness but then I guess that must be fairly saturated too. Your help would be appreciated

    1. Well Richard, a less saturated niche is certainly a lot easier to become an authority in – the less competition the better at the end of the day πŸ™‚
      Just remember that you can be successful in whatever niche you decide to – no matter how saturated it is!
      All you have to do is work harder than the guy next to you ( easier said than done, right? )

  4. Hello Chris , very interesting post as I am fan of Twitter.I pretty agree on the points you mention.I like your behaviour of waiting to be followed and check the profiles later , this is what I do all the time.The only cases I follow a person on my own is that I know is very valuable to me.There are times that my tweets are retweeted from someone unknown.If that person again in the near future retweet me then I would consider on checking him out and probably follow him , without wondering if he follows back because I know he will be retweeting on me.

    Now as concerns the hashtags I do not use them on all of my tweets.There are tweets I make with no hashtag , sometimes with 1 or 2 and I use images quite often

    What I would like to add to your list is that if someone is trying to build a brand in that social medium it would be wise to tweet about his life and his interests along with the business tweets.

    I loved your article

    1. Hi Tasos,
      I’m sorry but I can’t really agree with your last point there – it looks unprofessional and it should be reserved for Facebook or something similar. People who follow your brand/business on Twitter want to know about the topic in hand – they don’t want to know about your favorite football team or your son’s birthday.
      Look professional and stay professional – this is a job NOT a hobby πŸ™‚

      1. No I did not mean like the way you use facebook with friends.But even on Twitter you are a human being , not only a machine that makes money.Anyways

  5. I liked this, I really did. In my local area I am a bit of an authority as a person, or I was before I was made redundant from my job, nearly made bankrupt and in succession to that had to step down from a few trustee boards. I have a personal Twitter account with over 1,500 followers (all real and mostly local) and I follow a bit more than that. The noise is UNREAL πŸ™‚

    I’m sorry to say I didn’t learn anything new here because I’m a bit of a Pro Tweeter lol. I did have a good browse of your website and I must say that I did enjoy it. Some good tips in here. It’s nearly 2am here so I’m going to bookmark this for a proper read tomorrow night. Keep up the awesome work!

  6. Hello Chris,

    I personally have never used Twitter and I just didn’t see it as very much of a marketing tool. This post has inspired me to create my own Twitter account and produce quality content. This helped me realize that Twitter has a lot of potential in not only advertising, but communicating and connecting with your own community of followers. When the time comes, I’m definitely going to create a Twitter account to boost my website marketing success.

    Thanks a ton!

    1. No problem Bradyn!
      Twitter can get a little ‘noisy’ at times but once you’ve built up a following things can really take off πŸ™‚

  7. HI Chris

    I’m also a big fan of Twitter although I must admit I completely ignore any direct messages because so much of them are spammy. I must go back though and look for the odd real one!

    I also use Hootsuite I find it a huge help to organise my tweet, shorten it and add an image and they will schedule the post for the right time. I have a couple of twitter accounts for different sites and it can get messy after a while. I also like that now on the mobile you can switch between different twitter accounts easily.

    1. Hi Marie,

      I used to use Hootsuite quite regularly but now I’ve discovered a tool called Tweet Jukebox – it blows every other Twitter tool out of the water! I believe they are still offering free accounts if you are interested?

  8. Superb twitter tips. I sometimes look at twitter as a confusing marketplace with thousands of sellers yelling in each others mouths trying to get heard by the few real customers there. πŸ™‚ But anyway I have been trying to build up a good group of niche related followers which tend to retweet most of my tweets.

    I will start using your advice as well. For instance, drop several hash tags in tweets.


  9. Dear Chris,

    I call Twitter as Tweety Bird Twitter all the time. I don’t use Twitter as much as I am on FB per day though.

    Do you know of any free software you can download which would run on autopilot so that it can automatically post your Blog Content across various Social Media Networks?

    These are pretty great tips, I shall Bookmark this Blog Post and take these into consideration for future reference purposes.

    I usually find myself guilty of doing the #1 more than anything else. As a nice courtesy, I tend to follow them back so as I do not happen to be rude to them in that regard.

    Wishing you all the best with your online success above and beyond the horizon,


    1. Hi Angel – I use an app called Tweet Jukebox at the moment but it is currently switching from a free service to a paid service! πŸ™

      It’s a great app but it seems as though you are going to have to pay to get it’s best features from no onward!

  10. Very comprehensive post for those who discover the little bird for the first time! Good advices here. Those 9 points are easy to follow but are essential to use Twitter in the most effective way. And you’re so right about people who desperately follow everybody, hoping that they will return the following! Some people obviously don’t have much friends in real life!

    1. Thanks David,

      Nice to hear that you agree with the points we’ve covered here ( and find them easy to follow! ). Look forward to seeing you again soon! πŸ™‚

  11. Hi Chris. You are giving here some great recommendations regarding a proper using of Twitter. In my experience, when it comes to social media, I can say that I always get the most traffic from Facebook and Twitter. I think these two are the main sources of traffic. Google plus is not stable and always sends little traffic. BTW, what is your experience with various social networks?

    1. It sounds like I’m the complete opposite Rufat LOL. I get decent traffic through Twitter but my Google Plus accounts completely rock! How are you using the Google social platform? Have you joined any communities? It really is a massive source of traffic!

  12. I’m so glad I found your post. Although I had set up my Twitter account I was very reluctant to start using it to promote my website. All those hashtags seemed complicated, I thought I’d have to learn a whole new language and now I see it couldn’t be easier. Thank you for all the advice, I’m ready to start tweeting!

  13. Kind of out of the blue but that bird image is adorable. πŸ˜‰ I am rather new to Twitter so I learnt quite a few things through this post.

    When I fist join a social media channel, I just wonder what are the norms here and how do you do things. It can be quite confusing.

    I find that it makes a brand seem much more friendly when they reply to the tweets and be quirky – so that’s what I will do from now.

    Thanks for the post!

  14. Really great article. I find that on twitter it’s important to give value to the audience and don’t just post to post, because like you said, the feed can get too littered with unnecessary link and hashtag posts which just comes off as spammy . Thanks for the article and keep up the good work!

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