5 Quick Twitter Tips for Bloggers

In case you haven't already heard, Twitter is essential to blog promotion. Beyond the basics of creating an account and beginning to tweet, new users can find it tough to figure out the best practices of Twitter. Social media is somewhat like the Wild West, and it's hard to know who's in charge and what goes. Have no fear! Here are five tips to guide you as you venture into this brave new social media world.

  • Join existing conversations: One of the great things about Twitter is that you don't have to be asked to participate. It is completely acceptable to tweet to strangers and join conversations that already exist. Use the search function on Twitter to dive right in, searching for keywords that may be related to your blog niche. See a hashtagged conversation in progress? Watch it for a few minutes to get up to speed and then jump right in there.

    The Search function on Twitter allows you to find existing conversations around topics that interes
    The Search function on Twitter allows you to find existing conversations around topics that interest you.
  • Connect your blog: If you have both a blog and a Twitter account, make it easy for readers and followers to move seamlessly from one to another. Be sure that it is easy for readers to both follow you on Twitter and share your content on Twitter by installing plug-ins that facilitate just that. Likewise, be sure to include your blog URL in your Twitter bio so that conversations on Twitter can bring new readers to your blog.

  • Promote others more than you promote yourself: Although taking time to share your content and links on Twitter is important, it is a best practice to promote others far more than you promote yourself. Consider sharing links to the content you're reading currently, or even retweeting the content of others so that those links are sent out to your own followers.

    Use the Retweet button to share content with your followers and promote others more than you promot
    Use the Retweet button to share content with your followers and promote others more than you promote yourself.
  • Follow back: Although you certainly don't want to follow every Twitter account that follows you, be sure to take the time to follow the people with whom you have had conversations. A follow-back for people you interact with regularly is common courtesy.

  • Tweet . . . often! The best way to make the most of Twitter is to simply use the platform often. Join conversations, share content, tweet to get ideas about what to have for lunch. Just get out there and tweet!

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