Last month, Ashley deemed me the "Tweet Master." Although I had no idea I was the master of anything, let alone Twitter, I wanted to take advantage of this epic title and share how I "do" Twitter. Twitter is tricky, and to be honest, I hated it at first. I had no idea how to use it and was easily overwhelmed by it. Slowly but surely, however, I have grown to love it and see it as a great tool for my growing my blog! Here's my advice for how to be your own twitter master.
1. Use your down time to interact. Waiting in line for your morning coffee? Jump on Twitter for 2 minutes to favorite, retweet, or respond to tweets! The key to a successful Twitter presence is consistency. I achieve consistency by getting on Twitter during my down time or multitasking when possible.
2. Schedule your tweets. I use Hootsuite but there are a ton of options out there. Scheduling tweets allows you to maintain an online presence without having to be active on Twitter 24/7. I usually sit down once a week to schedule tweets about previous posts, inspirational quotes, and the like. Each morning, I also take about 10 minutes to schedule promotional tweets for my post that day as well as my sponsor's posts. In my opinion, scheduling tweets is the key to success on Twitter because who can actually afford to be online throughout the entire day?
3. Participate in Twitter parties. I will be the first to admit I am not the best at these. That being said, you don't have to be perfect to benefit from them. Twitter parties are a great way to connect with new people that have similar interests. I have met some of the most amazing women through Twitter chats (such as #createlounge). Since these are not my forte, I will point you to Amber's post on how to win at Twitter parties.
4. ENGAGE. The key to success on social media, no matter what medium, is engagement. Don't be scared to tweet your favorite blogger or retweet a blog post link that stood out to you. Without engagement, you have no presence.
5. Utilize multimedia. Although Twitter is largely focused on text, don't overlook the importance of adding images and links to your tweet. Did you see a podcast that stood out to you this week? Share it! Did someone's blog post have a pinterest worthy image associated with it? Use the bloglovin' Twitter share option to share it! Rich content is eye-catching!
6. Use hashtags (without overusing them). Hashtags are another easy way to find people with similar interests! Here's a little activity: search the hashtag "blogger" on Twitter and see what you find! Follow the accounts that stand out to you during your search.
7. Write an interesting bio. I have had a number of people tell me they found me on Twitter and just HAD to click my blog link after reading my bio. It doesn't have to be anything flashy, but it should represent who you are as well as what they can expect from your blog.
8. Be authentic. I tend to be outspoken. When appropriate, I take my thoughts to Twitter. Typically, when I do this, I am asking for other people's thoughts on the issue or inviting them to engage in some other way.
9. Utilize lists. Although I do not use Twitter lists (mostly because I am too lazy to organize people), this is a great way to categorize people based on interests or topics. Those ladies on Twitter you just love? Add them to their own list so you can be sure not to miss any of their tweets throughout the week!
10. Don't underestimate consistency. If you only engage once a month, that won't get you anywhere. Consistency is key with any social media outlet. That doesn't mean you have to tweet every hour, but it does mean you shouldn't go 5 days without tweeting a single thing.
11. Share other people's content. That blog post you just LOVED this week? Share it on Twitter and tag the author! I promise you it will make their day AND put you on their radar! However, be authentic about this. Don't just share posts to gain recognition- that will quickly ruin your reputation.
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