I’ve been blogging for well over three years now, and am constantly amazed how much stock people put into Facebook and Pinterest. Yet, Twitter is just as powerful as they are if you use it correctly. I’ve heard many arguments that the other social media outlets are their most traditional traffic generators. I can see that happening if you’re a DIY and Food blogger. If you’re not then, I’m willing to bank that you’re going to gain more traffic from other avenues more or you have the potential to do it. Twitter is one of my top referrers of my traffic on my blog. That also has a lot to do with the fact that I spend more time on Twitter than I do any other social media outlet.
That wasn’t always the case for me! In fact, when I first saw it I was overwhelmed by it. I just thought it was nothing more than a bunch of people advertising stuff and trying to promote their websites. Which in many ways that truly is the case! However, there’s a BIG HUGE BUT in this case. If you know where to look and how to set up your Twitter account, you will find there is a lot of gold to be found.
I had someone ask not too long ago how do you use Twitter and what are the benefits of using it? I use Twitter to connect with like-minded people in a very timely manner. Plus I enter as many Twitter parties as I can get into as my schedule allows. As a result, I make a lot of my business connections on Twitter because their representatives are involved in the Twitter parties too.
First Step to Twitter Mining
I can hear your head spinning wondering how to do this just by looking at your Twitter account. After you’ve created your Twitter account, the first thing I would suggest you do is do a search for your like-minded folks. The way you do that is by typing in your keywords on topics you write about or interest you. For example for me it’s homeschooling, marriage, books, movies, video games, and, etc.., I go through a couple times a week and follow anywhere from 20-50 people that Twitter pulls up based off of those search results.
Now you’re following all of these people, then what?
That’s simple. Make your own Twitter party by introducing yourself. When I have spare time, I go through and I start chatting with people who are on my list. I use their profile information and start up a conversation with them just like I would if I were in an actual room with them. If they are online too, chances are high, we’ll end up talking with each other. If we get along well enough then I’ll add them to one of my lists I’ve created. If you don’t know how to do that, be sure to check out my how-to video on list building on Twitter I made. Then we share each other’s stuff on Twitter and hold conversations as we can with each other.
Jump into Live Twitter Party
Twitter parties are a lot of fun once you get used to doing them. Many Twitter parties offer up some neat prizes worth trying to snag. Be sure to RSVP on the sites that have the RSVP forms for each individual party. I am a Tweetdeck fan and will be as long as it works. You can see how I use it by checking out my how-to video on doing a Twitter Party. I do have a few different videos for Tweetdeck on my YouTube channel. You can join us for our Twitter party that gives you more blogging tips #BloggingTidbits.
There are also a lot of different Twitter chats that meet weekly for various different topics. I found a bunch of them yesterday trying to find a way of gaining more interaction on my own Twitter account. Be sure to check out the Twitter Chat Schedule to find one or more that interests you.
This little guide gives you a run down on finding the nuggets of gold in the Twitter gold mine world. In fact, many people I know have gained their big opportunities as a result of being active on Twitter. The Twitter parties I’ve been in have been very helpful in teaching me valuable bits of information too.
Just in case I didn’t answer your questions concerning Twitter be sure to check out this grand list of Twitter tips and tricks from GrowMap. If you’re not following me on Twitter, please be sure to add me there.
What is your favorite thing about Twitter?