How To Use Twitter To Build Your Blog Audience [Infographic]
Table of Contents
- 5 Common Twitter Usage Mistakes Made By Bloggers
- How To Correctly Use Twitter And Build A Blog Audience
- Recapping: Tips To Convert Your Twitter Followers Into Your Blog Audience
This is a guest post by one of the finest gems of The ABC, Rohan Chaubey. He is a student of Engineering and a young technology blogger. He also excels in social media skills and has a penchant for personal development. In this post, Rohan shares his useful tips to use Twitter for building a blog audience, which will help bloggers. ~ Admin
Imagine if you could drive tons of traffic from Twitter and gain a loyal blog audience, who will keep returning to your blog, asking for more.
When I first joined Twitter, I underestimated that it had potential to drive great traffic to my blog.
I thought Twitter was just a social networking tool to send out our personal opinions, but it was far more than that.
Twitter can actually be an audience generating machine – the machine that will never cease to function unless you do not stop approaching tweeple or the people who use Twitter.
If you think by just sharing your blog posts once or twice a day you will receive massive traffic from it, you are certainly wrong.
Even if you have 10K followers, no one ever would be interested in you unless you are interested in them, or you tweet something that interests them.
Here is the new version of the same quote implementable for Twitter –
“You can get more followers in two months by becoming interested in other tweeple than you can in two years by trying to get other tweeple interested in you.”
This post is going to provide you a step-by-step guide to attract Twitter followers to your blog without being pushy or sounding too desperate.
Related Read: 7 Untapped Social Media Tactics For Smart Bloggers
5 Common Twitter Usage Mistakes Made By Bloggers
Before we actually begin with the steps, let me present some classic mistakes almost every other blogger makes while promoting their blog on Twitter:
1. Sending Automated Direct Messages
I know automation saves so much of your valuable time, but do you really think your followers are so dumb that they will not recognize its automated?
Whenever I receive any automated message, the first thing I do is, I un-follow the sender. Why? Simply because automated messages or tweets convey this unwritten message –
“Hi, I do not have time to talk to you nor I feel you are worth my time. But I do want to promote my blog, so I am sending my blog URL with this automated message”.
2. Never Engaging With Followers
Let’s be real and accept the fact that we really don’t have time actually to pay attention to all our followers.
The only solution to this is creating a list and adding your favorite Twitter users in the relevant lists. Check your lists at least once a day.
3. Following Back Even If You Are Not Interested
If you just follow back everyone and don’t believe in having targeted followers or following, you do not actually understand what Twitter is.
The main idea of Twitter is about following only those whose tweets interests you.
4. Talking About Yourself
This is the most deadly mistake bloggers can ever make while using twitter. Tweeting about what you like or dislike all the time is not the way to go.
The reality is – no one is interested in you unless you are really interesting.
5. Tagging People Now And Then
Just because there is a new post on your blog you cannot tag a bunch of people and force them to read it. This is definitely not the correct way to build a loyal audience for your blog.
As a blogger, your goal should be to encourage and appreciate your followers to engage on your blog and not just focus on self-promotion.
Remember: Your goal is not to promote your blog but build an audience who will die to visit your blog without you forcing them to do so.
The following infographic gives a brief description of four steps you need to take to build an audience for your blog using Twitter.
How To Correctly Use Twitter And Build A Blog Audience
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Copy the code given below to use this infographic on your blog or website.
The steps mentioned in the infographic are discussed further in detail.
Step 1: Send Personalized Tweet To Your Followers
The welcome tweet must be personalized. You must show that you are interested in your followers, and you are not trying to sell anything.
Tweeple do not want to interact with people who:
- Ask useless questions. Example: Why are you on Twitter?
- Only talk about themselves. Example: Hi, I am an entrepreneur and I earn $1000 daily.
- Tweet in an inconsequential way.
Instead, here is what you need to do –
- Appreciate the follow and show you are happy to connect with them.
- Use only one tweet to write the welcome message. [See the example given in the infographic].
- Talk about them, not you.
Step 2: Send A Direct Message After A Day Or Two
You can send a direct message to your new followers a day after you sent the welcome message or tweet.
You can implement “Step 2” even if you do not get any response from the follower. The response can be in the form of a reply tweet, favorite, or even a re-tweet.
If you checked the infographic, did you notice the welcome tweet structure?
There I asked you to also insert your name and blog URL in the end. If your followers are really responsive, they will checkout the link.
Now, when you send them a direct message, do not include any links to your blog because you have already made them aware of your website in the welcome tweet itself.
Instead, discuss the similarities your follower and you share.
If you get a reply and have an article that you think your follower might be interested to read, don’t hesitate to send it.
You must be careful while watching their interest and send the link to your post only if they reply.
Step 3: Be Helpful And Ask Them To Join Your Mailing List
If you see them responding to your welcome tweets and direct messages, do take the relationship to the next level by being helpful.
If the follower is also a blogger, you can visit their blog and encourage reciprocation of comments and shares.
Alternatively, if they are indirectly related to your business, send them some fruitful resources and once you see them acknowledging your sent items, you can request them to subscribe to your blog.
Congrats! Using these steps you gain a responsive subscriber who enjoys closing the loop and perhaps even responds to every conversation you start.
Step 4: Provide A Solution To A Challenge They Are Facing
I have already mentioned in the infographic that step four is optional.
Since you have already established a good relationship with your follower, it is the ideal time to sell your products (if any) or provide consultation services.
If you do not have any products to sell, you can continue to promote your best blog posts, if it interests them.
In this step, you can even offer to provide a solution to your readers’ problem.
Do read: 10 Proven Ways To Create A Social Media Plan For Bloggers
POINTS TO REMEMBER
Treat every follower as your friend. Be quick to break the ice. This will not work if you are trying to grab the attention of a busy person.
Don’t complain if you try these steps with Pat Flynn and he does not respond. Do you really expect receiving a response from a person who gets 1k+ notifications daily?
You need to be clever about whom you are approaching. This guide cannot suggest you who you need to approach because everyone’s audience is different.
It is YOU who will need to figure out the right person by learning about them. You can do that by carefully reading their tweets, BIO and, of course, by visiting their sites.
You might also like to read a Guide To Market Yourself On Twitter I’d written sometime back.
Recapping: Tips To Convert Your Twitter Followers Into Your Blog Audience
- Show you are pleased to connect with them (followers).
- Talk more about them and their interests.
- Ask insightful questions.
- Reach out with a brief tweet. Later send an email.
- Never straightaway ask for any kind of favor.
- Believe in reciprocation.
- Remember the importance of adding value beyond the first talk (the ice breaker).
Now, I would love to hear from you.
Over To You –
How do you use Twitter to convert your followers into your loyal blog audience? Do you have any secret tactics to grab followers’ attention to your blog? What specifically do you do to please your Twitter followers? Let me know in the comments below.
[Do read an earlier guest post by Rohan Chaubey – How To Avoid The Negative Effects Of Technology On Life]
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Yet another helpful post by you!
Where shall I start on the topic of twitter DM and people, who love to send automated DMs the moment you follow them. I think if they don’t have time, which most of us understand just fine, then why try to start a conversation. It’s okay not to send a DM.
I do remember responding to an automated DM when I first joined twitter. 😀
On the other side, I have met some really helpful people via DM as well.
One of them helped me set up my blog’s FB page. So it’s not all gloom and doom. But I do wish that Twitter should allow users more control over ‘the settings’ so that if we want we’d disable this feature or activate it for the select few.
Something has happened to my accounts as I can no longer access DM’s and I have to sign into scheduling app to know who’s saying what in DM.
Anyways, this little service quirk doesn’t bother me as since last year I’m rather bothered by DMs a lot. Mostly because of the review request I get via DMs and I have found that 140 character limit makes it difficult and time consuming to discuss everything I’d like to know before saying yes to a book.
I don’t think I have come across any bloggers so far who talks about their personal issues a lot on Twitter. Or maybe I’m not paying attention to ever moving eye-straining twitter stream. 😉
It’s also an entertaining read. 🙂
Hi Priya ma’am,
What a pleasant surprise to see your comment here. Thank you. 🙂
I second you. If someone doesn’t have time to connect with people why fake it. And often we see DMs contain links to their LinkedIn profiles, websites or Podcasts. I feel so sorry for them that they failed to understand what Twitter is. And the services which facilitate such things never leave a chance to promote them as well. As they attach their signatures if people have the Free version instead of paid one.
I too used to respond to automated direct messages initially when I wasn’t aware of this fact. People say they do get response from automated direct messages, I think that is because a few people are not aware of the fact that it as automated and they mastered to fool them. Lol… 😛
Yes, there should be some new settings options introduced to twitter. Now, even people who don’t follow you can send DMs if you have the option enabled in your settings. Beware of that. 🙂
Oh, I wonder why your Direct messages are not accessible. Did you reported the problem to the support team? If not, do it as early as possible. 🙂
haha there are people who mention when they are having their breakfast, dinner and everything else Lol… 😛
Thank you so much for taking time to comment.
Thank you Rohan for an excellent twitter guide,
I guess Twitter Direct messages has been a source of spam for ages now. It is time to put a stop to the auto DMs of Twitter and perhaps try and avoid being promotional with direct messages completely.
I guess one needs to mute the follower’s noise and keep an eye open for the targeted followers whom one needs to connect and communicate with. Agreed completely about the self-tweets, it is always about “what is in it for me?” and one needs to always take care about that part for the followers.
Generally I don’t suggest the welcome tweet, specially when it is automatic. What converts for me better is a mention or a talk of the followers site or article. Rather than doing a welcome tweet about yourself, why not tweet or favorite some of your follower’s updates – that is a quick way to tell them that you are here to support your follower base
Yes, I wonder why twitter isn’t taking any action to stop this.
Agreed. One must monitor tweets by those who matter and the best way to achieve this is by creating lists.
I prefer welcome tweets because its a kind of ice breaker. Once we already have exchanged the welcome tweet it gets more comfortable taking about each others content or anything similar. And definitely a big NO to the automated tweets.
No… I would say that is not the right way if you tweet welcome tweet about yourself. It should be focused on them – the followers. Marking as favorite and re-tweets comes under engagement and there is no harm doing that.
Everyones experiences differ. What works for me won’t work for everyone. But yeah, I have been following this process for a while and I have seen some great traffic from twitter coming to my blog. 🙂
Sorry for the late reply, somehow missed this comment, though glad to take it up now 🙂
I agree with you there, and I know I hardly use them much myself because of the spam and links people tend to drop. However, after reading Rohan’s post, one can make use of it in a different way, isn’t it?
I think being your natural self, without being promotional works best. It’s always worked for me and the number of followers keep adding up on their own, without making any kind of effort, other than tweeting more about others or their posts. That’s being social 🙂
Thanks for stopping by, we appreciate it 🙂
I think, “interaction” is the key to building audiences from any social network. If we can interact in someone’s update, he would possibly want to take a look back how we are doing.
But at a stage (especially in Twitter) when someone has pretty much followers and frequently get notification, it looks to be totally out of the reach to interact.
But after all, interaction is gold as I can easily see in your beautiful post.
Agreed. It won’t be wrong if we say – “Interaction is the key to success.” If there is no interaction one cannot excel on social media or with blogs.
Lists are the best way to follow up and interact with the best people on Twitter. Maintain a list of people you really want to talk to and never miss an opportunity to do so. 🙂
Thank you so much Abrar for taking time to leave your thoughts.
~ Rohan Chaubey.
Your article is great resource. I am using Twitter more than any other social network, but I’m still having issues from time to time. At first it was the part about following every single person who are following me, or if I should be following a lot of people to get them to follow me back. Now, it’s more about the content. Twitter feels a bit automated and that many are using it to promote their content.
I would like to connect with people instead, and I always reply, but I am usually not the first one to send a message to one person at a time.Your advice about creating lists to follow a few people is very good advice and something I’ll be doing today.
Thank you. One must not follow back everyone. Follow only those who are interesting. You can follow new set of people and if they follow back its great but if they aren’t you can used tools to un-follow who didn’t followed you back. Because there is a limit on following is to followers ratio.
Most of them are automating their tweets, if you can share it manually that would be great because you can respond immediately if someone replies to you or re-tweets or marks it as favorite.
This will show that you are online and you shared it manually. Let people who there is a real human tweeting live and no automation is used.
Lists can be very helpful to follow people who you like the most. 🙂
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Hey Rohan i am Really impressed with your infographic.
You listed everything about to shine on Twitter.
I will follow the rules that you have shared.
I am getting too much noise in my twitter feeds because i am following too many people so thats why it hard to engage with some of my known.
I never take care about twitter whats happening but i think i should have to give time for Twitter.
Thanks for this useful article bro.
Thank you. You can closely follow a few people you are interested in by creating lists. I am sure the tips will help you. Thank you for the comment. Good day! 🙂
I could not more agree on the automatic message.
This looks really bad.
When I started to use Twitter I was really happy to get a private message until the day I tried to answer and this big red error message appeared “you can not send messages to people that aren’t following you”.
We need to build an engaged community! These are people that will eventualy help you make a living just by their presence and engagement on your blog: be thankful, at least respect them.
Hi Marie, Twitter recently introduced a new feature of sending direct messages to people who aren’t following you. This could be only possible if they have changed their settings. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Excellent post here.
The automatic direct message is a killer for me. I absolutely HATE it. And usually when I receive them from people I follow, I more than likely don’t really communicate with them. I rather receive a direct message that’s live.
Oh and tagging someone that’s not even in your post just to let them know you have a post, is horrible. I hate it on Facebook and equally hate it on Twitter.
Great infographic here and great post overall. Thanks for having him on here, Harleena.
Thank you. And I too hate those automated messages. I wonder why people believe in promoting other crap services which loves including their signature at the end. Aren’t they smart enough to realize that? Or there is something else which I am not aware of?
Tags are another irritating thing to avoid. Tags look nice only when people are really mentioned or involved in the post in some or the other ways.
Thank you for taking time to leave your views. We definitely have the same opinions. Enjoy your weekend. 🙂
Hey Rohan! That’s Huge buddy you really doing well and hope to even better than this for sure 🙂
Well to my surprise I have twitter accounts for both personal as well as blog but didn’t followed any step as you mentioned. But certainly after occupying what’s lost I’ll certainly follow these. Moreover Harleen Ma’am also gave me tip regarding twitter that was way more useful to add my name instead of a blog name. These little tips and tricks enhance your capability and workability.
Well nice infograph no doubt simple clear crisp to understand.
Best Of luck! 🙂
I am so excited to see your comment on my guest post. I feel good to realize that you followed a link which I shared with you through my weekly e-mails.
I know Apoorv, you are SO busy with your exams and it is really nice that you took some time out to read my posts and drop your thoughtful comments on them.
I am aware of one Twitter account you have not about the another one. You can try out the tips suggested by me. I am sure you will get quick results. 🙂
Thank you for so much for coming over and sharing your thoughts. Have a great weekend and all the best for your exams. I know you are going to do well. 🙂
Nice to see you here on Harleena’s blog. When it comes to Twitter, I never quite got the automated way to tweet. It just didn’t sit well with me. I like to answer people with thank you’s and ask how they are doing.
I haven’t done direct messages yet, but answer all. I mostly share blogs I read on Twitter. Other than that, will put up a Picture with an inspirational quote here and there. It does get shared a lot.
Twitter isn’t one of my most engaged platforms, but I like to take it seriously. If there is something of interest to me, I like to go to that blog, comment and then tweet it out.
I find that the infographic you made for us most helpful and a great reminder for me of how to use Twitter correctly.
Thanks so much!
Hi Donna ma’am,
Yeah… I have seen you responding to the shares and replies very warmly. 🙂 You answer all the direct messages? That’s great! I do the same. I share posts, some quotes and other random stuff. 😛
Glad you found the infographic helpful. Thanks for taking time to comment. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. 🙂
Once again, congrats for publishing this post on Aha!NOW! So great to read it (though so late) on Harleena’s place! 🙂
I can relate it with me, I once started using Twitter with the intention and observation that it’s all about sending YOUR updates, your statuses, your meal’s taste’s expression and every single thing but just about YOU.
Over the years, I found out that it’s not about Myself but them. Talking about them (followers and people you intend to connect) regularly, sharing their content, replying to them, favorite-ing them and doing almost everything for them on daily basis makes us to come closer to them. With this thing, I have made myself much closer to the great folks on Twitter.
Ahhh but not that just to promote myself, to give them a hint to promote my tweets and things but to create best friendly relationship.
Well, I so believe in reciprocation, not mutual if its not there yet but it will start surfacing up over the time from other folks you intend and want to connect with. Just go crazy after everything they are doing on Twitter.
I can certainly add that I did it for one person who’s a pioneer in social media and my continuous pursuit for much of awhile got paid and I won a mention in an update. 🙂
Oh but I am little lazy with contacting new followers I receive. 🙁 It’s time to improve into it and apply your tips. 🙂
In the end I’d just add that don’t use Twitter in the sense of getting helped right after someone follows you or you follow them. Help them crazily and you’ll definitely get helped by them over the time.
Make Twitter a relationship building machine!
~ Adeel Sami
Hi Adeel sir,
Thank you. I am sorry to reply to your comment so late. Got busy with a few things. 🙂
Serving what your audience wants without compromising on your personality and style is the key to shine on twitter. Agreed?
Wow great that you received a mention! Influencers will not reciprocate because if they did the process would be endless. Lol… But if we get 20 to 15 re-tweets and favorites it is easy to thank and reciprocate the love and support. 😀
You got it right. One good turn deserves another. I hope you find the tips helpful. Thank you so much for the time you took to leave your thoughts. 🙂
~ Rohan Chaubey.
Awesome post, indeed!
It is truly fresh idea in using Twitter, Rohan. I love it. 🙂
Yes, yes, I agree with you. I also receive an automatic message when I follow back people who follow me. Normally I do not respond to it and the reason is exactly as you say.
Usually I reply to every tweet or RT that I received, without leaving a single one. But, I never send messages directly to my new followers, that’s my mistake. I’ll consider it for the future. 😉
Thanks for sharing this great post, Rohan.
Keep up the good work. Have a great week ahead!
Thank you. Many of us tend to overlook direct messages and other things. But it is easy to use them to get positive results. I have done that and I find it very effective. 🙂
Everyone talks about being real online yet don’t think twice before sending automated direct messages.
Yes, I see you replying to everything. I hardly remember any of my tweets which went unnoticed by you which had you mentioned. You are doing good. 🙂
Thank you Nanda for taking time to read, share and comment. Have a great day. 🙂
It’s so nice to meet you and congratulations on getting the opportunity to share your post here at Harleena’s place.
The downtime over the past three-day weekend gave me a chance to look at my social medial stats and I noticed there is room for improvement.
These tips you shared will be very helpful for me in growing my twitter audience. I really liked the idea of sending a direct message offering help.
Thank you for your suggestions here. I hope you’re having a great week.
Hello Harleena, I hope you’re doing well my dear and having a great week so far :). Thanks for introducing us to Rohan.
Hi Corina ma’am,
Thank you. Nice to meet you too. It feels great to get an opportunity to guest post at Aha!NOW for the second time. 🙂
You believe you can do better, that’s awesome! Most of the people don’t even realize it. 🙂
Thanks for taking time to leave your comment. Have a great day!
~ Rohan Chaubey.
Lots of great insightful tips you shared here. You have given me a better perspective about building my blog audience on Twitter.
Like you, I looked at Twitter as a place to send out personal opinions and random thoughts.
After reading this you help me understand the value of interacting and making each follower feel special.
This is one of those posts I will revisit over and over the course of time and grab bites until I’m full and until it becomes a habit for me. I’m now recommitting myself to Twitter.
Thanks Little Buddy!
Hi Vernon sir,
Thank you. Nice to see you. 🙂
I underestimated the power of twitter and I’m glad that I learned about this really quick. That is what inspires me to spread the idea and warn others not to make the same mistakes which I did. 🙂
We should be connected to thousands and still make each of them feel special. I think thats when we are successful to establish great relationships. But sadly on twitter it is hard to monitor tweets of thousands, so creating a list helps a lot.
Thank you so much Vernon sir for sharing your thoughts about this post. 🙂
Hi Rohan & Harleena,
Thank you for a great post. I believe this information will create new momentum in my Twitter portfolio. I’ve been reading the bio’s of my folower’s and followed back when we’ve got mutual interests. Follower’s with obvious automated marketing messages such as selling follower packages etc., I just didn’t follow back.
I’ve been building my Twitter following slowly but surely with the help of a PDF that I’ve downloaded from Hubspot a while back.
Where I will greatly benefit from your post is in the follow up process. That is of incredible value to me. Up until now, I found myself building my Twitter account, but I felt a bit lost with regards to the…. “whereto from here now?” if that makes any sense. You have definitely given me new direction.
Your information is also very well explained, and I am definitely going to read the other articles you have left links too as well.
I have saved this post as a PDF in my “training file” for future referance. I really appreciate this information.
Welcome to the blog Jaco 🙂
Good to have you over, though you’re already a part of the ABC 🙂
I’m glad you enjoyed Rohan’s post and it helped you pick up a few good tips, which was the main aim of the post.
One usually does what you mentioned, and based on each others interest, we follow someone back or we don’t. I can understand how it can be, though with this post the ‘lost’ feeling won’t exist anymore! More so, we are all there, so you can always reach out to any of us if you feel a little stuck.
I’d leave the rest for Rohan to reply to. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us 🙂
Thank you. Its good to read the BIO first and then follow back. Hubspot does provides great resources and I am glad you found this post helpful.
Thanks for even saving it in the form of a PDF file. 🙂 *Smiles* *Smiles once again*
I try my best to implement this process with my best followers. I remember when we got connected on twitter, you signed up to get my e-mails and I found you to be such a valuable follower because you too had a blog with quality content.
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and for deeply appreciating the post. You’re nice! Have a great day. 🙂
~ Rohan Chaubey.
A great article to build relationships on twitter 😀
Never thought that twitter would have this potential and we can use it to grow ourselves as well as our audiences.
Thanks for sharing this secret strategy with us.
Really very helpful.
Welcome to the blog Paras 🙂
It’s your first comment on this blog, though you’re already a part of the ABC, so good to see you here!
Absolutely! Twitter has great potential, just as Rohan mentioned in this post, and if you implement the tips he’s shared, you’d only see more engagement with your readers and thus, more people heading to your blog!
I’d leave the rest for Rohan to reply to 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us 🙂
Thank you. I too underestimated its potential to drive audiences to our blog. But lately I am doing much to promote my blog on twitter.
I am so glad that you find this helpful. Enjoy! 🙂
Thanks Rohan, what great advice. It is the first marketing post I have ever read and I am so glad I did. I have been busily adding everyone person who has added me, then sending a personal response to everyone (thinking how on earth does everyone keep up, because I know I am not). I have made lists and even followed some horrendous tweeters because I thought it was a numbers game. I am smiling while I write this to you. As I am a baby to blogging and this whole platform world, I have no idea. I look at the knowledge everyone has and the set ups and the know how and sometimes I become so overwhelmed thinking even if I had started ten years ago I would still be behind. But I keep my chin up and maybe instead of investing so much time in following every dam person that follows me I will adopt your approach. Phew, I wipe the sweat from my brow because I was getting so bored of just collecting numbers rather than connecting. I still don’t know if I would recognise an automated tweet (are they the ones that I repeatedly see over and over again?). I will start to process your advise over the next day and work out a new strategy. Thanks so much.
Thank you. I liked the line where you mentioned – “I was getting so bored of just collecting numbers rather than connecting.” I think you got it! Followers count doesn’t matters.
Just follow those who you really like and leave the rest. Some automated direct messages come with a signature of the service attached with them. But using some premium services or Google sheets and scripts one can automate the messages and tweets without making it look automated. 😉
And of course services and tools like Buffer too can be used for automation which don’t give an impression that the tweets were automated.
Thank you so much for taking time to leave your thoughts. Good day! 🙂
As you told twitter is the great platform for sharing whatever in your mind. i join
twitter to promote my website. i am at twitter with my original name but still i have only 5 followers no one my friend on twitter what should i do to increase my followers
Welcome to the blog Mitesh 🙂
Perhaps you commented earlier, when I couldn’t welcome you 🙂
I guess if you joined Twitter to only promote your website, then you may not get many followers and the interactions or engagement because social media is all about being social – it is all about others. So, to increase your followers, connect with those who show interest in you – tweet their posts more than tweeting your own and let us know how it goes.
Rest I leave for Rohan to answer, as he’d share his expert views on this.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂
BTW – Do add your Gravatar image so that we can see who we are talking to – just a suggestion 🙂
I second you. 🙂
I am sorry but I didn’t said that twitter is a platform to “share whatever is in your mind.” It is far more than that. Initially I used to think that way but I learned how it works after following some big players and by carefully observing them.
If each and every tweet of yours concentrates on promoting your website, chances are you are missing the real fun of being on twitter. You will need to balance your shares.
Followers count doesn’t really matters. But if you want to increase the amount of followers, here is what I do –
1. Use hash tags.
2. Find your real life friends and online friends on twitter and follow them.
3. On the right side of your screen (if you are on Desktop) you will see a box showing “Who To Follow”. Follow them and start interacting with people.
4. Periodically un-follow those who didn’t follow back because there is a limit and some ratio between followers and following that should be maintained.
And ofcourse, if you have a website so you need to religiously follow the steps which I have stated in this post. All the best! 🙂
~ Rohan Chaubey.
Really wonderful post. Now I’v learnt a lot many things. Will implement them soon. 🙂
Thank You. Have a Good Day 🙂
I hope you find the tips helpful. Thank you for stopping by Deb. 🙂
Welcome to the blog Debshikha 🙂
I couldn’t welcome you when you commented on an earlier post, so this is an official welcome here, though you are already a part of the ABC 🙂
Glad you liked all that Rohan shared with us here and would be good if you implement them to see the difference to your blog followers and readers of the blog.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂
Hey Rohan! 🙂
Great work yet again! Lovely to see another of your guest post at Aha!Now :)I really liked the infographic and the explanations given later. Twitter can really be an engaging platform provided you’re willing to invest in meaningful relationships with the Tweeple.
Tweeple are interested in you if a) You’re interested in them ; b) You’re so interesting that you attract followers naturally! c) Are a celebrity 😀
So since most of the junta ends up falling in the a) category, its wise to quickly start following up on your tips!
Have a great week ahead 🙂
Thank you so much. I agree to you. I think Twitter alone can get us more subscribers than our own blogs.
Of course celebs have an advantage and get attention quickly. If we aren’t a celebrity we need to do a little more hard work and start engaging with tweeple to get them interested in us.
Thank you for taking time to read the post and leave your insightful thoughts. Have a great week you too. 🙂
Love this! I never got the idea of inviting them to join my mailing list directly
Good one! I also published an infographic recently and I know how special it can get. This is a really great guest post! I hope to someday be able to contribute here as well 🙂
Thank you. If you see your followers are too responsive so there is no harm to ask them to subscribe to your blog. One doesn’t need to do this directly otherwise followers might think we are too desperate for subscribers. First engage and help them. And later ask to subscribe.
I saw your amazing infographic. You have done a great job. 🙂
Thank you Dennis for sharing your thoughts. Have a great Sunday! 🙂
Thank you Rohan for this information, since I’m new at this and have used Twitter for a while now it makes a lot of sense to me at a time when so much information can be confusing and frankly overwhelming. Hope to hear again from you soon !
Thank you Debra for your comment. I hope you find the tips helpful! 🙂
Welcome to the blog Debra – good to see you here 🙂
I know you’re already a part of the ABC, and I love the little updates you keep sharing with us, but this perhaps is your first official comment here.
I am so glad you liked Rohan’s post, and if you use the tips mentioned, you’d find a huge difference in your Twitter followers as well 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂
Thank you for such an informative post. I have never really given much attention to Twitter until a few weeks ago when Harleena asked me about my Twitter handle. Your post couldn’t have come at a better time. I have just saved your infographic and will most of your points are relevent in my case. The only downside is finding time to promote and connect in ways you mentioned.Social media is one area I’m still struggling to do justice. I wish I had a VA to help me out…haha…
Loved the infographic which made it look a lot more interesting and easy to understand. I applaud you for all the effort put in this post. Hats off to you! Way to go Rohan.
Hi Hema ma’am,
I enjoy the positive quotes you share on Twitter. I hope the tips help you. I know time is the biggest constraint. You don’t really need to approach each and every follower. Just target those who you think might be interested. I am sure you will figure out the best ways and I too wish someone could help me with my social media accounts.
Glad you liked the infographic. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. Have a great day! 🙂
I dont have many followers on my twitter. So please tell me some ways of making them and promoting my blog.. Loved to read your post as well. If you have time kindly visit my blog.
I appreciate that you asked for help. A few very people have courage to do so and you are one of them. 🙂
Followers count doesn’t matters at all. Check my account @Techbluemoon, I have only thousand followers still I get good engagement. Every follower on my list is an angel. Celebrate your existing followers and you will naturally gain more. You can also discover people and follow them. 🙂
Checked your blog. I loved the simple and minimalistic design. Keep going. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Welcome to the blog Arya 🙂
Good to have you over, though you are already a part of the ABC, but your first comment makes me welcome you here 🙂
I agree with Rohan here, the number of followers don’t matter much, it’s your interaction or engagement with the few you have that makes a difference. Just be with the ones you have, and others would join in gradually.
Of course, the ABC is also a great place to make new connections, so just reach out and make friend’s – the best way to build relationships is through visiting each other’s blogs and social media profiles, isn’t it?
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂
Hi Harleen ma’am, Thanks for your vote of agreement. All happens just naturally. It also depends upon the tweets we send out.
One thing I love about Aha!NOW member profiles pages is that it consists of complete information about everything including the blog links and links to social profiles.
What a lovely post, i must say…
On my tweets, i do use automated tool to send out tweets when i am not available, why? Because it is impossible to be at the right time when your followers would be online. Almost all bloggerrs i know use the automated tool to make tweets at some given time.
Twitter is one good place to gain traffic from and your tip will help anyone trying to get traffic from twitter.
By the way, Nice infograph.
Thank you for the appreciation. Nice to meet you. 🙂
The best time to use automated tweets is when you are at work or sleeping. I suggest automation for post promotions only. But I never personally prefer that. Each and every tweet on both of my twitter accounts are manually tweeted and I am quite satisfied with the results.
I hope you are using automation smartly and getting good results.
I am glad that you find the tips helpful and liked the infographic. Thank you so much for taking time to read the post and share your thoughts. Have a great weekend. 🙂
Very insightful and helpful post you have here. You mentioned some relevant points on common usage mistakes made by bloggers, which of course can be very annoying. Especially the direct messages. I do not unfollow just for that because the fact that I followed the individual in the first place must meant that they had something to share that I could learn from.
But sure, thanks for helping to set the record straight on the appropriate ways in which to use Twitter and for designing such a great infographic – easy to understand and follow.
Hi Yvonne ma’am,
Thank you. And yes most of those mistakes are quite annoying. Direct messages disappoint me so much. They give an impression that they aren’t really bothered to talk and have a real conversation.
I am glad that you liked the infographic. Thank you so much for sharing your views. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂
Hi Harleena and Rohan,
Yet another wonderful guest post by Rohan,
Though I read it on the other day I posted a comment but my comment was not accepting and instead i received an ERROR MSG
Anyways, now again I am writing this feedback, hope this will appear on these pages.
About twitter and traffic, yes, i have an account since from the beginning of twitter, but i never thought or realized the magic it can work or don on our page, Thanks Rohan for pointing out these wonderful tips about twitter and traffic.
Nice infogrqaphic with all informations
Thanks for sharing
Thanks Harleena for bringing Rohan with a wonderful post
May you all have a wonderful and profitable weekend
Hi Philip sir,
Thank you. Yes, I got to know about the problem you faced while you tired to comment. Sorry that I could not respond back quickly because my both the twitter accounts are just filled with so many messages and notifications that I will have to invest a lot of time to clear everything.
Glad to know that you were able to get your comment approved and posted. Thanks for taking time to write the comment once again. I appreciate it so much. 🙂
You have an account since the beginning of the Twitter? That is so great! I too underestimated its potential to drive traffic to our blogs.
Thank you so much for your kinds words. Thanks once again for sharing your views about this post. Have a nice weekend. 🙂
Absolutely! And so glad you liked the infographic so much so as to share it on your blog – it surely was well made 🙂
Wonder why that was happening as the comments were coming through clearly – glad it finally worked for you.
Good to hear that, which makes you no stranger to Twitter. But yes, the tips shared by Rohan in this post are unique I think, as they’re based on his own experiences over time.
He earned to come over again, as it was a promise made to the Group Admins of the earlier Groups we had, and I am glad this post also turned to be such a hit with everyone.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us. Have a nice week ahead as well 🙂
Though I have been with twitter many years I never noticed such points or tips.
I appreciate @Rohanchaubey for taking time to share his knowledge here.
May you all have a great day 🙂 @pvariel
Thank you Philip sir. Thats is very kind of you to come back and appreciate the post once again. Have a great day you too. 🙂 ~ Rohan.
This was terrific. I loved the infographic. It is so beautiful and contains many resourceful tips too. You are really good at infographic.
Yes twitter tips are valuable when it comes from a person who is doing so good on the platform.
I hate tagging too. Recently a friend started tagging excessively and I had to ultimately tell him not to do so.
Its good when people listen but this guy stopped tagging me but still continues tagging others.
Sending personalized tweets is a great way to develop a communication and a good rapport. I know you are v.good at it.
The key point is to be helpful. May it be through customer service, volunteering, sharing quality articles or even humor. Being helpful will make you the star on any platform.
Thanks Rohan for this wonderful post.
Thank you so much. So happy to hear this from you. Thanks for being so supportive and kind. 🙂
I second you Swadhin. Occasionally tagging friends, feels good but tagging time and time again is irritating to be honest.
Lol… at least he left you alone. I am sure after some time others will too address the same issue or will stop responding him.
Yes, personalized tweets which talk about the receiver, work so great that they instantly create a magical connection between the sender and the receiver. I am sure this genuine connection cannot be established using those automated tweets.
You got it right. Its all about being helpful in whichever way possible. I can assure you are dong great in this regard. 🙂
Thanks a lot Swadhin for your wonderful comment. Enjoy your weekend. 🙂
Great article and thanks for sharing the infographic.
The DM is pretty much a twin bladed one. For example, I seen some super awesome DM which is crazily done. Here’s one: “Thanks for following and yes this is automated. Just to tell you that I’ll add you back in a few days time. See you around”
And when that happens, light bulbs turned on! People (including me) were like, “Hey this is good” — So play per ear and you’ll see more benefits from it.
At the moment, I have around 4 responses from auto DM for every 10 send out. Pretty awesome for me though 🙂
Thank you for your feedback. 🙂
Agreed to your point. In fact, there is no harm using automated tweets but the thing which makes them annoying is the attachments and sending the blog link with the message. It conveys exactly what I have mentioned in the post.
Good to know that you are making a great use of automated direct messages. May I know which service do you prefer for that?
Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice weekend.
You’ve contributed a nice info graph for Aha-now readers. I’ve enjoyed a lot while reading your post and learned some practical tips to build Twitter followers.
You know, I’m not an active user of Twitter, I just tweet my blog post and few of fellow bloggers post while performing commenting on their blog. This is purely due to my time limitations.
I’ll try to follow your advice on Twitter to grow my audience over there. I really like all of your 4 tips and especially the last tip to offer solutions for the visitors’ challenges.
Keep doing your great work, have a nice weekend 🙂
Hi Nirmala ma’am,
Thank you. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed reading the post. 🙂
I can understand how evil time can be. And for all this you at least need 10 to 15 minutes a day. Tweeting fellow blogger’s blog posts is also a great way to establish good connections.
Thank you so much for reading, commenting and sharing this post on G+, Twitter and Facebook. Happy Weekend. 🙂
Thanks Harleena Ma’am for sharing this lovely guest post. What a wonderful post, Rohan. And on the top of that, you have outlined all important points in your infographics. It shows your dedication and passion for your work.
I am always surprised by the ease you interact with other blogger friends. As a newbie in the digital space, these points are really helpful to understand the basics of twitter.
I have seen many people who usually sends automated messages. It completely reflects their inhuman attitude. Some people have a very bad habit. First, they follow me. In return, I follow them and interact with them. Then after some time, they unfollow me. This really shouts only one point. They are hungry for the followers. They don’t have any interest in people.
Ya, tagging is sometimes frustrating. We can’t force people to read our post. This creates a negative impact on others. It’s always better to share things and interact with different people. In this way, we will get more readers to our blog.
I am going to use your personalized tweet format, and many other things from this twitter guide. Thanks Rohan for sharing your success behind your twitter account. You are really a gem, buddy
Thank you. In my first guest post at Aha!NOW we had a SlideShare presentation at the end. This time I thought of having an infographic. Just experimenting with new things. 🙂
Yatin, you know I am an introvert and I am not at all a socially smooth person. I use pre-structured tweets as shown in the infographic. And it works like a charm. 🙂
Absolutely! People who prefer automated messages to interact with their followers lack humanity in a way.
Yatin, I don’t know why people believe in inflating the number of followers. I have seen twitter accounts with 10K followers and yet they don’t have a single FAV, RT or reply on their tweets. On the other hand, I have seen yours and my own account, we do get FAV, RT and replies. You know why, because there are real people operating the accounts and others are able to realize that.
I was experimenting to get some targeted followers and you won’t believe I found (Indian) actors on a site which delivered followers in exchange of money. Same is the case with every other business out there, they want to showcase that they have a HUGE social following.
You are right. Some are very desperate to get attention or attract people to their blogs that they end up tagging others. Occasionally it feels good but not always.
I hope you find those formats and tips helpful. I am still have to learn a lot. Thank you for so much for taking time to read, comment and share. It means a lot to me. You are amazing, stay that way. 🙂
You’re most welcome, though we just provided this platform to share it – the efforts are all Rohan’s in this one 🙂
Agree with you about the awesome infographic he made, which took a lot of his time and effort, but it’s being shared widely, so it does pay off in the end, isn’t it?
Lol…oh yes…and for that you can use a site called tweepi.com and just choose the option of flushing the unfollowers, which you can do in a jiffy!
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂
Totally love these Twitterquette tips, Rohan. So true!
I know I don’t engage as much as I’d like to with others on social media due to time constraints, but I like to keep up with each platform a bit each week.
I think I need an assistant! LOL
But not to engage with others… to help me run my blogs! Geez. There is NEVER enough time.
And yes, I know, this doesn’t have much to do with using Twitter, per se, but it does speak to the amount of time it takes to engage with everyone!
Hi Lorraine ma’am,
Thank you so much. I know for bloggers and writers the time is the biggest constraint. It would be so nice if we had 48 hours a day or even 36 will do Lol… 😛
You can spend 5 to 10 minutes just engaging with your favorites and have fun tweeting. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by.
I write this from my office desk wondering how a young man like you can write such insightful posts on a consistent level. Hats off mate! You are going to be the top ten bloggers in the world soon.Trust me.
Coming to the post, it is an extremely helpful guide for novice bloggers (like myself) to build their blog audience. I am going to use all your helpful tips to increase my blog audience on twitter.
Keep writing 🙂
Aw Vid so nice of you to say that. Thanks for spending your valuable time reading this post, sharing it and them even leaving your thoughts in the comments. This is the first time I am hearing a feedback from you on a post written by me. You made my day! 🙂
I won’t lie, I have a constant hunger to be recognized for my work. And I am always happy to learn and grow together with nice bloggers like you.
Glad that you found the guide helpful. I am sure you will do great on Twitter. In fact, you are already doing great. A quick tip – Add some hash tags to your tweets. The quotes and posts you share are already so interesting. 🙂
Thanks for always using the hash tag #BeRohanlicious or #Rohanlicious. It makes me smile. Thank you for everything. 🙂
Thanks for such a wonderful post. It gives a clear road map for all fellow bloggers on how to use Twitter to convert their followers into their Blog audience. I agree with all the points mentioned by you.
Also the quote from Dale Carnegie makes me wonder how effective is his understanding of Human Psychology after so many decades also.
Happy to see you leaving your thoughts on this post. Yes indeed, these steps would help anyone to gain loyal audience for their blogs. Thanks for your vote of agreement. 🙂
I have read Dale Carnegie’s book over and over again. Tho he wrote it long back but his thoughts still are implementable in today’s world. This shows what a great thinker he was! Thank you.
well written posts as we know that twitter is very helpful to promote business also. so using proper hash tag and manually post on twitter may engage more audience and followers. i really appreciate your posts and idea that do follow back those people who follows you hey @ rohan really nice post from your side
As I mentioned in the post, I underestimated the power of twitter when I joined it initially a few months back. But with time I realized how amazingly it can be used to drive massive traffic.
I really don’t know about others and I have no data to prove that automated posting receives less response than manually tweeting. But I strongly believe and agree to you that manual shares generate more response as I witness it on my own twitter account @techbluemoon. I don’t remember any of tweets which failed to get any engagement which were manually shared by me.
After all social media is all about being social, isn’t it? Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your day! 🙂
Hello Rohan and Harleena,
What a wonderful post you folks have come up with. Though the approach advised by Rohan is going to take up additional time, it’s much better method to build an engaging followers than just numbers.
Nice to meet you. 🙂
Thank you and glad you liked the post. Yes you got it right. The post focuses on building an engaging and HIGHLY responsive audience. We aren’t planing to inflate the number of followers, but we are filtering the BEST tweeple from Twitter.
Now, if you want Twitter to be less time consuming, you can simply target only those who you feel are more likely to respond to you. If someone can visualize their ideal audience, it might be easy for them to find people who would love to engage at their blogs.
Also, I suggest to have your tweets pre-structured. You just need to modify the variables like name, interests, etc as mentioned in the infographic.
If you are lazy like me you can automate the tweets as suggested by Amit Agarwal. Google search “send personalized tweets” to know more.
Thanks for stopping by.
Glad you liked Rohan’s post and could relate to it 🙂
Absolutely! With a little work if one can build our blog audience and readership, why not go for it! I guess people tend to run after numbers and forget all about the engagement, thus one sees so many followers that are just purchased for an X amount! But those are meaningless if they don’t interact with you, isn’t it?
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂
Great post Robin. I have discovered that Twitter drives the most traffic to my blog but the Aha!Now community provides the most comments. I think the secret to this, as you said, is to engage people more and show genuine interest in them. That is one of the pillars of the Aha!Now community that I am planning to adopt on my Twitter.
This is really good advice Robin. Thank you for it and I wish you greater things in your blogging experience.
Thank you for giving me a new name “Robin”. It sounds so cool! Nice to meet you. 🙂
Wow! Good to know that you are able to drive most traffic from twitter.
I second you. Aha!NOW is the BEST place to get more QUALITY comments. The members here are so responsive and amazingly supportive. Agreed?
That is true. Reciprocation does wonders. Do the same on twitter and you will rock more than ever before.
Thanks for connecting with me on Twitter. I look forward to interact with you more.
Thanks a lot for dropping your views and I wish you all the best for your blogging journey as well. 🙂
Welcome to the blog David 🙂
An official welcome, as you’re already a part of the ABC and visited a few older posts, but I wasn’t able to welcome you on those ones 🙂
Ah..sweet of you to say that, and I appreciate the recent post you wrote about the ABC (Aha!NOW Blog Community) helping to drive traffic to your blog. Good to know that Twitter works so well for you.
Absolutely! If you show interest in people, they too will do the same. Reciprocation is the key I’d say, whether we are on the social media or visiting each other’s blogs – if we just spend a little time interacting with each other, it can bring us such good returns.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂
Thank you Rohan and Harleena for presenting this post. I am a new twitter user and am still figuring out how to make good use of it. One thing that I have discovered about twitter is that it makes easy to identify who are showing interest in your blog posts and are sharing them, thus helping you to focus building relationships with them. This post had some great insights which I am sure is going to help me and other bloggers.
Hi Anamika ma’am,
What a pleasant surprise to see you here! 🙂
We are already connected on twitter and I know your profile is so balanced with less but quality followers. 🙂
I also remember how we first talked on twitter then visited each others blogs and even shared each others posts. 🙂
Thats true. You get to know really quick who wants to establish a fruitful relationship and who doesn’t.
Glad that you feel the post might be helpful for you and many other bloggers. Thank you so much for stopping by. Enjoy twitter. 🙂
Welcome to the blog Anamika 🙂
I can understand how it can be for someone new, on any social media platform. But with Rohan’s post, I’m sure you’d find it all easy. More so, as you’re already connected with him on Twitter, he’s the right person to guide you through 🙂
Agree with you there, and if they show interest, it makes all the more reason for you to do the same, isn’t it? That’s exactly how we build relationships with each other, especially in the Blogosphere.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂
You are indeed a Gem and I truly appreciate your work. I have seen youngsters engaging in useless activities and waste their free time in youth. You are utilising it in such a constructive and meaningful way. The info graphic is really well designed, very clear and concise.
This is a fantastic way to guide those who take twitter for granted. You are right, nobody is so naive that he doesn’t understand those automated tweets, which could do more harm than good. A personalised message with name connects immediately. The only need is to see whether the person concerned would be interested in what we share. That is how the ‘targeted list’ can define our interactions.
I love twitter because of its short messages, it challenges us to be succinct and remain relevant. Also it doesn’t discriminate or compel you to invest money to swim in the social media. I agree with all your points albeit sending a direct message seems to be a bit tedious.
Thanks for a balanced post! Stay blessed and have a nice weekend.
Hi Balroop ma’am,
Thank you so very much for your kind words. I love and enjoy writing or doing anything creative. Glad you liked the infographic. 🙂
Absolutely! A personalized tweet having the receiver’s name in it can do wonders. Automation is good as far as post promotions are concerned but for interacting with the followers, one must avoid it.
Having a targeted following is so important otherwise we might be wasting our time and energy. Also our resources won’t be of any use to our followers.
Agreed. Twitter is a fun and enjoyable social media platform. I too love Twitter.
Thanks for your vote of agreement. About direct messages – Yes, they do require a little time and efforts. But this process can be eased by following a recent guide shared by Amit Agarwal. He has some scripts which allow us to send personalized automated direct messages or tweets to our followers using the Google spreadsheets. Do check that out. It might ease your work. 🙂
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Have a nice weekend you too. 🙂
This does reminds me of Dale Carnegie’s “How To Win Friends And Influence People”! You can apply these concepts anywhere and even on social media sites like twitter.
I really like the Dale Carnegie quote “You can make more friends in 2 months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years trying to get other people interested in you.” Aint this the truth! Although I’m introverted, this took me a long time to learn. As a matter of fact I think I learned it from the book LOL
When it comes to tweets, I do use an automated software, but the difference is that I still respond and communicate with my followers. At least the ones that tweet my messages, which in turn I also tweet theirs. So it definitely comes around in full circle and we all get noticed by other people!
Thanks for sharing Rohan and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!
Nice to meet you. 🙂 Dale Carnegie’s principles and concepts can be applied everywhere. He was such a great thinker that his ages old books still provide practical tips that are implementable in todays world as well. 🙂
Oh, you are an introvert? Me too. So nice to meet you. Lol. 😛 I think introverts are so good at maintaining relationships. Agreed?
Good to know that you do interact with followers and not leave everything just automated. Reciprocation is wonderful! In have a quote written by me –
Closing the loop is a good thing to do. I it seems you are good at it. 🙂
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Have a great weekend you too.
It’s nice to meet you too and I really like the quote. If you don’t mind, I like to use it on one of my blogs
Sherman, So nice to see you returning. 🙂 Glad you liked the quote. Please feel free to use it anywhere. I would be happy to see you using it. 🙂
You really LOVE closing the loop of any conversation. I really like replying to such amazingly responsive commentators.
Will talk to you at your blog sometime soon. 🙂 ~ Rohan.
Hi Rohan, Welcome back to Harleena’s place. Great article and infographic. I’m like you, I can’t stand Auto DM’s. I won’t unfollow people for them but I don’t respond to them either.
I do try to respond to people who have a question about an article or if they compliment it. Sometimes people will critique an article based on the title without having read it. I gently try to respond with kindness.
You’re right, Rohan. By making Twitter a more personal experience we can get the most from it!
Hi Carolyn ma’am,
I am so excited to guest post once again. I remember you too recently wrote a post about Pinterest at Aha!NOW. That was so helpful. 🙂
haha automated direct messages annoy me so much. I don’t know why, but I find them too irritating. Its like they don’t believe in real connections. I have seen bloggers talking about creating real relationships and they automate their twitter direct messages. Lol…
I can completely relate to what you want to convey. Most of the times people are so excited to respond back that they fail to read the entire article. I had written some controversial posts in the past where I said “We need hackers” and just by reading the title, someone started attacking me. I feel so sad for them. 😛 Kindness is so important because we don’t really know the other person who is sitting behind the screen.
If we are being real we will be more respected. Thank you so much for sharing your views about the post. Have a nice week ahead. 🙂
This is a wonderful post and you are one of the finest Gem on ABC 🙂
Congratulations of your guest post as you nailed it with this great guide on building blog audience with Twitter.
Twitter is a fun platform with its 140 character feature. It is cool platform which is why I agree 100% with the mistakes people make on Twitter.
I also love the infograph and your tips on using Twitter is top notch. Thanks for sharing and a must read for bloggers.
Thank you. So are you. I always see you so active on the ABC. Thanks for being so supportive. 🙂
Thank you for the congratulations. Yes, I too enjoy twitter because it urges us to be so creative with the 140 character tweets. It is definitely so much fun!
Glad that you loved the Infographic. Put the tips to use, I hope you find them helpful. Thank you for all the appreciation and the comment. Have a great day.
You’re most welcome Rohan!
Hello Rohan, 🙂
After reading your article, it seems like I am giving my 100% to make all the mistakes you outlined.
“Following Back Even If You Are Not Interested” is what I am doing all the time. Every-time I login to my account, I see few more followers added to my list and I immediately follow them back without realising if they are interested in my niche or I am interested in their tweets.
And one more annoying thing is those stupid automated messages I receive most of the time!
I’ll surely try my best to implement the helpful tips you shared with us today.
So happy to see your comment on this one. 🙂 Lol… no. You are really good at Twitter. You always promote your posts well, you believe in reciprocation and you are doing good. 🙂
Twitter was originally created to follow people who you feel are interesting or you love knowing about what they tweet. I can understand. You are being too kind by following everyone who follows you. I used to do the same but some accounts are so spammy that you can’t take the risk.
Exactly! Automation is stupid. There is no harm using automated services for post promotion but when people wish to interact with the followers via direct messages or tweets, it is ridiculous.
Some may feel it saves time, so I think they should just delete their accounts altogether because that will save even more time LOL… Social media is there for socializing. There will be a time when only twitter bots will keep tweeting.
It is very important to humanize your account to show humanity online Lol… 😛
I hope you find the tips helpful which are mentioned in the post. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and views. 🙂
Very nice looking article. I don’t know much about twitter for promotion but the way you’ve expressed it is outstanding. 🙂
Gud luck in everything!
Thank you. We recently got connected on twitter this morning and you know how I approached you and I liked the way you respond. I could make out that you believe in giving back that is reciprocation and you are responsive. 🙂
You are doing the right things so keep going. I wish you all the best with your amazing blog. Thank you so much for reading the post and leaving your comment.
Welcome to the blog Ankush 🙂
Good to see you here after being over at the ABC, and I am so glad you liked Rohan’s post as well. I guess if you follow his tips, you’d do well on Twitter.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us 🙂
Great post. The piece i like the most is
“Hi, I do not have time to talk to you nor I feel you are worth my time. But I do want to promote my blog, so I am sending my blog URL with this automated message”.
It really feels exactly like that. I just done a mistake today tweeting about my post and sending the direct message same day. The tips are very helpful.
And thats a cool infographic,I guess you designed it on Canva?
Thank you. Haha glad that you enjoyed that statement. I know that statement awkward and someone would hardly like to include that in their posts. But that is the harsh reality so I thought it would be perfect to include. No one has time to message hundreds of followers, so I suggest to just try establishing connections with those who are more likely to respond and maintain a fruitful relationship.
I hope these little tips help you out. I know, you are a great learner and you will surely implement some of the tips mentioned in this post. 🙂
That infographic is not designed using Canva. I have used Visme, I have found that many good infographics which you see on the popular blogs use the graphics that this service provides.
Thank you so much for reading the post and taking time to comment your thoughts. Enjoy the rest of your evening. 🙂
Welcome to the blog Susheel – good to have you over 🙂
I know you’re already a part of the ABC, but this is your official first comment on Aha!NOW, so the welcome 🙂
So glad you liked all that Rohan shared in this post. I agree, we all make mistakes, but that’s also how we learn and get better, isn’t it?
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂
Thank you. And its great to be part of this community.
I really looking for that day to write a guest post here.
It’s good to have you as a part too Susheel 🙂
That would be wonderful, and for doing that, you need to check out the “Write for Aha!NOW” option at the footer and fill up the details.
Thanks once again 🙂
Thank you for a great post! I think that you have mentioned some great point and also pointed to some of peeves that many of us have including receiving unsolicited direct messages and solicitations on Twitter.
Thanks to Harleena and AHAnow to run this wonderful post. It just keeps getting better and better here. 🙂 I appreciate the hard work that went into designing the infographic. I have designed and published several and know the layout work and content production and implementation gets to be very challenging given the small space and the requirement to communicate ideas effectively.
I agree that creating targeted lists of interesting people for engagement is a great strategy. In this super busy highway of information, having a hierarchical system is essential for targeted engagement. That having said, I try to respond in person to every person who RT’s me or takes the trouble and the effort to mention me. I know that this becomes increasingly impossible if you have huge amounts of followers but at least in this stage, I enjoy connecting and responding to everyone.
I think that #4 makes an interesting point of giving a wake up call that we should not always tweet what we like and dislike and have an inconsistent brand image. The truth is that each of us represent a personal branding that reflects in the social media shares and engagement that we have. To that end, I believe that having a consistent and identifiable message is critical. As one of my favorite entrepreneurs, Richard Branson says, if we cannot write what we are trying to communicate in the back of an envelope (thus making the message very simple and understandable), it is far too complex and in his words it is rubbish. Translating this idea to twitter branding, if we cannot id what we are trying to convey in a few points and are tweeting based on our likes and dislikes, chances are that interested people will get turned off to this message. I have struggled with this in the past and still do because I want to represent many different fields like creativity and innovation and psychology and happiness but I have realize that I need to pick and choose. I think that only a few renaissance people get to tweet whatever they want and their relevancy circle is so huge and their branding is so strong, that people find that awesome. For the rest of us mere mortals, your advise goes a long way :).
I also totally agree to the providing value and reciprocation that you mention. I believe that if we genuinely follow these two powerful psychological principles coupled with posting the right content to the right people, we can go a long way on twitter.
Thanks again for a refreshing read,
Thanks for appreciating the infographic and the post. 🙂
I do the same. I respond to each and every tweet which mentions me or my content. There are times when I get 99+ notifications still I mark tweets as favorites if I could not reply.
Agreed. One must carefully write tweets especially if we are into blogging or business or whatever. For example – I have seen business accounts tweeting – they love burgers when they were originally supposed to talk about Android Apps. 😛
Yes, I too believe that the principle of reciprocity is the best! I thank you for the time you took to write this deep and thoughtful comment. 🙂 Have a great week ahead.
Thanks for sharing this amazing twitter guide with ABC community.You have clear all the steps in Infographic too.Really appreciate it.
I you for sharing this post on Google+ and for taking time to read and comment. I checked your twitter profile, you have a good following there, go implement some of the ideas that are presented in this post. I am sure you will get to connect with amazing Tweeple on twitter.
Excellent post. I like the Dale Carnegie quote and it is interesting to note that the behaviour of people is the same, whether offline or online. Spammy and promotional content might be similar to pushy sales in the offline world. I will definitely incorporate the tips outlined in the article.
Thanks for posting this.
Nice to meet you. 🙂
You are correct. Whether it be online or offline, you need skills to connect to people and influence them. You even need skills to get influenced by others. 😉
Agreed. On twitter if you see, these days there are bots handling the accounts thus there is lack of human approach. People are extensively automating the tweets and messages thereby leaving no scope for REAL interactions. I think these tools have changed the meaning of “Social Networking” completely.
Being real and humanizing your account in this automated world of Twitter will distinguish you from others. Do try out some tips and you can feel free to come back and drop your views once again and letting us know if it worked for you. Make sure you target the right audience by learning about them. 🙂
Thank you, Rohan for this comprehensive guide to Twitter! I agree with those twitter mistakes. They all turn me off, too! I don’t automatically follow back as I always check a profile and tweets before FB. Some are just spam, to be honest. I don’t do any DM. Maybe I should make more effort there to connect with my new followers. Twitter is a really fun platform and we can get creative with our tweets and that attracts people to us. Also, checking hashtag trends for the day can be fun and when you add your tweet to those, you can connect with new tweeple.
Thank you again for the infographic. It’s fantastic. BTW, in regard to mistake #4, some bloggers only blog about themselves (their drama) and they are a great success, so their tweets are same. I couldn’t do that and I find it a bit self indulgent but it works for some.
This should be a great discussion here in the comments.
Glad you agree to those classic mistakes most of us make. Yes checking the profile before following back is a wise thing to do as some accounts are just meant for spamming.
Using hash tags brings more impressions (views). There are accounts which look for some hash tags and automatically favorite or re-tweet the tweets which use them. This is done by the ugly automation services. 😛
Thank you for appreciating the infographic. 🙂
There are bloggers who write about their life and thoughts all the time. They represent them as the central protagonist so they might tweet that way. They even have followers because they might be exposing everything. There is a good population who enjoys learning about the dramatic situations and happenings in other person’s life.
It is very clear that no one will like if I tweet something about me. But if kim kardashian reveals what she had in her breakfast there would be thousands of people engaging via FAVs, RTs and replies. Same is the case with bloggers who write about them. 🙂
And as I mentioned in the post – No one is interested in us unless we are really interesting. 😛
Thank you so much for adding your thoughts. I completely enjoyed replying to your refreshing comment. 🙂
P.S. Would you mind naming some bloggers who blog about themselves. I would like to read what they actually write.
Hi Rohan, thank you for your feedback and thoughtful reply. The blogger who writes about herself that first pops into my mind is The Bloggess. She is super popular. I think it’s mainly her humor that sets her apart. She has published a book too. Also another lady that seems to get many followers is a good, solid writer but I find she only writes about herself without offering any how to or tips kind of posts. It’s all about her life; what kind of pajamas she wears, her work, her anxiety, her husband and what he said to her etc. She spins it so that it is quite entertaining though. 😉 I don’t want to name her here publicly because I may be being a bit critical. It’s just I find some of these types of bloggers very self absorbed, yet they find great success. To me it’s a bit of a mystery.
Like you say, people don’t find us interesting unless we show interest in them first! 🙂
Lisa, So nice to see you returning. 🙂
I just checked Bloggess and I was surprised to know she is crazily followed. I must admit she is popular.
I think its all about being jovial and funny. But I too am confused how do they manage to get so much engagement consistently.
Thank you SO much for coming back and sharing your views. Happy Sunday! 🙂
This is an awesome post for all the bloggers whether new or old because this is an in-depth knowledge of getting viral traffic from Twitter. Not only traffic but followers with a healthy relation with you and your blog.
Thanks Rohan for this amazing post
Mohinder Paul Verma
BloggingFunda – A Community of Bloggers
Thank you so much for your kind words. I have tried it and I have people whom I originally met on twitter and they continued to follow me and my blog thereafter. I urge you to try some of the tips and see if you can gain some loyal audience for your blog.
With your signature I see you mentioned about your blogging community. I think you will enjoy being a part of Aha!NOW ABC community. If you aren’t already a member, join us there. Aha!NOW is better than twitter. 😉
Thanks for your comment.
Great post indeed 🙂
I agreed with all the points you have described in this post. Yes, it decreased the interest of your follower when he get automated messages from you. And they probably unfollow you. Its very clear.
The another thing, not engaging with your follower also fits right. Because if you will not get engaged with them, they will obviously forget you and never notice your tweets.
The another is tagging. It irritates the followers, this will also decrease your followers.
You have find out the perfect solutions to make your brand on twitter. When we helps or personally contact with our followers, it increase the confidence and excitement of our followers to engage with you. This will surely helps a lot.
Today, I also realized that I need to make more changes in my Twitter Marketing.
Thanks a lot.
Have a grat day 🙂
Thank you. Thanks for your vote of agreement.
Automation annoys me so much that I end up un-following people. Even if I get an automated message from the President, I won’t think twice to un-follow him Lol… 😛
Social media is all about being social not automated. I don’t mind automation of tweets which are meant for post promotion but when someone is trying to interact with their followers there is no need of automation at all.
I cannot digest the fact that a few people do reply to the automated tweets and messages. That is funny. 😛
To constantly receive attention on Twitter, I keep poking some of my followers every now and then by marking their tweets as favorite or by reply to them. Responsive people do come back and do the same with me.
Its all about finding like minded people who do not believe in numbers but believe i indulging in REAL conversations. After all social media is meant for interactions and exchange of info. I also periodically un-follow those who have left twitter and didn’t return even after a month. There is no point in showcasing the numbers. Do you agree?
How do you respond to the tags Naveen? I would really appreciate if you could respond back and share your thoughts on what do you do when someone tags you for no valid reason?
Thank you so much Naveen for your comment and the shares. I look forward to hear back from you.
Hello Rohan, Thanks for your this guest post on Aha Community. Really Good discuss on this topic. I am totally agree with your all points. Be honest, Twitter is one of my best Traffic source to drive traffic/visitors on my Blog. It’s more valuable when you connected with your niche Followers. AS well my niche is Blogging And Internet Marketing and i am connecting with more then 17000+ Internet Marketer over the world.So, i get huge traffic when i share my Articles with my Twitter account. Keep sharing your Blogging, Networking experience, knowledge with us
Happy Blogging. Have a Good Week End
Thanks for your vote of agreement. 🙂
I want to be brutally honest with you, I hope you don’t mind. I don’t want to make you feel bad about what you are doing. Rather I genuinely wish yo help you to network the right way on twitter.
I checked your account and I kept scrolling your profile but I didn’t get to see any sign of engagement. I see you have inflated numbers but I wonder why won’t anyone like to interact with a bright blogger like you.
Following are some basic twitter tips especially for you –
1. Make sure you don’t tweet too much.
2. Start engaging in conversations.
3. Keep un-following those followers who went inactive for more than a month.
4. Use hash tags and images.
I hope this post helps you. You are definitely so good at connecting with new people. I wish you all the best for your new blog. 🙂
Hi Rohan and Harleena, great post on Twitter techniques. I do not use any DMs unless for personal use. I like to engage on Twitter itself but admit I don’t do enough with new followers. Twitter is my second highest source of traffic after Google organic. I ws analyzing that earlier this morning. Twitter is my favoite social media site. It is a great way to meet and interact with like minded people!
Hi Lisa ma’am,
Twitter is my favorite social media site too. 🙂 Great to know that you are already able to drive good amount traffic from Twitter. If you don’t like direct messages, tweets are equally effective.
If you get some few followers, you can either send them a welcome tweet or visit their profile and favorite or re-tweet their tweets. This is how engagement starts. Agreed?
Thank you for investing your time to leave your thoughts on this post. Good day!
So glad you liked Rohan’s post with all that he’s shared 🙂
I guess we’re quite alike there! Hardly get the time, though after reading all the good DM’s can do, perhaps we can think differently now.
Agree with you there, though for me it’s always been Pinterest, and of course Triberr and G+ also following up soon after.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂
Rohan nice to see you at Harleena Singh’s blog. This is definitely one of the achievements for you.
We all sometimes forget that Twitter can be very useful in getting blog audience.
Many people do the mistake of not staying active at Twitter which is totally wrong.
We need to not only be active at Twitter, but we need to connect with people having the same interests.
By making use of the right strategies one can definitely drive lot of traffic to his blog from Twitter.
Rohan you’re getting popular in the blogging world and I hope that you’ll keep working hard in the same way.
I am so glad that I could avail this opportunity to guest post at Aha!NOW for the second time. May be you were not connected to Aha!NOW when I guest posted for the first time a few months ago or you might have missed it.
Twitter has a great potential to drive massive traffic to our blogs and I was one of those who underestimated twitter’s potential. But glad that I realized it and now I am smartly using twitter.
Absolutely. The reason behind I mentioned in the post that you need targeted followers is because there is no point talking about your blog to people who cannot reap benefits out of it.
Mohit, Since you mention that if one uses the right strategies they can drive good amount of traffic to their blogs. I would love to hear back from you if you have certain strategies which you use. Your insights can be helpful for a newbie reading this conversation so please do share with us. After all the more you share the more you learn. 🙂
I am trying my best to be helpful and at the same time I am also learning new things. I really appreciate you reading this post and sharing your thoughts with us. I wish you all the best for your blog as well. Do leverage the power of twitter and rock your blog!
Welcome back to the blog as our guest – always a pleasure to have you over 🙂
I’m SO glad you chose to write about this topic because you surely have found your way about Twitter. In fact it’s been on my mind to write about it too, but you did full justice to this post by aptly mentioning all the key points bloggers need to keep in mind while dealing with Twitter.
I must thank you first for putting in so much of time and effort into making the wonderful Infographic and the apt images – the perfect icing on the cake! That’s why you are such a precious GEM of Aha!NOW, and we treasure you so much.
Coming to the post, I was nodding my head in agreement to the five points mentioned. Oh yes…unnecessarily tagging people to seek attention is an absolute no-no on any social media platform I feel. Being social means exactly that, be social, be kind, and be giving, by thinking of others before yourself!
Automated messages are another put off! Although I don’t unfollow such people, I just ignore their messages if it’s too self-promotional or just say – nice to connect with you. I loved your tip about asking them to join your mailing list or subscribing – never thought of that honestly speaking. Actually, I hardly get much time to be on my Twitter stream- the little time I get is spent in replying to several notifications and promoting other posts, and a little of my own.
Speaking of myself, I mostly follow those who follow me, once I check their profile details, interest, and a few of their tweets. And that’s how it’s been going for me so far. Nevertheless, your post makes me rethink on going a little deeper with sending messages now, as and when I get time.
Overall, an awesome post based on your experiences and all that you’ve gone through as you have two Twitter profiles, which are doing so well. I especially love the way you interact through them, and would ask everyone to reach out and connect with you too!
So, I leave this platform to let you shine in the spotlight, as it’s all your day! I know my readers will have lots to ask and share with you. I’ll be hopping in to welcome the newcomers and wherever I’m mentioned. 🙂
Hi Harleena ma’am,
I am so excited to contribute another guest post for Aha!NOW. Thanks to you and Vinay sir for all the suggestions and improvements. 🙂 I see you on Twitter you are soon going to get 10K followers and you surely have good engagement rate there.
Aw that is really so kind of you to say that. You know how amazing and helpful Aha!NOW and the ABC has been for me. This is the least I can do for Aha!NOW. 🙂
Agreed. Tagging is a big “NO”. There is no point tagging someone when they are not even related to the updates. Tags are specifically used when people are involved in the conversation directly or indirectly. Example: When quoting someone or sharing someone’s posts or during a twitter chat.
I really don’t like automation because there is actually a way to send personalized automated tweets even without letting people know it is automated. But people opt for the easy way by signing up for services which forcefully include their signatures at the end of the messages or tweets.
I recently started finding people who would actually enjoy being a part of my mailing list. But I carefully ask them as I must not sound too desperate. When I see them responding to me many times in the tweets and direct messages, then I feel its the best time to ask and it works!
I can understand and can definitely imagine to amount of notifications you might be receiving. This is why I mostly concentrate on Twitter and Facebook so that I can focus on my best followers and friends. These two social networking platforms stop me from being active on any other social sites. But I feel that is fine because I can at least get some results from Twitter and Facebook.
Following those who follow us is also a good idea. If you don’t have much time, you can try sending direct messages to only those targeted followers who you think would be interested. And I am sure you are more experienced in spotting such followers.
Thank you so much for inviting me to guest post for the second time. I feel so good. 🙂
You certainly deserved this second opportunity, as we’d promised our earlier Group Admins a post each, and there would be more good news in this regard very soon! 🙂
You are most welcome, though we just suggested a little and tweaked the post a wee bit – rest of the hard work was all yours, which made this post such a welcome read for anyone.
Lol…is that so! I still have to see how many followers I have – last I remember they were 7k a few months back. Must check that out! Glad you approve of the engagement, though I know I can spend lot more time and do a lot more there, provided I find the time!
The feelings mutual Rohan, and that’s what makes the Blogosphere such a lovely place to be in.
Agree about the tagging and automation part, and still have to try the mailing list part of Twitter, and I did like your idea about it.
Yes indeed, if you can concentrate on one or two platforms and get result from them, you are good to go. For me, it’s always been a little all over, as I get response from all side, thus the several notifications, shares, likes, etc.
I wish I make the time to read the DM I get…lol…sometimes it’s days when I check mine. So, your post sure is a good reminder for me to get started with that now.
Thanks so much for this lovely post, which kind of went viral with the huge number of shares, with the main motive to help others through all that you wrote. 🙂
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