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My Top Five Twitter Tips to Help Increase Your Twitter Engagement

February 18, 2018 20 Comments

I think Twitter is a great tool to advertise your blog and show off your writing skills. Create a great post with a link for your followers to click on and BAM!! Instant success.

Well, it’s not quite that easy… Using Twitter to gain blog followers isn’t an easy task. It takes time and a lot of dedication. Most people today are leery of sites that they don’t know. You can blame that on the spammers.

So, here are a couple of my favorite Twitter tips to help you be successful in the Twittersphere.

1. Pin your favorite tweet.

Are you using the Pinned Tweet feature that Twitter offers? This allows you to “pin” a tweet to the top of your feed. When someone visits your Twitter page, this will be the first tweet that they see. Why do this you ask? Because it is a great way to gain exposure for your favorite tweet. Sometimes new followers will see this tweet and click Like and/or Retweet.

2. Interact with your followers.

I like to visit my new followers and check out their feeds. If I see something that I think my followers would like, I retweet it. It’s all about the social interaction.

3. Use #hashtags.

Hashtags are a label for your tweet that allows people to search for your tweet topic. If you use #doglover in your tweet. When someone enters #doglover in the twitter search bar, your tweet will appear. This is just another way to gain exposure. And yes, the hashtags do eat into your tweet length.

4. Include photos.

Let’s face it, we are a visual society. As we scroll through our tweet feed, we look for the image that catches our attention. We all do it. Adding good, quality images is another way to gain attention.
Recommend sizes for photos inside a tweet should be a minimum of 440 x 220 pixels, with an optimal size being 1024 x 512 pixels. The maximum file size is 5M for photos and 3M for GIFs.

5. Automate your tweets.

HootSuite is a very popular tool to schedule your tweets. They have a free version that allows you to schedule up to 30 Tweets. I was using HootSuite, but I’m switching over to Zoho. Zoho seems easier to use and I like the Repeat This Post feature.

Here are a couple extra tips.
Tweetsmap is kind of a fun tool that shows you where your followers are located. Today about 47.7% my followers are in the U.S.

Please don’t follow someone just to unfollow them when they follow you. It’s stupid. Not sure why you do that. Is it to appear that you are important? That you are an influencer? Stop doing it. And, guess what, there are tools that we can use to see who’s playing that game. We’ll just unfollow you back.
Be social. Don’t be a twit!!!

If you like these tips, here’s a fun one I wrote a while back, Do You Speak Twitterese?

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  1. Again, more great tips Dan. Your posts are easy to read and to the point. I always know I’m going to gain some new info or strategies for my new blogging world!!

    • Dan Swords says:

      Hi Michelle, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Its posts like this thank make the long hours all the worthwhile. (I still do this on the side)
      Keep coming back, I have some great posts coming up next week. One of them is covering some legitimate ways make money from your blog.

  2. Linda says:

    Great tips! Glad to know I am doing the best I can! Thanks Dan!!!

  3. Great tips and I am glad that you pointed out specifically that following and then un following is so not cool ..

    • Dan Swords says:

      I know that’s a stupid game that people like to play. The only reason why I think they do it is to increase their followers over their following.
      The same game is played on Instagram too.

  4. Phigella says:

    Dan, this was great, love the tweetsmap I always find that analytical data really interesting.

    • Dan Swords says:

      Thank you. I’m glad you like the post! With me being a techie kind of person, I enjoy finding new app and programs to use. Stay tuned, I know there will be more!!

  5. CARMEN says:

    Great tips, Dan! If used effectively, Twitter is a good way to promote your blog. I am also against the follow-unfollow thing. Don’t they know that there are apps available to see who unfollow us?! Mine is over 1000 unfollowers already. By the way, thanks for mentioning Zoho. I have been looking for a tool with “repeat this post” feature. Will try it.

  6. GoWall says:

    Thanks everyone for the advice it will be really useful while I looking at places.

  7. Disa Rastogi says:

    I agree engagement with people is key to increase your Twitter reach. Was not aware of how useful can be Hashtags. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I’m a little over a month in to all this…what great tips!!!

    • Dan Swords says:

      Thank you. I’m glad that you feel the tips were helpful!
      My goal is to give information to help beginner bloggers. That way, they (you) don’t have to make all of the mistakes that I did and are able to get online faster and with less hassle.

  9. Lena Dee says:

    Hey there dan! These are really good tips. I hope it helps someone struggling with twitter. I find pictures and hashtags work for me but most importantly engaging…thanks for sharing ☺️💕

    xx Lena |

  10. Dan these are super cool tips! I am still trying to get a hang of things on twitter and these will definitely help. Thanks for sharing!

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