Twitter is always a great place for bloggers to connect and engage with their audience, not to mention can increase your blog traffic – if you know how this social network works.
If you haven’t getting any significant amount of traffic love from Twitter, here let me share six simple tactics I learned:
1.Maximize the power of your tweet button
You probably already have a tweet button or two in your blog. Usually, it’s recommended to add tweet buttons are below the headline and at the end of the content. You can also have one if you’re using floating vertical social sharing buttons on the right side of your blog as long it doesn’t make your content hard to read.
On the other hand, based on my observation, it’s better to use the official tweet button than a third-party social sharing services. It’s because it responds faster and shows tweet counts more accurately. The best thing is it’s easier to set your Twitter username and hashtag.
2. Make your title tag tweet-friendly
This one is very important but often ignored. It’s said that the shorter your tweet, the more people will read it. What does this mean?
This is similar on SEO, particularly on setting your site’s title tags. An effective title tag has the “post title or headline” before the “blog name”.
For example: the title tag “The Zen of Exquisite Web Design: 10 Japanese Aesthetic Principles | Jerome’s Blog” attracts more clicks than this: “Jerome’s Blog | The Zen of Exquisite Web Design: 10 Japanese Aesthetic Principles” when seen on search results.
But since Twitter only allows 140 characters and only less than 70 characters are visible for title tags on search results, I decided to remove my “blog name” (in my case, Jerome’s Blog) for my posts’ title tags.
So it’ll be look like this on search result:
Now, the post title or headline is conveyed more clear and concise in both style. Moreover, there are more space to type in if someone wants to add something before he/she retweet it.
3. Integrate your tweet with StumbleUpon
You probably use URL shortener every time you include your post’s link in a tweet. But if you want to make that link reach the StumbleUpon community at the same time, then simply use their own shortener service, su.pr. This link shortener automatically integrate the StumbleUpon toolbar in to your blog posts. Use this tactic often and you’ll attract more blog traffic from these two high-traffic websites.
For further reading: 4-Step Strategy to Going Viral on StumbleUpon
4. Tweet during high-traffic hours
Timing is important too. If you tweet your post when less people are online, your post might be ignored. According from the infographic, Art of Getting Retweets, the ideal time is between noon and 2pm on a Friday. Moreover, people love to use Twitter during 8 in the morning and 7 in the evening, daily. To help you on this tactic, use social tools like Tweetdeck or HootSuite, which lets you schedule your tweets.
5. Create a Twitter card
The Twitter card concept is similar on Facebook’s Open Graph. This tactic make your tweets more stylish and informative, which no doubt can attract more clicks and followers. (see example below)
Twitter card has three types: summary, photo and video. The above example is a summary type, which is for text-based content or articles. It contains the clickable title, a snippet of meta description about the post, a thumbnail image and your Twitter handler ID. Visit the Twitter Developer on how to create a Twitter card.
6. Get more retweets with Flauntt
Still want more retweets? Then flaunt your blog posts with Flauntt. This cool website let other people to tweet your posts according to their preferences. This works in point system, wherein you earn points by tweeting others’ link. You only need 40 points to submit one. Usually, you can earn that points by tweeting 4-5 entries.
If you don’t have big followings and want to reach more network of Twitter users, then Flauntt is for you.
Over to you…
Are you getting significant amount of blog traffic from Twitter? Do you have a tip or two to add? Share it in the comment form below!
As the world knows him, Stephen King is one of the most admired, respected and successful book authors of all time.
So back in 2002, when he published a new book, in contrast from his horror and fantasy novels, he shared his story on how he started as a writer and what he believes about the craft itself; “On Writing” has become the most popular book about writing ever written.
In case you haven’t (or had) read the book, below is a cool infographic about the 13 lessons learned from Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” from HowToMakeMyBlog.com, which I think will always be helpful on doing and loving the art of writing, not only for aspiring and successful writers, as well as for bloggers:
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It’s no secret that most of blog posts around the web has a lot in common with articles we read in magazines.
In fact, try to deconstruct how one magazine article is written and you’ll decipher the similar writing pattern.
And if you consider to write for magazines this new year, you’re on the right track!
“Thousands of magazines are out there churning out issues and garnering readers, they’re constantly on the lookout for new writing talent.”, Renegade writer, Linda Formichelli said in her article,“How to Get Paid to Write for Magazines – The Ultimate Guide“.
This is definitely a great news for us, fellow bloggers, especially if your goal is to attract more eyeballs to read your works and get lucrative gigs.
So to help, below you’ll learn the basic parts or elements of a magazine feature article and how you can apply them on writing awesome blog posts.
1. The Lede
This is the first sentence or paragraph of your article.
Likewise on how to open a blog post, the purpose of your lede (also written as “lead”) is to keep your readers’ interest on reading your article. Usually, a feature lede is written in less serious, catchy and creative style. It basically set the tone of the story by giving hint of mystery to the readers. It can be an anecdote, a surprising statistic or a one-line statement.
2. The Nut Graf
A nut graf is a shortened term for “nutshell paragraph”.
In journalism, this is said to be the most important part of a feature article because it serves as the summary of your story. Usually, a nut graf can be found at the 2nd-4th paragraph. One effective way of composing it is to tell your readers of what your story is about, just like how you tell the main point of a story to a friend, and the payoff or benefit/s of reading it. Moreover, it’s recommended to write it first so you have the bird’s eye view about the story of your article.
3. The Lede Quote
A lede quote is a sentence or two from a key source of your story or topic. Commonly in magazine articles, a key source is an expert about the subject matter or someone who has experience about your story topic. A lede quote’s purpose is to add real emotion to your article, in support to the data you collected in your research.
4. The Body
Unlike from most blog posts around the web, which are opinion-based, magazine feature articles are usually more in to practical details. That means you need to do your homework or else it will reflect in your article. Here, you need to provide relevant supporting evidence. One way is to conduct couple of interviews to your key sources, like mentioned above, he or she is an expert on the topic of your story.
5. The Kicker
Likewise on blog writing, the kicker is your article’s closing paragraph. Your kicker can be a conclusion of your story or a quick summary of your article’s key point. Usually, this can be through a quote or a call-to-action.
Over to you
Do you consider writing for magazines? Are you ready to share your knowledge and talent outside your blog? Why not give it a try?
“The world is full of people with questions who aren’t searching blogs for answers. To help them, you just have to reach outside of your medium and connect with them where they already are.” – Linda Formichelli
So which of these parts of a magazine feature article did I NOT use in this post?
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Let’s say you’re finished writing a blog post.
Next in line: You’re going to promote or market it.
Whether you’re blogging for business or personal reasons, you probably already know how important to promote your blog posts so the online (and even offline) world will hear out your message.In addition, it’s part of your job as a blogger or publisher.
Although getting the attention of your target audience may not as easy as an established influencer (or a celebrity), especially if you’re a newbie.
Don’t fret. You can do that, too.
You just need to be smart and strategic on using the power of social media.
Aside to the giant social networking sites – Facebook, Twitter and Google+ – below is cool infographic from LaunchGrowJoy.com.
You can use this as a quick visual guide from writing your content and on sites that can help you effectively promote your posts so you can maximize its visibility and searchability. Moreover, I suggest you to do constant split testing and study your analytics so you know where to focus and prioritize your marketing efforts: