Get social! Super EASY GIVEAWAY

Yay! Andi's back with great tips
 and tricks for Twitter!
In my Rules for Blogging post I wrote about comments being the currency of the blogosphere. Visiting other blogs and leaving comments will not only allow you to meet and support other blogger, but will also leave links back to your blog which is good for people following your trail as well as serving as a "back-link" or "link-juice" to aid your traffic and Google Page Rank (there is a little more on that in the blogging rules post as well).

Another important aspect to building your community is social sharing. When someone reads your blog and really likes the post it is only natural that they want to share it with their own community. Word-of-mouth endorsements by other bloggers are way more effective than any brand endorsements, or in this case, your own endorsement.

Social Widgets

So what does that mean? It means adding a widget to your blog (Blogger, Wordpress, etc) to allow people to Tweet your post or Share it on Facebook. There are widgets out there from Add This, Share This or TweetMeme that allow people to share across a 100 different social networks, but you should at least make sure that you have these two covered (Twitter and Facebook). That way if someone likes your post, they can tell their friends, fans and followers about it and give you a chance to have new readers.

You don't have to have your own Twitter or Facebook accounts to allow social sharing. This is simply letting other people who do have the accounts have the opportunity to quickly and easily share your content.

A couple things to note:
If you do add this widget, test out what the end result (the tweet content or the Facebook content) will say. For Twitter, make sure it shortens your url using a url shortener. If you have a Twitter account makes sure the retweet will include your Twitter name.

A good retweet will look like this in the end:

Make it easy for others to talk about you and share your awesome content! The SITS Girls wrote more on that yesterday in their post on "How To Blog By Giving Readers an Easy Button."

More Twitter Tips:

For those of you just entering the Twitter space, here are a few additional tips to help you navigate this fast-moving social media platform.

Your Twitter content

Twitter is a space best used for conversation and sound-bytes. But it should not be "all about you." To be more effective and culturally accepted you should add value and share content. That means not only promoting your own posts but also those of other bloggers. Just like commenting on blogs, it is good to share the love. Here is an example from my Twitter stream on Sunday:

You will see that I tweeted and/or commented about other travel posts as conversations with others and promoting a giveaway. (There are FourSquare check-in as well, but that is a whole other can of worms!). If you looked at other tweets on that day or earlier you will see that I also tweeted some of my own blog posts - an 80-20 mix (80% not-me / 20% about me) is a good measure.

URL Shortener

When you only have 140 characters to communicate what you want and with the fact that you may want others to comment and retweet (RT), it is important to use url shorteners. There are many of them out there, but I mainly use There are two ways to use it, both free.

You can use it without having an account, you just go to enter your url and it will spit out a shortened url for you. Or you can create an account and do the same thing. The advantage is that if you have an account you can see all the urls you have shortened and their performance. To see how well ANY url has done just simply add a plus sign (+) to the end of it.


This one scares people, but in reality it is really easy. There is only one main rule, which can be said for most anything on Twitter - don't over use it! This is simply any topic with a hash (#) in front of it. Why? So that people can (1) spread information and (2) categorize themselves or their conversations, making it easy to search and find other conversations on the same topic.
For really hot topics, you can usually find them in the top ten searches trends in the right hand side of your Twitter home.

FF and TT and a whole lot of other letters!

It all started with FF, or Follow Friday. Follow Friday is a way of recommending people you follow to other people in your sphere of influence. Recommendations take away the pain and gives everyone the chance to give their friends a chance to interact with more people. Instead of just tweeting a list of people to follow, give a short description of why you think they are of interests to others, whether it be their niche, that they are nice, that they live in Paris, whatever, just put context around why you are recommending them.

These days there is Travel Tuesday, Wellness Wednesday, etc. You just need the find the one that works for you!

More Resources

Here are some great sites that can help you with Twitter etiquette, tools and trends:
  • Started by ProBlogger, TwiTip is a community where people share the latest tips and tricks, they have a great Beginner's Guide as well!
  • Blogging guru Chris Brogan has a great list of tips aptly called, 50 Power Twitter Tips.

Need a little help with Blogging Basics?
I am a big fan of Problogger's 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. I went through the program and made friends for life. The SITS Girls do it a couple of times a year and it is a great way to grow your blog. But maybe it is a little intimidating for when you are just starting out. To remedy that Problogger has a new ebook ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging for new blogs and new bloggers. And Michelle and I are giving one away to one of her readers!

Just leave a comment about how you feel about Twitter and blogging and this "social media" thing and you will be entered for a chance to win a free copy of the ebook. You have until Satuday, May 20 midnight PST to leave your comment. We will use to select a winner.

Good luck!


Ms Michelle said...

This posting is a repost, and apologies to those that already posted to this discussion. Due to the Blogger outage yesterday, the comments made have disappeared. Credit will be entered for Jello and Megan. Am I missing anyone?

Lisa said...

I love this post so much! Great information, and you know what they say... information is power, right? Thanks for educating us all a bit more in this crazy world of blogging.

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