A Beginners Guide to Utilizing Twitter for your Blog

Welcome to week two of this blog improvement series. I hope you had the opportunity to use some of the tools from last weeks post on Building an Engaging Facebook Page for your Blog. If so leave me a link to your Facebook page below so I can check it out!Β This week we will be talking about Twitter.

This week we will be talking about Twitter.

There is no doubt that Twitter is a major social media platform. With over 500 million tweets sent per day and over 6000 tweets per second, there is no wonder why Twitter is a bloggers dream.

Twitter is a powerhouse of knowledge, news, and fun. There is really no better place for a blogger to be than on the Twitter scene. Which is why utilizing Twitter for your blog is such a great idea. You can share as much as you want when you want how you want. you can meet other bloggers, join groups and engage in casual conversations with the world.

Blogging and Twitter really go hand in hand for most which is why I wanted to share with you in this post how to build a Twitter account for your blog and some tips and tricks to help you Improve your current Twitter use.

Building your Twitter Account

Step One: Choosing an account

Decide if you would like to use your own personal Twitter account or if you would like to create a Twitter account that is exclusively for your blog. I already had a personal Twitter account that I used to share posts from the beginning. This is the account I still use. I enjoy using my personal account to share because it links me and my personality to my Twitter a little more.

If you are looking for a more strict brand then perhaps an exclusive blog Twitter account would be best. This has many benefits also, making your twitter account easy to find and your brand clear across all social media platforms.

Step two: Create a cool about section

Twitter is all about being short and sweet, so think about a fun way to get across who you and your blog are and what people can expect to connect with by following you.

Make sure to add that you are a blogger in there and your site link.

Step three: Add your profile picture, cover photos and choose a theme

As you can see on the image below my Twitter profile is slightly more personal. Unlike my Facebook page my Twitter has my photo as the profile. Decide which way you would like to go with your Twitter. If you are keeping it personal have personal touches, and be yourself. If you are sticking to a strict brand oriented theme then be sure to stick with that. Do not confuse your followers.

When choosing a color theme stick to light colors. Heavy Twitter themes and colors will deter users from visiting your profile. Keep it, clean people.

There you have it the basics to get you started on building a great Twitter page for your blog. Check out the below tips and tricks to help you bring it to the next level!

Twitter Tips & Tricks

  • Keep it short: You are only given 140 characters to use per tweet so make it worth while. Remember you want to fit some hashtags in there also.
  • Use images as much as possible: Tweets that have an image associated with it are x3 more likely to be clicked and re tweeted.
  • Share other peoples content: This means re tweeting similar accounts, liking posts, commenting.
  • Share your blog posts anywhere from 3 – 5 times per day: Stay tuned for the social media calendar available on week five to help with this.
  • Utilize proper hashtags for every day of the week: Also available on week fives social media calendar.
  • Keep the hashtags you use to a minimum: Unlike Instagram the more hashtags you use the worse your tweet will do. Use 1-3 hashtags per tweet.
  • Connect Twitter to your blog: Set up your Twitter to your blog account so new posts are automatically tweeted when they go live.
  • Use GIF’s: GIF’s are a great way to get your posts noticed.
  • Have a quick look at the trending hashtags: Tweeting on trend is a great way to get involved in live conversations and stay in the moment which is what twitter is all about.
  • Know when to post: Just like any social media platform knowing when to post is key. Pay attention to your tweet activity, found on the right side of your profile page. This is a great way to see when you get the most activity to your account. The evening is typically the best time to tweet.

  • Celebrate wins: Announce milestones via Twitter. (Example. Just reached 300 followers #goals)Β This is a great way to share with your followers and even increase your own blog happiness. Don’t forget to share the love with others.
  • Post constantly: The median lifespan of a tweet is 24 minutes. Meaning that after 24 minutes you pretty well disappear to new viewers. Be sure to post consistently. Using the social media calendar during week five will also help you with this.
  • Offer thanks: Don’t make it all about you, send the occasional thank you tweet to those who support you. This is how you grow a true blogging family.

  • Pin tweets to your profile page: When I tweet a new blog post I often pin that tweet to my profile page for a few days or longer so that the tweet is easily visible to anyone visiting my profile. This helps with visibility. Allowing for your tweet to stay on the top of your page regardless of whatever else you share. You can pin a tweet to your profile page by selecting from the drop down on the right hand side of your tweet. Then select pin to profile (as seen below).

Don’t forget to check out last weeks post: Building an Engaging Facebook Page for your Blog

And stay tuned for next weeks post: A Beginners Guide to Pinterest for Bloggers

28 COMMENTS

  1. amindfultravellerblog | 11th Sep 17

    This was really helpful Stephanie. I am still learning a lot about Twitter, so thank you. Lorelle X

  2. Sarah Althouse | 11th Sep 17

    I wish I had had this when I first started. Although, in many ways I still feel like a newbie on Twitter!

  3. Nicole of What Nicole Wore | 11th Sep 17

    I’m still trying to figure out how to better utilize twitter for my blog so this post was SUPER helpful! Looking forward to seeing your social media calendar.

    • stephaniewp | 12th Sep 17

      Thank you! I hope that the social media calendar is helpful, it is the one I use personally and I find it has helped me big time πŸ™‚

  4. Elizabeth | 11th Sep 17

    This was really informative. As an old lady Twitter kind of intimidates me. This was helpful!

    • stephaniewp | 12th Sep 17

      I hope it helps! It is pretty fun once you get into it πŸ™‚

  5. Melissa | 12th Sep 17

    I started my blog not understanding Twitter. Now I’m starting to get all of it and at the same time enjoying it! Thanks for these tips!

    • stephaniewp | 13th Sep 17

      I didn’t understand it at first either and over time I began liking it a lot especially as a blogger. πŸ™‚

  6. Fashion Panache by Bhushavali | 12th Sep 17

    Very useful tips. Very right about the trending hashtags and using images…

  7. dazzlingzebra | 12th Sep 17

    These are super helpful posts! I just started my blog last month, and made my new facebook page: facebook.com/thedazzlingzebra/ . Hope it helps to get more traffic! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the help!

    • stephaniewp | 13th Sep 17

      Oh, exciting! I will check it out now. πŸ™‚

  8. Jill Fickling-Conyers | 12th Sep 17

    I just can’t seem to find what makes twitter work. I see a few things here I’m going to try. Thanks.

    • stephaniewp | 13th Sep 17

      I hope it helps! It took me a long long time to find a comfortable groove also!

  9. amallick | 13th Sep 17

    This is very helpful. I have added your article on Stumble.

  10. Gary | 13th Sep 17

    Good tips Steph; I’m trying to upscale my social media of late and it can drive one mad with conflicting ponderances. I feel rather behind in the overwhelm thoughts so post like this really help the focus. Not that Twitter is an alien beast; mine probably does better than my actual blog!! Could be better though so thanks for the tips πŸ™‚

    • stephaniewp | 13th Sep 17

      I hope it helps a bit. I am in no way a twitter master either but I think every little bit of knowledge helps. πŸ™‚

      • Gary | 13th Sep 17

        I think sharing anything that stops us re-inventing the wheel is really helpful. Easy to forget what might be simple to us might not be for someone else. Sharing what we’ve learnt is a very fine thing to be doing. It has helped too 😊

  11. Fred | 14th Sep 17

    Thank you for these tips. I have been neglecting my Twitter because of lack of time. I do recognize the value of images to make your twitter post stand out in a sea of words.

  12. Shell | 14th Sep 17

    Thanks so much for these helpful tips! Twitter is something I struggle with but I will apply your tips πŸ™‚

  13. iamemgee | 15th Sep 17

    Really really helpful. Thanks for the tips. I have a twitter, but i seldom use it. Am already on facebook and IG, and can’t manage more since i’m still working. Thanks fir this! ☺️

  14. joyfulsource | 16th Sep 17

    You are so right about your very useful advice and tips! I am bookmarking this and definitely sharing my friends, thank you!

  15. Emma Louise | 16th Sep 17

    Hi Stephanie thanks for these tips. My FB page link is http://www.facebook.com/missclicky as you said leave your link.

    • stephaniewp | 18th Sep 17

      Hi Emma. Your page looks great. Your purpose is clear and it looks like you are not posting too often so that won’t deter readers. If you include a Facebook page link on your blog home page I imagine it won’t take long until you have even more followers πŸ™‚

  16. Ruth Daly | 17th Sep 17

    All very useful! I’m pinning it to my writing board so I can refer to it again πŸ™‚

    • stephaniewp | 18th Sep 17

      That’s great! I hope you find it useful! πŸ™‚

  17. Janice Wald | 17th Sep 17

    HI Stephanie,
    I follow these tips. May I offer a testimonial? As a result, I have over 13,200 Twitter followers! I love Twitter and use it daily! I’m off to read your Facebook article backlink. Tweeted!
    Janice

    • stephaniewp | 18th Sep 17

      Wow thanks for the feedback Janice! I have a long way to go to have that many followers. But it is nice to know that the concept is the same for all, regardless of the follower amount.

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