Top 10 Twitter tips for 2011:
1. Do Not Auto Tweet
There is so much spam on twitter that people do not automatically “follow back” like they used too. Most people will now look at your profile to see your tweets and how natural they look.
If your twitter account is posting updates every 20 minutes for the past 24 hours, then obviously you’re using some type of software and people will not follow you back. The only “follow backs” you will get is from other automated accounts that automatically follow back anybody that follows them. You’ve seen these accounts before. They are following 50,000 people and they have 50,000 people following them back.
2. Do Not Post Too many links
Unless you’re Bloomberg News, there is no reason to include a link every time you post a Tweet. That will start to annoy some people and they will unfollow you. There is nothing wrong with posting links, but you have to mix it up a little bit.
For every link you post, you should probably post 3-5 tweets that do not have links. Once again, there are so many spam accounts that it’s hard to tell which accounts are real and fake. People might mistake you for a spam account and block you if all your tweets have links.
Some of these 3rd party apps will automatically post updates to your Twitter account without you knowing it. Most of the time these are promotional links promoting the App you just authorized or it’s promoting another website.
Either way, these auto tweets that are sent out have a robotic feel, or it usually has a link. Be cautious who you authorize you access your twitter account.
4. Replay To People That “Mention” You
Always reply to people that mention you! Twitter is a social network and the whole point of Twitter is to connect with people. If you have 12 Million followers like Justin Bieber, then obviously you can’t respond to everybody.
If you only have a couple thousand followers and you’re not a celebrity, then I doubt you get that many “mentions” per day. If you get into a habit of not responding to people, then some will get offended and unfollow you.
5. Do Not Abuse the “Retweet” Button
Retweet something useful that you believe your followers will benefit from. I do not know why people retweet “nice things” that someone else have said about them or their company. That retweet is not useful to anyone except you =]
6. Don’t Abuse Hash Tags (#)
Hash tags are great, but if you include too many in your tweets it will look like spam. One hash tag in a tweet looks normal, but if you have 6 hash tags in your tweet , then people start to wonder or they may just block you right away. There is nothing wrong with using hash tags, but using them too much looks suspiciously like a spam account.
7. Check Your Inbox
Some people actually send you direct messages to your inbox. A lot of the messages are automated, but sometimes you actually get a real message from someone who has a question.
Check your inbox often and unfollow anybody who has sent you an automated direct message. If there direct message was automated, then chances are their tweets are automated too.
If you want to start up a conversation with someone, then use the “search” box and type in a subject that you want to discuss. For example, if you want to talk about the new Mercedes CLS63 AMG, then type that into the search function and you will see a timeline full people talking about that specific subject. You can then “mention” those people and start a conversation.
9. Fill out your bio
This seems like a no brainer, but I still see Twitter accounts with a blank bio. Right away people will think the account is fake and not follow you. It only takes 2 minutes to fill out the bio and add a link to your website. Say something personal about yourself and not your profession.
Everybody on twitter is an SEO expert so I would avoid saying that even if you are. Instead say something like, “I fascinated with computers and building websites. When im not optimizing my website, I’m watching Netflix and eating pizza.” Now that sounds like a real person, and there is a 100% chance that I will check out the person’s website.
Twitter is not like LinkedIn! You can relax, have a cocktail, roll up your sleeves, and loosen up that tie.
10. Custom Background
This is not necessary, but a custom background gives you a chance to express yourself and/or get people familiar with your brand. Most people have custom backgrounds, but I still see a few people who do not take advantage of this feature. This also proves to people that you are real because most spam accounts will not bother customizing anything.
The best way to engage your follows is to ask questions. Everyone likes to answer questions because they like to share their point of views. You can ask questions you already know the answer too just to start a conversation.
One time I asked, “What doesn’t SEO mean?” You can imagine what happened. I got responses from people that were not even following me, but it made good conversation plus it helped me find the real people to follow opposed to the automated accounts.
If you have any other tips that I have missed, leave them in the comments and share the knowledge. If you found this post informative, then I would appreciate if you would bookmark this post or share this on Twitter or Facebook. Thank you for the reading Twitter 2011 tips 🙂
To your internet success,
– Anastasiya Petrova