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10 Twitter Tips For Newbies

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Twitter Tips To Get You Started Right

This past week I have talked to a few people about how effective Twitter is and if it is worth your time.

I of course said.. “Ummmm Yes!”

Their main complaint is that Twitter has to much noise/garbage to be a benefit to anyone. Now I agree there is A LOT of noise, but you can control the noise, so if it is still bothering you then it is Your Fault!

You alone control how you use Twitter..That is one of my twitter tips for you  and you alone control what you see and don’t see, you alone control the noise, so stop complaining about the noise and fix it.

But JP, How do I do such a magical thing as to quiet the Noise?  Well my friend.. this is how…twitter tips

You have complete control of…

who you follow
who you list


how you tweet
what you tweet.

All these things are what make your time on Twitter noisy or a benefit to you and your blog.

Since many people have started or will start on Twitter the wrong way.. I figured I would take it back to the basics., way a back.  This will help you get a strong foundation to build your Twitter marketing efforts off of.

10 Twitter Tips To Help You Get More Out Of Twitter.

 

Shrink Your URLs

You will be sharing helpful links on Twitter and since you only have 140 characters to work with, you  need to shrink your links down.

Take this http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/overcome-blogging-fears-to-have-success-in-2011/

Make it this http://ow.ly/3FH55

Takes people to the same place, but save room for you to write your message.

I use Hootsuite’s ow.ly and bit.ly for all my links.

ReTweet  Followers Tweets

If you want to share someone’s tweet then you can either RT it @ their name or you can use the ReTweet button on Twitter.

I still use the RT @name, since this way I can add a message to the tweet if I choose to, also this way the tweeter will see that you RTd their tweet. This is one of those twitter tips that’s good for people that don’t check the ReTweets section, and won’t see who RTd.. I never check that :)

Check Your Direct Messages

Another great Twitter tip is to use Direct Messages. Yes I know.. most of the DM’s you get are spam.. mine too, but I still get a few quality DM’s a day.  DM’s work like a mini email system, letting you private message people who you follow and follow you.

Use this wisely.. you can quickly become a spammer if you use over do it with DMs.. less is more here.

Use @ Sign To Tweet Someone

When you want to message someone on the stream you just have to use @thiername to have them see what you said.

NOW…this can be used for good and for bad.

The Good, if you want to chat with someone or ask a question or RT their tweet.

The Bad, when you use it to tweet them links to your crap that they may or may not want to see or share with their followers. This is Spam! “Most annoying of all twitter tips.”

A much better way to share links is to DM that person with it, giving them the option to share or not to share.

Do Your  #FollowFriday

On Friday, people like to thank special followers for that week and you can do that by using #FF or #Follow Friday then the name’s of your followers you want to mention.

This is a great way to thank followers for the week they have RT’d your posts during the week.

Why do #FF?

You get in front of all the followers of the follower you did a #FF too.

Chances are they will #FF you back.

Great way to say Thank You, helps strengthen your community on Twitter.

It’s a great way to keep yourself in front of your followers each week so they don’t forget you.

Use Lists To Clean Your Stream

Using Lists is one of those twitter tips that help you build customized streams you can follow.  If you’re a blogger, then you can have a list of Top Bloggers.  Now when you go into that lists stream you will only see tweets from the bloggers you have added.

This is a great way to get away from the “Noise” on your main stream.  You can make list for anything you like, team members, news outlets, local businesses, friends, family, anything really.

For me, I spend all my time between my @Replies stream and my bloggers, and entrepreneurs list streams.  I VERY rarely visit Twitters main stream.

Share Pictures

People like pictures, so why not share some with your followers.

Now even though pictures are a great thing to share, they are not as helpful as a piece of well written content. So keep your picture sharing to no more than 2 -3 per day. The best pics to share are personal pics, funny pics, and motivational pics.

Pics you share can be anything, things from your personal life, or something funny you see, just be creative and be careful. Remember this is the internet, so careful of what personal pics you share.

Use A Desktop Client

Some people like to do all their Twitter tasks off of Twitter. You can do that with a desktop client like Hootsuite.

These make managing your tweeting easier and in a more customizable way, time saving Twitter tips.

Now I use Hootsuite for tweets… that’s all.  I monitor all my Twitter tasks right on Twitter. I focus on my @replies stream, my lists streams and DM stream..and this has worked for my nicely.

Get A Mobile App

I use Plume Free version for Android and so far it is great.  I can do everything I do on Twitter on that app. Makes life easier  too when you send a tweet out and have to walk away from the comp.. you can still be available to reply and engage people.

I talked about mobile apps in this earlier post, Top 10 Android Apps For Bloggers

As a newbie user of Twitter, these twitter tips will help you started right.

You need to get the basics down first before you try to go all out with your Twitter marketing efforts.

Once you have these basics down, then you can learn how to build a community on Twitter and better your marketing efforts by grabbing my Free Marketing With Twitter Guide.

Oh yea, don’t forget to follow me @JohnAguiar :)

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  • http://kenclickrich.com/blog/ ken

    Hi John, thanks for the tips specially the Do Your  #Follow Friday

  • http://eokuldostu.com/ Eko Dost

    Very valuable tips. Thanks for sharing.

  • Edward Bartholomew

    Thank you for this info dude if you have gone to post another social site post it will be helpful for us.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Glad you liked the post Edward :)

  • Nikki Ray

    Thank you for this very well written post! I am just discovering your blog and loving it already! I will be following. =)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Thank U Nikki.. glad u like the post and blog. Visit as much as u like :)

  • http://jacobyount.com/ Jacob Yount

    A good post and hard to add to it.. but I will try.

    Newbies, be engaging! One way I decide if I want to follow someone back or not is to see how many “@” they have in their stream. If they don’t – that means they don’t respond and they don’t engage. It would be like being in a room and you say something and nobody comments on that and instead simply starts talking about a completely different topic. Less self, more them.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Jacob.. it is all about engaging and being available. Without them nothing else matters. :)

  • http://twitter.com/muller_adam Adam Muller

    This is very helpful!
    The most common complaint i hear from those who misunderstand Twitter is the amount of tweets their feed gets and how overwhelming it is to sort out the noise. Your list suggestion is a great cure for that. Thanks for the tools!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Thanks Adam.. glad u liked the post.. hope it helps. :)

  • http://www.callbox.com.my/ Christine Steffensen

    Thanks for #FF tips. I never how does one works or how does it functions. Thanks JP. I’m quite new to twitter so these are really helpful tips you posted. :)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Happy they are helping you Christine :)

  • Michael J. Bernard

    awesome advise, thanks a million $!

  • http://lorrainemariereguly.wordpress.com/ Lorraine Marie Reguly

    I am fairly new to Twitter and don’t have any idea about lists. What do you suggest I do?

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Lorraine, take some time to read thru a few of my Twitter psots you will find on the blog.. that will give you a good idea of where to get started.. or you can grab my free Twitter guide I have in the footer :)

  • http://www.callboxinc.com/ Belinda Summers

    Useful tips in handy. I totally agree, twitter is one social media platform that is hard to penetrate. It’s so past facing that in a matter of a glance you’ll get hundreds of tweets. These are great tips for your post to get noticed. Thanks JP. :)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Thanks Belinda,, Hope they help you :)

  • John Lewis

    Hi, John. It’s John. :) Thanks again for following me first on Twitter. This article is very powerful stuff. I’m in the middle of reading a ‘how-to’ book on Twitter, but I’m a little side-tracked with a higher priority project, so I don’t know if the book covers the subject of my concern. In this article you mentioned creating lists on Twitter, and I have done so. Yet I don’t know how to create a DM or @Replies list. Any helpful pointers would be appreciated. Question: Is the DM list for direct messages I’ve yet to read or must I move them into the DM list after they’re read. If they must be moved, how? Also, is the @Replies list used for my replies or their replies? Thanks. I sound like a complete newbie, don’t I? It feels good to be a seeker. :) By the way, I like the way this comment box expands on its own as I type. Nice job!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    You don’t make a list for DMs since your DMs is already a separate thing. U don’t need a lsit for replies either.. lists are made to hold people you want separated into sections.. like coworkers, or twitter pros, or small biz pros etc…

  • http://www.extremejohn.com/ Extreme John

    I’m hardly a newbie, but it’s always nice to have a refresher about the best practices. A perfect dosage of reminder.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Yea man, this one goes way back.. but the fundamentals never change. Good to see you back in action everywhere.

  • http://www.extremejohn.com/ Extreme John

    Classics are often the best ;) Glad to be back!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    very true :)