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8 Golden Rules To Attract Twitter Traffic

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Twitter Traffic Rules To Follow

With the new changes to Google Instant and how it is affecting results, Twitter traffic is becoming even more important.

Twitter has been in my top 3 traffic sources for about a year now. On average, my blog receives about 200 – 500 visits a day from Twitter. Not bad for free traffic that doesn’t take that much effort.

There are a few rules you can follow to attract more Twitter traffic to your blog each day.twitter traffic

Golden Rules For More Twitter Traffic

Write A Great Profile

Your profile is the second most important part of your twitter page, behind only the tweets you put out. As I shared on Twitter Profiles – Do They Matter?

Now with the new Twitter design, your background image is a non issue, which makes a good profile even more important.

Your profile should a mix of a lil biz and a lil funny with a touch of personal. This will give you the best chance to first, get you more followers and second, send you more Twitter traffic to your blog.

Find Targeted Followers

Having targeted followers is the most important thing you can do to drive more twitter traffic.  I am also a fan of having a lot of followers too :)

But doesn’t matter if you have 1000 followers or 100,000, if they are not targeted, then you are wasting your time.

Ok so what is a “Targeted” follower?  It’s simple, if your blog is about women’s clothes, then you want to follow mainly women. Since men won’t ever be interested in the clothes you sell, at least I hope not, haha

Following only women will give you the best chance to have them RT your tweets, and then visit your blog and finally buy some clothes.

Be In The Conversation

To get the results you want from Twitter, you will need to be there and interact with your followers.

The more you are in the conversation, the more people will read and share what you tweet, and the more twitter traffic you will see coming to your blog.

This means, reply to @messages, reply to DM’s, acknowledge people when they RT or comment on your tweet.  It’s amazing how much a “TY for the RT” will go when people share your tweets.

Your goal really is to build a small community on Twitter as if it was your blog, then slowly motivate them to visit your blog with great content.

Your Post Title Has Power

When your blog post title clearly explains the content of the post, you improve the chances that others will RT your post.

One of my readers the other day left me a comment saying “John, I like that your titles always match what the posts covers,, thanks”

I have always matched my title to what the post covered, but I didn’t know it had that much power.

I know link bait is a big thing, and for the right niche, it works really well, but in the wrong niche, or if you get to creative with the bait, you may trick people once, but chances are you will never get that ready to read another post from you in the future.

So keep your titles creative but targeted to your posts content.

Keep Tweets Flowing

Staying active and your stream filled with great content is the best way to get more Twitter traffic back tou your blog or site.

Now that doesn’t mean to tweet every 5 min 24 hrs a day haha

For me, I tweet in chunks, a chunk in the morning another chunk in the afternoon, another chunk at night.

This way it keeps me in front of as many eyes thru out the day, and also let’s me be on Twitter to engage with my followers as I am tweeting, but still gives me time thru the day to walk away from Twitter when I am not tweeting.

I know, crazy thought, I hear you now.. “Walk Away From Twitter?”  I can’t do it John, I just can’t lol

Trust me, it wasn’t easy for me either, you see I have a small addictive personality, my mind say’s 2 hrs good but 12 hrs much better Johnny :)

But it will let you will be happier, and more active when you are on Twitter when you break it up into chunks thru the day.

Know When To Tweet

This one rule is the reason I have doubled my twitter traffic in the last 8 months.

When you only tweet your posts in the morning each time, then you are most likely sharing your post with the same people each and everyday.  So to get your post in front of the most amount of people as you can, then you need to send it out thru out the day and night.

This way you will be in front of people that may only get on Twitter after work, or at night when the kids are asleep, you will also hit all the different time zones.

To get the most Twitter traffic back to you blog, then you will need to tweet every 4-5 hrs.

Try to tweet in the Morning, Afternoon, Evening, and Late At Night.

Don’t spam Don’t Spam Don’t Spam

Lately I have been hit with a good amount of annoying spam from real people, real bloggers.  Now I’m used to the usually spam from bots, or spammers, but to get spam from other bloggers, is ridiculous.

Now what is spam on Twitter?

If you tweet links every 5 min, You are Spam
If you ONLY tweet your links, You are Spam
If you fill my stream with 10 tweets at once, You are Spam
If your DM me every day with the same crap, You are Spam
If you tweet me your link, Yes, Your are Spam Too

This last one is really bad, normally when a bot or spammer tweets me their teeth whitening crap, I report as spam and move on.

But lately I have had a couple bloggers tweet me their links, and yes that is annoying and is spam too. So they got un-followed.

If you want someone to see or RT your post, then email them, or DM them and give them the opportunity to read it and share it if they like it.

When you tweet me your link, you are no better then a teeth whitening spammer, not a good look for a “blogger”

Track Your Stats

The best way to get good stats on your tweets, is to use a url shortener. I use HootSuite for this and about 20 other cool features. HootSuite is a tool you will use daily and save you a good amount of time.

Stats let you see how many clicks your tweet got, and also what time of the day it got the most luv.  I also change my tweet title for th same post thru the day, and I track the stats for both.

I’m not to big on the stats, but it is a nice way to get a fast real time look at how more Twitter traffic is going back to your blog for each tweet.

Hopefully today’s post has given you solid look into how you can drive Twitter  traffic to your blog/site each day.

So how well has these Golden Rules worked for me?

Below is a 3 day look at my Twitter traffic..

twitter stats

That worked out to be 1100 visits, and it goes up or down a little depending how popular the posts were that week. So not to bad so far.

Your turn – how are you using Twitter?  Are you happy with the results you are seeing?

If not, then try these rules for a few weeks and see how they work for you.

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  • http://twitter.com/firstfound FirstFound – SEO

    Some good stuff there, but I’m skeptical about how much attention people pay to profiles.

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

    TY for the comment. Trust me,, people read profiles, if you come of to spammy people will not follow you.

    Test profiles.. and see what happens. I did it on another post.,. results were big.

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  • http://myzerowaste.com Mrs Green

    Thank you John; this is such a useful post. I’m wondering if you have a favourite tool for searching for people in your niche as per tip 2 about finding targeted followers.

    Tweeting at different times during the day is definitely something I can put into practise – I tend to tweet Monday to Friday in the mornings only

    I’ve read some sources say you should only post half a dozen tweets or so per day; do you have an opinion on that?

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

    Posting only 6 tweets a day is ridiculous, and probably comes from lazy people that get no results with Twitter.

    i find targeted people thru Twitter search, simple and easiest way.

    Yea, tweeting thru out the day is your best way to get the most on eyes all your tweets :)

  • http://www.newbizblogger.com Michele Welch

    In actuality… nope, not very satisfied with my Twitter results. Know I can do better. I created a strategic plan not too long ago and haven’t really followed it regularly.

    Goes to show you, you can know something intellectually but if you don’t put it into action it won’t make a difference. Time to step it up. Thanks for the reminder. =)

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

    Yea Michele, it really is all about taking Action, so simple, yet most people never take that first step.

    Glad I could motivate you to get started :)

  • http://www.abnormalmarketing.com/ fionamceachran

    These 8 rules for managing your Twitter traffic and engaging in the proper use of Twitter – are excellent. I know what you mean about spam from REAL bloggers – it’s insane. Some people still just don’t get that social media does not equal you + megaphone.
    But spams aside, I’ve met some awesome people through Twitter, and gained some amazing clients, so I love it. Thanks John for sharing.

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

    Fiona.. TY for the comment. I agree with you on bloggers just dont get it.

    But luckily, the good out weighs the bad on Twitter for me.. and I have met some great people too and continue too.. That’s what I focus on and dump the rest.

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  • http://www.wonderoftech.com/feed/ Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    Believe it or not, just as I was reading your line about thanking someone for a retweet, you tweeted a thank you to me for a retweet. Way to live what you preach.

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

    You have to practice what you preach :)

  • http://BasicBlogTips.com Ileane

    Hi John, thanks for the tips. What tools are you using to schedule tweets? Have you tried Timely or Pluggio yet?

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

    Your welcome. I use Hootsuite. My New Twitter Dummy course will cover exactly how I use Hoot.. great tool.

  • http://cashcampfire.com Christina Crowe

    Hi John,

    Great tips. I like your idea to tweet at different times of the day to reach the most people. While it sounds like a good idea, however, I’m a tad hesitant about tweeting a post more than once. But it seems to be working well for you, so maybe I’ll give it a try.

    Thanks for the awesome read!


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

    TY for the comment Christina.

    Yea you have to send that post out more then once.. people are on Twitter at different times.. so it is silly to think you will get them all to see your post.

    Now that doesn’t mean to tweet it out 20 times lol 2-3 time sis fine.

    The point of putting your post on Twitter is to get people to see it, then read it right? So why not give yourself the best chance to get in front as many people as you can.

  • http://twitter.com/michellecruble Michelle Ruble

    Thank you for this – starting a twitter with a joint venture I am working on with a very specific niche, building from zero… thanks for the reminders.

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

    Hope the post helps you with your new niche. Just build your Twitter acct slow.. starting at zero.. Twitter TOS is a lil more strict with what u can and cant do.

  • maque

    Thanks  for the info about what twitter spam is :)

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

    Happy to help :)

  • Gail Hart

    Tks John – Hootsuite is better than expected.  Nice addage!

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

    Glad you liked the list Gail :)

  • Praverb

    Hello John,

    To answer your question. I am happy with how I use Twitter yet there is room for improvement. I actually study tweeting habits. I think I need to tweet links multiple times during the day to reach the most people.

    Do you participate in Twitter Chats?

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

    I do Twitter chats sometimes. The ones I have done have been great.

  • Praverb

    That is awesome…thank you very much for responding.

  • http://bivori.com/ Suresh Khanal

    Agreed with all of your points. Because the life span of tweets is too short, it is good idea to post in every 4 or 5 hours.

    At the same time the title of post is really responsible to get clicks and drive traffic from twitter.

    Very effective tips.

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

    Yea, you have to re-share it to give yourself the best chance to get in front of people that pop into Twitter thru out the day.

  • http://tomjamieson.com/ Tom Jamieson

    Hey John Paul, very good list here. I think a lot of people completely miss the fact that Twitter is more than about sharing — it’s about engaging. I like your point about being in the conversation. That’s so important, not just on Twitter, but across all SM platforms. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

  • James Miller

    I want to make sure I understand something. You prefer someone send you their link in a private fashion (email or DM) rather than tweet it to you? Is that so you’re not “on the spot” publicly?

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

    Tweeting e link “at me” is SPAM.. it’s no different then the guy who tweets you his teeth whitening, or porn, or any other product link.

    If you want me to see a link to a post of yours and want me to share it.. then ask me first by emailing it to me, or DM it to me. That way you leave it up to me to decide to share it or not.

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

    Tom, every platform at its core works the same. If you want succeess you need to be active and in the conversation. There is no way around that.

    People just don’t want to put the work in and keep looking for a magic bullet that doesn’t exist lol

  • Carl Ramallo

    Hi John Paul,

    Great post. I believe it is called Social Media for a reason, people need to engage and stop promoting & spamming so much. The Golden Rules are so true, Especially, when to Tweet and giving Thanks for a RT. Also, following your Target Market is Key. Thanks for sharing.

    Carl Ramallo :)

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

    Thanks for stopping by Carl. Funny who knew you had to be social in Social Media haha

  • Thomas Daniels

    Great post man,love your work!!

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

    Appreciate that Thomas

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