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.
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..
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.