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Top 15 Ways Twitter Can Make You A Blogging Pro

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Be A Blogging Pro – Top 15 Ways Twitter Can Help

If you have followed me on my blog here or on Twitter @JohnAguiar, then you know I am a BIG believer in Twitter marketing and community building. I have been on Twitter for over a year now it is hard not to see the benefits Twitter can bring to a wanna be blogging pro.

Most people get on Twitter and they start tweeting about their random daily things, like “I had eggs and coffee for breakfast” people really don’t care what your eat..lol or they try to use every one of their 140 characters.

TIP:  people like to read shorter to the point tweets, it also gives them room to RT and comment. blogging pro, be a blogger, twitter marketing

The good news is as you spend more time on Twitter you will slowly become a Tweeting pro, you will start to pay attention to what you say and the best way to say it within your given 140 characters.

Below is my Top 15 Ways Twitter will make you a blogging pro in no time…

Ask Questions

There is so many great twitter conversations and information shared on Twitter, so make use of this, jump into conversations and ask questions, bloggers are really there to help and they will if you go at them in a nice, non spammy way!

Get To The Point

140 characters force you to get the point quickly, take this to you blog writing, and remove all the extra chit chat, and get to your point, your readers will luv you for it.

Drive Traffic To Your Blog

Twitter is one of the best social sites for driving immediate traffic to your blog, it’s funny how cool a feeling it is to post a tweet on a new blog post and watch as the RTs add up, silly I know, but still very cool. :)

Make Friends

You joined Twitter to connect with people right?  Twitter is a great place to make blogging friends, you share ideas, RTs, comments and your blogging know how.

Give Freely

Twitter makes it so simple to give support to your new friends. The more you share freely, and stay open to answering questions, the more your followers will want to follow you on your blog too.

Post Inspiration

If you spend anytime viewing your stream you will see a huge amount of information on different topics, ideas, and news.  This makes it very easy for you to get a new post idea, and start writing.

Get Focused

Once you are on Twitter, you will learn to tweet on topic. With Twitter, Less Is More!  Learning what to say – when to say it and how many times to say it will have a big impact on your blogging. This will help you keep your blogging on point, and laser focused.

Listen To Your Followers

On Twitter people will express their love or hate for you or your ideas,  this is why Twitter is a great place to listen to your readers.

If they like it, ask why and do it again and again.

If they hate it, ask why and tweak it.

Getting feedback on Twitter is easy, no polls, no questionnaires, just tweet and listen.

Learn Then – Learn More

My only complaint with Twitter is the amount of great FREE information that is thrown at you on a daily basis. Twitter is the worlds RSS feed.

The trick is to cut thru the BS and find resources/bloggers that consistently offer valuable, helpful information.

Promote Yourself

Promoting you and your blog on Twitter is a no brainer, and when done right, will have a long term positive effect.

Writing a strong bio, and adding a link to your blog is a simple way to start the promo wheel turning. Then you want to promote your posts to Twitter a couple times a day.

I know some of you are thinking “ohhh nooo I don’t want to promotttte on Twitterr and bee a spammmmerrrr”  but take a deap breathe and relax, promoting yourself on Twitter is fine, the issue comes HOW you promote.

Now if your promoing a new post 30 times a day, or share affiliate links 100 times a day, and never really engage within your Twitter community, then YES you would be a spammer!

But when done correctly, promoting on Twitter will have only positive results for you.

Always Be Honest

Twitter will find BS and let the world know, so being honest and transparent is the only way to go.  Show who you are, if you luv something tell people. If you hate something, tell people.

Your Twitter followers will thank you for your honest opinion whether they agree with it or not.

Be Social – Engage

I’m sure you have heard me say to engage your readers and build a community around them many many times haha.

I push this hard core because it works!  You joined Twitter to meet people and chit chat, right? Yet many people get on and slowly lose why they got on Twitter in the first place.

Market Timing

Like I shared on Learn More above, Twitter really is the worlds RSS feed.

Want to know what is hot in your niche?  Just read your stream.

Want to know the most timely news? Read your stream.

As a blogger this is awesome, since this will give you relevant timely ideas to write about.

BS Goggles

Yes, as you spend more and more time on Twitter you will start to see things thru your BS Goggles and easily see what is real and what is garbage.

Twitter has a huge amount of helpful information for bloggers, but it also has a huge amount of BS, so when reading thru your stream, keep your Goggles ready haha

Knowing what is real or BS will help you as a blogger to write a better quality post.

Find Blogging Partners

I am a BIG believer in having blogging friends. Blogging is a group activity, and the more blogging friends you have the more success your blog will have.

I trust in Twitters power to make you a better blogger.  I use Twitter every day, but there are many many things I see bloggers doing on Twitter that is counter-productive.

These 15 tips combined with what you can learn with Twitter Dummy, will get you well on your way to using Twitter to make you a blogging pro.

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  • danielsnyder

    Hey JP, I like how you get your posts across – straight to the point, nice headers to scan… makes reading a pleasure. And of course this is a great topic, I think the “Be social, engage” point is the key to it all… Trying to engage more, and it takes work and time! I'm joining the team of Blogging Partners tho. 😉

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

    Man you know your welcome as a Blogging Partner any time :)

    I'm glad you see my simple writing style, and enjoy it. I think star8 to the point is best, it's the posts I like to read myself.

    I agree, Engage is the most important, that's where it all starts, and yea, it takes a lil more time and effort, but the results are worth it.

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  • http://twitter.com/sweetsfoods sweetsfoods

    Full agree in the concepts building a community, is a must, in everyplace possible!
    I'd like to add using twitter lists, to manage your streams in categories and add them to HootSuite, TweetDeck or your twitter applications. You can improve, a lot several of the points mentioned, with a good & classified information in real time.

    All the best,

    Gera

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  • Devesh

    Hey John or should i call you ..”Twitter Guru” :D.

    Great Post man. I'm currently using twitter for marketing and making friends.
    Thanks for sharing this great Post.

    ~Dev

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

    Gera. Glad to see you got thru. Yea Twitter lists are good, I use them daily, I havn't really read my “Stream” in months.

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

    lol I wish I was Guru man.. TY for the comment Dev. Yea Twitter marketing takes a lil bit of work, but it is all worth it.

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

    Man I was expecting you to be first haha

    I kept it pretty simple and basic to get people to see the potential in Twitter for bloggers.

    Oh and I'm still reading your posts on Article Marketing :) Good Stuff.

  • http://www.joshgarcia.com/ Josh Garcia

    Couldn't be first today…I got caught up working on other stuff. Plus I'm in the process of creating video #2 from yesterdays post.

    I did a webinar on Article marketing. It rocked!!!! I'm going to edit the recording and release it for list building. :)

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

    Sounds good,, Keep it up man

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

    Hey Ryan…TY for the comment.. Glad you enjoyed the post :)

  • http://www.onlinerealestateblog.com/ Josh Garcia

    Hey John,

    Great way to put this together. It is clean and easy to understand. I’ve seen a handful of twitter tips and this is by far one of the best ones.

    Chat with you later…
    Josh

  • http://cajunchefryan.rymocs.com/blog2/ Cajunchefryan

    John, great tips here, learning so much and this is a wonderful resource!

    CCR
    =:~)

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  • neilmacdonald

    Hey John Paul,

    I just started to tweet my posts, and RT some others. I'm finding it a bit tough to remember to do it :) I've tried a couple of apps, but they don't seem to do a very good job. I guess I just have to remember to put it in my schedule.

    Thanks for the pointers,

    Neil

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

    Neil..TY for the comment. Yea First thing I do after post goes live is tweet it. It's a habit now haha

    If you focus on tweeting it a few times thru the day, I promise you you will start to drive a nice stream of traffic to your blog.

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

    Hey Michael.. Glad you liked the post.

    Yea, the community building is important on Twitter and your blog. Blogging as a lone wolf is crazy and a waste of time.. we all need blogging friends :)

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

    Charlene, TY for your first comment. :) I remember you from Twitter

    Yes it is a tool that does have some rules, simple rules but rules you need to follow.

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

    Stephanie.. TY for your first comment..

    Yes your Twitter streams can be a great place for new post ideas, the worlds RSS feed :)

    Long sales lettewrs.. oh boy, you may not like my http://www.TwitterDummy.net page :)

  • http://www.lickshunmewah.com Michael

    Hey John

    Thanks for posting these great tips. I really like and agree with your last point – building community and giving value is key to blogging success.

    Cheers

    Michael

  • http://StephanieChandler.com Stephanie Chandler

    Great post, John! I often use my Twitter feed to break up “blogger’s block.” When I’m in a pinch for topics to write about, surfing through my feeds on TweetDeck almost always inspires some idea–like a different way I’d like to approach a topic or a controversial opinion I want to share (I recently wrote a post about why I hate long-form sales letters after spotting a series of these links on Twitter!). Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/CRagsdale Charlene Ragsdale

    Hi JP, I follow you on Twitter (I am @CRagsdale and @SuccessCharlene). I agree with you completely. Twitter is an amazing Social Tool – but as with any Tool, there are rules of use/engagement.

    I appreciate your tips and see you on Twitter soon

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  • moneyandrisk

    JP, great post as always. Whenever I surf during my little itty bitty personal time, you make it worthwhile.

    I absolutely agree with you that people forget why they get on Twitter. There are so many things that irritate me as a normal human being about Twitter behaviors that I'm almost ready to write an ode.

    This is my favorite Twitter thing to make fun of. I follow someone in a niche because I'm interested in what they have to say. I don't expect to be followed back. I get an auto response that said, “Thank you for following me, I really look forward to hearing from you and what you have to say.” Or the “I really look forward to conversations that we'll have.”

    But…. they don't follow back. How are you going to hear me if you don't even know I exist or see what I say.

    It's an instant unfollow for me. I can get the same information from someone else who won't be a marketer.

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

    haha well worth the extra effort to get your comment in :) I agree 1000%, I get the same auto DMs.. and I just laugh at another moron that is following 2 year old twitter tips. Now I auto DM,, theres nothing wrong with it, but I say something like “thank you, i hope you like my tweets.” and I follow back.

    Like I said in an old post, I'm not that important that I feel I don't need to follow people back.

    I give them the beni, if they stay cool I keep them, if they get ignorant or spammy, I dump them.

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  • dragonblogger

    Excellent and true, I am amazed by your Twitter following? What is your secret to amassing more than 50k Twitter users?

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

    Justin..TY for the comment.

    My secret is basically what I shared on the post, and what I talk about in my Twitter guide, Twitter Dummy.

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  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyRyanMusic Johnny Ryan

    I reallly appreciate these morsels of wisdom John Paul. I'm a fledgling blogger who is hungry and on fire to learn as much as I can to become the best blogger I can be. I look forward to your next post.

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

    Johnny..TY for your first Comment :) Glad you liked that post… As far as more info, read thru the blog.,.. and if you have any questions, let me know.

  • Adriane Sanford

    Great post John and very useful tips. However, the time management element is not being addressed. As a small business, finding time to manage one’s twitter stream and also blog can be a bit overwhelming. Social Networking Sites are important for engaging, branding, sharing, but trying to manage it all can be a challenge. I am a fledgling blogger and I do blog once a month. I am now following you thanks for the information

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

    Adriane.. TY for the comment. You only blog once a month, then your probably better off not blogging.. once a month is way to low to ever move that blog forward.

    I agree blogging and Twitter take some time.. but the results you get from both when you put that time in is worth it.

  • http://andbreak.com/ Julius

    Nice post John. To be honest I haven't been using Twitter very effectively but I will try to do my best. I liked all the points you mentioned here and there are many ways you can use Twitter creatively.

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

    Julius.. Glad you liked th epsot. I'm willing to give you my Twitter Dummy Guide.. to help you with Twitter. if your willing to do a review of it after you use it a lil ?

    Email em let me know.

  • http://motivatory.com Richard Chidike | Motivatory

    over the last few days.. i have been looking for some nice tips on twitter and this si simply the most comprehensive of all my findings. great work man!

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

    Richard…TY for the comment.. Glad you like the post :)

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

    Richard…TY for the comment.. Glad you like the post :)

  • http://twitter.com/i_luv_celebrity mishedew

    I appreciate the tips that you’ve shared. I have to say that twittering is a great way to share people with some news. Just make it simple is also important in writing on Twitter

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

    Glad you liked the post. Hope it helps. I agree, simple is best :)

  • http://www.earnmoney-fromhome.com/blog2 bryanwongyh

    hey JP, just with regards to your followers do you have any software or tool you use to chat with them. I’m using TweetDeck but I don’t think you can do that right? Or do you just use Twitter list?

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

    I use Tweetdeck on n off.. mainly I stay with Hootsuite and Twitter, and keep lists of main peoople I want to stay updated with.

  • http://www.earnmoney-fromhome.com/blog2 bryanwongyh

    ooh ok.. thx for your advice

  • http://www.techpupil.com Jeevan Jacob John

    I agree with you. All this could be shortened to one phrase : Tweet Differentely (compared to others).

    Thanks for the great post !

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

    TY for the comment Jeevan. You dont have to be different then others, but you need to do what works and don’t do what isnt working. and not do the things people tell you when it isnt working for them.

  • http://www.techpupil.com Jeevan Jacob John

    Welcome ! anyway, Great Article. I think your 15 steps would really help newbie bloggers.

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

    Glad you like the tips :)

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