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November 23, 2012

Top Twitter Tips for Bloggers

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Twitter is simple to use and if you know what you're doing, it can be a great traffic source for your website. From your profile to the way you tweet and interact with others on Twitter, everything you do or don't do matters. Let's start at the beginning.

Twitter Profile

1. Your Picture - It's always a good idea to have an actual picture of yourself, not your dog, your cat, an avatar that slightly resembles you or even worse the forsaken default Twitter profile picture....the egg! People are more likely to connect with you if you upload a real photo.

2. Upload a Header - The recommended header dimension is 1252x626. The header appears right behind your profile picture. Don't miss an opportunity to advertise your blog or website address here. I added a simple solid color header with my website name and address. 

3. Profile Information - Fill out your profile completely. Don't leave any spot blank. There's a place for your name, location and website, use it! Whether you use your real name or your website title, that is completely up to you. 

4. Bio - In 160 character or less describe yourself and what you do or offer on your website. Avoid trying to be witty and cute. Your bio should grab attention and sell what you are offering. 

5. Design - Twitter has a lot of great pre-made designs but why not use a custom design? Incorporate your blog or websites header and colors into your Twitter profile. Play around with it and see what you can come up with!

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Get familiar with Twitter

6. Did you know there are keyboard shortcuts for Twitter? Check these out below. By getting the hang of these shortcuts, you'll be a Twitter Pro in no time!

7. Hashtags - The # symbol is referred to as a hashtag. It's used to mark keywords in your tweet. Hashtags are used before a keyword or phrase to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search. Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword and they can appear anywhere in the tweet, the beginning, middle, or end. Hashtagged words that become popular are often Trending Topics.

Using 1-2 hashtags tops in your tweets is an excellent idea for adding exposure to your tweets. Anyone who clicks the hashtagged keyword will be able to see your tweet..not just those following you.

8. Trending - Trends are determined by an algorithm and are tailored for you based on who you follow and your location. This algorithm identifies topics that are immediately popular, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help you discover the hottest emerging topics of discussion on Twitter that matter most to you. Source

Join in on the trending tweets. This will add exposure to your tweets also and you could possibly gain more followers.

Twitter Etiquette

9. Be Thankful - When someone follows you or Retweets (RT) you...thank them. Also, if they provide you with useful information you can thank them.

10. Don't Follow and Unfollow - I've noticed this happens far too often. I'll get someone new following me, then once I follow them back, they unfollow me. Really? Is it that important that your number of followers is higher than the number of people you are following? Uncalled for my friend!

11. Don't Spam - How many of you have received a Direct Message from someone that says...."Check out my new post".... or go here for a Free blah...blah...blah...? This is really annoying isn't it?

12. Don't be negative - Being rude or vulgar on Twitter is just not right! People don't want to hear that mess. Keep it to yourself!

Add Twitter Your Website

13. Did you know you can embed tweets on your website? Go to Twitter and click on a tweet done by yourself or someone else. At the bottom next to the date and time you will see the word "details". Click there and the tweet will open in a window by itself.You will then see the words "Embed this Tweet" next to the date and time.

14. Add a Twitter Button - You can add buttons to your website like the one below that will share a link to a specific page. Or you can add buttons that will allow other to connect with you easier like follow, mention or hashtag buttons. Click this share a link button to see how it works.

 15.  Add a widget like the one below. In Blogger, go to Layout and add a HTML/Java gadget where you want the widget to appear and paste the code that Twitter gave you in there and save.

What Twitter advice would you like to share?