5 Tips for Using Twitter

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I just finished writing my PLR pack on Twitter and learned a lot about Twitter marketing and thought I'd share a few tips with everyone. Twitter is such a huge and widely used platform, more and more people want to use it, but many fail because they don't use it correctly.

1. For best results, you need to treat your Twitter followers like you would your list. Don't just sell, sell, sell. Give too. Give freebies, link to informational blog entries, then sell every once and a while.

2. Don't just blindly follow and hope for follow backs. Find people in your niche, follow them, then direct message them inviting them to follow you back.

3. Tweet, re-tweet, and direct message. Twitter is a community. Be active for best results. Take time to tweet. Re-tweet interesting tweets you see. (One of the reasons you should follow people in your niche. Answer direct messages and let people know you appreciate them.

4. Fill out your profile and add a background. People on Twitter don't want to follow a salesperson, they want to follow a person. Someone that is real and will share interesting or funny things with them. They want to follow people that will make them think or laugh.

5. Don't just use automated software. Sure, planning out tweets with a software is fine, it will help maintain consistency, but take some time to manually get in there and nurture your relationship with your followers.

Remember, people go to Twitter to relax, stay connected, and have fun. Keep that in mind when you are using Twitter for marketing, it takes a special touch to make sure people don't feel like you are just there to sell to them.

Any other tips for using Twitter as part of your marketing plan?
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  • Profile picture of the author anderson9731

    Use Twitter to keep on the current trends in your business so that you can hold informative discussions with other professionals as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Polanski
    Awesome tips Amanda! Thanks for sharing that with all of us.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    I would love to hear more tips from other Twitter users!

    Tips for putting together a good profile? Tricks for writing great tweets?
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  • Profile picture of the author ladzkie
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeauton
      I use Twitter mostly for brand building.

      It's a great way of keeping in touch with your potential buyers and giving you some credibility - assuming you post relevant content.

      A really good tip is to link your facebook page to your twitter page.

      All of my tweets are automatically shown on my facebook page so i only need to create this info once and it gets shown to more people...

      Make sure you have an interesting background that reflects what you or your product does or is in some way eye catching.

      You can see my page here

      Mike Auton (@autonmike) on Twitter

      my tweets are automatically shown here

      Mike Auton | Facebook

      it allows people to follow me wherever they like...
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  • Profile picture of the author supershoesclub
    I always tweet my blog url with a short description in twitter.There are many people retweet the post,so i think it is a wonderful method to get ultimate traffic from TW.
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  • Profile picture of the author stellaandreapark
    Twitter is a very powerful tool. make sure you update frequently. People like to hear from you. You can post URL links of sites you think are interesting, sayings or quotes that mean something or just say "Hi I'm here and this is what I'm doing". Don't go telling everybody about what your selling or try to get them to buy something. This is a place to build your credibility, and respect from others. Be honest, talk to them like you would anybody else.
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  • Profile picture of the author JennyBizz
    I recently posted some Twitter Tips in this thread:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...o-not-get.html

    It's pretty snarky, but there is some good advice about how to use the hashtag. : )
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Here's an 'anti-tip'...

      Scraping and autoposting the feed from a famous quotes blog between sales promos is not posting great content and participating.

      I just killed my first Twitter account and I'm starting over. On my old one, I started how using the 'follow everybody unless they don't follow back' method, and it reminded me of the 140 character version of the old Usenet newsgroups right before they imploded from the spam load...
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  • Profile picture of the author Lilach
    These are great tips and something I also encourage. I'm a huge fan of Twitter and get amazing results from it.

    I'm always asked how I have so many followers (52,000+) so I recently wrote a blog post on how to get more followers. Some of you may find it useful.

    How to increase your followers on Twitter

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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    A few more tips:

    6. Videos and photos work wonders. They grab attention. Yet another reason to make your own Youtube videos so you can do a mix between your own videos and other interesting videos!

    7. Don't just follow random people... follow interesting people in your niche. Follow back people that follow you from time to time. You don't want your feed to be so cluttered you can't see the people in your niche or the people following you because you want to be able to reply to their tweets and engage in conversation. This method gets you much better results than mass following and unfollowing people that don't follow you.

    8. People love stories. For instance, if you are in the get your ex back niche, link to stories about people getting their lovers back. This is inspiring to your followers.

    9. Funny jokes and quotes get retweeted often, as do links to interesting or funny webpages or blog entries. Remember, you want EVERY tweet to make them think or smile!

    10. Give freebies from time to time. Maybe a short book or gift every once and a while. Holding contests is also great in getting people involved and watching for your tweets as well. It doesn't have to be anything big... I had a contest recently where I asked people to tweet a link to their favorite of my blog posts and everyone who did would be entered in a drawing for a $10 amazon gift card. That $10 got me over 100 new followers and tons of traffic and email opt-ins.
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  • Profile picture of the author creationz
    I have started using Twitter recently
    this is very helpful

    thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author PandaPoacher
    Thanks for sharing the tips. And I totally agree with you on creating relationships with your followers, it makes you seem more real. I'm not a fan of using bots or anything along those lines though.
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    • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
      Originally Posted by PandaPoacher View Post

      Thanks for sharing the tips. And I totally agree with you on creating relationships with your followers, it makes you seem more real. I'm not a fan of using bots or anything along those lines though.
      I don't think they are all bad, but if used excessively they can really hurt you.

      For instance, for my main ClickBank site I have a Twitter account where it is set to automatically tweet twice a night. Once is a link to an informational blog entry and the other is a link to a video. This actually adds consistency. Just be sure to go back and check Twitter and respond to messages and thank people for re-tweets. This way there is a tweet everyday which I think is important. Tweeting everyday around the same time adds a level of consistency that is really good for Twitter.
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  • Profile picture of the author Online Bliss
    Thanks Amanda,

    I have been so involved with Facebook fan pages etc.
    that I have completely ignored Twitter.

    Your 10 tips are a welcome share,
    I need to start acting on them.
    Thanks again.
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    • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
      Originally Posted by Online Bliss View Post

      Thanks Amanda,

      I have been so involved with Facebook fan pages etc.
      that I have completely ignored Twitter.

      Your 10 tips are a welcome share,
      I need to start acting on them.
      Thanks again.
      Like mentioned above, once your fan page is set up you can have your tweets also posted to FB. This means you can easily update both and then spend a little time on each replying to messages.
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  • Profile picture of the author ArranWood
    Twitter is just subscribed spam! (A lot like many peoples lists).
    Let's face it regardless of how YOU use Twitter, you are watching line after line of spam scrolling by and your watching it too!

    it's like watching T.V adverts without with the programs interrupting them.

    I love Twitter by the way but I use it as a tool not as a social medium to keep in contact with friends.

    That's my opinion anyway

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    • Profile picture of the author JR Consulting
      Originally Posted by ArranWood View Post

      Twitter is just subscribed spam! (A lot like many peoples lists).
      Let's face it regardless of how YOU use Twitter, you are watching line after line of spam scrolling by and your watching it too!

      it's like watching T.V adverts without with the programs interrupting them.

      I love Twitter by the way but I use it as a tool not as a social medium to keep in contact with friends.

      That's my opinion anyway

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      If you follow real people that aren't d-bag spammers, you won't have to watch spam spew down your feed. It's on YOU to decide who you want to follow and who you don't want to follow.

      If you follow everyone back or use mass follow/unfollow techniques, you will see spam and most of your feed will be filled with garbage.

      It's very effective when used as a social medium to connect with friends and people in your niche, prospects, customers, etc.

      The power of Twitter is in the conversations.

      P.S. Use lists to prioritize people that you don't want miss content from.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    I have a personal Twitter set up just following friends and family and I actually enjoy it as a social medium. It makes it really easy to keep up on what is going on with my little sisters and my brother. It only becomes spam when you start following tons of people that are going to spam you.
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    You can really tweak and play around with your background at freetwitterdesigner.com I took a previous jpeg, edited it, and tweaked it on that site, then uploaded it. Take a gander if you like. Much Success.
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  • Profile picture of the author gm777
    Look for twitter celebrities, try to make them mention(@reply) you, you will get mass attention from their followers. One guy recently was mentioned in a Britney's tweet.
    But he was not a marketer....
    There are some retweeting services on fiverr (and other places). When you get 100+ retweets your tweet can get to the top, but it can't contain links.
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  • Profile picture of the author jeresteem99
    by the way, Im using Twitter to get my klout high. Hootsuite is the best for I can able to maintain the posting by using scheduling mode. And its an all in one social media. its cool.
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  • Profile picture of the author jameswebberid
    nice tips..i think that works good..hope for some more tips..thanks..
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  • Profile picture of the author Kecia
    Thanks for posting these tips. I have a business Twitter that I was mainly using for my ghostwriting and PLR store, and I have really let it go. It can be a great way to land new clients or make sales, however, so I need to get back on the wagon.
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  • Profile picture of the author braincandy7
    To be honest i have always stayed away from using twitter seriously. I guess i will have to have a proper look into it at some point but it seems like a lot of people send a good amount of time on there and often get poor results back.
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    • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
      Originally Posted by braincandy7 View Post

      To be honest i have always stayed away from using twitter seriously. I guess i will have to have a proper look into it at some point but it seems like a lot of people send a good amount of time on there and often get poor results back.
      The biggest problem is most people don't take the time to get GOOD followers. They use things like Fiverr gigs and Twiends to get followers and end up with a bunch of bot or useless followers. That and they don't understand how to tweet to actually get clicks.
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    • Profile picture of the author jeresteem99
      Originally Posted by braincandy7 View Post

      To be honest i have always stayed away from using twitter seriously. I guess i will have to have a proper look into it at some point but it seems like a lot of people send a good amount of time on there and often get poor results back.
      If you wan't your site serp improve, you don't want to miss Twitter dude. You just learn the tricks and tips of Twitter and you'll see what the great use of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author bastion
    Great tips.

    I didn't have great results with twitter by now. But, I will try some of these tips, thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dimian
    its also a great idea to regularly interact with your followers. everyone loves getting a mention and it makes them more likely to pay attention when you actually are promoting something.
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  • Profile picture of the author tomako
    I usually do not try too hard to get followers, and after I have 600 or more followers I get 5-10 new followers every day but I think 9/10 of them are other webmasters
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  • Profile picture of the author Arushi
    Yes above ideas are awesome, I have a doubt if there I'm providing real estate and you said I have to follow same niche followers ? then I'll follow my competitors??
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  • Profile picture of the author Lisha5684
    Twitter is really great if you have a blog because if you are trying to gain income from a blog, the number one way is by getting traffic. Personally I get about 30% of my traffic from Twitter. People on there are very responsive if you're not just out there selling selling selling.

    People on Twitter like information and interesting stuff, so give them that!

    Also, here's my tip: follow the followers of someone who's really big in your industry/niche. About 20-25% of people follow back and you'll then get followers that are interested in your topic.
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  • Profile picture of the author colzinfobiz
    What free information are the majority of people responding to in the marketing niche?...Video's, PDF, etc...?
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    • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
      Originally Posted by colzinfobiz View Post

      What free information are the majority of people responding to in the marketing niche?...Video's, PDF, etc...?
      If I'm going through Twitter I tend to share videos and blog entries for best results. I have really good luck linking to videos and getting clicks provided I also link to text from time to time. (I tried only linking to video and started getting more unfollows.)
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  • Profile picture of the author Carol_A
    Amanda,

    You took a lot of time out to help others, and I certainly appreciate that. There were a few things I was neglecting that you have brought my attention to.

    Thanks so much!
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  • Profile picture of the author jushuaburnham
    Pretty good list Buddy, thanks for the share!
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  • Profile picture of the author jackwebson
    I agree with what you said here. I actually like twitter than facebook when it comes to sharing things and information.
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  • Profile picture of the author Filesonic
    But I mostly use facebook, and now they seem have tweet like function.
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