This year I am hosting a Bloggiesta mini-challenge. To start though I want to share a little about how Twitter can help you promote your blog!
Twitter is a fabulous resource for bloggers. I can’t tell you how many people have discovered my blog through Twitter. It opens your blog up to a whole new audience and it’s something that I think every blogger should use.
First things first: your account should be for your blog. You should be able to tell from the user name, avatar, and profile description that the person behind the Twitter is a blogger. I have my avatar as my blog button, my username is katiesbookblog, and my profile states: college student and young adult book blogger. You don’t need to share any more information than that. You can certainly have a personal Twitter too but if you want to interact with authors and publishers on Twitter, you need to make it easy for them to recognize you.
What should you tweet about? I use Twitter to interact with my readers. I love seeing what others are reading, what books they are excited about, really anything book related. I also use it to promote any posts that are on my blog. I use dlvr.it to automatically post links to all my blog posts on Twitter as soon as they go live on the blog. That one tweet gets quite a few people back to my blog and I don’t have to do anything except set my feed up with dlvr.it once. It’s a very nice feature and you can also set it up to link on your Facebook profile or fan page.
How to get followers? Twitter is no fun if nobody is reading what you have to say. I can personally vouch for that. Followers on Twitter make everything better, just like blog followers. Getting followers on Twitter is actually much easier than you would think. Tweet people and respond to something they said and they will most likely respond back. I can’t say that always works with publishers because they get quite a few tweets but it’s a great way to start interacting with fellow bloggers. Just make sure to consistently post something on Twitter and post something relevant. You don’t need to post everything you do to Twitter but it is a good way to get things out there without having to do a whole blog post.
What is right and wrong to post on Twitter? It is perfectly okay to post a little rant on Twitter every now and then. What is not okay is to name names when you are ranting about someone in particular. If your Twitter is going to be connected to your blog, you have to act professional. If you don’t get a book you want, you can’t call out the publisher on Twitter. If another blogger does something that makes you mad you can’t say: Oh, so and so, is such a crappy blogger, etc. Your blog is your business and your followers are a lot of the time like your coworkers and bosses. You don’t want publishers to see you act like that and you don’t want other bloggers to see it either. Just act professional and you will be fine!
So for the challenge:
I want you guys to use dlvr.it and set your blog posts to automatically post to Twitter.
1. Go to dlvr.it and create a login and password.
2. Once signed in, add your feed where it says sources. Your feed is usually something like http://feeds.feedburner.com/YOURBLOGNAME
3. Add your Twitter account where it says Destinations and select Post Title and Post Link under the Post Content tab.
4. That’s it! You are good to go!
If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments, tweet me with them (@katiesbookblog) or email them to me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Happy bloggiesta!