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How to Get Traffic to Your Blog from Twitter

By on Jul 16, 2011 in Twitter Tips |

With over 300 million users at the moment twitter is no doubt the biggest microblogging platform and one of the biggest social networking sites online with over 300 million users at the moment. As bloggers and internet marketers traffic is always a priority and we should always be on the lookout for new ways to get traffic to our blogs – this means we shouldn’t overlook any single traffic source. Twitter is currently one of the top traffic sources to the major news websites online and there is no reason you shouldn’t start using it to generate traffic to your blog as a blogger. If you want to get the best in terms of traffic and branding from twitter, below are some tips to help you out. Use Your Brand Name as Your Username The first step towards ensuring you get the best from your twitter marketing efforts is to use your brand name as your twitter username. The more people come across your brand name, the more likely they will remember it and the more memorable your brand name the better it is. Using your brand name as your twitter username will also ensure you get a lot of followers you wouldn’t have otherwise gotten. For example, my blog is YoungPrePro.com but I started on twitter using the username @dataentryforall. I focused my efforts on building that profile and in order to prevent another person from choosing my brand name I created the user name @youngprepro but did nothing to promote it. I decided to check my brand name (@youngprepro) on twitter after a month and I noticed it is already having almost 200 followers even though I did nothing to promote it. The reason is because when people come across the brand name “YoungPrepro” they automatically think my twitter username will be @youngprepro. If you make sure you use your brand name as your profile name you will be able to get more followers on the long run, and this will result in a lot of visitors to your blog eventually. Have a Professional Profile that Connects with Followers If you’re very familiar with business then you know that your appearance and first impression on people is very important. In business people judge books by their covers, and they judge businesses by their logos, pictures etc. By focusing on creating a professional profile that people can relate with you will be able to gain people’s trust easily while also making it easy for them to recommend you. Tweet Less Links and Interact More Often If you visit a lot of twitter profiles you will notice that the owners keep on tweeting and tweeting links only without ever thinking about the value it adds to their readers. The end result is that people eventually get tired of reading their tweets and sometimes unfollow them. Focus on connecting with your followers first and spend your time interacting with them on a consistent basis. Whenever they have a question make sure you reply them as soon as possible and they will be happy to click your links because they already trust your recommendations. Onibalusi is a 17 year old blogger and the founder of YoungPrePro.com. He teaches people how to make quick cash, and you can also make use of his dofollow blogs to improve your rankings. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for...

I See an Error Message (Whale Image) after Logging In (Known Issue)

By on Feb 5, 2011 in Twitter Tips |

We’ve seen reports of users encountering the “Twitter is over capacity” message upon logging into their account. If you are seeing the following error message right after you enter your username and password on log in, please continue reading:There are 2 situations where users sometimes see this error message: When logging into Twitter.com Elsewhere on Twitter.com This issue on the site occurs right after you log in. Many users can see their profile or other Twitter pages, but cannot see their homepage. They get the error message every time they attempt to view their home timeline.

Twitter 101: How should I get started using Twitter?

By on Feb 5, 2011 in Twitter Tips |

If you’ve signed up to Twitter and are wondering how to get started or why you’re here, this page is for you. This guide is designed to help you dive into Twitter’s wealth of information and find what matters most to you. First things first, you might be wondering: What’s Twitter Anyway? Twitter is an information network made up of 140-character messages called Tweets. It’s a new and easy way to discover the latest news (“what’s happening”) related to subjects you care about. How is it Useful? Twitter contains information you will find valuable. Messages from users you choose to follow will show up on your homepage for you to read. It’s like being delivered a newspaper whose headlines you’ll always find interesting – you can discover news as it’s happening, learn more about topics that are important to you, and get the inside scoop in real time. How to Start Using Twitter: If you remember one thing after perusing this page, it should be this: reading Tweets and discovering new information whenever you check in on your Twitter timeline is where you’ll find the most value on Twitter. Some people find it useful to contribute their own Tweets, but the real magic of Twitter lies in absorbing real-time information that matters to you. 1. DISCOVER SOURCES: find and follow others It’s best to begin your journey by finding and following other interesting Twitter accounts. Look for businesses you love, public service accounts, people you know, celebrities, or news sources you read. (Click here for help finding interesting accounts.) Tip: One great way to find more interesting accounts is see who those you know or admire are following. 2. CHECK IT OFTEN: pay attention to what’s happening Messages from others you follow will show up in a readable stream on your homepage timeline. Once you’ve followed a few people, you’ll have a new page of information to read each time you log in. Click links in others’ Tweets to view: photos and videos they have posted, the profiles of users mentioned in their message, or Tweets related to a hashtag (#) keyword they used. Tip: Try hovering your mouse over a user’s name anywhere on your homepage. You’ll see a pop-up box called a “hovercard” containing information about that user. 3. TAKE IT WITH YOU: connect your mobile One of the best things about Twitter is that it’s portable. Connect your account to your mobile phone (see below for instructions) or download a Twitter application to begin reading Tweets on the go. Now you can get updates about traffic problems in the middle of your commute, find out what the players are saying while you’re at the game, or catch up on the buzz about an event you’re about to attend. The possibilities are endless! Tip: Using Twitter via SMS allows you to pick and choose which updates you want from those you follow, so you can get mobile updates from the accounts that matter most to your life on-the-go. How to Start Tweeting: Many users find it fun or exciting to contribute their own content to Twitter (we call this “tweeting”). If you’re one of them, here are some good ways to get started posting your own Tweets. People you know and people you are interested in what you have to say may follow you and they’ll see all the Tweets you share with them. 1. BUILD A VOICE: retweet, reply, react Use existing information (other people’s Tweets) on Twitter to find your own voice and show others what you care about. Retweet messages you’ve found and love, or reply with your reaction to a Tweet you find interesting. Tip: If you’re a new user, others are more likely to find your messages if they are retweets or replies. 2. MENTION: include others in your content Once you’re ready to begin authoring your own messages, consider mentioning other users by their Twitter username (preceded by the @ sign) in your Tweets. This can help you think of what to write, will draw more eyes to your message, and can even start a new conversation. Try posting a message mentioning a celebrity or person you admire – they often respond to fans. You’ll see their response on your Mentions tab. Tip: Can’t think of anything to write? Don’t worry! Like I said, the real magic lies in locating and reading content on Twitter. 3. GET FANCY: explore advanced features As you become more engaged on Twitter, others will begin to find and follow you. Once you’re familiar with Twitter basics, consider exploring the site’s more advanced features: lists, direct messages, and favorites. Learn how to include photos or videos in your Tweets, or consider connecting your Twitter account to your your blog, Facebook, or website to show off your updates across the web. Tip: The best way to gain followers on Twitter is to regularly engage and contribute in a meaningful way. Tips and Tricks: Need help finding interesting accounts? Click the “Find People” tab at the top of your Twitter page. You can find and follow other accounts in these three ways: 1) browse accounts by subject, 2) import your address book contacts to find out which friends are already on Twitter, 3) search one-by-one for people or groups of interest. Need help using Twitter on your mobile phone? By linking your Twitter account to your mobile phone...

Tweets Appear to be Missing (Known Issue)

By on Feb 5, 2011 in Twitter Tips |

So it looks like you’re missing some Tweets. Oh sad! However, not all missing Tweets are the same. You may be experiencing one of the following A large amount of Tweets missing from your profile page. You posted them, but they are not on your profile page. The number of Tweets shown on your profile appears wrong, though you see all your Tweets when you look at your profile page. I’m Missing Tweets! I posted them and they’re gone! Some users report that when they look at their own profile page, they do not see all their Tweets. If you are affected by this issue, please: Navigate to your profile page – twitter.com/yourusernamehere Examine your Tweets to see which ones are missing (looking at the dates helps – e.g., if you know you posted Tweets in November, but now only see Tweets from October and December) Leave us a comment below with your username and the date range of Tweets missing (e.g. Everything I posted on December 1 is gone!) The number of Tweets I see on my profile looks wrong. I know I’ve posted more Tweets than that! Some of twitter users are reporting that the Tweet count displayed on their Profile page does not match the number of Tweets displayed on that page. The difference between the count and number of Tweets displayed is usually greater than 1-2 Tweets. If you are affected by this issue, then please have patience team at twitter is always working to fix each and every...

How Twitter Benefits Small Businesses

By on Dec 9, 2010 in Twitter Tips |

Twitter is a social networking site used by thousands of people to reach out to others and share personal and professional information. It works like a micro-blog and short and simple messages reach a vast network of people. It has proved to be more effective than forums and other messaging methods since it helps people share on a more personalized basis. Twitter has proved to be effective for people in positions of authority wanting to make their stand clear on issues. Similarly businessmen can use it to promote their business, reach out to a larger customer base, resolve customer issues, remove doubts and share details about their products and services on a more personal basis, which will benefit their business immensely. The biggest advertisement for businesses is by word of mouth, and Twitter has proved to be a digital extension of this, since spread all the information they find useful to their friends instantly. Some of the benefits of Twitter for businesses include: Helps to gain more visitors to websites Form joint ventures with people showing genuine interest Establish a global platform to launch products and services beyond borders Make announcements and business promotion events and get a larger number of visitors for the event even online Twitter helps to have news spread much faster than other sources Small businesses would benefit immensely from all these and help them get quicker access to customers. How Twitter helps can be explained with the following: Twitter helps business owners share their latest product launches, research etc Helps to get customers from far off places as well Helps the owner share links which promote their products and services Use knowledge and information to display expertise in the business field and create credibility for the business Answer queries and remove doubts of existing and potential customers Helps to build emotional bonds between owners and customers Can be used to create a buzz about a planned sale event or other similar activity and get access to more customers who actually buy Twitter is a place to have intelligent dialogue and conversations, building brands and networking. Helps to manage customer relationships Twitter then provides the quickest shortcut to reach out to customers and spread word about the business beyond geographical boundaries. This too, without any expensive marketing plans or adoption of standard marketing strategies and also without much of an expense involved. If large business brands like Dell can effect sales worth $ 3 million through Twitter, small businesses can also enhance sales through this network, provided they make the right moves and use Twitter in the right...

How to Find People #New Twitter

By on Nov 4, 2010 in Twitter Tips |

You can find others on Twitter by: Typing a name into the search box on your homepage Typing a Twitter username directly into your browser (e.g. http://twitter.com/oprah) Browsing lists of accounts related to your interests (e.g. Sports, Science, Politics…) Importing contacts from your email address book to see who’s on Twitter Browse suggestions we’ve generated for you To Find People by Name The easiest way to find people is by typing their name into the search box at the top of your Twitter homepage. Results for your search will show up in two places, as shown below in a search for Oprah: In the middle of the page, under the “People” tab At the top right of your page, followed by a “More people results” link. To Browse Accounts by Interest You can also find cool new accounts to follow by browsing lists containing the best accounts related to a subject. To do this: At the bottom of the “Who to follow”recommendations, click the “Browse interests” button. You’ll land on a page containing a list of interest, from Entertainment to Sports to Science. Click your interest. If you see an account you think looks interesting, follow directly from that page. They’ll be added to your “following” list. To Find Friends Using Your Email Address Book Entering your email information on the Find People pages can look up who in your address book is on Twitter. It’s a good way to find a bunch of your friends quickly. To do this: At the bottom of the “Who to follow”recommendations, click the “Find friends” button as shown in the picture above. On the next page, click which email provider you use. Enter your email address and password to securely connect to your email address book and click submit. From the next page, you can follow users individually, or click to follow all. To Browse Our Suggestions Based on your friends and interests, we suggest accounts we think you would like to follow. To peruse these suggestions, follow these steps: At the bottom of the “Who to follow”recommendations, click the “View all suggestions” button. On the next page, you’ll see a list of suggestions we’ve generated for you. Click to follow any of these users, or click their username to learn more about them. Having Trouble? Note: If you do not appear in the top shown results when searching for yourself by name, you can still be found by clicking the “More people results” link on the right panel of your page. Please keep in mind that some searches for general terms will not show users with the initial search results because there are not enough relevant accounts related to the...