To my left is a photo I took not too long ago. Fireworks almost always signifies a finale or a celebration. Today we are dabbling with both. This will be the final and most helpful blog concerning Twitter, and we will all celebrate with giddiness because we will now know how to flippin’ use Twitter! A two-for-one deal!
As always, I start by searching the vast web and reading over an insane amount of information until my brain hurts and my red bull is empty. And after a quick pouting session from the lack of my beloved beverage, a blog is born.
I know, shut up and get to the good stuff. Here we go!
I think I can safely say that I finally have this all figured out. Hang on, let me check…yep. My eyes are blood-shot from a long day in front of the computer-I know what I’m saying. Thusly, I am going to share with you, step-by-step, how to not only create, but use your Twitter account.
- YOUR PROFILE PICTURE: Make sure your profile picture is an actual, respectable picture. Treat it like you would your professional author photo. Or better yet, if you have an author photo, use it. We want to see who we are following, not an eggshell or an avatar.
- YOUR PITCH: Use your short, 160 characters worth of a bio, to the fullest. It is your marketing tool and it will be the first thing a potential follower will read about you. You have to sell yourself. As an example I will share mine:
- SHARING IS CARING: Make sure you share your blogs via Twitter, especially if they are about writing. Twitter is a community of people looking for other people with similar interest, same as WordPress. Writers love to hear other writers POV’s. It will also draw people to you.
- HASHTAGGING: This topic was so confusing for me, and now that I understand it, I really don’t know why it was confusing. Again I believe it’s from my stubbornness to succumb to trends. But I have. And I’ve learned. Hash tagging is the same concept as adding tag words to your blog before (or after if you forgot) you publish. I work best when given examples so here are mine. Say you want to tweet your blog link that talks about writing: “Just finished another excellent #blog. I tackle #writing and other topics. Check it out! #author#writer#magician.” See how many tags I fit in? These are keywords that people could potentially search and it will link back to your beautiful tweet. Using the hashtag symbol has proven to be more resourceful than not.
- IT’S OKAY TO BE A FOLLOWER: Follow people! Again, same as WordPress, the more you branch out there and comment and share, the more you will most likely gain a new follower. Your goal is to build relationships with people. Find those who are in your genre and follow them, learn from them, and hope that they follow you back. It’s always a game of give and take.
Sounds easy, right? That’s because it is! So what are you waiting for? Get your butt out there and sell yourself! And just because I am so happy to have come to an end with this whole Twitter epidemic, I’ve decided to share a bonus tip! Yay!
6. CREATE A UNIQUE TAG TO YOUR STORY THAT YOU ADD TO THE END OF EVERY TWEET SO WHEN YOUR BOOK BECOMES THE NEXT BIG THING, READERS WILL HAVE SOMETHING TO HASH ABOUT TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT! Example: #littleflames. That will be my unique tag that I will use from now on. Why? Well, I guess you will have to read to find out muhahaha. (When it’s finally published that is.)
So what do you think? Is this helpful? Are you feeling confident? If so, share your @ address below so others can find and follow you.
That being said, Echelon out ♥