Over 1.3 billion accounts have been created on Twitter.
That’s a staggering figure, right? According to stats, over forty percent of that figure created an account and then left the social media account entirely, without even sending their first Tweet.
(That’s because they didn’t have my handy guide to help them, obviously! 😉)
Are you on the ol’ Twitter? I love it over there, using the social networking site for almost all of the websites I run/manage. It’s a really good one for getting the conversation flowing, although it’s a bit too fast-paced for some. One of the best things I found out about Twitter, however, is that everything can be automated quite nicely. I use Hootsuite for my Twitter-scheduling needs, but there are quite a few scheduling tools out there that offer the same services. Buffer is another good one to take a peek at, just in case you were wondering.
If you have Twitter, or you’re considering getting Twitter for your blog (or business) but you’re not sure how to use it, I’ve decided to give you a little helping hand.
I know what it’s like, sat there for hours on end, trying to work out something funny to say, or desperately attempting to pull out some funny anecdote to hopefully make people laugh. Scheduling social media stuff is honestly the worst job. Well, it is for me. But I’m going to try and make a bit easier for you fine folks.
I came up with 100 tweet suggestions for bloggers (and businesses) that should get the conversation started. And, just in case you didn’t believe the suggestions work, I’m going to try them for myself and document my progress.
I’m going to use the 100 tweet suggestions for bloggers over the course of 6 to 8 weeks, sharing what happens with you — what interactions the tweets receive, what times or days work better for me and my niches, what hashtags seem to generate the most interest, and also how many followers I attract.
That’s the aim of the game at the end of the day, isn’t it? Increasing your followers and hopefully getting more people to read your blog?
So, without any further ado, I shall jump right in …
100 Tweet Suggestions for Bloggers [1-10]
1 – Tweet your latest blog post.
Because it makes perfect sense to do just that. That’s what Twitter is for — sharing the stuff you’ve written or blogged about. Tag the company you’ve written about (if you have written about a product), and give it a brief teaser insight. How about something like this one:
— BestECigs (@UKBestECigs) October 17, 2017
2 – Tweet a fact about the niche that you blog about.
Because it might just be interesting and someone else might be interested to learn it. If it was interesting enough to grab your attention, it’ll be interesting enough to grab someone else’s.
Use Google to find a fun fact or stat if you can’t think of anything right off the top of your head, but make sure the information you use is correct and up to date. There’s no point in stating facts from 2011 or information that is entirely incorrect. If you use information that you found on another website, make sure you link back to whatever site provided you with the info. That’s just polite. Best practice.
3 – Tweet a daily quote …
… Or, y’know, almost daily, depending on how creative and motivational you’re feeling when you schedule your Tweets for the month. There are plenty of mobile phone apps that will provide you with quotes that you can turn into your own images.
(Just don’t accept credit for the quote. If Marilyn Monroe said it, say that Marilyn Monroe said it.)
Because, and I repeat myself here > Everyone loves a good quote! Most of my quote-posts get about 30-50 likes each, depending on whether or not the algorithm loves me and if I’ve been shadowbanned. Which, for the record, seems to happen to me A LOT. And, for the most part, I can’t work out why. I’ve checked banned hashtags, I haven’t liked lots of accounts or images too quickly, I’ve not shared anything reportable … Drama. That’s all. Instagram hates me sometimes. I’m okay with that.
Anyway, my quotes seem to generate more likes than other posts. I’ve looked at other accounts and the same rule seems to apply. With the right hashtags and the right quotes, you could rule the Insta-world.
Well, rule your own Insta-world anyway.
4 – Ask what your readers & viewers favourite blog post is (of yours).
You could create a poll with a few different options, or you could let them run wild. If you retweet their answers to your question, you might even encourage a few more readers to some old blog posts. Technically, you’re asking your readers to do the hard work for you.
Well, as I’ve already mentioned, your answers could (and probably will) encourage extra readers. Let’s just say that Blogger A responds to your question first, including the title to a blog post that you wrote a year ago. You could retweet Blogger A’s Tweet with a link to the blog post. If you’re lucky, Blogger A might just include a blog link and save you the hassle.
You’re sharing an older post, something I recommended previously, and not just to YOUR followers. If Blogger A includes the link in their response-Tweet or retweets the link that you share, all of THEIR followers will see it too. They might even read it, you know, especially if you’ve gone with a really good, catchy title!
5 – Ask what your readers & viewers favourite blog post is (of theirs).
“Send me your favourite blog posts (of yours). Why do you love them? I need a good #blog reading afternoon! 📖”
Because sharing is caring. If you have asked people to share their favourite blog posts of yours, it’s only fair, in return, to ask what their favourite blog posts are.
You’re reminding everyone else to rehash / retweet an old piece they’ve written, encouraging more readers. Getting the conversation started on Twitter is always a good thing — let’s keep those threads going.
6 – Tweet about something that made you laugh that day.
Has something made you laugh that day? When was the last time you laughed so hard, you snorted? What made you laugh that way? Is it ‘shareable’?
**By that, I mean, is it SUITABLE to share? If it’s too X-rated, religious or political, you should probably keep it to yourself. Unless, of course, you want to start some D-R-A-M-A.
Because if it made you laugh, there’s a good chance it’ll make someone else laugh too. And, you never know, you might just make someone’s day. Everyone loves a funny story, so why not share the little tales that made you laugh lately?
7 – Tweet your favourite movie.
I don’t really have a favourite movie, but I do have a bunch of them. Romeo + Juliet, for example. Shakespeare in Love too. I also love Shawshank Redemption, Dog Soldiers, and the Resident Evil movies too. What are your favourites?
Because movies ALWAYS get the conversation started. Ask someone about the latest IT movie, for example, and you’re basically asking for an opinion on whether people prefer the old one or the new remake. For the record, opinion is divided in my home. I watched the old IT (both parts) and the new IT very recently, and I found them both brilliant, but different from each other.
Oh, and the new clown terrified the crap outta me. There, I said it. (To be fair, the old clown scared the crap outta me too.)
Anyway, the point I’m trying to make here is that movies get the conversation started. Asking for opinions on social media is both a good idea and a bad one. Good because everyone loves to share their opinion. Bad because then you’ll need to read them. I HATE it when someone tells me my favourite movies are rubbish.
8 – Tweet a poll.
Have you ever tweeted a poll before? They’re a very cool little tool that I shall talk about in greater detail on another day, I promise.
You could Tweet a poll about anything. Ask for opinions. Call out for some advice. Grab suggestions for dinner. There are a hundred and one things that you could ask. A million. More, probably. You could make it sensible and serious, perhaps talking about a current event, or you could make it fun and pointless. But not pointless because you’re engaging with your audience and encouraging a conversation … Y’know?
Well, I’ve just kinda said. You’re engaging with your audience and encouraging a conversation! If no one’s talking to you, talk to them instead. People won’t know you’re around unless you make them aware, and what better place to start than with Twitter?
9 – Tweet about your signature recipe/dish.
What do you like to cook? Can you cook? What’s your favourite dish to cook? Why do you enjoy cooking it? Does it have a memory attached to it? You can easily start your own thread by responding to yourself to get a little story going, and people can jump in with their thoughts and opinions.
You never know, you might just find a great new trick to help you finally combat that cooking obstacle you have! If anyone could give me hints on how to boil an egg so that the white is solid but the yellow is a beautiful creamy-gold liquid, that would be great!
Because, just like many of the Tweet suggestions I’m giving you, the idea is to get a conversation started. Blogger A will answer your question, highlighting your account to all of their followers. In turn, someone else might respond to that. Blogger B jumps into the equation, and she’s never seen your blog before so decides to stop and take a peek. She likes what she sees and then hits the ‘follow’ button.
It’s clever, right? Go on — tell everyone what you’re planning on cooking tonight!
10 – Tweet a behind-the-scenes photo.
What goes on behind the scenes? Take a photo of it. Take a photo of your desk, for example, where all the magic happens and then Tweet it. Just make sure you don’t leave any information or personal details lying around because that will be super embarrassing for everyone involved.
Because everyone loves a good behind-the-scenes pic. Also, you might have a beautiful desk and we want to see what it looks like. My desk is always super messy and covered in coffee stains. That’s why you don’t ever see it …
Instead, take a peek at this beautiful desk space that I found on Pinterest and shared to my Instagram account:
Source: Found on Pinterest & shared on ukwordgirl
So … What did you think? Are you going to use these ten Tweet suggestions for bloggers? Have you already used them? What happened when you did? I’d love to know how the Twitter journey is going for you, so feel free to get in touch on Twitter itself, or leave your comments below. And your Twitter link or username so I can find you and check you out, obviously.
Find Part Two of my Twitter Suggestions for Bloggers HERE.
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