I’m thrilled to welcome Soul Mate author Linda O’Connor to the Power of 10 series. Today, Linda shares Twitter tips and her latest release, Perfectly Planned.
I love Twitter! It’s fast and fun and can be used to share ideas, educate, promote, and connect. I’m slowly building my following and thought I’d share ten tips I’ve learned!
1. Follow freely. It’s not like Facebook where you follow only close friends and family. Keep your number of follows slightly lower than your followers. Never pay to get followers.
2. Unfollow people who don’t follow you back after 1 week. Seems harsh I know, but you want to generate followers who are interested in you. People aren’t notified who’s unfollowing them, so they won’t take it personally (and you shouldn’t either).
3. Keep the ratio of helpful tweets to shameless promotion to 3:1. The helpful tweets can be retweets from other people or links to interesting posts.
4. Tweet regularly – I find I need to tweet at least 5 times a day. Use Tweetdeck or Hootesuite to schedule tweets. They’re both free services, but you have to change your tweets slightly to tweet them more than once in the same day.
5. Tweet about your blog posts/favourite sayings/pictures you love/what you’re up to. Recycle old blog posts.
6. Use bitly.com to create shortened links (it’s free up to 5000 links a month). Use the statistics that are generated by bitly to see which links are most popular and lead to call-to-actions.
7. Link to a landing page (like your website) instead of linking to amazon in your tweets so you can draw readers to all of your books and all of their outlets.
8. Be professional and polite. Thank the person who retweets your tweets. Stay within your brand. For example my brand is upbeat, funny, romantic comedy. So I post upbeat, funny stuff (or at least try to!).
9. Pin a new tweet to your profile page every day or two – and even better make sure the pinned tweet is about your book. Twitter doesn’t like when people retweet the same tweet more than once so you need to change up the pinned tweet.
10. Use # (hashtags) in your tweets. It’s like putting a tag to categorize the information and increases the chance that someone will find your tweet. And you can make it catchy! #doinahappydance ~~~~~~ (It’s the moonwalk :D)
She has it all Perfectly Planned . . .
Chloe Keay is on the hunt for the perfect sperm donor, but who knew it would be this hard? So many things to consider in a father – sure height and hair color are important, but what about the real issues. How does he feel about bagpipe music? Does he buy the extended warranty? Skittles or M&Ms? She doesn’t want an average Joe. She’s narrowed it down to two candidates and has the perfect plan to pick the heir and the spare.
Staff Sergeant Rip Logan, head of the elite Tactics and Rescue Unit, has a gut feeling that Chloe Keay is trouble. She’s a sexy little spark plug who radiates innocence, but it doesn’t jibe with her suspicious behavior and probing questions. The fact that he’s attracted irritates him. What exactly is she after? And should he go with his gut or follow his heart?
Planning for love – what could possibly go wrong?
Linda O’Connor started writing a few years ago when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at HomeSense. It turns out she loves writing romantic comedies and has a few more stories to tell. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic (well, even when she is writing she’s a physician, and it shows up in her stories :D.
Where to find Linda…
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon Author Page
excellent information and very informative.
Thanks for sharing your Twitter tips! Very helpful!
I admit I’m a terrible tweeter, I needed these tips – thanks!
Glad it was helpful! Thanks for stopping by 😀
Hi Linda, Great tips but Bitly no longer works — about a month or so ago, Twitter started counting the full number of characters of a link, even if shortened. I don’t thank everyone for RT because it seems like so much noise to me after a while…but what I will do is try to RT one of their tweets, or start to follow them if I’m not etc.
Good luck with the book! Great cover…
Hi Judy – thanks for stopping by and for your comment! Bitly will create a short link – and you are correct that there is no advantage in terms of the number of characters. The advantage comes from the statistics that are generated by using the short link. You can create different short links for different posts (to the same destination) and that way you can see which tweets were more popular. So for instance, I can create a bitly short link for my tweet about Perfectly Planned which contains a review quote and another bitly short link for a tweet that has the tagline. Both short links go to the amazon page, but I can tell which tweet generated more action. And then use that tweet again. Hope this is clearer. Happy tweeting!
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Thanks for hosting me Joanne! I love your Power of Ten blog, with the wide variety of topics, and I’m excited to be a part of it!
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