How to Get Noticed on Twitter — 15 Tips for Writers

Carol Tice

Recently, I peeked in my mailbag and spied an urgent email from a reader of the blog. She was having trouble getting any traction in promoting her paid blogging gig on Twitter:

I write for this site, and most of the hits or “recommendations” stories get are from the writer’s social media and personal website followers, as well as friends and family. So mine don’t get a ton of hits comparatively, which makes me very nervous about my position on the site.

I signed up on Twitter a little while ago and followed who I could, but still only have like eight followers. I linked Facebook too I believe … And yes, I still need to make a web site for myself.

But otherwise, do you know a way to get followers fast for Twitter, to bump up the hits for my stories on a site? Most visitors aren’t just going there because of the site as much as the writers they already know.

I guess I dread social media but I know it’s essential. I don’t think I’m entertaining enough to tweet enough to get a following about anything. It’s the last thing I enjoy doing 🙁

I took a look at her Twitter profile, and this is what I discovered: No one is following or retweeting her because in the world of Twitter, she is no one.

She has no bio filled out, no URL link, her Twitter handle is not her name, and her image is that lame egg graphic Twitter hands out as a default. She had sent 25 tweets, and they all seemed to be links to her own blog posts. She was following 16 people.

Twitter for writers can be a powerful tool for spreading the word about what you’re doing, and for meeting great, useful new people. I ended up guest-posting on Copyblogger from promoting my blog posts on Twitter, and meeting a $2-a-word assigning editor at a high-profile website who’s still giving me assignments.

Let’s take a quick crash course on using and winning twitter.

Twitter for Writers: Your 15-Step Crash Course

1. Get a useful handle.

If your name is already taken (this reader’s problem), maybe you have a cool branding thing you could do, like my tweep Stefanie Flaxman @RevisionFairy, or my franchise-consultant friend Joel Libava @FranchiseKing. Or you could put an underline in your name like @Carol_Tice. Takeaway: You can put key words about what you do right into your handle.

2. Fill out your profile completely.

Really, it takes maybe five minutes. And it’s so, so important. Why? People search on words they’re interested in on Twitter, and if you have them in your profile, you will appear in their search results. Stuff it with key words about what you do, up to the limit of what it will accept. Mine includes: freelance writer, copywriter, journalist, Top 10 Blogs for Writers winner, writing, helping writers earn, business. If you want to connect with people in your town, include your location.

3. Provide a link to your website.

If you do not have a writer website yet, link to your LinkedIn profile or your Facebook page. Something — anything! Profiles with no links people can follow to learn more are ignored. There really is no excuse for not having a writer website these days, when you can have a WordPress site for $99 from the National Association of Independent Writers & Editors (NAIWE) up and running in about the next 10 minutes. But whatever you do, get your clips organized somewhere and post a link to that site on Twitter.

4. Add a profile photo.

Preferably, a good little photo of you. Or maybe a fun cartoon gravatar of you. But kill off that egg — spammers all have those (I actually just blocked three of them this evening), so you’re giving your profile a very bad connotation sticking with the egg.

5. Don’t use robots to get followers.

If you search on “get Twitter followers,” you will find lots of offers of products that promise to automatically get you hundreds of followers overnight. Don’t use them. Why? These followers are useless — they don’t really want to follow you, and won’t retweet your links.

6. Search for influential people in your niche, and follow them.

There are thousands of people this reader could be following on Twitter. You’ve never followed “all you could.” Many of the top people automatically follow you back if you follow them. Identify the key people and start building a list.

7. Stop constantly marketing yourself.

Twitter isn’t a channel to constantly blare about what you’re doing — it’s just considered bad form. You’ll need to mix links to your own blog posts in with other useful information from other sources in your niche. Once you’re following thought leaders in your topic, you can just scan down your Tweetstream and quickly find things to retweet. Or use SmartBriefs to find interesting articles, or Google Alerts. Presto! You are interesting enough to get followers now. But stop making it all about you, because that’s why no one is interested.

8. Watch your follower/following ratio.

Once you start to accumulate a few hundred followers, it’s time to cut back your list of who you’re following. That’s because just like the ratio of good to bad cholesterol, your ratio of followers to people you’re following is important. When you have substantially more followers than you do people you follow, it tells people you’re interesting. You don’t have to follow people to get them to follow you. That attracts more followers.

9. Promote other people.

Thank people (make sure you @ them!) for retweeting your content, RT their links and rave about them…and you will find new friends.

10. Use hashtags.

Know how to help your content get found by using hashtags. For instance, if you’d like other writers to see your link, you might post it on #WW (Writer Wednesday), or if you’d like to flatter someone else by promoting them you could mention them on #FF (Follow Friday). People search on these hashtags for content they might be interested in, such as #writer, #writercommunity, #business, #blog.

11. Use lists.

One great way to stay connected to people without having to follow them is by adding them to your lists. For instance, I have probably 800 writers on lists, and 150 thought leaders that might be good future story sources in a “gurus” list. Many people are flattered by getting into lists, so this is another weapon you have besides following.

12. Get a nice background.

People who really operate on Twitter take the time to at least grab a free, unique Twitter background to spice up their site. The really together people have pictures of their products, website logos, and other cool stuff.

13. Understand how other forms of social media work.

When I read “I linked Facebook too I believe,” it leads me to suspect that you don’t understand how other social-media channels work, either. Since coordinating your work in several social-media channels can save you time and help accelerate the level of help you get, you’ll want to learn how Facebook works, too.

14. Social media — love it or leave it.

If you loathe social media, I’m going to put on my fortuneteller’s hat here and predict that you aren’t going to be successful using it. If you really hate it, do in-person networking or send email to people you want to come “recommend” your blog posts. If you hate it, people will pick up on that, and it won’t be a useful marketing channel for you.

15. The secret of being a writer on Twitter.

Let you in on a little secret — umpty-million people on Twitter want to connect with writers! Especially journalists. If you say you are one, you will start to get followers rapidly. At this point, I follow very few people back…because I don’t have to. You should be able to fairly effortlessly achieve a good ratio with more followers and fewer following.

To sum up, take social media seriously and learn to have fun doing it if you can…it could really help your career. I’ve had a couple of Fortune 500 companies hire me through my LinkedIn profile — take a look at all the keywords I’ve stuffed in there.

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  1. Karen

    All good tips. If I come across a great writing site or blog I tweet about it before I follow the owner so if they do take a look at my profile they may see I’ve tweeted about them recently. I think it sometimes makes them more inclined to follow me. I haven’t really got into hashtags in a big way but I do use the #amwriting hashtag which helps me find other writers. It sounds like the reader who contacted you is just a little scared to jump in and really start using Twitter and other social media sites. I don’t blame her. we were all like that to start with!

    • Carol Tice

      Ooh, thanks for adding your useful tip — I haven’t done that strategy of tweeting their stuff and THEN following them. Brilliant!

  2. Kristin

    As a Twitter newb, I love Twitter tutorials, so thanks! I really need to start using lists. Also, what’s your opinion on changing usernames? I’m not crazy about mine (@Kalexa75) and would like to change it to something that ties into my blog, but I’m starting to gain a following now and worry that would just confuse people. Thoughts?

    • Carol Tice

      I’d change it. That name has a real amateur-hour feel to it, if I can be frank.

      You have fewer than 100 followers, which in the Twitter world is close to zero. I’d do it now — it won’t get easier later.

      Just leave this address up and say in the bio “You found me…but I’m not tweeting from here anymore. Check me out at… @mynewname.”

      I know people who have confusing names, and they’ve taken out more than one account, and the dummy accounts steer people in the right direction. Can work well.

      • Kristin

        No problem, thanks for the frank advice. It just confirmed what I already thought. But it brings to mind another question: By changing my name, will I lose my current followers, who will then have to find and follow me under the new name? It sounds like the answer is yes and I risk losing some followers, but that I’ll ultimately benefit from it in the long run.

        • Carol Tice

          Well, the followers may slowly drift away…but you have so few, you could reach out and DM them all and ask them to follow you at the new address. You can also post messages with both tags to help people find your new address.

          Better to go through this agony now than when you have 500 followers or 1,000, when it would really be a nightmare.

          • Kristin

            Carol, I took your advice and changed my username to @SaidKristin (because my actual name is too long and was already taken anyway). I think it’s a much better fit. It’s more personal because it includes my first name and it also ties into my blog’s name (which I think I’m going to shorten to simply What She Said in the near future). I also created a Twitter account under my old username to direct people to the new one, per your suggestion. The whole process was actually pretty seamless. Thanks for the tips!

          • Carol Tice

            I think that’s awesome! Bet it’ll be easier to build your audience now. You could blog about it to your website audience and probably get some new followers from there right away.

  3. John Soares

    Carol, I think nearly all of this is excellent advice. The one point I don’t agree with (at least right now in my continuing social media education) is not following people back. I understand the point about being perceived as an authority if you have ten times as many people following you as you follow. But it comes at a price: some people that could help you in important ways — tweeting your posts, promoting your products, inviting you to speak at conferences — may unfollow you if you don’t follow back.

    I look at each new follow. Many I don’t follow back because they are spammers, or they only promote themselves, or they are in one of the few businesses I think are scummy, but I follow back the rest.

    And I also unfollow some people who don’t follow me back.

    • Carol Tice

      Oh, I definitely take a look at each follow I get. But at this point, if they don’t have at least 1,000 subscribers — which most people don’t — I generally am not going to follow them back. I’m looking for really mind-blowing thought leaders to follow.

      To me, this is what lists are for — you can hang onto more contacts in lists. Everyone doesn’t have to get a follow. I’ve discovered most people are perfectly happy to be on my lists, aren’t offended at all, and don’t unfollow me as a result of my using that strategy instead of following.

      I follow major publications I’d like to write for sometimes. Great sources. Really successful writers. But otherwise, if you follow everyone, when you scan your tweetstream it’s just not useful in delivering interesting information I want to read.

      If anything, I’d like to go back and delete even more of the people I’m following…I still have over 400 and I could probably cut that in half if I had the time.

      Auto-following back is for when you’re getting established on Twitter…but at some point, most successful people in business want to get a good ratio going with fewer followers.

  4. Julie Trevelyan

    Really concise roundup of tips, Carol. Just today I had an acquaintance of mine who is new to Twitter ask me for tweeting suggestions–and I sent him the link to this article. Perfect timing.

    I like Karen’s tip too. I’ve also done that, and it works like a charm. Especially because I really do want to follow someone else who is interesting, and would certainly love it if they followed me back! 🙂

  5. Deb - Life Beyond Stuff

    Thanks for great post; it’s one of those keepers to file away for future reference as well. Twitter freaks me out but you’ve at least helped it make a bit of sense. It’s almost like learning a new language.

    • Kristin

      I couldn’t agree more. I’ve often said the same thing as I continue to learn about Twitter. It really is like learning a new language. I remember when I first started, I was like, “What in the world is a hashtag?”

  6. Misty

    Hello Carol,

    When I grow up, I want to be just like you. Your advice is always right on. You just saved all new Twitter peeps about four months of agony on Twitter. I’ve been at it for about that long and still feel like a newbie. Also, I haven’t been brave enough to remove my Twitter training wheels and begin promoting my business yet, because I still have much to learn about blogging and need to put together my professional writing site. (Following Carol’s advice).

    Point #2 Fill out your profile completely. People search on words they’re interested in on Twitter, and if you have them in your profile, you will appear in their search results. Thanks Carol! I didn’t know about this one.

    Point #9 Promote other people ~ If you are not getting followers, like Carol says, you need to make it about other people. When I look at someone to follow (and I read their bio and look over the website and/or blog) that is how I determine whether we share common interests and are worth following.

    For me, it’s pointless to follow someone I don’t share something in common with, unless their tweets are just pure entertainment for me, and they don’t do those annoying blasts of tweets every 5 minutes. Had I not done this, I wouldn’t have found and followed Carol. 🙂

    Like Karen says above, take a few minutes to read a few of their posts or make a complimentary comment about either their blog or website. Copy/paste their link info in your tweet along with your comment.

    Twitter peeps appreciate this quick promo by you and most will follow you back with a thank you. I find I also get a #WW or #FF hashtag mention when I do. (You Twitter gurus out there can tells us the best way to do retweets right? And, the best Twitter platforms; Hootsuite, etc.)

    I was in your reader’s shoes a month ago, but when I began using the technique described above, I get a lot more followers and am finally getting listed.

    The purpose of Twitter for your business is to build relationships. People do business with people they know, like and trust. Get to know the people you want to build a relationship with on Twitter. Post to their blogs and retweet great articles like this one!

    If you’re nervous about creating your own tweets, copy/paste other interesting tweets (or how the gurus say to do retweets) and post those, but do the ones that interest you, so you ‘attract’ people who share common ground with you. After all, Twitter is marketing and you don’t want to spin your wheels marketing to the wrong crowd.


    • Carol Tice

      Thanks for adding some great tips!

      I personally don’t use a platform…I kind of like to go on and free associate and add things as I go through the day…but I know I should get more organized!

      You bring up an important point. Make sure all your tweets, much like all your blog posts, follow a common topic. That way tweeps follow you because they understand the type of information they will get from you.

  7. Samantha Bangayan

    Thanks for this detailed post, Carol! I’m definitely not an expert, but there are a couple things I thought I could add:
    – I use TweetDeck as a platform because it helps me manage Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn all at once. The program also helps me easily see mentions and retweets (they have their own column), so that I can thank these people in kind.
    – Another idea for what you can post on Twitter: meaningful quotes in your field. I seem to get retweets and Facebook likes from this.

  8. Sarah

    Carol, This is one of the better blogs I’ve read as of lately. I love this post because it helps writers understand Twitter and how to really harness its full potential. Everything is clear, concise and interesting. We’re going to encourage our Helium writers to follow your blog for helpful tips on online freelancing writing. Thank you!

    • Carol Tice

      Well, I think that’s very nice of you — especially since prolonged reading of this blog may cause some writers to stop writing for Helium as they move on to good-paying markets!

      Thanks for dropping by and posting a link on your blog.


  9. Hajra

    I am pretty new to twitter. Just until days back I didn’t know what the # tag indicated. This is pretty useful information here. I am passing this around 🙂

  10. Iain Mallory

    Not going to comment until you follow me hahahahaha :p

    • Carol Tice

      Whoops! But you just did. 🙂

  11. Shay

    Great blog. I agree with almost everything here. The one issue I take is with #8 — the follower to following ratio. While I do not dispute that what you say is true, I see it a bit differently.

    If I find a person who has substantially more followers than people followed, unless they REALLY have something to offer me, I will probably ignore them. It tells me that they’re not interested in other people. It tells me that they’re unlikely to follow me back and that any communication will be one way. I’m trying to build a following and network with people — so those who play the “celebrity card” and only follow a small number back won’t get a follow from me.

    I have a few more followers than people I’m following, but the numbers are close.

    Also, I look at the tweets. Does this person tweet @otherpeople or do they just tweet about themselves without any personal engagement at all.

    And yes, have a Twitter handle that connects with you. It’s hard enough to remember all of the people I follow (and I really try to do it), but when you have a confusing name that is nothing like yours, people then have to remember two names just to know who you are.

    • Carol Tice

      That definitely seems to be the point of controversy in there!

      Here’s how I think about it: I’m not trying to get established on Twitter. I’m on Twitter so other people can find me who want to connect with writers, particularly reporters.

      The other reason my follows are low is I’m trying to create a useful tweetstream for me to read, of really high-level people.

      Obviously, this may not work for everyone, but it’s what I see a lot once people get over 1,000 followers or so, that they get more selective about who they follow back.

      I prefer to find other ways to recognize people — I often mention people who retweet my content a lot and I put people on lists. I think I can connect with people without following them. I have my own criteria for who I NEED to follow in order to learn more — which to me is the point of following.

      I have the opposite reaction to you of finding people with a low follow base — I recognize them as other thought leaders I want to connect with. I don’t expect them to necessarily follow me back…though if I post things they like, after a while I sometimes do find they follow me back.

  12. Joel Libava

    Hi carol,

    Thank you so much for the shout-out!

    Your blog looks fantastic!

    The Franchise King®


  13. Krissy Brady, Writer

    Amazing tips, as always. 🙂 It took me quite a while to get onto the Twitter bandwagon; I wasn’t resisting because I was dreading yet another social networking account to keep track of, but I was concerned that my lack of experience on how to use Twitter would cause me to miss out on solid networking opportunities (at the time, I didn’t know what hashtags were, or how to reply to people who had mentioned my tweets). Then one day, it just clicked and I’ve really been enjoying the process of tweeting.

    I do encourage writers when signing up for Twitter to at least look up a few tutorials on the basics so that they don’t freeze in panic like I once did, lol! Also, learn how to create lists right off the bat so that you can always stay on top of important tweets you can share with your followers. I’m just now organizing who I follow onto lists, and it’s a much easier task to complete right when you begin using Twitter.

  14. vonnie

    Hey Carol,

    I’m devouring this particular post today, so I can get a better understanding of the whole Twitter marketing philosophy. I’m also looking at Twitter Stream and thinking need to download the latest wordpress on before I can add that plug-in, right? Currently, my blogs are on I paid for the domain but discovering there’s much more to it. But, I am learning!!! :>

    Do you mind if I quote you on my next blog post? If anybody ever reads it, they will know how helpful you are to technology-challenged writers…like me. 🙂


    • Carol Tice

      Quote away Vonnie — just give me a link if you would.

      I don’t know the answer to your technical questions — but if you check out the Events Calendar in Freelance Writers Den, you’ll see I have a couple of great guests coming up doing a members-only event that will be perfect to answer you!

      I’ve noticed many of my readers are struggling to get up a WordPress site or learn how to use it better, so I’ve lined up an awesome presentation all about it. Can’t wait!

      You should leave your questions in the forum Questions for Den Meetings so we have them ahead — improves your chances that we’ll get to them.

  15. Samie

    I love this blog post, I decided to implement it and it has helped me a ton! Hashtags especially have been pretty helpful. I didn’t know what the point of them was before (I’ve never been much of a Tweeter), but now I know how useful they are!

    Thanks for the post! 🙂

  16. Talia

    Thank you for the interesting tips, I never thought about doing the list thing. I honestly thought it was something irrelevant or something that couldn’t help me as a writer. I’m not getting as many hits on my blog as I would like but it’s slowly moving and I am always trying to find ways to be innovative. And also I’m glad you spoke on not always trying to market yourself through your tweets because I always feel guilty when I have my little ‘Gemini’ rants that have nothing to do with my writing or writing period. I thought it was unprofessional actually, lol. So thankx again.

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  18. Lorna Dounaeva

    Thanks for the great tips. It’s nice to have some of the mysteries of Twitter explained in such a susinct manner!

  19. Richelle

    I have been using a protected twitter account and just recently created a new one for my writing (public). What you’ve written here is very useful information, Carol. I appreciate the tips especially in using hashtags. Thank you.

    • Carol Tice

      My pleasure! This post has been around a while, but many writers are still just making their way onto Twitter…or just figuring out it’s more than a place to tell people you’re at Starbucks right now. 😉 Glad I could help —

  20. Kristine

    This was a great post! Thank you. I do have a question on something you said. I seem to “get” Facebook & have great conversations there…very relationship-building…but not so with Twitter. You mention here that you have many followers yet follow very few people back. This, to me, says you’re not interested in relationship-building or communication as a two-way street. Is this how Twitter is? Communication should be genuine, but if you don’t care what they say since you don’t follow them (or think you can’t benefit from them–ie what’s in it for me) Twitter almost seems like it’s the opposite of reciprocity. Or, is Twitter not about relationship building but instead sending links, promoting yourself to people, finding sources? It almost seems like Twitter is talking AT people, superficially, whereas FB is talking WITH people? Wondering if you can explain a little more about the theory of not following people back and how that correlates to building a writing business?

    • Carol Tice

      You’re not thinking about it the right way, Kristine. On Twitter, you follow the people you need to learn from and connect with. That’s what I do. My followers are doing the same.

      So if 6,000 new writers are following me, I’m usually not following them back, because they’re not sharing information that’s useful to me. I’m following thought leaders in marketing, social media, writing, etc that I need to learn from and whom I’m hoping to connect with and build a relationship with.

      I don’t agree that you’re talking at people on Twitter…but who you’re connecting with works a bit differently, because you have the option of following people who do not necessarily follow you. On Facebook it’s a mutual connection or none. I think that key difference does make for a different culture…but also gives you the ability to end up connecting with some really amazing people. That’s certainly how it worked for me.

      It’s funny you post this now, as I actually just met someone in person last week who I’d only chatted with before on Twitter. I think it can be a terrific starting point for getting to know people, and a place you can get the attention of influentials like no other platform I know.

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  22. Joseph Rathjen

    Great advice, Carol. After I read this article, I went to Twitter and changed my handle from JrFreelancer to JRFreelanceWriter. Right after that I retweeted one of my “Following” tweets. It wasn’t 15-minutes later I got two hits from Twitter to my latest blog post!

    Thanks for the tips!

    • Carol Tice

      Glad that worked for you Joseph!

  23. Sherry Hagee

    Carol-Just braving the waters here. Thanks for these terrific tips. Appreciate the POV of helping other writers. Seems like the only way we will improve our world is to reach back to those coming along and lend a hand. Thank you for useful, practical advice. Was drawn to your blog by article on 100 sites that pay writers. Very much appreciated.

  24. Karen J

    Carol ~
    I see now how Twitter can be incredibly helpful – both for finding and being found.

    I’m still not clear, though, on where and how the “140 characters” limit fits in…? I often see “We were chatting on Twitter…” and can’t fathom having much meaningful conversation within that constraint!
    (Eagerly anticipating your floodlight’s worth of illumination on that question! 😉 )

    • Carol Tice

      Karen, Twitter only allows 140 characters per tweet. This drives many writers crazy, but in fact it’s a great writing exercise, to have to be that concise. And remember, you can chat back and forth…so everything doesn’t have to be in one tweet.

      And on Twitter’s Direct Message (DM) feature, you can just write several tweets at once privately, if you have something more complicated to say. I think most chats on Twitter are short and then we take it to Skype or email or somewhere else. Twitter is a starting point for conversations and connections.

      One conversation starter I had on Twitter was me tweeting to an editor, “Are you the right person to pitch for X project?” Turned out she was, and I ended up writing $14,000 worth of articles for her in that project. It can really be worth starting a conversation on Twitter — sometimes editors are more open to new people on there than they might be to a pitch on email, I find.

      • Karen J

        Thank you, Carol!
        The DM and “keep talking, elsewhere” options – along with multiple messages – does clear it up!

  25. Joseph Rathjen

    These are all great tips, Carol. I also found that an occasional and simple tweet like, “Have a great weekend, everyone!” or something of a personal compliment can attract more followers or retweets. People like it when you make them feel important. Another good tip is never post your new “Followers” or new “Unfollowers” daily stats. It will cause you to lose just as many followers as you gain. For some reason it turns people away. It’s better to have loyal followers than people who are just plaing the “Followers” game (like you said.)

    • Carol Tice

      I never even THOUGHT of doing that — it’s of no use to readers, really.

      OK, I have to partially take that back now that I think of it — when I hit a big milestone like 9,000 followers as I did recently, I have posted a thank-you to all my followers for just being awesome…that kind of thing. But who cares how many new followers you got this week or whatever? Social media is for sharing personally, or sharing what you want to promote that you think would be useful to your followers.

  26. Mark

    Hi Carol:

    What an excellent list of proven and extremely helpful tips! If could just as easily been
    the top 15 Things I Did Wrong When I First Joined Twitter!

    Because I did much of it wrong when I first joined! All your tips are indeed sound, but tips # 5, 7 & *, really describe where I was initially!

    For some reason most beginners mistake being spam-my (especially) on twitter, with being social! I now I certainly did initially!

    Glad I got some real training and go off that train! Anyway, thanks so much for sharing some extremely valuable tips!

  27. Lyn

    Thanks Carol for the tips. These are the best twitter tips I read so far.

    In my opinion, posting links one after another that point back to one’s website is just plain boring and very promotinal in such a way that real followers won’t love reading and retweeting. It’s good to post interesting niche related videos too once in a while and even share links of articles from other blogs that are quite interesting.

  28. Kat

    Ah! Amazing helpful info for a Twitter-phobic like myself. I’ll definitely bookmark this and return for review as I get up to speed on Twitter. Thanks!

  29. Libet Chang

    Thanks for this post! I have to confess that I’ve yet to actively use Twitter, precisely because I had no understanding of how it worked. I assumed that if I used Facebook and LinkedIn, the Twitter would be…overkill. No I understand much more and am eager to get started.

    • Carol Tice

      These days, Facebook is of increasingly limited use as a small business, unless you’re willing to pay to boost your posts or place ads. On the other hand, Twitter is the premiere place blog posts are promoted — I rarely see a post that has more FB likes or any other type of shares — retweets is always by far the highest number. And Twitter is a great place to connect with editors, in a format where they’re often more accessible than phone or email, or any other social media.

  30. Catherine Hamrick

    Great tips!

    After taking a social media class, I jumped on Twitter and found a lot of shameless self-promotion. However, I also discovered some interesting writers, publishers, and businesses.

    It’s easy to spread oneself over too many platforms–potential time killers. Be selective.

    • Carol Tice

      I agree with that — people keep asking me if I’m going to join Tsu, or one of the other new platforms, and my answer is NO.

  31. Nicole

    These are really great tips. But doesn’t it follow that promoting yourself as a writer in Twitter means you should show proof of your work? Since social media requires constant updates, this can become real hard work.

    • Carol Tice

      Nicole, it’s a myth that you have to be on social media constantly. You can schedule tweets all at once, too. I know people with a ton of followers and traction on Twitter who post maybe once a day.

      • Julie

        Hi Carol, do you mean autoposting when you said about scheduling tweets? I’ve always been wondered how to do that.

        • Carol Tice

          Yes — I use Hootsuite to schedule posts ahead, you can do it a couple weeks ahead even.

  32. Dorah Steller

    Thank you for this useful helps! I’m a brand new member of this world and I think these will help me so much!!! Thanks again


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