I’ve been on Twitter for a while now, and I find that it is a great source of traffic for my posts. However, I am discovering that there is also an incredible community for bloggers available through the use of hashtags, retweet accounts and chats that cater for every niche.
Hashtags are labels that allow potential readers to find posts and content within a specific theme. On Twitter, there are endless hashtags that can be used, depending on the theme of your post, but there are a number of specific tags that I have found to be particularly useful, and use on a regular basis
Blog Retweet Accounts
Retweet accounts are there for the purpose of retweeting (sharing) your post. They vary in size – some have 30,000+ followers, some only 150 – but they are fantastic for promoting your blog to a wider audience. It is normally expected that you follow these accounts (more for common courtesy than anything else), and in order to gain a retweet you need to include their Twitter handle in your link, along with your hashtags.
Blog Link-Shares and Chats
Link-sharing and chats are a fantastic way to network with other bloggers all across Twitter, and there are an enormous amount of these happening on a weekly basis. They are focused around a hashtag – those participating will all use the same hashtag for a specified amount of time in order to quickly connect with each other.
In a link share, bloggers will share a link to their blog. There are link-sharing hashtags for every day of the week, and most go on all day, so it’s easy to jump in and out when time permits. When sharing a link, you should also take the time to READ and then retweet a few posts from others – this will encourage people to share your posts in return, potentially increasing your traffic further. Note: it is advisable that posts are shared sporadically, rather than spamming the hashtag by sharing everything you’ve ever written all at once – this will eventually result in you being reported.
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