A brief summary of one very effective tactic for promoting online writing with Twitter.
I've been writing for Factoidz for a couple months now, and I learned some effective and ineffective techniques for promoting articles along the way. Here are some valuable techniques that can help you get your message out there no matter what site you write for, including Factoidz, Associated Content, Triond, or Bukisa. Instead of going into depth on each networking and link-sharing option, I will focus on the site which has given me the most benefit: Twitter.
I tried all the other service links offered on the Factoidz promotion page including StumbleUpon, Digg, Propellor, Delicious, and Reddit. These sites are all fine, but they require a great deal of participation in order to get your name out there. Sites like Digg and Reddit are basically social communities of their own, and it takes time to develop the "karma" to be seen by lots of users. Additionally, some (particularly Propellor and StumbleUpon) discourage you from promoting the same domain more than 10-50 times by banning that domain. This is obviously useless for article promotion if you are promoting from the same site. I got some results from these sites; I probably boosted my total views per article by 20 or so per day, but even this quickly died off.
Twitter had none of these issues. I was leery of using Twitter, because I had my reservations about using social networking. Before the time I first used it, I had written about 20 articles on the Factoidz website. My average views per day were somewhere between 200-300. When I posted my links to Twitter that first time, I got about 300 views in just a couple minutes! I was shocked and naturally thought that it was a joke, but I eventually confirmed that I had Twitter to thank for my success. From that point on, I started getting on Twitter to post my articles every day. I have continued to use the site ever since.
If you post a link of your article on Twitter with an introductory phrase and some hash tags (#twitter #social #networking #internet #google for some examples), users will find your article when they search through recent tweets. You can expect anywhere from 5-20 hits on a link in the few minutes after you post it to Twitter, and then it dies off. For an example of what Twitter can do for you, I have written over 80 articles and get between 1600 and 1800 page views on an average day. I also know that Twitter is responsible for 60-75% of those page views.
When I started to accumulate more articles, I started to realize that if I manually posted to Twitter once or more each day, I would quickly be spending over an hour just posting links. This is unacceptable and unrealistic, so I began searching for a way to automate the process. The tool that I finally found was Twaitter, which is an application designed for Twitter. (Twaitter works exactly the same as SocialOomph, which has been written about by Louie Jerome here: https://knoji.com/how-to-automate-twitter-to-get-more-readers-socialoomph/). The difference between Twaitter and SocialOomph is that Twaitter is completely free.
The heart of Twaitter is the ability to click on Scheduled Posts and initiate recurring posts. In this section, you type exactly what you want to post into a Twitter window and then schedule it to your preferences. You have the ability to make the application post a link to Twitter every day until....forever! This is called a recurring post, and it is what boosted my page views from 400 to 1600-1800 per day. That's really all there is to it. It took me about two hours to set up all the recurring posts to my articles. You can also set up a post for the same article more than once.
My secret is that I divided the day into three sections (starting at 11:00 AM, 7:00 PM, and 3:00 AM) and set up a recurring post for each of my articles starting at around one of these three times. Also, if you post the same exact Twitter posting within about five posts, the server will reject your post as a duplicate. To prevent this, I started by scheduling one article per each successive minute. Also, your account may appear to be a spam account if you post 20-100 links in the same exact minute. Progressing 11:00, 11:01, 11:02 and so on was my way of spreading out the posts, preventing duplicates, and keeping Twitter from deleting my account (although there is nothing wrong with promoting your business of Factoiding on Twitter, there are certain ways of doing this that Twitter frowns upon).
If you have reached this sentence, you now know all of my promotional secrets as of April 11, 2010! All you have to do now is to sign up for a Twitter account, find the Twaitter application on Google, and then start scheduling some posts! You will boost your views in no time! An added bonus is that you can increase your Twitter followers with each successive post. As of 13APR2010, my dustinlabarge Twitter account has 554 followers and 4 lists following me. Good luck! I will post updates to this article for the benefit of all my readers and fellow writers as I gain new techniques.
Irene Nevins' comment about hash tags convinced me that it would be useful to post up a few of my automatic tweets from www.twaitter.com This domain is where you can set up automatic tweets. To set up an automatic tweet once you have a Twitter account, simply log into Twaitter as you would Twitter, and then click on Scheduled Messages. You will see a window which looks like the Twitter message box where you post messages. Then, simply add your link and shorten the title if necessary to make room for some hash tags. After that, click on the "schedule" button, click "recurring" instead of "one-time", and click on the "daily" button below. This ensures that your message will be broadcast until the end of time (as long as this service is free, anyway). These tags are what users come across when they are searching through tweets. Here are the tweets I set up for this article as well as a few other random articles so that you can see how this is done:
Recurring daily post @ 4:45 AM, 12:45 PM, and 8:45 PM. You can see the five hash tags and shortened title with the link.
SEO Traffic Building:#seo #factoid #traffic #google #twitter https://knoji.com/how-to-promote-factoids-my-journey-of-traffic-building/
Recurring daily post @ 4:10 AM, 12:10 PM, and 8:10 PM.
Woodstock: 1969 Music & Art Fair: #woodstock #jimi #hendrix #concert #hippie https://knoji.com/woodstock-the-1969-music-and-art-fair/
Recurring daily post @ 3:12 AM, 11:12 AM, and 7:12 PM.
Healthy Fast Food: Salvage Bad Eating: #salad #fast #food #eat https://knoji.com/healthy-fast-food-how-to-salvage-a-bad-eating-situation/
My Twitter username/handle is dustinlabarge if you would like to add me!