How to Get Twitter Traffic Without Lots of Followers

Social media websites like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest can be very useful for getting traffic to hubs, articles, blogs and websites. However, for these sites to be useful, you generally need lots of followers to see and resend your links to others. It can take a long time to build up a following.

So, you may think Twitter is useless as a promotional tool until you have at the very least several dozen followers. But there is still a way to get your website or articles noticed without having lots of followers to tweet your links to.

All you have to do is find hashtags that relate to what you're trying to promote. Anyone who does a search using those hashtags can potentially find your tweet. And it's very easy to do.

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So, what's a hashtag?

Hashtags are used by Twitter to organize content. They always begin with a pound sign #. Hashtags make it easier for Twitter users to find tweets that may interest them, which means they also make it easier for your tweet to be found. And if people can find your tweet, they may retweet it to their followers.

As an example, if you have a website or article on organic gardening, you could put the hashtags #organic and #gardening into your tweet. Another related hashtag may be #growyourown.

If you write about movies, TV shows or musicians, hashtags will often be used for movie, program and song titles (ex. #ironman). Using hashtags increases the likelihood that Twitter users will find your tweet through related searches.

Using hashtags can get more traffic from Twitter
Using hashtags can get more traffic from Twitter

How to find the right hashtag

Use the search function in Twitter. Look for terms that relate to your article or website. For example, if your site or article relates to dog training put that into the search. You will see some tweets show up with #dogtraining. You could broaden your potential audience more by using more than one hashtag. Another tag like #puppy would also relate to your article.

Follow popular Twitter users who tweet about topics that relate to what you write about. Users who have thousands of followers are typically very experienced, so you can learn from them. You will see the kinds of hashtags they use.

You can also use a website like hashtags.org to find popular hashtags for various topics.

How to Use Twitter: Hashtags

Don't use too many hashtags

Twitter users may notice a tweet with lots of hashtags but they may not actually read it. Too many hashtags might be overwhelming and look like spam. Not surprisingly Google doesn't like them, so your tweet might not get indexed. Don't use more than 3 hashtags at one time. Also, don't use hashtags that are irrelevant to your tweet.

Using Trending Topics

Twitter lists 10 trending topics on the left hand side of the page. Trending topics are topics that are being discussed by lots of Twitter users. Each time you log into the site, check the trending topics. You may have something to tweet that relates to a particular trending topic.

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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

Good hub on Twitter. I'm still pretty new to Twitter so I still don't have much followers. I agree that hashtags can be very useful. I've been using them too. But yes, hashtags shouldn't be overused and only those relevant to what you're tweeting about should be used.

You mentioned something about tweets getting indexed by Google. Do you mean individual tweets? Does Google actually index individual tweets? I was under the impression that Google indexes your entire Twitter profile complete with the tweets and followers that you have. I've come across some public Twitter profiles where you can read the tweets posted. And I've also seen some private Twitter profiles where no tweet is visible because you have to befriend the person first. So it seems that Google can index both these kinds of Twitter profiles.


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Learn Things Web 3 years ago from California Author

Ceres Schwarz,

Google does index tweets. I've actually come across tweets in searches and the links were to the tweets rather than to the user profile. I'm not sure if it's every single tweet though or actually how they do it. It's seems like it would be too much to index every single one. I have come across the problem of finding a link in Google that goes to a Facebook post but I can't see it because I don't have an account.


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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

Oh, okay. Thanks for that clarification. I never saw single tweets in search results. But I agree that it might be too much if Google actually indexes every single one of those tweets because I've seen some Twitter users with thousands of tweets. I've come across some FaceBook posts too but those were visible to the public.


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macteacher 3 years ago from New York

I'm probably one of the last people on earth with no Twitter account. I keep thinking about it - but I never get motivated. One more account to track, more stuff to deal with. This hub has given me some incentive. I do want to get traffic and this sounds like an excellent way to do just that. Thank you for a very helpful hub. Voted Up!


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Learn Things Web 3 years ago from California Author

Ceres Schwarz,

I think whether you see Facebook posts depends on whether someone chooses to make their posts public or not. I've come across both types.


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Learn Things Web 3 years ago from California Author

macteacher,

Twitter is the only social media I bother to use for promotion. Simply because I don't have to worry too much about having lots of followers, which seems like a necessity with other sites. So, it isn't as time consuming. I'm able to get some traffic just using hashtags alone.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA

I need to use Twitter more often. I'm not sure I have been using it in the right way, since I'm not getting many followers. I'll take your advice and see if I can do better.


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Learn Things Web 3 years ago from California Author

Barbara,

It does take time to build a following. I never got Twitter traffic before I started using hashtags.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

learnthingsweb,

Thanks for the interesting twitter tips. If I was smart and had more free time, I would study how twitter can better help me promote my hubs. Voted up and sharing.


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Jared Miles 3 years ago from Australia

I only got Twitter the other day, and I have lots to learn. Thanks for your Hub, you've taught me some useful information. I'll try out the hashtags, which I've never used before, next time I'm on Twitter.

I will be sharing this.


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joym7 3 years ago from United States

great article... yes why we are after follower if we get traffic with above given technique. Thanks for letting us know.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

This is very useful and interesting, I will bookmark to re-read.

I am glad there are people like you who don't mind helping others.

Thanks for the information.


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Learn Things Web 3 years ago from California Author

Paul Kuehn,

I'm sure there's a lot to learn about how to successfully use Twitter. I haven't had time to look into it either.


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Learn Things Web 3 years ago from California Author

Jared Miles,

Definitely try the hashtags, since you're new. I never got a Twitter visit until I started using them.


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Learn Things Web 3 years ago from California Author

Thanks oym7 and Shyron E Shenko. Glad to help.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

I tryed using hashtags.org but discovered that when I test some hashtags that are specific to my niche, it reports that they are not used. But when I try the same hashtags in Twitter, I find many results where people are indeed tweeting with those tags.

So I'm not so sure about the accuracy of that tool. Nevertheless, you hub is very useful and is a great reminder of the importance of using hashtags in tweets. But not too many, as you also indicated.


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Learn Things Web 3 years ago from California Author

Glenn,

I haven't had that problem but you can still use widely used keywords if you can't use hashtags. Those keywords will also show up in searches.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

You're right. It's possible that the hashtags I tried using were just not indexed in their system. I'll test other keywords and hashtags. It seems to be a really useful tool, so I'll work with it some more.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Bookmarking this so I can review it when I finally get around to setting up a Twitter acct. Thanks for the info!


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Learn Things Web 3 years ago from California Author

Your welcome Au fait.

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