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How to Get More Traffic with Twitter

Updated on June 3, 2014

"Twitter is simple to use and this is what makes it so popular... it gets tons of traffic and it can get you tons of traffic as well." — Webconfs.com

Many top bloggers have claimed that over half of their traffic are referred by Twitter. Unlike Google which takes time to crawl your site, traffic from Twitter is relatively instantaneous. As such, many new bloggers have likewise benefited. So if you have not already started using Twitter, isn't it worth your while to allocate some of your valuable time to find out how Twitter can work for you?

Twitter is a microblogging social-networking site that places a 140-character limit in a message, known as "tweets". (Twitter automatically replaces all URL addresses with their own t.co urls, with HTTP urls being treated as 19 characters, and HTTPs urls as 20, irrespective of the actual length of your URL address. Thus the 140-character limit appears to be exceeded at times and at other times, you feel that you've been shortchanged.)

Described as "the SMS of the Internet", Twittter has become one of the top 10 most visited websites on the Internet, since its launch in July 2006. In September 2011, Twitter hit 100 million monthly active users but by December of the following year, that number had more than doubled, surpassing the 200 million mark. With so many registered users, is it any wonder that Twitter has become one of the best places on the Internet for webmasters and bloggers to receive traffic?

10 Steps to Becoming a Twitter Master

The Two Most Important Things to Consider in Twitter

Your profile and your username are the two most important things to consider because they are the first two things that your visitors will see, when they visit your Twitter page.

  1. Make your Twitter profile interesting: If your profile looks boring, people will not bother to read your tweets. As you are limited to only 140 characters, you cannot write a very long bio. State your location, occupation, interests, etc, and include a couple of keywords. Do not forget to put your website URL in your bio, if you want to drive traffic to your website. (URLs are considered to be 19 characters long for HTTP, no matter what its actual length is.)
  2. Choose a username that is targeted at your niche, e.g. if you are promoting your SEO services, you can choose something like SEOmaster, SEOguru, SEOservices, etc. Dummies.com says: "Your Twitter name has power and influence on search engine optimization (SEO), which translates to how close to the top of a search results list you appear in a search engine such as Yahoo! or Google. If you're a business, consider using a valuable keyword as your Twitter name."

Unlike Facebook and some other social networks, Twitter allows you to have more than one Twitter account. Each account, however, must have its own unique email address associated with it. You are allowed to log in to only one Twitter account at a time in the same browser, but you may use different browsers to logged in to multiple accounts simultaneously.

Twitter also allows you to change your username.

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What to Tweet

Tweet what is valuable and useful to your readers, and avoid purely promotional posts. Instead of merely adding a link to your hub or blog, write some useful content. Common sense, right?

When you log into Twitter, you will also find 10 trending topics in a box on the left-hand side of the page. "Trends" are hot topics that are being discussed by lots of Twitter users. If you do not know what to tweet, you can take a look at these topics which may, in turn, inspire you to tweet.

When you write a tweet, you can start with an interesting fact, but always try to end with a question, whenever possible, followed by a link to your hub or website. This way, it will generate curiosity to find out more and the chances of users visiting your hub or site is dramatically increased.

How to Use Twitter: Hashtags

Using Hashtags

You can use hashtags to organize your content. Hashtags always begin with a pound sign (#), e.g. #health. They also facilitate Twitter users to find tweets that may interest them, which also means that hashtags make it easier for your tweets to be found through related searches. If people can find your tweets, they may retweet it to their followers, thus creating an opportunity for your tweets and/or your hubs to go viral.

You can find the right hashtag to use by using Twitter's search function. Established users who have thousands of followers are usually very experienced, so you can learn from them by seeing what kind of hashtags they use. Websites such as hashtags.org also provides a list of popular hashtags for various topics.

Do not use too many hashtags, or else your tweets would look like spam. Moreover, Google may penalize your tweets by not indexing them. Thus, avoid using more than 3 hashtags at any one time. Also, do not use hashtags that are misleading and irrelevant to your tweets.

How to Socialize in Twitter

  • Inform your friends, acquaintances, and coworkers of your Twitter account: Your friends, acquaintances, and coworkers will be your most loyal audience. Make them aware of your Twitter account by sending them the link to your Twitter profile. Send them a mass invite, If you have their emails, or know their accounts on other networks.
  • Seek out Twitter users with similar interests: Use Twitter's search functions to find users with similar interests. These users may not be as loyal as your friends, acquaintances, and coworkers, but you can still get some hits from them. Some Twitter users report that about 1-2% of their followers visit their site a day but by making your tweets interesting, you can beat the odds.
  • Interact as much as possible: When you respond to the posts of your followers in Twitter and visit their links, chances are that they will do likewise. In short, actively follow those that follow you. To send a message to a specific person or to reply, begin your Twitter message with @, followed by that person’s Twitter username.
  • Tweet regularly: As with all other kinds of social networks, if you want to keep your audience, you need to feed them regularly. Writing a short tweet takes just a few seconds, but is enough to keep your followers happy. Needless to say, you should tweet about useful things. If you don't have something useful to post, it is perfectly alright to post a link to an article, a video, or a blog that you found on the Internet that you find interesting.

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Twitter Services and Gadgets

Twitter Help Center says "We’re constantly amazed by the applications and services that develop around the Twitter platform."

Yes, there are a lot of such applications and services these days that can extend the functionality of your Twitter account. While Twitter allows this, it also cautions that "ultimately, you are responsible for the actions of your account, which means you shouldn't give control of your account to a third-party unless you've thoroughly investigated the application. If your account automation is violating the Twitter Rules (by retweeting spam updates, repeatedly posting duplicate links, etc.), your account will be suspended."

Twitterfeed is one example of a Twitter service. It takes your RSS feeds and sends new items to the social networks that you want to link with. Apart from Twitterfeed, there are also many other gadgets which can turn your blog visitors into Twitter followers. If these followers have a big following, there is a good chance that some of their followers will notice you and join your network.

There are also many tools out there that can automate your tweets. Apart from Twitterfeed mentioned earlier, there are also other sites such as Buffer, and SocialOomph. Needless to say, automation tools can dramatically increase your traffic from Twitter. If you constantly monitor what new Twitter tools and gadgets are being released, you will certainly find more ways to drive traffic from Twitter to your site.

(NOTE: URL shorteners are no longer required, as Twitter now converts all URL addresses with their own t.co urls.)

A Word of Caution: Do Not Spam

Because it is so easy to tweet, it is also very easy to spam Twitter by sending your lastest tweets to as many users as you can. Refrain from doing this, or else you may be banned. To avoid being banned by Twitter, do familiarize yourself with its Policies and Violations.

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      Jacobb9205 2 years ago

      Thank you for the help!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 2 years ago from Philippines

      Never knew what to do with my Twitter account. Thanks for this overflow of helpful and useful information.

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      Brian Dooling 2 years ago from Connecticut

      Another great hub! I would also suggest adding photos to your tweets, the link takes up some of the characters but it tends to help links get click and your tweet to stand out in users feeds.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi mayank147, thanks for dropping by.

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      Mayank Agrawal 4 years ago from Bangalore

      Very informative article it gives me lots of knowledge on how to use twitter for promoting hubs thank you very much hope we will read some more informative article :)

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Maggs224, JB has grown tremendously because of its proximity to Singapore. Many Malaysians from the North go to Singapore to work but stay in JB, because of the relatively much cheaper cost of living (due to the exchange rate). That is not to say that the cost of living in JB is cheap. In fact, it's more expensive than KL.

      Dragon Garden is today called "Taman Iskandar", named after the previous Sultan.

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      maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

      I am sure Walter that JB is a far different place to the one I remember back in the late 60's. I am sure that I would be completely lost if I visited today, I know my husband went back a couple of years after we had left, and already, he said it had changed so much that he found it difficult to find his way around.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Maggs224, for a moment, I thought you are still in Johor Bahru! Johor Bahru has changed a lot, after the Iskandar Malaysia project was launched. Development is so fast that the roads keep changing and now you've highways criss-crossing all over.

      http://johor-bahru-directory.com/Iskandar_Malaysia

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      maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

      What an interesting Hub Walter, I really got a lot from it, I didn't realize that Twitter would shorten the URL that is so handy to know.

      I lived in Johor Bahru just off the Pasir Plangi Road on what was then a new Estate still in the process of being built, called Dragon Gardens but that was in 1967-69.

      I think that they must have renamed it as I can't seem to find it on any map.

      I loved Singapore and Malaysia and was very sad when I had to return home to the UK. I have very many fond memories of that part of the world. Voting up and hitting all the relevant buttons on my way out

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Peachpurple, thank you for the info... I was just looking at Google Earth and was wondering whether I could find some cameras that can take panoramic pictures. Guess that's one way to boost the traffic to my Johor Bahru website, LOL.

      http://johor-bahru-directory.com/Johor_Bahru_Direc...

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Btw, seems that there will be a PC Expo at Persada Johor on 5-7 july 2013. Maybe you can drop by to see any promo for digital cameras.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks. I believe that my old username doesn't seems interesting to other twitters. Boring. Need to make some changes.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Peachpurple, you can find out how to change your Twitter username here:

      https://support.twitter.com/articles/14609-how-to-...

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Peachpurple, you can change your Twitter username. As you can see, I changed mine from "dummiped", a silly name, to WalterPoon.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Do makes sense to me. I have neglected my garden and I get lots of weeds. So, I should presume that if I don't read other people tweets and leave comments, they won't read mine, right? I was wondering whether i could change my twitter username.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Peachpurple, just like in every social network, you've to interact actively. If you merely twit, without interacting with other Twitter members, then the result will be pathetic. You reap what you sow. It's the same here in HubPages. Supposing you don't read other hubs and leave a comment, they will also do likewise.

      Coming back to your question as to whether Twitter helps me a lot, I must say no, not at the moment, and I know why. My computer and my personal websites are giving me a lot of problems lately and I need to fix all these before I can find the time to make the social networks work for me. As you sow, so shall you reap. Sow melon and you get melon, sow beans and you get beans. Neglect it and you get weeds, LOL.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for the tips. I tweet all my hubs at twitter but only have 29 followers while i follow a large bunch of them. Maybe i should create a new twitter with different name. Thanks for sharing. Does your twitter helps you a lot?

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Travmaj and Mel Carriere, thanks for dropping by. Learning is a never-ending process. First, we learn the basics, and then we try to figure out the small difference that makes the big difference, i.e. the secrets that set the high flyers from the rest of the pack.

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      Very well written and informative. I'll try to put your advice to work. I have a Twitter account but I really don't know what to do with it.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Thanks for this Walter - very well written and I shall bookmark it. Technology is not my forte but I'll get there - best wishes...

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc, we are in the same boat. Just handling Pinterest is already a mouthful and what's more, I see you running all over your hubs, trying to respond to every comment. Let me tinker with Twitter and learn how all these automation stuffs work. Will let you know if I find some really good stuffs.

      Did you get to read how to make your Pinterest even more powerful? I found it out only after writing the hub and have added a section entitled: "The small difference that makes the big difference". It's actually someone's secret to getting 10 million views for his hub from Pinterest.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know you are right, Walter, and I confess to doing very little on Twitter. I have to pick and choose my activities. I just don't have the time and Twitter was a casualty early on....I will take this under advisement and see if I can't improve my efforts.

      Great info, buddy. Have a great weekend.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Ologsinquito, thanks for dropping by...

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      ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Walter, excellent and informative article. Voted up.