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.
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.