Blogging is fun! I started blogging casually since 2001, moving into my own domain name in 2004, and then decided to blog professionally on my own blog since June 2007. For some reason or what, I checked out the traffic behavior of my blog. I have come to realize that the traffic’s up and down has very much to do with the activity that I am doing inside and outside my blog. The reason is very simple: I started off without any traffic, hence I need to bring in the traffic!
Many ways to bring in the traffic
While you are blogging, you have unknowingly attracted crowd from the search engines. You may have also attracted people to link to your attractive articles. Or, you could have linked to an attractive blog post from a stranger, which caused a trackback link from that stranger’s blog. Technically speaking, your blog posts are helping themselves to bring in the traffic. However, blogging alone is not enough. You need to do more things to reach out to the untapped market out there waiting for you. There are two ways you can do it.
- You can spend money to bring in the traffic.
- You can spend time to bring in the traffic.
By the way, I’m sorry to tell you that you have no choice but to choose “spend time to bring in the traffic” because I am going to talk about Twitter very soon. 🙂
Using social media to bring in the traffic. It’s free! But it takes effort.
So far as I know of, the only way to reach out to the untapped market with a single cent is to participate in social media. Because that’s the only way we can put in our information almost freely. The social media website owners are more than happy to welcome you to introduce your sites to the visitors. This is social media’s way of sustaining their businesses.
By the way, blogging is also a form of social media where people can comment on your blog and maybe providing links to their website.
Participating in the social media is all about building your own community who follows your thought leadership. There are so many different social media websites out there of all kinds. Well, it will be perfect if you can spend enough time to participate in all of them! However, all of us have less than 24 hours a day. Hence, choosing one or two major social media is sufficient enough! Or else, you may not be able to build a strong community supporting your thoughts. And I will strongly recommend you to participate in twitter as your first choice of building your strong community.
Why Twitter, and not other social media?
With more and more bigger players jumping into this large whale of tweets, Twitter is definitely a social media not to be taken lightly with.
Twitter has also matured over time. I can still remember making my first few tweets and there is nobody listening to me. I virtually have no local friends who can follow me on twitter. I started to look out for the big names like Robert Scoble on Twitter. I can still remember I can even chat with him back then. Now, it’s so hard with so many people trying to talk to him on Twitter. Back then, retweet was eventually invented by someone who just want to share a tweet he has seen. It came in various forms such as “RT @charleslau the message”, “The message (via @charleslau)”, “Retweet the message (from @charleslau” and many more. In fact, it is becoming more or less standardized now to be just “RT @charleslau the message”.
Because Twitter is based on a very simple 140 characters, it turned out that there are a lot of growth to expand in Twitter because it provides a lot of API to leverage on to expand into different types of third party webwares. As such, if you can establish your strong followers in time, you will soon be able to leverage on the future expansion that Twitter potentially has with many smart Social Media entrepreneurs out there! So far as I know, Twitter can be used show pictures, sound and links to your followers. Some others even use Twitter to monitor certain things such as their health status, sleeping patterns, and even track what a plant wants to twitter about! With all the various tools establishing and more to come, your only goal today is to build a strong community around a certain topic which relates back to your blog!
How is Twitter linked to your blog?
While you may still be establishing your blog presence to the world, twitter is a good place to be more personal and to build your community with. It’s like asking your interested visitors to subscribe to your blog posts, or even to subscribe to your newsletter via email. Twitter is yet another form of establishment that you will want to work it out as you will learn and grow with this community. Chances of them visiting your website is very high because they like you through your tweets! Let’s see how you can start off by connecting yourself in Twitter…
Connecting yourself in Twitter
Twitter is indeed a whole new world out there where you are basically trying to woo more people into your own blog. However, the methodology must be set properly. First of all, you must not have the mentality of “What’s in it for me” in the twitter environment. In twitter, it can be like micro-blogging where you get comments about your tweets. It can also be like a chat room where you get to socialize with strangers (and of course your good old friends included). Let’s see some bad examples here:
- If you try to tweet the same message consistently over time, I can tell you safely that I will be the first one to unfollow you! I am in Twitter to enjoy myself, while you are out there to hard sell me something!
- If you are caught tweeting affiliated links consistently as well, I will surely unfollow you! It is so irritating to see affiliated links so many times. Yes, I know you want to make money online… Can you just be more personal and talk to me with no money attached?
- Can you not be so robot? There are some twitter accounts which are basically bots. They do nothing but to churn out contents after contents. If these contents are verified properly, I probably won’t mind to follow you so that I can retweet the benefits to my followers! But if you are basically controlled by keywords, I will surely unfollow you! That’s because keyword filtering is not always accurate. I will rather follow people who are more human, and are willing to tweet quality stuff!
Now let’s see some good examples:
- If your twitter account is very clear about your topics, I will follow you because it’s part of my passion and beneficial to my followers. You basically tweet really good stuff that it will not be good for me if I miss them!
- If you are really friendly to me, I would love to talk to you. For that duration of chat, you can be really shocked that people may want to follow both of you just to listen to the conversation that they are interested in.
- Retweeted messages are very powerful. They basically help me to transfer my friends’ tweets to my followers without much effort on my part other than just reading. And because of the attraction in this tweet, it will just get retweeted a couple of times. This will increase your followers pretty significantly.
- Tell your followers that you have just blogged a new post! We’ll love it! Look! A chance to connect your blog to twitter.
- Do up your own Twitter wallpaper. It really helps in your brand building for your overall business and eventually for your blog.
I wish to clarify that social media is definitely not going to be helpful to you if you are consistently looking out to make quick money out of it. Social media is here to have fun! It’s only with the more hardcore fans, they are more willing to spend some money to get a better deal! Treat twitter as a brand awareness exercise for yourself. Do everything that you can to get connected with the media with no strings attached. Very soon, everybody will connect your blog and your twitter account as one brand! In other words, Think of what you can do to the social media, instead of what social media can do for you!
How has Twitter added to your blog?