How To Maximize Your Twitter Account To Get Traffic To Your WordPress Blog

twitter_logoHow can you use Twitter to generate traffic to your WordPress blog you say?

First of all, everyone is on Twitter. And I mean everyone! After looking at it and studying it for awhile, I found that it is a great Web 2.0 tool to generate traffic for your WordPress blog. I didn’t feel this way at first because I thought it was stupid to tell people in 160 characters or less what I was doing. Until I realized the social aspect of it and how the social interactivity lead to traffic. I’ll tell you how I figured this out  in just a minute. I will say though that almost everyone uses Twitter these days, and some are using it quite successfully to drive traffic to their blog Including me.

Here are 5 great ways of using Twitter to increase your blog traffic:

1. Use Twitterfeed: Twitterfeed is a tool that will automatically discover your WordPress blog feeds and display them on your Twitter account. This is a good way to ensure that all your blog posts show up in Twitter.

2. Answer Questions: If you are serious about generating traffic from Twitter then you need to answer as many questions as possible. Twitter is like a micro-blog, and you find a lot of people asking questions. Engage yourself in the conversation and answer these questions.  Help people find answers. This will increase your popularity and establish your credibility. Seth Goodin has a blog post called “Do you know about twitter search“.  You can search for topics you are familiar with that people are talking about and give good helpful answers. You will come out looking like a hero.

3. Ask Questions: You will be surprised to see the number of real experts on Twitter. There are professionals from every field, and although not many use it that way, Twitter is a great place to pick the brains of specialists or people in your industry. You will get plenty of blog post ideas and can invite these experts to view your blog posts entries. There is a very good chance that they will forward your post to other colleagues and make it popular.

4. Do not “Only” Sell: People use Twitter as a virtual water-cooler, and they do not appreciate if all they find is an insurance salesman at their water-cooler. So please engage in conversations, and don’t  just ask for traffic. Steve Rubel talks about a live Twitter search engine on a recent blog post he did. You can use the search features on twitter or other 3rd party sites to see what people are talking about and get involved in the conversation. You can discuss topics that you are addressing in your blog, and give out links to your blog.

5. Link to Others: If you read someone’s blog and find it interesting , tweet about it. There is a good chance that it will drive traffic to their blog, and they will notice your gesture. It is only a matter of time, before they reciprocate and drive traffic to your blog.

The best way to generate traffic on social networking sites is by helping out others, and giving out a lot. If you can link to ten different people, ten different people will link back to you. That is much better than you promoting your own content.

Engaging in conversation is also very important in order to build up a personality that will be followed by others. If you don’t engage in conversation, and simply tweet about your blog posts  people will not be as interested. People get on Twitter to be social and get involved in quick online discussion. You want to position yourself as the authority in your niche and become a knowledgeable resource to that niche. This way people will look forward to your tweet messages and re-tweet them to their friends.

Engaging conversation and giving are the two secrets to building steady traffic from Twitter.

Follow me on Twitter and let’s have a conversation!


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4 Responses to “How To Maximize Your Twitter Account To Get Traffic To Your WordPress Blog”

  • TravelPro on January 16, 2009

    GREAT stuff Sam! Finally found you on Twitter!

    Have you seen TweetLater? (www.tweetlater.com)

    I’ve just started digging into this and REALLY like it.

  • C.F. Jackson on May 12, 2009

    Hey Sam,

    These are some practical and applicable
    techniques. I’m just getting myself in
    motion with Twitter and really learning
    it’s purpose.

    These are some basic things that will
    surely help. I could have used these
    tips months ago for myself to cut the
    learning curve. ;o)

    Won’t Be Denied,
    C.F. Jackson
    The Authority Site For Authors & Writers
    http://www.WebsiteMakeoverWorkshop.com

  • Sam With Traffic Is King on May 12, 2009

    I’m glad you found it useful. We are all still learning from Twitter. Hopefully with those tips you can get the most from it.

  • I have had a twitter account for a few months now, but like you always felt that it was a bit unproductive. AFter reading your tips I am going to revisit my twitter strategy and start getting a bit more involved!

    Thanks for a great post.
    Peace and much love
    Lara

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