Do you use Twitter to network with others, and to spread the word about your personal blog or your business? If yes, how many hours a day do you think you spend on Twitter? Two, four, ten?
More importantly, is the time that you are spending on Twitter driving more traffic to your blog and increasing your daily visitor count, or do you look at the traffic stats for your blog and begin to think that Twitter is a waste of time?
If you simply use Twitter for fun, then this article isn’t for you.
If you use Twitter to generate buzz about your blog or business, then this is for you. (click to tweet)
Twitter Tools that I Use to Increase My Productivity and Drive More Traffic to My Blog
I’ve been using Twitter for different projects over the past several years and in that time I have come across many different online tools that work with Twitter.
Today I wanted to share the Twitter tools that have helped me achieve the best results and reduce the amount of time I actually spend online. You will notice that several of these tools work well with Facebook too.
JustRetweet is an amazing, somewhat new site that allows Twitter users to quickly and easily help others online. In return, your own tweets are shared with a much wider audience. It is a great way to add more followers to your Twitter account as well.
Some of the members of JustRetweet have over 10,000 followers and you will benefit from them sharing your tweets to their large audience. An audience that you may not currently know, but will most likely get to know after they keep seeing interesting tweets from you.
JustRetweet is free to join and use. It is based on a credit system. You join and setup a basic profile. Add your avatar and start re-tweeting the posts listed on the Dashboard.
Each time you re-tweet another member’s tweet you earn credits.
After you build up a bank of credits (which happens quickly) you can add a tweet to your profile and assign credits to it so that other members will tweet your message for you to their followers. This way your tweets are being broadcast 24x7 to new people, and you only had to enter it once.
Your tweets will remain in your profile so that you can add more credits to them any time in the future, or you can simply add new tweets to your profile anytime you wish.
For a demonstration on how it all works, you can watch this quick video.
Quick Tips for JustReTweet
Logon and tweet other people’s tweets whenever you can. JustReTweet spaces them out so they are not all published at once.
Once you have built up your bank of credits, logon in the morning and add a tweet that you really want to promote. Assign how many credits you will award to each person that tweets it and how many total credits you want to spend on that tweet. For example, I added a tweet and said I want to award 25 credits to each person that tweets it, and I want to spend a total of 125 credits. So my post was tweeted by 5 different people.
Understand that once you assign those credits they are immediately withdrawn from your account and cannot be re-allocated to a different tweet. For example, one day I allocated too many credits to one of my tweets. My post was tweeted a number of times, but I still have credits sitting on that post. I would suggest that you start small, as per my example above, and go from there.
Before I retweet someone’s tweet I click on the link in their tweet to see what the post is about. This increases traffic to their site and many times I have discovered very helpful information.
You will also earn more credits when you click and follow another member of JustReTweet.
Now many of us have share buttons on our blog posts that allow people to quickly share our blog posts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and so on. These buttons typically grab the title of your blog post along with the URL of where the post can be found.
But to make things even more fun and interesting, and to attract more attention to your blog posts, clicktotweet allows you to specify specific quotes within your post that you would like others to tweet for you. The tweet can still include the URL to your post, and if you wish, it can mention your Twitter ID.
This video demonstrates how clicktotweet works.
Another Twitter tool that will decrease the amount of time you spend online and help you quickly spread the word about your blog or someone else’s blog is Ping.fm.
Ping.fm allows you to simultaneously manage and post to your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Tumblr account, instead of logging on to each one individually.
You can schedule and automate your posts, and you can use it to manage your social media accounts from an iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.
I couldn’t exclude Buffer from this post. I love Buffer! You can use Buffer to share information from your blog as well as anything else on the Internet.
Initially this tool was developed to work with Twitter, but the guys at Buffer have worked on it, and it can now be used to post to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and App.net accounts.
Buffer works best when browsing sites in Chrome, Firefox and Safari. They also have apps for iPhone and Android.
You can use your current Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn account to access and begin using Buffer.
Once you login to Buffer you will need to run a quick install that will add this black button to your browser toolbar. It will appear in the top right hand corner.
After that is complete you can visit any blog post and Tweet the post simply by clicking on the Buffer button on your browser. Buffer will capture the title of the post and the URL and it will ask you if you want to post it now or later.
A preset schedule is setup in Buffer to work hand in hand with the “later” posting option.
You can use the preset times or you can change them to whatever you wish. Again, by spreading out the timing of your posts you will prevent yourself from looking like a spammer and you will also be communicating and sharing posts throughout the day whether you are online or not. You can access and change the schedule through the menu button “Settings” at the top of the Buffer website after you logon.
Now have you ever read a blog post and had a specific sentence or quote jump out at you? One that you really want to share with all of your Twitter followers but copying and pasting the quote and then the URL to your Twitter account just seems like it would take too much time, so you don’t bother? Well Buffer has a solution for that.
The next time you are reading a post and want to tweet a sentence from within that post, simply highlight it with your mouse and click on the Buffer button on your browser. Buffer will display the sentence along with the URL and it will ask you if you want to post now or later. The rest is up to you. Pretty cool, eh?
If you have any questions when you start to implement these Twitter tools, just ask me. I hope you find them as fun and as useful as I do.