How to Promote your Website on Twitter?
Take the opportunity to cross promote your blog on Twitter. Tweeting about your blog can be an incredible way to reach out and connect with your consumer. With over 500 million users, you can find lots of new readers through tweeting too.
If you use Twitter well, it can drive tons of traffic back to your blog. But simply tweeting the title of your blog post with a link back to your site will not work.
You need to be pro-active. You need to be creative. You need to use great marketing when you are tweeting about your blog posts.
Here are 12 simple, actionable tweet formulas to market your blog. Try these out to drive more traffic to your site.
1. Use Short, Provocative Tweets
When you’re tweeting a link to your blog post, get creative. Try making really short tweets that invoke interest in your blog article. They work.
When you’re tweeting about your article, keep in mind that you don’t need to stick with the title of your post.
The title of his article is actually “3 Modern Marketing Mistakes and How to Fix Them”.
(Ok, Brian is one of the most brilliant copywriters there is, and you may need a bit of practise to reach his excellence. He’s great to learn from though!)
Try it out for yourself. Take a blog post you wrote, and write out five variations of tweet that’s 10 words or less. Tweet them to see what works best.
2. Include an Intriguing Quote from Post
Give your followers a taste of your blog post. Include an intriguing quote from your article. Try to find a quote that’s concise and gives a flavour of the contents of your post.
Check out this example of a blog post I wrote for Wishpond, and then tweeted about:
Again, you don’t need to just tweet the title of your article. Show your followers a little more about what your blog post is about.
3. Include Statistics
If you have any interesting statistical information in your article, tweet about it. And to have even more of an impact, use numbers and characters - not just letters. The numbers and characters will make your tweet stand out in the river of tweets your followers get in their timelines.
Here’s an example from Hubspot. They use a short “did you know” question, and include numbers and characters to convey a pretty amazing fact from their article about display ads. They include the shortened link to the blog post after their fact.
Hashtags are a great way to spread your tweets to various topics. For those who still don’t know what a hashtag is - basically, it’s a word or two behind a # that makes a common discussion subject.
Hashtags have been in use on Twitter for many years, and they provide a great way to connect with twitter users beyond just your Followers.
There a few methods to use hashtags when you are tweeting to drive traffic back to your blog. Here are two examples.
Use theme specific hashtags. If you want to promote a particular blog, landing page, contest, or ebook, you can create your own hashtag for it.
In this example, Guy Kawasaki wrote a post on his blog about the good and bad reasons to write a book. He uses the hashtag #APEtheBook, which is the common hashtag he created to promote his ebook.
You can use this method for your entire blog on your website, or specific events like a contest on your blog (we’ll get to this tactic shortly).
For example, you could set up a hashtag like #myawesomeblog. This creates a place where others on Twitter can dialogue about your blog too. If anyone tweets using your hashtag, it will show up in the feed for that hashtag search. This can generate more interest in your blog, and more traffic to your site. (Of course, it helps to be very famous for this technique to work really well.)
Use general post related hashtags. Include hashtags with the topics about your blog. This gets your tweet seen by other Twitter users searching for the topics you’ve written about.
For example, Bored Panda writes about crazy news in their posts. They connect with readers on Twitter by using hashtags of the news topics. In this case, they use #thunderstorm and #supercell for their coverage on a Texas storm.
This extends their reach to all of their followers on Twitter, and to other Twitter users interested in the Texas storm.
5. Use @mentions
A mention is how you include Twitter users’ @usernames. They are a way you can send a tweet directly to followers, customers, or anyone on Twitter.
You can use @mentions in a number of ways.
If your blog post comments on prominent bloggers, companies or customers - mention them in a tweet that links back to your post. Not only will they appreciate the mention, but it might just get your tweet retweeted to their followers too.
Mention people who’ve made good comments on your blog post, too. This is a great way to thank your loyal blog readers.
You can also mention the author of the blog post. Whether they are a guest blogger, a new blogger, or even a regular blogger on your site, mention them in a tweet that links back to their post. It’s a nice gesture, and will likely result in a retweet to their followers.
6. Retweet Mentioned Blog Content
If someone mentions your blog content on Twitter, retweet their tweet.
This example shows a tweet from @Econsultancy. They @mentioned Wishpond, and included a link to their blog on which they published our infographic on Social Media Marketing. At Wishpond, we retweeted their tweet to our infographic.
7. Ask for a Retweet (or RT)
To get more traffic to your blog, ask for a retweet when you tweet a link back to your blog post.
8. Use Visually Appealing Images
The more appealing and enticing your blog post tweets are, the more they will be interacted with, and the more they will drive traffic back to your site.
Attach a really cool image in your blog post tweet. Make sure that it relates to your post. Try to find an image that will intrigue your followers, and make them want to find out more by clicking through to your blog post.
You could even include a visual Call-to-Action, such as an image which includes the words “click the link to read more…”
In this example, Intel tweeted a very clever image on the 4th of July. Their blog post is about the technology of fireworks. In just 10 hours, this one tweet alone had 90 retweets and 49 favourites. As you can see, the image is colorful, visually appealing and related to the science of fireworks.
A question in your tweet can generate lots of engagement. If the question generates enough connection and curiosity with your followers, it will get more clicks to your blog.
In this example from HootSuite, the tweet could have simply tweeted the title of their blog post. Instead, they posed a very playful question to their followers. It relates to their users by asking about browsers - not offices. It makes the reader feel ok if they tend to be on the messy side. And it can pique their followers’ interest to click through to their blog post.