It is critical that you update your feed daily. If people see a stagnant feed, they will not bother to use it. Make it your task to brainstorm a new item EVERY SINGLE DAY. If you find that type of creative challenge rough, read my many other pages to get you started. Talk to friends and family for ideas. Keep a notebook on you to jot down ideas. Read your email to see what people are asking about. The ideas are out there.
If your updates say "I just picked my nose" then you will probably get few followers. You want each post to be at least helpful for SOME people in your target area. Always provide a link at the end of each update. You want people to read your post and be able to do more. If you post about salmon bisque being healthy, link to a recipe. If you post about a cool new idea for keeping squirrels off your feeders, link to a picture of the device. Always link for more information. Provide that value.
Do not have long wordy posts that have extraneous phrases like "this post will tell you" or "my new blog will tell you". Just get to the point! "Devilled eggs are delicious, this easy recipe will have you done in five minutes!" and link to the recipe. "Here's how I got the tick off my cat a few minutes ago!" and link to the instructions. You want your posts to be clear, easy to scan, and have a link.
MENTION IN YOUR NEWSLETTER
Every time you send a newsletter, promote your Twitter feed. Ensure that your loyal readers know about it and can easily subscribe! Always provide a link so they can click and follow.
MENTION IT ON YOUR CONTACT PAGE
On your "contact us" page mention your Twitter feed. That way people who are interested in you can easily follow you. The same thing for any "about us" page. Always have a clickable link.
FOLLOW OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR TOPIC AREA!
Do a "search" in Twitter on words related to your topic. If you write about birding, search on birds, birding, squirrels, that sort of thing. Follow a few people from each search result who seem to have interesting posts. Make sure they post regularly and that they seem to follow people back (i.e. the number of people following them is relatively close to the number of people they are following). Those people will usually follow you back. Now you have an instant readership in your target area, of people who are interested in your topic and likely to follow your links!
Yes, I mentioned this before :) But now that you are getting readers, keep updating! Update more than daily! The more you update, the more other readers will forward your posts along to their friends and your traffic will grow regularly!
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