Turns out I had a whole lot more to say about the two, so I decided to split them into separate posts.
It wasn’t only my Bloglovin’ follower number that has been stagnant over the past few months, but also my Twitter numbers.
You know what it’s like on Twitter, you can gain 5 new followers, but lose 10. You finally a mile stone, then people unfollow!
I decided to change how I use Twitter and in just a few days, I started to see a MASSIVE difference, not only in followers, but in the amount of traffic I’m getting to my blog.
When I do this, I find I get 20-50 Twitter followers a day – which is mental considering I was only increasing Twitter followers a couple per week. My traffic from Twitter has also TRIPLED. So if you’re wondering how to get traffic from twitter, this post is for you.
You you ready? This might be a long one..
Let’s talk about priorities for a bit.
I’m a busy girl, so my time is precious and I’m very careful about how I spend it. One thing that I didn’t prioritise enough was social media. As I have previously explained – I blog every single day on this blog and have done for almost two years, I also run two other blogs so I write, edit and publish 10 blog posts every week.
I also comment on everyones blogs who leaves me a comment.
* points up* Those are my priorities, along with managing my e-mails.
Social media was just a nice to do, and the first thing I ditched when I was busy. As I was getting busier and busier, my time on there was getting less and less.
I’ve added a few extra priorities to my list now – these aren’t ALL things I do daily, but try to do a few times as week and it’s really helped me!
How to get traffic from twitter.
While I was scheduling posts to Twitter, and replying to most Tweets directed at me, I wasn’t really interacting with people on my feed.
Now, when I’m having a blog day – I’ll take 5 minutes every hour or so to jump into conversations, or reply to some Tweets on my timeline – I find this sparks a conversation and can lead to new followers if they’re in the conversation I’m gate crashing in. I love to speak to people I’ve never interacted with before!
This has to be when I see the biggest increase in followers – when I have days where I’m not being an active Tweeter, I can really tell the difference.
Have a clear out.
I also had a bit of a clear out. I went on Crowdfire and unfollowed every Twitter account that hadn’t posted in 3 months (unless they were a blogger I knew well and had interacted with). After doing this, I started following a few new accounts, mainly from the #girlgang hashtag but also other bloggers I saw around Twitter.
I also did something similar with those accounts that didn’t follow me – but again, only if I didn’t know of them or enjoy their Tweets. The aim here isn’t to unfollow loads of accounts to look popular, but to unfollow accounts that don’t serve a purpose to you. So if it’s not a blog I’m going to read, not a person I’m going to interact with or not an account that inspires me or makes me laugh, it’s got to go. I binned about 100 accounts all together which isn’t a lot to say I follow over 1000! I will do this once a month or so.
Doing this meant that I had new content in my feed to reply to, as well as new blog posts being Tweeted to me to comment on. I’ve actually spoken to loads of new people since doing this! I love it.
Some followed me back, others didn’t – but either way, my feed was left fresh with new content and new people to talk to.
I use Buffer to schedule my tweets and was scheduling about 8 posts a day. I bought the premium version of Buffer as on the standard version, you can only schedule 10 posts at once and I wanted to increase that to 100. I know you can get free websites that will schedule more, but I just love the analytics and iPhone app so much. This meant I was able to get more organised with my scheduling.
I’ve now been posting about 24 Tweets a day at various times.
That might sound like a lot, but there are no rules about how many times you should be Tweeting your content every day.
How often your Tweet will be seen depends on how many accounts someone follows – if someone only follows 100, they might see your Tweets a lot, but if someone follows thousands, they might not even see them at all. The balance is impossible to find.
To be honest, I felt quite uncomfortable Tweeting so much at first, but when I saw the increase in traffic, and the amount of people coming to my blog just after I Tweeted, I soon changed my mind.
The graph below is the amount of traffic I get from Twitter – you can see I made the change early December.
Scheduling Old Content
Another thing I started doing was Tweeting out links to my older posts, especially ones that had done well in the past. What I found is that some blog posts were getting more page views in a day than the post that was published on that day!
I use the Buffer analytics to re-buffer any post that has had more than 6 clicks – my view is that if it isn’t getting the traffic anymore, it’s probably best to drop the post and maybe try it again in a few months when I have some new followers.
I’d chuck in a new post every few days to keep my feed fresh and see what posts seemed to get most attention. I also used this as an opportunity to have a quick audit of the post and in some cases, I updated the images if I wasn’t happy with them.
Since I’ve been doing this at the start of December, I’ve increased my follower count by about 400, more than tripled the amount of traffic I’m getting from Twitter and made some great friends along the way.
Interacting on Twitter is definitely the thing that has helped most.
What are your Twitter tips?