Monday, 30 November 2015

Six ways to make Twitter blog share hashtags work for you!


Many people on Twitter now use the blog sharing hashtags: #MondayBlogs (no book promotion!), #TuesdayBookBlog (only blog posts about books and writers, please!), #wwwblogs (on Wednesday), #SundayBlogShare, #ArchiveDay (on Saturday), and others, I am sure ~ feel free to add them in comments, as information for others reading this.  Note:  I have just been made aware of #ThursdayBlogs, too!

If you use the blog share hashtags wisely they can have such a good effect on the visibility of your blog.  Here are six tips that should make all the difference ~


In a nutshell:
  • Use your 140 characters with care: Make sure your tweet is interesting: 'please check out my new blog post' is unlikely to make anyone do so.  A punchy headline will capture readers' interest; ask a question, offer a solution, be a bit controversial.  If you want people to read your book review, don't just tweet the title of the book and the author name.  Put something about the book, quote from the review - or just say that you loved it....................oh, and don't hashtag hog, ie, stick out every single blog post you've ever written, all at the same time.  People get sick of seeing the same ones every week, and it looks as though you do Twitter via Mr Robot.
  • RETWEET!  I am still amazed by the amount of people who tweet me to say 'thanks for RTing my blog post', but don't RT me back!!!  Blog share days are about sharing posts across the world; don't just stick the hashtag on your tweets ~ retweet others on it.  Maybe you do as I do: if I RT someone a few times and they never bother to reciprocate, I stop.....  and before I get lots of comments saying 'well, I RTd you the other day and you didn't RT me back' ~ of course you can't return every one, I certainly don't, and I daresay some people have stopped RTing me for this very reason, but if you're going to the trouble of thanking someone, you might as well just RT them back, instead. Remember: an RT is better than a TY!
  • Did you know this?  You might be seeing only a fraction of the tweets on the hashtag; I recently discovered this was so with a few of the bloggers I know.  To see them all, first click on the hashtag, then go to 'More Options' and 'Tweets' - there they all are! 
  • Step outside your usual circle ~ don't just retweet the same old people every day.  The idea of hashtags is to widen everyone's reach. I have nearly 65K followers; the amount has grown of its own accord over the years, and I am sure this is because I don't only RT my mates!!!
  • Make it easy for your retweeters: pin a current post to the top of your Twitter page.  Change it often.  I don't know about anyone else, but if I can't see a post to retweet for someone within about 10 seconds of clicking on their page, I click off again.   Oh, and don't just RT any old thing - it's about your followers, too.  What might be of interest to other people?
  • Take part: Read others' posts, comment, and if people comment on your blog post, reply.  Yes, that means to all of them, even if it's just a 'thank you' or 'thanks for reading'.  Many people do check back; if their comment has not been answered it can look as though you haven't bothered to read it.  Blogging is about communication, yes?

51 comments:

  1. Ever grateful for your Twitter coaching , Terry.

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    1. Am no expert but there is always something we can learn - a sort of knowledge pool!

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  2. What Rosie said :) Excellent tips, thanks Terry.

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    1. Thanks, Cathy - I wrote it after getting frustrated by all the people who thank me for the RT...! An noticing how many people I was going 'nah, not RTing them, they never RT back' to, as I was going down Monday blogs! I think some people just put the hashtag on, and never even look at the other posts.

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  3. What an excellent post! Practical and to the point: love it!

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    1. Thanks, Maria - something I always am, sometimes too much so, I think!

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  4. All very sensible advice - I do find I glaze over on Twitter sometimes. Note to self ... must try harder.

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    1. Nah, not really, Jo, not unless you want to! This is only for the people who care about such things!! :)

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    2. Oh good ... *slinks off to read a book* ...

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    3. As indeed shall I be all afternoon, just getting all this done now....!! :)

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  5. Thanks for the tips, Terry. I'm always interested in what you have to say. My problem is that I'm sporadic. But I suppose if I want to have a burst on Twitter I could at least do it properly! I feel one coming on, actually, so watch out!

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    1. Ha ha! I just wrote it on impulse after noticing how many people thank me for Rts but don't RT back.... I want to say, I haven't RTd you because I like you and I'm a nice person, I've done so because I want one back..... let us be honest about this!!! Not all the time, admittedly - I do RT people to help with their promos, or if I think an article will be of interest to people, or a lovely photo, etc etc. But blog share hashtags... :)

      I think half the time people's blogs just don't get the views because their tweets are so boring, too. There are so many thousands of books being promoted all over Twitter, it takes more than just sticking the title of it on, these days... but I am a dedicated twitterer, and you are not... yes, yes, I need to get out more!!!!

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  6. I've found a similar problem with blog hops--you're supposed to comment on other people's blogs, but no one ever reciprocates! I've been so frustrated with them I don't want to participate anymore. Likewise, I make an effort to retweet people who retweet me, and I definitely notice who reciprocates and who doesn't!

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    1. Oh, hello, Alexis (lovely name, you lucky thing!). I know, frustrated is the word - you put in the effort, and others don't. There's one blogger who blogs about a variety of things, who has recently started blogging social media tips too (trying to set herself up as a marketing person, I think). I wrote a (very pleasant!) comment on one of her articles about retweeting others who regularly retweet you, and answering blog comments ~ this person never RTd me back, and rarealy answered my comments. She answered that she only RTd stuff that interested her...!!! I felt like saying, here's a social media tip for you, love - it might not interest YOU, but it might interest the followers you want to attract.

      Anyway, thanks for always RTing me, whether what I am blogging about interests you or not :)

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  7. Hi Terry, thank you for this very informative blog post. I can't believe that I have only just discovered that there are Twitter blog share days.

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    1. Oh, excellent - I always think, if posts like these teach one person some new stuff, my work is done! Thanks, Jane :)

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  8. I enjoyed your tips on hashtags and their benefits very much, being a relative Newby to Twitter and it's mysterious working-wheels-within wheels. It has all been rather overwhelming and then still the need to find time actually writing more than 140 characters ...

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    1. Ha ha, yes - I know, it does take a while to understand exactly how it all works. A step at a time, I think! Thanks for reading :)

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  9. Yep ...and make the odd comment on the blog or under the tweet if you don't have time to read it...

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    1. It is hard to find time to read as much as one would like to, for sure. I have at times started my internet sesh on blog share days first thing, and with all the tweeting, commenting, blog reading, checking back to allow comments, answering, RTing and answering emails, not actually got through until lunch time. A bit like today - 12.11 pm, and I switched the computer on at 8.45.

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  10. Great advice for a new blogger!
    I blog purely because I enjoy it but its always nice seeing the page views and follows on bloglovin going up.
    I've learned a few tips from this post that I will definitely be putting into practice.

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    KT xo.

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    1. Thanks, Kirsty - actually, contrary to this post I am actually not very 'goal orientated' - I do it because I enjoy it, mostly, too - it cuts into novel writing time so much but I keep getting ideas... oh, you know how it is! x

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  11. Fantastic post! All good advice here, especially the tweeting 'thank you' for retweets. I used to try and think of something interesting to say but I've given up on that now. There really isn't much to say to 'thank you' really!

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    1. I occasionally say 'you're welcome', Jade, if they've RTd me back, but a lot of them are done by app; it's set to thank every profile that RTs them, so you're only tweeting back to a robot, anyway! Once or twice, when they've thanked but not RTd back I've said something like 'that's okay, Rts are what make blog share hashtags work so well' ie, hint hint, but I think it's a bit obvious what I'm doing there so I've abandoned that tack!!!!!!

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    2. Ha ha!It probably went over most of their heads anyway :) I don't know why people set up all those auto tweets and DMs either. Did they forget it's called SOCIAL media??

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  12. I did not know that about how to see all the tweets under a hashtag! Thanks for that, I always knew I wasn't seeing them all. I also agree about the TY's that you get for RTing...we'd all much rather a RT, that's enough of a TY isn't it? Great post T!

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    1. I know, I always want to say, "I don't RT you because I'm a nice person, it's because I want one back...!" Though yes, I do choose what I RT, and think, oh, lots of people will like this, it's not totally self-orientated!

      I reckon loads of people don't know about how to see all the tweet, G. If you don't do that, it just shows you the top RTd ones, and those with whom you regularly interact - which is probably why so many people aren't widening their potential 'reach' :)

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  13. This is one I come back to read again and again. I'm going to try #TuesdayBookBlog tomorrow. I've got a post simmering that will fit perfectly. I learned more here than just about hashtags--I do tend to RT my familiar tweeps with only a small number of "new to me" people. I'm going to work harder at finding new and interesting folks to RT.

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    1. #TuesdayBookBlog is new so it's just getting off the ground, C! I think we all tend to just RT our familiars, or those who we know will RT back, more to the point - what I do is just go down the hashtag, via Step 3, of course! - and Rt anything that looks as if it will interest others. That way, you broaden your scope of people with whom you interact.

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  14. I didn't know about the "other options" thingy when you click on the harshtag – very useful as I have sometimes wondered where all the #wwwblogs tweets have gone.
    I do try to follow the rest of your guidelines, and manage some days/weeks better than others, but I've grown rather irritated at thanks for retweets (although before I was enlightened, quite possibly by you, I used to do it diligently) when returning the favour is so obviously better.

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    1. Anne, sometimes now, I actually say to people when they thank me for Rts without Rting back, "you're welcome, retweeting is what the blog share days are all about!" (smiley face), and hope they get the hint!!!

      I think everyone thanks people for RTs at first. I used to, until I was told it was unnecessary and even potentially irritating!!! One guy said to me, 'Rt me back, or don't, that's fine, but please don't thank me unless you're going to RT as well..'

      Yes, the 'other options' is great - otherwise you just see the same few people all the time, and thus your reach is never broadened :)

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  15. Great post, and some tips I hadn't thought of, so thank you! Hashtag days are something I've found incredibly useful since embarking upon twitter, so much so that @deedeechainey and I started #FolkloreThursday last Summer. Hard work but a lot of fun, and we've been surprised at how many people get involved! Definitely one for anyone with an interest in anything folklorey!

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  16. Oh good, I'm glad it was useful - yes, hashtags are great. I've seen Folklore Thursday ~ I'll give it a mention this week! :)

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  17. Great post, especially about returning a RT as the appropriate thank you.

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    1. Thanks, Barbara, glad to be of help!

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  18. Excellent and valid tips, Terry! I completely agree on the RT-ing and networking part of it too. By the way there is one more hash tag. As of January I have registered #ThursdayBlogs and RT posts every Thursday via my other handle @blogarhythm1 on Twitter. Would love to have you take part :)

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    1. Hi Shailaja - thanks for letting me know about Thursday Blogs! I may not use it every week as I am primarily a writer of novels, and I always spend FAR too much time on Twitter on hashtag days - Thursday, Friday and Saturday I think of as 'writing days', but I am happy to dip in and out occasionally, thank you! If you tweet me a reminder first thing tomorrow I will take part :)

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    2. ps, I've just added it to the list above :)

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    3. Thank you Terry! I just saw you RT some posts. I hear you on the writing days. I do! Working on my first memoir and gosh darn it, where does the time go?!

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    4. Well, I thought I'd show willing today, anyway! :)

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  19. Ha! I was just reading this and checked my twitter only to find a heap of thank you's!

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    1. I know, I know - and even if you hint (i say things like 'you're welcome, RTing is what blog hashtag days are all about!') they still don't get the message! Mind you, I suspect they don't read anyone else's blog posts, either, so probably never see THIS ONE!

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  20. Thanks, Terry. All good advice, of course. I do follow it and I find the "Thank you" very frustrating as well. An RT is a much nicer way of saying so, but thank you for all of yours - much appreciated. You are always very generous. Have a good week.

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  21. Thanks for doing this, Terry!

    Completely agree with you on people just thanking you for the RT and not reciprocating. I find it particularly annoying when people don’t have a pinned tweet, or it’s so old you actually retweeted it three weeks ago and they haven’t changed it. OR when they have no pinned tweet at all, and although in their twitter handle they say they’ve got a book to promote you can’t find a promotional tweet for all their RTs!

    Another annoyance is when people just ‘heart’ your promo tweet and don’t RT it…thanks…I think?!

    And thank you for the very helpful info about hashtags, I didn't know that either!

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    1. Emma, when people do that 'thank you for the RT but not Rting back thing', I always say 'you're welcome! RTs are what the blog share hashtag days are all about :)', or something like that, and hope they take the hint!! As for the pinned tweets - grrr! I know, I know. If I don't find something to RT back within 10 seconds of clicking on their page, I give up - if they can't get to grips with how to make Twitter work for them, it's not my problem.

      Sometimes I wonder if people who just 'heart' a promo tweet actually MEANT to RT but clicked wrongly... The trick is, I think, to get tons of followers so that you get so many RTs it doesn't matter if people RT you or not. Having said that (I am in this happy position), it still irritates me when people thank me for the Rt but don't do one back. To be honest, thanks for RTs whether they do them back or not is pretty pointless, in my book. But I know they're just being polite.

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  22. Great advice Terry! - Had never really thought before about using the RT facility once again, in order to say 'thanks' - It's a useful tip (as long as it doesn't end up in a RT-fest whirlpool of saying 'thanks for your thanks for my thanks...' haha

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    1. My advice, Keith, is never to thank for RTs - either RT back or don't! :)

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