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Being a blogger is hard work, which means that your following can be beneficial for your business. One way to increase your followers on Twitter is through Twitter chats.
The best way to describe a Twitter chat is a group of people coming together on Twitter for about an hour each week to have a conversation that revolves around a specific hashtag.
You are apart of the conversation as long as you use the pre-determined hashtag. If you forget to use the hashtag, no one will see your tweets in the conversation. This is a great way to engage in live conversations about topics that interest you.
By engaging in a Twitter chat, not only do you get to interact with individuals in your niche, but you can get answers to questions, grow your social media presence and build your brand at the same time.
WHY PARTICIPATE IN A TWITTER CHAT
Since I began to implement strategies to treat my blog like a business, I made it my mission to participate in as many Twitter chats as possible. You can read about how to do it here: 10 Tips: Run Your Blog Like a Business.
It’s not easy and takes a bit of commitment to be a regular participant in several chats each week.
WHERE TO FIND TWITTER CHATS
A sure fire way to find a Twitter chat is to search #twitterchat in the Twitter search box. Here you will find an exhaustive list of twitter chats. All you have to do is pick one in your niche and follow! You can find out about specific date and times of Twitter chats in the Twitter bios. Regardless of your niche, there’s a Twitter chat for you to participate in.
Now on to how I increased my Twitter followers by 329% in 5 months.
5/1 – 285 10/1 – 1224
Difference – 939 Increase – 329%
For the most part, I began to see an increase in followers by actively participating in Twitter chats. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret…Engaging with and following everyone in the Twitter chat will increase your exposure and increase your chances of receiving a follow back. Active participation means answering the questions and retweeting and liking others comments.
TIPS FOR NEWBIES
- Use the right hashtag. Users can’t find you if you’re not using the Twitter chats’ specific hashtag
- Follow the format. Many chats follow a Q&A format. The first question will start with “Q1…” and your response should be “A1…”
- Follow the rules. Most chats don’t allow for self promotion of your products, services or brands
Here’s a list of my weekly Twitter chats. Feel free to jump in on the next one and be sure to say hello!
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