P. H. Solomon

Tech Tip: 5 Ways To Get More Out of Twitter

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Writers, do you need more information out of Twitter? Perhaps you already have HootSuite and schedule tweets as well as view reports about your reach. Maybe you need more information about the performance of your account. Here are three sites that provide information you can use to improve how you tweet. BE AWARE that all these sites show free information but offer more for payment. I’m not instructing you to pay for anything – only providing sites that show basic information at no charge. Just like with Hootsuite or JustUnfollow, if you want more than the basics it costs money.

Twittercounter - This tool helps with long-term analysis of your Twitter account and is especially helpful with marketing. You can see months of information including who has followed you, who you have followed and how many tweets you have sent.

You can also receive their helpful newsletter with tips for Twitter like these:

Tweriod - This is another online analysis tool that provides reports about your Twitter account regarding best times to tweet. If you are promoting something you can find out when your followers are most active and available to interact with your tweets.

adsTwitterads.Twitter – this analytics page allows you to see your engagement in the world of Twitter. Once you click on the link, click the Anylitics drop-down menu and choose “Twitter activity”. This site is where you can sign-up to use ads on Twitter but it has several useful pieces of information with several charts including:

  • Impressions performance over the last 28 days – you can adjust the time to specific months too
  • Engagement rate
  • Link clicks
  • Retweets
  • Favorites
  • Replies

hashtag searchHashtags.org – this site lets you search for hashtags to verify they exist and for what they are used. It has a simple search field at the top of the page and provides information for the hashtag that includes:

  • 24 hour trend graph for the hashtag – this tracks the recent trends
  • Related hashtags
  • Related tweets with the hashtag – this can be useful to determine whether it fits your tweet well

retweet rankRetweetrank.com - need to know how you’re doing with your tweets? Use this site to check how much your tweets have been re-tweeted. This is handy for verifying what your reach is so you can track your reach over time and how effective your promotions and ads are. Just enter your Twitter name to check.

Bonus Material: Read this article from Nicholas Rossis which compares marketing on Facebook and Twitter. This blog post from Marc Guberti gives even more information about using Twitter for marketing. While you’re on Marc’s site you can receive his free book about improving chances of getting more retweets.

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Do you need more performance information from your Twitter account? Do you use other tools for gathering analytic information? What other information do you track for your account? I’d love to hear from you so won’t you leave a question, idea or strategy in the comment section? I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today!

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PHS

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6 Benefits of Re-blogging

ReblogThere’s a feature on WordPress.com available to bloggers called the re-blog. Essentially, you can share another blogger’s post with your followers. There are benefits to using this function which help both parties.

What’s a re-blog? When you view a blog, there is often an option to re-blog which means you share part of the post on your own blog. To read the entire post, anyone viewing from your site is directed to the original blogger’s site.

Is it taking credit for someone else’s work? Not in the least. When the blog is posted it shows that it is from the original blogger’s site and only part of the post is displayed. Likewise, when re-blogging you have the option to post a comment. I normally post a comment about why I’m re-blogging and a notice that I am. I always tweet in such a way that there is no confusion that the post is mine – just shared from my site.

HandshakeWhat are the benefits? Here are 6 benefits to re-blogging:

  1. The original blogger receives expanded exposure.
  2. The re-blogger receives additional exposure.
  3. Both bloggers may gain additional followers much like cross-pollinating.
  4. If using the Publicize option, then the blog is shared on social media in a way that further expands the reach and engagement of both the blogger and re-blogger.
  5. The re-blogger is recognized for sharing valuable blog space to promote someone else’s work.
  6. Overall, it’s a great way for the re-blogger to share posts similar to the site topics as a way of sharing more information.

Have you re-blogged recently? Are you willing to share your site by re-blogging? I’d love to hear from you so won’t you leave a question, idea or strategy in the comment section? I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today!

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PHS

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Finding Beta-Readers

UnicornAre beta-readers like unicorns – can’t find any? Perhaps my writing circle at a local level is narrow but folks with both willingness and insight are hard to find in some areas. Here are a few ways to recruit readers.

Not familiar with beta-reading? Simply put, these are people who are willing to read your work and provide feedback – they are testing your story for all the problems it has. They are useful to engage when you are a little further along than just a rough draft but maybe not ready for professional, detailed editing. Beta-readers let you know many things about your work that you miss in some way be it slow action, confusion about details or ideas that improve your concept. These readers are like a focus group and they are even more helpful in genre reading. This article provides sensible questions you can use with your beta-readers which can provide you valuable feedback.

Reading GroupBut how do you find these unicorns? Here are several ways to find them:

  • Querying for them: check out #betareaders on Twitter – just post your needs and genre on Twitter with this hashtag and you will likely receive replies. Regular scans of this hashtag may reveal several possible beta-readers.
  • Hire a unicorn tracker! Just kidding
  • Ask for volunteers from your website
  • Read this post from Belinda Pollard with a variety of suggestions.
  • Also, here’s another article from Writing by the Seat of My Pants with another good list at the end.
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Have ever used beta-readers? Do you have suggestions for finding beta-readers? Ever caught a unicorn? I’d love to hear from you so won’t you leave a question, idea or strategy in the comment section? I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today!

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PHS

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