I have to admit that I have been very slow on the uptake with all forms of social networking, and particularly with Twitter, I’ve really been at a loss as to the point of it and how it can benefit me.
However, since giving Twitter an initial try out, the penny is now starting to drop and I can see its potential for at least some of my online projects.
So in keeping with my main purpose for this blog, I want to do a series of posts to outline my goals and progress with Twitter right from day one.
Initial Goals for Twitter
Initially I have set up two Twitter profiles but for the present I will only be actively using @AffProgress. The second account I think will be very useful for one of my other sites that I’m currently building up the content on.
I set myself a Q3 2010 goal to get up to 300 followers on my @AffProgress profile but at present I don’t really have any specific marketing objectives. I just want to test the water and learn how to build up followers. In addition, I will be watching how others that I’m following are using Twitter, and taking note of both the good and the bad.
Already I’m seeing people using tactics that are a complete turn off to me. I suppose it’s just an unfortunate fact of life that spamming appears to be as rife on Twitter as it is elsewhere on the net, but I for one will not be adopting those sort of methods.
Twitter Tools I am Using
Whilst the standard Twitter web interface is fine for managing a single account (and at the moment it is what I’m using on a day to day basis), I have also installed Tweet Deck which will make it much easire to manage tweets to multiple accounts as I expand my usage.
The other main tool I’m using is Tweepi, and this is going to be my main tool in helping to grow my number of followers. I will be doing a follow up post on how I’m using Tweepi.
Progress to Date
I started with my Twitter goal about a week before I went on holiday recently, and in that week using Tweepi I managed to build up to 56 followers. I am currently following 103 people. So it looks like my target for this quarter is easily achievable with a bit of work.
My Tweeting has been limited to promoting some my posts here on Affiliate Progress, and Re-Tweeting good content that I have found elsewhere. I think providing useful Tweets should be the cornerstone of anyone’s Twitter usage. Prove that you are a human being and not a machine, and you have much more chance of people taking a better look. You also have a better chance that they won’t un-follow you for spamming!
I’d love to hear about your own Twitter usage and any tips you have for successfully marketing via Twitter. Please feel free to leave a comment below!