4 Techniques to Get Talking in Twitter: Twitter Networking!

Twitter is a great medium to network with your friends and clients (Yes, we all agree on that, right?). There are only a few ways to network via Twitter (like messaging and retweeting). So, it is very very important to use specific strategies to get the most out of Twitter networking. Networking via Twitter allows you to gain friends, clients, traffic and brand recognition. As I mentioned before, there is not many ways to network in Twitter. The success of twitter networking lies in your efforts and techniques. In this article, we will take a look at three ways through which you can gain traffic, friends and/or clients while building your brand.

#1: Answer Questions

Well, that seems obvious. This is one of the best ways to find new people and network with them. You could use it in two different ways. The first method is to use Twitter. Just search for the specific keyword (that belongs to your niche). Find people who have different problems and help them solve the issue. The second method involves using Hoot Suite (Thanks to Brankica from Bloglikeastar.com for her tip!).

Be sure to keep in touch with the person whom you helped (Consistency is the key). Answering questions is a great way to build traffic and reputation for your site (Especially if the person you helped solve the issue is interested in your niche – or if the issue is related to your niche).

#2: Reply to Retweets and Shares

Another method is to reply to Retweets and shares that you get. I am not telling you to tweet a standard old boring reply that reads Thank you for the RT. Instead, make it unique. Try something like: Hey, Thanks for the thumbs up. By the way, How are you? How is your blog/project/work going? Try to be more interesting with your replies. Write replies that can motivate others to reply. It would be easier for you to write better replies if you know more about the person you are replying to (Check out their Twitter stream, blog and other places to see what’s going on). Now, another important thing to mention here is that you need to be active in reading blogs and sharing others’ content, to use this technique. Like many other networking techniques, consistency and uniqueness are the key elements that help this technique to work effectively.

#3: Start a Casual Conversation

Another way to network is just to start a casual conversation. It is easier for you a start a casual conversation if you know a lot about the person. For instance: If you know that the person is working on a new blog, you could check it out, see what’s going on and ask him/her about the progress they have made so far. Casual conversations are easy to start, if you are in touch with the person (consistency).

Tip: Direct Messages

Well, you don’t always have to use Twitter mention feature to network with someone. You could use the direct messaging feature, instead. Another tip: Here is how I would look onto it. I would use the mentions feature to answer questions and other stuff. And I would use the direct messaging feature to have casual conversations. This is a great way to keep casual conversations apart from other replies and mentions.

#4: Twitter Hashtag Chat

The Hash tag chat is a great way to network with a group of people (while discussing over some topic that is related to your niche). Hash tag chat is easy to start (the only problem is that you have to be consistent with it). If I were to start one, I would probably set a schedule, inform my readers, conduct the first chat (to make sure everything is alright) and then keep on doing it (conducting the chat according to the schedule). It would be also wise to inform my readers about each week’s topic (If I were to run a weekly chat) before the actual chat. The Twitter hash tag chat is a great way to network not only with you friends, but also with your readers 🙂

Conclusion

All of the techniques mentioned above are not that new. Most of the bloggers today know about it. The only problem is that either they don’t have the time (consistency) or they just don’t care. The key to Twitter networking success, as I have already mentioned, is Consistency. Be consistent. Be Unique. Be Yourself. Simply put, Just Network.

Blog Networking: Networking at its best!

Blog networking is just as important as networking (socializing) in real life. To understand the relevance of blog networking, one must first understand the importance of networking in real life. Networking (or socialization) is the act of communicating with others. This act allows us to work, enjoy and play together. What exactly does networking/socialization do to your life? Socialization allows you to gain skills and habits that are important to participation within our society. It helps us with a lot of us. In a way, Networking defines us. Blog networking is similar to real life networking. This article takes a brief look at the basics of blog networking and its impact on blogging as a whole. Let’s start with the basics:

Blog Networking Basics

How do you define Blog Networking? Well, Blog Networking is act of communicating with your friends, followers and clients through 21st century innovations like Social Media, Blog and other online services (At least, that’s how I would define it). For bloggers, networking allows them to think, act, have fun and boost their (and their blog’s) reputation. Allow me to give you specific examples:

Blog Networking Provokes Ideas

Ideas are important, whether you are a blogger or not. When I say Ideas, I mean innovative steps, processes, acts, techniques that you can do or apply to your blog, blogging style and/or to your blogging career. Ideas range from blog posts to new ways to improve your conversion rates. Blog networking simply provokes great ideas. Let me give you a real example to illustrate my point:

You won’t get much ideas from the first time you see it. But, when you analyze closely, ideas will pour out like water from a jug.

Here is a few ideas that I got:

Time Management, Scheduling Posts on Vacation, How to enjoy your vacation (and blog at the same time!), What are some things that delay you – Things that Eat your time? And So On.

The ideas that you get will differ upon each tweet. Some tweets are casual. Casual tweets are more likely to give you ideas about blog post, techniques and so on. There is also another way that you can get ideas through – By checking Twitter profiles. You can learn a lot from others. Let just take the example of Twitter once more:

One of your new followers shared your content. After you thank them for doing so, you check their profile to see if they are worthy to be followed. Now, you look at the Timeline. The Timeline consists of all your tweets – whether they are casual mentions, shares or whatever. Let me explain:

A person with high number of casual mentions and conversational tweets can be classified as a great talker/networker. A person with high number of their own tweets can be classified as ” ” (place them in whatever groups you want). Likewise, most twitterers can be classified into different groups (Too bad that Twitter has not introduced a circle like feature yet. But, you could make a private circle to group people as you may like).

Well, when you check their profiles, you might also see some articles, quotes, tidbits they wrote or shared. These things are more than necessary to give you enough ideas to improve your blogging career.

The same thing applies to Facebook or Google Plus. Checking the timeline and/or profiles will give you different ideas. In G+ and Facebook, comments/messages replace the retweets and Direct messages. These also (can) contribute towards the act – of thinking of ideas. Now, let’s take a look at the second portion of networking: act.

Blog Networking motivates you to take action

Yes (well, it depends upon the scenario). Blog networking motivates us to take action. It would be be better if I give you examples. So, Here are some examples to illustrate my point:

Scenario #1: One of your buddies tells you about how they finished their eBook in 30 days.

Action: You might get motivated to start writing an eBook and spend some time each day to finish it within 30 days.

Scenario #2: You see a blog post – via your buddies’ profile – about increasing conversion rates.

Action: You decide to implement those techniques to your own blog.

Scenarios and actions are endless. You could be motivated by just about anything (an example for this occasion: at the time of writing this post, the font – Trebuchet MS – and the look of the post, motivated me to write more and more. Just because Trebuchet MS is one of my favorite fonts). And Motivation is one among the several things that forms the foundation of both our lives and our blogging career. Now, let us take move on to the next little thing that is called “Having Fun”.

Having Fun

Having fun is also an important part of blogging. Whatever you might be doing, you should have fun with it. Or else, it will start to get “boring”. Well, it is not exactly easy to have fun. Think for instance like a full time worker. He works 9-5 and hates both his condition and his boss. Now, it is not easy for him to have fun at work. But, if he were to have fun, then his productivity and self esteem would increase, by a lot. Now, Having fun doesn’t mean that you should do only the things that you enjoy. Instead, what I am implying, is that you should make things that you hate to be fun and exciting. Aside the small talk about having fun, let’s get back to main topic:

Networking is also about having fun. Having a conversation with someone can solve even your biggest and worst problems (well, partially, if the person whom you are talking to gives you good advice that you can apply – let’s just assume that the solution works -, then yes, wholly). I really don’t know how I can explain the fun part of socialization to you. Just think of it. We talk to others for several different reasons. Blog networking may allow you to have casual/professional and healthy discussions with your friends/clients and others. And that is what I call fun (At least sometimes, it is fun). Or try to make it fun.

Boost your blog’s reputation

As you become more and more active in Social media and networking more, your reputation will increase (People who actively engage and participate in blog networking are all time influencers). An increase in reputation is going to benefit you in long term marketing. For a blog networker, it is much easier to market his/her content because of her/his connections. For example: a person would be more willing to share you content if you seem more socialized (especially in blogging).

Key Point

The key point of this post is to realize the importance of Blog Networking and change your blogging plans according to it. If you are ready to learn, then I am ready to teach. Over the next few weeks, we will be looking over specific techniques to improve your networking influence on specific social networking sites (we are going to start with networking and marketing on Twitter).

By the way, I thank you for investing your time and effort to read my post. I would greatly appreciate if you let me know what your opinion is.

  • What do you think of this post?
  • Did I miss any important points?
  • Do you agree with me?
  • How much time do you keep aside for networking?