The Top 5 Mistakes Bloggers Make on Twitter

Top 5 Mistakes Bloggers Make On TwitterTwitter is a super awesome way for bloggers to connect with like minded people who are interested in what you have to say – it’s really great for bringing traffic, if you use it right.

But it’s not as easy as just jumping out there and tweeting whatever you think about. Twitter does have its own particular challenges, and if you’re doing it wrong, you’ll soon find yourself with no followers.

So for gosh sake, make sure you aren’t making any of these Twitter mistakes!

 

1. Over Promoting Yourself

This is the worst thing you can do on Twitter.  People will unfollow faster than a barefoot jack rabbit on a hot desert highway.

There’s nothing worse than following someone and being bombarded with a bunch of “Read my post!” “like my Facebook page!” “Buy this thing I made!!”  and nothing else.

Closely related are the people who post the same tweet “Read This! Bla bla bla title http://linkylinkylinky” about 15 times a day. It’s ok to tweet out the same link a couple or three times a day – in fact, it’s smart – but mix up the text a bit.

For instance, when I tweet out this post, the first time will be with an image with the title and link. The next time, no image, and I’ll probably say something like “People are unfollowing you – and you might not realize it’s all your fault! (with link)”. See? No need for repetition!

It’s cool to promote your own stuff – but remember the 80%/20% rule – at least 80% of what you send out should be about OTHER people. 

 

2. #Hashtag #Spamming

It’s oh-so-tempting, I know! You see a trending #hashtag, and you decide to jump on the bandwagon by tagging a few tweets with it, even though they don’t have anything to do with that particular hashtag.

Don’t.

If your tweets are irrelevant to the hashtag, Twitter calls it spamming. Not only does it annoy the hell out of people, you can lose your account for it.

This is an example of a horrible tweet –

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I don’t mind the self-promotion, as long as it’s not done too often. But why is she tagging Scandal and Siblings Day? Oh.. just because they were trending. That’s spam, Fantasia.  You’re no longer my American Idol. 🙁

***As mentioned by Adrian down in the comments, there’s another type of hashtag spam – when your post looks like this:

#NewPost!!! #Twitter #Mistakes from #Bloggers – #socialmedia #blogging #PleaseRT #NoobBlogger #Blogfauxpas #SM 

Looks ugly, doesn’t it? Yeah – don’t do that either 😀

 

3. Too-Long Tweets

Sometimes, it can be a challenge to say everything you want in 140 characters… but in reality, you should be aiming for even less than that!

The people that research this kind of stuff say that you’ll get more clicks and shares if your tweet is 100-115 characters; that gives people room to comment and retweet, so they’re more likely to do so.

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4. Too Fast, Too Furious

I know not everybody can be on Twitter all day long. If you only get a few minutes to use it once or twice a day, it can be tempting to do a bunch of tweets all at once.

This is really annoying to the people who follow you! Their feed gets filled up with your tweets, and it makes you look spammy. It’s better to use something like HootSuite or the Buffer App to schedule your tweets out over the course of the day.

Scheduling tweets for the near future – this afternoon, tomorrow morning – is not a bad thing, as long as you use it judiciously!  You want to be spontaneous too, and able to communicate with other people, so make sure to RT a few people occasionally, comment back to people and ALWAYS respond to your @mentions.

 

5. Auto DMs

It might not be the worst thing on this list, but it’s truly my biggest pet-peeve with Twitter. Auto DMs seems so impersonal and calculated – especially when it says something like “Hey, thanks for following! What are you working on now?” because you KNOW they don’t really care! Or worse, when they use the Auto DM to tell you to follow them on FB, too – that just seems a little greedy!

The other one that gets my goat is to follow someone and get a request for “True Twit” validation. Why on earth would you do something that makes it more difficult for people to follow you? Is being followed by spam accounts REALLY that big a problem for you, that you have to put up roadblocks for those of us who are actually interested?  It turns out it’s really a lot easier for me to just click on unfollow than to jump through your hoops. (Read here about just why TrueTwit Sucks)

If Twitter is a part of your social media connecting, make sure you aren’t making any of these mistakes. Let me know if I’m missing your favorite (or I guess least favorite!) Twitter pet peeve.

Remember – if you use Twitter the right way, it can be a lot of fun AND a great way to make connections for your blog. It’s always fun to have a way to communicate with your readers and with other bloggers. And really, the most important thing is that you just do it – No matter what, keep taking action!
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33 responses on The Top 5 Mistakes Bloggers Make on Twitter

  1. Nothing bugs me more than those auto DM. Does anyone really read them? I know I don’t and I never follow their “call to action.” Glad I am not the only one who feels this way. I’m also not a fan of the Twitter DM which asks you to verify the follow through a 3rd party service. That’s just as bad as captcha on your website. Great tips here!
    Chrystal @ YUM eating recently posted…Recipes By Accident: The Bacon Bruschetta & Pasta that Brought TearsMy Profile

  2. Hi Kelly! I’m stopping over from Let’s Get Real today. I’m with Chrystal. I get so annoyed with the Auto DM. They feel so impersonal and I’m trying to be personal with folks on Twitter. Makes no sense to me at all. Great advice on how to tweet your post several times a day without being annoying. I wasn’t sure how to do that so I usually only tweet that once. Not very effective, I know.
    Christina @ Juggling Real Food and Real Life recently posted…Food Revolution Day Is Coming Soon!My Profile

    1. I love being able to schedule my social media! I schedule things on Twitter, FB and Pinterest – it’s a huge help. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Hi Kelly,

    My biggest pet peeve is hashtag spam. But not the type of hashtag spam you mentioned – that one actually isn’t very frequently used by bloggers. This blog post is about bloggers’ mistakes, isn’t that so? 😉

    Well, the type of hashtag spam frequently used by many bloggers is the hashtag abuse. Let me quote from Twitter’s support section:

    “Don’t #spam #with #hashtags. Don’t over-tag a single Tweet. (Best practices recommend using no more than 2 hashtags per Tweet.)”

    If you need the link to the page I’m quoting from, let me know.
    Adrian Jock recently posted…3 Reasons Why NOT to Use AweberMy Profile

    1. It really depends, Lisa – If you don’t have a lot of time to spend with social media, it’s better to pick one or two and do them RIGHT, than to try to be everywhere and do a poor job of it. If you’re creating a good presence for yourself on Fb or G+ or Pinterest, and it’s working for you, then I wouldn’t stress too much about not tweeting a lot 🙂

  4. Great post!!! I definitely agree with just about everything here. That twit valdiation thing IRKS me and I never do it (ain’t nobody got time for that!). I used to hate the auto DMs but after studying and teaching social media, I’ve realized that the content you share is important. I don’t respond to “like my FB page too” but if someone says “thanks for the follow, here is a free audio of 5 ways to boost your social media presence”, I’ll definitely download/respond to that.
    Christine @MomsNCharge recently posted…Blogging & Social Media 101: Everything You Need to Know to Get StartedMy Profile

    1. That’s a good point, Christine – There’s a right way and wrong way of doing DMs, and sharing something of value is definitely the RIGHT way.

  5. I totally agree with the DMs…furthermore, if you are so grateful for the follow…why not just take the time to follow back a few times a week! Twitter is one of the easiest social media networks to see who is following…why not take advantage of that?
    Christine recently posted…Honey-Glazed Spiced Pear TartMy Profile

    1. I know, right? I’d rather not hear from someone at all than get a DM. I try to follow back just about everyone – but I do skip the spammy looking followers, and I’m sure I miss some others sometimes.

    1. I’ll tell you the best thing for me with Twitter has been using TweetDeck. Once you start following a few hundred people, your feed can get impossible to follow. Using Tweetdeck, you can put people into lists, and then create a separate feed in TweetDeck for each list. It makes things so much easier to follow! I have a feed for Daily Blog Boost bloggers, so I never miss what everyone is doing and can retweet more easily.

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    1. Thanks, Jennie! Yeah – that’s totally weird when you have no idea who that person is. People forget that it’s not about the number of followers, it’s about the relationship. Thanks for dropping in!

  7. You tell um Kelly!

    While I definitely like and can totally appreciate all five of
    your twitter missteps, I gotta go with # 5 as being the one
    that I often encounter the most!

    It’s almost as if, there is a “how to” fail miserably on twitter
    course being taught somewhere and a majority of these
    people have taken the course!LOL!

    Thanks for sharing another excellent post!
    Mark recently posted…Five Things Extremely Savvy Entrepreneurs Sometimes Do But You Really Shouldn’t!My Profile

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