How to set up a Tweet network and get past the Biggest Mistakes in posting on Twitter
Advertise your book through tweets in a tweet network. Want to get 10 times more exposure just by getting 10 people to retweet to their followers? This can be done in the “organized” approach or the “random” approach. And you should get past the tweeting mistakes that are frequent on twitter.
The ORGANIZED approach
First retweet someone (let’s use@billigbooks -me) who posts frequently on your account. Try and RT a blurb about their book rather than just anything. Then direct message @billigbooks -who posts frequently on your account (use the twitter “reply” arrow) and ask them if they would like to do a tweet network for a period of time – 4 weekends, one month, every day, one week, on Sundays,etc. I say state a time period because I know @billigbooks gets overwhelmed at times so cannot always participate. And state you will each RT the other 1 or 2 times per day. Pick 10 accounts to do this with that have a good following of at least the number of people you have following you. Now you have set up 10 accounts that you are agreeing to retweet each other. If you each have 1000 followers, you will now be reaching 10,000 followers!
The RANDOM approach
Check your “@connect” tab at the top of the tweet page. This shows who has retweeted you. Click on their identifying picture and go to their page. Choose something interesting of theirs to retweet. Keep a list of who has RT’d you and who you have RT’d back – because the page “@connect” keeps changing as you use it. Make sure you return all favors with a retweet of their material, not a thank you.
Putting in hashtags such as #authorRT is asking for a retweet – but people are not going to send your tweet out to the network – UNLESS – your are also retweeting them. Once you tweet from your home page – your tweet dies unless you have motivated people to retweet it to an ever expanding chain. If 10 people each have 200 followers and they each retweet you – you have reached another 2000 people!
Mistakes to be Avoided
1. Your tweet is not interesting. Who wants to read: @georgeangus @zanebradey @calebcasey22 @edwardkent @Billigbooks @am_sch @GeeksOfThunder @BalletMuzik Thanks for RTs & MTs on #FF! This is totally incomprehensible. Who would retweet this?
2. Your tweet has a shortened reference to another URL and makes no sense: #author of “xyo9jjjmade up” http://bit.ly/rusAVO #ian1 #amreading #historical #romance You are trying to communicate SOMETHING here – but you want to do it without making people take a second step to further open up that something. Most likely they will just move on & ignore you instead of opening up the url that may or may not make sense. Shortening url’s on twitter does not necessarily give you more letters to message with. Check it out with and without the shortened url. Make your tweet readable & interesting in and of itself.
3. You fail to respond to someone’s retweet of you or your material. “Thank you” is NOT what is wanted. The person who retweeted you wants some recognition of their tweets – not a thank you. Find something they have tweeted and retweet that. Or- they won’t bother with you again.
4. Not checking your “followers” list. Be sure to check it each day and those who have followed you – follow them.
5. You don’t tweet on a regular basis – tweet a bit every day and make it interesting – people will be looking for you.
6. You don’t send your tweets out at least 3 times a day. The most tweets are read between 3 and 5 pm but there are 4 time zones in the United States. There are millions of tweets. So, to get read – send them in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Various programs can be set to send them out automatically. You aren’t doing this for finger exercise are you?
7. If you can: Tweet about those who RT you. Go to the twitter notifications list and click on the picture of someone who retweeted you. That will bring up their profile info and tweet about them – one per day is good. More if you have the time.