Tag Archives: Twitter Interactions

The benefits of commenting on other people’s Twitter accounts

Categories: Social Media | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

This is very ironic, but on my outsourcing blog, we get almost no intelligent commentary. Those who comment, use spammy generic comments about how intelligently written my blog was and then a link to their site. Unfortunately, this is foolish, and doesn’t work. I will hardly ever publish this type of comment because it is obvious that they didn’t read the actual article and have nothing of value to say. However, if someone who had a link to share did publish something of value in response to my blog, then I would publish their comment along with the link which would have a good SEO value for them. Why is it that there are almost no intelligent people commenting on my outsource blog?

In any case, good blog commenting is a great way to share a link. But, what about good Twitter comments? Commenting on Twitter has many advantages.

(1) Your comment might get retweeted if it is gracefully written. But, even some dumb comments like TYFF (thanks for following) can get favorited and retweeted. Some people ain’t got no class if you ask me! Beautifully written intelligent comments are a lot more likely to gain you new followers and get retweeted multiple time which in turn gets you more exposure and more followers. If you do Twitter, you need at least 10,000 followers to make any dent in your SEO, so start accumulating!

(2) The person who the comment is addressed to might follow you. In my experience, for every ten people I write an intelligent comment to, I will get about two or three new followers. Those odds are not that bad. I might be able to sort through several hundred tweets and write about fifteen good responses per hour which translates into about four new followers for me. Getting followers manually is hard work, so make sure that the people you are contacting are a very well optimized match for your business. Make sure they have the same interests and retweet people regularly or you are wasting your time buddy!

(3) Learning value? By commenting on other people’s twitter, I learn what people like to read that I wrote. If I write a witty whimsical comment and it gets retweeted a few times, I learn that whatever I wrote is popular. I could tweet my comment as a regular tweet if it is so popular. I could even tweet it on a regular basis if it reels in the audience!

(4) If the person you wrote to writes back to you, your Twitter address will show up on their feed. You might get new followers just be being seen. Additionally, commenting gets your icon in the other person’s twitter account if people click the expand link. You can see all of the favorites, retweets, and comments by clicking expand.

I hope this article has expanded your consciousness about twitter. If not, click the expand link!

The 20 day rule for Twitter & Google

Categories: SEO, Social Media | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I love seeing how the mechanics of web optimization works. My life depends on it, and I am passionately interested in it. Basically, I have reduced SEO strategy down to a three simple rules.

(1) Keep your content correct, informative, well organized, and up to date. Find out what type of content people like to read, and keep giving it to them.
(2) Keep traffic constantly flowing to your site from adwords, blogs, and social media campaigns.
(3) If there is a spike in Google traffic on your blog, or Twitter activity, that peak will manifest itself on your main site’s web stats exactly 20 days later.

We had tried accelerating our Twitter interactions eight months earlier from zero to about 8 per day.. I noticed a spike in site traffic that started a few weeks after the beginning of our campaign. I wanted to try it again, because our site traffic increased by about 14%. Yes, we got about 16,000 extra followers per month. That translates into more long term income which is the final statistic in the long train of events.

So, I decided to do it again. But, I didn’t communicate clearly enough to my social media manager. She thought I wanted two interactions per day with followers. I wanted ten. So, we agreed upon seven interactions per day. Our traffic went from 28,000 per week to 30,000 on the week that had its mid-day 20 days after. Shortly after it climbed to around 31,000. Once again, about a 11% increase in a very short amount of time after we went from 2 interactions per day to 7.

I wonder what would happen if we did 30 interactions per day for a two month period. Maybe we should try!

Remember the golden rule of Twitter:
Although the top line total number of followers doesn’t mean anything, you can USE those followers who are relevant and interact with them to boost your web stats. So, the top line number actually does have a value, and a very significant value too!