Looking for a way to completely automate Twitter and still get visitors to your blog? This post is for you!
How to have a “Set it & Forget it” approach on Twitter
Ladies..I don’t know about you…but keeping up with the blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter…has got me feeling worn out and stretched thin. Luckily, through a little bit of trial and error (and a whole lot of Googling) I’ve finally managed to automate my Twitter account and still grow my Twitter followers and increase the amount of traffic to my site from Twitter. Today, I’m going to show you my step-by-step formula to automating Twitter.
I should start off by telling you…that Twitter is NOT my favorite social network. At all. I have made it a conscious choice to focus on Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest for my business. THESE networks are where my ideal audience ‘hangs out’ online and where they interact with my content the most. Twitter…it’s kind of an afterthought, HOWEVER, I know that at least some of my target audience still uses it which is why it’s important for me to still attempt to use it for my blog.
How to Gain New Followers on Twitter
I would be lying to you if I didn’t tell you that back in the day, I used to search relevant hashtags and creep my competitor’s followers list to find new people to follow on Twitter. The problem with this approach is that it’s a very tedious process. A smart person once told me that a CEO of a business should never be doing things that can be outsourced for minimum wage. And yes….my dears….spending the time searching for people to follow on Twitter is one of those tasks. I’m happy to say that I now have a solution for that….and it’s called Narrow.io.
Narrow ($19/month) is a tool that allows you to find relevant and interesting Twitter users to follow. It works much in the same way that Likestagram works for Instagram.
Here’s how it works:
- Set up an account with Narrow (there is a 7 day free trial!)
- Add keywords relevant to your blog niche/ideal audience
- Narrow will like and follow Twitter users who match your targeted keywords
- Narrow also takes care of un-following any users who don’t follow you back
- I’ve been able to grow my account on Twitter from almost nothing to over 3000 followers in 3 months
As you can see in the screenshot from my Twitter analytics, my follower growth has increased dramatically over the last 3 months.
How to get traffic to your blog from Twitter
Now that we’ve got your follower growth on auto-pilot, it’s time to automate your Twitter posting. For this, I use Post Planner ($7.00/month). The reason I like PostPlanner is that it allows you to schedule recurring posts on Twitter. For example, my Twitter posts are re-posted on a two week interval. Which means every blog post I have written goes out every two weeks, on a schedule, without me doing anything!
Here’s how it works:
- Sign up for an account with PostPlanner and connect your Twitter account
- Then create a schedule of ALL of your blog posts at whatever interval you like. For example, I post 4x a day on my Twitter account. And each of those posts is repeated every two weeks.
- When you write a new blog post, schedule it in the queue in the same manner.
As you can see from the screenshot of my Google Analytics, traffic to my site from Twitter has also increased dramatically since I’ve started using PostPlanner to schedule my tweets.
Now you might be thinking, “Won’t your Twitter followers get annoyed that you are posting your content every 2 weeks?” The answer is NO. Let’s be honest, you can’t expect your Twitter followers to be glued to Twitter 24/7. There is no way that they will see each and every post you ever tweet. Just because you’ve posted something before doesn’t mean they’ve already seen it, PLUS because you are using Narrow to grow your followers, each time you re-post a blog post, your new followers will be seeing it for the first time too.
OK..so it’s not TOTALLY automated…here’s what I DO on Twitter
Alright, I’ve shown you how to automate your follower growth and tweets on Twitter using Narrow & Post Planner. But what I want to mention is that you are STILL going to interact with your Twitter followers to keep the conversation going and to not appear like a robot.
I set my mobile notifications in a way that notifies me when someone is replying to me or retweets me. I then jump on (usually once a day) and reply to my tweets and like the tweets that have mentioned or retweeted me.
There you have it. Now that I’ve shared my Twitter automation blog post, I want to hear from you.