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Think carefully about using twitter for promotion

Those of us who have been writing online for any great length of time will know just how good a promotional tool twitter can be, but at the moment I would be thinking twice about using it to promote articles on that other site.

You have your reputation to worry about, you see if people click on the links on your twitter and get 'under maintenence' or a 504 error they are less likely to click on any of your future links, especially if this is happening a lot. They may even unfollow you if they are persistantly getting error messages while trying to view your stuff, the less followers you have the less effective your twitter promotion will be.

If you use automatic posting tools, it might be best to pause them if your links are pointing to that site. That way you will not have problems with people trying to access your stuff. Of course you should still try to be active on twitter during this time, just put up a few tweets a day about random interesting things if you can. Ignoring your followers will not help your overall twitter pormotion.

You want a good reputaion on twitter, you should try and actually have some posts that are not links to your work, really try to engage with people. If you are interesting on twitter, people are more likely to click your links, which in turn earns you money.

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Kidame wrote on June 22, 2014, 3:45 PM

I completely agree with you

melody23 wrote on June 22, 2014, 3:48 PM

I have only just set up all my auto posting things to tweet my stuff from there, had to take all my old helium articles off first, but I have stopped the tweets just now until things there improve. That will give me time to add my posts from here to my auto tweet thingys

Anja wrote on June 22, 2014, 3:50 PM

I don't promote articles from that other site, well for the most part I don't. There's nothing there that I want to be known by. I have shared once or twice on Facebook, but I tend to be selective. It depends on what I have written. I really don't think anyone wants to read about me having coffee in the morning or the site errors or what we had for dinner. I wouldn't share most of it. But now, with the site underperforming even at the really low level we expect of it, I doubt my ability to get in, let alone anyone else's.

melody23 wrote on June 22, 2014, 3:57 PM

I have only started sharing stuff from there recently, I felt the same as you, no one would be interested in that sort of stuff and since I don't write any 'serious' articles there I didn't see the point. but it dawned on me that I probably wont be writing serious articles on revenue share sites any more so I don't really have much to loose by promoting that stuff.

I do only promote the slightly more interesting ones though.

Anja wrote on June 22, 2014, 4:41 PM

True, at the moment I am not really writing anything serious, so what else is there but my social writings? The last thing I shared was the short story from here.

MaeLou wrote on June 22, 2014, 5:08 PM

I never share my stuff from "the other site" anymore. There is no purpose. I'd rather share them from here and actually get people to read the instead of just giving them an error.

Ravenmount wrote on June 22, 2014, 6:35 PM

I still share my music posts on twitter and on facebook. The bands and fans of those bands like knowing there is an article about them and their music, so even if they can't access it right away, they do eventually. On twitter things get buried anyway after a few hours, so if I put up posts that I know my followers may be interested in I post a new tweet every other day for a couple days so that it remains visible longer. I also post links to the posts I consider more professional in nature on my own blog's home page, so that all my professional writing has a common hub.

IcyBC wrote on June 22, 2014, 8:21 PM

I read Anja 's comment below, and I agree with her completely. I don't share everything I wrote and it depends on what I have written that I deem worthy to share.

Many sites now don't count views from Twitter either.

melody23 wrote on June 23, 2014, 2:18 PM

I am very careful what I share on twitter as well, if it seems like people might be interested or it has some value I will share it, otherwise no.

Its not so much that sites don't count views from Twitter, they quite rightly don't count automatic bots that come from there. Most sites have a policy that for a view to count, the viewer must spend 30 seconds on the page, these automatic bots don't do that so therefore they are not counted. I don't know of any site that does not count views from Twitter at all, but most wont count the bots.

AdrienneJenkins wrote on June 23, 2014, 4:50 PM

Do you have an auto posting software that you like?

melody23 wrote on June 24, 2014, 2:10 PM

I have used socialoomph for years, not too sure if I like the newer format mind you, but of all the ones I have tried for whatever reason that is the one I have stuck with.

AinsleyJo1952 wrote on June 25, 2014, 7:19 PM

This makes a lot of sense to me! I use Twitter in a variety of ways. Sometimes, I just simply let it run and post comforting Bible verses at various times, and that seems to not only bless countless others but, also, this blesses me, as I'll often see a verse come up on my Facebook Timeline right when I need it the most. The rest of the time, it can be anything from friendly newsbits to links to what I've written to links to what others have written. I ReTweet a lot when I come across something especially inspiring...