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September 6th, 2012 | Posted by Annette in Books | Perspectives | Twitter help | Writing Tips - (4 Comments)

Twit­ter help for the new­bies out there.

Some­times it’s the lit­tle things that count. Any­one who works on the web knows that links mat­ter. If you haven’t checked out bitly, the time has come. It’s a fab­u­lous site that cre­ates short­ened web url addresses. And as any tweeter knows, the shorter, the bet­ter. To see for your­self, click on the link below.

Not only can you cre­ate short links on this site, but every link is saved for future ref­er­ence. These can be made pub­lic or pri­vate. In addi­tion, there is a tab for track­ing your link stats. Under this tab you can see the clicks for each link. You can even see where the links are being hit. Seri­ously, if you haven’t checked out bitly yet, do it now.

And since you’re going to love me for this, I’ll just say it now. Your wel­come! :)



So you’ve finally done it. You’ve got a web­site! Now your scratch­ing your head won­der­ing, how does every­one make this work? Believe it or not, you are not alone. Here’s a quick 10 step guide that will aid you along your journey.

1. Use meta keywords

Meta key­words and meta descrip­tions are the way google picks up your site. These must be added sep­a­rate from the body of your post via what­ever for­mat your site has. If you don’t add them, no one will know you are there. If you need tech­ni­cal help, get it!

2. Use permalinks

Use perma­links and slugs for the same rea­son. This is how google works.

3. Use plu­g­ins and widgets

Plu­g­ins and wid­gets can trans­form your site from some­thing lame into some­thing that really works. Once again, if you need tech­ni­cal help, get it!

4. Offer some­thing for free

For exam­ple:

Alle Wells offeres indie book reviews on her site. A quick visit helps read­ers see what is good in the indie industry.

Melissa Fos­ter offers author sup­port and ser­vices. Of course she sells a lot of books. Every­one loves her. She helps them.

Lia Lon­don brings read­ers into the writ­ing world. Read­ers become the writ­ers. Many peo­ple have always wanted to do this,but were too intim­i­dated to try on their own.

I admit that I’m an odd­ball in the mix. I offer free music edu­ca­tion work­sheets. That’s the point. Offer what you have. It’s also help­ful is you offer some­thing unique.

5.  Don’t be sneaking

Sneaky and solic­i­ta­tion don’t mix. Peo­ple are smart and sneaky almost always rubs the wrong way.

6. It’s just polite

If your site con­tains explicite mate­r­ial, don’t plas­ter it on the front page. Let peo­ple know in advance before they click. Some peo­ple don’t want to see it. Period.

7. This is your platform

Your web­site is a store front. Keep it pos­i­tive. Keep it going.

8. Social media

Twit­ter is set up for mak­ing con­tacts and tweet­ing ideas. It’s also a great way con­nect with read­ers. But even on twit­ter be polite. Show a few man­ners. Don’t assume someone’s an idiot and will click on your web­site because you scammed them into it. Instead of scam­ming, offer some­thing. Give peo­ple a rea­son to hit your site.

Face­book works for a lot of peo­ple. This is an area that I have cho­sen to keep per­sonal. My face­book friends are peo­ple that I actu­ally “know.” But a lot of authors have made face­book work for them. Give it a try.

There are a num­ber of other social media. Make your pres­ence on the web known. Pineter­est, squido, linkedin, etc. There’s a mil­lion of them. Redi­rect every­one to your webpage.

9. Dare to Dream.

This is why you have a web­site. This is why you’re read­ing this arti­cle! Keep your dreams. Make them hap­pen. They don’t hap­pen with­out effort. That’s a given.

10. Never Give Up!

Be resource­ful. Be cre­ative. But most of all, NEVER GIVE UP!


New to Twit­ter and hash­tags have you scratch­ing your head? Don’t worry. It’s really very sim­ple. Hash­tags begin with #. That’s all there is to it. On Twit­ter any hash­tag can be searched mak­ing this a won­der­ful resource when you are look­ing for infor­ma­tion or want­ing to share some­thing. Here are a few basic examples.

#SO — Mean­ing Shout Out. In other words, peo­ple use this hash­tag to bring atten­tion to some­one or something.

#WW — Won­der­ful Writer or Wednes­day Writer.

#amwrit­ing — Help­ing writ­ers connect.

#amread­ing — A way for read­ers to connect.

#FF — Fri­day Fol­low, which is a way to share your favorite tweeters.

Obvi­ously, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less. You can even make them up. For more infor­ma­tion, or to clar­ify a spe­cific hash­tag go to the offi­cial hash­tag site.