12 Nov 09 1:42 am
esolutions, I use Twitter heaps, for business and personal, and I see masses of value in it. I actually speak at conferences on the use of Twitter for creating brand awareness, building relationships with communities and sending traffic through to websites.
Article writing is definitely very important ... but if you're writing an article, why not use Twitter to promote it as well? You can even connect Wordpress to your Twitter account to automatically "tweet" your new blog posts. It'll just mention the headline and include a link to the blog.
With no extra effort, you've increased the reach of your article exponentially.
There's then an easy facility for those Twitter people to share the link with their own followers and thus increase the reach even more (plus there's an element of trust in the info if the link is passed on by someone who is known for generating quality content themselves).
For some actual figures, I basically get an extra 50 to 100 hits to my blog articles in the first few minutes of mentioning it on Twitter. And that's just in terms of actual hits on those links, not to mention people who visit my website because they've seen me on Twitter or been referred to me by another Twitter user. Yes it's probably quite a small number (it's all relative) but that's 100 people who may not have seen my article otherwise.
So yeah, I hope you manage to get some better results from Twitter! Don't give up on it just yet. Feel free to follow me: http://www.twitter.com/marklincoln
and I'll have a look at your Twitter account. Or are you actually on Twitter with the same name? If so, it certainly looks like you're doing well in terms of follower numbers! It'd be good to build how many lists you're on as well though.
In summary, I really think that if you have a blog or post regular content directly to your website, a Twitter account is an essential tool.