POWER those blog post titles for social media sharing #BookBloggers #Writers

Amber rose

Twitter is a great place to share blog posts, with just a few easy steps your tweet will work better.

Everyday twitter feeds are full of tweets which are empty of hashtags, pictures and purpose. These get passed-over by most readers.

First make your blog title work. If you add all the Hashtags and Twitter Handles of those your post is about in your title, sharing is easier.

If you use WordPress, lots of blog readers share via the sharing buttons at the bottom of your post, 2 clicks and they have shared and moved on. They won’t add anything extra, so provide all they need to begin with.

Here is an example of a weak blog title, “Twitter Tips”

To this; Add the WOW factor to your tweets, try a strong word like; NEW, WONDERFUL, BRILLIANT or KICK_ASS and add a hashtag such as #TwitterTip #Amwriting. Think of other strong words, but be careful don’t overuse them in every tweet.

Change this; “Diana by L Card”

To this; WONDERFUL #Bookreview DIANA by @LCard A modern day Goddess? Or #Greek #Tragedy? (and add you blog post link)

There are others who personalise each tweet, it takes effort to “Live” tweet but they spend time thinking about how to present blog posts on Twitter, particularly on the hashtag days, with a catchy headline that will make people click, and pictures if relevant – you need to leave 23 characters for the picture. With books, you need to say what it’s ABOUT either in a few relevant words or some genre Hashtags.

I believe every tweet needs to work hard for you with a link back to a blog post or a page or Goodreads/Amazon link to a book. Even if you are thanking someone for sharing your post, get a link in for instance “Thanks for sharing the review of my book (Link)”

Add a .(full stop) before the name of the @person like this .@person and others can eavesdrop on your conversation and might click on your link.

Make use of the new Twitter facility to “add a comment” when re-tweating and you can make sure there is a link to your post or book.

Pictures on Twitter get much more attention than a post with just words. Find out how to add a picture that doesn’t cut off half your book cover. I use “paint” I set up a template 1024 pixels wide by 512 high and fill it with pictures and words, getting away with lots more than 140 characters because my picture only takes up 23 characters of space. Do make sure of copyright rule when using pictures.

Finally here is a great article for those of you who are tempted to use a re-tweeting service,

http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/robots-retweeting-robots-to-no-one.html

No way am I an expert on Twitter but I love learning and sharing what I find, what great tips can you pass on?

16 thoughts on “POWER those blog post titles for social media sharing #BookBloggers #Writers

  1. Rosie, thanks for the helpful post and for sharing Terry Tyler’s article as well. I need to work on my “tweet language” and to maximize the hashtags I use/choose. When possible, I always try to add a picture. I think, though, that I could be doing a much better job! 🙂

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  2. Wow, Rosie! What a wealth of info in this post!! I know it will help me going forward, as I’ve just recently been learning (mostly from YOU) more about the proper way to use hashtags. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, and I am going to print this out and keep handy for future reference. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: You ROCK, Rosie!!

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  3. Great share Rosie! I’ve been paying more attention to my blog titles lately with hashtags, as this post states, many just hit ‘tweet’ and don’t add anything. 🙂 Shared!

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    • Don’t get me started….I’ll be on about bloggers who don’t have their Twitter handle linked to their posts next…..You know the ones, when you share it just says via @wordpress.com or similar and then they miss their named linked to the post.

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      • Okay, now I’m worried I’m not doing it right. When I retweet from someone ELSE’S blog, I don’t usually add anything. I thought it would be rude to change their post title, and so forth. No?

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        • The tweet will be going out using your profile so that your followers will re-tweet , so make it as visible as possible. I don’t do it 100% of the time, but I try to find an @author’s name from Twitter if it’s for a book review and add that, plus I add Hashtags. It means I may have to do a little research to find the author name, but then that author often picks it up and shares. I especially add Hashtags if the post will fit a Hashtag day rule, like #MondayBlog, #TuesdayBookBlog, #wwwblogs #SundayBlogShare etc If you are running out of space you can always erase the “via” word which always gets added to the instant tweat wording. Hope this helps.

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          • I have never known those day of the week hashtags, and don’t even know where to find them, that’s how Hashtag Impaired I am. I am usually literally running when I retweet from other blogs (sometimes, I’m standing, bent over the computer, trying to do it before I finish what I’m actually SUPPOSED to be doing), so research wouldn’t be easy. But I’ll try to do a better job. I’d hate to have to give up retweeting because I don’t have enough time to do it better, though. (The retweets “as is” should at least bring readers to the blog post, right?)

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