The Ultimate Twitter Guide - Following Others on Twitter
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Why would I want to follow other people?
Well, there are a few good reasons:
1. This is a community. If you want to get from it, you have to give to it.
2. Being on others "following" lists can be a way to get exposed to other Twitter users who may follow you.
3. Some people will automatically return the favor, which will get you your very first followers.
4. Following others fills your feed.
5. Following others and commenting @ them gives you much needed credibility.
Where can I find people to follow?
Lots of places. Some of the best places to find people to follow include:
- Your email contacts list. That way you can follow people that you actually know.
- Twitter's list of suggested users. Granted, these are usually users of note, so they may not follow back.
- On the websites and blogs of similar complementary focuses. Not only does this give you relevant updates, it also gives you a quick and easy way to spy on your competition.
- By searching for users with similar interests.
- On the following lists of your friends, colleagues or family members' pages.
- On the following lists of the Twitter pages of your competing or complementary sites. They already have a great list.
- On the followers list of either of the last two suggestions.
Now what you have to do is be active. Post on your feed regularly. When you see an interesting post and you have a comment to add, post to it.
Most importantly, be sure to stay on topic, but to always be authentic. Don't use Twitters as a spam platform and you will be rewarded. Try to use it to shout at people and you will soon find yourself shouting alone in an empty room.
People can stop following you if they feel that you are not really adding to their feed. The curse of the label "spam" can be a hard one to lift. Best to avoid it preemptively.
Don't walk away just yet. Here are some questions you'll want answered about Twitter, even if you haven't asked.
Do those tiny URLs count toward my inbound links?
Nope. The fine folks at Twitter have decided to add a "no-follow" tag to all links. That makes them search engine invisible.
How do I get my RSS feed into my Twitter account?
There is a free service you can use, called Twitterfeed. All you have to do is give them your Twitter account information and your RSS feed URL. The rest is automatic.
Now that you have those questions answered, you can enjoy using Twitter to enhance your existing set of SEO practices. Say hello to a new stream of visitors coming to your site.
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