20 Tips to increase Twitter Followers

On the web you can find alot of articles that describe various tricks & tips on how to increase the number of your twitter followers. Additionally lots of companies have created software & services that can help you automate the whole procedure. Even if some of those programs and techniques do work in some cases, it is highly recommended not to base a social media campaign on spammy techniques because it can really affect your company image. In this article I will focus on well-tested white-hat techniques that can be used to increase the number of your followers. I stress that these are not magic tricks that will increase your followers in one single day. These are good techniques that can help you on the long-term increase the number of your twitter followers, maintain them and build a loyal target audience. 1. Be an active user on twitter If you want to increase your follower count, make sure you post regularly & send most of your tweets during the right hours of the day when most people are online. 2. Place relevant social media buttons in your blog If are an active blogger you should place relevant social media buttons on a

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Google’s +1 button is finally here!

  After all the talk, Google’s +1 button is now officially here. In a low-key blog post, Google simply announced that the button has launched with a handful of web properties, comprised of the usual suspects.  Google is letting people add +1 buttons to their own sites. Webmasters can get all the info on the code by visiting Google’s +1 button code generator page. The code is straightforward for nearly all Webmasters, comprising a JavaScript include for your “head” and a matched set of tags where your want the +1 button to appear in your docuement body. Ways to Set the Button Up Currently, there are few options: When adding the button you have your choice of four sizes ranging from 15 pixels to 60 pixels tall, set the language annotations will appear in, and the option to display (or not) a counter indicating the number of +1s your page has received. For advanced Webmasters, you may also specify callback functions in the form of a JSON object. You can also pass a URL to the +1 button code. This is especially useful for bloggers who want to put the +1 button in their list of recent posts or category

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Twitter now has a “follow” button, to follow the “tweet” button!

  There seems to be a button war going on all around us. Google, Yahoo, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, digg — they’ve all been trying to get their buttons in prime real estate on big websites. But 2 players are larger in the space than anyone else: Facebook & Twitter. And Twitter has just escalated the war a bit today. Twitter has just unveiled their new Follow Button. This follows their previous Tweet Button which is already in use on 1000s of websites around the web. While the Tweet Button was great for sharing single pieces of content, the Follow Button is meant to establish more twitter social connections on the web. So, it’s kinda like the Facebook Like Button, which people place on their sites to get other Facebook users to establish themselves to brands remotely. Of course, the Like Button also kinda acts a bit like the Tweet Button as well (that is, you can also share individual pieces of content from it too). Are you confused yet? Twitter’s 2-button concept is actually pretty simple. The Tweet Button is to share things. The Follow Button is to make connections with other Twitter users remotely. So if we were to add a Follow

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Twitter getting more complicated or just getting more social? You be the judge

Twitter has added a couple of features recently, that while adding more social elements may risk ‘jumping the shark’ a little. The new features are the ability to see what tweets your followers are making as well as those made by people they follow. They also added a “stumble through” button allows you to shuffle through your followers tweet streams. Now how many people are scratching their heads wondering what all that was about and if it is something users really need? The beauty of Twitter was its simplicity. Being forced to communicate in 140 characters at first seemed ridiculous but quickly took hold because it was simple. The company played with a few features over the few years of its existence but dropped most as they did not foster that simplicity. Now it seems Twitter wants more interaction between its users and are launching these new features to foster this. But should they? “You can see above that you will be able to click on a person that youíre following and see Tweets from their followers. This means that you are effectively looking at their Twitter stream,” the Next Web noted. The feature had been available a couple of

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What It Takes To Become an Effective Link Builder

Good link builders are a special hybrid of SEOs. There are a lot of good SEOs in the industry, but effectively building links is very different from just keyword research, copywriting, or technical analysis. I’ve been thinking alot about what makes a good and effective link builder. Whether you’re an SEO expert looking to improve your own skills or a marketing manager looking to hire a new link builder, here are the characteristics of a good and effective link builder. SEO is one of the few industries where my history as an awesome video game player, an epic geared raiding Wizard, forum admin and hacker supreme became a marketable skill. I’m an awesome marketer online, not because I have  marketing training, but because I understand online communities properly. A link builder should read Reddit daily, keep on top of memes, , use StumbleUpon,read Hacker News , and engage on Twitter. They should follow analysis on these communities. Real creativity is one of the things that is difficult, maybe impossible, to teach. It can be encouraged through culture, because everyone has a level of creative genius, but creativity is something I would hire for. Sea, especially link building, is moving closer to being inbound marketing,

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Extra “Panda” Update Information Starting to Appear..

  Last Friday, Google posted an update on its Webmaster Central blog titled “Providing More Guidance on Building High-Quality websites“. The blog post expands on much of what Google has said about the infamous Panda update since its first release on February 24th. In statements about the Panda update, Google has used a number of questions that they’re attempting to answer with an algorithm. “Do you feel comfortable giving your credit card information to this site?” & “Would you take medical advice from this site?” are 2 that have been around since the very beginning. Last Friday’s Webmaster Central post offered up a better list with some of the highlights below: Does the website have duplicate, overlapping, or redundant articles on the same or similar topics with slightly different keyword variations? Does the article have spelling, stylistic, or factual errors? Are the topics driven by genuine/real interests of readers of the site, or does the site generate content by trying to guess what might rank well in the search engines? Does the article provide original/real content or information, original reporting, original research, or original analysis? Is the site a recognized authority on its particular topic? Is the content being mass-produced by

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It Now Pays To Watch Ads On Facebook

Facebook has introduced a program on Thursday that offers consumers a credit incentive to watch ads on the site. Facebook will now reward fans who watch certain ads with Facebook Credits, which in turn can be redeemed to purchase other goods on Facebook Deals, the company’s new Groupon-like daily deals venture. The incentive, however, is not very huge. Initially, the average ad will only yield 1 credit, which is equivalent to only 10 cents. The ads will be mostly in games. Zynga, Digital Chocolate & CrowdStar are among the participating game publishers. Facebook is working with SupersonicAds, SocialVibe, Sharethrough & Epic Media  to serve ads on the program as well as TrialPay, which will provide cool analytics. The CEO of Sharethrough, says Facebook’s move represents “a step away from disruptive advertising.” Sharethrough’s clients include Nestle and Microsoft, who say their network won’t deliver traditional advertising but rather very branded entertainment, which consumers will want to share & watch with their friends. Giving incentives to consumers to watch ads is one solution for Facebook’s very low banner click-through rates. This move comes after Facebook expanded its Credits program last week to allow consumers use their Credits to buy real-world things advertised in the Deals.

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Search and Social: Are You Missing Out?

It seems that every so often I’m presented with managing a client’s search engine optimization (SEO) campaign and immediately run into a disconnect: no social media presence! To me, the two logically go together, but to others they may seem mutually exclusive. They’re missing out! Admittedly, search engines utilize social media factors when determining rankings. How could you not? With sites like Facebook attracting over 500 million users, and Twitter producing 50 million tweets per day, search engines would be remiss if they failed to acknowledge the key signals indicated when users recommend, “Like,” share, tweet, update, or otherwise share information. If you were a search engine, trying to filter out spam and produce the right results to searchers, wouldn’t you want to make sure you properly “counted” the content/websites that online users really find interesting? That’s where social media comes into play. Real-time Search In the recent past, online users have seen search engine’s experimentations with integrating social media factors into their algorithms. The addition of real-time search to Google (and subsequently to Bing) is proof positive that search engines actually care what is said in the social realm. They’ve made a few adjustments since they started showing the

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13 Questions To Ask Before You Hire A Local SEO Consultant

Just got an inquiry from the millionth small business who had wasted a nice chunk of their budget on an offshore SEO agency that did a grand total of nothing except worthless spammy link building. Here’s an example. I am not going to bitch about snake-oil salesmen, ethics, how many good SEOs there are, etc. Instead I am going to ask every small biz out there who is reading this to sit up straight, stop mumbling, look me in the eye and pay attention. It’s time to wise up. Now I know you are no search marketing expert. That’s why you’re looking for help with your SEO right? So I thought it might be useful to put together this list of questions for the next time you take a pitch from your friendly local SEO consultant: Can you tell me exactlyhow you do what you do? Local SEO is not magic. There is a long list of techniques that are known to work. Some work better than others. While how a SEO campaign is executed can have some proprietary aspects to it, in general a good SEO consultant should have no problem telling you how that are going to go

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Facebook Marketing – Facebook Page Optimisation

Published by in Facebook on August 25th, 2010

This blog post will cover what social media optimisation is and how to optimise a Facebook Page both for search engines and user engagement. Hope it will be an eye opener for you Overview of Social Media Optimisation (SMO) Facebook Page optimisation has been of particular interest, due to the increasing popularity of Facebook. Facebook Pages are excellent tools which can be used to increase brand visibility and engage followers through the use of some simple strategies and techniques So what exactly is Social Media Optimisation and how can it be applied to Facebook? For those still baffled between social media optimisation (hence Facebook Page optimisation) and Social Media Marketing (SMM) here is a well cited quote from Rohit Bhargava, the Vice President for Interactive Marketing with Ogilvy Public Relations described the concept of social media optimisation as a technique in which to “  ..implement changes to optimize a site so that it is more easily linked to, more highly visible in social media searches on custom search engines (such as Technorati), and more frequently included in relevant posts on blogs, podcasts and vlogs. “ What this means is that compared to SMM, which includes paid Facebook Ads and other methods

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