How to Get Noticed on Twitter Using Three Stupid Simple Steps

Using lists on Twitter is one of the best ways to get noticed by influencers (or anyone really). Serious! Here is a quick overview and tutorial plus best practices.

Get Noticed by Influencers on Twitter Using Lists

Get noticed by influencers on Twitter using lists

I know some users are freaked out by lists (why is someone adding me to a list? I don’t know them!). And I know others have had negative experiences with lists (they can be used for evil as well as for good).

However, when used properly, Twitter lists are a wonderful resource and can help you grow your platform.

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This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about the reasons freelancers, writers and freelance writers should use Twitter or lists so I won’t get into the sales pitch.

Today I want to review a specific technique for getting on the radar of people you would like to meet.

I love this technique mostsly because it’s not creepy. It’s intentional, definitely, but not creepy.

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Let’s take a break from this training for a minute. Social media is nebulous, I get it. And there are a lot of dos and don’ts that seem to contradict each other. I know!

I like to keep things simple with my social media strategy, which is why I’ve put together this free ebook for you.

It’s short and simple and if you implement these suggestions you’ll have a great head start on keeping your brand focused and effective online. Pop your email address into the form below and I’ll send you the password so you can access my resource library.

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The technique to get noticed

I first learned this technique, and about Twitter lists, from Alexis Grant. She suggests creating a private “Notice-Me List” on Twitter and adding people who you want to notice you.

Simple, right? I’m still using lists like this today and find them QUITE helpful.

Here’s the jist: create a private list on Twitter, figure out whose radar you want to get on to or who you want to meet and add their handles to the list.

Make sure to pay attention to this list, and the tweets, and interact with tweets/people as it makes sense.

Wondering how to interact with tweets? Here are a few ideas

  • Retweet tweets your followers would be interested in
  • Jump in on a conversation if you have something valuable to add
  • Are they asking for help? Can you help? Be helpful!
  • Be a literary citizen as much as possible (or in this case, a good Twitter citizen)
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What not to do

  • Don’t be desperate. No begging for attention, no DMing and no trying too hard (be cool!)
  • Avoid asking for things. Don’t ask people to check out your website or if they hire freelancers (or asking for favours in general—you’re doing the favours here)
  • Don’t overdo it. Yes pay attention to the people on your list but try not to retweet every tweet or tag them too much. You want to get their attention in a positive way, a way that makes them want to check out your profile and perhaps follow you. If you overdo it you’ll just annoy them and end up blocked

Pretty simple, right? Figure out who you want to connect with on Twitter, then pay attention to their tweets, then be helpful/useful/fun/valuable.

They may notice you, they may not. It may take a while, be patient. They may never @reply to you, that’s OK. But at some point, someone will start a conversation with you. They’ll be curious about who you are and what you’re about. Be ready.

And that’s how to get noticed on Twitter! Straightforward, right? While it may sound too simple to work I’ve practiced this technique for the past five years and I’m living proof that it works.

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4 Practical Ways to Get Your Freelance Business Noticed

Getting your freelance business noticed is more important than ever, whether you’re new to freelancing or a wizened veteran.

Get Your Freelance Business Noticed

Get your freelance business noticed

Are you struggling to stand out in a sea of multi-talented freelancers? Here are four ways to get your ideal clients to notice your freelance business.

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Identify your target market

When you first start out it’s easy to become a generalist freelancer. You’re so desperate for work you take any client or gig that comes your way.

This type of scattered approach may work for a while.

However, it prevents you from developing streamlined processes because you spend so much time switching gears from one job to the next.

It’s important to take a strategic, targeted approach if you want people to notice your freelance business.

Think about who your ideal clients are and how you can best reach them.

What social media platforms do they use? Which forms of advertising would best reach them?

For your target market to notice you, you need to be able to appeal to them and make them want to find out more about your business and how you can help them.

Bonus tip: Here are three questions to ask to discover your ideal reader

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Know your niche

Operating a small business in today’s gig economy means niching down and finding ways to specialize is more important than ever.

Is your industry already saturated with similar-sounding businesses? If so, it may be time to get specific.

Try to identify how your business differs from your competitors, figure out what your unique selling proposition (USP) is.

What can you do better than anyone else? Why do your current clients choose to work with you instead of someone else?

Narrowing your services and pointing out your differentiators is one of the best ways to stand out from the crowd.

Bonus tip: If you’re ready to work on your freelance business branding, here’s more about choosing a niche

Optimize your website

Having a website is a business requirement.

To get your business noticed, your website needs to rank on search engine results pages so potential customers can discover you.

Website optimization can be tricky and overwhelming, which is why many people choose to work with agencies such as Let’s Get Optimized.

Bonus tip: Here are seven essential freelance writer website elements

Engage with your ideal clients

A big piece of getting noticed online is by actually interacting with people.

When used correctly, social media can be a powerful tool for freelance business owners, enabling them to engage with their followers and potential customers.

Bonus tip: Here are five tips for optimizing your social media profiles

Whether you're new to freelancing or a vetran ready to streamline your client base, getting your freelance business noticed is more important than ever.

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Whether you're new to freelancing or a vetran ready to streamline your client base, getting your freelance business noticed is more important than ever.

Social Media Dangers You Should Be Aware Of

I spend a lot of time talking about why freelancers should be social online but there are a few social media dangers we need to pay attention to.

Social Media Dangers You Should Be Aware Of

Social media dangers to be aware of

As literary citizens, it’s important we don’t get swept up in the drama of the moment when we’re engaging online. Here are a few quick tips for avoiding the negative side of social media.

Social media is now seen as a must-have for many in business. It’s a fabulous marketing tool, which can allow you to build relationships with clients. It’s also good for networking and even for providing customer service.

However, social media can also cause problems, so if you’re using it for business there are a few things to be aware of.

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Let’s take a break from this training for a minute. Social media is nebulous, I get it. And there are a lot of dos and don’ts that seem to contradict each other. I know!

I like to keep things simple with my social media strategy, which is why I’ve put together this free ebook for you.

It’s short and simple and if you implement these suggestions you’ll have a great head start on keeping your brand focused and effective online. Pop your email address into the form below and I’ll send you the password so you can access my resource library.

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On with the training: Social media dangers to be aware of

Getting too comfortable

Social media gives you the tools you need to get a little more intimate with people.

You can casually and closely engage them, having conversations and creating discussions. However, sometimes this means you can get a bit too familiar and forget your professionalism.

It’s smart to keep some distance between your personal opinions and the things that you put on social media. For example, avoid engaging in heated discussions or debates!

Experiencing social media overwhelm

It can be a lot to handle when you’re trying to manage several social media accounts. There’s a lot of information coming at you, and many people trying to interact with you.

Even when you have some distance between your personal life and your business’s social media, it can be difficult to manage.

Are you experiencing social overload? Here are some strategies for dealing with social media overwhelm without quitting social media altogether.

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Accidently spreading fake news

Sharing things on social media is extremely easy. With just one click, or sometimes two, you can share something with all of your followers.

Sometimes this is convenient, but it also means you can unthinkingly share fake news without taking the time to check its veracity.

Learn how to spot fake news and help to prevent it from spreading.

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I spend a lot of time talking about why freelancers should be social online but there are a few social media dangers we need to pay attention to. As literary citizens, it's important we don't get swept up in the drama of the moment when we're engaging online. Here are a few quick tips for avoiding the negative side of social media.

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How to Avoid Social Media Overwhelm

Whether you call it overload, burnout or addiction, social media overwhelm is real and reduces our capacity to connect…ironically.

How to Avoid Social Media Overwhelm

I heard a stat the other day saying we look at our phones an average of 150 times per day. I don’t know if it’s true but when I’m deep-down honest with myself I wonder how many times I look at my phone. A lot.

And why? Much of the time I’m not doing anything. Opening apps, refreshing feeds, seeing if that was my phone that buzzed.

And that’s just checking what other people are posting. What about posting itself? How much time do I spend thinking about social media?

If I’m deep-down honest…more than 150 times per day. Thinking about strategy, researching tactics, and testing tools can be a full-time job if you let it.

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What can be done?

Oh, lots. First of all, you can take the extreme approach by avoiding it, banning it from your life, removing apps from your phone, or doing a social media detox.

All those things are fine—but extreme. If you’re trying to grow your platform going off social media, although good for your mental health, doesn’t help you grow. What if there was a way to have the best of both worlds?

Limit the time you spend on social media/in the digital world but be present when you’re there?

Yes, I’m trying to paint a picture of you being intentionally social rather than mindlessly scrolling. Not a crazy thing! I think you can do it!

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By the way, if you’re looking to better-establish your social media presence, there are a few basic adjustments you can make to your profiles that will make a ton of difference.

I’ve put these recommendations together in an ebook and you can access it for free in my resource library. Just pop your email address into the form below and I’ll send you the password!

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Here are my top five tips for avoiding social media overwhelm

1. Create a strategy

I do this for a living so of course I’ll recommend building a social media marketing strategy. This isn’t hard but you do need to spend some time thinking about what you want to get out of social media.

  • Why are you there?
  • What are your goals?
  • Who do you want to connect with?

Figure these things out and everything gets easier from here.

Want some help? Here’s my Five Step Social Media Strategy for Writers.

2. Create a posting schedule

Your posting schedule (also known as a content calendar or social focus) is a lifesaver.

Instead of showing up going “I need to post today but I don’t know what to dooooooo,” you say “OK, so my focus today is encouragement so what do I have that’s encouraging?

On one of the accounts I manage I created a basic posting schedule to help me come up with content but to also remain consistent.

  • Mondays: Contests or opportunities
  • Tuesdays: General knowledge
  • Wednesdays: Ask a question
  • Thursdays: Contests or opportunities
  • Fridays: Article share

See? There’s a posting schedule, just like that.

If you want to go deeper, here’s my article on how to create a content calendar.

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3. Choose your focus (ahead of time)

You can’t be everywhere. So which network will you focus on? There is a lot of advice out there for which networks have the biggest payoff but you will need to decide for yourself what works.

A couple questions to consider when choosing your social networks: Where are you most comfortable online? Where are your clients/readers most comfortable online?

By the way, you can go deeper on choosing your social networks here.

4. Get help

Whoa. But we writers are solitary creatures! Yes, but we also tend to get in our heads and spiral. When you’re feeling social media overwhelm creep up, get help.

This could be by speaking with a mentor or colleague, taking a course/learning a new skill, or hiring someone. The point is, get help.

Here’s a great story about a time I was asked for help and we ended up re-launching JenniMarie’s photography business.

5. Use scheduling tools

Use them like they’re going out of style. Seriously, USE TOOLS!

They not only help you organize your social life, but if set up right, they allow you to focus on what you need to and filter out the rest.

The right scheduling tools will keep social media overwhelm at bay and help you reach your social and business goals.

Here are my 15 best apps for freelance writers, including my favourite social media scheduling tools.

OK! That wasn’t so hard was it? Now get out there and be social!

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15 Best Apps for Freelance Writers

I opted to do a roundup of best apps for freelance writers because although smartphones allow you to access amazing tools and work on the go, there are so many options.

15 Best Apps for Freelance Writers

How do you know which apps are time savers and which are time wasters?

Here’s my roundup of 15 best apps for freelance writers

I should say right off the bat these are my personal choices, customized for the type of freelance work I do.

So know that when I say “best” this is subjective.

They may not work for you—fair! But if you’re looking for some apps to try out I hope this is an awesome point to help you cut through the overwhelm, maybe save some time testing apps, and get back to your writing!

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Content planning | Best apps for freelance writers

There is so much pre and prep work for freelance writers. If we don’t stay organized we’re doomed! These are my best apps for freelance writers who want to keep their stress levels down and their desks clutter-free.

Trello

I wrote about my love affair with Trello and how it is helping me stick to my blogging content calendar. However, I also use it for my freelance writing.

I create a board for each client and include due dates, assignments, research, etc. and another board for one-off freelance gigs. It’s so much better than flipping through my notebook or digging through email threads trying to remember the focus of an article, when it’s due, or who to send it to.

Basecamp

I didn’t choose Basecamp, Basecamp chose me. This project management software is perfect for teams, so if you’re one of a team of other writers, editors, project managers, designers, developers, etc. you will LOVE this tool.

Each project has it’s own space and to-do items and discussions live within the project so you don’t have to do a lot of emailing (I mean, you can if you want).

I love that you can put your thoughts into the Basecamp project when you have them, then come back to it when you’re working on it and see all your brainstorms, uploads, photos, (whatever!) in once place.

Feedly

Part of my content strategy is sharing useful articles with other freelance writers and also seeing what people in my industry are talking about.

Feedly is how I discover and track content from around the Internet. You set up your lists based on RSS feeds from blogs you want to follow or allow

Feedly to suggest blogs based on keywords. As new posts are available, Feedly pulls them into your feed and you devour them as you have time. You can save articles for later, push them to your social sharing apps, and more.

Editing | Best apps for freelance writers

Even if you’re working with editors you still need your writing to be as clean and correct as possible when submitting work. There are loads of tools you can use but I like to keep my editing simple. These are my best apps for freelance writers to help with editing.

Microsoft Word

For the most part I use Microsoft Word for writing, and I keep my language and grammar checking on with my customized settings but off for auto-correct. Part of my process is to go through my work, reading aloud before submitting.

Hemingway App

This is such a neat tool for helping you rework long, rambling sentences and making stronger word choices. It also helps you change passive voice to active voice (IMPORTANT!), which not only strengthens your writing but also communicates your message better.

Grammarly

Yes. You need to care about grammar. You don’t need to go out and police others’ grammar, but you do need to check your own.

This app helps you find mistakes and improve your writing. Just watch the comma suggestions, I think they’re a bit heavy handed in that area.

Images | Best apps for freelance writers

When I started freelancing I didn’t need to provide my own images, but these days it’s more like 50/50. You don’t need to be a graphic designer to produce high quality images, you just need to know which tools to use. Here are my best apps for freelance writers for creating awesome images.

Canva

The moment I heard about Canva I knew it was for me. It’s a web-based photo editing tool where you can create branded images, beautiful graphics, and more using pre-made templates or designing your own. It’s easy to use—kind of like a scaled-back Photoshop—and allows you to store your brand colours, images, and templates to use over and over.

Pixabay

Can’t take your own photos? Don’t have time to shoot? No problem. This free stock photography site offers more than a million images and videos including illustrations and vector graphics. It’s worth checking out.

If you want more options for free stock photos, here are five great sites to check out.

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Social media planning and scheduling | Best apps for freelance writers

I don’t know if you’ll ever get the same answer when asking what someone’s favourite social media tools are. People’s needs and preferences range so much, plus there are always new apps to check out. I’ve tried a LOT of them and will give you my personal best apps for freelance writers who are trying to plan and schedule their social media.

Hashtagger

I wrote about this app when I explained how to find and use hashtags but it’s worth mentioning again here. It’s such a great tool! There are lots of hashtag discovery apps, but this is the one I like for finding popular hashtags around a certain word or phrase when I’m on the go.

As in, I’m in the middle of posting and I need hashtags! The app is minimalist—your only option is to search for hashtags. You do this by typing in a word, pressing search, then selecting the hashtags from the list. You can copy up to 30 then paste them all at once into your post or comment on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, etc.

NOTE: This app is no longer available in the Canadian iTunes store so I no longer use it but I think it’s still available in the US iTunes store.

Hootsuite

There’s a lot to love about Hootsuite. I used to use it for all my social media but I’m finding it has certain limitations so I’m using a couple new tools, which I’ll outline below. However. I’m still team Hootsuite for all of my Twitter management. I schedule posts, track analytics, and keep an eye on the Twitter lists I follow. It’s easy to organize and keeps me sharp.

Recurpost

This is a new tool in my arsenal but I’m done with my testing and think it’s a keeper. This is a “productivity enhancement tool,” which is a fancy way of saying you can manage your social media for multiple platforms from its dashboard.

In this way it’s a lot like Hootsuite but where it has a leg up is the content library. Here, I can add evergreen posts and create a schedule around the different libraries. What does this mean? I can not only schedule my social media but I can have it repeat on whatever schedule I desire.

I have all my evergreen blogs set up in Recurpost and they now drip out to my chosen social networks on the schedule I set. It is awesome!

Later

Like Hootsuite, this is a social scheduling and planning tool. Unlike Hootsuite, it’s a visual planner. What does this mean? You can plug in your social media posts for the next week, month, whatever, and see how it looks as a collection—this is especially powerful for Instagram.

You can also save images, captions, and hashtags in the tool for easy re-use. Once your post is scheduled it either publishes it for you sends a push notification (on Instagram) when it’s time. I’ve used this tool for the past month or so and so far, I like it.

The visual plan helps me see how each image works together and helps me stay on brand.

File storage | Best apps for freelance writers

If you’re like me, then you’re working on multiple computers, devices, and networks on any given day. What this means is you need everything within easy access. Yes, you can drag your external hard drive around but you can also put everything you need in the cloud. Here are my best apps for freelance writers for working in the cloud.

Google Drive

If you use Google Docs, Forms, and Sheets, then you already know how awesome a partner Google Drive is. You can keep all your documents, images, and whatever else in one web-based place.

You can share documents or folders with the click of a button and you can collaborate on documents with ease, adding comments and track changes as needed.

Dropbox

This is similar to Google Drive but more people use it (at least in my circles). Used more for file sharing than anything else, this is a great way to send huge files back and forth. I use it in my podcast editing work and find it not only easy to use but quick and efficient.

I have multiple Dropbox folders for different reasons and I can customize which folders download to which computer so it stays clean and simple.

LastPass

You need secure passwords and you also need to log into different accounts a zillion times per day on different devices. And, if your day-to-day work is anything like mine, then you’re logging in and out of various client accounts all the day long.

There is NO WAY you’re remembering all those passwords and you are NOT keeping them in your phone or on a notepad. You need them in a password safe.

I love LastPass because I can use it on any computer or device and only need to remember ONE password. All the rest are stored in the password safe and are there when I need them.

Well, that’s my roundup of best apps for freelance writers. Hope you can find something awesome to help make your writing life more efficient.

Do you have any suggestions for best apps for freelance writers? Let me know! I’m always looking for new favourites.

With so many choices, how do you know which apps are time savers and which are time wasters? Here's my roundup of 15 best apps for freelance writers.

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With so many choices, how do you know which apps are time savers and which are time wasters? Here's my roundup of 15 best apps for freelance writers.