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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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.

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!

Social media overwhelm is real and reduces our capacity to connect...ironically. Here are my top 5 tips for avoiding social media overwhelm.

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How to Find Hashtags: Tips and Tricks to Gain Followers

How to find hashtags, how to use hashtags, what are hashtags and everything in between. Plus a free download!

How to Find Hashtags: Tips and Tricks to Gain Followers

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How to find hashtags: tips and tricks to gain followers

This is a guide for how to find hashtags and how to use hashtags to grow your audience.

Yes, you can make up your own. Yes you can do it to be funny or ironic. However, if you’re using hashtags to be discovered by people you don’t already know or who don’t already follow you, this approach doesn’t really serve you.

Up until 2007 I only knew of # as “pound sign.” Then one day, when I was living in England, I was given a gate code.

"It's 4-8-6-3-hash."

Wait, what?

Maybe it was a button called hash. I don’t know, maybe it’s a British thing.

The five minutes at the gate staring for the hash button was one of the longest, most awkward feeling I’ve had in some time. I can’t remember how I got out through the gate in the end, maybe someone came over and showed me which button was hash.

Sigh. Canadians, amiright!?

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Fast forward a few years and everyone now knows what # means. We just don’t know how to find hashtags

OK maybe my wording isn’t quite right. We see hashtags everywhere but we don’t know which ones to use or how to use them right. I know this because I’ve been to a bazillion social media events and that question comes up every time.

And I’ve heard all sorts of answers to the question. All sorts.

No wonder everyone’s so confused. When there’s a cloud at the pulpit there’s a fog in the pew kind of thing. Blind leading the blind. Oh, and what about hashtag strategy?

Gah.

Perhaps you’re getting the sense we have a lot to cover here. You would be correct. This is going to be at least a four-part series.

Here’s how I see it going

But we could go deeper.

How to find hashtags

First, what are hashtags?

A hashtag is a word or phrase used on a social media platform preceded by a hash or pound sign (#)

That’s it. And I know if you see them around and don’t use them much you are thinking “why would I have to find hashtags? Anything’s a hashtag. #hashtag is a hashtag.

Yes. But if you’re trying to grow your audience on social media using the right hashtags in the right way can be a key strategy to growth. SO. How do you find those hashtags?

Hashtags are essential because when used properly, you gain targeted and engaged followers.

How to find hashtags

OK, so yes you can make up your own hashtags, but if you’re looking for engagement or want others to discover you, then you should use hashtags other people in your target audience are using.

And don’t get me wrong, you can use your own branded hashtags but that is a whole other subject. Right now let’s focus on helping people find you slash your great content by using the right hashtags.

How to find hashtags

Here are THREE resources to check out

Hashtagger

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.

Hastagify.me

When I’m more organized this is a fun site to use. You can type in words to the search bar and it displays the top hashtags using fancy charts. How fun!

When you hover over the results it also displays popularity and correlation to your original search term. This is a great way to research hashtags ahead of time.

Smarthash

Smarthash allows hashtag split testing (right on Instagram) as well as provides a cool heat map of your tags, which will show you which hashtags are hot and which ones aren’t promoting.

It’s pretty new to the market but has a LOT of potential.

Fun!


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One last comment about hashtags and yes, I’m repeating myself because I’ve heard this push back SO MANY TIMES. Yes, you can make up your own. Yes you can do it to be funny or ironic.

However, if you’re using hashtags to be discovered by people you don’t already know or who don’t already follow you, this approach doesn’t really serve you.

So yes, go ahead and #makeupyourown but don’t be surprised if nothing happens.

Next time, I’ll outline using hashtags for Instagram because there are a lot of rules to follow and it can be confusing!

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This is a guide to finding hashtags to grow your audience. How to find hashtags, how to use hashtags, what are hashtags, and everything in between.

One more thing. You may be interested in my free resource library. This is where I keep my files, downloads, ebooks, worksheets and whatever else I manage to create. I love sharing what I learn and want to keep adding to this library so it becomes a wealth of helpful goodness.

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This is a guide to finding hashtags to grow your audience. How to find hashtags, how to use hashtags, what are hashtags, and everything in between.