How To Get Targeted Twitter Followers

You’ve probably already jumped onto the Twitter wagon by now but may be struggling with how to get a decent amount of followers.

There are a lot of services out there that promise to deliver hundreds or even thousands of followers to your account, but are those followers targeted?

Are they real people who are interested in your business? Are they going to stop and read your tweets and click on links you share with them?

You probably already know the answer.

Get more twitter followers

Twitter followers are just like any other leads or prospects.

If they are interested in what you have to say or sell, then your conversion or subscriber rates will be high.

If they are just a group of random people who have never heard of you before then your conversion and subscriber rates will be dismal.

Twitter should be used not as a megaphone to shout to random passers-by, but as a soap box you use to address your loyal fans.

So how do you get targeted followers?

The easiest way is by reaching out to people in the ways that you normally do, but then adding a call to action for them to follow you on Twitter.

If you have an email list, a blog, or a Facebook fan page then you can use it to announce your Twitter profile and start gathering followers.

These people are already following you in one medium so it should be easy to nudge them into another.

You’ll find that they will often jump at the chance to follow you in as many channels as they can.

If you are a regular member of a forum for your particular niche, then it’s a good idea to add your Twitter information to your forum profile and, if the forum allows it, your forum signature.

Every time you make a valuable contribution to the forum, people will see you Twitter link and may choose to follow you.

This method puts your Twitter profile page right in front of people you want to target the most: people who already know who you are and who are highly interested in your niche.

Forums are where the most hardcore members of any niche hang out, so getting one of them as a follower gives you a highly targeted lead.

Another great strategy of course is to just use your Twitter feed responsibly. Don’t tweet every last thing you do, only use your tweets to share something useful.

This gives you a good chance of getting a “re-tweet”.

A re-tweet is simply when one of your followers shares your tweet with his followers. This instantly increases your exposure and gives you a good chance of picking up more followers.

As with everything else, the more you give the more you will get.

Attract followers by making your twitter feed something people will WANT to follow.

Everyone has a twitter account now, so adding you to their list is nothing new or special anymore. You have to earn their following and keep earning it tweet after tweet.

Try using your feed mostly to distribute “exclusive” free tips or links to free, funny and/or helpful stuff you find.

This is a great way to build follower loyalty AND to get re-tweets.

Naturally, the same thing goes for all type of social media like Facebook, Youtube and LinkedIn etc.

The more value you can put out there, the more people will “like” your stuff and share it.

Stuart StirlingTo your success,

Stu Sensei

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p.s. Have any other great ideas for catching and keeping loyal, targeted Twitter followers? Share them in the comments section.

Q&A: Squeeze Pages, Social Marketing, Traffic

Here’s the first weekly Q&A post!

Every week from now on, I’ll be answering your questions about Internet marketing and making money online.

So if you have a question you want me to answer too, this is the place to ask it!

Ok, so let’s get on with this week’s answers…

Q1. What is a squeeze page?

A. A squeeze page is also known as a “lead capture page”.

It’s just a very simple web page on your site that has an opt-in form to collect names and emails, and a pitch for your bribe to get your visitors to subscribe.

A squeeze page is the best way to start building a list of prospects.

Make sure you have a good bribe to get them to subscribe to your list and then just send traffic to your squeeze page.

i.e. a free 7 day e-course, a free report or video that reveals some insider secrets, free software, free cheat sheet.. whatever will appeal to your market.

Q2. Does Social marketing work anymore?

A. Hard question. I heard some marketers are abandoning social media. Does that mean it’s dead?

My answer is that it depends on your niche and how you use it.

If you’re in the “bizz opp” and “MMO” niche like me, you’ll notice that FB and Twitter look like a free spam board.

It’s very crowded with “marketers” pitching their ads in there, so it’s pretty hard to stand out.

To make the most of social media, you need to build a loyal following by sharing helpful and interesting content.

If you use FB and want to use it to promote your biz, then make a “page” for it. It’s not the best idea to use your personal profile to post ads to every hour of every day.

Social media is all about sharing cool stuff. Use it to share.. not to pitch.. and people aren’t stupid, they know the difference.

Q3. How do I create new web pages on my website?

A. Well, there are a million types of sites you can create and work with, but the simplest is just a simple HTML web page.There are free HTML editor software apps available that let you create new files and edit them as well. Try Kompozer (it’s free) http://kompozer.net/download.php

Then, after you have created an HTML page, you can upload it to your website host server.

The easiest way to do this is to use and FTP client software app. Try Filezilla (its free too)http://filezilla-project.org/download.php

Q4. I need traffic! How can I get traffic to my site?

A. Again, it depends on your niche and your desired outcome of your website.

The very first thing to do is think about and seek out WHERE your target market are already “hanging out” online.

Are they in forums? On Youtube? On facebook? On other people’s lists? On Google? Reading other guy’s blogs?

Often times, your audience is in more than one place. But once you determine where they are, it makes it easy to go after them.

Beware of buying traffic!

Let me tell you from experience that cheap traffic does practically nothing but make your hit count bigger.

If you want to buy traffic, be prepared to spend a fair chunk of change on it if you want any sort of decent response from it. i.e. PPC, ezine ads, banner ads etc.

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Ok, that’s it for this week. I hope this can help you move forward for better results.

Think big, talk big, act big!

To your success,
Stu “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. Remember, if you have any questions that are stopping you from getting to where you want to be in your biz, hit the big red button and ask away!

Ask me your questions here!

Stu Sensei’s Facebook Fan Page

It’s finally here!

My official Facebook fan page!

(cue applause and fireworks…)

Anyway…. I’d love you to check it out and please make sure when you go there, to click on the “Like” button and you can stay up to date with my latest tips, free stuff and special offers on Facebook!

Up until now I was only using a regular personal Facebook account to stay in touch with all of you, but I’d always wanted a fan page but didn’t seem to get around to it until a few days ago.

Mind you, it is still a work in progress but I’m excited to play around with it and make it the coolest page to stay updated and learn IM.

There isn’t a lot of stuff on there right now but there are some links to articles and some funny photos I think you’ll get a kick out of 😉

And I will be adding a lot more cool, helpful content there on a regular basis so please make sure you click the “Like” button and invite your friends to stay in the loop.

Thanks in advance and see you there!

Go to Stu Sensei’s Facebook fan page>>>

Stu “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. Have you got a fan page for your business yet? If not, I recommend you get one. It’s easier than you probably think and it’s pretty fun too.

Stu Sensei Says: Get Tweetdeck

Tweetdeck is a free  multiple social site profile management application (say that fast 10 times) which I came across a while ago and one that I’m going to be using for a long time to come because it just keeps getting better and better.

Originally, Tweetdeck was designed with Twitter in mind and was only a desktop app, but has come a very long way. You can now manage your Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Buzz, Foursquare, and Myspace profiles from the one apllication.

And did I mention it now has many different applications for PC, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad?

When it was new, I wanted to use it for my Twitter account and had it for my desktop.

I like using Twitter but I didn’t like using the Twitter.com site for a few reasons. Them being, the Twitter home page would scroll very sloooooowwwwly, and I when I wanted to unfollow someone, I had to go to that user’s page and then click on “unfollow”.

Tweetdeck solves those problems and provides me with even more eye-popping features.

The best features being…

– I can see the main news feed, my mentions, my direct messages and my Facebook news feed all on the one screen.

– I can follow and unfollow anyone without going to their profile page (although Twitter.com lets you do that now too).

– I can retweet, reply, send a direct message to a user in a click or two.

– I can schedule Tweets (love this one).

– I can upload pics, videos and record a video with your webcam and Tweet it right away.

– I can manage/tweet from multiple Twitter accounts by switching them on/off.

There are more like, auto url shrinking, TweetShrinking, translation, see recent hash tags you’ve used and more.

I’ve probably forgotten many but I think you get the gist of it.

The best thing is it’s free and like I said, it keeps getting better. It’s fast and light on your computer.

If you use Twitter and/or other social networking sites and want a central control panel, you can’t beat Tweetdeck. I give it double thumbs up.

You can download TweetDeck here for free.

And by the way, if you’re on Twitter, please follow me! Here’s my Twitter profile: http://www.twitter.com/StuartStirling

Enjoy and have a great day!

Stu “Senei” Stirling

p.s. What do you think of Tweetdeck?

6 Ideas For Getting More Comments On Your Blog

Since I started this blog in January 2010, I am delighted at the number of comments that my readers leave….even on posts that  are weeks/months old!

From 2006 till 2010 I was using a Blogger blog to share my Internet marketing tips on, and it was a real struggle to get comments on that blog.

Over those 4 years on blogger, I can count the number of comments I got on my fingers. Seriously!

Was it the change to wordpress that magically brought people flocking to leave their comments?

In a word – YES!

I would have to say that the vast array of readily available WordPress plugins have made it much more inviting and beneficial for readers to leave comments on this blog.

It’s normal to think that readers would leave a comment regardless of whether or not they get a backlink or get their gravatar photo on the page if they enjoy the content. But this, as I experienced with blogger, was not always the case.

It happens sometimes, but if you give your readers some extra incentive to leave a comment, the chances of getting them increase greatly.

For those of you who want the quick version here’s a break down of my little blog comment formula in bullet points…

  1. Share good, current, informative content on your blog.
  2. Use a Wordress blog. I think people are so used to WP and the commenting procedure, so it’s easy…not to mention all the cool (and mostly free) plugins for WP, some of which I’ll introduce below.
  3. Get Gravatars in your comments. Either get a theme with Gravatars built in or get a plugin that puts them in. People love to see a picture of themselves and it makes your blog look more lively.
  4. Install Comment Luv or a similar plugin. If you can give readers incentive like a link to their latest post, they’ll want to comment. I have comment luv installed on this blog. Watch this video to see exactly how it works.
  5. Allow readers to subscribe to comments. I use a plugin called .. well, “Subscribe to comments”. It helps to keep comment-ers updated on the conversation which can bring them back to your blog.
  6. Ask for comments directly. Ask and you shall receive, right? At the end of your post, ask your readers to leave a comment or question they had about the article. Or if you can’t think of a reason, just say something like “Leave a comment to let me know you’re alive!”

There are several other ways to capture comments too, such as running a competition or using a plugin to giveaway a freebie in exchange for a comment so you’re not limited to just the ideas I mentioned above.

If you can think “win-win”, that’s always going to be the best for anything you do with your business – including your blogging.

Thanks for reading and if you liked this post, please leave a comment to let me know that you’re alive! (and you’ll get some comment luv too 🙂

To your success,

Stuart Stirling

3 Social Marketing Tips for Internet Marketers

i love to shareAs internet marketers, we are constantly looking for ways to increase our website traffic but we should also be striving to increase our following….which will increase our traffic in the long run anyway 🙂

The most successful marketers have a following, a crowd of raving fans who drop everything to hear what they have to say and buy anything they recommend.

Social marketing comes plays a massive role in building a loyal following and a reputation. The ability to make friends and share content with ease in real time lets people see what kind of people we really are.

My favorites are Facebook and Twitter – feel free to add me as your friend and follow me. Youtube is great too but I don’t have too many videos to share at the moment. That’s something I want to work on in the near future.

Using social media like Facebook is a great tool to build a good reputation if you do it right, but you can damage your reputation if you aren’t careful and abuse the power of being able to “share” content and links at any time to a crowd of potential customers.

Here are a few basic rules to follow when using social marketing to build your following and NOT piss people off.

1. Be human….not a spammy robot. You probably want to make money fast and posting heartless ad after ad seems like the logical way, but it is not the way to reach people. People can see straight through ads and will shun you instantly. Instead, show people that you are real.

2. Use it to build your brand.
Like my previous post where I talked about using a personal blog to brand you or your company, your social profiles are branding tools too. If you’re always posting junk you will quickly become known as someone who posts junk…and soon no one will bother to look at your stuff. How you act and what you post reflects you and your brand, so use social media to strengthen it.

3. 90% fun, 10% business. The whole idea with social media IMO is to have fun….even if we are using it for our business. It’s there so we can share what we are doing and see what others are doing in real life. The reality is that no one wants to see ALL ads..they want to see what we are doing with our life. You’ll attract many more eyeballs to a picture of your microwave dinner than to a spammy link.

I think a good ratio is 90/10. So for 9 times out of 10, upload photos, post related quotes, (clean…unless you can afford to post dirty) jokes, popular news trends, helpful selfless info and the BIGGEST one, make conversation with others. Sure throw in a link to a product or your website here and there, but keep them moderate.

Like this post? Leave a comment below! Or share any more tips you have about how to use social marketing for internet business.

Cheers,
Stuart Stirling