My last post on this topic got a few hits, so I figured I’d keep going with an advanced course on techniques for Twitter. Here goes!

  • Don’t click DM links from people you don’t know. Even if you do know them, DM them back to verify they actually meant to send the link. If the account that sent you the link has been compromised, it may be a link to malware.
  • If you ignore the above tip and the link isn’t what you expect, reset your password and audit your App authorizations.
  • Quality followers are better than quantity. Focus on finding paying customers to chat with and new friends. #teamfollowback is a giant circle jerk.
  • The best time to post is typically 1-3PM EST weekdays. This is the time when you are likely to get the most clicks. Not necessarily new customers, though. I’d ask the folks over at Stripper Web for that info.
  • Bitly is a great tool for link shortening. Once you connect it to your twitter account, you can use the analytics feature to see how many click-throughs were generated from each tweet. This will show you what types of tweets get more clicks.
  • If you have a personal twitter account in addition to your performer account, use a different application for each account. You can have multiple accounts in one application(I have >4), but separating them into personal and professional apps helps eliminate the risk of posting to the wrong one.
  • Save hashtag searches and browse them to find new conversations.
  • Want to know how your twitter account is doing and where you need improvement? Try Tweet Grader, an analytics tool.
  • Want to find new folks to follow, and add yourself to searchable directories? Try wefollow

STILL not satisfied? You’re insatiable! Ok, here’s an expert tip:

In the last expert section, I showed you how to create a link that will open a window with a customized status update. To refresh your memory:

http://twitter.com/home?status= Thanks @maxwren! Love your blog! https://maxwren.wordpress.com/

When made into a link, it works like this- Thanks Max!
This process works great, if you don’t have a hashtag. If you try to use a hashtag, anything you include in the link after it won’t show up in the update. To solve this problem, we have to use URL encoding. You can find out all about it here. For hashtags, the URL code is %23. So, a customized status update link with a hashtag would look like this:

http://twitter.com/home?status= Thanks @maxwren! You're one %23Kinky %23Bastard! Love your blog! https://maxwren.wordpress.com/

When I make it into a link, it creates a status update with 2 hashtags. Try clicking this link- Wow, that’s cool!

That’s it for now! If you have questions, ask me here or on my Twitter, @maxwren.

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