When you’re just starting your blogging journey, it can sometimes feel like your shouting into an empty room. You’re publishing all this amazing content but no one is reading it. It’s frustrating, but every blogger goes through it. It’s the primary reason why so many bloggers give up before their blog really takes off. If you follow the advice in this post, I’ll show you how to increase your post views tenfold, and, who knows, maybe your next post will be the one that will brings you a whole bunch of readers.
How to Increase Your Post Views With a Twitter Circle
When you publish a new post on your blog, you want as many people to know about it as possible. Of course, you share it via social media to let all your Facebook and Twitter followers know. But what if you could have dozens of Twitter users sharing your new post with all of their followers without you having to lift a finger? Sound too good to be true? It’s not, and it only takes a few minutes to set up. I’m talking about a Twitter circle.
A Twitter circle is group of people who agree to share all of each other’s new posts on Twitter. Right now, you might be thinking that you have to monitor Twitter 24/7 and religiously press retweet every time a member of your circle publishes a new post. No way! This is a fully automated method and all you need is a free Twitterfeed account. If you don’t already have a Twitterfeed account, click the button below and sign up for a free account.
Once you’ve got your Twitterfeed account, just follow the steps below to set up the feed.
1. Find the RSS Feed URL of the Blog You Want to Promote
First, you need the RSS feed URL for the blog you want to promote. The best way to find it is to navigate to the blog’s home page, right click and select view source or view page source depending on which browser you are using. A large page of HTML code will open in your browser. Use the find feature (Ctrl+F on a PC or Command+F on a Mac) and search for RSS. You should find something like this:
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Blog Cogs » Feed" href="http://www.blogcogs.com/feed/" />
So the URL for the Blog Cogs RSS feed is http://www.blogcogs.com/feed/. Copy this address from the blog you want to promote. You’ll need it in a minute.
2. Create a new RSS Twitterfeed
Next, on your Twitterfeed dashboard, click Create New Feed:
On the next screen you can start setting up your new feed:
- Give the new feed a name.
- Paste the RSS feed URL you copied earlier.
- Test the RSS feed and look for the green tick.
- Click advanced settings.
The advanced settings should be fine as they are, but there are a few options to play with:
- Select how often to check for new updates. You want to promote content while it’s still fresh so select 30 mins.
- You don’t want to bombard your followers so select post 1 new update at a time.
- Select what you want to tweet: title, description, or both.
- Choose your favorite link shortener
- Click Continue to Step 2
On the next screen, select the social media service you want to feed to:
- Click Twitter.
On the next screen you can add your Twitter account:
- Make sure you are logged in to your Twitter account and click Authenticate Twitter
The standard authorization screen will appear:
- Check you are using the correct Twitter account.
- Click Authorize app.
Now you can select your Twitter account:
- Select your Twitter account from the drop down.
- Click Create Service.
All done! If you go to your dashboard, you will see the feed has been added.
3. Create Your Twitter Circle
All you need now is a group of fellow bloggers whose posts you are happy to promote and who are happy to promote yours. The easiest place to start is your friends, they’re bound to agree to promote your blog posts. Don’t only rely on your friends though; you probably share quite a lot of followers. Instead, reach out to other bloggers (yes, you can do it. What’s the worst than can happen?) and ask them if they want to join your circle. Choose bloggers that you admire and respect and whose content you trust completely. For maximum impact, choose bloggers who blog in a similar niche to you.
Start by sending them a message via their contact page. Introduce yourself and explain what your blog is about. Include a link so they can take a look for themselves to check you are kosher, and your Twitter username so they can check your clout. Explain the benefits of a Twitter circle to them (this is easier if you have a large Twitter following!) and tell them how easy it is to set up. Guess what? I’ve even created a downloadable PDF you can send them to show them exactly how to set it up.
Include your RSS feed URL in your email to save them the trouble of looking it up. If they agree, add them to your circle. If not, thank them and try someone else. There are literally millions of bloggers out there. I’m sure with a little effort you can find ten or a dozen bloggers to join your Twitter circle. Think of the new readers your posts will be shown to if each of those bloggers had 1,000 or even 10,000 followers.