10 Easy Tips for Sharing Your First Article on Twitter

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 30th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1n5ocw89/
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It is not always easy starting out on a new site. If you have a Twitter account but are unsure of how to use it to promote your articles, this is the article for you. It will take you through the process of sharing your first article, step by step.

Why share on Twitter?

Most online writers are now aware that if we want our writing to be read we have to share it on social network sites out in the wider world. By relying merely on the readership of the site we write for we will reach a limited number of people. The more we share our work the more successful our writing journey will be.
In a previous article, How I Successfully Use Twitter to Promote My Articles, Ive talked briefly on how I feel Twitter has been successful for me in article promotion. In a follow up article, Republish your Work or Promote it on Twitter? I explained why I believe it is better to continue promoting older articles from other sites, rather than republishing them on Wikinut.
Since then I have had several people telling me they've taken the first step by opening a Twitter account, but are not sure what to do next. Hopefully reading this will make it easier for you.

Steps 1 -5

To share an article for the first time follow these easy steps.
1. Open the article you want to share, probably your latest, or one you are particularly pleased with and think others may be interested in.
2. Scroll down to the bottom of the article text.
3. Under the part that says 'Meet the Author' you will see the words 'Share this Page'.
4. Locate the Twitter icon and click on it
5. A Twitter box will come up, displaying a link to your page.

Steps 6 - 7

Now continue.
6. Click in front of http: and write an enticing phrase. For example, I've tweeted one of my previous articles, The Youngest of the Grey Hair Brigade, several times since it was published. One of the introductory phrases I wrote for this was Grey hair and proud of it.
7. At the end of the link in the box leave a space then enter one or more key words using the hash key. For example I probably used #aging #valmnz and one I use often as my trademark #maturewoman .
What you choose to use as your keyword depends on your article. Others I use regularly are #writingtips #newzealand #parenting #homeschooling.
Deciding what to use will come easier with experience, believe me! I could have done with these simple tips step by step when I was learning.

Steps 8 - 10

8. At the bottom right corner below the box you will see a number. This tells you how many characters you have left to use. For example, if it says I have at least 9 characters left and my article has been published on Wikinut, I press the space bar and add #wikinut. You can keep going until zero, 0, shows. If it says a minus number you need to trim either your initial phrase or your hash tag key words.
9. You're almost done. Now simply press Tweet.
10. Your Twitter page should now come up. Sometimes it will display your tweet immediately, but often you need to click on your name beside your profile picture at the right. This will bring up your page showing your latest tweets.

Have a go with an article now

Now is the time to be brave. I found out how to use it all by myself and have been promoting on Twitter for over a year now. You learn by having a go.
Don't expect instant magical results. It has taken me time to build up a following. I think that has happened by using regular tweets. Also, some people have come to look out for my tweets and often retweet them.
A few lovely Wikinut users have already retweeted my tweets and I thank them for that. I will try and retweet your articles too when I see them appear. That gives both the person you're tweeting and yourself extra exposure on the site.
I'm looking forward to seeing your articles appear.

Related articles:
How I Successfully Use Twitter to Promote My Articles
Republish your Work or Promote it on Twitter?

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Article Promotion, Sharing Articles, Social Networks, Twitter, Valmnz, Wikinut, Writing, Writing Tips

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author avatar Val Mills
Self-published writer, coffee drinker, enjoying life. Also found at
writingyourstories.wordpress.com and http://downatthebaths.blogspot.co.nz/

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
30th Apr 2012 (#)

My wife usually handles promoting articles on twitter, indeed understanding and using hashtags really helps.
She does it by going directly to twitter and submitting that way, putting a short description, the link to the article and 1-2 hashtags.

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author avatar Val Mills
30th Apr 2012 (#)

Tell her it's easier to link from the article, Knoji, triond and Wikinut all make it easy

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author avatar Buzz
30th Apr 2012 (#)

Love you, Val, my friend. I'll see you at Twitter.. Give me time to find my way around there...lol See you.... take care!

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author avatar Val Mills
30th Apr 2012 (#)

look forward to seeing you Buzz :-)

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author avatar Christine Crowley
30th Apr 2012 (#)

I do not know how to twitter. I will have to learn!

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author avatar Val Mills
30th Apr 2012 (#)

Just follow these steps Christine, if I can do it so can you!

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author avatar Denise O
30th Apr 2012 (#)

Val I agree with Mark, hash tags sure make a difference since they shutdown twittley. I too just go to twitter itself. I guess I have been doing it this way for so long, it is actually easier for me to do. Great tips and yes twitter is a great tool. Also google+ looks pretty good, I am just now getting use to that site. Nice one. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Val Mills
30th Apr 2012 (#)

I'm still to learn about Google +, any hints ?

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
1st May 2012 (#)

I have learned a lot of things from your pages, Val. you are simply amazing. Thank you for enlightening me through your pages.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st May 2012 (#)

Once we make a beginning, then we are on our way. I have been tweeting by just clicking to establish the link without additional embellishments. Now I have to go ahead. Thanks for the tips, Val - siva

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author avatar mistyleaf
2nd May 2012 (#)

This article is very helpful. Thanks for the tips Val.

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author avatar Maurice G
2nd May 2012 (#)

great advice, thank you

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author avatar Retired
7th May 2012 (#)

Good article Val. I too promote my articles and short stories on Twitter. I find it works quite well, but is a little time consuming.

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author avatar Retired
10th May 2012 (#)

Good tips, dear.

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author avatar Songbird B
16th Feb 2013 (#)

Another excellent article full of sage advice and a step by step format..Thanks for sharing Val..

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