So, there I was – writing a blog post about some great people to follow on Twitter. As a self-promotional tactic I decided to let the people who I had mentioned in the blog know that I had included them in it. A courtesy if you will.
Let me make one thing clear, it was not my intention to write the post with the idea that these people would be flattered and re-post to their hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers. I do believe that list is full of people that are worth following. They provide value to me as a social-marketer and I wanted to share so you guys could learn from them as well.
So, on I went. Sending out tweets along the lines of @______ I mentioned you in my blog today! Little did I know, most of them shared said post with like a gagillion people. I returned (vainly) to my dashboard about an hour later to notice that I had gotten 300+ hits.
Wait, what?? 300 people? This makes my highest seen post of 90 people look irrelevant. Jeez.
Needless to say, the more people who shared, the more hits I got (naturally). I was more in shock that it mattered to these people that a little nobody like myself thinks highly of them. I mean, they probably get thousands of #FF’s every week, right? What’s the difference? I think the most shocking part about all of this was that 95% reacted to it. Said something along the lines of thank you. A courtesy that gets ignored far to often these days. I felt great. Then I saw people saying things like “Congrats for making it onto this list!”.
Wait, so someone feels honored because I put them on this list? Really?
Soon enough, the hits kept climbing.
This is especially mind blowing because I started this blog a little less than two weeks ago. I am a novice, a nobody in the blogging world (my time will come, I’m sure).
By 7PM I was obsessed with refreshing the page, watching those numbers climb… what a rush. Now, I know that 2000 people really isn’t that many in the world of blogging. With other sites that get thousands of visits per day, and uncountable shares, this seems laughable. But, not to me. I’m really quite happy with the success of yesterdays post. It goes to show how great this industry truly is – we really look out for each other. We share each others posts, give words of encouragement, and are able to disagree without arguing.
I am 100% sure that I chose the right people for that list. Sure, maybe there were a few people missing – but I’ll get them next time 🙂
So, if you really want to get a lot of people to see your blog: dig up some gems from the people that you follow, give each one context, and let them know that you did it. I don’t guarantee this formula for everyone – but it’s worth a try.
I wanted to send out a sincere Thank You to everyone who read, shared & commented on yesterday’s post. You’re awesome.
And as for those two thousand people: they came, they saw, they commented, & they probably won’t ever come back.
- 25 people you must follow on Twitter (marissagagnier.wordpress.com)