How Twitter and LinkedIn Can Extend the Life and Audience of Your Blog Posts

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Linda Dessau Founder, Content Mastery Guide

Posted on October 25th 2013

How Twitter and LinkedIn Can Extend the Life and Audience of Your Blog Posts

blogging tipsOne of the most frequently asked questions I hear about blogging is:

How do people see that I’ve published a new post?

The unfortunate answer is they probably won’t, unless you let them know your blog post is there. I highlighted five ways to do this in a previous post about how to get people to come back to your blog.

Today we’ll delve into the first of those five ways:

Announce and promote your blog posts via social media

Both Twitter and LinkedIn are excellent platforms to share content. While it’s a good practice to share helpful articles from other experts both inside and outside your network, are you doing enough to promote your own blog posts?

Five things to remember about promoting your blog posts on Twitter and LinkedIn:

  1. Once is not enough – The members of your online network have unique schedules, tools, preferences and time zones when it comes to checking for new updates. No one is staring at your activity stream waiting for your news; they’re popping in and out and catching just a few of the things that have been posted from all their connections since their last glance. The more times you mention your new blog post, the more likely people will see the link.
  2. A link is not enough – Write a note to let people know why they should take the time to look at your post. Include a brief quote from the post, ask a question about the topic, or summarize the benefits the post will have for them. Will they learn? Laugh? Solve a pressing problem? Come up with something different than your post’s introductory paragraph, because this will show up automatically when you paste a link into the update box on LinkedIn, along with a photo (if your blog post has one).
  3. Words are not enough – Speaking of photos, just as they add visual interest to your blog posts, they do the same for your social media updates, helping them stand out from the crowd. On Twitter, manually upload your blog post’s image to the tweet from Twitter.com to make the best impression. On LinkedIn, the image will show up in your update automatically. You may think that images are only important on Google+, Facebook and Pinterest, but don’t underestimate the power of an image to get attention from your network on Twitter and LinkedIn.
  4. Your network is not enough – To extend the reach of your post, the people in your network need to share it with their own circles. Make this easy for them by adding social sharing buttons and/or “Click to Tweet” links from the bottom of each post. Check out how Susan Gilbert does this in her article about using LinkedIn for business research. Some people will prefer to copy and paste the link, or use tools like the Hootsuite Hootlet, but your sharing buttons may prompt them to take that action.
  5. A wish is not enough – Instead of relying on a subtle prompt, ask people directly to share your content. At the bottom of your blog post, ask them to use the sharing buttons. On Twitter, add “Please RT” to your posts. On LinkedIn, the equivalent would be to send a personal message to specific contacts, explaining why and how your blog post will be relevant and useful to that’s person’s connections, then ask for the share. Note: Use this LinkedIn strategy sparingly and be sure the content is truly beneficial.

When you’ve put the time and effort into writing a blog post that highlights your expertise and offers valuable benefits to your ideal customers, don’t keep it a secret! Use these five tips to promote your content to your connections on Twitter and LinkedIn.

(extend the life of your blog post / shutterstock)

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Linda Dessau

Founder, Content Mastery Guide

Linda Dessau is the author of Write Your Way to More Clients Online. She is a business blogging expert, writer and editor, and the founder of Content Mastery Guide. You can follow Linda on Twitter @lindadessau and Google+ and Content Mastery Guide on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Comments

Toby Crabtree
Posted on October 25th 2013 at 9:13AM

Great article Linda. Excellent points shared on promoting blogs on LinkedIn and Twitter. Thanks!

lindadessau
Posted on October 25th 2013 at 12:36PM

Thanks very much, Toby - I appreciate your kind words.

Dave_Thompson
Posted on October 25th 2013 at 9:52AM

The articles is good but the mentioned points are already being followed by the brands. It would have been nice to see some new strategies to increase the visibility of blog posts. Also, I disagree with the point "The more times you mention your new blog post, the more likely people will see the link" as users might unfollow the brand if they find lot of updates from one particular brand. 

lindadessau
Posted on October 25th 2013 at 12:35PM

Hi Dave, thanks for your comment. The hope is that companies are sharing value with their social media updates, by linking to content that is genuinely useful to their audience. That way the updates will be seen as helpful rather than intrusive. Thanks also for your request for more advanced promotion strategies. I will add that to my list of future topics!

ellabuitenman
Posted on October 26th 2013 at 2:53AM

Hi Linda,


Great suggestions.
And I think that promoting more than once is ok too. Readers can miss the 'shout' the first time around.

Love to read more. :)

lindadessau
Posted on November 11th 2013 at 9:57AM

Thanks for your comment, Ella. With so many people "shouting" online, it definitely takes more effort to be heard these days.

Julia Borgini
Posted on November 11th 2013 at 9:17AM

I like the idea of "once is not enough" Linda. I'm guilty of this one too, which is why I added an archive post task to my editorial calendar. Every Friday, I send out three tweets with comments & links to archive posts from my blog. Thanks for the reminder!

lindadessau
Posted on November 11th 2013 at 9:58AM

Great tip to make this part of your weekly routine, Julia! We have to remember to bring attention back to all the gems lying dormant on our blogs once we've moved on to write new posts. Thanks for your comment.