Wednesday, November 5, 2008

10 Secrets to Using Twitter to Attract More Followers and Get More Clients

I do wonder at times if some Twitter users have any time to get any work done. Several of the more prolific ones that I follow swear they spend no more than 30 minutes a day on Twitter, but I really find that hard to believe. Many times it seems they are twittering just to say something, like "Good morning Twitterverse" when they begin their day, give more details than I want to know about what they had for lunch, what their children said to them, or when they take a nap.

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I realize that this is part of the "like, know, and trust" process that enables people to get to know each other, but sometimes it's simply too much information..LOL. I'm Twittering primarily to market my business. Consequently, I try and limit my personal twitters to no more than 2 per day. My clients, who create Twitter accounts for marketing, as well, tell me, "I'm signed up. Now what in the world do I Twitter about? How do I market my business with this tool?"

Here are 10 strategies that I use regularly to market my business and my expertise via Twitter. Remember, you have only 140 characters for your tweet (Twitter post).

1. How you're helping clients. Talk about specific ways that your business helps clients and use their Twitter ID if you have their permission, i.e. "Just finished @clientname brainstorm great Internet marketing plan for 2009" or "Finally finished setting up Quickbooks for local hardware store -- now they can invoice their clients"

2. What you're doing in your business. This is a perfect time to tell others when you're blogging, writing an article, creating your weekly ezine, recording your podcast, i.e. "Had great interview with Jane Smith today on speaking to grow your biz. Great ideas! Subscribe to podcast & listen here (URL here)"

3. Useful tool or resource you've found. I run across these all the time in my daily activities, and Twitter is a perfect place to share,. i.e. "Found great new Firefox plug-in to monitor & check multiple Gmail accounts at same time at (URL here)" or "Read great blog post on workíng at home with kids under 5 at (URL here)"

4. Ask a question. Need some ideas or some quick brainstorming? Twitter is an ideal place to gather opinions, i.e. "Help! Desperately seeking new laser prínter. Recommendations?" or "How do I find training organizations online?"

5. Conduct a survey. What do your Tweeps think about a particular issue? Ask them via Twitter, i.e. "Quick poll: Do you get more clients from Facebook or Twitter? Respond at (URL here)"

6. Report on live events. The latest Twitter trend seems to be tweeting what's happening at conferences or workshops. In order for Twitter users to follow a particular event, it's usually referred to by a name preceded by a # sign, as in #JVAlert, for example, to make it simpler for people who want to follow those posts. So, if you were at an event, you might tweet "#JVAlert John Smith speaking on affiliate programs. Just got great idea on training affiliate managers!" Just don't get so wrapped up in tweeting that you ignore the content delivered in the conference!

7. Product or service launch. If you're about to launch a new product or introduce a new product, let your Twitter followers know, i.e. "Pre-launch pricing for new DVD set about how baby boomers can start an online biz. Get $100 early bird discount at (URL here)"

8. Responding to others with advice or answers. The way to build professional relationships on Twitter is to help your tweeps. So, if someone asks a question, comments about something to which you have a response or an idea, or you want to ask a followup question, this is the perfect place to do so.

9. Acknowledging new followers. I've noticed a recent trend of acknowledging people who've decided to follow a Twitter user in the past day or so. I initially thought that others were doing this as a measure of popularity, but what I've come to realize is that it's actually helping out the new followers because it exposes their Twitter profiles to others who may have never heard of them and who might like to follow them. So, to thank your followers, you'd tweet, "Welcome new followers @twittername, @twittername, etc."

10. Automate your tweets. Many of my tweets have been automated and connected to other things I do. TwitterFeed turns all of my blog posts into tweets. aWeber turns each ezine issue into a tweet. tweets my followers every time I publish an article through their service. Typically all that's involved here is connecting the particular service to my Twitter account. Once all the services are connected, I get free and automated Twitter posts with no additional effort on my part.

Twitter can be a great time-waster or a wonderful way to market your business and leverage your expertise online. Follow these 10 strategies and you'll begin to attract more followers and get more clients through social networking.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

How To Submit Your website To The Major Search Engines

How many sales pitches have you seen that mention this: “We’ll submit your website to THOUSANDS of search engines all over the internet to get every possible exposure for only $999.” Umm, not necessary!! There are services that will submit your site to multiple search engines for a fee. You don’t need them! You will probably get better results doing it yourself and it’s free. Submitting your site to the search engines is a smart move even if your marketing is done offline. It’s easy and it can bring additional traffic. Listed below are the engines that account for over 95% of all web search traffic. Getting the engine to scan your site and list it is easy.

Google: Google maintains the largest searchable index of the World Wide Web.

Submission page: Home page:


- Google wants only your top-level URL; it’ll spider your site from there. - Users can view a cached copy of your pages through Google’s archive. - If other pages in Google’s index point to your Web site, your rank in Google search results may rise.

Yahoo: Yahoo is the senior Web directory, established in April 1994 as Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.

Submission page: Home page:


- Find the Yahoo category best suited to your site before registering. This is part of market research. VERY IMPORTANT. - Is your site commercial, specific to a geographic region, or your own home page? Knowing this will help you make a successful suggestion.

Open Directory Project: The Open Directory Project (ODP) started as in 1998. ODP is among the largest and most frequently updated online directories. AOL and other major portals use ODP content to power their own Web directories.

Submission page: Home page:


- Links are added and organized by volunteer experts called editors. The editors make sure that links adhere to the policies outlined on the ODP submission page. - You have to find the Open Directory category best suited to your site before asking an editor to include it.

Fast: Fast and Dell offer this enormous full-text search of web content under the moniker “All the Web,” and they want to spider your site as they attempt to create a multibillion-page web index. Results from Fast power other search portals, including Lycos.

Submission page: Home page:


- Fast spiders audio and video content, in addition to HTML and image content. WONDERFUL!! - Fast supports the Robot Exclusion Protocol for content you do not want indexed. - Fast spiders slowly, retrieving a document from your site no faster than once every five seconds.

AltaVista: Launched in spring 1995 to showcase speedy Digital Alpha computer clusters, AltaVista now offers an enormous index of more than 350 million Web documents.

Submission page: Home page:


- Use a title tag, or else AltaVista will return the title of your page as “No Title.” - AltaVista indexes alt tags and encourages the use of keyword and description meta tags by indexing those also.

IAC Search and Media: Includes,,, & more. Innovative search technologies deliver fast and relevant information for millions of people every day.

Submission page: To get a human editor to review your site for inclusion, you must send an email to Be sure to include your website URL and a brief description of your website. Home page:


- Ask’s Expert Rank algorithm goes beyond link popularity to determine which pages are considered to be experts on the topic of the search. We love that because we teach you to become an expert.

MSN: Microsoft’s answer to the search engine market. You can expect MSN Search to be a major player in this field.

Submission page: Home page:


- MSN recommends designing your pages with valuable content that your target audience is interested in…DUH! - Keyword density methods are screened and may result in lower ranking. No keyword spam

Do you see how easy this is, and how unnecessary it would be to have a service do it for you? Good, now get out there and makeit happen right now before you procrastinate.

Dan Dimit was a struggling entrepreneur for years in the learning stages. Now that he has it figured out, his passion is shortening the success time for others from years to months.For more info like this visit his blog. If you’d like free training materials, 2 ebooks, minicourse and access to his Q&A conference calls, go to