One of the most important things I discovered is to manage my time efficiently on Twitter. Otherwise I would spend hours and hours without getting anything else done.
Recently I have started to use Buffer, a super simple Twitter tool which helps you to breathe a little easier by keeping my followers posted all day long. It is very different from any existing Apps and makes my life online a little less complicated.
With Buffer you simply throw a few tweets into your Buffer and the App then schedules these tweets for you during the day – that’s it.
Now, let’s take a look at how Buffer works.
Step 1: Put Tweets in Your Buffer
Adding tweets to your Buffer is super simple. Simply write them into your tweet panel at your Buffer home account.
To make it even easier I suggest you install the right browser extension for you (Chrome, Firefox, Safari) so you can add tweets from any page you are one. Like this:
Step 2: Adjust Your Timing
By default Buffer gives you peak twitter times at which your tweets go out. One at each of your daily tweeting times. Of course you can add more, to tweet more frequently or change times. Here are my daily tweeting times:
Step 3: Measure Your Impact
Tweeting via Buffer will also help you to track the impact you are making on twitter with one click on the “analytics” button. You will see any Retweets, Clicks, Avatars of who retweeted you and Reach of your tweets. Here are some of my recent results with Buffer:
How Buffer Will Help You as a Blogger
If you have similar habits like I do, reading lots of great blogposts every day, then Buffer will come in super handy for you. One of the issues I have always faced was that I was very reluctant to tweet all these great findings on my favourite or just discovered blogposts at once. Flooding my followers with lots of updates in such a short space of time, when I was reading the news was simply unacceptable.
Neither was full automation an option for me, where tweets would be sent out via my Twitter account without me even having had a chance of reading them. Tossing my followers in cold water as what they might expect didn’t quite feel right.
So my goal was to find a tool which would help me tweet ALL my great findings, yet without spamming my followers with too many updates back to back. This is were Buffer comes in. Whenever you are reading a post you like, hit the Buffer icon right there. I usually briefly edit the tweet and add my own comment and then add it to my Buffer queue.
Make it Super Simple to Relate to Your Favorite Bloggers
A great piece of advice I have read many times is to not just plainly tweet the title and the link of a post. I totally agree that trying to relate and really finding those bits which caught your attention whilst reading a post is very important. And again, Buffer has another super simple feature built in when reading blogposts for this.
Whenever you are reading an article highlight a quote or a note which you find particularly great in this text. Simply leave the text highlighted and click the Buffer icon. Here is what happens:
Reach More People
Setting your daily tweeting frequency on Buffer is totally up to you. Because of this, Buffer helps me a lot to stay in touch with my followers from other places across the globe – consistently. I like this a lot as it means you set a few times during the day to reach followers you wouldn’t otherwise reach on a consistent basis.
Or maybe you want to have a slightly tighter frequency at peak twitter times in the evening for example? So more eyeballs are on your Tweets? This is another reason I love Buffer as I can highly target when my tweets go out.
Tightly connected to the above is that I can determine what works with my Buffered tweets and what doesn’t by looking into the analytics feature. For example I receive lots of clicks on my tweets around 7 and 8 pm so I have increased my tweeting times a bit around that time.
Give it a Go and See for Yourself
Being consistent on Twitter is one of the biggest challenges I have faced so far. If you feel you are in the same boat here and would like to have a more sustainable Twitter presence yourself, I suggest you give Buffer a go.
You can scale your tweeting, yet by remaining your true self, without automating your tweets. Simply optimize your timing with Buffer and make consistent tweeting easy.
What are your views on Buffer? I would love to hear them, let me know below.