Many of you out there blogging have amazing content but are you enhancing your site with the best available tools? Many are even free. #ToolsChat is a weekly gathering of experts on online tools who freely share their knowledge and insights for an hour or maybe a bit more.
We will talk about popular newplugins, collaborative tools, design tools, SEO tools and much much more. I want to know what BuzzSumo. Stay Focusd, Add From Server, Easy Tweet Embed, Easy Pricing Tables. Internet Archive. Namechk. Easelly and Markdown Quicktags for example will do for my blog.
So what is achat?
A big tip that I have is that you just get into it! Sign in at tweetchat.com/toolschat and start tweeting. Many people worry about their followers getting upset if they tweet too much but really it is just for an hour or so and you should just enjoy it. If the chat is in your niche it will be great branding for your account plus great networking. Do not try to be everything to all of your followers! Structure your tweets in a way that is interesting for your followers and will encourage them to join in. Every 20 minutes put a tweet out saying something like “I am on #MediaChat chat for the next 40 minutes. Join us to talk latest strategies”. Instead of just tweeting
“@brucesallan I agree #dadchat”
use the question number and say something that will grab your follower’s attention. For example
” Q3 @brucesallan Yes the best time in your kid’s life is 2-6 and those years are gone too soon. Take the odd week off! #dadchat”.
Send links to blog posts about topics in the chat. Recommend experts on the topics by using their twitter handle. These people may even join in! Keep your tweets short and sharp to make it as easy as possible for other participants to retweet you. Retweet or comment on new people in the chat or those who you do not know. I personally have made great friendships with people I have met on Twitter chats. I join say 8 chats a week and may tweet 10-20 times in each one (often more if I am the host or guest). I really do not believe I have lost any followers because of this.
Promote the chat you are planning to join to your followers. Thank people who joined it after the chat and follow and list those people. Usually there will be a transcipt of the chat so read and promote that. Have a look at the Hashtracking and SpiderQube reports of the chat. This will show who tweeted the most and who has the most followers. These will be key people on Twitter for you to interact and learn from on an ongoing basis.
All these things will help you get started but I am sure you have some questions so please feel very free to ask them.
I do not usually do this but I by way of example here are some questions I will use to spark conversation during the #ToolsChat about blogging this week
1, Welcome. Today`s #toolschat is about #blogging #tools. Who/ where are your go to places for this info? Twitter handles so we can find them please.
2.List building is a key factor in blogging. What tools are you using for this? Both inside and outside your blog? #toolschat
3.What online tools are you using to help get your blog posts shared ? Collaborative online communities, getting auto reposting etc? #toolshat
4. What new design tools have you making use of to make your blog look better and get shared more? #toolschat
5. 5. Who is a blogger making great use of the available tools? Twitter handles if possible so we can find and/or follow them. #toolschat
6. What is your favorite tool for reader comments and why? Do you have just one or maybe a combination? #toolschat
7. What tool/ tools do you use for facilitating social sharing by readers and why? #toolschat
8. What are new blogging tools that you were not using say 3 months ago? What categories have we we missed? #toolschat
Hope you and your friends will join us Wednesday 10 pm Eastern we also have a Facebook group actively discussing the latest tools https://www.facebook.com/groups/197056753708451/