Tired of putting out tweets that get 0 likes or retweets? Feel like you are wasting your time with little to no response from the twitter universe to give you a tip that you are doing things right? Yeah, I have been there before and was in the exact same position. It took me a long time for me to see these useful tips and a lot longer to actually put them into play to see results. Just because you may have the knowledge to have a growing twitter account doesn’t mean you have to put in little work. Growing any social media requires consistency and dedication.
*These are from my personal experience on twitter, If some are incorrect or don’t work for you, tweek them til you find a right solution for the results that you desire!
STOP USING SO MANY HASHTAGS!
Twitter is NOT Instagram. Instagram is designed to use as many hashtags as possible to reach a wider audience. Twitter however is not. They say the magic number of hashtags to use is MAX 3. This means: STOP OVER USING HASHTAGS. Not to mention hashtags you use are also important. Stop using hashtags like #SupportSmallStreamers / #SupportSmallStreams / #SupportAllStreamers. Not only does this make you look like you are stuck in the small streamers mindset but it makes you look like a rookie. Use tags that relate to your game. Even better is tag the developer or company behind your game. Show you like playing it or that you want others who like the game to also do it. Also try to change it up. Ex: I play DBD mainly. Sometimes I use #Dbd others I use #DeadbyDaylight, Sometimes I tag the company as well too. Then add a generic tag like #Twitch, or #TwitchTV. If you are using those support hashtags then you will also need to remember that if people have those tags muted (Which a lot of people do because it will spam their home pages) Then your tweets are also hidden. And also twitters algorithm also will hide tweets with too many hashtags. AND STOP TAGGING RE-TWEET PAGES! It doesn’t help with interactions and most people also have those muted. Remember, If you use the same hashtags the entire time then you will only be reaching that audience.
Apparently there was a twitter trend that if you use the same link ie: Twitch/Mixer/Youtube constantly twitter will see it as a spam tweet and begin to hide those. Now I think this really depends on which your preference is. If you want to include in your tweets “Link in Bio”, Remember that not everyone will want to click your profile to click your link but there is also some people who will come and follow your twitter along the way to twitch. And if you find this gives you more interactions from your twitch link also post that too. If you find that you posting your link is good enough keep doing that. Remember to make it interesting though and not the same tweet every time since it can be extremely boring for a reader and not really motivate them from checking out your channel where ever it might be.
Add some spice to your tweets! If you have a computer and a bunch of twitch clips from your streams download them. Don’t just add the link because then someone has to click away from twitter to view it most times. Add it as a file so that way you can see how many views you have from twitter. Take photos, Maybe your meal before you stream, a pet, a selfie, your set up, going live screen, ANYTHING! Make your tweets look unique and enticing so that people want to check out the stream. If you only post a link and some text flooded with tags your tweets are going to look too busy and people aren’t going to want to watch it at all.
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STOP TAGGING RETWEET PAGES. They make you look lazy and unable to network. Its not going to make you grow at all. Ever look at retweet pages and see they have thousands and thousands of followers, BUT they don’t have ANY interactions on their tweets? Do you think if the page is going to be retweeting you that is going to make any more interaction to you when they cant even get any on their own things? No. I was guilt of this and as I progressed in the Twitter world I noticed it wasn’t helping anything. Not to mention I began to mute all of the pages because my home page was legit FLOODED with all the retweets and I never seen any tweets to friends or people who I was interested in.
It is not enough to grow on twitter if you only post tweets to your own profile. You have to put out interactions. This means commenting and liking others tweets. Make sure it makes sense and is relevant. If someone is talking about food and you talk about your stream, Or if they are talking about Fortnite and you talk about League of Legends it really doesn’t make any sense does it? Also stop RETWEETING FOR CONTENT! Retweet friends, or retweet important events, But don’t just retweet for the sake of re-tweeting. I don’t know how many times that I have muted someone I followed because their entire timeline was legit retweets. Don’t forget, People follow YOUR profile to see YOUR content. Not the content of everyone else. So when you retweet all day and someone wants to see whats happening with you, They will either un-follow or mute you when they cant find that information.
A recent thing I have seen on twitter which seems to be unsuccessful is people posting tweets like this:
” I see a bunch of new followers, Let’s connect and DM”
” I see a bunch of new followers and barely any retweets/likes, Where is everyone at”
The likely hood of people going to DM you privately is very low. Put effort in your tweets and make them eye catching. Make people WANT to interact with you. When I see tweets like this its a quick way for me to legit mute or un-follow someone.
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We all have shit days. And it is GREAT to vent it out and talk about it here. BUT when the negative tweets outweigh the bad ones that’s when things start being a problem (In my opinion). If you go to someones timeline and every 5th post is a positive one, and the rest are negatives and veiled complaints then it is extremely hard to see what someones stream is going to be like. This also falls into the category of “Blaming my community” tweets as well. So many times I have seen tweets like “Going live blah blah blah” And the next day you see a “Stream has been going crappy, Barely any viewers, No one showed up”. Stop posting these tweets and change your energy into better ways to bring new viewers in. Remember, Our communities and viewers are earned. They do not owe us anything. And they also have lives outside of twitch the same as we, streamers, do. Posting blaming tweets towards your community and viewers when a stream may be quieter then normal doesn’t leave a good look.
Putting emotions in tweets has been seen to help boost engagements. That being said, And regarding the last paragraph, Balance some out. Provoke emotion of your followers, Whether intriguing, controversial, humor, or another types it doesn’t have to be negative as well. Something as simple as pineapple on pizza is it good or not could be something that fires up people and worth talking about! Or different shows and what not. Maybe you love a certain type of coffee over another type or whatever you may choose. Maybe you had some funny and hilarious moments in your day to day life that are worth talking about. DO IT! Showing a personal side doesn’t mean telling your address and full name and social insurance number, It just means you are relating to people and showing yes, I may stream but I am also human too!
Going Live Tweets
These are a great way to connect with your community and show you are live and to help drive traffic. That being said, STOP POSTING YOU ARE LIVE EVERY 30 MINUTES. Posting a pre-live tweet. A going live tweet. A mid stream tweet/game change tweet. And even an ending tweet and thanking for a great stream or a clip from the night work well. You aren’t annoying people with your continuously posted link and you are making people interested in what you have to say. Also, For anyone who is using “Wizebot” to auto announce you are going live. STOP THAT. It legit posts the same going live post every single time. When someone goes to your profile and sees all of the live tweets again, It really doesn’t help anything. Its not showing your content or what you are about its just showing “Hey this person streams and posts them going live a lot”. Its not giving any information about you as a content creator. If you go to a profile and all you see is someone posting going live tweets, Are you wanting to know more or are you overlooking this person and moving on to someone else?
As you can see twitter is a slippery slope but if you want to adopt some of these tips that I have learned since really hammering down into the twitter-verse then I am sure you will notice some difference here! And believe me, I have been guilt of more then one of these offenses when I first started streaming and with time and lots of reading and advice, and of course being stubborn and trying to “do my own thing”. Good luck and Happy Tweeting!