A Twitter list is an aggrgated feed of the tweets of several users, usually under a specific theme and specified by the owner and controller of the list. A graphic designer, for example, may have a list of prominent ad agencies that they watch for possible job opportunities. Several Tweeple have added me onto their lists related to digital news, seo, and social media
Anyone can follow a Twitter list, even if they don’t control who’s added to it. Getting onto several popular lists is a great way to increase exposure to your own tweets and drive more traffic to your profile.
Follow these simple 6 steps to improve your chances of getting onto more Twitter lists.
1- Find the right lists
It’s not possible to get onto every popular list on Twitter. Many lists will have nothing to do with your feed, or indeed, your area of expertise, and so trying to get onto them will probably be a waste of time. The most important thing to do is to look for the most popular lists in areas that you tweet about, and keep the overall category as narrowly defined as possible. Websites such as Listorious.com are an excellent starting point for this.
2- Keep focused
Getting onto a number of lists with wildly differing topics is probably not possible and certainly counter-productive. A Twitter stream with a single, clearly defined focus has an excellent chance of being added to a list dedicated to the same theme. For example, the Twitter feed of an architect who only tweets about interesting buildings would fit in quite nicely in a list dealing with unusual architecture. The same feed would not be added to a popular programmers list, despite the fact that the architect would probably like the boost in followers and influence. Although he could begin to tweet about programming and aim to be added, the split in topics would make his feed less relevant to architecture lists and reduce his chance of being added to either.
3- Research the list owner
The first step in being added to a list is to identify the user who is in charge of it. They will have their own interests and hobbies, and their own style of tweeting. Look at who they retweet and reply to, and what tweets have caught their attention.
4- Follow the style of existing tweeple on the list
The next thing to do is look at who is already on the list, and what tweets of theirs have been popular. If they have linked to useful articles, make a note of the websites and look for similar articles that you can link to. Check what hashtags they use and how common they are.
5- Engage with the owner
The most immediate way to get the attention of the list owner is to simply follow them. They may follow you in turn, which will net you a little more influence. It is also important to reply to their tweets and try to provide the same kind of content that others on their list have tweeted about, as well as tweeting regularly in order to keep your profile on their radar. You cannot, and should not, request to be added to the list.
6- Share useful content
Junk or spam tweets are less than useless when trying to get onto a Twitter list. Useful, informative, and witty tweets are incredibly important in building a following, and they are doubly so when it comes to lists. Retweeting links to good content from other users is acceptable, but where possible, your tweets should be original and unique. It’s also important to keep the links to your own content to a minimum in order to avoid seeming too ‘pushy’, or self-promotional.
Over to you…
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