In the few short months that I’ve been blogging, one thing has become abundantly clear to me – bloggers must use Twitter. I was terribly reluctant to start a Twitter account, and now I can’t imagine blogging without one.
First of all, Twitter drives traffic to your blog. I have 400% more page views since opening my Twitter account. This isn’t a fluke. According to Technorati’s 2010 State of the Blogosphere, 88% of pro-bloggers are using Twitter to promote their sites and market their businesses. Their survey found that Twitter takes the cake when it comes to driving traffic to blogs. Here’s how other tactics compare:
I finally caved and opened a Twitter account yesterday for my new blog, The Seattle Do-Gooder. I’ve been putting this off for a long time, mostly because I’m bored with social networking. Plus, Twitter has all these @ signs and # tags that leave me confused and scratching my head.
For me, the easiest way to figure anything out is to take the plunge and give it a try. I wanted to make a tweet about the Harry Potter Alliance, an interesting non-profit group that’s using the Harry Potter series to Do Good.
Keywords: online portfolio
The most helpful links were those found on Delicious. I’m not surprised by this, of course. I wouldn’t think to look at Facebook or Twitter for online portfolio examples, nor would I typically use Google or Bing to search these sites.
Of particular interest on Delicious were the websites for Carbonmade and Behance Network. Both of these sites allow users to build their online portfolios using their websites for free. If nothing else, maybe I can draw some inspiration from the portfolio examples found in their online galleries.