Lesson 2: The Road to 300 Readers – Followers, Hashtags and Communities

16 Aug 2015
| Last update: 07 May 2019

Last time, in Lesson 1 I told you that this course will be all about getting 300 readers to each blog article you write. I also made a promise that all of this will be highly actionable. The first lesson was the only one that was all talk.

This new lesson is ALL Action.

Let’s begin.

You most probably already have a twitter account set up, a Facebook account, a LinkedIn account and a google+ account. These are all must-haves if you want to start getting traffic from social media (for free).

I am not going to show you how to get those, because you probably already have them. Also, there already exists a LOT of documentation on how to get those up and running.

Let’s assume for now that you have accounts on all those channels.

The Journey to 300 readers starts with your followers

How many followers do you have?

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Are they engaged with what you write?

Do they favorite your tweets, do they RT, do they +1 your posts, etc.?

This is not a theoretical course. I’ll give you exactly what you need to do in order to start getting those 300 readers. It’s what we’ve already tested on multiple sites, including our own squirrly.co website.

Rules of social media publishing for the tactics I’m presenting here:

Twitter:

– 10 or 15 posts/day on each twitter account you have

– if anyone favs or RTs your messages => you immediately reply and thank them for it, or use that to start conversations.

– RT messages showing up on hashtags that are relevant for your activity. (eg. your blog is about spirituality -> RT important posts from the #spirit hashtag)

– Use Followerwonk to see the exact times at which you should post for your audience

What hours should you use?

As I said:

– no talk. all action.

Followerwonk shows you the best hours at which you should schedule your tweets to go out

Squirrly Social will help you schedule them.

Got it? Let’s do this, then!

Again, this is an actionable lesson, so please consider following these steps for your site. 

Login to your Twitter. That’s what I did!

 

Next: Login to your Squirrly Social account.

If you don’t have one already, you can create one here. (https://social.squirrly.co/register)

Here’s a screenshot of our Squirrly Social account.

I’m going to show you how we do things for the @SquirrlyHQ Twitter account. 
 
In order to be able to follow the same steps for your own Twitter account, go to Manage Social Profiles and click the + Add a social media profile button. 
 
Then, select Twitter from the drop-drown menu and connect your Twitter account to Squirrly Social.

In your own Squirrly Social -> Post Planner tab, I want you to pick the 15 posts/day plan. You’ll need to add 15 times during the day (or night) when you want the posts to go out. 

You can segment your posts into more categories (e.g. article blogs, funny images, videos, and so on) if you want to make the content you share with your following more diverse. This is a very important step in this strategy. 

Look at the next screenshot to see a visual representation of the steps I’ve written down above. 

Look at the button called “timings”.

Use that one until you get to 15 times/day. You can use just one Category for that, or you can create more categories and segment your posts.

You need to be posting constantly on your accounts because you need people to see you and perceive you as being active. Otherwise, it will be very hard for you to achieve the 300 readers per blog article goal.

How do you know at which times during the day (or night) you should post?

Followerwonk is your answer. It’s a tool made by the great peeps @ MOZ. It’s what you’ll start using. 

Remember: all action. I really want these lessons to help you out, so I’m taking great care to showing you all there is in this step-by-step process.

Starting out is hard. But after you get this flywheel going, you’ll see that it becomes a lot easier.

Do the following. I’m showing you all there is in these screenshots.

Now click on FollowerWonk. Oh, you may just use this link.

You’ll see now why I made you login with your twitter. Click sign-in with twitter there at the top of the page.

You can now see the SquirrlyHQ twitter account appearing there. Hopefully, you’re doing this as you read, so you should be seeing your own twitter profile image up there in your own window for followerwonk.

Now, click on Analyze Followers.

Yup, click that analyze thingy.

There you have it. The box you see there is what you need to start using.

In the following screenshot, you’ll see where to place YOUR own twitter account handle (the username) and also select to analyze NOT the people you follow, BUT the people who follow you.

See the exact settings in the screenshot below

Click : DO IT! you have that orange button there. Make sure you click it.

In my case, it says that it started generating my report, as you can see in the following screenshot.

I clicked on “your reports” (the little underlined text you see above. pay attention)

Click on that link inside. It should take you to your report.

Okay. This report is huge. I’m telling you. Maybe you’re already on your own report for your OWN followers.

Remeber, the road to 300 readers starts with your own followers.

Scroll down the report until you reach this part:

There you have the exact hours at which your twitter followers are most engaged with their accounts.

You’ll need to place the TOP hours into your Squirrly Social account. If you move your mouse cursor over any of those blue lines, you’ll see that it shows you exact details about them.

Awesome! Now you’ll start having great stuff in your Squirrly Social account for when you’ll start publishing the tweets that are going to promote your articles to your followers.

What have you done so far?

You’ve made sure that from now on your twitter account stands a solid chance of driving you some real traffic.

Without these settings and without starting to schedule tweets that promote your articles, you’d have very low chances of success.

As I said: it’s hard to get the flywheel started. But once you do, it starts becoming awesome.

Getting 300 Readers: Method Specifications:

What you’ve learned today and what you’ll learn in the next lessons will get you there.

We calculate 300 readers / blog article, in a 2 weeks (from publishing date) interval. Very good to keep this in mind for all the next posts that we will have.

Getting awesome at this twitter followers method:

– you’ll need to prepare at least 3 tweets that promote each blog article you have.

– schedule a lot of messages that promote different blog articles to your followers.

– try to replicate this twitter method for your Facebook page, Instagram and LinkedIN as well.

– you’ll see that Squirrly Social allows you to schedule on those as well. If you don’t know the specific hours for those accounts, just use the hours you’ve extracted today from the lesson I taught you.

Remember: It all starts with your followers. Take care of your followers first, even though this will not bring you amazing results very fast. Nurture this. In the long-run it will help a lot.

Rules for Facebook: 1 or 2 posts / day

Rules for Instagram: 3 to 5 posts / day

LinkedIN : 2 posts / day.

The road to 300 readers per blog article will follow in the next lesson, where we’ll start working on hashtags. You’ll get to see why they are amazingly valuable for your new strategy.

Use our benchmarks for helping you get to 300 readers

300 readers

How to read this?

After having implemented this lesson you should start seeing an increase in the number of readers for your articles. On a 2 weeks interval, you should get 30 readers for your article, by using the methods of this lesson.

Check your inbox for the next one in the following days! That will help you advance on this road.

Florin Muresan

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14 Comments

  • Serach Yael

    August 18, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Thanks for the motivation. I have 3 websites and treat them like a hobby. Usually I read something that fits and have a link to the original on the post. Now, I will try my hand at creating post using my own words and research.

    • Florin Muresan

      August 19, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      You’re welcome 🙂 I’m really happy to hear you’re finding value in these new lessons. I’m doing my best to show you all you need to do in order to reach your goals.

      Hopefully it will really help your hobby sites

  • Penina Petersen

    August 25, 2014 at 2:44 AM

    Florin. This is very valuable and practical information and thanks so much for sharing these lessons. I am already using Bufferapp and looking forward to seeing better results using these strategies. Cheers!

  • Lavern D

    March 3, 2017 at 7:27 AM

    This read was very informative. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Squirrly

      March 3, 2017 at 8:45 AM

      Thanks! Glad you’ve enjoyed it. 🙂

  • Custom Wristband

    March 4, 2017 at 2:15 AM

    Good post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon everyday.
    It will always be helpful to read through articles from other
    wrkters and practice something from other sites.

    • Squirrly

      March 6, 2017 at 9:50 AM

      That’s awesome! 🙂

  • Chris Stefanis

    March 31, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    After scheduling a dozen twitter posts on Buffer I get a popup asking me to pay for The Awesome Plan. If I say “maybe later” it closes but does not queue the post. I can re-enter the post as often as I like with the same result.

    So this seems to have been a complete waste of time, for as I cannot afford the money asked for, I cannot queue any more posts!

    • Squirrly

      March 31, 2017 at 3:10 PM

      Hi, Chris. As far as I know, you can queue up to 10 posts per social media account in the free version. I’m sure that you’ll be able to add more posts shortly.

    • Chris Stefanis

      April 1, 2017 at 11:09 AM

      Thanks Florin, you are correct, shame they dont say something in the popup

  • Robertr

    April 2, 2017 at 6:31 PM

    Hi Florin & crew,
    Nice lesson and there is always a method to your madness!

    • Squirrly

      April 4, 2017 at 9:08 AM

      Thanks so much, Robert!

  • Cecilia Pierce

    May 17, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Inspiring me to pick up my social feed game. Thank you for sharing! Am putting your strategy to work right after I finishing posting. Looking forward to the next part already.

    • Squirrly

      May 17, 2017 at 11:18 AM

      Nice! Thanks so much, Cecilia!