Everyone wants to be really big on Twitter.

Thousands of adoring fans, people who Tweet your blog posts and an instant flow of traffic for everything that you do.

Here are 28 articles that will help you get really big on Twitter. I’ve read all of these (some a few times) over the years and think they have some great insights to provide.

Oh, and at the end I’ll give you 1 big tip that will bring everything together.

  1. 100 Ways to Become a Twitter Power User via @neilpatel
    Neil Patel rocking out his usual amazingness. I’m the same age as this guy and just don’t know how he does it.
  2. The 20 Least ReTweetable Words via @danzarrella
    Some pretty useful insights if you are wondering why your stuff isn’t getting retweeted.
  3. The Blogger’s Guide to Meaningful Engagement on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter @ProBlogger
    Meaningful is what it is all about. That is what pays dividends in the end.
  4. HOW TO: Create Custom Twitter Backgrounds via @mashable
    Classic Mashable How To post. Twitter backgrounds are a great way to personalize and brand your Twitter page. I’m still working on mine. *guilty face*
  5. 5 Tips to Grow Your Twitter Presence @ProBlogger
    An excellent post that is all about getting your name out there.
  6. Is Twitter a Waste of Time? @ProBlogger
    Asking some interesting questions about whether Twitter really pays dividends. Might be up your alley if you liked my article on blogging being a waste of time.
  7. How to Get 5,000+ Facebook Likes and Twitter Followers Per Day, On Autopilot via @ViperChill
    Glen up to his usual sneaky and genius tactics. Always love what he comes up with – always different perspectives on even the most common things.
  8. 5 Things Every Blogger Needs to Teach Their Readers & Why it Matters @blogtyrant
    Yay! I made the list.
  9. How to Use Twitter to Grow Your Business via @copyblogger
    As I said recently, all small businesses need Social Media. This post is an amazing starting point.
  10. How to REALLY Measure the ROI of Social Media via @dannybrown
    Some ideas I hadn’t previously considered about the return on investment with Twitter.
  11. 5 Steps to Going Viral on Twitter via @copyblogger
    Every time they Tweet something it goes near viral. Probably a good idea to listen up.
  12. Is Your Social Media Strategy Stalling Because You’re Not Doing This One Thing? via @copyblogger
    Tell them to do something. We do it on marketing blogs.
  13. 3 Simple Steps to Finding More Clients on Twitter via @copyblogger
    Twitter is not just about pleasing existing fans and clients. Its also about finding a lot of new ones.
  14. Twitter Experiment Results – Swapping Person To Brand via @TheFutureBuzz
    A good discussion on the merits of using your business name instead of your real name. For example, @blogtyrant instead of… nearly got me.
  15. How A Few Tweets Led to a 370% Increase In My Traffic @ProBlogger
    I really love the insights Darren provides. He has so many followers that his activities become like micro tests for us all.
  16. 40 of the Best Twitter Brands and the People Behind Them via @mashbusiness
    This is a fantastic way to learn from those who are doing it really well.
  17. How to Get More Retweet Action on Twitter @twitip
    This whole site is full of amazing tips but some of them really catch my eye more than others. Pay attention to who the authors are.
  18. The Technium: 1,000 True Fans
    A topic near to my heart. How many fans do you want? How many fans do you need?
  19. How To: Expand Your Twitter Tribe via @AskAaronLee
    Advice from someone who has done extremely well on Twitter. A real power user.
  20. 62 Ways to Use Twitter for Business @WebWorkerDaily
    A comprehensive list of how businesses can capitalize on the Twitter traffic.
  21. 3 Steps to a Productive Life on Twitter as a Blogger Using Buffer via @kikolani
    A good guest post about how you can get things done on Twitter more efficiently.
  22. 50 Ideas on Using Twitter for Business via @chrisbrogan
    Chris Brogan has got more fans than the church. Well, nearly. Take a look at how many retweets this post has had.
  23. How to know what your audience really wants via @chrisgarrett
    Chris Garrett is one of the guys (along with Brian Clark and Darren Rowse) that have inspired me from the beginning. Read this blog.
  24. A Killer Combo for Smart Twitter Users via @patflynn
    Pat is what I would call an early adopter of blog technology. When I find a new tool I go and check Pat’s blog and he’s usually been using it for months.
  25. The Ultimate Men with Pens Guide to Twitter @menwithpens
    James rocking out a guide that is really personal and visceral. Not the usual tips here.
  26. 13 Tools to Simplify Your Social Media Marketing via @smexaminer
    Use tools and reduce your workload.
  27. 5 Twitter Changes and How to Make the Most of Them via @smexaminer
    A really good post on how Twitter changes can affect the way things work. A good one to know if you want to stay ahead of the curve.
  28. 26 Twitter Tips for Enhancing Your Tweets via @smexaminer
    Some really nice tips for making your tweets a bit juicier. Think topic ideas for Twitter.

Hopefully that gives you something to read for the morning (or week). Please remember to do some actual tweeting during those hours. If you want you could even practice by tweeting this post!

The one big Twitter tip

I want to finish this post by saying that it is really important to understand that Twitter is all about building a friendship with your users.

I don’t mean relationship, I mean friendship.

A relationship can be good or bad but a friendship is nurturing, helpful and engaged.

Forget about how many followers you have and start building real friendships with the people that you already have. You will find your work more rewarding and, in actual fact, you will make more sales when it comes to it. Why? Because you will have a group of highly loyal friends who are more than happy to spread the word for you.

If you have a great Twitter article or know of a good one please let me know in the comments below. As usual, links are welcome in my comments.


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  1. Garry Stafford on February 23, 2012

    Thanks for all the info BT. You totally over-deliver … regularly!

    And framing Twitter connections as building friendships is the key, no doubt. I need to focus on that big time.

    Thanks again!

    1. the Blog Tyrant on February 23, 2012

      Thanks for commenting Garry!

  2. Awesome collection of resources! I’m glad you put that Neil Patel article as #1, that’s the piece I would have shared in my comment if you didn’t.

    For me, one of the most powerful things about Twitter is getting your questions answered. When I first started learning how to podcast, I posted a question on Twitter. I was blown away by the responses I got many from pro podcasters with their own blogs.

    That’s how I discovered the “Audacity to Podcast,” which is excellent. Basically everything I know about podcasting now is from that site. Saved me from months of trial and error if I had to go it alone.

    On the flip side, answering other people’s questions can boost your authority and credibility in your niche.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on February 23, 2012

      Neil is an absolutely legend. Love his work.

      Thanks for your wonderful comments as always Marcus.

  3. Chadwin@ abovethecrease.com on February 23, 2012

    Thanks BT great resource as usual.I agree friendships are key. A friendship is a more relaxed and forgiving relationship.

    Followers cum and go as the please.

    In my experience you initial approach to someone often sets the tone for the rest of your communication/relationship/friendship.

    Its a fact that first impressions are important both on and offline.

    again thanks so much for the resource

    1. the Blog Tyrant on February 23, 2012

      Thanks for stopping by Chadwin.

  4. Scott Kindred | SafeHouse Web on February 23, 2012

    Really digging this list of resources you shared with us. I have to believe having a list like that is a result of very intentional planning and being aware of what your target audience is going to want to consume; a lesson well-demonstrated, here. Thank you.

    On your last post, “The Simplified Guide to Social Media for Small Businesses,” I commented that social media was all about the relationships. And, here, you have made a nice distinction between relationship and friendship. Based on my experiences, I have found there are people seeking one or the other – relationship or friendship. A business relationship, one that involves a tit-for-tat exchange of money, goods or services – is prevalent. But it’s those friendships that make a more lasting impression; they’re somewhat rare and always characterized by a true desire by one, or both parties, to just plain help somebody out.

    I like your honing of the friendship application.

  5. the Blog Tyrant on February 23, 2012

    Love it Scott. Well said as always.

  6. Great information as usual. Your posts have been arriving in my inbox for a long time but I don’t comment often I intend to change that. Twitter is a great resource. My tech blog is only one month old but all my traffic has come via twitter. I had a successful fashion blog beforehand and my readers are loyal so they followed me over :)friendship is key!

    1. the Blog Tyrant on February 23, 2012

      Thanks Faye!

  7. Kristi Hines on February 23, 2012

    Thanks for including one of my guest bloggers in the roundup! 🙂

    1. the Blog Tyrant on February 23, 2012

      Thanks for Tweeting, as always!

  8. Tushar@BloggersEthics on February 24, 2012

    This is a wonderful link love Tyrant and surely, for some Twitter naive users like me, it is a big help

    1. the Blog Tyrant on February 24, 2012

      Thanks bro.

  9. argel tiburcio on February 24, 2012

    I am thinking that this is an exhaustive list but of course there are more great references out there (Although I have to say this is a very good job!)

    As with anything regarding social media, relationship is first!

    Thanks BT 😀

    1. the Blog Tyrant on February 24, 2012

      Agreed! Thanks for commenting.

  10. Sharon Fiberesima on February 24, 2012

    Great list Tyrant, I’ve read some of these but there are several that are new to me. However your last tip is even greater. I get the distinction between friendship and relationship even though I’d think when it comes to relationships on social media, the emphasis should be on positive.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on February 24, 2012

      Thanks Sharon.

  11. Man, you’re killing me! How am supposed to run a blog, work a job, raise a family AND go through all of this amazing material???

    Thanks again for everything! Even though I’m nowhere near making money on my blog, I appreciate all the informative posts. They’ve helped me skip the curve a bit for sure.

    I’m also appreciative of the fast responses to my FB questions. I’ve never felt like an annoyance, which is why I keep coming back for more, lol.

    Anyway, time to get started on this list of articles…I don’t have much of a Twitter presence right now.


    1. the Blog Tyrant on February 27, 2012

      Glad I can be of some service.

  12. Hi BT, thanks for sharing this great list. The content Neil Patel puts out is brilliant, also the articles from Copyblogger and Problogger.

    I will get stuck into the rest shortly.

    Also thanks for the tip at the end.

    Thanks again,

    Dan Sumner

    1. the Blog Tyrant on February 27, 2012

      Thanks for stopping by Dan.

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  14. Walter Martin on February 28, 2012

    Great article! I have yet to start a Twitter account but it seems like a very valuable tool. I cannot how long it would take me to find all of these great articles but you put them together quite well. Thank you so very much for all the research.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on March 4, 2012

      No problems Walter.

  15. Hello fellow Aussie!

    I only found you one mere week ago O-o and have already learnt so much in regards to blogging and websites. In fact it makes my head spin. I’m still having trouble digesting it all.

    Just wanted to give you a BIG thank you! Why? because you cut out all of the BS for people like me, who want to learn more, keep on trying but find it hard to get a clear answer.

    So keep on keeping on! you have gained another loyal follower in your legion of Zombie fodder when the plague hits 😉

    1. the Blog Tyrant on March 4, 2012

      Thanks so much!

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