Promote Your Writing with Social Media

Patrice Campbell By Patrice Campbell, 25th Aug 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Don't be a writer without readers. Use social media to promote yourself as a professional freelance writer. Self promotion is the best way for a freelance writer to find financial benefit from their work. You can write the best articles to be found on the internet, but if nobody reads them, your efforts are in vain.

Twitter and Facebook

Facebook and Twitter are both popular social media sites. Used for personal and business contacts alike, both sites offer the prospect of finding new people who share your interests.

As you look for people to befriend in Facebook and to follow on Twitter in the hope that they follow you back, look for people who are interested in the work that you do. These are the people who are more likely to follow the link and read your articles. They may forward your work on to their contacts and friends. If they really like what they read, they’ll soon recognize you and click on all of your links.

The lucky freelance writer will find valuable contacts in the social media groups who they can learn a lot from. Relationships can be formed with people who may become mentors. I’ve been lucky enough to find contacts on Twitter and Facebook that I can bring my questions to. They have also taken me under their wing and introduced me to other freelance writers and have promoted my work to their social media contacts.

Expanding Your Contacts

Don’t limit your possibilities when searching out Twitter followers and Facebook friends. You have probably found a good base of fellow writers in the forums of the sites you write for. But just because you share a common interest in your livelihood doesn’t mean you are all interested in the topics you each write about.

The successful freelance writer wants to reach out to readers who are actually interested in the subjects they write on. Garden writers want to target gardeners and people looking for advice on gardening. Writers who write to the topic of homeschooling want to reach parents who homeschool. Use Twitter and Facebook to find the readers who will want to read what you write. Just make sure you are aware of privacy issues on the social media site you are using.

How to Search Facebook and Twitter

It’s easy to locate people who fit your target audience group and add them as your Twitter followers and Facebook friends. Facebook has groups for almost any category imaginable. Check out the groups on Facebook and join them. Friend other group members. These are the people who are your intended readers, after all.

The same concept is true with Twitter. Use the hashtag (#) to do a topic search. Follow the Tweeters who come up in your search. Tweeters often follow the people who follow them. As they learn to recognize your Tweets they might click on the links that are included in them. If they find you credible, they may even retweet your tweets, and the ripple effect puts the link to your article in font of that many more potential readers.

As your online community continues to grow, so does your potential base of readers. Keep writing valuable content, don’t neglect self promotion, and watch your earnings steadily increase.

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author avatar Patrice Campbell
Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver, CO area.
A deep curiosity keeps her research skills honed as she learns about trending topics.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
25th Aug 2010 (#)

Once again, Patrice, we're on the same page :-))

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author avatar melphens
25th Aug 2010 (#)

good guide.. right now im working my account on twitter, to expand my followers..

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author avatar SuzAlicie
25th Aug 2010 (#)

Excellent advice. I must spend more time with Twitter, but I am so long winded I get frustrated and end up at FB to get my point across. Maybe that's a hint that I need to learn to shorten things up.

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author avatar Patrice Campbell
25th Aug 2010 (#)

I love Twitter. I get a lot of ideas there. Watch for my review of HootSuite. Use it all the time.

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author avatar j.m. raymond
11th Sep 2010 (#)

Good points, Patrice. I have just recently started using Twitter and can already see results - unless mom is reading my articles several times a day...

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author avatar SiddiQ
28th Sep 2010 (#)

Twitter is truly a wondrous site to promote your articles!
It's given me a lot of help!

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author avatar Charlene Nuble
14th Nov 2010 (#)

I promote my articles to many social networks using the bookmark and share by

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author avatar Katrina
24th Dec 2010 (#)

Twitter and facebook are really good websites to promote your articles. Thanks for taking out time to compile this article.

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author avatar Val Mills
15th Feb 2011 (#)

I've just started being more active on Twitter and it really is working.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
21st Feb 2011 (#)

Than you for this vital information, which I am about to start taking seriously.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Apr 2015 (#)

Some are able to get maximum mileage through social media while others remain unknown - a frog in a well! Thanks for this useful share - siva

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