Update for 2017: Wow, this one originally went out way back in February of 2010. Let's kick it into gear again! We won't lie – a lot of our followers are pretty old and inactive on Twitter, but it's still not a bad way to get the word out about good work. Anyways…
A lot of great photographers struggle to get the word out about their work, if the amount of messages and Tweets we get is any indication. And in the end we think photographers should be doing what they do best – taking photos!
Well, we put our heads together and decided to come up with a partial solution.
You see, the LightStalking Twitter account is doing remarkably well and is on the cusp of 30,000 followers with close to 500 new fans each and every day. Up till now, we have been trawling the internet for good stuff to tweet to our followers.
Now, that's where you come in. If you write a great article on photography or put a new photo (or collection) up at your website and you want a little extra traffic, then here's what you can do.
Go over to your twitter account and log in, make sure you’re following @LightStalking, tweet the title of the post and its link and add the hashtag #LightStalking
For example, SmashandPeas.com might tweet something like this:
50 Really Impressive Washed Up Photos http://bit.ly/7Mrxch #LightStalking
There is no need to @ us or direct message us on Twitter. We will do a search on the hashtag #LightStalking every day and retweet the best posts and photos.
And that’s pretty much it.
Some Advice About Tweeting & Improving Your Odds of Getting Retweeted
- Do NOT just tweet the front page of your blog. We will ignore it. Send us to an actual useful article or collection on your site.
- People tend to click on compelling Tweets. If you say “Look at My Photos” you are going to get a lot less traffic than if you tweeted “15 Stunning Sunrise Photos at the Beach” – do yourself a favour and think about your tweet!
- We love it when people spread the word about LightStalking. If you want to give yourself a much better chance of us retweeting you, then be sure to mention LightStalking.com in your article!
- Do NOT continually tweet the same link at us with the #lightstalking hash tag. This is more likely to make us block you than tweet you.
- Be good to the photography and Twitter communities. Give back. Write tutorials. We are FAR more likely to retweet a tutorial than a single image.
- Do NOT be spammy with your hashtags. “Look at my photo #lightstalking #photo #photography #spam #lookatmyphoto” just looks terrible and nobody will click on it. And we won't retween stuff like that anyway.
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