Twitter Relations: 4 Tips to Build Your TwitShips


Twitter is overloaded right now. Please try back in a minute. How many times have we come across this message while trying to tweet out our latest genius post/offer?

I try to look at this as a good thing. Millions of people tweeting at the same time..all hanging on for my next words of wisdom! Well, not really, but it’s nice to dream. Actually, I believe they are waiting anxiously for my next pearls! :)

Building your relationships on Twitter, your TwitShips as I call them, is a crucial piece of the puzzle in putting together your succession plan. A single tweet can provide you tons of instant FREE traffic.

Harnessing the power of this social media giant can sometimes make you want to pull your hair out. I know because I am finally learning how to build these twitships into readers and it is not as simple as some might imply. It takes work just like your blog or website does.

I opened a Twitter account for this blog over a year ago and expected the Holy Grail of traffic and followers to come find me. Bad move genius! You have to be willing to invest some time into following people who are in your niche or even branching out from your little posse to find new interests. I made mistakes in my twitships and I am owning up to them. I am apologizing for pete sake.

So, what I did was make a short list of what helped me make amends in Twitter land and fix my twitships. Here are some tips to build your twitships and they might help you from making the same mistakes I did.

4 Tips To Build Your TwitShips


  • Acknowledge the people who follow you. Make it a point to try and say thanks for the follow or welcome to my world. It shows people that you notice them and let’s face it, we all like being noticed.
  • Don’t ask for RT if you don’t RT. One of the things I found out was some people will email you asking you to RT their post. So, when I go and check them out, they have not RT anything of mine or anyone else’s for that matter. That is a lame thing to do. Pay it Forward has always been my motto and I am sticking to it. Also remember that not everything you tweet will be RT worthy, and that’s ok!I know shocking huh!?
  • Be consistent. Another mistake I made was tweeting like mad for a week and then dropping off the planet. A lot of Twitter users clean up their account on a regular basis. They un-follow people who are inactive or provide them with nothing useful. Keep this in mind when you tweet. When you update your blog, tweet it. Try to make a catchy title as you do with your posts. And do it 140 Characters! I did read a recent study that showed shorter tweets had a higher CTR.
  • Thank the people who RT. I recently RT  a post from John Paul Aguiar who runs the Money Dummy blog. I received a personal thank you for the RT from him. The next Friday on #FF, he sent my username out for people to follow. Now he has thousands of followers and picked up a few more followers from his #FF tweet.

The Bottom Line

In my opinion, I should have known to do this all along, however, I am now understanding the dynamics of these Twitships. As I have mentioned before, it’s time to start engaging instead of selling. Of course we still have to market ourselves, but remember in the old days when a handshake marketed you?

Now, the way you relate and interact with followers, readers, customers, all give you marketability. I hope this helped you some in building successful twitships. Feel free to offer more suggestions in the comment section below!

Also, have relations :) and share this please!!


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21 Responses to “Twitter Relations: 4 Tips to Build Your TwitShips”

  1. April 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    Hi.. Nice post.. I love it. You see, Im just starting. Got google ads and nuffnang ads.. got twitter account and all stuffs but nobody seems to follow.. It seems like only spams are Anyways,thanks for the tip. I hope you can help me.. thanks.

    • Lisa Drubec
      April 21, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

      Hi Jeanny:

      Thanks so much for your feedback. It can be a daunting task starting out, believe me I know. I would love to help you out and I have actually put together a source for beginners and intermediate alike! I think you will find most of what you are looking for in here!
      The Most Complete How To Blog For Success Manual

  2. April 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Hey you, I read your post; agreed with it and wanted to comment.

    I think I’ve had this conversation with you before, but I’m not yet at the point I’m trying to drive traffic to my site. I list it for a ‘just because’ kind of thing.

    However, I am starting to figure some of this out and see somewhat of a pattern so I’m learning what is typically acceptable.

    The one thing I need to work on is acknowledging the people who follow me. I see some of the auto replies and I’m not crazy about them but it won’t make me change my mind.

    Thanks for the informative post and making me a smarter person……..:)

    • Lisa Drubec
      April 4, 2011 at 7:05 pm #


      It all comes in good time! I swear it took me a year to figure out the twiteetiquette!

  3. April 4, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    An addition to #2 – don’t type, I just tweeted your post buddy! if you haven’t. it’s really not difficult to find and you look bad…..real bad.

    • Lisa Drubec
      April 4, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

      LOL!!! Yes, that is an awesome one Dennis!!! Haaaaa, I love it! :)

      • April 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

        It’s no longer easy to shock me online, but I am honestly utterly amaze at how many people do it so easily, like they’re so clever. lol

  4. April 4, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    Hi Lisa,

    Great read, and I agree with many of the tips you have listed here.

    Personally, I always thank the people who RT my posts, and I’m always actively RTing posts that I like from other Twitter users. If you’re willing to give a little back to the Twitter community, your efforts will be rewarded a hundred fold.


    • Lisa Drubec
      April 4, 2011 at 8:35 am #

      Thank you Christina. I agree 100% that we need to practice “give rather than receive” where Twitter is concerned. Once people realize we are being selfless and also helping to promote their stuff as well, as you say…we will be rewarded.

      Thank you for visiting me!


  5. April 4, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    Hi Lisa,

    Twitter has billions of members and I have seen many people who got more than 10k followers but they too follow at 10k in back, so I think when you follow back your followers that also impress them to follow you forever.

    • Lisa Drubec
      April 4, 2011 at 8:33 am #

      I like that Sam. good one!

  6. April 4, 2011 at 1:00 am #

    Visibility and reliability are two key words I can take away from this post. Show up to the dance and provide some useful insight…helping others along the way. One principle I use: make others more important than the big SELF and the followers and engagement comes like wet with the water.

    Good one Lisa.

    • Lisa Drubec
      April 4, 2011 at 8:33 am #


      I love it! It should totally be about “them.” This is how we build trust and reputation….being as selfless as we possibly can.

      Appreciate your feedback!


  7. Karen Bice
    April 3, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    All good points. To me, the fourth point is the most important. It’s the relationship breaker/maker. If someone likes your tweet and takes the time to RT it, the least you can do is acknowledge it in some way. It’s my experience that it’s not just “A-listers” who fail in this common courtesy. Great post!

    • Lisa Drubec
      April 4, 2011 at 8:32 am #


      You are 100% correct. I think starting from the newbie and up, we can find people who are not really utilizing the “engagement” piece fully.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  8. Djfunkyslick
    November 17, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    Excellent points Kavita!

  9. Kavita
    November 17, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    Twitter is showing overloading problems more and more. Do good and have good. If you want T then do RT and if want followers than follow

  10. Tristan
    November 16, 2010 at 2:01 am #

    Great tips! I've been doing these and have seen a huge surge in my Twitter traffic. It's been great!

    And addressing the comment above mine, I do NOT like DMs. I get so many auto-DMs that I just assume any DM I get is spam and I don't bother looking at it. That's been my experience…

    Anyway, thanks for the post!

  11. Djfunkyslick
    November 14, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    Bill, have you seen an increase in your visitor loyalty due to this? I have and I just can't believe I missed such a simple step!

  12. Bill
    November 14, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

    Have been putting effort lately into point number one…Acknowledge the people who follow you…usually a simple DM thanking them for the follow and a bit about their blog/site. It's payed off big time. Met some good folks..made some connections. Nice post…thanks.

  13. Anonymous
    November 13, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    Excellent tips. I have not been thanking people as I should have for the RT!

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