A few weeks ago, I was surprised when an influential blogger thanked me on Twitter for sharing one of his posts.
Should I have been surprised?
Let’s be honest: People don’t often say “thanks” on Twitter.
Here are 10 ways to thank someone on Twitter after he shares your content:
1. Follow the person. If you’re strict about whom you follow on Twitter, only follow the person if he is connected to your industry.
2. Add the person to a Twitter list if his bio and tweets are in line with a list you already manage. If they don’t fit one of your lists, create a new one named “Blog Readers” (or something similar).
3. Share the person’s latest blog post or tweet (even if he’s not the author) if you think it could be interesting to your followers.
4. Add a link to your thank-you message to achieve some of the goals in the examples below.
5. If someone shared a blog post about a book you’ve published, add a link to your book in your thank-you message:
Thanks @johndoe! If you are interested in that topic, John, maybe you would like to read my book => http://link-to-your-related-book-on-amazon.
6. If the person’s tweet leads you to believe he just discovered your blog, send him a link to your email subscription landing page:
Thanks @johndoe! Subscribe to my blog, John, and don’t miss any new post and other exclusive content => http://link-to-your-email-subscription-landing-page.
7. If someone is amazed by one of your blog posts, send him a link to a related post:
Thanks for sharing @johndoe! Glad you liked it, John! Maybe you would be interested in the following post => http://link-to-a-related-post.
8. If someone shares one of your YouTube videos or a post that features some of your videos, invite him to subscribe to your YouTube channel:
Thank you @johndoe! Don’t miss any of my new videos by subscribing to my YouTube channel => http://www.youtube.com/user/your-user-name?sub_confirmation=1.
9. Apply No. 8 to other media platforms. For example, if the person shares one of your podcasts, invite him to subscribe to your iTunes podcast channel. Or, if the person shares one of your SlideShare presentations, invite him to follow you on SlideShare.
10. If you are speaking at a conference in the person’s hometown, send him a link with the conference information:
Thank you @johndoe! I will be speaking in your city next week. Maybe we can meet at this conference => http://link-to-your-conference.
Lastly, don’t limit your thank-you message to Twitter. If the person has a blog, leave a comment on his latest post. If you think he’s interesting, follow him on other social networks.
These tactics require time and effort, but your hard work will pay off. Did you think social media was supposed to be free and easy?
If you have suggestions for how to thank people on Twitter, share them in the comments section.