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The Tools I Used to Gain Nearly 1,000 Twitter Followers in Less Than 1 Month

In the small business and blogging world, social media can be one of the most mystifying and time-consuming parts of the day. That is, until you find a formula that works for you! I finally found the right tools that shot my Twitter growth into overdrive. The best part? It took just minutes a week to manage!

I’ve gained nearly 1,000 followers in less than a month. My tweet engagement increased by over 80%! I’ve saved time and energy, all while increasing website traffic. If you’ve been looking to increase your following while minimizing your stress, here are the tools I used.

Narrow

I heard from a fellow blogger about a wonderful Twitter growth tool called Narrow. She’d seen wonderful results with it, so I decided to give it a try. Originally I was a bit leery about the $20 a month price tag for the “Basic” account, but was reassured by Narrow’s money-back guarantee.

Narrow allows you build a targeting following by entering hashtags, keywords, and locations that are pertinent to your niche. It took less than 10 minutes for me to set my keywords. Within days, I had a great set of analytics to work with. The analytics are easy to use and show which keywords are bringing the highest results so you can further define your focus. I was actually surprised to see which keywords were bringing the most followers for me! It helped me zero in on the type of content I should be sharing more of.

Click here to check out Narrow for yourself.

Post Planner

This app has been the single most time saving social medial planner I’ve found! Not only can I schedule my own content to post, the folks at Post Planner have gathered some of the top performing content from around the web for you to share with your followers. To make things even better you can schedule both Twitter and Facebook posts. This is especially handy since I have Twitter and Facebook pages for ¬†both my business and the blog.

I credit Post Planner with the boost in my post engagement. They make it easy to find and share content that interests my followers. To make things even better, I can plan an entire week’s worth of posts in less than 45 minutes! It used to take me hours to find great content to schedule and share.

For more about Post Planner, check out their site here.

Final Thoughts

During the past month, I’ve also experimented with pinned tweets. With all the new traffic I’ve generated, my top-performing pinned tweet was seen thousands of times. It not only reached, but exceeded goals for my last sponsored post in record time. If you have a blog post or business offering you want to make especially visible to your audience, pin the tweet!

 

Starting a Small Business in Oklahoma

sasbioIf you’re starting a small business in Oklahoma, there are a few steps you need to take. Our goal is to provide you with some of the resources to get started.

Registering your business name

What’s a business without a name? Once you’ve landed on a name you like you can go here to see if it is available. If not, you get to go back to the drawing board. If your business name is available, you can register it with the State by going here¬† and filling out the appropriate forms. Please note that the current fee for registering your business name is $25.00.

Determining your business structure

For liability and tax purposes this is an important step to starting your business. There are a variety of options to choose from: Sole Proprietorship, General or Limited Partnership, C Corporation, S Corporation, and Limited Liability Companies. For the Secretary of State’s guide to Business Organization, go here. For the IRS guide to Business Organization, go here.

A popular option is forming an LLC. For additional reading on this topic, go here. Please note you will need to renew your LLC yearly in Oklahoma.

Once you have chosen the appropriate legal structure for your business, you can file the necessary paperwork here.

If you feel uncertain or intimidated by the process, there are lawyers or companies such as legalzoom, that can assist you with this. If you’re forming an LLC, legalzoom can also act as your registered agent (for a fee). Why do you need a registered agent? Check this out.

Acquiring an Employer Identification Number (EIN)

Depending on the type of legal structure you’ve chosen, it may be necessary for you to require an EIN from the IRS for tax purposes. For more information regarding EIN’s or to register for one, go here.

While we’re on the topic of the IRS, you may want to check out this page concerning quarterly estimated taxes to see if they are something you’ll need to file. Some bookkeeping software such as Quckbooks for Self-Employed will track your quarterly taxes for you.

Hiring Employees

Should you decide to hire employees, there are a few things you will need to do.

Set up an account for unemployment taxes through the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC). For Employer Information and Forms go here.

Set up an income tax withholding account through the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC). You can go here for more information regarding OTC withholding. The OTC does offer New Business Workshops, click here for a workshop calendar.

Set up worker’s compensation. For more information visit the Compsource website.

 

*Please note this is for informational purposes only. This is not intended as legal counsel.

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