Check it out, peeps: bastion of marketing awesomeness Hubspot has a free tool called the Twitter Grader. It’s exactly what it sounds like: it grades your Twitter feed. It gives you your rank among all of Twitter. All of it.
However, I went to see what I could do better and it appears I’m doing everything perfectly. Or so they say.
As I discovered via Visual.ly‘s Twitter-scoring tool, I suck at Twitter. I like their tool better in that it’s more honest and it comes with a fun visual. (As you can see, Visual.ly has me cast as some shoeless hipster who complains about everything.)
Hubspot pegged me somewhere in the 2 million-somethingth ranking. That sounds about right.
But no suggestions on how to improve that ranking? Surely I can do something better. Next quarter, I want to see my score in the 1.9 million range.
What’s so damned important about Twitter?
Fortune and glory, kid, fortune and glory.
Specifically: I hope to leverage a following to earn a living as a writer of fictional things. Twitter is one avenue for building said following. If I show up to a publisher or agent or, really, anyone who can pay me for what I write, and I say, here’s this finished manuscript, it’s hey-great-good-for-you-get-in-line. But if I show up with a finished manuscript and a healthy string of almost-guaranteed sales, then it’s hey-step-inside-let’s-talk.
So I guess I can start now. I’ll try the old “ask” trick. Do me a favor? If you’re still reading this, can you let your friends know about this site? Share on Twitter or Facebook or StumbleUpon or whatever your preferred social medium is.
What’s in it for you? I’ll tell you.
Your incentive is this: send me a screenshot of you telling your friends about this website and you’ll get a discount on my pending venture into the brutal underground world of self-publication and self-sales. I have a short story in the works and should have it for sale within a month or two. You can get it cheaper than anybody else. This offer expires as soon as I get that story officially up for sale. It’s not a huge incentive, but then again, it’s not a huge amount of work to share the BilGaines.com link. I hope this sounds reasonable. (Note: this’ll probably be digital-only, at least at first, so you’ll need a Nook or a Kindle or an iPad or something.)
And because I am aiming to rank better than 2 million on my Twitter score from Hubspot by next quarter, I’m hoping for more Twitter followers who aren’t spambots or porn. Good luck to all of us.
Fortune and Glory.