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There are many reasons to want to auto-tweet your Twitter page. The basis for the example below is affiliate marketing and the goal is to create a quality Twitter page that is not only used to sell but one that is also informative as well.
First you need to decide on just what niche you are going to service and which offer you are going to promote. In this example we'll service the "Finances and Budgeting" niche and the affiliate offer we will be working with is "Famou$ Coupons". This tutorial is only about using Google Alerts and TwitterFeed to find and send automated tweets to your Twitter account. This tutorial assumes that you have already, or will during the course of this tutorial, create(d) a Gmail account to use with Google Alerts, an account on TwitterFeed and that you have an account on Twitter. This is not a tutorial about keyword research.
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For your automated tweets it is best if they come from "authoritative" web sites. Authoritative just means that the web site is viewed by search engines as being a well known, respected and well visited web site for Internet content. Google is certainly the most popular 'go to 'place on the web to find information on just about any subject. Getting the results you want is not always as easy as we may like. Google has published some instructions on getting the most from your Google searches. I strongly recommend that both these articles be read for anyone having a need to do Internet based research, the first is on basic searching, and the second on advanced searching.
We will choose the New York Times as our authoritative Internet sources for our auto tweets.
So, in the search box enter the following, without the quotes, "site:nytimes.com +2010 +coupons". This let's Google know we want to search only the New York Times web site, that the web page must contain the text "2010" and that it also must contain the text "coupons". You can see that there are about 25 thousand results returned.
Keep in mind that this search does require that "2010" is part of the results so when the year 2010 is over you will need to update the Google Alert
that we are going to create.
Next log in to your Gmail account.
Click on the "TAB" to open a new tab.
Then, in the address bar type in, without the quotes, "http://www.google.com/alerts".
Because we have GMail open in another tab when we open Google Alerts in a new tab in the same browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, FireFox or Google Chrome) we are automatically logged into Google Alerts.
You should see your GMail e-mail address in the upper right portion of the web page. Click on the "click here to manage your alerts" link.
Assuming this is the first time you have used Google Alerts there will not be any alerts to manage yet. Click the "creating one" to get started.
Now we are ready to start creating our first Google Alert.
Enter into the "Search Terms" the same search query we used earlier in the Google Search box.
"site:nytimes.com +2010 +coupons"
And we will select all types of media from which Google will search for, when creating our alert.
The next thing to set for our alert is how often should Google look for updated information, here we will chose to update this feed only once per day.
We want to keep high quality tweets on our Twitter page to help us establish ourselves as an authority in our chosen niche, so select "Only the best results", otherwise Google will just try to get something in the feed even if it's not what we really want.
We are automating our tweets using RSS Feeds so select "Feed" from the drop down list. If for some reason you did not want to use Twitterfeed to automate posting your tweets or maybe you have another purpose besides tweets for the feed, you could get the same information sent to your e-mail address. But for our example select "Feed".
Well now, it looks like we're ready to create our feed/alert so click the "Create Alert" button.
OK, now we have our first Google Alert / RSS Feed.
Now we need to get the link from our newly created Google Alert / RSS Feed to use in our Twitterfeed that will automatically post tweets to our Twitter page. Right-click on the "Feed" link.
When you right-click on the link a "context menu" will appear. Click on "Copy Link Location", yours may be labeled "Copy Shortcut". For this example I am using FireFox but for Internet Explorer 8 on the "context menu" the item would be labeled "Copy Shortcut". This copies the URL to the "Windows(R)" clipboard, a temporary type of memory used to copy data or information from one application to another application.
Just so that you can see the URL before using it and also so that you don't lose it, which is what will happen if you copy something else to the "Windows(R)" clipboard before using what we already have there. Open up Notepad(R). Notepad(R) is a "plain text" editor. When you paste into it, it will strip away anything that is not plain text. Do not use Microsoft(R) Word(R) or WordPad(R) as these are not plain text editors. Using plain text editors can save time when things go wrong and your trying to figure out why the Google Alert / RSS Feed is not working properly. Save your self some possible frustration and simply use Notepad(R).
Right-click in the body area of Notepad(R). Then, on the "context menu' that appears click on "Paste" and the URL will now appear in Notepad(R).
Ok, now let's go to TwitterFeed...
If you don't have a TwitterFeed account yet go ahead and create one.
Now that you have created and/or signed in to your TwitterFeed account, let's create a feed. Click on the "Create New Feed" button.
Give your feed a name. This name is used only within TwitterFeed to help you manage your feeds, it doesn't appear in the Tweet when it is posted to your Twitter page.
Now, the URL for the Google Alert / RSS Feed should still be in the "Windows (R)" clipboard, if not just highlight the URL in Notepad, then right-click, then on the "Context menu" that appears click on "Copy". Now, with the URL for the feed is loaded into the Windows Clipboard, right-click in the "Blog URL or RSS Feed URL" text box, then on the context menu that appears click on "Paste". The URL will now appear in the "Blog URL or RSS Feed URL" text box.
Here is what we have so far...
Let's continue on to step two, click the "Continue to Step 2" button...
Now we have created a feed, but we still have to let TwitterFeed know which service to send it to since TwitterFeed works with several including Twitter and Facebook. Personally, I have only done this with Twitter. Maybe a tutorial for Facebook auto-post will be up coming.
If this is your first time using TwitterFeed (or any time the Twitter Account you want to use doesn't appear in the "Authenticated Twitter Account" drop down list box) you will click the "Authenticate Twitter Using OAuth" button. After you have "Authenticated" your Twitter account then the next time you create a Twitterfeed feed you will select the Twitter account you want to use from the "Authenticated Twitter Account" drop down list box.
So, click the "Authenticate Twitter Using OAuth" button and provide your Twitter account information.
Now that you have authorized your Twitter account with TwitterFeed it will appear in the "Authenticated Twitter Account" box.
Click the "Create Service" button to setup this Google Alert / RSS Feed for this TwitterFeed, which we named "Coupons".
Woo-whoa! We did it!
Now let's go back to our dashboard and see what shows up!
And now you can see the "Coupons" TwitterFeed that we just setup.
And there you have it.
NOTES: TwitterFeed uses "RSS Feeds" so most standard RSS Feeds should work with Twitterfeed. It may take some time even a couple of days for the auto tweets to start showing up. It depends on how often the source of your auto tweets updates their content. Google searches the web based on the search query you provided. TwitterFeed retrieves the Google Alert / RSS Feed from Google and formats it for display as a tweet including shortening the link used in the tweet.
For "Affiliate Marketing" purposes I don't recommend tweeting affiliate offer until you have at least 200 followers. After you start tweeting about affiliate offers related to the niche I also recommend having at least 2 affiliate offers showing in the top 20 tweets at any time of the day. but no more than 4 affiliate offers in the top 20 tweets.
This tutorial was done in reference to Famou$ Coupons!
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