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Test Results and Big Plans For The Future

Today is a good day. A very good day. I got my test results back from the hospital and they're benign! So very happy and relieved. A huge heart felt thank you to all of you that have shown your support over this past month. You rock!

Now feeling super motivated to make September awesome. I have lots of exciting new projects I'm going to be working on over the next few months and can't wait to jump into them. I'll also be doing a month long video challenge which I'll tell you more about when it ticks off on 1st September. 

Despite taking a lot of time off this month to recover from my operation, plus having the kids off school, I've still managed to hit my goals for August. You can find out all the details about what strategies I've been using to grow my brand in my newsletter that comes out on the 1st of every month. There I share all my behind the scenes info and stats to help give you some ideas of the sorts of things you can do too. 

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In other news, I'm hosting a #FollowFriday networking party over on my Facebook page today and you are all invited to drop by and join in the fun. Each Friday I pick a different social media platform and people share their profile links. This week it's Twitter. Here's the post:
#FollowFriday Leave a lovely comment below and share a link to your Twitter profile so we can all check it out ;)Mine...
After collecting my results this morning I went to visit the cemetery at Piramide here in Rome which is the resting place of lots of famous writers, and artists. Some of the more noted ones including John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. The whole place was very beautiful. Reading some of the tombstones was really inspiring. I'll be doing some sketches of some of the sculptures of angels over the next few weeks. 

Test Results and Big Plans For The Future

I'm now off to celebrate some more, and to come up with more ideas for awesomeness for the coming months. BTW, my birthday is also in September... yet another reason to make sure it's the best month of the year ;)

Quick Tips: Create Promotional Materials For Your Book

This weeks "Quick Tip" is to make promotional materials for your book. A great way to spread the word without having to do a sales pitch. It's a good idea to put your website url on them so that people know where to go for more information. 

There are loads of companies that offer services where you can upload your own images to be printed to order on t-shirts, caps, cups, and more. I personally like but you can easily find alternatives by doing a quick search on Google. 

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Using Twitter Search - It's More Than Just Hashtags

Using Twitter Search - It's More Than Just Hashtags, Jo Linsdell, #Twitter

If you're on Twitter (which I hope you are because it's awesome), you'll probably have used Twitter search at some point. It's that little box on the top right of the navigation bar at the top of the screen. You might not be using it to its full potential though.

Using Twitter Search - It's More Than Just Hashtags, Jo Linsdell, #Twitter

Sure it's great for finding your friends, and yes, it works wonderfully for finding hashtags, but it is so much more than that.

Go deeper with Advanced search.

You can just type in your keywords in the search box...

Using Twitter Search - It's More Than Just Hashtags, Jo Linsdell, #Twitter

...but Advanced Search gives you much more. 

How it works:

Type in your basic search term in the search box and open the results page. Then click on "More options" and scroll down to select "Advanced Search" (it's down at the bottom)

Using Twitter Search - It's More Than Just Hashtags, Jo Linsdell, #Twitter

This will bring up the Advance Search page where you can get more specific with your search. You can also hop straight over to but I thought it might be useful for you to know the long way to find it too ;)

Anyway, this is the Advanced Search page. 

Using Twitter Search - It's More Than Just Hashtags, Jo Linsdell, #Twitter

Here you can add in multiple search terms (something I often do to save time). For example, I type in words like "writing", "book", and "marketing" in the "Any of these words" box. Twitter will then show me all the tweets with any of these words. 

One thing I love about Twitter search is that you can save your searches to use again in the future. This saves you having to type in your search info next time round as you can then just select from your saved searches.

Using Twitter Search - It's More Than Just Hashtags, Jo Linsdell, #Twitter

To save a search, open your search term results and click on "More options" and then "Save this search". It will then be added to your saved searches list.

Using Twitter Search - It's More Than Just Hashtags, Jo Linsdell, #Twitter

So now you're clued up on how Twitter search works, let's look at some of the ways you can use Twitter search:

1) Finding people. Know some people you'd like to follow on Twitter but you're not sure what their Twitter handle is? Drop their name in the search box.

2) Hashtags. The easiest way to join a conversation on Twitter is by following a specific hashtag. Live chats will have their own hashtag that is used on tweets during the chat. You can also join on-going conversations about topics in your niche by following specific hashtags e.g. #BookMarketing or #AmWriting (two of my favourites).

3) Keep track of people talking about your website. Not everyone who shares links from your website will @ tag you to let you know. By doing a search for your website url you can easily find any tweets that include your url. You can then reach out and thank the person for their support. 

4) Find mentions of your name. Again not everyone who talks about you will @ tag you. They might just write your name. 

5) Get ideas. When you're working on a new blog post, or writing a book, creating a webinar, etc... use Twitter search to find out the types of questions people are asking about your topic. 

This should help get you started but you can find more ideas for how to use Twitter search in this article by Zapier at

How do you use Twitter search? Be sure to share in the comments below!

Get more Twitter tips in my best selling book How to be Twittertastic

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