Get More Twitter Followers

Get More Twitter Followers

Twitter Followers can be a gauge of how well you’re performing on social media.  Watch my video tutorial to learn how to get more Twitter Followers.

This is not a quick scheme or a paid bot service, but real tips that will help anyone grow their number of Twitter followers sustainably over time.

 

Key Takeaways For Getting Twitter Followers:

1. Begin by following 2,000 users within your target market, whatever that may be. In order to follow more, you’ll need to get more than 2,000 people to follow you. After that threshold, Twitter will let you follow 10% more accounts than the number that follow you. For instance, if you have 2,000 Twitter followers, you can then follow 2,200 people.

2. Crowdfire. Use this service to unfollow the people who don’t follow you. By doing this, you are then able to follow more people who will potentially follow you back and continue to let you grow. It’s important to give this a little time because some people don’t log in every day. With Crowdfire, they will let you unfollow 200 people per day for free. I don’t suggest unfollowing any more than that in a day.

3. Repeat until you break the threshold. Eventually, you will get a rhythm going with Crowdfire. You will create a follower churn in which you collect the people who want to follow you and dump the rest. It can be a cold, cold world.

4. Tweet every day. It’s important to maintain a presence. Also, you should tweet only things that will help your end goal. If you’re an author like me, you might tweet about your books, other people’s books, your blog, writing, author quotes, or pop culture depending on the genre you write.

5. Get engaged. No, I’m not talking a marriage proposal. Be active with other users on Twitter. Retweet and reply to others, but avoid being a serial promoter who has few followers and tens of thousands of tweets. The only thing this accomplishes to making you look like a spammer. I’ve been tweeting about five times a day which has worked pretty well for me.

6. Use Twitter Analytics. Seriously. This free service will let you see how many Twitter followers you’re getting by month, as well as how well your tweets are being engaged, the interests of those who follow you, and other great metrics. This is really how you know if you need to tweak something. If you’re tweeting multiple types of tweets and one is consistently performing poorly, replace those tweets with something else. Maybe your following would rather hear inspirational quotes than the exploits of your cat. (Though, I’m always down for a good cat story).

7. Use Hashtags. Using sites like Topsy or Hashtags.org you can see what is trending and compare different hashtags to one another. There a lot of other sites available out there as well. I would caution against a tweet that is mostly hashtags. Using 3-4 is fine, but don’t overdo it. Again, it looks like spam.

8. Get involved with communities. Almost every niche has a community of people, even if it’s just a list, already built into Twitter. For authors, a big one is Promocave. It’s a collection of hundreds of authors who agree to retweet and reply to posts within the community. This can go a long way to reaching your target audience and growing your following. In these situations it’s always best to pay it forward.

9. Beware of Newsjacking. Newsjacking is exploiting a trending news hashtag to promote yourself or a product, even if it has nothing to do with what you have to offer. This can get out of hand quickly if you don’t know what you’re tweeting about. You can write something really insensitive and not realize it. I would say research is your ally in these situations. If you know what a trending hashtag is about and want to contribute, go for it. Don’t go in blind.

10. Schedule your tweets. Hootsuite is what I use but there are other social media schedulers out there. You can schedule a day or even a few days in advance using their free service. This really helps if you have a busy schedule and need to be sure to send out some of what I call “Core Tweets.” Then, if you want to add a note sometime during the day for something that’s trending, go for it. But, you’ll know that even if you do nothing else, you’ll send out a few good tweets.

 

Using this method (As of 4/29/2015) I have more than 8,500 Twitter followers, which is 8,000 more than I had six months ago. I’ve grown to the point where I’m getting more than 1,300 Twitter followers a month and expect to hit 20,000 by the end of the year. Using these steps, you too can grow your Twitter Followers sustainably. Have more tips? Put them in the comments below and they could make it into a future update video. You and I both know social media moves fast. I’ll be sure to link to any future updates here.



Science Fiction Author Interview w/ Trevor Schmidt | #AskTrevor

Today I thought I’d do something a bit different from my usual posts. I recently read a Science Fiction Author interview with one of my favorite authors out there on the Interweb and so I thought I’d try my hand at my own.  In this interview, I use a combination of questions from Twitter and a few good questions I found online. To ask questions for future question and answer sessions, tweet me @TrevorSSchmidt and use the hashtag #AskTrevor

1. From @Sydner_Writer on Twitter: “What was the first story you wrote about?”
If you want to go way back, my first story was written on a really old computer when I was about five years old. It was called “Ben and the Dragon” and it was a supremely cliché fairy tale riddled with typographical errors. My parents were pretty impressed though because it was about two pages long. I still know people that dread a 500 word essay. I don’t remember many of the plot details, but it involved Ben having to slay a dragon to save the princess, who was definitely modeled after Princess Peach from the Mario franchise. I’m happy to say I’ve gotten more creative over the years and written more intriguing roles for women in my books, especially in my latest series.
2. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
From the time I was nine I wanted to be an astronaut. I got a simple telescope for Christmas and looked at the stars and spent a lot of time wondering what was out there. Around that time I started reading science fiction as well as science books targeted toward my age group (like those Eyewitness books about the space shuttle and different things like that). One of the most common ways to become an astronaut back in the day was to be a pilot in the Air Force (Now they are mostly scientists). While I never made it to space, I did enlist in the Air Force which is about as close as I expect to get unless my situation changes drastically. Unfortunately my eyesight precludes me from flying a plane. Drat. However, I also knew from a fairly young age that I wanted to write, no doubt spurred from watching my dad publish countless books. So at least I still have my books to hold on to.
3. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote my first book in 2009 right after graduating college with a B.A. in English. I would have been 22 years old. It was a short young adult mystery geared especially to the 9-12 age group. I meant it to be a series, but to be honest everything changed when I wrote Memory Leak, my first science fiction novel. Not only did it sell tremendously better than my first book, Memory Leak was a far superior tale that interested me a lot more. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea because I experimented with an interrupting narrator, which played into the story nicely I thought. I don’t want to give anything away, so you’d have to read it to understand.
4. How long does it take you to write a book?
It varies based on length and whether or not it is a sequel. I have found that it’s easier to write a sequel because I already have most of the characters hashed out and if it’s a more linear series meant to be read in order I can spend less time world-building because the reader will already know some of the basics. However, I do try to add in enough so that if someone was coming to the story somewhere in the middle of the series they could still enjoy it. That said, please read them in order to avoid massive spoilers! Back to the question, once I’ve plotted out what’s going to happen in the story and who my characters are, it takes me about three months to write and do the majority of the editing. You should note that I’m also not writing epics like A Song of Ice and Fire. I take a lot of my book length cues from Philip K. Dick, who I think had the right idea.
5. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I probably spend too much time on Youtube and playing guitar. Though I have cable TV, I hardly use it. I tend to favor Netflix anyway. I try to get out of the house and do things with friends as much as possible. On Fridays I like to play Pathfinder or something similar. Right now I’m doing a Dead Lands version of Savage Worlds. I can feel myself pushing my glasses up the bridge of my nose as I type. Also, it’s always a good day for Magic.
6. What do you think makes a good story?
A good story should have a conflict that gets the reader involved emotionally. I think it’s also important to write realistic characters who the reader can grow to care about, even if the feelings they manifest toward that character is hatred. As a writer, I revel in the times I can get my readers to squirm just as much as the times I can lift their spirits. Does that make me sadistic?
7. What is your favorite color?
Blue. No, green. Ahhhh!
8. Speaking of Game of Thrones, what’s your perspective on the HBO series? Do you like where it’s headed?
R + L = J (enough said).
9. Do you have any special talents?
I’ve played guitar since I was 11 years old. I recently bought a Martin GPCPA4 and I’m in love. When I was in my early twenties I toured in eight states from the West to the Midwest. It sounds a lot cooler than it actually was. If I’m going to travel, I prefer to travel overseas and not on long road trips. I’ve had enough, thanks!
10. What are you currently writing?
I am knee-deep in writing the third novel in The Corsair Uprising series entitled Death Wish. It will be released this summer (2015) and I’m shooting for July. Without giving anything away, this one is going to be both the end of a trilogy and the beginning of a much larger Universe that I hope will go on for a long time. There really is a lot to explore in the world I’ve created and there are so many juicy characters that I want to see more. If all goes as planned, Book 4 will come out sometime in the Fall of 2015 and should be an excellent read as well. Books one and two are available on Amazon in eBook form and at a bunch of retailers in paperback. You can visit my website to see a detailed list.
11. From @Simbelsim on Twitter: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I have wanted to write a book since I was around five or six, but the first time I really acknowledged that it was something I needed to do was Junior year of college. I changed from being a Business major to an English major. You don’t know how many people asked me what I was going to do with my life with a ‘useless’ degree. Even though I’m not Arthur C. Clarke yet, I feel I’ve been fairly successful in the short time I’ve been doing it seriously.


Don’t Stop The Flow: Video Blog

Don’t Stop The Flow: Video Blog

It’s Writing Wednesday!

Today’s Topic: An extension of this highly popular post entitled ‘Don’t Stop the Flow: 4 Steps for Writing the Guts Before the Skin.’

No matter how much you write or whether you have a quota, my advice is Don’t Stop. Don’t stop writing and don’t stop producing quality work. Your quality will improve and you’ll end up producing more material. Also, you’ll find you get even faster at writing without losing precious quality. For writers at all stages of their careers, the only way to get better is to write more. To learn by doing. Writers at all levels espouse different methods of improving quality, but in the end you’re going to have to discover your own path. Don’t stop looking for ways to improve yourself and your writing. There’s always something you could be doing better or some way you could tweak your writing style to improve the flow.

Do you write to a quota? If so, how many words do you write per day or per week? Let me know in the comments below and your comments could make it into my next video! To see the rest of my videos on the process of writing, social media, and the publishing industry, visit my Youtube channel.