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.