#ReBlog How To Get More Twitter Followers by @TerryTyler4 #TwitterTips #MondayBlogs

Getting More Twitter Followers

Rosie @rosieamber1 asked me to write a few short guest posts about how to get the most out of Twitter, so I’m starting with the basics—getting followers.

Much of Twitter’s effectivity is down to how many eyes see your tweets—so whether you’re promoting your book or your blog, growing your business or just hoping to entertain people/get your voice heard, it makes sense to give that number a boost now and again.

At the time of writing I have 87K followers, with very little effort – and no, I didn’t buy them! Don’t ever be tempted to do that, as those for sale are not real profiles, but spam accounts. Yes, a proportion of my followers are accounts trying to get me to buy followers, or porn stuff, people who don’t speak English or general spamming, but I do get followed by many real and interesting people every day.

I’ve found that once you get to around 10K followers, and if you are active on the site (using it most days, retweeting others), your following grows automatically, because you appear on the ‘Who To Follow’ lists.

Here’s how to expand your following:

    • Follow others. Sounds obvious, but many don’t bother. Pro-active following will make you appear on ‘Who To Follow’ lists, too.
    • How to find the right people? Enter the subjects that interest you into ‘Search Twitter’ at the top right hand side of the screen. For instance, you might choose ‘bookworm’, ‘book bloggers’, ‘history’, ‘reading’ ‘traveller’, etc. Then go to ‘People’, at the left hand side (on a laptop). This will give you a list of all the people with that word mentioned in their bio.
    • You can also put hashtags into the search, for instance #bookblogger #author #SciFiWriter #TuesdayBookBlog #bookreview, etc, and seek out accounts in the same way.
  • Just following 10 or 20 accounts every time you log on will soon get it all moving.
  • When you RT people on hashtag days such as #TuesdayBookBlog or #MondayBlogs, follow them, too, and follow anyone who RTs you. This helps to expand your reach out of your usual circles.
  • You’ve seen #FF, the Follow Friday hashtag? Use it! Click on any user names mentioned—any mentioned by others will be active Twitter users who interact, retweet and post interesting stuff.
  • Click on your ‘followers’ every day, and follow back anyone who looks useful/interesting. Don’t follow back spam or pointless profiles, or you’ll end up getting followed by more and more of them; it’s best to block them.

That should get it all moving! I started trying to grow mine about three years ago, just before I started a free promotion for a book; I was determined that as many people should see it as possible, so made it my aim to get to 10K followers. Just out of interest, I’d like to mention that my proofreading sister, @ProofreadJulia, has developed her whole successful business entirely through Twitter, from my original tuition about the site. Of course she is very good at what she does, and has a good business sense, but this just goes to show how powerful Twitter can be if used to its full potential.

 

For more Twitter Tips from Terry check out our Wednesday Wing page here http://wp.me/P2Eu3u-7Lw

Do you have any tips to share with others?

17 thoughts on “#ReBlog How To Get More Twitter Followers by @TerryTyler4 #TwitterTips #MondayBlogs

  1. Thanks Rosie for your guest post author … it’s good to know how to start a serious following on Twitter – this was really helpful – cheers Hilary

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    • Glad you found it helpful, ladies. There’s an error in it, because this was written before Twitter changed its layout last time – when you put the word in the search, you don’t click on ‘more options’ and ‘accounts’, but just people. I’ve told Rosie and she might have changed it by the time you read this.

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  3. Good advice and useful tips. Can you actually block someone from following you? I’ve always just ignored (not followed back) the obviously dodgy ones but I didn’t know if there was a way of stopping them from following me.

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    • Yes you can, look for the 3 dots at the side of the tweeter’s name, when you go to their profile. Click on the dots and you get a list of options. Mute or block are both good options.

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    • I know what you mean (honest!), but if you’re using it to attract more readers to your blog or get the word out about a book, it’s actually a time saving thing…. I do one tweet, it has the potential to be seen by 87K people. Which surely must mean that I have to work less hard at other promo type things. I hope so, anyway, because I don’t do any, ha ha!!!!

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  4. Great advice! At the moment I tend to pop in and out of Twitter but have found some excellent blogs as a result and am surprised by how quickly I gained followers without really trying. I can see it must be a brilliant marketing tool for promotions and businesses…only recently I discovered how to see how many views a tweet was gaining and staggered by the numbers (for me!). Making note of your tips here!

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    • It’s the only site I use, Annika, and my blog gets a LOT of views – and I do sell books via it too. I think that people who use Twitter a lot tend to have more varied interests, whereas Facebook is more about home, domestic life, family and close friends…. Twitter is my site of choice because I don’t like to put personal stuff all over the internet, and there’s just so much interesting stuff on here, all the time. It’s how I’ve found ALL the book bloggers who review my books, plus loads of new writers who I love, too.

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  5. I’ve heard a few people complaining lately that they don’t get many followers but when you look at how many they are following it isn’t many. They expect people just to follow them without them having to follow the other person too.

    I see accounts (not talking celebs), where they have 13k followers and they are following 500. Firstly, alarm bells start ringing as to whether they have paid for their followers. Secondly I find it incredibly selfish. They want people to read their tweets and retweet their posts, but not the other way around.

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    • Like all things in life, they need a bit of work and dedication to reap the benefits. People have got to want to do it in the first place though. I do know what you mean when I look at profiles or see endless tweets about their own stuff and nothing else. Twitter works best when it is about sharing.

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      • I agree wholeheartedly with everything you’ve both just said, Stacey and Rosie! It’s like those people (strangers, I mean) who send me something to RT, because they want it to go out to my 87K followers. I feel like saying, oh, I see. You can’t be bothered to do the work necessary to get lots of followers, but you want to benefit from mine? I don’t care if that sounds petty….! What I actually DO say is ‘Okay, but the way to get retweets is to DO retweets’.

        I know, I know, re the expecting followers without following others. A writer friend asked me recently how I got so many reviews. When I told her that yes, some of them are from regular readers, they’re also from the relationships I’ve built up with book bloggers over time, and taking the time to keep in touch with regular readers so that the only time they hear from me is not when I have a new book out. I think she expected me to tell her I had some magic site or app…. nope, I had to put the hours in.

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