Friday, 19 July 2013

The Real Strategy to Getting Over 10,000 Followers on Twitter

By Lark A. Miller

This is the second time I have made it to over 10,000 twitter followers. No software, no robots and no payments needed! The first time I made it over 10,000 my account was suspended the very next day. To this day, I'm still unsure why but perhaps I was following and unfollowing people too much over a short period of time. When Twitter suspends your account, you don't really get to ask questions. I sent a few emails but haven't heard back in a few months.

Building up that many followers for the first time took me about 6 months. Having that all taken away in 24 hours sucked big time. But, we marketers need to learn to embrace failure and get back on the horse. I knew how to make it back up to a large number of followers and I even found some faster tricks to get there quicker. Here are my not so secret secrets to getting your twitter following increased! No software or payment required!

Follow to Your Max

In order to be followed you must follow others. If you are popular you will gain followers quicker. If you are just starting out online then it will take you a little while to gain some popularity.

Following people one by one on Twitter is not the most fun activity to be doing. Clicking 'follow' over and over again (sometimes 1000 times per day) will make your wrists hurt and your eyes blurry. You need to do something to make it fun or else you won't want to follow people. Try listening to music, listening to a recorded call or watching a webinar while you are following others.

Who to Follow:

  • Start by following your leaders and people who inspire you
  • Follow key people and celebrities in your industry that have a large following
  • Follow people who follow you (using SocialOomph, you can do this automatically)
  • Follow people who have tweeted something in the last 24 hours

I prefer using the old Twitter layout for following others. It is faster for me to browse tweeters and see when the last time someone tweeted was. If you are very particular about who you wish to follow you can use the new Twitter layout. It will show you a brief bio of the person you wish to follow.

You can switch back and forth from the old and new layout by selecting 'switch to new Twitter' at the top of the page or by going to your settings and selecting switch to the old Twitter.

To grow your followers the fastest, follow as many people as you can each day. Twitter will stop you when you have reached your limit. Once this happens you will need to wait until you get more followers or you can go ahead and delete tweeters who are not following you back.

Here are some great Free Twitter tools to help you maximize your followers:

Justunfollow.com

This is an awesome site. It's quick and easy to use and you will be able to unfollow those who do not follow you. You will have a daily limit of 50 tweeters that you can unfollow but if you tweet their promotional message then you will get it bumped up to 100 unfollows per day.

After you do the unfollowing make sure you follow your fans. (The people who are following you but you are not yet following them)

TwitterKarma

This is also another tool to follow and unfollow your twitterers. It does not have a daily follow/unfollw limit but it takes a longer time to load and use.

Search.Twitter

This is a tool for you to search for keywords on Twitter. You can search for a topic in your niche and choose to follow people from it. You can also reply or retweet someone's comment. It's a great way to find like minded individuals.

TweetDeck

I use TweetDeck to manage multiple Twitter accounts and post an update to all of them at the same time. You can also integrate Facebook into TweetDeck.

SocialOomph

This is what I use to automate my tweets. I usually do posts about my blog updates, recent videos I've done and other valuable information. Try not to spam your followers with too many sales links, you will get unfollowed.

TweetWax

Worried about all of those direct messages? TweetWax deletes your direct messages in your inbox. This service lets you delete 20 messages at a time.

I personally do not read all of my direct messages because I get too many to keep up with each day and usually they are spam messages. I'm pretty sure your DM box never gets full or slows down your account so delete your messages as you please.

Make sure you have your @twitter name everywhere you can! At the end of your videos, in your video description, on your Facebook, in your emails and in your blog posts. Make it easy for people to follow you and using the Twitter tools mentioned above, you will get up to 10,000 and more followers in no time. There you have it; my not so secret Twitter follower secrets.

Lark Miller

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