Top 5 Ways To Get More Twitter Followers


Top 5 Ways To Get More Followers

There are millions of different suggestions out there for getting more followers on Twitter, some are valuable and some are short-term fixes.  I am focusing this blog post on how to add more followers the right (and sustainable) way.

Follow-Back

There are many schools of thought here, where some people think you should follow all of your followers back, and others believe you should only follow those back which you think are interesting.  I fall into the second camp, and the next topic will show you why.  I think you should follow back any accounts which are interesting and that you could reasonably see yourself ReTweeting to all of your followers.  Unfortunately, many people will un-follow you if you don’t follow back, so you do want to make this follow-back action a regular activity on Twitter to increase your follower base in the long-term.

Follow Other People In Your Niche

You have to be careful with this one because you don’t want to over-follow.  While it is perfectly normal to want to follow many people at the beginning, if you are following over 100 and only have 25 followers, you are quickly looked at as a spammer and will not likely grow at the rate that you would like.  Now, here is why you don’t want to follow everyone back.  Ideally, you would like to have close to an equal amount of followers and people that you follow.  By only following some of the accounts who follow you, you can fill in the rest of your follows with interesting accounts who can add value to your followers, or who you really want to follow you back.  You can do this by looking for interesting people in your niche who also have a lot of followers, this will increase your chances of getting targeted followers who will see you on the other account’s follower list and follow you.

Get Listed

There are lots of different ways to get listed, but the main ones are pretty obvious.  1)  Be Interesting – People will add interesting accounts to their lists for the benefit of their followers.  2)  Be Funny – This might be the most effective way of getting added to a list without asking.  3)  Ask to be listed – Many people think of this as spam, but you will be surprised how receptive people are to adding you to a list when you reach out and ask them to do so.  Getting added to lists will help you increase your follower base much faster, as your tweets will now show up in the feed of anyone who is following that particular list.

Get ReTweeted

The easiest way to get your tweets in front of interested parties is to have people who are already following you broadcast your tweets out to their network.  Read my post on the “Top 5 Ways To Get ReTweeted” for tips and tricks on this, but it comes down to being interesting, funny, talking about hot topics, or putting out really cool quotes.  All of these things will increase your chances of getting ReTweeted, which will inherently increase your follower base.

Trending Topics & Breaking News

Publish a few hilarious or interesting tweets on hot breaking news, or on the trending topics/hashtags on twitter.  You will find that tons of people will come across your tweets as they search for news on twitter (which is rapidly gaining steam).  This is a great way to acquire followers who would have never found you through other means, and you will dramatically increase your follower count.

I hope these tips & tricks help you increase your follower base on Twitter.  Please feel free to follow me @MrEmeringMedia for more tips on Social Media and Branding.  Thanks!

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About Todd Hagopian (@ToddHagopian)

Todd Hagopian received his BA from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Political Science. After graduation, he worked as a Financial Advisor and a Bank Manager before returning to school. He attended Michigan State University, where he completed an MBA with a double-major in Finance and Marketing. Todd is now a Senior Product Development Manager for a Fortune 500 company. He frequently writes about business issues, social media strategy, and political issues that he finds important. Enjoy the blog!

Posted on January 1, 2012, in Social Media and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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