Getting more Twitter followers is simply a matter of becoming follow-worthy and more visible. This isn’t as difficult as it may seem. In fact, while it’s something that you’ll need to invest time in, you’ll be pleased to start seeing results right away. Here are some strategies that will help you get started.
1. Compose Tweets that Are Follow-Worthy
Follow-worthy tweets are interesting, funny or thought-provoking. You want to make sure that every tweet is this way because people who are considering following you will glance at your most recent tweets and this is what kind of tweets you want them to see.
Variety is the spice of life, even on Twitter. Make sure to tweet about various subjects, not just yourself. Share inspirational photos, post interesting links, or talk about something cool you’ve come across. By making sure to share various types of content you’ll become more interesting to follow.
2. Tweet Frequently and at the Right Times
It’s important to stay active. Make sure to post at least once or twice a day, particularly at those times when others are the most active on Twitter, which is before 9AM in the morning and after 6PM at night (either east coast or west coast, U.S. Time). Of course, you don’t want to over-post as this will fill up your followers’ feeds and look like you’re spamming, making them want to stop following you.
3. Use Hashtags
Using hashtags is a great way to connect with others on Twitter. It’s also a good idea to base at least some of your tweets on the hashtags that are trending on Twitter when you’re posting (these are found on Twitter’s home page on the left-hand side). Of course, you should do all of this in moderation so you don’t look like you’re spamming.
4. Follow Everyone Who Follows You
Although this may seem counter-productive, it’s a good thing to do because when someone notices that they’re following you but you’re not following them, they may decide to unfollow you. When you do follow someone who’s following you, there’s the likelihood that the person may respond to you publicly and this could get you even more followers. Don’t worry about keeping up with them all. You can always be selective in who and what you read.
5. Direct People to Your Twitter Account
Put the “Follow me on Twitter” buttons on your blog, in your email and across the Internet so that people who show an interest in what you’re doing can easily follow you on Twitter. Graphics (e.g. buttons, counters) are more effective at catching people’s attention so you’ll get more followers.
6. Get Popular People to Follow You
This will get a lot of exposure for your Twitter account. The best way to get a celebrity’s attention is by simply sending them an @message (a direct message that you can send to anyone, even if you’re not following them). Your message will also appear on your profile page for others to see and if you’re lucky, the person you sent the @message to will respond, retweet or follow you in return. When this happens, your tweet becomes visible to thousands, if not millions, of people and this will gain you followers. While this doesn’t happen often, it’s worth a try.
7. Follow People with Similar Interests and their Followers
You may think this sounds complicated but it’s not. Simply find users who have similar interests but a lot more followers than yourself and follow them and their followers. For instance, if you’re an Internet marketer, find other Internet marketers who have a lot of followers, then follow them and their followers. Just make sure that your profile clearly states that you’re an Internet marketer and don’t overdo it.
8. Ask for Retweets
By simply saying “please retweet” or “pls RT” at the end of your tweets you’ll remind your followers that you want them to spread your word for you. Make sure that whatever you’re asking them to retweet is actually worth retweeting though.
9. Repeat Your Most Popular Tweets
Search for your own Twitter name to see which of your posts received the most replies and retweets. Repeat these tweets a few times, making sure that they’re 8 – 12 hours apart so that you can reach out to those who missed your tweet the first time. If you get complaints, then ease off a bit or feel free to delete those who are complaining.
10. Unfollow Those Who Don’t Follow You
Twitter has follow limits in place, the first of which you’ll hit when you’re following 2,000 people. Once you reach this limit you can’t follow anyone else until you have 2,000 followers. In order to avoid this, you’ll need to unfollow those who aren’t following you back. Make sure to unfollow those whose tweets you’re not interested in reading. The easiest way to do this is with Twidium or FriedOrFollow.
11. Follow Those Who Auto-follow
How do you know when someone has autofollow enabled? Typically, they’ll be following more than a thousand people and will have the same number of followers too. In this way you can tell that they’re different from spammers. Unfortunately, there’s no way to seek these accounts out, you’ll simply stumble upon them occasionally. You can also try doing a search for “most popular Twitter accounts” or “popular tweeters.” Another option is to wait until a spammer starts following you and then follow everyone who is following them (usually this is between 5 and 150 followers).
12. Use Keywords
Search for tweets based on keywords that relate to your topic. For instance, if you’re interested in Internet marketing, look for those who are working in this field as well. When you find them, reply to their tweets, then follow them. Since you have something in common with one another, they’ll be more likely to also follow you. If their content is good, you should also retweet it. This will help you form other connections with others on Twitter while providing your followers with good content too.