How To Get More Twitter Followers

Twitter Follower Stats

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard of Twitter. It’s hard not to notice something that is being used by CNN and the President-Elect. Many people still don’t understand what Twitter is about. However, as an Internet marketer, I can tell you that Twitter is one of the best Internet marketing tools ever created and if you’re not on it and using it, you’re missing out big time.

While some have tried to make money directly off Twitter, the best way to profit from Twitter is indirectly. You see, Twitter is a great traffic source. If have a big following, you can leverage it by using Twitter to send traffic to your blog or other offers. The key is to have a big following. Here are some methods I’ve used to help build my Twitter following.

Follow Users Who Will Follow You Back

A quick way to build up a Twitter following is to follow users who will follow you back. There are tons of Twitter users out there who will auto follow anyone who follows them. Want to increase your follow list by one more? Add Barack Obama to your list. He’ll instantly follow you back. Mind you, the President-Elect may never actually read your tweets but that’s not really the point.

You need to get to 100 followers as fast as possible to avoid negative social proof. People don’t want to follow someone with no followers. That is just a fact of life. A Twitter account with zero followers is negative social proof. Unlike RSS, you can’t hide the number of followers you have – it’s clearly visible on your Twitter home page. You need to get that number up and the fastest way to do that is by following users who will auto follow you back.

How do you find these users? A tell tale sign is by checking their Twitter home page. If the number they follow is about the same as the number following them, chances are these users will follow anyone who follow them. Once you build up your followers to over 100 using this method, you can use the other methods to build a real follower base.

Be Interesting To Follow

Most people use Twitter to keep up with friends and family. If you wish to build a following beyond that, then you will need to make more interesting tweets than, “I’m walking the dog.” You can still make those kinds of tweets and there’s nothing wrong with them. However, you should also keep the demographics of your followers in mind and try to cater to them.

Being interesting also means interacting with your followers. If they send you a question or direct message, you should answer it. You’ll be amazed by the amount interaction Twitter creates. It can be addicting so keep your goals in mind.

Branding Branding Branding

The first thing you should do when you set up a Twitter account is to upload your photo. I’m still amazed at the number of users who are still running the default Twitter icon. Having your photo in your tweet puts a face to it and makes you connect more with your followers.

Another thing you should consider is adding a custom background to your Twitter home page. It doesn’t have to be as fancy as Darren’s but anything is better than default.

Twitter Home Page

Get To Know The Hashtag

One way to to get new like-minded followers is by taking advantage of the hashtag to give your tweets more exposure.

Hashtags are a community-driven convention for adding additional context and metadata to your tweets. They’re like tags on Flickr, only added inline to your post. You create a hashtag simply by prefixing a word with a hash symbol: #hashtag.

For example, I’m going to the Best of 604 awards reception tomorrow. By making tweets with #bestof604 in them, I expose myself to anyone following the tag #bestof604. Hopefully, they check me out and follow me. You can also use a service like Twitscoop to find out what the hot topics are and join in. If people like what you’re saying, chances are they’ll follow you.

Add Your Recent Tweets To Your Blog

The more exposure you have for your tweets, the higher the chances that people will follow you. If you have a blog, you should definitely take advantage of it by showing your tweets on the sidebar. The Twitter Tools WordPress Plugin by Alex King will pull your tweets into your blog and create new tweets on blog posts and from within WordPress.

While we’re on the subject of blogs, you should also links to your Twitter account and the Twitter counter button as well (hopefully, it doesn’t show a zero). Another thing you can do is use a plugin like WordPress Ninja Affiliate to turn any word with “Twitter” in it into a link to your Twitter account.

Give Your Followers Some Love

Rewarding followers is a great way to get more followers. I reward my followers with my Twitter question of the day. The Twitter question helps to promote the accounts of my followers by giving them exposure on the blog. They follow me because I help promote them.

Another way to give love is by offering a free item to anyone who follows you. SitePoint did this by offering a free 200+ page eBook on CSS if you follow them. They use Tweet Later to direct message the URL of the ebook download to the new followers. Using this method, SitePoint was able to acquired over 13,000 followers in only a week.

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81 thoughts on “How To Get More Twitter Followers”

  1. Li Weng says:

    John I also find that when you really engage in conversation with some followers, their followers will end up following you at the end of the conversation. You sure have a lot of followers and who’s that hot chick? 😉

    1. Taris J says:

      Hey anyone catch what was said in that movie??? All I saw was a girl and her Yoga clothing lol – and something about buying a calendar?? lol

    2. Posting something really funny or bizarre that becomes viral, causing others to retweet it helps to gain followers as well.

      Happend to me a couple of days ago with my don’t be a magpie spoof.

  2. blogmerchant says:

    Well, the real question is how do you monetize this? I see there are some plugins for wordpress.

    1. Li Weng says:

      You monetize it by using it to brand yourself and also drive traffic using twitter. 🙂

      1. I’ve noticed an increase in my Twitter followers lately, and it’s mainly from creating hashtags as mentioned. 🙂

        Twitter: @chrisjacobson

  3. Really good post. I only have 58 followers, so I guess I should start promoting my account then huh?

  4. awesome tips… I need more followers and will follow your advise.

    Guys follow me @meethere 😉

  5. Ben Pei says:

    Oh man John you read my mind.. Just when I was looking into some articles like this. I found it here! Thanks, I followed you and I hope to get past the 1000 mark.

    1. one thing I respect about tim ferris @tferris is that he has no followers. He said that he hangs out with his closest friends http://twitterhandbook.com/blog/?s=ferris. We need to get away from having millions of followers JUST TO HAVE THEM. Godin was right on it that we would get far more from a tribe than having millions of acquaintances.

  6. awesome tips… I need more followers

    1. just like everything else you have to converse with people. give them a reason to follow you. maybe they want to follow you because you have a lot of followers or maybe because they like what you have to say, or even both. add value and make yourself a expert on something so that they will value your opinion and listen. Always give back in some way.

  7. Elliot says:

    I’m working on new followers all the time, I bore them to death, then they have no choice!;).

  8. Miles Baker says:

    Great post John. Nice link to the video too, haven’t seen that one yet.

    Thanks,

    @milesbaker

  9. Mark says:

    I just signed up for Twitter 2 weeks ago and already have over 300 followers. Getting them was surprisingly easy. I have followed the simple philosophy of putting out tweets that are interesting to my area of focus and I have gotten a lot of positive feedback. Since I am in the process of setting up a new blog, I am going to see how well it will work in terms of getting my followers to check out my new site.

    Great post John, and by the way, one of the main reasons that I am getting into blogging was due to an article I read about you (it was either in Inc or Entrepreneur mag).

    Thanks.

  10. As always, some excellent tips that will make one’s Twitter experience more enjoyable.

  11. Very good information. Would love to find a search that shows who auto-follows and who twitts about things of interest to me.

  12. MLDina says:

    I love using Twitter. I mostly use it to catch up on what my friends in the industry are doing. I’ve also found quite a few affiliates and bloggers that live nearby I didn’t know about before. Be careful though! Like the video says, it can be addictive!

  13. Jon says:

    Seems like a heck of a lot of work and along the same lines as social networking… you build-up a bunch of people you are indifferent to and voila, get them to your site. If this is all twitter is, I want no part of it, seems like a huge waste of time which could be far better used elsewhere.

    Jon
    http://DreamClue.com …get the message!

    1. Li Weng says:

      Hey it only takes a few minutes a day to do this. You write one sentence of what you’re up to or what you’re looking at how hard is that? I don’t see how that’s a lot of work at all. I started twitter less than a month ago, I now have 1355 followers from only made 550 updates, about 15% of these updates are automated welcome messages. That’s writing about 10 sentences per day, some days I chat to people if I feel like, and I get a boatload of traffic just by doing that. It doesn’t get easier than this! Short-term traffic yeah, but long-term in relationship building, so why not?

      1. BusinessX says:

        How much is a boatload of traffic? Having 1355 followers is amazing for a month, would like to know how much you get to you site(s) and how often?

    2. I don’t think it’s a lot of work. And it’s not really just about getting them to your site.

  14. Awesome tips bro, im using twitter for one of my blogs, I always found it hard to get followers.

    1. Her videos are actually really good. You get education and eye candy all in one shot.

      1. lmfao count on the guys to drool while learning!

  15. Thanks for sharing these tips, John. I just got on Twitter about a month ago, and I’ve already seen by blog traffic go up on http://jnarvey.com by about 20 per cent. Definitely a good traffic builder.

  16. Very good tips. I’d been doing some of these things already & have had excellent results.

  17. Trevor says:

    Great tips that are surely going to help anyone that needs more twitter followers.

  18. I am a newbies about Twitter and have yet to understand the power of twitter to drive traffic to my love blog – Cupid Blogger Dot Com

    I think i have to understand it first…

  19. daryllorette says:

    I knew it had something to do with birds…

  20. I used a “STRATEGY” when Twitter was just becoming popular 🙂 Too bad I had to sell the account with the blog, but check out twitter.com/blogginads . By following 7,000+ twitter accounts in 7 days allowed the account to gain over 2,000 followers itself 🙂 Too bad it’s in the TOP 150…:(

    -Mike

    1. Twitter is nothing more, but another way for extra advertisements and spam 🙂

      1. I don’t agree with that one bit. Twitter is actually a place where thousands of people invest a lot of time into telling people about what they are truly doing during the day and following what others are doing as well.

        If you watch the video included in the post, you’ll see that a lot of truth comes out in the humor of it.

      2. And the survey said….X. Wrong.

  21. Jokez Guy says:

    Great Article Very useful

  22. Rich Hill says:

    John, This is a killer article! I knew about #hashmarks but had no idea what they did or how to use them. You should give your writer a raise!
    Thanks.
    Rich Hill

  23. Li Weng says:

    I’ve been wondering about this though – How do you get notified when someone unfollows you? It’d be good if there’s a way to find out and you can ask them why they did unfollow you and readjust your strategy from the feedback.

    Anyway follow me on twitter @liweng

    1. John Chow says:

      That sounds like a Twitter question of the day.

    2. I’ve been using a twitter site called socialtoo. It allows you to auto follow users with a reply and provides you with a daily email of Follow/Unfollow Stats. I’m not sure about emailing users that unfollow you might be able to DM them but that is a good idea.

      As for driving followers I like some of the ideas. Finding auto-followers does give you the appearance of having more followers but they aren’t likely to drive much traffic. Engaging your users and automatically tweeting your posts helps with more of that. Hash codes is something new to me, I’ve only been on Twitter a short time but it looks promising!

      I think asking questions, seeking responses to posts things that get user interaction is more likely to get people from twitter to your blog. Engaging users is a big thing. Responding to @replys and DMsfrom followers is nice. I see a lot of posting @replys to people you follow even if they never respond.

      1. One thing I forgot to mention, if you do use an auto-follower keep in mind the more people you follow the harder it becomes to keep track of everyone. And as you see from John’s post if you get spotted as an auto-follower everyone will try to follow you just to get a higher follow count. So expect a lot of random followers even a bunch of marketers.

    3. I’ve been wondering this myself.

  24. stevenwilson says:

    I love twitter,and use it to keep up with what is hot in the internet marketing world.

  25. revenue says:

    Yup i love this twitter, it really help us to spread the word out 🙂

  26. BusinessX says:

    I think I am finally sold. Great tips and most people’s comments have been great of those who use it.

    Chow get’s the best videos… Must be Twitter.

  27. Wesley Green says:

    I just started my new blog at the beginning of November, and the number of Twitter followers I have outnumber my RSS subscribers by a 3-to-1 ratio. I don’t know if that signifies anything for the entire blogosphere but I do feel Twitter will overtake RSS in popularity in time.

    Wesley
    The Geek Entrepreneur

  28. chethan says:

    yea a really nice article, i use my blog to get more followers. and i make sure i help each of them. that is why they like me more:)

  29. This is what I like, to have more and more followers on Twitter. Thanks for the tips!

  30. These are some great techniques to help boost twitter numbers. I didn’t realize there was so much to really know about twitter and thanks to the sexy lady in the video I have been educated!

  31. Some great ideas, John, especially with the question of the day. As the holidays (and my busy season) are starting to show the light at the end of the tunnel, I’m finally getting back to studying this stuff. Keep the ideas coming.

  32. Forex says:

    I am curious to know if anyone is actually Twittering and doing it because they enjoy it as opposed to jsut try and drive traffic to their website?

  33. Mega Champ says:

    Not using twitter at all, so its high time to come out from under the rock.

  34. Rahul says:

    I’d also love to get more followers in my twitter account as well. If anyone wants to follow me here’s my link http://twitter.com/nepal

    1. give a reason my man other than….who wants to be my friend. That is what the whole post was about. Maybe like twitip.com chow will start putting and option to list your twitter name. WHAT DO YOU THINK CHOW?

  35. Josten says:

    you don’t follow many people back

    1. Maybe he doesn’t find their blogs worthy.

  36. Dan says:

    I could have sworn i heard the girl in the last video say “follow my tits”

  37. Jeffrey says:

    ha ha. every guy who read this post just watched that entire 4 minute video from start to finish.

    why?

    because Marina is so interesting to listen to, of course. 😉

  38. Flyssy says:

    Thanks John, I’m pretty new to Twitter and this whole blogging malarky, but your tips are giving me a kick up the ladder. Who knows, I may even make some cash one day!

  39. Well, twitter has not been my number one choice for social networking, but this seems to be a very cool idea! I just started Marketleverage and have been looking for some ways to get new potential customers. Thanks

  40. Joe Tech says:

    Great tips, John. I started something similar to your daily question, doing Bookmark Fridays. I take some of my own bookmarks for the week and post them along with those submitted by readers via email or twitter. So far, so good.

    Also, just asking a question that people WANT to answer can generate a lot of tweets back to you. On one of my accounts, I asked people to tell me a book they read as a child that just stuck with them through the years and got a good amount of replies, which led to more followers.

  41. Terry Krysak says:

    Great post John, lots of helpful tips.
    It was easy to set up the counter on my blog too.

    I also installed Twitterfox on my Firefox browser, which is also a great tool.
    Thanks

  42. Takumi86 says:

    I have about 378 follower (current) and i didn’t do anything special except build a relationship with other blogger in such social media like Digg, Mixx, and stumbleupon, Now thats what i called the best way to have more follower

  43. I never make any extra effort to get new followers but now I will try your tips.
    Nice tips to get twitter followers… thanks.

  44. topen says:

    great tips, i do twitter love, hastag, hmm good idea i will try using its

  45. Great tips on how to get Twiteer followers nd increase traffic, it’s a good way to generate free leads also.

  46. thanks for the tips step by step…very clearly

  47. achute says:

    Thank you, Your Step by step guide.I am now following you on twitter.

  48. game-girl says:

    Twitter shows its great opportunities in blogging. ”tis very creative.

  49. Zebhi says:

    Yeah. Twitter can also make money too for us who have Blog or Website…

    Nice Blog.

  50. Great tips John, looking forward to hear from you soon about other tips by other social networks

  51. I am really glad I found your site. I have been scouring the articles and reading the e-book and all of the information has been great. I took the advice from this article and followed a little so far and I have been gaining followers at a much higher rate. I still have lots of work to do, but so far so good.

  52. game-girl says:

    Twitter ii easy to be made, but ’tis hard to find a smart episode to cater to followers.

  53. One more evil way:
    Follow lots of people, 20 % will follow you back,
    Then unfollow those who dont like gradually. The net result will be more followers

    (i dont use that ok!)

    The hashtag thing was new to me
    Cheers

  54. I recently started using Twitter as a marketing tool for one of my blogs .. getting a lot of followers .. has not proven to be a dramatic tool in creating loyal readers but has accounted for some lower levels of traffic.

  55. Great suggestions on using Twitter. I was receiving a lot of followers when I first signed up, then I noticed a huge amount of people setting up fake accounts to try and turn a quick buck, so that’s kind of spoiled part of the fun lately 🙁

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