10 Tips to increase your Twitter followers

by ZK on June 3, 2009

Get 1000's of Twitter Followers

The buzz around Twitter has been huge in the past few months, we have seen Twitter traffic race past Digg and NYtimes in the month of April, we have seen companies like Dell make one million in revenue on Twitter, we have seen people live blogging events on Twitter.

I have found amazing people on Twitter in the web marketing and Search Engine marketing niche.

Twitter will work best for you and your business only when you have a large following, I am often asked what is the fastest way to have a large following on twitter, here is how to get it

1 ) Get a relevant Twitter id :
- Your Twitter id is what is visibile to users on Twitter, so ensure you have a name that makes sense to your existence on Twitter. You may use your real name as your Twitter id or use the name of your website or blog, in my case my Twitter id is the name of my web marketing blog – WebTrafficROI.

If you have a web business I suggest you use the name of your web business. If you are an authority in your niche or want to establish yourself as an authority or expert on Twitter then use your real name.

2 ) Create an effective avatar :
- Your avatar is like your soul on Twitter so ensure you have a decent avatar. Use a simple snap shot about you or your business logo. Ensure you crop the image to fit the Twitter avatar window perfectly. When people view a stream of tweets your avatar should stand out.

3 ) Be proactive :
- Every one on Twitter starts of with zero followers, when you get on Twitter start following the opinion leaders or Experts in your niche. Be proactive. Get an idea of who these opinion leaders are by checking their followers and Twitter counter. Many have scripts that will auto follow you, and you’ll learn something by watching what they tweet about.

4 ) Send @messages to the Experts :
- Try to answer to the Tweets from Experts or ask them a question, they probably won’t answer you and that OK. All you want to do is appear to know them, the theory is “If you tweet with @joelcomm, you must be worth following”. This works, its not who you know, its who appears to know you.

5 ) Follow everyone who follows you :
- Some user will respond to you and everyone following them will see your tweets, this is great exposure for you. I use Tweet Later as my defaut auto responder to follow everyone who follows me on Twitter. Tweet Later has got amazing features that will also help you send automated direct messages.

6 ) Link to interesting stories and pictures:
- Linking interesting stories will get more exposure for your tweets, when people start to retweet. One of my pictures from my recent Mexico vacation was viewed more than 500 times.

7 ) Establish yourself as a subject expert :
- If you are a blog design expert or a social media expert, people searching for your blog design tips or social media tips are more likely to follow you and retweet your posts, giving your added exposure on Twitter.

8 ) Use the right Pro Twitter Tools :
- I use Tweet Later for auto responders and direct messages to people who follow me and Humming Bird to automatically increase my following. Humming Bird is an amazing tool that will automatically follow users based on the keywords you query, imagine following 2000 to 5000 users manually every day.

9 ) Repeat your Tweets :
- Post your most interesting tweets three times, 8 to 12 hours apart. My theory is that most people will check in at about the same time every day, so people probably will not notice your repeated tweets. Use hash tags effectively in your tweets.

10 ) Ask people to follow people :
- If you like a person’s tweets ask your follower’s to follow the person, it’s a cycle you recommend someone, someone recommends you. Take part in #FollowFriday every Friday, this activity will increase your followers.

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Seaward June 3, 2009 at 10:42 pm

I agree with your point that twitter will work best for us and our busyness. Which tips you have provided such amazing. Thanks for it.

Postcard Mailing June 3, 2009 at 11:09 pm

These are excellent! Wonderful tips on how to increase one’s Twitter followers. I agree with you, each of us really starts out with no followers at all, it’s in being proactive, and tweeting interesting and valuable information, that we make ourselves known in the Twitterverse.

Roseli A. Bakar June 3, 2009 at 11:36 pm

These are good tips.

I will follow all who follow me as long as they’re not bots.. :)

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web outsourcing services June 4, 2009 at 12:00 am

Wow, excellent ten tips to build an good amount of authority on twitter. I cannot help myself but bookmark this one.

gold coast limo June 4, 2009 at 12:47 am

Looks useful – I have carefully read your all ten tips & they seem to me interesting. I have also an accounts an twitter & i send tweets to many tweet expert but no one replies my tweet. I hope your tips will be useful for me also.

Web Developer June 4, 2009 at 8:08 am

Hi Gold Coast Limo,

Don’t worry about experts not replying, its the perception that you create on Twitter that you know these experts :)

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Joe@ who is joseph Kirin June 4, 2009 at 9:00 am

This is a great list for increasing ones popularity on Twitter. I especially find that #9 helps keep people informed about your status. It’s true that if you post a tweet at one time, some people wont see them because your other tweets will cover them up.

Very effective when a tweet is created after you make a blog post. Thanks for this information.

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Lena Steuern@ sicher Kaufen und Verkaufen June 4, 2009 at 2:09 pm

I tried to use Twitter, but extremely unsuccessfully. I would definately say that a good avatar, such as your’s, really stands out and I can understand how important it is to have one that identifies you. I find it hard to believe that companies can make so much money from Twitter.. I’m going to try reading about it to understand how it all works

ZK@Web Marketing Blog June 4, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Thanks Lena,

Twitter is a very simple and effective tool to generate targetted traffic for your web products. By using the right tool, you can get a large following in a few days.

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i agree that twitter is very helpful to increase the traffic and these tips are must be effective for it thanks.

kitchen taps June 5, 2009 at 5:24 am

That is what needed for the twitter. Really amazing tips for increasing reputation on twiiter.

Paul Maclauchlan June 5, 2009 at 9:05 am

Interesting post, ZK. I have been skeptical about Twitter’s ability to generate real traffic to a web site or (more specifically) a landing page.

That and the fact I really don’t care about the gory details of everyone else’s life… or sharing mine with them :-) Once Twitter became a daily TV news item I took it off my radar.

Perhaps it is time for me to give it a go. Thanks for making me actually consider going with the crowd on this one.


…/Paul
(BTW, my current focus is on implementing the strategy in this online video)

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ZK@Web Marketing Blog June 6, 2009 at 9:08 am

Hi Paul,

You should actually go full fledge on Twitter now , sinces it getting so much exposure. The idea is to leverage targetted Twitter traffic to your website.

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Tycoon Blogger@Promote Your Blog June 5, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Great list, I especially like #4, you are so right, it only matters who you appear to know. Perception is greater than reality sometimes.

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MP3 tunes June 6, 2009 at 5:18 am

Thanks for the tips. I have to twiiter is not yet very many followers, but I hope through this information to increase the number of readers on my blog. Thank you.

Stacey@st louis mixed martial arts June 6, 2009 at 10:05 am

I have twitter but I don’t know what kind of app would suit me very well. I also don’t have much followers yet, and I’m hoping to improve with your tips. Thank you very much. It was very informative.

Ben Pei@Make Money Blogging June 7, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Hummingbird is really good.. think I should write a review for it too..

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caitlin@uk web hosting June 8, 2009 at 9:10 am

Great post! Twitter really can be a powerful tool for businesses and organizations if they use it properly. You gave a lot of great tips that really do help to increase Twitter followers. Thanks!

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gilbert June 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Great post..this are good tips in increasing the followers..but the issue now in twitter is to limiting the follower…

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mathewday June 9, 2009 at 1:23 am

That was an excellent post. I just recently joined Twitter and need all the tips that I can get. Several of them gave me some good ideas that I never thought of or heard of before. Cheers!

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Ottawa apartments June 9, 2009 at 7:01 am

This is a great post. Thanks for the useful pointers.

gilbert June 9, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Personally the value of twitter is in the quality conversations that have with a small group it is not gaining 100′s of followers with whom never interact with.

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Make Money Online June 9, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Nice tips ZK! I’m not a big fan of Twitter but I’m looking to increase my Twitter followers for future business use. I may want to follow your tips and see how is it going.

Btw, you have spelling error in #9 (“intersting”). :)

Regards,
Lee

Web Marketing Blog June 10, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Hi Lee,

Thanks for pointing this out, I’ve changed it :)

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hosting June 9, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Nice site! thanks for the great post on increasing twitter followers…People should read this.

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Great tips for getting more followers. Thanks!

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gas card June 10, 2009 at 12:17 am

Twitter has certainly swept America, and everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. I and a few of my friends have recently started using twitter. Your tip #9 seems very clever and useful, as do all of the others.

Bubba Moe June 10, 2009 at 2:36 am

Looks useful – I have carefully read your all ten tips & they seem to me interesting. I have also an accounts an twitter & i send tweets to many tweet expert

Mary-Jane June 10, 2009 at 9:03 am

Thanks for these tips, I can grow my twitter followers based on these tips

gilbert June 11, 2009 at 1:25 pm

ZK i have heard that the twitter imposing a thousand-per-day limit on the number of people users can follow what are your thoughts about this?…will this be a problem?

Rapid Application Development June 12, 2009 at 5:50 am

Follow alot of people yourself, and say interesting things. That’s all there is to it :-)
If yo have an interesting website with alot of visitors, you can also put a link to your twitteraccount on there.

hosting June 12, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Nice site! thanks for the great post on twitter tips ..People should read this..

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It might helps me to get some revenue from twitter advertising ….Good tips Zk

Justin Turner June 16, 2009 at 8:39 am

I disagree with following everyone who follows you. You are not aiming to build a list of followers who aren’t interested in what your saying. You need a following of people who are actually interested in you and or your services as it’s very much like an email optin list.

Take a look at this video post about Auto Followers which might give you an idea:

Seaward June 18, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Follow people and some will follow you back, if you have websites, social networking profiles etc, you can add your twitter link and ask people to follow you, I have just tried the service below and it is working pretty well at the moment, the site explains it well…

vijendra@Play sport games June 19, 2009 at 1:41 am

Hi,
Looks useful information. I have carefully read your all ten tips & they seem to me interesting. Especially fourth and ninth tips.
Really its a great post.
Thanks for sharing.

abhijeet@Web design sunshine coast June 19, 2009 at 3:26 am

Hi,
The value of twitter is in the quality conversations that have with a small group it is not gaining 100’s of followers with whom never interact with.
I have recently started using twitter. Your tip seems very clever and useful, as do all of the others.
Thanks for sharing.

gilbert June 19, 2009 at 12:25 pm

The truth ZK is the real power of the twitter is not on how many people are following you but its on the how many quality and inspiring people that follows you. Building a quality follower may take time, the proper way to do it is engaging in conversation with others, adding value to the people who are following you and the most important is be yourself.
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wonderful tips . it will help me a lot. i will keep use of it.

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I agree with you, each of us really starts out with no followers at all, it’s in being proactive, and tweeting interesting and valuable information, that we make ourselves known in the Twitterverse.
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I need a new avatar!

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Hi,
Twitter is all about how much follower you have.It is great for you to maximize the follower.

Thanks for sharing.

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We are going to start using twitter for our business. Thanks for these tips. Twitter will hopefully help us drive more traffic to the website and get more apartments rented.

christian colleges August 21, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Hi,
Follow people and some will follow you back, if you have websites, social networking profiles etc, you can add your twitter link and ask people to follow you.
Well these are wonderful tips.Help us a lot.
Thanks.

david@POP Displays September 22, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Tweet later, great tip

bJones@product reviews September 23, 2009 at 12:21 am

Great Tips!! Now I have go thru and change my twitter account up some. Love the idea of answering tweets and people thinking you know them, hence them following you.

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kristine@martial arts supplies October 2, 2009 at 1:23 am

Great list of tips. I am also taking advantage of the benefits of Twitter to promote my site. Thanks for the tips, would definitely follow all of them.
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i like with this tips..
thanks dude..

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I think being consistent and trying to establish yourself as someone who knows a lot about a subject will go a long way in your twitter success. Great share here. thank you
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Really great tips I like it.
Thanks for share it. I used these tips for advertising.

Internet Marketing Services February 4, 2010 at 9:30 am

First thanks for sharing such a nice post.Twitter is now becoming a big source for gaining business.Its right to increase followers you have to follow some one.Also direct messaging plays good handy role to increase followers numbers.

Samantha March 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Thanks so much for these tips. Some are so simple, yet necessary.
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Brisbane Web Design March 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm

This is a great blog post. I am just starting to get into Internet Marketing. I learn quite a bit about facebook this month, now next month I am going to work with Twitter. I will for sure use your guides.

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Hoping to use this towards by real estate business. thanks a lot.

DauomWeb June 19, 2010 at 9:31 am

i agree that twitter is very helpful to increase the traffic and these tips are must be effective for it thanks.

Sunshine Coast Web Design July 26, 2010 at 12:21 am

Thanks for the tips. Am about to start a twitter site so I’ll definitely be checking out that Humming Bird software.

Mildura Web Design August 9, 2010 at 9:18 am

hummingbird does sound good! i’ve never heard of it before.

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Engaging with your followers and using follow friday properly will surely increase your follower base………

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evan schulte October 7, 2010 at 11:15 am

I have set up my twitter and I love it. I have taken a few of your ideas and used them as well. I really like my tweet later program it helps me stay current.

Fortunearticles October 14, 2010 at 4:21 am

Even if you have a good software with built-in safety features how you use it is also important in maintaining a healthy Twitter account.

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If you are looking to automatically grow your Twitter followers using software it is important to understand that both the software and how you use the software plays a part in successfully doing that.

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