If you’re running a blog on a tight schedule as I am, you may be swamped with the thought of building a large following on twitter on your limited time. After all, you work full time, come home to your family, and in your spare time you spend time writing your posts. How can you gain twitter followers and make a connection with them?
I was faced with this problem when I started this blog. I knew that I needed to create a social media brand for this blog and have a system set up so that I can pass information on to my followers. So I went ahead and set up my twitter account. Frankly, I was a complete novice about twitter. I really didn’t know how to gain twitter followers and on my busy schedule had never gotten caught up into giving out my personal updates on any of the social media platforms. I was able to quickly learn how to set up the basics and with some plugins, I was able to set up automatic tweeting of new blog posts and postings from my job board. That was the basic first step, to make sure that information was passed on regularly and automatically. You can find the plugins that I use for this purpose on my post about my theme and wordpress plugins.
That’s a very basic first step that really only takes a couple of minutes, but even then your tweets are going out into empty space. The question of the day is how do you gain twitter followers? I’ll tell you that when I first set up my twitter account in September, I was completely clueless about how to go about gaining twitter followers. You can see my profile now and see that I have
and it’s growing daily. How was I able to do this in such a short amount of time? I’m going to share my secrets with you. Together, we’ll help you save time and get your twitter following growing.
Setting Up to Receive Your New Twitter Followers
The first step is to set up your system for receiving your new twitter followers. You’ll need to have your twitter profile set up with the information about your blog and the web address. But that’s just the first step. It’s a wasted opportunity to simply have your followers search your profile and find their way to your blog just from that link. You need to prepare for the gain in twitter followers.
You really want to be able to greet and thank all of your followers as they follow you and introduce them to your blog. You can do this manually by direct messaging your new followers when they join. you’ll see that as you gain twitter followers you will receive these types of DMs regularly. However, the methods that I’m going to talk about in this post will increase your twitter following so rapidly that you’ll find it difficult to manually greet each follower as they come in. I found this out the hard way in the beginning when I woke up to hundreds of new followers over night. Trying to greet each of them was impossible and I was unable to give a proper introduction to most at that time. I’ve since solved that problem with a free service that I use through Socialoomph.
This is a social management service that can assist you in building a following across all networks. While their paid services includes valuable features to manage all your social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter, I strongly recommend starting out and signing up for their free account. Using the Socialoomph free account, you can simply link it to your twitter account and set it up to automatically send out a greeting DM to your new followers as they follow you. In addition, you can set it up to randomly select from a number of greeting messages so that your DM has some variety. This is an invaluable service, particularly if you are gaining followers rapidly. At this point, you have your twitter profile set up with a description of your blog and a link back to your website. You also have your blog set up to tweet out your posts. Now, you have set up a way to automatically send out a greeting to your new followers. Now you are ready to increase your twitter followers!
Get Twitter Followers!
As it turns out, the best way of gaining twitter followers is to follow other people. This really demonstrates the spirit of exchange that exists in a social networking site. Of course, you could simply go to twitter and run a search for the keywords in your niche. It will come back with a list of people who tweet those keywords and you can go down the page and start following them. I’m going to show you some methods that will make the process more efficient. Each system has their merits and I use both.
The first method that I use involves using the firefox web browser and getting a couple of plugins. Also, this only works with the old version of twitter, however it’s a simple matter of switching your version back and forth. First download and install the greasemonkey add-on. This is an add-on that allows you to run various scripts. It’s very useful in a variety of contexts. After you install the greasemonkey add-on, head over to the greasemonkey user script site and get the twitter friend adder script and install that script. Once you complete those steps, go over to twitter and search for an influential person in your niche. Pick someone that has a lot of twitter followers. and click on their follower link. You’ll now see that at the bottom of your screen there is a small bar that tells you how many unfollowed friends you have on that page with a link to follow all. Hit that follow all link and it will automatically follow everyone on the page. Just go through the pages and follow everyone. The limitation of this method is that the page only shows 20 people at a time, so you do have to go to the next page and repeat the process each time. However, it’s very quick and you’ll find that you are following a thousand people in a few minutes time. You’ll quickly see an incredible gain in twitter followers overnight.
This second method involves using a service through twiends. This is a free social exchange network. Twiends basically allows you to link your social networking sites and your blog as well and assign points to give out to people who follow you or visit your blog. You’ll see on their front page that they have a list of twitterers who are offering points for you to follow them. You can very quickly follow these users and accrue a lot of points very quickly. The default setting is set for you to also give out points for people to follow you on twitter. I actually turn this setting off on the theory that the people who I follow will likely follow me back on their own. Instead, I use the points I gain from following people on twitter and assign them to getting visitors to my blog. This way I can kill two birds with one stone and gain twitter followers while leveraging the points I accrue into blog visitors. So far this has worked out acceptably for me.
There are two downsides to twiends that I’ve noticed. The first is that I find that the people I follow on twiends are not as quick to follow me back as the ones I find using the twitter friend adder script. So I am not gaining twitter followers as quickly. The second downside is that the visitors coming to my blog tend to have a higher bounce rate than targeted visitors. This is really a minor issue as in the case of twiends I’m really dealing in volume as opposed to targeting my audience. I already know that my targeted audience has a bounce rate under 10% as I found using the methods described in my post about lowering bounce rate. Using twiends I get several hundred additional visitors a day and maybe about 30% of those stay around and read my posts. In any event, this method helps me kill two birds with one stone, so I am getting acceptable results.
Finally, I’m going to touch briefly on a third method that you can use to build a social network following quickly and efficiently. That is using a paid service. As an example a service such as Socialoomph provides a variety of benefits with their free account, however you need to gain twitter followers using the other methods I’ve described if you stay with their free account.
If you want to shortcut that and simply use one service to manage building your follower count, schedule your blog posts, as well as schedule your Facebook profile updates in one place, you can explore upgrading to the professional version. You can see a few of their professional features on their site and research the benefits.
These are a few time saving methods of gaining twitter followers. When you are caught up juggling a variety of responsibilities, you want to do things more efficiently. These methods will help you achieve your goal of increasing your twitter followers in record time. If you have any additional suggestions to help in gaining twitter followers efficiently, please leave a comment.