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5 Ways to Increase Your Twitter Followers

Twitter can be an excellent marketing communication tool. The question on most people’s minds is “how can I increase the number of followers I have on Twitter?” More followers on Twitter means that a broader audience sees your message. There are even companies that claim that they will ‘sell’ you Twitter followers, but how can you legitimately increase the number of followers you have on Twitter?

Give them something of value

Too many individuals and businesses make the mistake of solely talking about themselves. They only share uninteresting (to others anyway) and self-promotional tweets. If you want to gain followers that matter (actual people, not bots that are just launched for spam) you need to make sure that you have something interesting to offer.

  • Before each post, ask yourself: is this valuable to my audience?
  • Make them smile, yell, or think. As long as it gets their attention
  • It is ok to talk about yourself, but limit it to interesting information
  • Automated is a no-no. Be confused for a spambot and watch the masses go elsewhere
  • Any sort of tutorial of interesting information is appreciated by followers

Mix up what you do on Twitter

Make sure that you mix up your messages, do not just post in one particular category. The varieties of tweet-types are:

  • Links
  • Retweets
  • Replies to others
  • Straight text
  • Media (picture/video)

When you post a variety of messages on Twitter, it shows that you are putting effort into your tweets. It also helps you share interesting tweets by other people and requires you to interact with others. Do not become boring, become stuck in a rut, or simply retweet what others have to say. Use this approach and you will see that your followers appreciate it.

Ask for retweets

A recent study demonstrated that the best way to be retweeted was in fact to ask for it. If you make it clear to your initial followers that you believe that their opinions matter, they will start responding and retweeting your initial message. This means that you reach a much larger audience than you would have otherwise. This goes both ways.Make sure that you retweet information supplied by other people so they feel that they are valued by you.

Make sure that you stay current

A great way to provide an interesting mix of valuable tweets and maintain interesting dialogues is by using your associated Twitter account personality or brand with current events. Twitter is all about the now, what is going on at this particular moment? Even just being a few hours late to a conversation is going to limit your exposure to a new audience. Especially if you find a way to tie recent events into your tweets, you will see the number of followers skyrocket. It is going to expose you to a completely new set of Twitter users.

Tweet when people are watching

This is perhaps the most important aspect of getting your message to the masses. Most people on Twitter follow more than one person.In fact, they probably follow dozens. This means that if you do not tweet during peak times, chances are that your information is going to be much lower in their timeline. People would have to scroll downwards to read your message rather than simply opening up their Twitter feed.

Between 1 pm and 2 pm,local time has been proven the most active time for people to tweet. Several programs and online services allow you to create a tweet and have it sent out during a designated time. That way you do not even have to be active.

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{ 13 comments… add one }
  • Samir Jain

    April 3, 2013, 2:35 pm

    Bilal Imust say “Tweet when people are watching” is the best tip. time for tweets is very imp. I really enjoy reading your article.

  • Rajeesh Nair

    April 2, 2013, 6:39 am

    I really liked your tips and will surely follow them to increase my followers on Twitter. Currently I am also create a list of ways to increase the number of followers on Twitter.

    Now the last tip you mentioned, “Tweet When They Are Watching”, it would be great if you could suggest some online tool where I can find out the time slot when my followers are most active on Twitter.

    Thanks Again..

  • Sneha

    September 23, 2012, 9:26 pm

    Having read this I thought it was very informative.

    I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this informative
    article together. I once again find myself spending a lot of time both reading and commenting.
    But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  • Rajesh

    September 21, 2012, 8:47 pm

    I’m totally agree with your opinion, do it honestly with patient and required consistency

  • Adil

    August 19, 2012, 11:54 pm

    I gona try this In my social marketing campaign to rise my twitter followers. I had somehow normal experience with other social networks, but worse experience with twitter. After reading the post I am realizing that I missed the basic tricks. But Now its time to Rebuild the strategy.

    Thank for the wonderful post.

  • chandan

    August 4, 2012, 11:36 am

    Simple and effective ways you described here and i enjoyed reading this post totally thanks for sharing.I have always believed that twitter has more potencial to grow up your business better than even facebook.

  • techtikus

    February 6, 2012, 6:55 pm

    A lot of interesting ideas that you have brought up. I might give a few of them a go. But then again I’m not always available on Twitter. So it is going to be a challenge to see what works best.

  • Ankit @ GeekRevealed

    February 6, 2012, 7:41 am

    Hi Bilal that was a nice post but I would like to add that consistency matters a lot on Twitter. For example you do 100 tweets a day and for next 3 days you didn’t post a single tweet, so this can also piss off your followers.
    For this you can schedule your tweets for future, so that your tweet stream looks more consistent.

    • Bilal Ahmad

      February 6, 2012, 6:28 pm

      Ankit@ Yes consistency matters a lot, i totally agree with that. It will keep engage your followers and you will not be forgotten.

  • bbrian017

    February 6, 2012, 12:42 am

    Over the past few days I’ve thinking twice before tweeting stuff. You know the content you tweet will affect the mount of people that follow and continue following you. Ask for RT’s huh? I don’t know about that one…

    • Bilal Ahmad

      February 6, 2012, 6:26 pm

      Bbrain@ Every one has now thousand of followings, so a single tweet may get buried in the other tweets. The more tweets the greater the chances of getting hits on that. That is my strategy and so far every thing is going well.

  • Flash Game License

    February 4, 2012, 3:43 pm

    Oh, I’m putting a lot of effort, have some followers too, but Twitter ain’t what it used to be, at least, that’s what I think. Still, it’s good to have another tool through which you can reach people.


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