Guy Kawasaki, a well-known venture capitalist in Silicon Valley, once said that there are only two types of Twitter users: those who want more followers and those who lie. Although this is a controversial statement, many people do want more followers on Twitter. If you're reading this page, you probably will too. Here are some ways you can greatly increase your follower count.
Method 1 of 2: Get quality followers on Twitter
Step 1. Make sure your profile is complete, with an avatar showing your face and a good bio
It is important that people know who you are and what you are interested in.
- The simplest and most personal avatar is a photo of your face looking straight into the camera. Avoid unusual angles or other things in the photo. Trim it to a square, but don't resize it. You want people to be able to click on it to see the large version.
- If you own a company and want to use your brand as an avatar instead of a photo, that is of course also possible. But using random images as your avatar can make it look like you have a fake or spam account, so it's not recommended.
- Many people will read your Twitter bio before deciding to follow you. A well-written bio can get you a lot more followers than a poorly written bio.
Step 2. Tweet well and often
Picky followers will also check your most recent tweets to see if it's worth following you.
You should post at least one post per day, or better yet, two per day to get the most out of your account. Tweet about all kinds of topics, not just your personal thoughts or what you're doing at the time. Talk about your hobbies and interests, share helpful advice, or post a photo of something cool for a change.
- Be interesting, transparent and proactive. Share personal news about your life. If you can tell a story well, your readers may well become addicted to the daily dramas in your life.
- Post interesting links. Find the "man bites dog" story. Scour the web for a gem that can make a good tweet. Guy Kawasaki, who has over 100,000 followers, goes so far as to pay employees to find interesting stories to tweet. There are many websites you can search for good tweet material.
- Place multimedia. If you occasionally post photos, videos, or even sound clips, it can make your posts more fun to follow.
Step 3. Follow people who follow people who are like you
For example, if you are fond of tarot, find another tarot fan with a lot of followers. Follow those followers. If you make it clear in your bio and tweets that you are a tarot lover, they will probably want to follow you. But be careful: following too many people can scare off potential followers.
Step 4. Ask people to retweet you
Getting retweeted makes you stand out across your entire Twitter network. If you occasionally (but not always) "Please Retweet" or "Please RT." at the end of your posts can remind your followers that you want them to pass on your posts. Occasionally posting a link to an article explaining how retweeting works will also help your followers help you.
Step 5. Search tweets with keywords related to your areas of interest
For example, if you like metal music, look for people who name your favorite metal bands. Reply to their tweets and then follow them. Your answer will show them that you have something in common, and make it more likely that they will follow you back. Even better, retweet them when they write something good. This way you not only get in touch with other Twitter users, but you also bring good content to your followers.
Step 6. Use hashtags
This is another way to connect with like-minded people and increase the visibility of your tweets. Add hashtags to your tweets and also create tweets based on hashtags that are currently popular on Twitter (you can see these "trends" on the left side of your Twitter homepage).
Step 7. Regularly stop following people who don't follow you back
This is especially important to avoid tracking limits. The first limit you're likely to run into is if you're following 2,000 people. You can then no longer follow until you have 2000 followers yourself. With following and being followed, it can take quite a while to "clean up" your list (stop following people who don't follow you back). There are services like Twidium and FriendorFollow that can help you with that.
Step 8. Repeat your most popular tweets
Search by your Twitter name and see which posts get the most replies and retweets. Then repeat those messages a few times, about 8 to 12 hours apart. You will reach more people that way, because you can get the attention of people who missed your messages the first time. People "tune in" on Twitter at different times throughout the day (and night). If you're getting complaints about repeated tweets, you may want to slow down, although you probably won't.
Method 2 of 2: Get quantity with your Twitter followers
Step 1. Follow everyone who follows you
It may not seem obvious to do this if you're trying to get more followers, but it's wise because people who see you're not following them back may stop following you. And if you follow them back, some people may reply to you publicly, giving you some exposure among their followers as well.
Worried about not being able to keep up with so many people? That is indeed so. If you follow more than 100 people, it's almost impossible to read all their posts. You will become more selective in who/what you read
Step 2. Use Twitaholic
Choose large cities and countries such as Rotterdam or India. Follow anyone who follows more than 200 people in addition to the number following them.
Step 3. Follow people who follow automatically
"Twitter celebrities" (Twitter users who follow huge numbers of people and are followed by many) are likely to automatically follow you back. They will follow more than a thousand or even tens of thousands of people, but unlike spammers, they have the same number (or more) followers. You'll come across such accounts as you travel through Twitterland (for example, if they're retweeted by someone you follow), but you can also search the web for "most popular Twitter accounts" or "popular tweeters."
People who follow spammers are probably automatic followers. Wait for a spam follower to follow you. Spam followers will follow more than 1000 people, but only have 5 to 150 followers themselves. Follow anyone who follows the spam follower. These are probably people following to increase their own follower count
Step 4. Post "Follow me on Twitter" links on your blog, email, other social networks, and all over the internet
That way, people who are already interested in what you do can easily find and follow your Twitter profile. Using pictures, such as a button or counter, can also be more effective in getting attention and more followers.
Step 5. Try getting celebrities to follow you on Twitter
That will increase the chance that they will tweet you or retweet one of your tweets, increasing the visibility of your Twitter account.
- Try to keep your followers on Twitter. People who read all the tweets of the people they follow will regularly evaluate whether it is still worth following the people they follow.
- Consider creating another Twitter account. Your efforts to increase your following may cause your account to be closed (due to spamming). If your main Twitter account is very valuable to you (because it bears your full name, or has a particular brand, etc.) you can create a test account to try out these techniques.
- Don't send automatic private messages as that can cause people to stop following.
- Twitter has a system that detects following and unfollowing quickly and widely. If this system catches you, your tweets may be removed from the Twitter search engine.
- Don't stop following people right after you follow them. Wait at least five days with people who don't follow you back. If you stop following immediately, you may be reported as a spammer and your account will be closed.