When you start on Twitter, with zero followers, and nobody reads, getting followers on Twitter can seem like an almost impossible task.
But it is not like that, knowing how it is done, not only can they be achieved, but they can also be achieved in a reasonable amount of time.
Today I’m going to focus on the tricks to get followers on Twitter that you can apply to make yourself in a matter of days with a good base of followers and from there accelerate your growth in this social network.
Many of these tricks will be useful not only for that initial start, but they will report a permanent (and increasingly intense) flow of new followers.
10 Tips to accelerate the growth of your number of followers on Twitter
Well, let’s go with what would be the 10 best tricks I know to get the number of followers of your Twitter account grow at a good pace, even when you’re starting from scratch:
Have a personal and / or professional blog
This is, without a doubt, the most powerful tool I have known so far to get followers on Twitter and, therefore, my recommendation No. 1 if you want to have a Twitter account with a large number of followers is that you create a related blog that deals with topics that you are passionate about and that you do not have trouble writing.
I know that is a bit ridiculous to recommend the creation of a blog just to grow your Twitter account, but I would not make this recommendation if there were not many other reasons that advise you to seriously consider this option.
Not in vain, people like Enrique Dan’s consider that the blog is the most important tool for your personal brand (affirmation, with which a humble server is 100% in agreement). That is, the blog, regardless of your Twitter account, interests you anyway.
If you dare, you will discover that a blog + Twitter is a perfect partnership with many synergies. In this blog, which is still very young, we have already had posts that have brought us more than 50 followers in one day and surely a total (this is already difficult to measure) of more than 100 followers since they were published for the first time.
Use Twitter feed
The free online tool Twitterfeed competes hard with blogs for the title of “the most powerful tool I have known to date”.
In fact, in case you do not have a blog, or you see that blogging is not going to be your thing, in my opinion, it would clearly be option # 1 to increase the number of followers on Twitter since it is effective, it is ” ethically “(does not use dirty tricks like the follow / unfollow technique) and does not require practically any effort because it works alone.
In this case it is a tool that converts RSS feeds into tweets.
Your success depends on your good judgment when selecting these sources. If you carefully select sources of good quality and respect a series of best practices, you will be contributing valuable content on your timeline and you will be rewarded with people who start to follow you.
Otherwise, if you post garbage or even spam, you will be rewarded with the losses of your followers.
What I love about this tool is that it is a perfect way to combine automation on Twitter with the value contribution, a perfect win-win for the blogger / Twitter user and the follower.
However, there is a “but”: its effectiveness depends on how many people already follow you. Therefore, with zero followers the initial boot will be slow, but as soon as you reach a certain threshold, it is tremendously effective and with many followers it is like having a turbo in your Twitter account.
A tip: use highly specialized sources that allow the inclusion of a hashtag.
Pull your friends and acquaintances
Locate friends who are already on Twitter and are active, encourage people (not only friends, but also colleagues, customers, etc.) .To sign up on Twitter, in this blog you will find much material to convince them.
Make a massive email to your contact list, both professional and personal, indicating that you are now on Twitter, ask colleagues and customers if they are on Twitter, communicate your new account in forums and social networks where you are already active, etc.
That is, try to identify all the resources you already have and try to get the most out of what you can to get a small initial base of followers on Twitter. Going from zero to a few tens would be a very important step.
Make guest-posts on relevant third-party blogs
Another great formula to accelerate the growth of your list of followers is the guest posts (guest-posts) in a third-party blog.
To increase your options it is important that you also dare to get into new areas that are not obvious at first sight, but related to your activity.
For example: suppose you are a lawyer, have your own office and are interested in promoting yourself.
You may not find the ideal blog to write about your specialty in law, but you can dare to go to a blog as Bloguismo (which is precisely blogging and related topics) and post a specific legal issue related to the publication of content in blogs (use of copyrighted material, etc.).
In this case, you could investigate, for example, what are the problems arising from using images subject to copyright in the post of a blog and create a series of three or four different posts about it.
Publishing a post of very good quality and that is successful in a blog with the traffic that has Bloguismo, it would not be nonsense to get more than 100 followers with this action in the medium term, even more if you manage to make a post of a caliber that becomes in a reference in the network, without speaking, of course, of the positive effects for your personal brand of all this.
I detest the techniques of the style of “I follow you, you follow me”.
However, on the other hand, unless you have a significant number of friends or you can “post” a guest-post on a consolidated blog with a high traffic level like Bloguismo, it’s not easy to reach a critical mass of followers, which allows you to “be heard” on Twitter and for tango to continue growing based on quality tweets. This critical mass would place it in > 100 followers approximately, although it is a very debatable figure.
In that sense, considering the hardness of the principles, it seems “excusable” to use this type of technique for that initial “push”.
Of course, be clear that an audience that you build with these techniques will be very ineffective for people who follow backs by the system will almost never read you and even less, interact with you (re tweets, mentions, etc.). Therefore, the thing makes sense rather in the face of the good image it gives to have 100 or more followers, which will greatly facilitate that others are interested in you and give you a chance.
But this, on the other hand, does not stop being a deception because your audience will be followers who are not really interested in you, but participate in the same party. These things are the ones I referred to earlier with “dirty tricks”. Now, it does not seem the same to do it “on a small scale” to get that effect of igniting your account when you already have 5000 followers. In those ranges I think we are talking about pure and simple deception to pretend a success that you do not really have.
In short, from here, the decision is yours.
Put your Twitter account on your business card, in the footer of your email, etc.
This point does not have much to explain. It is an idea as simple as it is effective.
In addition, it is an improvement of your professional image and personal brand because a Twitter account on a business card on paper is something that adds a touch of professionalism, gives an air of “you’re up to date”.
On the other hand, setting up a signature footer in your email with your Twitter account (and who says Twitter, says your blog, etc.) is a very profitable investment. Think that it will surely take you no more than 15 minutes of work and yet, you will be sending thousands of emails with that signature over the next few years.
If you do not know how to do for your specific email reader, on Google and YouTube you will find an infinity of tutorials that teach you for Outlook, Hotmail, Gmail, etc.
Make a massive mailing to your contacts
We all have many contacts, usually hundreds of them, of which we also have their email. This is a great asset, also to start your Twitter account. Seize it.
On the other hand, in Spain there are already more than 5 million Twitter accounts. That means, that more than 10% of the population have a Twitter account (although you certainly have to discount false accounts, accounts of companies, etc.).
This% applied to your contacts means that for every 100 contacts, you will find more than 10 Twitter accounts, in fact much more because the penetration of Twitter in your contacts has to be greater than the penetration of the population in general (in your contacts are probably just under 14 and over 70). Therefore, do accounts.
Being contacts with whom you already have an established relationship and that you already know physically is very easy to be encouraged to follow you if you write an email saying that you would like to be in contact with them via Twitter.
Of course, be careful to use the hidden copy field (field “CCO” in the list of recipients) when you send the mail to many people at once.
If you want to work, you can also use tools such as Word’s “mail merge” functions to create personalized letters:
Take advantage of your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts
This trick is, in short, the same as the previous one, but applied to Facebook and LinkedIn.
The idea would be to first communicate the existence of your Twitter account to your contacts and friends, but you can also post from Twitter to Facebook and you can also do the same thing in reverse.
If you keep a constant activity in these channels and take care of the quality, the increase of followers is safe.
Share Follow Fridays (#FF)
“Follow Friday” is a widespread tradition on Twitter that was invented in 2009 and consists of recommending Twitter tweets through tweets marked with the hashtags of #FF or #followfriday.
Using this idea you will surely get to like the ego of some other Twitter user, recommending for you (what can be translated to follow you) or simply be interested in who you are, like your timeline and decide to follow you. Everything depends on the good criteria and originality of your #FF.
The 1.0 world is still key if you want to succeed in the 2.0 world. We are people and the quality of the relationship with someone you know physically is difficult to match via virtual.
On the other hand, we cannot say that they are also very effective (because of the networking they allow) “traditional” events such as lectures, courses such as those organized here, round tables, etc.
From there you will see that things change and everything will become much easier. Arrived at a threshold, contributing simply 20-30 tweets a day (remember: Twitter feed can help a lot in this) and taking care of the quality you probably get followers almost daily. In our case, between 10-20 a day and growing