It seems everyone on Twitter is out to get more followers. I touched on it in this article how to use twitter in 5 simple steps, where the Twitter etiquette seems to be to follow anyone who follows you.
But I think you’d agree that having Twitter followers “in your niche” is more important to you than having a follower who owns some obscure restaurant on the other side of the world.
But firstly, why would you want more Twitter followers anyway?
Does having more Twitter followers get you seen as an expert?
The best way to see if someone is worth following is to see if the number of followers is vastly larger than the followed number. If its a celebrity then this will always be the case.
Having more followers’ means your immediate reach is higher. So when you Tweet, more people will see it, so more people are likely to retweet it, and this is how your Twitter following organically grows.
If you’re using Twitter to sell your goods then more tweets will lead to more sales.
So here are 7 proven ways to increase your Twitter followers.
1. Seems obvious, but include a Twitter button on your blog. On mine I use one by sumome that’s free of charge, and follows you down the page as you read the content.
2. Make full use of the Twitter home page to show yourself or your product. It’s a well-known fact that people buy off people they know and trust.
On my twitter page I prominently show my face and my website name.
3. Only follow those people who are congruent with your online endeavours. If you just go for the numbers, you’ll be lost in a sea of tweets.
4. Post frequently but not too often. If I publish a new blog post then I’ll tweet it usually 3 times about 4 hours apart. Also tweet other things you find on the net which you think will be interesting to your followers.
5. Give first. Twitter and Facebook are Social Media platforms. They are not for you to constantly try and sell your stuff. Michael Hyatt talks about a ratio of 20 to 1 when it comes to Twitter. – Give 20 times and ask just once.
6. Connect publicly. When people see you are tweeting to someone, then they know you are sociable and someone who they can reach out to.
7. Keep your posts bite sized so they are retweeted. Your twitter goal is to expand your following. Retweeting is the way to go as it shows that your content is liked and worth sharing.
Here’s how to follow me on Social media