How to Get More Twitter Followers

A lot of people constantly wonder how to get more Twitter followers, especially with a new account.

I actually wrote an in-depth post on how to get your first 100 Twitter followers, so I recommend taking a look at that if you’re just getting started.

This is going to be a more in-depth guide on how to increase your Twitter followers and as long as you follow these tips you should definitely be able to get anywhere between 1,000 and 10,000 followers within the next few months.

Unlike most other social networks, it’s actually pretty easy to get followers on Twitter, and depending on the niche that you’re in there is some pretty good engagement as well.

The platform can also be used for building relationships with other bloggers and you can use these relationships for long-term link building or just to interact with people that have similar interests.

How to Get More Twitter Followers in 2017

Optimize Your Profile

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First thing you want to do after signing up is take the time to optimize your Twitter profile.

Username

This is a pretty basic for a step and you want to choose a username that is directly related to the content that you’re going to be sharing and promoting on Twitter.

For individuals, you can use just your name or even something clever depending on whether or not you are relying on your personal brand.

Businesses are going to want to use the business name.

I recommend staying with something rather short, because it’s more memorable, and try to be as relevant as possible.

Your Profile Picture

You want to come across as a real, genuine human being, and even if you’re promoting a product or service it’s a good idea to upload a relevant and interesting photo rather than just a logo or brand image.

For individuals, you can use your headshot or any photo where people can clearly see you.

This is going to make you a lot easier to relate to and people really like to put a face to a name, making you more comfortable to interact with and a lot more memorable in the long run.

Cover Photo

On Twitter you can also use a cover photo, and this large image placement at the top of your profile can have a profound impact on the amount as well as the quality of followers that you get.

Make sure to double-check the dimensions to make sure that you can upload a high-quality photo.

As for what to upload, make sure it’s relevant to your personal brand or whatever it is you’re promoting to give people a better idea right away of what your Twitter posts and general content is going to be about.

For individuals, you can upload a photo of yourself doing something cool or just sitting at the computer, as long as people can see you clearly.

Businesses and brands can upload photos of specific products or even an image that goes over some quick details of your product or service.

Bio

Whenever someone visits your Twitter page, whether it’s a random from the internet or a potential client, the first thing they’re going to check out is your profile image, and then your bio.

Your bio is the little space right below your profile photo where you have 140 characters of space to write something about yourself or your company/product/service.

Consider these Twitter bio tips when you’re trying to come up with something to include:

  • Mention any of your specific strengths, passions, or even some of your achievements to give people a better idea of what you’re about
  • Try to be creative and not have an awkward bio like everybody else
  • Use relevant keywords and hashtags if you want to show up in the Twitter search results
  • Include a link to your blog, website, product page, newsletter, etc.

How to Start Getting Followers on Twitter

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Before going into any of the different steps that I’m going to cover down below, I want to mention that you should have a good grasp of your specific niche or blogging topic before you start focusing on social media.

As one of the most popular social media platforms, Twitter is great for connecting with like-minded individuals in your niche as well as for interacting with brands and companies covering the same topics as you.

Along with your friends and family, you also want to be making an effort to interact with the main influencers in your specific niche and any related businesses/brands/products/services.

Here’s how you can get started building your Twitter following:

Follow the Top Influencers in Your Niche

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The first thing you want to do to get a feel for the type of content that your potential followers are going to like is to go ahead and follow the top influencers and most popular users in your niche.

You should have somewhat of an idea of who these people are – maybe you ran into them when you were doing your keyword research for some new blog posts or you have already come across their websites looking for more information.

You can begin by following them and starting to interact with them on the Twitter platform.

This is going to show your account to the people that are following these huge influencers and you’re going to get on the radar of the influencers themselves.

You can do things like replying to their tweets, retweeting some of their content that you like, liking their tweets, and even tagging them if it’s relevant.

Follow Other People in Your Niche

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You have finished following the top influencers, you’re going to want to go ahead and follow other active users in your niche.

You can do this manually, or you can do it using a Twitter tool (I recommend Manage Flitter, which I’ll talk about shortly).

This is an especially effective technique at growing your Twitter following with  people that are actually interested in the content that you’re sharing.

When you’re first getting started, it’s a good idea to follow accounts manually before you start relying on a tool.

This is going to help you get a better feel for the active users that you want to interact with and will also introduce you to new content that you might not have seen yet.

Here’s what I do to get anywhere from 50 to 200 followers every day as a new account:

  1. Search for keywords and phrases related to your niche using the Twitter search function
  2. At the top of the search results page, select “People” and scroll through the results looking for users with interesting bios and great photos
  3. Once you find someone that seems interested and relevant to your niche, give them a follow (and add them to a Twitter list if you want)
  4. From this person’s account, scroll through the people that are following them, as they are also likely to be interested in the same type of content
  5. Continue to follow anybody that seems interesting to you or that you think might be interested in what you’re promoting or sharing on the platform

You can do this a few times during the day and end up following a few hundred people every single day, with a significant amount of them following you back.

Make sure that you are posting content regularly, retweeting other people’s tweets, and interacting with your followers to come across as an interesting account that’s worth following.

Use a Twitter Tool

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I’m going to write a separate post on the best Twitter tools, but for now I would recommend checking out Manage Flitter if you’re hoping to get more Twitter followers without having to do everything manually.

Manage Flitter comes with some great features that allow you to quickly grow your account in a more natural way than what you would find with a bot or fake Twitter followers.

Along with using it for following new people, some of the other features of Manage Flitter include:

  • See what the best time to post certain tweets are depending on your account engagement
  • In depth analytics and long-term trends that you can use to improve your account
  • See who is unfollowing you and quickly unfollow them
  • Find relevant people to follow

What I love most about Manage Flitter is that you can manually follow accounts, rather than using a bot to randomly follow people.

The reason I like this is because I can quickly follow 100 people, and the same time I can determine whether or not they are worth following or if I should skip over them for someone that I might be able to build a better relationship with.

Of course, if you’re busy and you don’t want to spend the time quickly manually following 100 accounts at a time, it’s possible to have the following done for you – another great feature of the tool.

Strategies to Increase Twitter Followers

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The above steps are fairly basic techniques that you can implement from the beginning to start growing your account from scratch.

However, if you want to get into the higher ranges of followers, let’s say anything from 10,000 to 100,000 or more, you’re going to have to take advantage of a dedicated strategy.

Here are some of the different advanced techniques that I would recommend implementing once you have a solid base of engaged and relevant followers:

Create Great Content

One of the cornerstones of building up a loyal and dedicated following is to share the amazing content that you create.

As a blogger or website owner, you should be focused on creating the best content that you can in order to provide the most value for your readers and to get the greatest number of social shares that you can.

After spending some time on Twitter, you should have a pretty good idea of the type of content that does well, and it’s a smart strategy to create similar content that you can then promote on the platform for likes, retweets, and engagement.

High-quality content is also going to get more social shares, and this is going to result in more people clicking through back to your website or blog to see what else you have to say, offer, or promote.

Don’t forget to include images in your Tweets, as these are more likely to get retweeted, which helps you to get more followers in the long run.

Make Your Content Easy to Share

I hate whenever I visit a website and there aren’t any easy to find social share buttons.

You really want to make it easy for your readers to share your content, whether it’s just on Twitter or any other social media platform.

It takes no time at all to click a small social icon to share a post on Twitter and this is going to make it easier for your readers to increase your own followers as well as get more engagement.

There are plenty of options when it comes to the best social share buttons and plugins for WordPress, so I recommend taking a look at those whenever you get the chance.

For even more social shares, don’t be afraid to ask your readers to tweet your post or share it with their friends if they happened to like it or find it useful.

Interact with Other Users

Social media prides itself on making interactions between users effortless and this is something that you want to focus on if you’re hoping to gain more Twitter followers.

Here are some things you can do to increase your interaction and total engagement:

Thank Your New Followers

I see a lot of people using bot for this, and it’s kind of awkward when that happens.

I recommend avoiding using a bot and anytime you’re on Twitter and notice that you got some new followers, reach out to them and just say thanks for following.

All of the different automated tweets or direct messages are kind of counterintuitive and they come across as really in personal compared to if you actually reached out to somebody, said thanks, and then liked or retweeted some of their tweets.

This is going to show people that you are actually a real human being behind the screen and it’s going to make them more likely to want to follow and interact with you.

Interact with Influencers

I mentioned this up above, but I really think that it’s important to interact with the top influencers in your niche whether you have a small account or you’re already quite established.

Interacting with these people is going to expose you to a larger, dedicated, and relevant following, which is going to help you increase your followers as well.

It doesn’t have to be difficult, simply retreat some posts that you like and feel free to throw out a mention if you happened to write about any of the influencers in one of your blog posts.

Once the influencer and other people start to see you around on Twitter more often, you’re bound to notice an increase in followers as well as engagement.

Use the Lists

One of my favorite features on Twitter is the “Lists” feature.

This feature allows you to categorize people into different lists and this makes it a lot easier to keep track of who’s who.

The lists allow you to stay on top of industry and niche-related tweets, rather than having to go through your entire feed to find something relevant.

I like to add top influencers to their own list and I typically start the day off by browsing through the list and interacting with any relevant content.

Next, I’ll check out some of my different lists that cover specific niches so that I’m always in the right focused mindset when I’m interacting with my followers on Twitter.

Use the Right Hashtags

Similar to Instagram, Twitter is somewhat focused on hashtags and you want to make sure that you’re using the right ones whenever you’re posting content.

Hashtags also keep your tweets relevant and showing up in people’s feeds for longer periods of time

To find the right hashtags to use on Twitter, check relevant influencers to see which ones they’re using, and use any that apply to your own content.

It’s pretty easy to find good hashtags and just make sure that you’re using ones that are related to your niche.

For example, if you’re a travel blogger you’re going to be using hashtags like:

  • #travel
  • #travelblogging
  • #destination

There are even hashtags that are used on specific days for Twitter chats or weekly events, so keep an eye out for those to see when you can use them to help get more followers and boost your engagement.

  • Related: Consider using a site like Hashtagify.me to find even more hashtags that you can use for your tweets.

Focus on your Analytics

an in depth look at some of the different analytics on twitter

Everything I mentioned so far is only going to help get you to a certain amount of followers before you need to start checking your analytics to see where else you can improve.

Twitter has their own analytics and this is going to show you your best types of content as well as provide you with tons of information regarding your account engagement.

I recommend checking out this helpful Twitter analytics guide to get a better idea of how you can stay on top of everything and make improvements with your account.

Once you have determined, using analytics, when the best time to post a Twitter tweet is, you’re going to want to consider using a scheduling tool.

These tools will post tweets for you at the time that you specify in case you’re busy or not able to use Twitter at the moment.

I would recommend checking Buffer or Hootsuite for Twitter scheduling.

I realize that scheduling your tweets is really easy, although I would still recommend spending time on Twitter manually and interacting with people so that you’re not just posting content with zero interaction.

Know Everything About Your Niche

It’s a good idea to always be sharing some of the best content that you can find in your niche.

This helps to ensure that your followers and anybody else looking for more information online looks up to you as a resource, rather than somebody that is just constantly promoting their own content.

There is so much helpful information and amazing content out there and it takes hardly any time to share it on Twitter, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be doing this regularly.

Not only is this going to expand your scope of influence across the different social media platforms, but it’s also going to provide a lot of value for your followers and potential followers, turning you into an authority on the subject over the long run.

Cross-Promote Your Twitter Account

Whenever you are participating in any online discussions or browsing other social media platforms, you can easily get some more dedicated followers by promoting your account anywhere that you spend time online.

Of course you’re going to want to have it easily displayed on your website or blog, and you can even include it in your email signature so that it’s even easier for your contacts to follow you.

You can toss up a link to your handle on your Facebook page, ask people to follow you on Quora if you’re leaving relevant and helpful answers, and you can even have a link to it in your Instagram bio, all of which is really going to help expand your reach online and get more people following your account.

Make sure that you are promoting just one or two different social media accounts, because if you are promoting all of them to everybody that you interact with they’re eventually going to get fed-up with you and start to ignore the content that you share or calls-to-action that you ask.

Take Advantage of Twitter Chats

Just about every niche has their own weekly Twitter chats that you can participate in and this is really going to help you interact with the audience of followers that you’re hoping to gain.

These chats are basically live discussions that happened on the platform with brands or influencers asking questions or just asking their audience to participate in an online discussion about a certain topic or idea.

When you’re spending time on Twitter it’s likely that you’re going to come across these chats, so keep an eye out to see when they’re happening and make an effort to participate in a few of them during the week.

This is going to help you get more followers because people are going to see that you’re active and providing some valuable responses when you’re participating in the chat, and they’re going to want to follow you to keep up with the content you’re promoting and the ideas that you’re sharing.

Tweet and Share Content Frequently

One problem I noticed with a lot of accounts using a Twitter scheduling tool, like Buffer or Hootsuite, is that they only spend time sharing their own content on a strict schedule throughout the day.

It’s easy to see that these accounts aren’t too interested in building a dedicated and engaged following, rather they just want to promote their own blog or website and hopefully get some clicks.

Of course, there isn’t a problem using a scheduling tool, though it’s still a great idea to post manually and interact with people regularly throughout the day.

You can use these tools to spread your Tweets more evenly throughout the day so that they can reach a much wider audience rather than if you just posted in the morning and late at night.

I recommend tweeting between 10 and 20 times during the day and to make sure that you’re doing a mix of your own content as well as some of the great content that you have recently stumbled onto online.

Your audience and other users are going to appreciate that you’re sharing a much wider range of content and will also see that you’re interacting a lot, which is going to have a positive impact on the amount of followers that you’re able to continue to get.

Use Photos With Your Tweets

Twitter is pretty advanced these days and I love the fact that you can add photos from your blog posts or website content easily into your Tweets.

These tweets that include images get a lot more engagement overall compared to plain text ones, so always try to include an image or two whenever you’re posting something.

You can even try going with a image that includes a call to action to see if this has an even better impact on your overall engagement.

Never Use an Auto-Responder

I briefly mentioned this up above, but one of the final techniques for getting more Twitter followers that I want to share with you is that you should avoid using autoresponders.

These are really annoying and they’re the messages or tweets that you automatically get whenever you follow someone.

It’s easy to see when the contact is from an autoresponder, and a lot of people find them disingenuous and will actually unfollow you if you’re using one.

Instead, manually reach out and thank people with a unique message and at the same time make sure to give them like or retweet on something they posted recently so that you come across as a real human being, rather than just a bot.

Final Thoughts

Implementing these different strategies and taking the time to interact with your audience is really going to help you get more Twitter followers and boost your following in the long run.

It’s not difficult to grow your following, though it does take some time and manual work.

Of course, you could opt to buy Twitter followers, but this is something I completely recommend against doing, especially if you’re hoping to grow a loyal, dedicated, and engaged following that’s actually interested in whatever content you’re sharing.

With these different techniques there’s no reason why you couldn’t get 10,000, 100,000, or even 1 million Twitter followers as long as you put in the work and spend the time to make this happen.

During your journey, always try to see what works and what doesn’t and never follow just one or two single tactics.

Try out a variety of different techniques, tactics, and other Twitter strategies to grow your following and never rely on any tools to do everything for you.

Tools are a great way to automate your account and get you more followers, but you never want to be completely reliant on them or else your audience will see right through you and you will lose engagement and loyalty.

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