11 Tips to Double Your Twitter Followers

 11 Tips to Double your Twitter Followers

Twitter plays by its own rules.

It has kept its 140 character limit despite the jokes, the pressure to change by many of its followers and the demands to be more like Facebook or Google+.

It is misunderstood by many people who throw stones at it from the sidelines. Despite the knockers it has kept true to its initial design and constraints that don’t seem to fit it into an online world that is about bigger being better.

This succinct reporting has made it the channel of choice for breaking news. Twitter is now often seen popping up on the television screen as viewers interact with a show. The character limitation it demands lends itself to one liners that are often humorous, pithy and sharp.

How to double your twitter followers

Twitter has enhanced the art of comedy and the throw away quip.

Why should you bother increasing your Twitter followers?

Increasing your Twitter followers does have some distinct benefits for business and brands. Here are three worth mentioning

  1. It increases brand awareness. What business doesn’t want that.
  2. Distributes your content wider and faster. This can improve link building to your website and hence improving your organic SEO
  3. Drive traffic to your blog or website. This can lead to more lead generation and sales.

So how do you double your Twitter followers?

The average Twitter account has a 126 followers and has tweeted 307  times. Doubling that number isn’t hard if you implement some of the following tips. And you can do much better than that if you apply a little focus and discipline.

  • Make sure your profile and “Bio” (which is limited to 160 characters) is to the point and attracts followers in your niche. Check out Hilary Clinton’s Twitter Bio in the infographic below.
  • Tweet more often. Those with 15,000 plus tweets have between 100,000 to 1 million followers
  • Use hashtags. This will expand your tweet visibility
  • Schedule and automate tweets with tools like Hootsuite and Socialoomph.com
  • Follow people in your niche or industry. Especially those with substantial numbers of followers on Twitter.
  • Retweet the content of influencers and let them know with the @mention
  • Join in Twitter chats or start one of your own a regular basis
  • Find new followers that share your interests by using tools like Tweepi
  • Twitter is not an inbox but a stream so you need to keep your followers engaged by tweeting valuable content for your target audience
  • Learn from the best. Check out Anton Perlkvist does it with @Fun and @Googlefacts
  • Promote your Twitter account “everywhere

For some more tips check out the infographic.

Double Your Twitter Followers In Just 5 Minutes Per Day

What about you?

How do you use Twitter? Is it still an enigma? What have you found to be an effective tactic to gain more Twitter followers?

Look forward to your insights and stories in the comments below.

 

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Comments

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    I enjoy Twitter because you can speak to anyone, you don’t have to add them as a friend or follow them, you can tweet to them and most likely get a response.

  • http://www.marcusmaclean.com/the-secret-by-rhonda-byrne/ Marcus Maclean

    Fantastic post Jeff. I hadn’t really thought about using Twitter to drive traffic to my site, but it makes sense. I actually signed up there just to see what happened. I started following a ton of random people, and I found roughly 10% of those people followed me back. I thought that was pretty cool. I haven’t done much tweeting yet but maybe it’s time to start!

  • Ann Marie Gorczyca

    Great information. Thanks!

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/nicklafond @thinkB1G

    This is really great content! Certainly some gems there. I know I’m guilty of overdoing the hashtags :)

  • Les Pickford

    Thanks Jeff – useful advice. I especially like the ‘Use your connections’ point. I’ve heard this loads of times – but you gave detailed advice of how to do the import! Very helpful. Cheers

  • http://www.upswinginteractive.com/ Angela @GetUpswing

    Another great post with awesome tips!I am working on tweeting more. I at least tweet once a day but understand a little more would be helpful and to join conversations too!

  • Bill Moody

    Hi Your tip about following people in my industry (education in the UK) is the one that has helped me gain many more followers. Twitter is a wonderful resource for ideas, advice and politics when communicating with the right people @moodybill

  • http://www.jcfacility.co.uk Todd

    Great post Jeff.

    The export from LinkedIn is a really good tip and one I use for Facebook pages. One thing to note though, unless they’re using the same email for all their social media this won’t work. I often find that people on LinkedIn are more business orientated and use a work email for their profile.

    And also… for me it’s all about quality over quantity and in theory these tips will give you quality and engaged followers.

  • http://wearewonderlabs.com/ Gokhan Tunc

    There are also some twitter tools to help you gain more followers. But you should be careful as the most of them are black hat tool that let you gain fake or irrelevant followers who will unfollow you soon. However there is one new tool I have been using for a while now, called Tweet Rocket (https://thetweetrocket.com/), it helped me to gain only relevant followers who more likely to convert into buying customers. I hope this is useful for you and your readers Jeff.

  • http://www.brum.pw/ Phillip Dews

    I love these quick and awesome posts Mr Bullas so thank you for publishing! I just set up another new Twitter account to go with my now not so secret project!
    I would also like to add by saying that TwitterFeed is an awesome free tool that helps promote others.
    What I tend to do is get a blog that I follow and get their feed if it’s not entirly obvious by adding /feed/ to the end of it add that then get their Username and use a hashtag like #SharingTheLove or #AwesomePost
    Yep it takes some time to set up but it’s worth it in the end!

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