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24 Effective Tips To Grow YourTwitter Followers Fast

Have you ever wanted to get more followers on Twitter?

Watching as others amassed a huge number of followers and wondered what you can do to replicate their success?

I felt exactly the same and for a long time I struggled to make much progress, but eventually after trying different tactics I was able to make serious headway.

And I want to help you do the same thing.

In this post I’ll show you how to setup your account so it stands out, how you can leverage your blog to grow your following and give you actionable tips for smarter tweeting.

All of which will increase your reach, get more eye-balls on your profile and help to grow your own targeted Twitter following.

Are you ready to start growing your Twitter following today?

What can Twitter do for you?

Twitter has the potential to drive traffic to your blog, get more eye-balls on your content, promote your products/services and increase your influence on the social web.

You will also get the opportunity to connect with other users and form deep connections that will be beneficial to you in a huge way.

You can use it to develop an engaged community that trusts you and listens to what you have to say.

Twitter can also help get your blog posts indexed quicker by Google – there are numerous benefits.

And Twitter is continuing to grow at the rate of 135,000 users each day [source].

A few words on Twitter best practice

There are numerous services offering to sell followers but you should never buy them or use any other tactic that will result in an un-engaged audience.

Despite the social proof that having a large following can convey – it’s not worth it.

Having 200,000 followers that don’t engage with you has the potential to look even worse.

Focus on growing a targeted & engaged following of people that want to hear what you have to say.CLICK TO TWEET

Besides, there are tools like the Fake Followers checker from Social Bakers which you can use to see how many fake/inactive followers you have. I’m not 100% on how accurate this is but it’s a solid estimate at the very least.

 

 

How to setup your Twitter account

You need to add some personality to your Twitter profile; otherwise your profile will just look like every other profile out there.

Your Twitter profile should clearly emanate what you are about.

A bland profile won’t help you, so there are a few things you should do to stand out:

#1 – Add a unique image

Your profile image should be an image of yourself when possible; people like to know who they are talking to.

If you’re managing the Twitter account for a brand where various people have access to the Twitter account, it’s good practice to tag individual tweets so people know who they are talking to.

You could go a step further and create a header image with names & faces of those who use the account. If that isn’t an option you could link to an about page on your website which lists everyone – you could then link to individual Twitter accounts so people can get to know the people behind the brand.

#2 – Create a unique header image

Adding a header image is a great way to make your Twitter profile stand out.

Here’s how mine looks at the moment:

 

The image wasn’t made specifically for Twitter, I’ve used it for various purposes but it seemed like a good fit once Twitter released the custom header feature.

I had this image created by a guy on Fiverr but you can create your own easily using a tool like Canva.

I particularly like Canva for this because there is a ‘Twitter Header’ template which is the perfect size for this (1500×500 pixels).

For an example from a brands perspective, I particularly like how the Buffer team are rocking their custom header:

 

#3 – Write an engaging bio

This is way more important than most of us realize at first.

Your bio is an opportunity to tell people what you do and what you’re about – it’s a great opportunity to people why they should follow you.

Deelino’s profile is a great example:

Let’s break it down a little further:

The first part is all about what Charissa can do for you:

“You can make triple the income + get more clients by using my words!”

The second part conveys what Charissa is all about:

“I love verbs, cupcakes, & airplanes. Host of #blisschat. Vegetarian. CEO – House of Bliss”

The great thing about this is that by conveying the right message you will attract the right followers; likeminded people with shared interests that you can connect with in a more meaningful way.

#4 – Customize your color scheme

Adding some color is a great way to add flare to your profile.

You could take this a step further and use similar colors to the design of your blog. This will keep your branding more consistent.

Sticking with Charissa’s profile as an example, here’s how it all looks:

The colors used and the overall feel helps to give a consistent experience between Charissa’s blog and Twitter profile.

How to gain more Twitter followers using your blog

Your blog can be one of your best assets for gaining more Twitter followers but there are certain things you need to be doing for that to happen.

#5 – Add a follow button to your blog

To grow your following you need to remove all barriers to entry and the main barrier to entry is finding their way to your Twitter profile.

The easiest way to do this is to add a social media button or follow widget to your blog.

I particularly like how Brian Dean does this on Backlinko.com, he provides a great introduction packed with social proof followed with a simple call to action; Follow @Backlinko:

 

One thing that stands out to me here is that using a follow button in this way won’t immediately take people away from your website.

This is great because as bloggers it’s important to keep visitors on our blogs for as long as possible.

How to do this yourself:

If you’re using an official Twitter button, you’ll just need to add this code:

<a href="http://twitter.com/adamjayc" class="twitter-follow-button" data-show-count="true">Follow @adamjayc</a>

If you aren’t using an official tweet button, you’ll also need to add the following code:

<script src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"type="text/javascript"></script>

Note: don’t forget to change the Twitter username and more detailed instructions can be found in this tutorial by Caffinegeeks.

 

 

#6 – Add a Twitter share button to your blog posts

I’m still seeing a lot of blogs that don’t have share buttons so make sure you have one so your readers can tweet your posts easily.

The important step here is to ensure that your Twitter @username is included in your tweets, like this:

 

Most social sharing plugins have this option, I currently use Social Warfare because it’s got some awesome features and the buttons are eye catching too.

It’s a premium plugin which costs $24/year (cancel anytime). I’ve tried a bunch of others and this has some other incredible features that will help you.

 

#7 – Link to your Twitter account in your author bio

Adding a link to your Twitter profile in your author bio is an easy way to get more followers.

You may notice that I don’t do this in my author bio.

This is because I’m currently focusing more on growing my Google+ following right now.

It’s also worth considering this tactic if you’re contributing to other blogs within your niche – it can be a great

Before you do this, consider the impact that this will have on your other goals. For example, I prioritize building my email list before my Twitter following. So I tend to link to landing pages in my author bio’s on other sites to build my list.

#8 – Link out to influencers in your blog posts and let them know about it

There are people in your niche/industry who have direct influence over your target audience. They have large audiences of their own and you can tap into them.

The next time you publish a blog post, try linking out to some influencers and letting them know about it.

You can notify them via Twitter, Google+ or email – I tend to find Twitter can work quite well.

Looking at Twitter specifically, there are a number of ways you can structure your tweets. Here’s a great example by Brian from Okay Marketing:

 

One of the reasons this works so well is purely because of how flattering it is – I immediately headed over to the post and scheduled a retweet.

#10 – Embed tweets in your blog posts

If you want to draw attention to any particular tweets, embedding them into your blog posts is a solid way to boost engagement.

First you need to get the code to embed in your blog post. To do this, click the ‘more’ button next your tweet and click ‘Embed Tweet’:

 

You’ll then get the exact code to add into the HTML of your blog post.

How to get more Twitter followers the smart way

The tips below all focus around how you use Twitter as a platform – they’re well worth considering.

#12 – Avoid sending multiple tweets in a short space of time

Sending a lot of tweets in a short amount of time will only cause more people to unfollow you.

If you’re using different tools to send out tweets, it can become a bit of a juggling act but if you’re mindful about it and try to space out your tweets when possible – that will be a big help.

There are tools like Buffer which can be a big help.

Instead of hitting the tweet button, add your tweets to Buffer and they’ll be published at a schedule of your choosing.

#13 – Stop sending automated DM’s

This can work as a tactic to generate traffic or cross promote your other social networks when done right but the side effect is that you will lose followers.

Most people hate receiving automated DM’s.

And automated DM’s which include a URL to the service used to send them are even worse.

#14 – Tweet more (within reason)

Tweeting for the sake of tweeting is never a good idea and neither is tweeting so much that your followers get sick of it.

You don’t have to settle on an optimum number of tweets as that really varies on a number of factors – look more at a ball park figure.

There is a balance to be found here and the key is to tweet enough to

In Buffer’s guide to social media frequency, Kevan Lee goes through some important points on how often you should post.

#15 – Engage with other users

If you aren’t engaging with other Twitter users, you’re going to struggle to build an engaged following.

There will always be a limit to the time we can spend engaging with other users but it’s well worth putting the time in to schedule engaging updates and respond to your @mentions.

#16 – Follow people who value what you have to say

A popular strategy people have used to get more Twitter followers is to simply follow other people who have similar interests.

This can work well but the chance of someone following you back is low.

Instead try following people who already know who you are and value what you have to say.

You can do this by simply heading over to Twitter. Then type the URL to a recent post of yours into the search box.

#17 – Ask for retweets but use sparingly

Studies have shown that asking your followers to retweet can help increase your retweets by up to 4 times.

More retweets is a great thing because it expands your reach and with each retweet you have the opportunity to gain more followers.

Just add “Please retweet” at the front of your tweet.

This has the potential to work purely because you are including a direct call to action for your followers but it’s important to note that some people on Twitter do find this annoying.

#18 – Vary the type of content you share

Variety is important on Twitter.

Just sharing an endless stream of links won’t help anyone.

Try shaking things up by sharing other types of updates like quotes and engaging questions.

If you want to get even more engagement try using a tool like Pablo by Buffer to create images for your quotes in seconds.

#19 – Share other people’s content and tag them

One of the key steps to gaining more followers is to help people out and share their stuff.

Sharing other people’s content and tagging them is a sure-fire way to get on their radar.

This is an important step in cultivating mutually beneficial relationships. The more you help other people out, the more likely they are to help you out.

#20 – Take part in Twitter chats

Twitter chats are a great way to develop meaningful relationships on Twitter, get to know people and get more followers.

Think of them as a Twitter party where people get together to talk about a specific topic at a specific time.

TweetReports.com has a Twitter chat schedule which you can use to find Twitter chats, or a quick Google search for [topic]+”twitter chat” can give you a head start.

There are also dedicated platforms like TweetChat.com which are designed to help you manage Twitter chats easier.

#21 – Schedule your tweets to be published when your followers are online

Optimizing the times which you share content is the key to getting more traction and increasing your reach.

Free tools like Tweriod will enable you to find out exactly what times your followers are most active on Twitter. You can also use Followerwonk to analyse your following too, it’s a paid tool but comes included in a Moz Pro subscription ($99/month).

Once you know when your followers are most active, you can start scheduling your tweets. You could do this manually but it’s a lot easier to use a scheduling tool like Buffer.

The awesome thing is that both Tweriod and Followerwonk have a one click sync option that will configure yourBuffer schedule automatically.

Conclusion

Growing a Twitter following takes time, and effort. So it’s easy to understand why some folks look for shortcuts.

But the truth of the matter is that a following is pointless if it isn’t real. And there are tools that highlight accounts with fake followers, so for those who go down this route, the impact on their reputation can be a big problem.

So, use these tips to start growing a natural, and engaged audience. The results can be incredible.

About Ayorinde Ayodeji

Ayorinde Ayodeji is the CEO of caffinegeeks. When he’s not busy making Caffinegeeks Products better, you can find him Biking, Coding, and Making researchs.Web developer and SEO Expert by heart.

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