The Do's and Don'ts On Growing Your Twitter Following

This is a guest post by Melody Cleo.

Many businesses have discovered the power of Twitter due to its low cost, immediacy and viral nature. However, it's not easy to develop a following. The idea is not the number of people that follow you but how many are relevant. Having over 20,000 followers who do not respond to your Tweets is like playing a guitar to a herd of goats. Here are some things you need to do or avoid to create an engaging audience.

Start with a profile picture and make sure it's your photo

The picture has to be big enough and in high resolutions because many people will check your profile before they follow you. After your house is in order, find and follow relevant people. Search for these people from the many Twitter directories out there. Ensure that you find people who are in your area of interest or have followers you intend to target. You can leverage other people's twitter lists.

Tweet interesting stuff

This is easier said than done. To get interesting content try the Google Alerts by signing up for updates about concepts that interest audiences in your field. Share media by posting photos and videos so that you page gets click through and comments. Read what your audience is writing about and comment often.

Interesting subject within a perfectly composed tweet will grab attention and maximize exposure.

Engage your audience all the time

grow Twitter followersEven if a follower did not comment back on your Tweet does not mean you cannot engage them again. Get involved with chats by using hash-tags. By joining appropriate chat forums is a quick way to build a following. You may schedule your chats so that you can reach a wider audience across the world. Note when people respond to your tweets when scheduling your chats and use a time saving tools when scheduling. Follow people that follow your comments or Tweets.

Promote your Twitter account by using other sources and channels

Put a Twitter follow button or Twitter updates widget in your website or blogs,  and include your Twitter handle in emails. You can also promote in social media outposts. To keep people engaged, try and multitask by Tweeting when in the bus, during commercials when watching your favourite program or when watching a match.

3 Don'ts When Using Hash-tags

  • Don't include too many hash-tags because people don't like that kind of self-promotion. Overcrowded tweet looks spammy and may deter readers.
  • Don't be too specific because many follows will not see your Tweets according to the search engine. Instead used more general terms like blogging or social media for the engine to place your Tweet on higher priority (hash-tag the terms). 
  • A bad habit is in filling in your article with hash-tags. This makes your Tweets unreadable and followers will get bored reading your stuff. The content of your article must be relevant to your niche and catchy enough to arouse a response. 

While you build and grow your followers, Twitter notices you and recommends other accounts to you. Guest blogging is another popular link building strategy that can increase followers. This is a process where your articles get published in high ranking sites and makes your presence known by potential Tweet followers.

About the author
Melody Cleo is a passionate blogger from Manchester, UK. In her free time, she writes articles on various topics such as technology, gadgets, travel etc. As of now she is focusing on Sky Contact, which provides information regarding broadband services, radio services and television services.

10 comments to "The Do's and Don'ts On Growing Your Twitter Following"

Ujjwal December 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM    

Hi, Melody
You are right, you should have right followers, those will eager for your tweet, like we does for any celebraty tweet.
Great blog post.

Indian December 6, 2013 at 8:09 PM    

Can you amplify that how Hash tag is to be used in a tweet for promotion. Regards

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Anonymous,  December 7, 2013 at 6:25 AM    

I didn't understand your paragraph about hashtags and chats. Maybe I just don't know how to use hashtags correctly but I also didn't know there were chat forums on Twitter. Maybe a future post could address this?

Inderjeet Singh December 8, 2013 at 11:58 AM    

Another great post. Your blog is awseom in the field of content. Waiting for more great posts

Ferb December 9, 2013 at 3:19 AM    

Use 2 hashtags per tweet is the good to go

Kevin F December 10, 2013 at 2:30 PM    

This is interesting too! No matter how interesting stuffs you tweet, it wouldn't have any value unless you have a right followers. It wouldn't get retweet and go viral.

Financial Planner December 13, 2013 at 11:01 PM    

I do use hashtags sometimes but never been in a Twitter tweet chat.

Akash Agarwal December 17, 2013 at 4:55 PM    

It's such a useful post. Now a day's Social media is one of the best way for SEO and Twitter is one of the most popular social media site. Twitter follower is very important. Thanks for sharing the information.

Nadine El Nada December 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM    

Quite an interesting post, thanks for sharing.

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