Clearly, getting Twitter followers fast and without cost is on the mind of a huge chunk of the user base. Especially those new to Twitter. This is what I see over and over again in our server logs coming from Google traffic originating from searches.
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The Follow-Back Effect
I’ve seen new accounts get approximately 700 followers in 1 1/2 months by searching and following, searching and following – and repeating daily. Granted, they had to follow a lot more people than followed them back (by my count over 6,000 in one case), but they did have 700 Twitter accounts reciprocate in that short amount of time.
Taking this route to lead to the holy grail of Lady Gaga follower counts may be on your mind as well, but let me dissuade you from thinking this way.
Binge and Purge
Like a hangover on New Years day after a long night of booze-fueled revelry, mass-following people in a short period of time will eventually lead to a state of regret. You will now have to deal with one of the following:
- A bloated Twitter timeline where you are receiving several new Tweets a second – an inconsumable flow of information.
- A new addiction for purging the list of people that you follow, leaving some of them as fast as you added them if they didn’t follow you back.
Draw People Into Following You
It’s better to attract people to follow you than to obligate them by following them.
- Wherever you already have Internet real estate, be it a blog, Flickr photostream, Facebook account, whatever, make sure you make it easy for people to find and follow your Twitter account from these locations. These are likely spots for people who already care about you and what you have to say.
- Bring your Twitter account to the physical world. Business cards, presentations, etc. Wherever your name might be seen, add your @screen name.
- Tweet often, but space it out. Use a tool such as Buffer to time when your Tweets are posted to your account.
- Be a unique source of information. Whatever your interest or niche, be a reliable source for news and information in that area. People who tend to share (RT) information need sources for that information. Be one of those accounts that they rely upon.
- Follow people that you want to have follow you based on some mutual affinity. I’m trying to contrast this with the blind, mass-follow approach. If you like Justin Bieber and this person likes Justin Bieber, there’s a stronger likelihood that they will follow you. If you are mass-following people with unknown interests, then you’re just playing Twitter follower lotto. Use TweetSeeker to search bios and Tweets for these mutual affinities and filter by language, location, follower count, follower ratio, and more.
What if you’re a small business and you don’t have the time, savvy or inclination to religiously work your Tweets daily. Hire someone who is good at it from one of the freelancing sites: Elance, Odesk, Freelancer, Rent-A-Coder, etc. Post a job, get bids and pick from a pool of independently rated resources.
Remove The Reasons Not To Follow You
Is your profile complete? Make sure you have a good photo (not one of those bathroom camera phone shots of you standing sideways in tight jeans). Fill out your location, bio, and create a custom background.
Keep the self-promotion to a minimum. No one wants to follow a stream of affiliate links spewed from your account. On the other hand, if you have an interesting blog, be sure to share notifications of new blog posts as they are published.
Quality Over Quantity
If you think that you’re into Twitter for the long haul, produce quality, follow quality and the momentum will build and multiply.