There are many strategies which can help you grow Twitter followers to 1000 followers. Here I am sharing three of my personal growth strategies to grow your followers in 30 days.
GROWTH STRATEGIES #1 – POST CONTENT REGULARLY
This is a subjective topic because you will hear a lot of different “experts” give you a lot of different ideas on the number of times that you want to post each day. There are some who say that you don’t want to post more than 4 times a day, and others that say that you want to post every 8 minutes. And while I respect the thinking behind both extremes, my experience has shown me that the best strategy for quick growth is somewhere in the middle. I have tried a lot of different posting frequencies, and I have settled on 30 times a day. I tweet roughly every 30 minutes from 6:00 am through 10:00 pm with a couple more posts in the middle of the night.
GROWTH STRATEGIES #2 – BE A GIVER, NOT A TAKER
This is true in all parts of life, but people like you more if you help them out. Twitter is the same way. You want, long-term, to build relationships with your followers. You want them to retweet, click your links, actually read your content, join your email list, etc. In order to build that kind of relationship with people, they have to know, like and trust you. Right now, you are the new guy (or gal) and nobody knows you, let alone likes or trusts you.
The best way to move towards that like is by sharing stuff from people that you follow/follow you. When you are getting started, you may not want to target the major influencers, because they are a lot harder to get to notice you. They are more of a long-term goal. However, I have found that it isn’t that difficult to start to build a relationship with people with 5,000 to 20,000 followers and they can be very helpful in helping you to reach more followers.
In looking for people that I want to build a relationship with, I am looking for people that have a decently engaged audience, are in a very similar industry to me, and regularly post and create great content. I figure that if I am going to try to build a relationship with someone on Twitter, I may as well look for someone that I admire and want to learn from.
Pro Tip – How To Engage
Retweeting is a great first step in starting to build a relationship with someone on Twitter. When I find someone that I want to build a relationship with on Twitter, the first thing I will do is retweet something that they shared, often with a comment. It is best to retweet them sharing their own content because that is most helpful to them. I will then look to see how they respond. If they don’t respond at all (or it’s obvious that it’s an autoresponse), I figure that it is going to be difficult to build any kind of a relationship there and move on. However, if they respond favorably, they may be someone that I can begin to build a relationship with.
One thing to keep in mind though is that simply retweeting will never move you all that far towards that know, like and trust factor that you want. And this is not a simple, do it once and I have a relationship with this person kind of thing. Just like a real relationship, it takes time to build and nurture a relationship. Be patient and engage with people regularly and you will start to realize that you are building relationships and you will see your engagement grow like crazy. Some other simple things that you can do to catch someone’s attention and build that know, like and trust factor –
- Actually go to their blog, find an older piece of content and share it
- Leave a comment on their blog (make sure to use the same name you use on Twitter!)
- Answer a question that they ask on Twitter
- Ask them a question, especially if it is a follow up to one of their posts that you have shared
GROWTH STRATEGIES #3 – HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR TWEETS
I know there is an easy way to tweet content. You can click the button from the blog article or your reader and it will tweet out the title along with a link. So what’s the problem with this? Well, it’s easy, so everyone does it. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and a place for everything. If I’m in a rush and I just need to fill up my queue so that my activity level keeps up, then, by all means, I am going to tweet the title and link. However, if I want to get better results and engagement, I will structure my tweets a little bit differently. I’ll give you a few examples and then I’ll explain how I structure tweets.
In each of these tweets, I did not simply tweet the title and picture. I asked a question or copied and pasted a short quote from the post. I find that I get more engagement from other users when I do it this way, but the main benefit is that it shows the person whose content I am sharing (usually an influencer that I want to develop a relationship with) that I read the post and valued it enough to share it. Not just a simple drive-by tweet, but an actual interaction with their content. I find that I get much better interaction with the authors by sharing this way, which is one of my main goals at this point.
After the quote or question, I paste in the link. I want it right after the quote/question to make people more likely to click it. Then I add 2 or 3 relevant hashtags (if I can do it in the question/quote I do because it saves space) to make it easier to find. Then I end with a mention of the author. The mention of the author is super important so that your tweet will show up in their notifications. No sense going through all of this trouble if the influencer will never see it!