Guide to your first 1000 twitter followers
So you are thinking of diving into the figurative pool of social marketing; and you are looking to build up your twitter followers. What is one of the most encouraging signs that you are doing well?…a good online following.
So how many accounts do you create, and how many passwords do you need to remember? To gain a strong online following you need to manage content across all to most online platforms; for example Facebook and Twitter being 2 of the most prominent of these media voices.
A follower count and fan base both builds your business and awareness but it also serves another purpose.
It builds your confidence as an online personality, and a loyalty to the veracity of the content that you share with others. Here are some key tips on how to build your fan base to your first 1000 followers.
A few quick tips
It doesn’t matter what network your using, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, or Instagram.
If you’re looking to build your profile and add new followers, here are some of the best practices. Lots more detail on each of these below.
- Fill out your profile completely
- Share a link to your profile via your other networks and via email
- Place follow links and widgets on your blog or website
- Add your new social profile to your email signature
Step one: Fill out your profile completely
First you must write an awesome bio, with a lot of keywords, and hash tags so that your profile becomes more dominate as you keep releasing content.
Make sure you fill out all of this section, as you become more socially aware, people with want to get to know you and connect with you and the product and service you have.
Step two: Share a link to your profile via other networks and via email
Of course there is the announcement to be made. “Hey guys I have started my own twitter account. Follow me @…”; Many who use social media are afraid to do this, but i am telling you that this is a must. Ask people for their help and for them to follow you. Give a shout out on Facebook and other online social spheres to let people know you now have a twitter account.
Step three: Include a Follow button on your website or blog
Twitter offers four types of buttons that you can use to help visitors connect with you on Twitter.
- Share a link
The Follow button is the most direct means of gaining more followers. You can place it in a popular place on your website or blog. This lets people know that you are willing to connect with what they think.
Step four: Find relevant accounts to follow
Just like on pinterest you want to follow people of like minds or people who essentially interest you and who comment on the same sort of stuff that you do. This is why you must go to twitter lists and find those who share the same sort of content you wish to.
- Sign up for a free tool like Tweepior Followerwonk so you can see a list of followers for other users in your niche.
- Optimize this list of followers by sorting it by recent activity.
- Follow up to 100 of these new folks per, whoever seems relevant and interesting to you (any more than 100 per day and you risk a Twitter ban).
- Every so often, to balance out your follower/following ratio, you can check into a tool like JustUnfollow to unfollow any accounts that haven’t followed you back. JustUnfollow has a whitelist option, too, so you can skip over the accounts you wish to keep following no matter what.
Step five: Use relevant hashtags
When you use a hashtag, people outside of those you follow will be exposed to your tweet. To find the best hashtags to use, there’s a fun browser extension from RiteTag that tells you the potential reach of your hashtag.
Step six: Join a Twitter chat and contribute value – Share other people content, and participate
If you’re in the digital marketing space, join a #bufferchat, which takes place every Wednesday at noon ET/9:00 a.m. PT. Other great resources for finding a relevant Twitter chat include:
- Chat Saladis a great place to find chats that are currently happening or taking place in the near future.
- Tweet Reports also has a great listing of Twitter chats.
- Twubs, a website where you can register a hashtag, has an easy-to-read and thorough listing of chats.
Step seven: Optimize your native Tweet This button to include your username
When someone shares your content from your blog, you can customize certain elements of the way the Twitter share button works. Add a snippet that includes “via @-username” at the end of the tweet text. You can also add your username as a recommendation, which will be shown to the person after they click to tweet.
Remember by sharing other people’s content, all which is relevant to you, you are letting them know that you are interested in their work, and therefore they will pay attention to you and hopefully share and like and comment on your work as an unspoken repayment. Not only this, by sharing and posting other peoples content the fans who follow person X will then follow you due to the fact that you share and comment on the same sorts of thing. People want to hear like opinions.