How to Grow Your Twitter Followers by 360%

April 15, 2016

I'm Ditzy. Stupid and smart all at the same time.

Learning can be such fun, especially when coupled with the potential to earn money.

As educated and smart as I am, I can be so stupid.

I was never a fan of social media, as I thought it was invasive.

I joined Facebook so I could speak to my sister and brother when they migrated. 

That didn't go down well:

Because weeks and months would go by before I checked my account. 

As a result, I missed birthdays and all other important announcements. 

I even missed getting my birthday greetings. 


Re-Evaluation 


Anyway, in the last five months or so, I decided I wanted to be on the inside of the Dot Com Lifestyle.

So I decided to get with it or get left behind.

I checked in more often on Facebook.

Updated my Linked In profile that was suffering from attention deficit disorder.

Remembered I had a Twitter account and went to revive it.

Created a Pinterest account. 


Pay Dirt: A Nice Calm Social Media 


There I hit pay dirt with something I could really sink my teeth into. 

I found it fun and easy to use. I created boards. 

Added pins.

And followed 3000+ pinners.

In January, I had roughly 17 followers. On February 15th, I had 93 followers.

I then set a goal - in Trello - to have 200 followers by the end of March. 

By the end of March, I had 370 followers. Cool huh? 

I grew my followers by 298% and surpassed my goal by 85%.

Currently, I have 472 followers. 

But that's another story. 




Twitter and Me


I mentioned earlier that I wanted to unearth my Twitter account. Well, I couldn't find it. 

So I went ahead and created a new one. 

I uploaded a profile picture, a header photo (one that I took), selected a theme color and added a bio. 

Later I would add a website.

February was my goal setting month. So, I set another social media related goal. 

My goal was to increase my Twitter followers from 42 to 100 by the end of March. 

On March 16th, I reached my goal. 

I was so excited! 


How I Got There 


When I created my Pinterest account, I linked it with my Facebook and Twitter accounts.  

At the time, I was thinking it would make me look less of a dimwit if I was posting to these accounts.

For someone who is a wee bit tech savvy: I grew tired of apologizing to friends, family, acquaintances and former co-workers of not being more active on social media

And it paid off too. 

I was literally a kid with a new toy. So I pinned and pinned and pinned some more. 

Then I thought, "If I did this with Pinterest couldn't I do this with my other social media accounts.

So, I decided to do further research on my second most favorite social media channel.

Twitter.


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Twitter 


Of the 1.3 billion registered Twitter users, there are 100 million daily active users.  

What do they all tweet about? 

Because Twitter - and other social media platforms - has a social impact on people.

They use it to:

  • Keep up with close social ties
  • Offer social support
  • Foster a sense of community
  • Have political discussions
  • Engage with their favorite team or movie such as The Walking Dead
  • Build trust and tolerance for brands and different people.

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Finding and Experimenting with Apps


I wanted something free, yet efficient and effective.

My journey started with Buffer.

It was easy to use. It took me approximately 20 minutes to:

  • create a Buffer account, 
  • add my Twitter, Facebook, and Linked In accounts, and
  • send and schedule a few messages.

    
I only added those three accounts because this is the limit for the free version. You can upgrade off course, allowing you more accounts and functionality. 

Their customer support is awesome too. I sent them a message and within a few hours, I got a helpful response. They also offer assistance, via email, when your queues are empty. 

In the internet of things, I  was sure there were more apps to experiment with.


More App Searching 


On the second leg of my journey - April 6 - I came across an article that was calling my name. It's titled Twitter for Beginners. 

Here, the author revealed the truths about Twitter that everyone seemed to be hiding from me. 

She told me:

  • how to get more Twitter followers 
  • What to do
  • What not to do

And the tools she uses to reach her audience; including Hootsuite and Unfollowerstats. 

She went further to tell me how to get the right followers and to find out what clout I have in social media. Here I was introduced to Klout. 

What she was saying made sense thus far, so I followed her on over and created an account.

At that time, I had 135 Twitter followers. 

One hour later, I had 163 Twitter followers.

I was ecstatic! 

Within that one-hour time slot, I read another post titled "5 Tools Everyone On Twitter Should Be Using" by Peg Fitzpatrick.

I was stoked because the first tool on her list I was already using - Buffer. 

Off course, I kept on reading.

Based on her recommendation I decided to try TweetDeck. Here's what I thought about it.


Comment made by Shelly-Ann Smalling on Peg Fitzpatrick's Site

She also had an honorable mentions list on which HootSuite is featured. I've been hearing so much about it, I decided to give it a try as well. 

At first, I found it intimidating. However, with practice, I'll master it. It's an extremely powerful tool even in its free version. 

Little did I know she was a renown author on social media of all things.


My Twitter Journey Continued 


 So how many new tools have I gathered thus far?
  1.  Buffer.
  2.  Klout. When I started out I had a measly 27 Klout score :-(
  3. Unfollower
  4. TweetDeck
  5. HootSuite 

    

Making Money with Twitter?

Making Money With Twitter?


I went back to the blog that told me the truth about Twitter.

Here, Saira showed me 5 ways she earned an income with Twitter. She even has income statements.

Believe it or not, I didn't know this was possible. And she didn't make it seem like rocket science either.


Twitter Legend: Large Banner

As a result, I thought, why not use the strategies she taught initially and combine them with what she's saying now to eventually earn an income myself with Twitter.

Can you imagine never having to tweet again and getting your customers to check your tweets every day?

I went on another round of rummaging in Google drawers and found:

ManageFlitter

  1. TweetJukebox now Social Jukebox
  2. TwitterDMer  
  3. Socialoomph 
  4. Tweepi
  5. SumAll
  6. Crowdfire


Unfollowerstats is pretty amazing. It has a dashboard I dreamed off. 
Unfollower dashboard

ManageFlitter has a mouth on it. Its quips are humorous. 

ManageFlitter allows you to carry out several operations as well, such as finding active accounts and allowing you to unfollow.

Build your Twitter account with ManageFlitter

ManageFlitter's Features

TweetJukebox allows you to really set it and forget it.  You upload a message and then TweetJukebox tweets it every hour. When it's finished tweeting all your uploaded tweets it will start tweeting the same messages again on a continuous cycle.

It has a free and a paid version. So if the free version does this much, imagine how much time it will save you. 

Not in hours, but in days.

I'm yet to try:


Twitter Apps



Not All Apps are Created Equal


Many of these apps are third-party Twitter apps, and it would be irresponsible if I didn't inform you to be careful with their use. Always check your official Twitter account - not through a third party app - before you do a thorough spring cleaning of your Twitter account. 

Don't worry, if you inadvertently unfollow someone, you can easily re-follow them.  

Now, while I was researching I was also working on improving the quality of my tweets and gaining followers. Also, I was and still is, sharing some pins through Twitter. 


How I Grew my Twitter Followers by 360% in 7 Days


How I Grew my Twitter Followers by 360% in 7 Days


Let's take a look at my process.



1. When I created my Klout account I also followed persons on Twitter who were interested in the topics I was interested in. 

That's how I jumped from 135 to 163 followers. A 21% increase in an hour.

2. I organized TweetDeck to follow Twitter lists, search queries, mentions, notifications, retweets, and messages.

 I also checked and responded to all my existing notifications and  messages. 

TweetDeck offers a clear view of what's happening in my little corner of Twitterdom.


TweetDeck Colums


3. Then I moved on to Unfollower. I first found and unfollowed all the inactive accounts I was following. 

4. Still using Unfollowerstats I moved on to those who I was following but were not following me. I had approximately 648 of those. I unfollowed 498 of them.
Unfollower Follower/Unfollower Stats


Please note: your account can be banned or suspended if you break the Twitter rules. So start with unfollowing 20 persons per day.  More on this in an upcoming post.



5. Then I attended to those who were following me that I was not following and followed them. 

6. I edited my Twitter bio with six words - blogger and social media influencer aspirant - that were more in line with my interests. 

7. I respond to tweets, retweets, DM, and "like" my mentions.

8. I include images or videos in my tweets.

9. I'm actively learning Twitter speak. For example, DM means direct message.

10. I tweet various content from multiple tools. I tweet from Twitter, Pinterest, Buffer, Klout, HootSuite and TweetJukebox.

11. Twitter has its own analytics and insights tool. It showed me most of my followers are men who are interested in technology, social media, and marketing.
Twitter Analytics for Shelly-Ann Smalling


Based on the information presented there, I use this information as a guideline for my tweets going forward.

12. I also couple my Twitter analytics with my sharing apps analytics to help me to be a better tweeter. 

For example, I realize the tweets sent out with Buffer gets more engagement than those sent out with HootSuite

I agree:

  •     that I've sent more messages with Buffer than with Hootsuite; and 
  •     I'm currently intimidated and biased against Hootsuite.


But, I've been experimenting. 

I scheduled the same tweets with both apps and those from Buffer came back with more clicks and a sprinkling of retweets.

However, this information is not conclusive as to which is the better app. 

There are several factors that go into play. Namely: 

  • Was there an image or video in the tweet?
  • Was the same image or video used for both platforms?
  •  Did the messages go out on the same day at the same time?



My Biggest Mistake


I've lost approximately 40 followers who followed me. I guess I didn't follow them back soon enough. 

One of the sad truths about social media is reciprocity.

And it doesn't only apply to Twitter.

Because I've experienced it on Pinterest as well but it's more noticeable and prevalent on Instagram. 

Numerous times I realize I have 5 fewer pinners following me.

Many persons won't stick around if you don't follow them back quickly.

Is it a bad thing? The 40 followers I lost, is my account better off without them? 

Food for thought.


Found It!


Earlier I mentioned having a Twitter account and because I couldn't find it I created a new one.

Guess what?

I found it while I was using Unfollower to unfollow those who don't follow me back.

This account is 4 years old.

Now I have two Twitter accounts with earning power.

I have a Twitter following of 652. 

The last 180 or so, all followed me. 

My Klout score is now at 42 with Twitter contributing 74%.


Klout Score


I've also gotten a free course, free eBooks and tons of invites to join communities and great tools to use.

Community Joined: Inbound.org



Cool Tools Used:



The Next Step in My Journey to Live the Dot Com Lifestyle


In order for me to get my audience to lean forward and participate, the next step in my Twitter journey, is to:

  •    Create and add a background to my account;
  •    Make my profile and header image more relevant to my brand; 
  •    Experiment with #hashtags;
  •    Make my tweets more light-hearted and personable;
  •    Use more images, gifs and videos in my tweets; 
  •    Update my 4-year-old account; and
  •    Start earning with my Twitter accounts. 
  •   As my accounts grow, I rinse and repeat the steps.
Remember, the dot com lifestyle isn't only about blogging. 
Tweet: Remember, the dot com lifestyle isn't only about blogging.

Conclusion



Before I started using these tools, I followed more than 1100 tweeters. 

All in the hopes that they'd find my tweets irrisistible and follow me back.

I even followed my own four-year-old account without noticing.

In order for you to be successful with Twitter, you need to optimize your account with images, videos, gifs and your bio with keywords. 

Keywords are words or phrases that let tweeters know you have the same interest as them. 

For example: if you like DIY projects you could add "DIY -er or DIY enthusiasts" to your existing bio. If you're into gardening, being a stay at home mom, make furniture from pallets, repurpose bed sheets, or a mom working from home, the same principle applies. 

This isn't the full monty as it relates to growing your Twitter followers and making money online.  

With Twitter, there is always the chance that your tweet will go viral. Tweet: With Twitter, there is always the chance that your tweet will go viral.

Therefore, integrate Twitter into your marketing strategies as it is an integral part of communicating with your audience whether you are an everyday user, blogger, or business.

So, there you have it. 

The steps I took to grow my Twitter following by more than 360%. 

I've also introduced you to 12 apps to help grow your Twitter following and open an income source.


Over to You


Now it's your turn.

Go ahead. Don't be scared .Update your Twitter bio and see if it doesn't make a difference. 

It only takes a little practice.

And I promise you'll get at least one new follower for your efforts. 

And by chance if you don't have a Twitter account, create one at www.twitter.com

Here's an article to get you started.

If you like this article please feel free to share, leave a comment or pin for later.

Of course, I'd love to hear about your Twitter experiences. 

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