How To Get Twitter Followers – Tips For Getting Noticed

Social media years are like dog years. Things change so quickly. It seems that if you’ve been blogging for 5 years (that’s 35 years in social media years), you’re a veteran. September 1st will be my 5 year blogiversary. Looking back over those 5 years, Twitter has been a social media platform I’ve loved continuously. Even though other platforms came and went (like StumbleUpon and FriendFeed) and I have a love/hate relationship with others (*coughFACEBOOKcough*), my love for Twitter has never waned.

How to get Twitter followers

It’s fun. It’s interactive. It’s simple. It’s instant, yet still relevant even if you don’t check in 6 times a day. And while I’m not  a Twitter guru, I understand how to get Twitter followers. In addition to sharing your Twitter account on other platforms, there are a few easy, tried and true, tips to follow on Twitter itself.

Have a Good Photo

We want to see your face. Having an actual, current photo of yourself goes a long way in establishing trust. If your twitter account represents a community site or business, feel free to use your logo. But whatever you do, get rid of the egg, quickly. And no profile pictures of your pets in people clothes. It’s creepy.

Fill Out Your Bio

If you have a photo, but no bio, I probably won’t follow you. Your bio is a great place to share your personality – but be as succinct as possible. Don’t get so “creative” that I have no idea what you mean. I’d much rather read “happily married” than “married 15 years to my reason for getting up in the morning”. (eyeroll)

Use Keywords in Your Bio

What do you blog about? What are your interests? Use those keywords in your bio. Twitter users search keywords looking for like-minded people to follow. My Twitter bio includes the words Christian, Homeschool, Dairy Free and Getting Fit. Be sure to alternate your keywords every few months. In my next bio, I might change ‘diary free’ to ‘non dairy’ and ‘homeschool’ to ‘home educate’. This will help find additional users with similar interests.

Join a Chat or Party

Find twitter parties related to your keywords and join in! Birds of a feather flock together. If you write about organization, participate in Twitter events that have to do with organizing, housekeeping and space saving. Tweet, converse, interact! Follow users you’d like to know better, they’ll probably follow you back.

Use Hashtags – Politely

Using relevant hashtags is a great way attract attention from a more focused set of Twitter users. For instance, if you share a homeschool curriculum review, tag it with #homeschool, #hsbloggers, or #hsmommas. Use hashtags sparingly! More than one – three hashtags per tweet puts you in the “hashtag bomber” category. If your tweets look like this: “Check out my flashcard review!! #homeschool #hsbloggers #hsmommas #2to1Conf #homeeducate #math #moms #school #flashcards” Stop it! Just stop.

No Auto DMs Either

I don’t like them. If you spam me within seconds of following you, I will likely unfollow you on principle. Building any relationship – whether in life or online – needs to be done in an organic way. Don’t be pushy.

Tweet During Live Events

This goes back to the same reasoning as joining relevant chats and parties. Where like-minded people congregate, you’re likely to get more followers. Tweet with relevant hashtags during your favorite team’s ball game, or during a new episode of your favorite show. Though this hasn’t worked well for me with my favorite TV show. I suspect there are only a handful of 30 something, Christian, homeschool, fans of #TheWalkingDead.

Share the Love

Last but not least, don’t just broadcast. If you want to grow you followers you need to interact. You don’t have to live on Twitter, but at least check in once a day or a few times a week. Retweet your friends, respond to @s and direct messages. Foster those relationships!

Are you a Twitter guru? Share your tips in the comments.

12 thoughts on “How To Get Twitter Followers – Tips For Getting Noticed

  1. I’d like to come spend a week with you and just really get some Twitter training. As much as I want to like it, I just can’t get into it. I think it’s the word count and the fact that I tend to be wordy or something. Thanks for these tips. 🙂

    1. LOL Heidi. I completely understand – getting used to only 140 characters was difficult at first. But it did teach me to be succinct. I became much better at editing my posts, since I was used to “speaking” in 140 characters.

  2. Great tips Cheryl! I love Twitter & actually started utilizing that before Facebook in regards to blogging and my social media efforts. Twitter is so different than Facebook, so I’m sure your tips will come in handy for those trying to hone their Twitter skills or who are just getting started on Twitter.

  3. I just got to reading this. It’s been languishing in my inbox. Thanks for the tips; I’m still just learning Twitter and moved from Tumblr to WordPress, which is another huge learning experience.
    BTW, I would totally Twitter chat with you during #thewalkingdead. Love that show!

  4. Followed your link from Homeschool blogging.
    I really appreciate your help getting the hang of Twitter. My husband has a few friends he uses Twitter for, but couldn’t help me on the platform building side, so I’ve been slowly getting my feet wet and building followers. The only way I knew to get the word out about myself was to follow followers of similar niche organizations. That is a slow, eye-crossing process and I wasn’t enjoying it much!
    My specialty isn’t telling about how my family lives, it’s about general science. If I showed pics of my house and what we do, everyone but the lazy (and God) would be disgusted and “unfollow” in a minute!
    It doesn’t seem that anyone else in a similar field uses a head shot and neither have I. Would you be more likely to follow a science for kids account if you could see it was a mom? Do you think it would stand me in good stead to switch pictures?

    1. Thanks so much for visiting, Cheri! I took a quick peek at your site. It looks like a WEALTH of science information. Since you blog about science – products, curriculum, experiments – and not so much about your family, I think you are doing the right thing by NOT having your personal picture on your Twitter account.

      What I would suggest however, is using a matching photo. Either use the seagull, or get a new header and button so that your Twitter button and header are the same. That way your “image” is uniform and people will recognize your site from the blog and vice versa. Also, consider getting social media sharing icons to put in your sidebar. It’s great that you have the links in your sidebar, but since they are text links, they don’t stand out so much. If they catch people’s eye, you’ll get more followers from your site.

      Hope that helps 🙂

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