5 Ways to Gain more Twitter Followers {& printable}!

Fellow bloggers…is growing your Twitter followers one of your goals? If you are struggling to get more people to follow you, then I have some tips for you!  Today, I’m going to share 5 ways to gain more Twitter followers based on my own recent experience!

5 Ways to Gain More Twitter Followers via randomlittlefaves.com

For 2015, one of my blogging goals is to get out there more, connect with more readers and fellow bloggers, and bring more traffic to my site.  There are many ways to go about doing this, but one of the best ways is to take advantage of social media!

Why Social Media?

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Social media is an excellent way of getting your name out there and meeting new people.  Another awesome benefit is finding other cool bloggers and the things they write about!  Not only can you learn from your fellow bloggers, you can also be inspired with new and fresh content for your own blog!

Since there are a number of platforms out there, it can easily get overwhelming pretty quickly.  Each one has their own unique qualities and can even appeal to different audiences, so it’s up to you to pick the ones that work best with your blog and brand.

If you’re just starting out, the goal should be growth and engagement.  This is exactly where I am right now and while I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go, I thought it might be helpful to share a little of what I’ve learned that has worked for me in hopes that it might help some of you!

My Plan of Attack!

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My plan this year is to focus each month on a different platform. 
I’ll still be involved with the others, but I’ll really put forth a lot of effort into a specific one with the hopes of significantly boosting my followers and getting the most out of the platform for that month.

For January, I focused on Twittter and I definitely made good progress and learned a lot in the process!

I initially outlined my plans on December 28 in preparation for January 1.  I was tad eager, so I started a few days early (which gave me 5 full weeks to reach my goal).

My Goal:  To double my followers in 5 weeks!

Here’s how my stats looked at the beginning versus the end…

Twitter Followers Growth Chart via randomlittlefaves.com

I not only MADE my goal, but I BEAT it by 27%!!

What worked for me

5 Ways to Gain More Twitter Followers via randomlittlefaves.com

#1:  Follow, follow, follow, and follow other tweeps!

This is really key…if you follow people, they will come.  Will everyone that you follow return the favor?  Sadly, no.  Should you blindly follow people just to get new followers…I’d say no, but I guess that’s personal choice.  

I had read some advice that basically just recommended following anyone and everyone just to get them to follow you back.  Sure…this works.  And if you want to do that, knock yourself out!  Just be prepared to have tweets that would be relevant to you and your blog lost in all of the noise from folks that you have no interest in and will likely never connect with.

I preferred taking the route of looking for other tweeps that either I was genuinely interested in their content/blogs, or I felt would be an ideal reader for my blog.  Could I have gotten even more followers had I just blindly followed anyone and everyone…absolutely, but personally I prefer quality over quantity.

A few ideas for finding others to follow…
1. Look at those who follow you, check out who follows them, and follow those that interest you.

2. Join some blogger Facebook groups…there are plenty out there and most of them have a specific day of the week for each social media platform.  On that day, you share a link to your account, follow others, and they follow you!  (Facebook groups are also a great way to get to know other bloggers and network with them!)

3. Use justunfollow.com…this handy dandy website allows you to enter hashtags or fellow Twitter names to ‘copy’ followers.  It doesn’t blindly copy their list, it’s just basically another way of looking at who is following specific people to find those that may be interested in your blog.  

From justunfollow.com, you can follow new people, unfollow people, and even see who you are following that isn’t following you (just in case you want to clean up your feed so it’s not so overwhelming with tweets!).

Good tip #1: Make it a point to follow new people every single day!

#2:  Tweet, tweet, tweet, and tweet some more!

Ok…I don’t say this to encourage you to overtweet, but you need to be tweeting if you want engagement and potential followers!  

A lot of people are following thousands of people.  They’re obviously not on Twitter every single minute of every single day, so they will not see all of the tweets from the people they follow.  If you tweet that a new blog post is available…you need to do this several times during the day (and possibly even in the days that follow!)

Also tweet about what’s going on with you during the day.  People want to see more than just blog updates on your feed.  Give people something that will help them engage with you!

With that said, DO NOT make the majority of your tweets about you!  Retweet other people’s tweets, share other people’s blog posts, tweet out helpful articles that you stumble across, etc.  

Good tip #2: Create and use lists!  I have several lists for the different blogging groups I belong to.  Usually during the day, I will go to one of those lists and scroll through to see what my fellow blogging tweeps are tweeting.  It doesn’t take me long to find a tweet to retweet or a blog post to share.  This will help you engage and network with other bloggers!

#3:  Schedule your Tweets

If you are sharing blog posts, both new content and old content, scheduling your tweets will be a lifesaver!  I happen to like  but there are a lot of options out there.  Whatever platform you choose, the premise is the same.  Write up your tweets, add in a link (if necessary), hashtags, and then set a date and time for it to automatically tweet!  

As soon as I finish writing my blog posts, I schedule those to go live within the next week.  I then create a shortened link through bitly and I schedule all of my tweets to promote my new post right then.

Even if you are scheduling tweets, don’t let the scheduled tweets be your only tweets.  Mix it up with a few on the fly tweets or share a photo!  This will keep your feed fresh and interesting.

Good tip #3: Use a Twitter Schedule to stay on track of your scheduled tweets and to be sure you’re varying your content!

#4:  Make use of #hashtags

It doesn’t matter how crafty or clever your tweet is if no one is seeing it!  Make it more likely that others will see your tweet (and ultimately follow you!) by adding appropriate #hashtags.  People will search on hashtags to find relevant tweets to either retweet or engage with, so think about good ones to add to your message.

Good tip #4:  is a great website to search on potential hashtags to see how popular they are!

#5:  Have an interesting profile bio

As I mentioned in Tip #1, if you’re hunting around for people to follow, the only way to assess if they would make ideal readers for your blog is by reading their profile bio.  Therefore, if you want people to follow you, make sure your profile bio is informative while showcasing some of your personality.  

As I scanned potential people to follow, I can’t tell you how many profile bios were ambiguous or blank!  And you know what…I skipped right past those!

This is what my profile shows:

My Twitter Bio via randomlittlefaves.com

It clearly shows my interests and what I will likely tweet about as well as showing my positive outlook on life!  

Good tip #5:  You can include #hashtags in your profile sentence to help people find you even more easily (I haven’t done that yet, but will update my profile sentence to include these soon!).

Be clear on your goals…

5 Ways to Gain More Twitter Followers via randomlittlefaves.com

Now that we’ve talked about the 5 ways to gain more twitter followers, let’s quickly talk about how to pull this together and make it happen!

1.  Set a Goal…The best way to motivate yourself is to give yourself a specific number of followers to reach by a specific day.  Write it on a post-it note or an index card and put it where you can see it to keep you motivated every day!

2.  Follow People EVERY DAY…Based on how many new followers you want, divide by the number of days you’re giving yourself, and then be sure to follow at least that many every single day!  Not everyone will follow you back (I’d say it’s less than 40% will actually follow you back!), so padding this with a few more will help you better achieve your goal.  

I didn’t quite meet my personal daily quota of follows…let’s be honest, there are only so many hours in the day!  But, I still succeeded in meeting my goal, so I’m perfectly happy with that!

Other resources…

5 Ways to Gain More Twitter Followers via randomlittlefaves.com

As I found other great articles for growing your Twitter account, I saved them to a Pinterest board.  If you’d like to check those articles out, then just hop on over to my board!

Throughout this post, I’ve shared a few helpful websites, but I have two more!

Tweriod will tell you when is the best time to tweet based on your followers!  To get the most visibility for your tweets, you will want to tweet when your followers are active on Twitter.  With a free account, they’ll compile a report for you every month and it will show you the most active times for weekends, weekdays, etc.  You do have to request the report and unfortunately, it doesn’t show you the results right away, but you will get an email when it’s ready to go.

Here’s how your analysis looks for Tweriod…

Tweroid Screenshot via randomlittlefaves.com

You can analyze your tweets with Twitter Analytics.  This will show you not only which tweets had the most engagement, but it will give you some info on your followers – demographics, interests, etc.

Free Printable!

I know this was a lot of information, so to make it a little easier for you, I’ve created a free PDF checklist that you can download and print out!  Enjoy!

Follow me!

Did you find this helpful?!  If so, I’d love to connect with you more, so how about you follow me on Twitter and let’s be best twitter buds!

Twitter Follow Button via randomlittlefaves.com

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Your turn friends!  What is your advice for making the most out of Twitter?  Did any of these resonant with you?  Do you have any other suggestions to add to the list?  Leave me a comment and let me know!!

Comments

  1. 17

    says

    This is so so helpful! I’m going to check out justunfollow.com
    I have been working on getting better at using twitter and gaining a larger following. You really gained a lot of followers quickly! Scheduling tweets is something I just started doing. My goal is to have a tweet go out every 30 mins, since after a few minutes your tweet disappears to the bottom of the feed.
    I am going to apply a lot of these tips in March and see what happens :)

    Ashley
    ashleygabrielle.com

    • 18

      says

      Hey Ashley – yay! I’m so glad this was helpful for you! I’ve slacked off a bit in February, so I can definitely tell the difference in the number of followers, but I’m not too worried about it. In a few months, I’ll do another focused twitter ‘campaign’ and add in a few other things that I will learn by then! Good luck with your mission to grow your twitter followers! :-)

  2. 19

    says

    There are several things I loved about this post. One is how intentional you were at the beginning of the year to grow your Twitter account. I also loved the clear steps you took and how you shard them with us! I’ve been meaning to look into unfollowme as well as make some lists but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I have never heard of Tweriod but it sounds great! Followed you and pinned :) Have a great week (found this through our NYNB group).

    • 20

      Vicky says

      Thanks Angie!! I’m so glad you liked the post and got some useful tips. Thanks so much for stopping by and you have an awesome week too! :-)

  3. 21

    says

    I just set my mom up with a twitter account for our business we own together. I also need to grow my Twitter account though and start using it more. There is so much social media to try to keep up with! LOL

    • 22

      Vicky says

      Hi Rose! I know, right! There’s SO much and it’s so overwhelming at times, lol. It’s like your mind has to constantly be thinking about what to tweet, instagram, or pin, lol. Good luck with your business and I hope your mom enjoys tweeting :).

  4. 23

    says

    As of April of last year, I was still super anti-social-media, hahaha. I’m really glad I busted out of that bubble though, because it’s been so awesome getting to know so many amazing bloggers all over the world! 😀

    These are really great tips! Tackling each social media platform one at a time is definitely a good way to go!
    Scheduling tweets has definitely made my life a lot easier, and I’ve been thinking of looking into justunfollow, but am slightly wary (does it post any tweets/automated tweets/messages for you? I keep seeing that, and I know it takes extra time, but I prefer personally writing out my tweets to people :P).

    • 24

      Vicky says

      Hi Farrah! You have the option within justunfollow.com to set up an automatic tweet or message to people when they follow you, but I haven’t done that. The only message that I’ve seen it auto tweet is once a week or so, it will tweet (from me) saying how many new followers I’ve gotten during the week. That kind of annoys me, but I let it go since I figure it just gets lost in the vast Twitter world, lol. I was never big into social media (in general…not just with blogging), so it took me awhile to accept that I NEEDED to get on that, lol. Now that I am, I love it, just a tad overwhelmed at times at the work needed to make sure you’re really ‘out there’, you know?! Thanks so much for stopping by and so glad that we’re connecting! :-)

  5. 25

    says

    Following people is what helped me gain more followers. I have sorta stopped following people but should really do it more. I’m at 2,196 for followers but would love to have more. Thanks for posting this! It has made me more motivated!!

    • 26

      Vicky says

      Wow, almost 2,200!! That’s awesome!!! I hope to get there sometime this year, lol. Glad to have helped motivate you and hope this helps! :-)

  6. 27

    says

    Great tips! I like that you tackled one social media at a time. I really need to get on that it can totally get overwhelming with all of it at once! Twitter, pinterest, facebook and I dont even use the other social media things!
    I’m definitely going to have to incorporate some of your tips and get my twitter up!

    • 28

      Vicky says

      Hi Angela..it can be SO overwhelming!! I use Twitter, Instagram (my focus for February, although it’s been a tougher go than Twitter!), Pinterest, and a little on Facebook. I don’t spend too much time on FB since it just doesn’t get any traction, but I do try to post new links there. I should do more with it, but time….sigh…there’s never enough, right? Thanks so much for stopping by!

  7. 29

    says

    Congratulations on exceeding your goal! These are really great tips! I used to follow people all the time on Twitter, but lately the only time I follow people is through my blogging FB groups. I definitely need to get back on top of it.

    • 30

      Vicky says

      Hi Emily! Yes…that’s a great way to find new people to follow and will probably be my main area for growth going forward (until I do another ‘Twitter’ month! LOL). Thanks for stopping by!! :-)

  8. 31

    says

    Great tips Vicky! Love them all! I’m not big on Twitter, I only recently started going on now and then. It would be nice to gain a few more followers though. :)

    • 32

      Vicky says

      Hey Kat – I didn’t think I’d like Twitter, but so far, I really like it!! I’m trying to focus on Instagram this month, but I’m finding it to be a lot more challenger (with regards to getting new followers!).

  9. 33

    says

    this is awesome! I definitely think these things all worked for me in the past. I need to get back on twitter more – I used to be on it all the time, but Instagram has kind of taken over in a lot of ways haha. That being said, I miss how much more engaging Twitter used to be. It seems like it’s not as much anymore. I used to do twitter chats all the time, but now it’s like everyone spams their link with the chat #hashtag and then never actually talks to talk. Kinda bums me out. Anyway, these are awesome tips and I’m happy they worked for you – what a great increase!

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    • 34

      Vicky says

      Hi Tianna! I’m trying to focus on Instagram this month and while i love IG, I do find it much harder to grow than Twitter. But, maybe I’ll learn something during this month to turn that around, lol. I’ve only participated in one twitter chat and someone told me to use tweetdeck to make it easier. Turns out it didn’t quite work during the chat (for everyone, not just me!) so I haven’t really done any more sense then, but maybe I should look into more of those! Thanks for stopping by!

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