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Monday, October 21, 2013

7 Easy Steps To More Twitter Followers

7 Easy Steps To More Twitter Followers

1. Twitter Profile
It is very important to have a good Twitter profile bio. Most people read the twitter profile bio when making a decision whether to follow or not follow that person. Twitter gives you 160 characters to use for your bio, so make use of them all to describe yourself. Use a few critical keywords that describe you and your interests. Be sure to add your website/blog url, this will drive traffic to your site and also helps the twitter user to decide to follow you.   Upload a good headshot picture or Icon picture. Don’t use the twitter default egg picture, most people won’t follow you. 

2.  Start Following People  Just about anyone who uses twitter knows about this tip.  Find gurus in your niche and follow their followers.    I am looking for targeted followers, so what I do is click on their followers list and do a fast scan of their followers, I look at their profile, how many tweets, and how many followers they have.  I am looking for people with profiles that are related to my niche, people who tweet often, and people with 100 or more followers.
3. Tweet Often
Tweet often and increase your exposure to other twitter users. Your tweets will show up on the twitter public time line, so the more you tweet the more people will find your tweets 
and increase your chance of getting more followers on twitter. People like to follow active twitters, so by tweeting often you will get you more twitter followers and help you keep 
your current followers.

4.  Tweet pictures   
People enjoy seeing pictures.  Pictures are very popular on twitter and tend to get retweeted often.  When your picture is retweeted it increases your visibility on twitter and will 
increase your following.  When you tweet a picture ask your followers to retweet it.

5.  Twitter Directories  
Twitter users search directories to find twitter users with similar interest.   So it is important to be listed in the top directories.  Also use the directories to find like mined people to 
follow.  You know how it goes, the more people you follow the more followers you will get. 

6.  Use Hashtags in Your Tweets   
Twitter hashtags are keywords preceded by a hash symbol # that makes them easier to find keywords in twitter search. You can not use a space with hashtags, if you want to use more than one keyword with a hashtag it has to be continuous. Example:  Social Media would be #socialmedia.  Using hashtags makes it easier for twitter users to find your tweets.  Adding hashtags in your tweets you can also help you get more targeted followers. People are searching for information on a certain subject using keywords or keywords preceded by a hashtag, and if you are providing them with tweets with links to useful information, they will start 
following you. 

7.  Retweet
A retweet is a way of sharing someone’s tweet with your followers.  Retweeting is a compliment; it is telling the originator of the tweet that you think their tweet provides good
useful information.   Retweeting provides value to your followers, so it is very important to only retweet  good useful information.   You are more likely to attract new followers when you provide quality content to your followers and keep the followers you already have. 

Retweeting increases your chances of being retweeted.  Someone you retweeted may want to return the favor and retweet you.  And when you get retweeted it will place your tweet in front their followers, witch will increase your following base. 

It is easy to find twitter users who like to retweet, just do a twitter search for a keyword with the RT in front of it.  Example:  RT SEO.  What you should look for are twiter users who RT a lot, but not all the time.  After you find a few users start following them.  Read their tweets and find something interesting and retweet it.  People love to be retweeted and they will most likely follow you back hoping you will retweet them again.  And even better, they might start retweeting your tweets. 

I hope you find these suggestions helpful.  Please add tips to this list in the comment section.

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