So this is it….the moment I have been waiting for…I have finally made it to 10,000 followers. The holy grail. The mac daddy! To put things in perspective, I joined twitter with my MTRD account in January 2015, so it’s be a fair old slog. But now it’s time to celebrate, and as a big woop woop to that milestone, I’m sharing with you how I got there (at least, how I think anyway!):
1.Tweets going out round the clock
No I don’t mean dosing yourself up on a bajillion cups of coffee and pulling an all nighter every night – I mean using a plug in like Revive Old Post that will make the most out of your content by feeding it through your Twitter right around the clock (hey because there’s always someone looking at your Twitter somewhere in the world!). I set mine to post out every hour which might sound extreme but if you think about how much appears on someone’s Twitter feed in an hour, is entirely necessary for you to be seen and heard.
2. Content was my king
I’ve said this time and time again, but content really is king. If you’re putting out a load of self-centered drivel that nobody can relate to then quite honestly – people are more likely to unfollow you than follow you. Great quality content is not only essential for blog growth, but also the key to growth on Twitter – and for me, that was a not-so secret recipe of humorous, useful, engaging, daring, relatable, incisive and trend related content. Read: you need to stand out from the crowd
3.Supporting and retweeting others
I can not emphasize the importance of this. Twitter gives back what you put in and if you are going to be a selfish island, your Twitter growth will be SLOOOOOW! But if you dish out the love, then trust me – the love will surely be dished back to you. Set up a Twitter list of fellow bloggers you love and retweet them. Join in with Twitter RT groups like the ones of UK Awesome Bloggers and Blogger Club UK. Join in and RT others on hashtags like #SundayBlogShare & #MondayBlogs and check out this list for inspiration for other hashtags you can join in on.
4.Tweeting others your content – but be careful not to spam!
If you’ve written a post about something you think a fellow member of the Twittersphere will find useful or insightful, or perhaps you’d like to start a discussion on something, by all means Tweet them. This is where the beauty of Twitter engagement can be at its finest but PLEASE do not go randomly spamming people – sit back and think – will they really want to see this?
Without hashtags, you have very little hope of anyone finding your Tweets unless they happen to already follow you. I am a brazen user of hashtags and if you don’t know what hashtags to use, there are loads of research tools out there like Hashtagify.me which can help you out on that. Also look at what hashtags are trending for that day on Twitter and see if you have any content that relates to them then schedule up some tweets using your preferred scheduling tool (mine is Tweetdeck).
6.Getting involved in linkies
I know there is a lot of chat about whether linkies are worth it, or if they bring you any traffic yadda yadda, but apart from the fact they help to boost you DA, if you are trying to pull yourself up the Twitter pecking order and are being retweeted by someone who has 10,000 followers (eherm, like me), then this is going to help you get in front of a whole lot of potential followers when they RT you. If you’re a total nutter (like me), you can even start your own linky….while this is a heck of a lot of effort (speaking from experience as a #coolmumclub co-host), they are a killer way of ramping up your Twitter following too if done right.
7.Having a strong voice
Lets face it, Twitter is a busy old place and you need to stand out, but how? As well as having killer content to feed through your Twitter account, you also need to have a strong voice because your Twitter is an extension of you and your brand. So for me, that’s about being sassy, wry and informative all at the same time, for you, it might be something else. Get noticed, or wither.
Obviously with 10,000 followers it can be hard to keep track of all RTs and shares but as much as possible I have always made an effort to thank who I can and reply to as many tweets as possible. If people feel they are getting radio silence from you, or that you don’t care that they are tweeting you, the twitter love will soon dry out, and your Twitter…like everything..should be thought of as a community which needs nurturing. Also although it’s far from ideal at the very least you can use an app to thank high value community members like Commun.it, which is better than nothing if you really struggle with this.
9. Asking people to share your blog posts via Twitter
You would think that having a Twitter button at the end of your post would just get people to share your content but noooooo! If you want your stuff shared on Twitter and therefore to get it in front of potentially lots of other followers you need to explicitly ask for it (I do this at the end of each blog post – see below!). Because, you know – it’s a busy world we live in!
10. Being dedicated
To grow your followers to a big amount, you should be using Twitter as one of your primary networks (best practice dictates that you should only ever be focusing on three at a time). You need to be living and breathing it….totally owning it, and seeing it as an extension of yourself (painful at times I know because Twitter can be a real B****, but worth it when you finally hit that 10,000!).
Are you looking for new ways to grow your Twitter following? Did you find these tips useful? Which of the above has worked for you? Do leave a comment and share. And if you’re looking to grow other social media channels check out this post about how I tripled my monthly Pinterest views.
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