Would you like to have thousands of enthusiastic Twitter followers?
And would you like to get those thousands of followers for free?
If you answered yes to the above questions, then you are in the right place.
I am a Twitter expert and advocate. I LOVE Twitter. And I have thousands of Twitter followers. Just check me out at @GaryBolyerArt. I add thousands of new Twitter followers every year.
But the most amazing thing is that I get all of my followers for free. I've never paid even a dime for one follower.
The average person on Twitter has about 300 followers. That's where I was not long ago. So I'm going to assume that you already have a Twitter account and that you have at least a couple of hundred followers.
If you don't have a Twitter account, just go to Twitter.com and set it up. It's free and simple to do.
There are two easy steps to growing a free following on Twitter:
1) Follow and Unfollow
2) Tweet and ReTweet
Let's look at these two steps in more detail.
1) Follow and Unfollow
Twitter will allow you to follow a ceiling of up to 2,000 people when you are first starting out with no followers. This ceiling changes as your followers grow, but basically it stays about 1,000 to 2,000 people over the number of your following. So if you have 2,000 followers, you will be allowed to follow about 3,000. Understand? Just remember that you have a ceiling over your total number of people you are following.
So if you have 300 followers, I recommend that you go ahead and follow up to your ceiling of 2,000 people.
But before you get started with this, I want you to consider one thing: Who is your ideal customer? This is who you want to follow. I want you to follow only those people who are most likely to buy your product. Why?
Because there is a cost involved to obtain a follower, whether that cost is time or money.
You do not want to waste your time with a lot of followers who will never convert into buying customers. Is this clear? Let's look at an example.
Let's say that you are a jewelry artist and make silver and gold jewelry. You sell your jewelry on your art blog and at art fairs around the country. Only you know for sure who is your ideal customer. Is it a woman? Is is a man? Is it a mixture of both? Let's say that for this example, you determine that your ideal customer is a woman. She is 25 to 45 years old. She is a housewife, but she is also a professional and has the disposable income to afford to buy your handmade gold and silver jewelry products.
Now we have enough information to follow the right people on Twitter. Continuing with this example, you are only going to follow professional women who are 25 to 45 years of age. Got it?
So you are going to go to the "Search" bar in Twitter and type in "professional woman." Then you will click the "People" tab in the extended search bar. This way you will only get the people who match the search rather than all the tweets and hashtags associated with the term.
There are many terms that will match your perfect followers in this example. You could use: "nurse", "executive secretary", "woman doctor", etc. Use your imagination and come up with as many search terms for your ideal follower as possible. You're going to need as many as you can come up with. This step is critical for your success on Twitter.
Once you have you ideal customer, then follow 2,000 of them on Twitter. You will find that about 10% to 20% of the people that you follow will follow you back. So if you follow 2,000 in one week, you should get about 200 to 400 to follow you back in that same week. And if you followed my advice above, then these followers will be the perfect people to buy your products.
Once you follow up to your ceiling of 2,000 people, you want to just let it work for you for a while. It may take 7 to 10 days for all of those you followed to take notice and to follow you back.
After a couple of weeks, you are going to want to start unfollowing all of the people who didn't follow you back.
Remember, you have a ceiling and can only follow so many people based on the total number you are following. So if you unfollow some people who are not following you back, you will free up some space which will allow you to follow fresh new prospects.
There are some free tools that will help you to follow and unfollow on Twitter. I use www.justunfollow.com. They have a free and premium version. The free version works just great and it's the one I still use. I unfollow and then follow new users every day using this tool. And the great thing about www.justunfollow.com is that they have a special section in their program that allows you to copy your competitors' followers. Just enter your competitor's Twitter handle and then copy their following.
At the end of every month, unfollow eveyone who has not followed you back. I call this purging my list. And then start over with following fresh new prospects all the way up to your ceiling.
But here is a word of warning: Don't follow and unfollow too much. Twitter calls this "churning" and you could have your account banned for doing it too much. If you follow and unfollow around 30 people every day and then purge your list at the end of the month, you will be okay. If on the other hand, you follow and unfollow hundreds of people every day, you will probably get banned.
2) Tweeting and ReTweeting
One of the most important things you can do to grow your Twitter following is to stay engaged with your followers. You do this by Tweeting, ReTweeting, and Favoriting.
There are some Twitter experts that say you should engage only 4 or 5 times a day on Twitter. I think this is wrong. I Tweet and ReTweet many times each day, on average up to 60 or more tweets per day.
You will need a social media scheduler to schedule your tweets and engage a lot on Twitter. I use and highly recommend Hootsuite.com.
The great thing about Hootsuite.com is that you can save your tweets as a template and then just pull them from the template file each time. This saves tremendous time each day because you don't have to come up with new tweet ideas. Just pull them out of your saved file and schedule them.
Nothing is better than Hootsuite.com for scheduling your tweets and managing your Twitter account.
My Tweets are spread out from 8 am to 5 pm, with 11 am to 2 pm getting the most tweets. I tweet 7 days a week on this schedule.
The more you Tweet, the more you will be ReTweeted by your followers and the more followers you will gain from these engagements.
My Tweets fall into 3 categories:
1) Articles from my blog
3) Interesting Facts.
I rarely tweet about myself. Your followers are only interested in learning something from you or being entertained with quotes or facts. In my example of the jewelry artist above, you would link back to interesting articles in your jewelry art blog, or use interesting quotes art quotes or jewelry facts.
People who tweet mostly about themselves rarely grow a large Twitter following. Unless you are a famous movie star like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie, nobody cares about you personally. Sorry to burst your narcissistic little bubble, but hey, I'm trying to give you the straight dope here.
A Few Words About Buying Twitter Followers
This article was written for people who want to grow their following on Twitter for free. But there is another way to grow your following. You can always buy your followers.
If you decide to buy your followers, I recommend that you only use the official Twitter promoted accounts. They have an entire program just set up to promote your brand and get new followers.
You can set up a campaign that will just specifically get new followers only. This way you are assured that you will get real followers with real Twitter accounts.
There are hundreds of places that advertise on the internet where you can get 5,000 new Twitter followers for only $10. I have never used one of these ads and I don't suggest that you use them either.
I suspect the followers that you are buying are not real Twitter accounts at all. They are fake accounts set up just to scam innocent people out of their money.
Don't fall for these scams. Never buy your Twitter followers from an advertisement on the internet.