How to get Twitter Followers

12 Steps to More Twitter Followers


Updated July 2013 in Starting a New WebsiteTwitter by Mark


#1 Follow others – nobody will know you exist until you follow them. You can stop following them later if their Tweets are annoying or off-color


#2 Follow Back – etiquette says that if someone follows you on Twitter you should follow back. This mayTweets are unique not happen with the Twitter Whales of the world like @dooce and @theonion but that is because they can’t and wouldn’t be able to reply to all the direct messages that would be coming to them. (You can only DM somone that is following you back.)


#3 Follow more people a day until you are following 2000 people – Don’t follow more than 200 people per day because Twitter requires a percentage of followers to follow you back. If people don’t #followback Twitter assumes your activity may be suspicious (or spam) and may shut off your account.


#4 UnFollow people who don’t follow back – you may consider unfollowing someone that doesn’t follow back until you get about 2000 followers. This will give you a better chance to have other folow you that will follow back.


#5 Follow people that RT, retweet others– this will guarantee that you have a following that will spread word and market your business if you are twittering for marketing purposes


#6 Follow in your geographic area – if you are a local business it is great to follow other local businesses, so search Twitter for cities or county’s close to your service area.


#7 Follow a Twitter Whale – If you know a large business that has a large Twitter following and you would want similar customers you may want to follow the people that follow them to gain access to their viewers.


#8 Try auto follow software – to make life easier following a lot of Twitterers you may consider using software to help automatically followback.


#9 Use may try software that DM’s people automatically like social oomph after they follow you.


#10 Create a nice DM for all your new followers and include a link that will take them to your website or an article of yours


#11 Use a tool like Tweet Deck or Hoot Suite to follow what is happening on Twitter and find more interesting people to follow.


#12 Create Twitter lists – Twitter lists are a great way to follow a lot of people instead of looking at your Twitter Feed. Organize who you are following into groups and get more useful information.


Good luck and have fun in the Twitter Sphere. It’s a new world that will make sense to you real soon. In the end it is important to check on the rules of good following habits from Twitter. The rules occasionally change.


Drive More Holiday Traffic

December 4th, 2009 in Starting a New Website by Mark

In a previous life I was a fitness enthusiast, to some extent I still am. And from previous experience I learned that hard work pays off and training to become better at your trade is a constant process. Marketing your business is no different. It is a constant effort and if you give up on it you can lose all the benefits of your hard work. So through the holiday season you may want to consider a “personal trainer” for your website. If you have never had a trainer maybe you don’t know the benefits. If you like to know more…


#1 They motivate you. I found over the years that paying for training is the best way to get fit. When you pay for a service, you are really motivated to get the most out of it.


#2 They personally motivate you to be better through pointing out weaknesses that need attention or enhancing your strongest points. For instance, if you are already a strong company or have a great website with a great following, you will probably want to work on what you already do best. On the other hand if you are a newer business you may want to consider looking into strengthening some of the weak points in your armor.


Either technique will work and both will have benefits, but if you never hire the trainer you will never see the results. Many people are the do-it-yourself’er types and this is often a good start. But who can be an expert in every field? Nobody. We all need help. Even top athletes have trainers. And most likely it is not someone with more skill than them, instead it is someone with more knowledge and experience than them. That is how we learn. We get in contact with a specialist or “personal trainer” that has the experience and knowledge to improve your performance. You pay for the service, improve your performance and start the new year with greater confidence, knowing that you trained through the holidays and are not coming out of the Holiday’s fat and slow, but instead stronger and ready for the new year.


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Twittering for Tw-Dollars or Tw-Followers

December 18th, 2009 in Starting a New WebsiteTwitter by Mark

Twollowers Followers – Can you say Tweet?

The hottest thing in social media is, and has been be for a while is Twitter. It is a really cool tool that doesn’t make much sense to people, so i will try to make sense of it for you. Now take to heart that seeing is believing, so you will probably need to try this to believe it, I did and have seen it work. It’s funny, before you try it you will probably be asking the same 2 things as everyone else that has not tried Twitter for themselves, who cares what I’m thinking and who is watching that matters? And in all honesty, those are 2 great questions. They are the basics of why Twitter works. Let’s address each one at a time and then I will tell you what to do to get more followers.

Tip #1 to learn – If you aren’t doing it you aren’t making money from it.

Who Cares? – The most basic answer is nobody. The better answer is – people that don’t know you and nobody if you never try it. The world is your oyster and Twitter is the the ocean. There are more than 2 million people and companies on Twitter. If it didn’t work the largest companies in the world like the Big 3 wouldn’t be spending money on it. So if you aren’t on it, nobody outside your social sphere of influence will ever know about you or your business.

Tip #2  This world is built off of luck, who you know, and extra effort.

Who’s watching that matters? Same answer… nobody is watching full time, but this isn’t about who has the time to constantly watch tweets on Twitter. It is about being on Twitter at peak times (5 am-9am PST and 5-6pm PST) the start and end of work day and meeting one extra person per day that you wouldn’t have met otherwise.

Twitter is another social world of people where you can access people you don’t know and market to them or just talk to them to learn from their experiences  and you won’t fully understand it until you take the time to experience it. But I think we have all forgotten that a large portion of  Twitter is about learning from others experiences. It is an amazing source of popular articles and the ultimate source for learning about current events – while it is happening. I watched Michael Jackson go from assumed deceased to officially deceased live through Twitter. This isn’t something great to mention, but it is something I won’t forget.

Twitter is a game of luck and increasing your chances. Twitter is being there to respond to them. Twitter is teaching the world at an exponential pace. And Twitter is more about giving back than selling.  Nobody can guarantee that Twitter will work for your company, but just like in Texas Hold-Em, if you never stay in to see the flop you will never have a chance to win a hand.

Step-by Step Build a Business with Twitter

Step-by Step Build a Business with Twitter


December 18th, 2009 in Starting a New WebsiteTwitter by Mark

Day 1 When you first start a Twitter account, unless you have done a lot of reading, you probably don’t know what to do or what to say to get followers using Twitter. In my experience building a Twitter followers list isn’t too hard if you follow a few simple guidelines and don’t break Twitters rules. Twitter does have rules that you will want to follow and take warning now, if you go overboard Twitter can shut down your account and delete your followers. But this is not something to panic about unless you plan on spamming your new followers.


If you plan on building a followers list quickly here are a few things to consider before you start going crazy with Twitter.


Tip #1  Make your Tweets informative


First of all, when you open your account you will need to Twitter on your account first before you start following. It is good to get about 20 tweets out there to let people know what kind of things you will be twittering about. A good tweet from a newbie is usually retweeting other people that you like or possibly sending out links to popular articles on the web or articles of your own if you will be writing articles and posting on the web.


Tip #2 Make them short


Twitter gives you 140 characters to write a tweet and that’s not much. I will say make sure you write your tweet in 120 characters or less. Remember, people will be reading these on their phones and at work. They don’t have time to try and understand what you are trying to say. You are only writing headlines for a link.


Tip #3 Know your audience


If you are building your follower list be focused. You will want to RT (retweet) articles that focus on your audience. If you sell IT, send out usefull articles and tips that would interest your clients or peers. ANd it never hurts to e intersting and funny.


Tip #4 Remember, this is just SEO


When you are building a list it is like everything else you do for SEO. It’s not rocket science. Take a little and effort to get a good follower list that is focused on your market. It will give you credibility and it will also give your readers a list of valuable followers to follow.


Bottom line, get a list built. Don’t do it too quickly and when you have questions on what to do next consider reading the article on Tips to Get Twollowers.