just continues to grow in popularity, more people are
wanting to know how to expand their Twitter networks, and get more
people to follow them. There are several different ways to do this,
depending on how you use Twitter. Here's some of the things that have
worked for me.
First, you have to follow more people to get more followers. Here's a site with a ton of great tools
that can help you find people that share your same interests.
Second, I link to a lot of articles/blogs/studies that I come across. I spend every morning going through my feed reader, and as I find interesting posts/articles, I share them with my followers on Twitter. These tweets are then shared by my followers, and that usually results in more people following me.
Finally, the BEST way I have found to gain followers, is to participate in conversations on Twitter. Several times I have engaged in lengthy conversations on Twitter, and after the conversation ends, I can go back and see that I picked up followers almost as soon as the conversation started, and stopped adding them almost as soon as the conversation winded down. Often, others will start tweeting something like 'Guys you need to be paying attention to this conversation that @MackCollier and @JenniferLaycock are having on getting more comments on your blog!', which gets me even more followers.
There are plenty of ways that you can grow your followers on Twitter. But the above methods have worked best for me.
BTW for those of you that are wondering how much traffic Twitter can send to your blog, it probably isn't as much as you'd think. I currently have about 2,600 followers on Twitter. When I tweet a link to one of my blog posts, I might send 100 visitors in a 24-hour period to my blog from that tweet. Which is about 5% of the number of followers I have. Now if other people that are following me retweet my link, then that number can quickly multiply.
My point is, from my experience, you get more back from Twitter when you contribute more. The people that are only there to promote themselves don't seem to get much value from it. Then again, if they are only on Twitter to extract value from others, why would anyone follow them.
Tomorrow I'll look at how I decide who I follow on Twitter.
What are some of your tips for getting more followers on Twitter? BTW if you aren't already, you can follow my tweets on Twitter here
December 1, 2008
Mack Collier is a social media consultant, trainer and speaker. He has been actively immersed in social media since 2005, and in that time, has helped advise, teach and consult with businesses of all shapes and sizes on how they can better connect with their customers via these amazing tools and sites. While being passionate about the social media space, what truly excites Mack is the human connections that can result from the proper use of these social tools. His motto is "Don't focus on the tools, focus on the connections that the tools help facilitate." His goal is to help his clients create those connections with their customers, and nuture them into relationships that help grow their bottom line.
His social media 'homebase' is The Viral Garden, which in 3 years time Mack has grown into an influential marketing/social media blog with a monthly readership of over 175,000. He is also a frequent contributor to the website Marketing Profs, as well as the marketing blog Daily Fix, and small business blog Search Engine Guide. His writings have been referenced in several mainstream publications and websites, including The Washington Post, MSNBC.com, Ad Age, CNET, and The Boston Globe.
Mack is also a requested speaker and has presented at some of the top social media conferences and events, including South By Southwest Interactive, Marketing Profs Digital Marketing Mixer, and Small Business Marketing Unleashed. He is also passionate about teaching companies how to use social media sites and tools more effectively, and offers training and seminars privately to companies, in addition to his public speaking schedule.
You can learn more information about Mack's social media training and consulting services here. If you need a social media speaker for your event, or want to know where Mack will be speaking next, click here. If you want to email Mack, click here.
Mack wrote this bio. The third-person thingie is just for fun.