Last week I hit a big goal of mine, 10,000 Twitter followers! This took me about six years. It took a lot of work and time and patience to get there, but I made it.
When I first started my blog in 2009, I started a Twitter account mainly for my photography. I didn’t use it for my blog at first. Then, I realized that there were other Military Spouse bloggers that hung out there. That is how I first found the Military spouse community and I am so glad that I did.
Twitter is a lot of things but one of them is a place to find others that you can connect with. Not the people you know in real life but others from around the US and the world that you have something in common with. Without connecting with others on Twitter, you won’t get as much out of it as you otherwise would and if you want to grow your Twitter account, that part is a must. The best part is, that type of connecting with others is a lot of fun and most people enjoy doing it.
There are many reasons to grow your Twitter account. You want to grow your blog and your business, you want to make money with social shares or you want to get your name or brand out there. But how do you grow from 100-200 to over 10K? Do you need that many to make money on Twitter? What is the best thing to do?
Here are a few tips to help you grow your Twitter account to 10K followers:
Fill Out Your Profile 100%
When you set up your Twitter profile you will want to make sure you fill it out 100%. That means adding a good profile photo, a good cover photo and your bio. You also want to include a link to your website or blog in your Twitter profile. You want anyone clicking on your profile to learn a little bit about you and where you live on the Internet.
Follow people every day
When you first get started with Twitter you will be limited in the number of people you can follow. That is based on how many people have followed you back. Start off following about 100 people every day. Every time you follow someone you have a good chance that they will follow you back too. That is how you grow. Find people who you think would like your blog and what you are sharing. Find someone who is big in your niche and see the profiles of people who follow them. Then follow those people. Doing so will increase your chances of having them follow you back.
Weed out nonfollowers
When you are first starting out on Twitter, you don’t want a lot of people that you are following not following you back. You want engagement and growing your Twitter account is easier if you can get engagement from more people. You can use websites like ManageFlitter and CrowdFire to find out who isn’t following you and who has recently unfollowed you. This will clean up your Twitter feed and allow for more room to follow people who want to follow you back too.
Tweet every day
You need to be on Twitter every day if you want to grow. This is easy to do by putting the app on your phone. It only takes a few minutes to open the app and say something. In addition to this, you will want to schedule some of your Tweets to share your blog posts or other posts that you want your followers to see. Even better, go on Twitter 2-3 times a day to connect with your followers.
To grow on Twitter, you need to interact with other people. The easiest way to do this is to create lists. I have about five lists with people I want to connect with on a regular basis. I can either go to Tweetdeck to view them all at the same time or pull them up on my Twitter app. I can go on there during the day and see what people are talking about. I will comment or Retweet when I see something I want to share or talk about.
Give it time
You won’t grow your Twitter account to 10K followers overnight. It will take time. It took me about six years. Had I been working on growing my Twitter account from day one, I am sure I could have done it sooner but it still would have taken a while. Start working on growing your account but give it time. If you are wanting to get to 10K to make money with social shares, know that you don’t need that many followers to find paid campaigns. I was able to find them on places like Izea and Tapinfluence before I hit 10K.
The main thing to remember with Twitter is that it moves fast and it is one 0f the easiest places to gain new followers. You just need to put a little time into it each day. You don’t want to ignore Twitter if you have your own blog or website. You can get traffic from Twitter and interact with your followers who can turn into readers. It’s one of my favorite social media platforms and I love what it has done for me and my blogging goals.
Are you on Twitter too? Let’s connect 🙂
Last Updated on February 4, 2016 by Julie Provost