Aug 03

How I Got 30,000 Twitter Followers

Tue, 08/03/2010 - 19:24 — julie

Most of you already know my Twitter account @ WebDesignDev has 30,000 Twitter followers. I am extremely proud of this accomplishment because very few web design blogs command such a large following. I get 150+ clicks for every tweet that I send and tens of thousands of visitors from Twitter every single month. Today, I’m going to share with you my secret as to how I got my 30,000 followers.

When I just started WebDesignDev.com, I obviously didn’t have a Twitter following. As a matter of fact, getting Twitter followers isn’t easy at all – most of you already know that from experience. It wasn’t easy for me either. That is, until I came up with a strategy. After I implemented it, I went from some hundreds of followers to 30,000 now. You are probably thinking that you can’t get there, but I will prove you wrong. Read on to find out how I did it.

One day I was writing a blog post on WebDesignDev and it hit me: “why don’t I follow the followers of successful web design blogs?”. I thought surely many of them will follow me. After all, I am in the same niche and my blog provides valuable web design insight, advice and resources. I started out by adding 100 followers a day from top web design blogs and websites. Most of them would follow me back, and they were exactly the followers I was looking at: not some automated bots, not some people only interested in selling something, but instead, people who are genuinely interested in learning about web design. You are probably thinking “I don’t have time to add 100 people a day.” It was extremely time consuming for me too, but I have to say that if you stick to it, it will all be worth it. Nothing comes easy, and the time you are sacrificing now will pay off. Twitter is the Google of the future – the sooner you jump on it, the farther you’ll get.

I used to use TweetAdder to help me automate this grueling, time-consuming process of following people, but for a while now I’ve been using MarketMeTweet. It has a very useful feature called “Follow”. Below is a tutorial on how to use it:

First you must of course log in and it will take you to the main window, which looks like this:

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Click on the “Marketing” link which I highlighted.

Next, you are taken to the following window. Click on “Reply Campaigns” before clicking on “Follow” (it’s a little bit counter-intuitive):

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Next, click on the “Keywords” link:

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Next, you can add any of the keywords which you want MarketMeTweet to use in search for people to follow:

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Now close this window by clicking the red X button. You will still have the previous Follow window there, click on “Follow”:

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Next you will see this window, just click Continue:

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And voila:

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After you build a sufficiently large following of Twitter users, stay active! Use your Twitter account daily and tweet things that people will find useful. Tweet news, promotions, advice, etc. If you send a useful tweet to your followers it WILL get retweeted and the followers of your followers will follow you too.

If you’ve found my advice helpful, please do leave a comment and tell me how much your Twitter followers list has grown as a result!

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