10 Tips to Help You Get More Twitter Followers

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Once we see the value in Twitter, the next thing we need to know is how to get more followers. 
I haven’t run into many people who don’t want to increase their numbers, so
today I’m going to share 10 tips to help writers get more Twitter followers. 
Why
do I want more Twitter followers?
  • It
    gives me credibility
  • It
    increases my reach, and makes it easier to spread the word, no matter what my
    message.

How
do I get more Twitter followers?
1.
Be sure to follow people back.
It’s considered good manners to follow people back who
follow you. This doesn’t mean you have to follow people who make you
uncomfortable or who are trying to sell you 10,000 followers. Use common sense,
but unless there’s a good reason be nice and follow people back.
Don’t protect your tweets!
2.
Don’t PROTECT YOUR TWEETS.
On your Twitter profile there’s the option to protect your
tweets. This locks your account and doesn’t let people follow you unless you
approve them. If you feel the need to protect your tweets, you really shouldn’t
be on Twitter. This social media platform is a place to get found, not lurk.
3.
Make sure your 160 character ABOUT ME gives a good picture of who you are.
You don’t want to over use
hashtags here, but you do want to cover all the things you might tweet about.
Here’s what I have as my description: Writer & Author—passionate for life’s stories & God’s path. #MilitaryFamilyBlogger Guideposts.org #steampunk #prayer #scifi #socialmedia4writers
4.
Show your face.

Always use a picture of YOURSELF as your Twitter icon. The evidence is
overwhelming. People respond to a head shot where you can see the person’s
smile. The only exception is if you have a business account. Then you can use
your company’s logo.
5.
Have a regular presence on Twitter.
I Tweet a lot more now than I did when I started out.
More first goal was to Tweet four to six times each day, four or five days a
week. I use Hootsuite to schedule my Tweets throughout the day. Do NOT send out
all your tweets at once. This is called hogging the stream and is the height of
bad manners!
 6.
BE CONSISTENT with the subject of your tweets.
I tweet about social media,
writing, some books, and issues important to military families. Occasionally,
I’ll find something that I just want to share outside of those topics, but
that’s an exception, not the norm.
Make sure you’re sharing valuable content with
your Twitter updates.
7.
Make sure you’re sharing valuable content with your Twitter updates.
Don’t make your Tweets all
about you. Instead, promote others who have something valuable to say to your
followers. I know it’s counter intuitive, but it works every time!
8.
Look for strategic people to follow.
Here’s what I mean. I’m working on a science fiction
manuscript and trying to grow my Twitter followers for that specific market. To
find new people to follow, I visit some of my favorite science fiction author’s
profiles. Then I click on their followers. This does two things.
1.
It gives me people to follow who are interested in following a scifi author.
2.
It gives me a good chance of them following me back because they’re already
good about following back.
9.
Reply to others publically.
Twitter is a public medium and people like to be mentioned. If
someone says something nice about you, or mentions you, be sure to reply
publically to thank them. I also keep a list of people who regularly mention me
and try to find something they do that I can mention.
10.
Don’t use an auto responder.
You may think you’re being polite, but what you’re really being
is irritating. Auto responders are obvious and no one likes messages from a
computer clogging up their timeline.
What NOT to do!
What
NOT to do
There
are several things that may seem tempting for short cuts to Twitter followers.
I cannot urge you strongly enough not to try them. This is one of these times
when if it sounds too good to be true, it is.
  • Do
    NOT buy Twitter followers.
  • Do
    NOT use ANY automatic programs to increase your followers on Twitter.

Twitter
has very strict policies against these practices
and I’ve known several people who have had their Twitter accounts suspended
because of this. 

Edie Melson is the author of numerous books, as well as a freelance writer and editor. Her blog, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains ChristianWriters Conference and the Social Media Mentor at My Book Therapy. She’s also the Military Family Blogger at Guideposts. Com, Social Media Director for SouthernWriters Magazine and the Senior Editor for NovelRocket.com. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t miss her new book from Worthy Inspired, WHILE MY SOLDIER SERVES.