I’ve made this blog on Twitter short and simple, why? Dyslexia one reason and I really don’t like reading pages of writing to get to the point. If you are serious about growing your account, then just follow these simple rules. Little tip Avoid the quick follow programs, they don’t always work, plus you’ll get spammed to your email accounts.
To grow your Twitter account for business or fun, do the following and be consistent, that really is the key.
Make sure your Bio has something to do with your business or about you, make sure your town and country is detailed. This will help when people are searching for your area or type of business. There is no need to put I follow back in your bio, it wastes valuable space.
Add your website link where Twitter asks
Ensure you have a picture of yourself or your company and create a background.
Follow 100-300 people, but not fast, choose selected ones that are chatting and interacting. A good place to start chatting would be with my VIP list, these guys are all happy to chat and help you get started. Click here to view . Reciprocate all who follow you* and thank them, either by Direct Message or tweet. Do not send your link in a tweet saying ‘Thanks for following here’s my link’ if they’re not using automation to find you, they might have already checked your link. Not only that what shop would you enter and all the sales person said was ‘buy this’ you’d walk straight back out. Use the same courtesy in your tweets as you would expect staff on the telephone or shop floor to use; A greeting, a smile etc. If you’ve hired someone to tweet for you, make sure they’re not pushing sales away with this cold welcome ‘look at my website!’
Now you’ve followed some people, choose 5 – 10 people who are currently online and start chatting with them. You’ll see they’re online by your Home button on your PC/MAC/iPhone etc Start of with something like… ”Hi, how are you.” ”Loved your tweets.” ”Whats the weather where you are.” Etc just to get conversations started, then make friends with them. Don’t send your link, it’s spamming and I see endless companies get suspended for it. If they are interested in you they would have already been to your profile and clicked your link there.
Starting conversations with people you are not following can be considered spam, so try to avoid unless you really agree with their tweet and want to know more.
Take 10 minutes a day to watch tweets and retweet ones you like, this will encourage interaction. Avoid re-tweeting spammers they will start to spam you more.
Tweet out your ads in you own time line for your followers to see. 3 per day is sufficient with followers under 2,000. Remember Twitter considers repeat tweets to be spam, so vary them slightly, but do not put the same link with each tweet, Twitter will pick this up as spam. You can increase the amount of tweet/ads per day as your account grows.
Never tweet “@person hi follow me back” it’s spamming, it’s rude and in all honesty if someone kept doing that to you, you’d get fed up with it and block them.
72* hours later now follow the same process in this order and just keep doing it. You’ll soon see your account grow.
1 – Follow back new followers
2 – Unfollow all who have not yet followed you back
3 – Follow 100-200 using word searches or Twitter lists that seem active
Now chat with your new friends from yesterday take 10 mins to retweet tweets that you like and would like your followers to view
With your new friends add them to a list so you can keep track of them when your followers exceed 2,000
Repeat every 72* hours to keep within the Twitter API limits
These tools help me with the accounts I manage.
Tweet Adder - This can be used within the Twitter API limits but like any tool it can be abused so please take care.
SocialOomph - Excellent for rotating and keeping your adverts fresh and connecting with new tweeps.
Hootsuite Management platform for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn & more. Schedule tweets.
http://TwitterCounter.com - keep track of your growth.
All Important how to Un-follow
If you’re a business but don’t want to tweet yourself, then depending on what you want to achieve on Twitter, I can help. I tweet for multiple companies drawing some 1,000 to 6,000 clicks to each of their websites each month, during March 2012 my clients received a total of over 15,000 clicks to their websites and this grows each month. For Social Media Packages, please go to www.hetfield.co.uk
At the time of writing this article and with the current clients I tweet for there are 190,000 followers across the accounts.
March 2011 update: My clients now have over 400,000 followers
May 2011 update: My clients how have over 450,000 between them
August 2011 update: Clients how have over 633,000+ between them this continues to grow daily.
January 2012 update: Clients have now over 1,000,000 followers between them.
January 2013 update: Clients now have over 2million followers between them
Wikinomics is an excellent way to make friends in life, create stable business relationships. I found all my life around Wikinomics and it brings great joy to me and hopefully those around me. Just Google Wikinomics to know more about it.
I hope you’ve found this of help. If you’ve any questions you can find me on Twitter @hetfieldservice
To Your Success!!
*I used to recommend 48 hours before unfollowing, but Twitter’s autobots do not like that, so I recommend waiting at least 72 hours before unfollowing those who have not followed back.