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20 Effective Tips To Get Free Twitter Followers

Social Media Marketing has become one of the most important tools for Bloggers. It not only gets you traffic but also develops a Brand Image for your blog, which I feel is far more important. With over 20 million daily tweets, Twitter is one of the best social networks to promote your blog post. However, to make most out of Twitter, you need to have a decent number of Twitter followers.

There are many websites where you can buy cheap Twitter Followers, which may seem to be an excellent idea rather than working hard to gain each and every follower. However, in most cases, the followers turn out to be fake or of extremely low quality. Such manipulative ways of gaining Twitter Followers may even cause your account to be banned by Twitter. Even if it is not banned, such followers will be of little or no use for you as there would be literally no engagement to your Tweets.

To leverage Twitter, you need followers who will be interested in reading your tweets and the content you share. In this post, I’ll explain to you how to get free Twitter followers quickly in a span of 2-3 months. Of course, this method may not give you instant Twitter followers, but it is certainly better to have fewer genuine followers than a large number of followers who never engage with your tweets.

How To Increase Twitter Followers For Free

For more clarity, I will divide the various tips to get Twitter followers in four different categories.

  1. Optimize Your Twitter Profile
  2. Know Whom To Follow
  3. Find Relevant People To Follow
  4. Attract Followers To Your Profile

Let us discuss each of the above points in details

Optimize Your Twitter Profile

According to Business Insider, Twitter has admitted that 5% of its users are fake. This makes up to 10.5 million fake users on Twitter. A Twitter profile with little or no information is more likely to be fake.

To stand out of the fake profiles, you need to build an impressive Twitter profile. A good profile will also make sure people are more open to following you. Below are the things you must take care of to make sure your profile is good enough to get many Twitter followers.

1. Choose An Appropriate Twitter Handle

First things first, it is very important for you to choose an appropriate Twitter handle. For business purpose, the following will make up as a good Twitter handle

  1. Your full name
  2. A combination of your first and last name. For example @RandFish for Rand Fishkin
  3. A combination of your name and your company’s name. For example @ToyotaJane
  4. A combination of your name and your industry. For example @AlexSEO

However, you can always think out of the box as long as your handle defines your niche. You can have a “Geeky” handle for a tech blog whereas for a Fashion blog, you can go for a more “Glamorous” handle. You can get more ideas for your Twitter handle at Social Fresh

2. Write The Perfect Twitter Bio

Most of the people will check out your Twitter bio to decide whether or not they would want to follow you. A Bio with little or no information about you is most likely to be ignored.

You get 140 characters to describe yourself in the best possible way in Twitter Bio. Cover as much information about you in the Bio. Remember following points to make sure your Twitter Bio stands out of the rest.

  1. You must include your profession, your niche and your strengths in your Bio
  2. Try to be witty, yet professional.
  3. Try to use keywords in your Bio like Blogger, SEO, Fashion Blogger, Android Tips, Programmer, etc. to make sure you make your profile discoverable in Twitter search.
  4. Use # Hashtags in front of keywords.
  5. Twitter allows you to include only one link to your Blog, or your other social network from Twitter profile. Use it smartly.

Below are few examples of a good Twitter Bio

Twitter Bio

3. Use Your Real Name and Picture

Upload your headshot in the profile picture rather than your company logo or random quotes. Many people, including myself, avoid following a faceless person unless it is a well-known business profile like The Mashable or TechCrunch.  A faceless profile, to me, looks more like spam. Should you wish to use your logo, you can do so in the cover photo.

Using your real name can also help you a great deal in gaining more followers.

Know Whom To Follow

Twitter has some stranger rules. If you follow someone, they are more likely to follow you back. Plus, if someone follows you and you do not follow back, they many unfollow you.

However, you must follow only relevant people. Just because they followed you, you should not follow them back. So you must examine their profile to know whether or not they are worth following.

4. Check Out Their Bio And Picture

A Twitter profile will tell you a lot about the person. If you see a half filled profile or an “Egg” instead of a profile picture, either it is a fake profile, or the person is not an active Twitter user. You should never follow such people even if they follow you.

If the profile is well written, you can check out his Bio to judge about the person’s profession and interest. If you find the profile to be similar to your’s, make sure to hit the follow button, if not consider skipping the profile.

5. Check The Numbers

You must check the number of Twitter followers the person has and also the number of people the person is following. There can be four situations.

a. Many followers and following many: These are the Twitter profiles you must follow. Since they are following many people, they are more likely to follow you back, and if they tweet/retweet your content, it would reach the masses.

b. Many followers and following few: These people are termed as Influencers. They are less likely to follow you back. You can use your judgement if following the person would be beneficial for you.

c. Negligible Followers And Following Many: Even though these people are very likely to follow you, you should not follow them. This is because even if they tweet or retweet your content, it will have limited reach.

d. Negligible Followers And Following Few: They may either be not active on Twitter or a new profile trying to build followers. If they joined Twitter recently, you might consider following them. If it’s an old profile, stay away.

6. Quickly Check His Twitter Followers

While the person may have many Twitter followers, there are chances that he may have bought Twitter followers or used free Twitter follower services. In that case, some or many of his Twitter followers will either be fake or of low quality.

You need not verify each and every follower of his. Just have a quick glance. If you see lots of eggs or spam Twitter Handles, then the person does have fake followers, and you better avoid following them. Alternately you can also use tools like Fakers App to check fake Twitter followers for any profile.

7. Check The Quantity And Quality Of Tweets

There are people who post too many Irrelevant tweets. A quick glance at their Tweets page can tell you if the person is serious about the business or just there to kill some time.

Find Relevant People To Follow

Now that you know what kind of people you should follow, the question is How to find a relevant Twitter profile to follow? Read on to find it out yourself.

8. Use Twitter Search

As discussed earlier, Twitter lets you search people by keywords in their profile. At my blog, I write about SEO and Blogging. Therefore, It would be more beneficial for me if I have my Twitter followers from blogging and SEO fraternity. So, I will search for the keywords SEO, Blogger, Blogging, etc.

As shown in Image below, you can also filter the search results to display only people near you, or you can go for the Advanced search option if you want to further refine your search results.

Search Twitter Followers

9. Steal Your Competitor’s Followers

The best way to gain relevant followers is to “Steal” your competitor’s followers.  Since you and your competitor have similar business profiles, people who are following your competitor are more likely to follow you too.

There are a couple of methods you can use to steal your competitor’s followers.

Method 1: Follow Your Competitor’s Followers

This is the simplest method. All you need to do is follow your competitor’s followers. Most of them will follow you back. But wait, is it really worth following any Tom, Dick and Harry who follows your competitor?

It is certainly not worth it. A better approach would be only to follow those followers of your competitor whom your competitor is following back. So if Mr.X is following your competitor and your competitor follows back him, it is probably worth following Mr. X.

Method 2: Find Out Who is Sharing Your Competitor’s Post

This is a much better way to steal your competitor’s Twitter Followers. If someone is sharing your competitor’s post on social media, he is naturally interested in the niche, and if you can provide good content to him, he will, in more likelihood, follow you and also share your posts.

To find who is sharing your competitor’s post, you can use tools like Mention. Whenever someone mentions your competitor’s Twitter ID or Name or Website Name on Twitter ( Or anywhere on the internet depending on your settings), the website will send out an alert to you and also record the same in its feeds so that you can easily find the person who mentioned him.

Steal Competitor's Twitter Followers

You can also filter these results based on Source, Time duration, sentiment, keywords, etc. In the above example, I filtered Twitter Mention’s of Neil Patel’s Twitter Handle for the keyword SEO.

10. Follow The Influencers In Your Niche

Influencers in your niche are not very likely to follow you back. The idea of following the influencers is to make sure you get enough exposure. If you can establish yourself as someone who has deep knowledge about the niche by retweeting the influencers and posting questions to them, you are increasing your chances of gaining more Twitter Followers.

11. Follow Your LinkedIn Connections

If you have a decent number of connections on LinkedIn, there are chances that many of them might be using Twitter actively. Since you are already connected via LinkedIn, they are more likely to follow you on Twitter too.

You can follow this Simple Guide to follow all your LinkedIn Connection on Twitter at one go. Just make sure to keep in mind that Twitter allows you to follow not more than 1000 people in a single day.

Attract Followers To Your Profile

You cannot spend all of your time following people and expecting them to follow you back. You must make sure to  that your profile is reachable by the masses, and they find you interesting enough to follow

You can follow the below steps to attract more followers on Twitter.

12. Embed Twitter Social Button At Your Blog

If you want to gain a good number of Twitter followers, the first thing you need to do is add Twitter Follow buttons on our website. You can also consider using Twitter Widget showing your latest Tweets to grab the attention of your website’s Visitors.

If you are a WordPress user, you could also use plugins that enable your visitors to share Important points on Twitter with just a click. I prefer using Better Click To Tweet.

Also, make sure to use a Twitter Share button below each article so that people can easily share your post.

13. Share Useful Information With Your Followers

People are following you for a reason; To get more useful information or Ideas. According to Kissmetrics, not sharing any useful information is one of the 7 Reasons People Unfollow You.  Therefore, it is essential for you to regularly share useful information with your Twitter Follower

It is not necessary that you share posts only from your blog. You can share posts by Top bloggers in your niche, quality posts by fellow bloggers and also by people you follow. You can also tweet Important statistics, research work, professional motivational quotes, etc.

14. Tweet, Tweet, and Tweet Regularly

More you Tweet, more the chances of your Tweets being retweeted and hence more exposure you will get. However, hundreds of low quality and irrelevant tweets can be a turn off for most. Nobody wants to see their Twitter feeds being hijacked by a single person and that too with irrelevant ones.

So avoid going overboard. Focus on quality of Tweets rather than quantity. However make sure to Tweet at least 3-4 times a day.

15. Use Images In Tweets

According to The Huffington Post, Tweets with Images gets two times more engagement than those without them. So try to add Images to your Tweets in order to reach a larger audience.

16. Take Part In Twitter Chats

Twitter chats too are a great way to interact with new people. Regularly engaging in Twitter chats will make sure you increase your social network and gain more followers.

17. Interact With Your Followers

You follow someone, they follow back (Or Vice Versa). Silence!!! Everyone is busy with their own “Tweeting Business”.

This is not how Twitter works. At least, this is not what you should be doing. You must interact with your Followers. Ask your followers some relevant questions. Like their tweets, retweet them and if possible regularly reply to their Tweets.

You can also ask them for a feedback of your blog. If you have a product of yours, you can come up with some giveaways or special discounts for your followers. According to Buffer, 52% people follow Brands to get special discount offers.

18. Use #Hashtags Wisely

According to a study, Tweets with hashtags gets two times more response than Tweets without it.  However, to be noted is, there is a drop in Engagement for Tweets with more than two hashtags. So make sure to use one or two relevant hashtags with your Tweets.

19. “Time” Your Tweet

Not just the content, the time of your Tweet matters too. According to a study, in the US, Tweets posted between 11 pm and 5 am get’s maximum Engagement ( Clicks, Favorites, Retweets, and Replies). If Clicks are all you are looking for, the best time for you to Tweet will be 2 am to 3 am.

20. Use Twitter Manager Tools

To keep a track of your Followers and Unfollowers and to Unfollow people who do not follow you back, you can use applications like CrowdFire App, which comes with free as well as Paid Membership plans. Of Course, the free version has certain limits.

For a more comprehensive Social Media Management,  you can try applications like Sprout Social and Hootsuite, which can streamline all your Social Media Activities. They can also help you queue up your Tweets to be published at the “Right Time.”

Final Words

Getting Twitter Followers is extremely easy. However, difficult is getting relevant Twitter followers. While buying cheap Twitter followers may be an easy way out, it is certainly not worth it.  If you follow the tips in this article, you can definitely start gaining relevant Twitter followers quickly.

Do you know any better strategy for gaining more Twitter Followers? If yes, do share it with us through the comments below.

Aquif Shaikh
 

Aquif Shaikh is a Blogger from Baroda. He loves writing, traveling and sharing his knowledge and Ideas with the world. At Blogging Ocean, he writes mostly about blogging tips, content marketing, and SEO.

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Sara - April 20, 2016

Thanks to share this.. This is really helpful for the newbies.

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