It can feel like an uphill struggle at times and no matter how witty you are and how many trending hashtags you throw yourself on, that followers box can sit on double digits for what feels like a lifetime but never fear here are some essential twitter tips to growing your followers.
Some of these tips might seem pretty obvious but it can be really easy to overlook the basics and jump straight into the more advanced Twitter tools. Here are 11 Twitter tips for aspiring bloggers.
Your Profile Picture
This is one of the obvious things I mentioned but try and use a photo of yourself. Twitter can be a hotbed for spam and fake profiles so the personal touch will make a difference.
Your header image is equally important. Make it stand out and pick something which relates to you.
Break your bio down into two parts.
Part One: What I can do for you. Write a clear and concise sentence about what you do. For example if you are a Graphic Designer let them potential followers know that vital piece of information.
Part Two: What are you about. Are you a Simpsons fanatic? Obsessed with football? Enjoy a Strawberry Daiquiri at the weekend? This is the part of your bio that makes you human. Prove you are not a Tweet robot!
Who is Behind The Brand
If you are in charge of your brands twitter then its always a good idea to tag individuals in your tweets. Get everyone in your team’s twitter handle and if you are referring to someone then tag them. Let people see the people behind your brand. It will build trust. Also if your team then retweet you’ve just increased your reach.
Add a follow button to your blog. You should do this for a whole number of reasons. It means that if you get a twitter share you can get that lovely mention notification and we all know how good that feels. It also means when your twitter followers do grow your website users or blog readers can see this and want jump on board. Think of it as a snowball rolling downhill. The bigger it gets the more it collects. That’s science.
Set up a share button so it makes it easy for your potential followers to share your blog posts or web content. It sounds obvious but there are loads of people missing this trick.
Tagging on Twitter is a beautiful thing. Just the other day I @ messaged The Rock to let him know how much I like his song in Moana. He never got back to me but that’s not the point and i bare no grudge to the man. I also tagged Playstation in one of my tweets to ask when Skate 3 would make an appearance on the PS Store. As trivial as it sounds they got me a couple of retweets, a like and a follower.
It’s not all about celebrities and game consoles though. If you mention someone in a blog post mention them on Twitter. If you have a nice cup of coffee and a chat with a potential client then let them know on Twitter that next time you’ll buy them a cake too.
If you want to draw some attention to any of your tweets then embed them in your blog. This will drive engagement up.
It’s really easy to do. Just find your tweet. Click the “more” button next to it and click “embed tweet.” Then just copy that code into your blog.
Avoid Over Tweeting
Sending out too many tweets in a short space of time is a sure fire way to clog up someone’s timeline and this may result in the dreaded “unfollow” button being clicked. Terrifying! If you’re using some of the more sneaky twitter tricks make sure you schedule them out. Space is a good thing.
In Saying That Tweet More
Don’t just tweet for the sake of it but be aware that there is a sweet spot for the amount of tweets you should send out in a day. Experiment with times.
Pin your best, most valuable tweets at the top of your profile. That way if someone happens by they can see something you think is important.
Using hashtags in your tweets is essential but what ones do you use? Using a tool like RiteTag will show you how a hashtag will perform. Will it give you an instant and quick hit or will it slowly grow over time.
The truth is like all good things it doesn’t come easy. Use some of these tips and gain real followers. At the end of the day the more real engagements you have the better your posts will do. Allowing a natural growth can have a better outcome than using the fake followers and more spammy techniques but you have to choose what is right for you and your brand.