Credit goes to Joshua’s comment on the previous post for sparking the idea of writing this brief article. Joshua said:
The only way to follow more people is to increase your account followers. But, what can you do in order to increase your followers if you are stuck at one of the Twitter thresholds without dumping a lot of people who aren’t following you? Why don’t you write up a follow on article with that as the focus? I would love to know your thoughts…
The question, “How do I increase my followers if I am stuck at one of Twitter’s following limits,” assumes that the only, or the best way to gain more followers is through following more people yourself.
That is an incorrect assumption. It is a pity that some folks are teaching others that this is the way to gain more followers, because it completely distorts what Twitter is about.
Twitter is a social platform, and by definition, social means interaction.
So, here is the free and guaranteed process to gain more followers on Twitter.
1. Participate in the conversation.
That means, actually read what others (those whom you are following) are saying, and compliment, add to, or comment on what they are saying.
Your purpose for getting more followers is so that they will read what you tweet, correct?
So why on earth would you expect them to read what you tweet, if you are not willing to read what others tweet?
If everyone just wanted others to read what they tweeted, Twitter will morph into one massive megaphone where everyone is shouting and nobody is listening.
2. Induce others to compliment, add to, or comment on what YOU are saying.
You will never accomplish this if all you do is tweet your teeth whitening affiliate links.
You can only do this by thoughtful and helpful tweets, in other words, tweets that make other people feel good, tweets that they find interesting, and tweets that they find helpful.
This step is absolutely required because…
People voluntarily follow others whom they find interesting.
But, not only do they voluntarily follow you, they also voluntarily reply to you and voluntarily retweet your tweets.
And that is where the viral power of Twitter kicks in!
Every time that they reply to you, THEIR followers get to see your Twitter username, and every time they retweet you, their followers get to see your Twitter username and your tweet.
Most people are curious and will check out your profile, if they notice that someone they are following is finding you interesting. And if they like your profile, they will follow you.
Now, does this mean you need to be glued to your Twitter web interface 24 x 7? Absolutely not. You must be physically present for Step #1, participating in the conversation. But, for Step #2 you can easily use the tweet scheduling feature of TweetLater to compose your tweets, and post them even when you cannot be physically in front of your computer. Most people do not appreciate it when one person dominates their Twitter stream with a barrage of tweets. You can use our free scheduling engine to spread out your gems throughout the day.
It is not how you publish your tweet that matters, it is what you say in your tweet that matters. Great content will get reaction, and useless content will silently disappear into electronic oblivion, regardless of how you got it into your Twitter timeline.
Lastly, if your idea of interesting is the posting of quotes, please pry that idea loose and cast it into the outer regions of the universe. Quotes are completely overused on Twitter. Besides, people do not want to hear from Einstein, Twain, or Confucius.
People want to hear from YOU. That is why they followed you in the first place.