By: Garin Kilpatrick (@Garin on Twitter).
This post contains a podcast I recently recorded with my Australian friend and Twitter Expert Keith Keller.
There are several reasons it is awesome to get tens of thousands of Twitter followers.
Those who have plenty of followers enjoy the benefits of increased influence, more retweets, and a more powerful Twitter network.
These compeling benefits of followers often sparks the question: How do I get more Twitter followers?
From my experience the fastest free way to get twitter followers is by initiating connections by following other people first.
Those who have a marketing budget can gain followers even faster than sending paid traffic to their Twitter account by jump-starting their network and investing into more Twitter followers.
The more followers you have the more people will respect you as a leader in your niche…
…and the more followers you already have the easier it is to get even more followers.
With many people following you every day it is hard to follow back everyone worth following, but I do my best to follow back the cool people who follow me and especially those who RT my content and engage with me.
If you decided to grow your Twitter network by following other people you should be aware of following limitations that Twitter imp prevent mass following and use should use caution when you are building your network since Twitter is fast to suspend new accounts that follow aggressively.
The first limit Twitter uses stops users from following more than 2,000 people until you have 2,000 followers. The second limit stops you from following more than 1,000 people a day. To avoid risking account suspension you should use caution when following others and follow no more than 100 or 200 new accounts a day.
One way to instantly bypass the following limitations is by purchasing Twitter followers from a service like Grow My Twitter Network.
Followers are cool so be cool to your followers. Share high quality content with them that they will want to retweet.
Getting retweets is a great way to spread your content beyond some new network and pick up some new followers in the process.
Many people are willing to follow back if you decide to follow them, so by following these people you can gain many mutual connections.
2,000 high quality people who typically follow back are listed below, in this post.
I have uploaded a .txt file with this list and if you have the program TweetAdder you can download this list and import this .txt file into your “To Follow” queue and follow these people automatically.
Here is a list I created of 2,000 cool people who usually follow back: 2000-follow-back.txt
If you do not own TweetAdder I recommend you grab a copy! It is a powerful tool for building organic connections on Twitter.
you can follow these people manually by clicking the “Follow” button via the links below.
The 2,000 people on the list in this post are only a small fraction of the people on Twitter who are willing to follow you back. I have built over 100,000 for myself and the businesses I have worked with using this method and I am confident you can do the same.
Many people scan your tweets before following back, so tweet useful and cool content and your follow back ratio will increase. The more cool content you tweet, the more retweets you’ll net, and getting more retweets is a great way to get more twitter followers.
List Atlas is a Twitter lists directory that has many sources for Twitter lists and twitter follow back lists.
There are marketing lists, social media lists, location specific lists, etc.
Here are the 100 top follow back twitter lists compiled by graphics.ms, with thousands of people in these lists ready to follow you back.
Once you find a follow back list, or any twitter list that you like, you can import the people on that list into TweetAdder and follow them automatically. Of course you could manually surf to each profile in your web browser if you want to connect with any of these people.
By building your twitter follower base using the strategy described above you will be able to acquire many followers fast, but your network will not be as strong as if you built connections with people based on shared interests.
You can get 10,000 followers instantly with the service Grow My Twitter Network.
Although TweetAdder software makes building followers easy, it can make your main news feed very noisy.
To avoid too much noise in your Twitter news feed there are a two things you can do.
- You can follow only a few people.
- You can create Twitter lists and follow those streams instead of your main stream.
Both options work, but I prefer the second option!
Feel free to include a link to your Twitter profile in a comment below so that people can find and follow you on Twitter!