This mission of this article is to provide the best possible answer to the question: What are the most powerful ways get more followers on Twitter?
There are many tips in this article that can literally skyrocket your Twitter following.
This article starts off with online things you can do to get more Twitter followers, and wraps up with real-world offline methods to achieve the same goal.
These powerful tips for building a strong Twitter brand can attract literally tens of thousands of followers, or more!
Online Ways to Get More Twitter Followers
1. Leverage Your Other Social Media Profiles
Link to your Twitter profile from your other profiles across the web. Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc.
On your Facebook page include a link to your Twitter profile in the Websites section.
On YouTube you can link to your Twitter profile in your bio, and in the description section for videos. You can also mention your Twitter username in your videos, or watermark it as text on top of the video.
2. Link to Your Twitter Name in Your Email Signature
With every email you send you have an opportunity to link the recipient(s) of your Twitter profile.
I use a cool email signature service called WiseStamp that includes a twitter icon in my email signature.
If you don’t want to use wisestamp to include an image link you can simply use a text link that says you should follow me on Twitter here.
3. Tell People They Should Follow You On Twitter
Dustin Curtis did a twitter experiment on his blog and found that when he said:
“you should follow me on twitter here“
his click through rate improved significantly.
4. Tweet Awesome Content
If you can get more retweets you can get more followers. Every retweet you get should
help you net a few new followers. How many new followers a retweet gets you depends on who retweets you.
Share awesome content you will get more retweets, and more followers. When people visit your Twitter page and see that you are tweeting awesome content they will see the value in following your stream, and will be more likely to follow you.
Not sure where to start for awesome content? Check out my awesome content Twitter list.
5. Ask Your Followers to Retweet You
Ask your followers to “Please RT” your best content.
Saying please has been proven to get better results. I have tested this out and it really does work.
Every retweet usually leads to a few new followers, depending on how many followers the person who retweets you has.
Check out my article about how to get more retweets for more tips that will help your tweets go viral.
6. Use TweetAdder
I have used TweetAdder to build tens of thousands of relevant connections and I highly recommend it.
I created a comprehensive TweetAdder guide explaining in detail which features of the program are useful, and how to use them for maximum effect.
In addition to the TweetAdder Guide I created I also produced a video review of TweetAdder that you can watch here.
Note: TweetAdder automation features have been removed.
7. Reach Out to Your Followers
This can be something as simple as an automatic bubble tweet saying hello.
Even just using TweetAdder to send a direct message to your new followers saying “Hi, thanks for following” to introduce yourself to new followers will help you keep more of them.
Use auto-dm’s with caution; don’t use them to send a spammy link, instead try to spark a real conversation and connection with a friendly hello.
I recommend against using TrueTwit Validation because many people would sooner unfollow you than going through the cumbersome process of validating you as a “True twit.”
8. Carefully Include Keywords in Your Bio
The more details you can include in your bio, the better. Tools like TweetAdder allow people to search and find people to follow based on the keywords in your bio.
Try to include keywords that both describe you and the content you tweet about.
9. Use #Hashtags in Some of Your Tweets
Hashtags can help people find your tweets through trending topics, and Twitter search.
#Hashtags are not pretty to look atso use them sparingly. Some people detest them and will unfollow you if you use them all the time.
#Hashtags do open your tweets to other tweet streams so using them when you are starting out can open your tweets up to a larger audience than just your followers.
The more people that find your tweets, the more people find (and follow) you.
10. Tweet Cool Pictures
People like to see and share cool pictures.
Pictures tend to retweet well, and the more retweets you get the more followers you can potentially net.
A few cool Twitter photo sharing tools include:
- TwitPic - TwitPic lets you share photos on Twitter
- Instagram – iPhone photo sharing service. Won app of the year from Apple.
- Tweetphoto - Photo sharing made simple
- Yfrog - Share your images and videos on Twitter
11. Buy Twitter Followers
The fastest way to get new followers is by buying them.
If you want to buy followers I recommend the service: Grow My Twitter Network.
12. Retweet Others the Classic Way
The best way to get on the radar of others is with a retweet in the classic style, rather than the new style.
A classic retweet is when you start the tweet with RT and their username, for example:
“RT @Garin: 50 Innovative Ways to Get More Twitter Followers – http://twittertoolsbook.com/how-to-get-more-twitter-followers/”
Doing this causes your retweet to show up in their mention stream, which is more visible than retweeting in the new one-click style.
13. Unfollow People Who Don’t Follow You
Manage Flitter that creates a list of all people who don’t follow you and makes it easy for you to unfollow them.
This Twitter tool has been used by over one million Twitter accounts to unfollow over a billion people!
Using this tool you can unfollow non-reciprocal connections based on inactivity, no profile picture, and several other criteria.
14. Email Your Contacts and ask The to Follow You
Send an email to your existing contact list letting them know that you are on twitter, and that they should be following you.
One way to do this is to use an emboldened post-script in any newsletters you might send.
P.S. Follow me on Twitter @Garin.
15. Tweet During Peak Times
Tweet during peak twitter traffic times.
Check out this post I wrote about everything you need to know about timing your tweets so you can get your tweets more exposure.
The more exposure your tweets get the more followers you will pick up in the process.
16. Participate in Trending Topics
Trending topics are visible to thousands of people at once.
Participating in a trending topic can give your tweet more exposure than it normally would.
With more exposure your tweets have a better chance of spreading, and this can net you a bunch of new followers in the process.
17. Follow Highly Relevant People
The more relevant the people you follow are, the better the chance is that they will follow you back.
TweetAdder can help with this by allowing you to target people to follow based on the keywords they use in their bio, or in their tweets.
The best way to ensure you are building relevant connections is to check out people for yourself.
18. Engage with Twitter Giants
If you can engage Twitter Giants, you can potentially get a large amount of exposure if they respond to you.
Your chances of getting the attention of a Twitter Giant grows as your following grows. Be persistent. Get them on lists and tweet their original content. Mention them for #FollowFriday.
I engage with Twitter Giants on a regular basis and I’m sure that if you keep trying you can do the same.
19. Use a Tweet Button in Your Blog Posts
Sites with twitter share buttons installed get seven times the twitter mentions as websites without them.
Twitter recently launched the official tweet button, and I recommend you use it.
If you install this button into your pages or posts manually you can also choose to have the button recommend people to follow after a tweet is sent.
If you are running a self-hosted WordPress blog the best plugin for integrating a tweet button and other social buttons is Digg Digg.
Digg Digg is the plugin that installed the social sharing buttons that follow you as you scroll down this page.
20. Do a Charity Promotion
Drew Carey (@Drewfromtv) is paying $1 for every follower he gets, up until 1,000,000 followers.
This strategy has netted him over 600,000 followers already, and plenty of publicity.
21. Create a Great Looking Twitter Background
Most people still use the web based version of Twitter, which means they will see your background when surfing to your profile.
If you take the time to create a custom Twitter background people will notice and you will get more follows as a result.
Check out the tool Themelon for millions of color combinations.
22. Pick a Short and Memorable Twitter User Name
The shorter your username the better.
Many people still use the classic style retweets, so having a shorter username means that more people will be able to retweet your tweets.
23. Tweet Often
When I met @unmarketing he told me the month he became really big on Twitter he tweeted about 10,000 times.
By tweeting all the time you might piss a bunch of people off, but the ones who don’t unfollow you will be much more familiar with you, and will be more likely to retweet you.
How effective this strategy is depends entirely on what you tweet about, of course.
The more you tweet, the better chance you have of your tweets being seen by people who do not follow you yet.
The more recent your tweets are, the more relevant it will seem for someone to follow you.
24. Run a Contest
Running a successful Twitter contest is a great way to attract new followers. Offer a good prize and make sure you clearly communicate the rules of entry. If your prize is related to your brand then it can also help find targeted followers who are interested in your area of expertise.
Be creative! Try giving away an experience, a vacation, a meeting with a celebrity. Contests draw attention! Offer multiple prizes, including a grand prize, 3-5 mid-level prizes, and as many small prizes as you feel like.
Set a hashtag for your contest like#mycontestisawesome or #winmystuff, and include it in every tweet about your contest.
Launch your contest through Twitter and any other mediums you are using. Blogs are great at driving contest traffic, because they can explain the prizes and rules in greater detail.
You can use the conest as an inbound marketing vehicle for your website and award prizes based on who drives the most traffic back to the contest page, thus helping it spread virally! Get contest entrants to use bit.ly links which have built in analytics so that you can track who sends the most traffic.
25. Use Twitter in Your Blog Comments
When replying to posts on other people’s blogs, leave your Twitter name in your reply.
If you are commenting on a disqus comment system (like the one in this post) you can click a twitter icon and share your comment on Twitter.
This is something many new users miss on Twitter. Twitter is not simply a medium to broadcast like television or radio, although some people do drop the ball and use it this way. Twitter is meant for both broadcasting AND interaction.
Answer back to people who tweet you. People who talk to you will be much more likely to follow you.
Whenever someone tweets or retweets me I check to make sure I am following them, and I imagine that many other people check this out as well.
27. Install a Twitter Follow Button
The official Twitter follow button makes it easy for people to follow you directly from your site.
Installing a Twitter button is really easy, it just takes copying and pasting the code, and inserting your username. I have two twitter follow buttons installed into the sidebar of this blog, feel free to use them if you want to see how they work.
28. Add Yourself to Twitter Directories
There are directories like Twellow, wefollow, and several others where you can add your Twitter profile and get more followers.
Wefollow is an especially helpful Twitter directory because it is the largest directory on the web.
There are dozens of directories of Twitter users online, including Twiends, WeFollow, and Twellow, and more.
Add yourself to as many directories as you can find under the proper categories, and you will begin to see some users following you from these sites.
When someone follows you through one of these directories you will receive a notification email from Twitter – if you have these turned on. In these notifications you can see which directory they followed you through.
If you’re using Twitter Marketing software like TweetAdder you’ll want to turn these notifications off because it gets annoying with a few hundred daily emails from Twitter.
29. Write Articles and Place your Twitter Name in the Signature Box
Write articles on your topic of interest and place your Twitter name in the resource box. Submit these articles to places like EzineArticles.com and GoArticles.com.
30. Install a Twitter Widget into Your Website
Did you know that you can add a Twitter widget on LinkedIn that will display your recent tweets?
There are many places online that will allow you to display a list of your latest tweets, and these widgets are a great source of new followers!
You can get an official custom Twitter widget that works on any site where you can add custom code!
31. Link it Up
The more links you have to your twitter profile the more ways there are for people to follow you!
This means online and offline, put a link to your Twitter profile everywhere you can.
Link to Twitter from Facebook, from your blog, from your guest posts, from your videos, in your email signature, and anywhere else you can think of.
Usually if you just put an “@” sign in front of your username people will understand that you are listing your Twitter name.
32. Write a Guest Post
Even if you don’t have a blog of your own, you can easily gain notoriety and followers by writing posts for other blogs.
Running a blog is hard work, and most people and companies welcome well written posts to give them a break.
If you do score an opportunity to guest post, link to your blog if you like, but be sure to link to your Twitter account as well.
Want to learn more about guest posting? Check out these ten great guest posting tips.
If you are interested in writing a post for this blog contact us and let us know your idea for a post!
33. Be Funny
Laughter is the best medicine. Funny and witty tweets retweet very well.
Just check out favstar for some of the funniest tweets.
34. Sign up for my free 7 day eCourse
Enroll in my free 7 day twitter eCourse and you will receive awesome twitter tips and tricks by email that will enable you build a powerful twitter presence that will help you get many more followers.
35. Participate in #FollowFriday
Throughout the week keep track of the people who retweet and make a positive impression on you and reward them with a #FollowFriday recommendation.
More often than not people you recommend for #FollowFriday will return the favor.
36. Do Podcasts
Podcasting is a great way to get attention, it showcases your expertise, and helps build an audience.
Creating your own podcast is simple. All you have to do is download a program such as Audacity (or, if you’re on a Mac, GarageBand works well.)
Record your audio, edit out long pauses or background noise, and make sure to mention that people should follow you on Twitter!
37. Host a Webinar
Webinars are online seminars, and can be a powerful way to build your brand and your Twitter following.
A Webinar is a perfect medium to get more Twitter followers fast, since you can link directly to your Twitter account during and after the webinar for attendees.
You can begin by creating a template for your slideshow that includes your Twitter information in the bottom right hand corner. Many attendees will automatically look in that corner of the presentation last, while listening to your information.
Encourage Twitter users to follow you throughout the presentation, and talk about the benefits of the content you share on Twitter.
If you plan on hosting a Q&A session ask people to follow you on Twitter and tweet their questions. Not only will this get you immediate followers from the participants, but their followers will see the questions being posed to you as well, and this can lead to more followers.
The software I use to host my webinars is called anymeeting and it is free to use for up to 200 attendees.
38. Do customer support through Twitter
Now, we’re not suggesting you throw away your helpdesk, but add Twitter as a support channel. You may find that users are already tweeting questions at you. Most good helpdesk software already offers Twitter integration.
Some people like posting support questions via Twitter, as they feel the public nature of it will lead to a faster response. Some prefer using private channels and may not use Twitter, but adding it will win you some new followers providing you offer good timely support through it.
39. Integrate Twitter with Your Videos
People love to watch videos. Creating video tutorials for your area of expertise is a great way to get exposure for yourself, and your Twitter presence.
Place your Twitter username in various places in the video, and you can even use a watermark or video annotation so that your twitter username is constantly visible.
If you have a YouTube channel make sure to include a link to your twitter profile on your channel page.
Offline Strategies for Getting More Twitter Followers
40. Rent a Billboard
If you are really ambitious, rent a billboard and put your Twitter name on it. This is what Ashton Kutcher did when he was racing against CNN to be the first to 1,000,000 followers.
This strategy worked for Ashton and I’m sure it could work for you too if you have a few thousand dollars to cover the cost.
41. Word of Mouth
Tell your friends and relatives to follow you on Twitter.
Bring Twitter up in person when you are chatting with people. If the people you are talking to active on Twitter convince them to follow you, or if they are not on Twitter convince them to join.
42. Speak at Conferences
While most people already know that speaking at conferences is great for business, many people forget to promote their social media accounts through this platform.
The next time you’re giving a presentation at a seminar or conference remember to mention your Twitter account!
Create a presentation #Hashtag and encourage attendees to tweet about your talk for best results.
If you are using presentation software or an on-screen image during your speech, display your username on screen.
If your audience likes what you have to say, they may just follow you later! You can even host the conference yourself, including your Twitter information on conference tickets and tweet the events as they happen. When it comes to live events, the sky is the limit!
Twitter promotion does not have to be limited to the online world. Include your Twitter name right on your business card you will be able to get several new followers.
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44. Host a Tweetup
Most of the time, offline strategies involve people finding you offline and connecting with you online afterwards.
Tweetups allow you the opportunity to connect with Twitter users in person, even if you have never met before.
Because the group of Twitter users that meet is often diverse you will likely gain at least a few new followers from a tweetup.
You can start a tweetup simply by asking around your circle of twitter followers. Offer to host the event at a coffee shop, restaurant, or even your office.
Create a dedicated web page or blog post for the event, a hashtag (for example, #mytweetup) so that users can follow the event, and encourage tweeters to share with their friends and followers as well.
You can gain large amounts of exposure from something this simple!
45. Do a Radio Interview
Much like speaking at conferences, radio interviews are a great way to get attention.
Whether through AM/FM, satellite, or Blog Talk Radio, the interviews can be used to gain some positive and wildly popular PR.
To be interviewed on the radio you need to position yourself as an expert. Watch your local stations for requests (they often publish them via social media,) list yourself in expert directories, and even contact the station directly and ask if they have any upcoming opportunities for experts.
While you won’t have a visual medium to display your Twitter account, repeating your Twitter username a few times during your interview can help you gain new followers. You can also use your interview time to promote contests and upcoming events through your Twitter feed, which is sure to get you some new followers in no time at all!
46. Newspaper Interviews and Articles
If you can somehow tie your business or industry to a current event, it can be easy to get an article in the traditional press that includes your information. You can distribute your own article via press release, or make yourself available for expert interviews through directories and by approaching the media directly.
If you have the resources, hiring a public relations firm can be a great help with this. They can get you expert interviews in many newspapers and national publications, and because of their existing relationship with the editor, you will often be allowed to include a bit more company information than the average submission.
If you don’t have the resources (or just prefer DIY methods), write a compelling press release that ties your business to a current event. Distribute it to the local media, and call to follow up. Create a media kit or press kit for distribution when someone asks for information about you and your business. Getting interviews in traditional press isn’t difficult for a small business owner, but it does take an investment of time and some persistence.
When you do gain some media exposure, while most companies are just now beginning to include links to their website in the article, you can include links to social media accounts like Twitter to get new followers and exposure for your expertise.
47. Attend Networking Events
If you run a business, you likely have a local networking event that you do or can attend.
Publicizing your Twitter profile at events like these through your business cards, stickers, and stamps can gain you a large number of targeted Twitter followers very quickly!
Be sure to offer an incentive for following you, such as free reports, discounts, or updates.
48. Give Away a Free eBook
Few things say “I’m an expert” like being an author.
While print titles still have more clout with traditional audiences, eBooks like those for Kindle and other e-readers are gaining popularity.
If you’re looking to establish yourself as an expert, traditional publishing houses may get you the most notoriety, but self-publishing with a good public relations agent can get you similar results today.
Being sure to include your social media links – including Twitter – is a great way to allow readers to connect with your expertise after reading your book. Start by offering your Twitter ID on the inside front cover, where many bookstore shoppers will look for your bio; then include your information on the back cover, in the introduction, and throughout the book.
If you are willing to think outside of the box, you can even include your Twitter ID in the footer of every page. Even if they don’t follow you immediately after reading the book, they will subconsciously recognize your account in the future and be more willing to follow you if they come across your name again.
Several prominent social media celebrities even use Twitter to launch subsequent titles, so don’t overlook the possibilities here. The opportunities are endless!
49. Research and Publish a Report
Reports and white papers are still an essential form of communication for industries and markets around the globe. If you have any data or research to share, or even just helpful ideas, publishing a report or whitepaper can successfully get you the attention of industry leaders, media, and yes – social media.
You can get your white papers and reports distributed by trade magazine distributors across North America, which will often give you the customers’ information. Offer the report or whitepaper on your own website, as well as on Twitter itself. You may find that the link to your report gets retweeted, getting you valuable exposure!
As with other forms of offline publishing, be sure to utilize your author’s bio and include links to Twitter and other profiles.
50. Magazine Articles
Like newspaper articles, magazine articles can get you great attention from readers and potential customers. Unlike newspapers, however, they can be much longer in length, explain things in much more depth, and offer more opportunities for promotion.
Go to the website for your favorite industry magazine and look for a link to their publishing schedule. There, magazines will list topics that they are going to be covering in the coming months. If you feel you can contribute to one of these topics, contact the editor with a proposal for your article. Do not send the whole article! Editors need a quick glance to determine if your content will be worthy, before approving you to begin work.
The great thing about working with magazines is that in certain circumstances, you can even get paid for your submission. How many opportunities do you have that allow your advertising to pay you? Magazine editors will typically allow for a longer author’s bio, offer more opportunities for promotion, and may even extend offers for inexpensive advertising in exchange for your contribution.
An inexpensive way to spread your Twitter username is with a rubber stamp customized with your Twitter ID on it. Once you have this stamp simply stamp your ID on everything. No new printing costs, no need to change the receipt printer – just stamp, stamp, stamp away!
As you can see, offline methods for finding Twitter followers are only limited by your imagination. Pubs and restaurants can publish their ID on coasters and napkins.
Magnets with your Twitter ID are a great “leave behind” for moving companies, and custom Twitter signs inserted into baked goods are a great way for a local bakery to get their information in front of consumers. Don’t be shy with your Twitter account; if you really want to gain a large, targeted following, you have to go after it!
Even more powerful than individual newspaper or magazine articles are feature columns. If you have the dedicated time, offering to write a feature column for a magazine or newspaper will not only assist the editor with their workload but give you more opportunities for promotion.
Often times, feature columnists will get their bio published with the column monthly as well as in the front of the magazine with the other staff writers. Including your Twitter link along with your other biographical information in the magazine can get you more followers while building expert status.
Use a Quick Response (QR) Code
There are several services online that allow you to create quick response or QR codes. These codes are simple square barcodes that are gaining massive popularity with smartphone users, as they can be used to direct any phone to a specific web address just by taking a picture.
Create a QR code that links to your Twitter profile, and put it up everywhere – on your website, on your business cards, on any signage outside of your office or store, or anywhere else you can think of that might attract enough attention to be worth a snapshot.
Advertise on Twitter
One of the most effective ways to promote yourself is on twitter itself. They offer solutions for promoting your profile, promoting your tweets, or promoting trends.
Each method gives you a slightly different way to get your message across. This form of promotion is really powerful when used in combination with one of the other methods listed below, such as running a contest.
Promoting your profile will help you grow your following directly, while promoting tweets and trends will allow you to drive other initiatives used to get exposure for yourself.
Offer Special Deals to Followers
While many of these methods are about print advertising and getting in front of large amounts of people, never underestimate the power of your office or retail location if you have one.
Offer daily deals, specials, coupons, or discounts to customers who follow you on Twitter.
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