If you want to get more Twitter followers you’re going to have to do a little bit of work. Sure, you could beef up your numbers by buying Twitter followers but if you really want people to pay attention to what you’re saying you are going to have to do more than open up your wallet.
I’ve been writing online for a few years now but I’ve largely neglected my online presence. I have a Twitter account. I have an official author’s page on Facebook. I also share my articles on Google Plus. But most of my interaction on social media has been automatic. If you scroll down my Twitter feed you’ll notice that it’s basically just one long list of articles.
That’s basically spam and it’s not a good way to get Twitter followers. In fact, after a year of using Twitter purely as a way to push out articles my account has attracted a whopping 143 followers.
Now, automatic tweets aren’t all bad and setting up an RSS feed isn’t a bad thing. But it isn’t a good way to get more Twitter followers.
Killing The Zombie
A few weeks ago I decided that it was time to kill the zombie. My Twitter account wasn’t doing me any good and it wasn’t providing any sort of service to the internet. It was just there. Mindlessly posting links and spamming my followers. So I killed it. Deleted all automatic tweets and decided that it was time to start doing the work for myself.
And it’s been a pain in the ass. But it’s also been worth it.
Quick and important note: I didn’t get 700 followers in a few weeks after killing the zombie. For last week’s article, “What Buying Twitter Followers Will And Will Not Do For You,” I bought a bunch of followers. Which was a big, stupid, $5 mistake…
The majority of my new followers have come from my wallet but I’ve also interacted with some celebrities, met a few new people, and I’m starting to engage my followers.
Joining The Conversation
Most Twitter users are worried about that little number next to their name. Just how many people follow you on twitter? But really, that number isn’t important. The question people should be worrying about is: How many people are listening?
Having a lot of followers only really means something if those people are actually reading what you’re writing. Otherwise, can you even call those people followers?
After killing the zombie I started trying to join the conversation. Instead of sending out a link, I sent out a message.
@danieljevon that’s even funnier you wrote about it! (btw, you got my name backward in the 1st paragraph) 😉
— Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) September 28, 2013
Yeah, that’s right, DJ Tanner talked to me on Twitter and completely called me out for getting her name wrong. Sure, it wasn’t the exact interaction that I was looking for but it’s more than I ever got with the zombie account.
Which brings us to our social media lesson of the day. And yes, it’s a pretty simple one. If you want to get more followers on Twitter you have to actually use twitter. There’s no way around it. So go on, kill your zombie and start doing the
legwork fingerwork for yourself.