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How I Got So Many Twitter Followers

This is based on when I was mainly promoting my small online fashion boutique

I am often messaged and emailed asking how I got so many Twitter followers.  My follower numbers may seem impressive, but I have worked hard for them every day on Twitter for three years now.  There’s no quick fix and it’s taken me a long time and a vast amount of effort!  In this blog post, I’ll explain what works for me. 

I take part in hashtag hours every day aside from a Saturday. These are a great way to network, chat to others, and lots of participants may follow you.  There are several lists of hashtag networking hours on the internet and it’s a case of working out which ones you like, which ones work for you and which are relevant. 

I take part in some female business networking hours, Mum networking hours, business networking and also some local networking hours.  Each networking hour has its own format, so it’s worth watching the hashtag and seeing how it operates.  You can also simply ask the host or introduce yourself as a newbie in the hour to find out more.  Some let you post promo tweets for example, with the aim being to retweet each other as much as possible.  Others don’t like self-promotional tweets and have a topic or questions which everyone discusses.

Even though there are no hashtag hours on a Saturday, I will still be active retweeting others and replying to queries as much as possible.  So Twitter for me is a seven day a week job!  I can easily spend anywhere from 2-7 hours per day scheduling tweets, tweeting, interacting and taking part in networking hours.

There are also several retweet hashtags and accounts which I use every day to increase my reach when promoting my small online shop.  These can change, but some of my current favourites are:

#kprs #womaninbiz #fpsbs #eshopsuk @ukbusinessrt #atsocialmedia #flockbn #ukhashtags #87rt

Retweet hashtags come and go, so it’s worth keeping an eye on whether you are being retweeted using these and reviewing them regularly.  Spread them out too for better visibility and reach.  It’s also nice to return retweets to the retweet account owners too as much as you can.  If you win some ‘Twitter awards’ you may also gain access to exclusive hashtags for retweets too.

Now my numbers are so high I do get followers regularly without trying, around 100 per day.  Whether they have stumbled across one of my  tweets, or I’ve shown as a recommended person to follow or they’ve seen me using a certain hashtag, I just don’t know, but I guess I tweet so much I’m easy to stumble across.  But as much as I get tons of new followers per day I can also lose nearly as many.  My numbers steadily increase so I am always gaining more than I lose.

This could be people closing accounts, losing interest, not getting a follow back from me or getting sick of all my tweets and retweets!  I do tweet a lot.  I’m active in several hashtag hours and I also use retweet hashtags throughout the day to showcase my items for sale or blog posts.  To those with a few hundred followers, maybe even 1000, these tweets could flood their newsfeed.  But for those who follow a few thousand, my tweets can start becoming a needle in a haystack.  I have tweeted a lot less to test different numbers of tweets per day and the less I tweet,  the less sales, website traffic and engagement I get.

My numbers really boomed when I started running giveaways. The best days to promote these are #winitwednesday and #freebiefriday - I got 600 new followers in just one of these days once! They aren't necessarily going to be customers as it's a lot of compers, but I hope if they like the prize then they may just spot something they like in my promo tweets.

Also, the more followers you have, the higher you show in search results which in turn can gain more followers.

Engaging with followers is important. I reply to every comment I receive. From a customer point of view, I've asked a question to a couple of brands and not got a reply so they've lost a sale from me.

When I have time I also try to find and follow accounts which have similar interests to me and who I'd like to retweet - small UK businesses, crafty people, bloggers, healthy food, natural beauty, etc. It's great for filling my feed with interesting stuff, but also around 30% of users will follow back and could become customers, retweeters or even friends!  But take your time and be careful not to follow hundreds at once as Twitter could think you're a spam account.

I’m not sure if you've seen it in the news or heard it on Twitter, but they are going to change the way their newsfeed works and introduce an algorithm. I've no idea how this will affect tweets and businesses, so hopefully it won't make all our efforts go unnoticed (like when Facebook made big changes to pages a couple of years back, grrrr)! We'll have to wait and see.

Oh, I also enter award days on Twitter.   These boosted my numbers and allowed me to take part in exclusive hashtag hours. For example @theopaphitis runs a #SBS award which you can enter on a Sunday between 5-7.30pm I think.  It took me around a year of entering, but once I won I joined a great community and I even have many #SBS customers now.

The #queenof and #kingof days are also good to enter with @adg_iq and @adg_moore which I think are on a Thursday or Wednesday, they'll tweet about them on the day or just ask them!  If picked as a winner they will retweet when you use the relevant # and send out promo tweets weekly about you.

There are many more and once you start networking more on Twitter I am sure you’ll come across them.

One word of advice though – don’t get hung up on the numbers.  It’s better to have 100 engaged followers/customers, than hundreds of thousands of followers who never interact with you or show any interest in your business.  Also, a huge amount of people on Twitter are inactive.  Many set up an account and don’t ‘get’ Twitter so don’t return.  For others it’s simply not the right social media platform for them.  Or I’m sure there are many other reasons.  I bet around half of my followers are inactive now.

The one thing I strongly advise against is buying followers.  I’ve never tried it, but it would be a waste of money to have a bunch of followers who are fake.  There is no benefit.  You can check an accounts fake followers at fakefollower.com (My real followers are 97% - there are always some bots that follow all accounts)

I could go on and on, but I'll leave it there for now.

I wish you the best of luck with your Twitter account and please feel free to ask me any more questions.  I’m not an expert, but happy to share my own experience of this amazing platform.

 

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  1. Linsay Given Black

    Really great advice - thank you! VICTORIA .... So pleased you enjoyed the blog post! I've been testing a few Twitter apps recently to try and increase my followers, so I'll blog soon to reveal any good ones :)

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  2. Nikki Ranson

    Absolutely love your advice, I too am turning to Facebook for promotion so these tips are great *** Thanks Nikki! Did you mean Twitter? :P ***

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  3. Andi Tointon

    Hi Victoria, just read about hashtags and just realised it is something I need to learn about. As I am going to be using Twitter a fair bit. I have been in training in how to build blogs and websites and I am hooked on it spending all my life on it a bit like you. Do you need training to build websites? Or maybe learn about googley ranking and search engine optimising? Also what about keywords? Let me know if you do as it won't cost you anything love Andi. *** Victoria's Reply *** Thanks for your reply Andi. I use a ready made platform for my website, so it's template based. Luckily I don't need to build anything myself! SEO is something I've not really done to my website as it's hard to find the time, but perhaps one day as organic traffic would be lovely :)

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  4. Rebecca

    Thank you Victoria! This is really useful as I've only been on Twitter a few weeks! Congratulations on all your success :) *** Victoria's Reply - thanks Rebecca ***

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  5. Great blog post with information I am starting to use. Can't wait for the next one. Twitter seemed really daunting to me at first so thanks for taking the time to share your experience Karen. Xxx *** VICTORIA'S REPLY *** You're welcome! Hopefully it will help people. When I first started Twitter I had no idea what to do! :)

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  6. Great article, very enjoyable and informative advice. I notice you mention scheduling your Tweets, that is something I would love to be able to do. Any tips on how to do that. going to tweet your post now .thanks again. *** VICTORIA'S REPLY *** Thanks Jane, I've been asked a few times so I'll post an article :) I use Hootsuite and Tweetdeck. My favourite is Tweetdeck which I also use on my laptop instead of the actual Twitter website as I find it much easier to use. I have several columns open with different hashtags I'm following and any hashtag hours. It makes it so much easier to see everything. For manual scheduling each day with photos I use Tweetdeck. I pay for Hootsuite so I can use their bulk scheduling option. I have a few Excel files with tweets I post every day using this method. I update the files as I add new blog posts, sale items or products. I delete anything old, irrelevant or sold out. If I don't have much time to manually schedule, it takes me less than 5 minutes to upload my files to Hootsuite for tweets all day! The only problem being these can only be text and links – no pictures. It is possible to add something called Twitter cards to your website which will show a preview of the item or picture on the page of the URL you are sharing. Hootsuite also have a free option so you don’t have to pay. You just can’t use the bulk upload option, but you can manually schedule each tweet (with pictures too). You can also use Hootsuite, like Tweetdeck, to manage your account with different columns. I personally prefer Tweetdeck overall, but others prefer Hootsuite. I guess it depends which you get more used to. It’s great to have the other as a backup though in case one decides not to work which can happen occasionally! They are pretty simple to use once you’ve had a play around and got used to them :)

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  7. This is a brilliant post! Congrats on having so many and good on you for putting in so much time and effort. You can see it really pays off. I totally agree with the brands and interaction. I've been put off from buying when I've not gotten a response from certain brands. Just makes you wonder why you bothered in the first place!! I told myself since I started my Twitter last year, that numbers weren't an issue for me and they still aren't. I would certainly rather 100 active/responsive followers than 10k+ that didn't say a word!! I'm blown away I'm nearly at 1000; never thought I'd get this far haha :D I do see so many of those account you talk about, where it's obvious they've "brought" their followers. You look at their tweets and they have zero likes, zero retweets and zero replies. Keep up the good work hun you're doing a fab job!! Love Hannah xx *** VICTORIA'S REPLY *** Thanks Hannah for your lovely comment! I saw one of those accounts which had purchased followers the other day - they had only tweeted about 100 times, yet had 250000 followers and they definitely weren't well known/famous! It doesn't make me want to trust the person who owns the business as it's deceiving. Well done on almost reaching 1000, that's amazing! I just hit 1000 on Instagram the other day and did a woo-hoo! :)

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  8. jan shaw

    I'm still trying to get my head around Twitter, hopefully to increase my sales - I design and make unique clothes for babies and young children. For some reason my website www.etsy.com/janjancreations is not accepted in the box above! Your information is really helpful, thank you! *** Victoria's Reply *** Hi Jan, I've added it in for you, it needed the http:// prefix :) I'm glad you found the blog post useful. If you look in my Twitter tips section on my blog there's a list of hashtag networking hours and links to more that may be useful to you. Best of luck with your Etsy shop :)

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  9. Great post Victoria and very generous of you to share your experience so transparently - we're mere novices at this, but believe we have a good brand, a great product and a topic that literally affects everyone - so we intend to learn from the masters like you ...thanks! #exciting *** Victoria's Reply - thank you very much for your comment and I'm no master! :) Twitter is a fantastic platform to generate awareness for your brand. I highly receommend making use of the business networking hours ***

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  10. Hi Victoria, great post! I try to keep up with all the hashtags and networking but do struggle with it. You've done an amazing job! I schedule some tweets using hootsuite but I don't feel it works for me. Could you recommend a scheduling platform that you have used, as it might help me to keep on top of my tweets. I've found a lot that I've used retweet hashtags but they haven't returned with a RT. Is there a read on for this? Or have they just missed it? Thanks for post! :-) *** Victoria's Reply *** Hi Sarah, I did mainly use Tweetdeck for scheduled posts, but I'm just trying out the bulk uploader on Hootsuite at the moment. The only disadvantage being you can't add photos to their bulk uploader. I find photo tweets get a lot more interaction. Tweetdeck is also amazing for following the hashtag feeds, expecially during networking hours. You can use various filters to only view original tweets (not retweets) or images only, for example. The RT hahstags don't always RT every tweet, but if they're not retweeting any perhaps they're not in existence anymore? Some do come and go. Also make sure you're following the accounts who run the RT hashtags as they may only RT if you're following. I RT #lyliarose so feel free to use that one too! :)

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  11. Thank you Victoria for a very insightful post about the way to build Twitter followers, how on earth do you find the time, I guess I have to learn more key board skills, lol! *** Victoria's reply - I work at least five nights a week from 6pm, sometimes until midnight. I often spend at least one hour from 5.30/6am online and any naptimes my youngest has or times he is content playing! Sometimes I'll spend a couple of hours at the weekend if we're at home and my husband is here. I basically have no social life and commit all my spare time to it! ***

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  12. This is a great post, and covers loads! It also makes me think I'm on the right track. It seems liker respect for other users and being active are the best things to be doing. Thanks for sharing! ***Victoria's Reply - Thanks Tina! Yes definitely being active is good! I do schedule tweets, but I try to be as active as possible in the # hours and reply to mentions as quickly as possible ***

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  13. Hi Victoria Thanks for sharing this very informative post. I am one of those people who are still learning the ropes with twitter - though unlike you I don't think I could spend so much time on it:) Some very useful # hours you are mentioning. I have to put them on a list and remember them all :) I am currently trying to mix scheduled posts with just posting when I have a free moment. I think trying to engage and replying to tweets is really important. All the best Helen *** Victoria's Reply - Thanks for your comment Helen. I don't spend any time on any other social medias so I concentrate all my efforts on Twitter. 80% of my sales are from Twitter (I know this from the discount codes I use) so it makes sense for me to spend my time on this platform currently. The #s I have mentioned are the ones I use throughout the day at various times for retweets. For the networking # lists there are lots online. I may post a list of my favourites as it may be helpful :) ***

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  14. Hi Victoria, nice article. Marketing is a lot of hard work, unfortunately I don't have as much time to spend on twitter & facebook now. But there is a lot of great information in this post & it really shows social media is about being social. ***Victoria's Reply - Thanks for commenting Richard! It's definitely very time consuming. I mainly spend all my time on Twitter, so devote more to it than others who regularly use several platforms, so my efforts are very concentrated. It's definitely about being social. I do schedule too to spread out tweets or have a presence if I'm busy, but try to reply/interact as soon as I can. I definitely find I get more interaction when I am actually present on Twitter though and the accounts which only ever schedule and never interact bug me! ***

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  15. Fantastic article! Always pleased to see knowledgable professionals share their tips & tactics - we are very grateful. Thank you ;) ***Victoria's Reply - You're very welcome, I hope it helps***

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