More Twitter Followers = More Traffic
This is Post two in a series of posts about getting more Twitter Followers with the intention of increasing my Blogs Traffic. If you missed the first post, you can find it here. My first week of tackling this challenge has seen a significant increase in Twitter Followers with very little effort on my part. Truth be told, I didn’t put in as much effort as I initially intended due to other commitments getting in the way, but I’m happy with the results so far.
For those of you who didn’t read my previous post, let me re-state my current GOAL…
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My Twitter Goal
My immediate goal is to get at least 1000 Twitter Followers by the end of November 2016. This equates to 816-Followers in 64-days (or ±13-New Followers daily starting today). How this ties in with my Traffic Goals is simple. The more followers the more potential traffic…
The Results: How many new Twitter Followers gained after Week One?
Considering the amount of effort put in, I’m really happy with the numbers.
- 167-Followers Last Week
- 211-Followers This Week
This is 44x More Twitter Followers in a Week 🙂
While I’m happy with the above results, its half of what I need to attain my GOAL[break]
Getting my head around using Twitter
Quite honestly, I never really saw the point of using Twitter, after-all what could one accomplish posting such limited content (i.e. 140-characters). I had followed the masses in the early days of Twitter and signed up for an account simply because it was the ‘in-thing‘ to do. I kinda setup my Twitter Account and did nothing with it. Later on, I customised it a little to give it the look it currently has and managed to build up my following to a Massive 28-Followers. My next challenge was to get my Blog Posts automatically syndicated to Twitter as I thought this would boost my Blog’s Traffic. I achieved this technical feat using “SNAP Pro Plugin“, but then faced another issue I hadn’t thought of…
It’s great to get one’s blog posts auto-posted to Twitter, but with such a small following, it didn’t help drive much traffic back to the blog. Uuuurgh – Wasted effort!
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EXAMPLE: If a blog post auto-posted to Twitter generated a 5% Click Through Rate (CTR) from an Twitter Account that only had 28-followers, all I’d gain is a possible 1.4 readers…
Fact: What I learned was pretty simple; without enough followers, the process didn’t generate more traffic.
Again; More Twitter Followers = More Traffic
The Basic Steps to build a following on Twitter
I’ve just re-read what I had written and decided to simplify it… Bottom line, here is what I did recently to increase my Twitter Followers:
- I went to the Blogs I usually followed and looked for Twitter Icons. I used these links to Find the Twitter Accounts of these Blogs/Bloggers and Followed them.
- I then went out looking for industry Influencers and Followed them too.
- When you Follow someone new on Twitter, Twitter suggests other users you may be interested in Following and so I Followed a few of those users too.
- Also, have a look at who is Following the people you Follow and Follow some of these users too.
- Twitter also suggests some #hashtags to Follow. I didn’t make use of these at the time as I didn’t quite understand them. I do suggest you make note of the recommended #hashtags. [break]
I was skeptical and so I didn’t put too much effort in – Surprisingly, a vast number of people I’d Followed, Followed me back. In fact more than 50% of the people I’d Followed, Followed me back and this is when I I had that ‘AH HA’ Moment that it was really easy to get Followers on Twitter.
TIP 1 – Go out and find People to Follow [break]
Using Quora.com to build my reputation and Followers
Since the Google Penalty had ‘stolen’ all my organic traffic, I decided I also needed to find a place online where I could post content or share my knowledge, which would in turn help me build my reputation as a Blogger, SEO Guy and Affiliate Marketer. After some research I found out about the Questions and Answers Portal Quora.com. I won’t go into detail about Quora here, but when answering questions on Quora, you can setup your account to post your Answers to Twitter. Via this process, I was able to attain a few extra Followers too.
The other nice thing about using Quora, is that the answers you select to go to Twitter also doubles up as content for your current Twitter Followers to read. After all, you do need to provide content for your followers/readers on Twitter.
TIP 2 – Go build your reputation on Quora and Sync/Post your answers to Twitter
This will help you find some additional followers [break]
Using Retweets to gain more Followers
Yes, I’m getting to the point of this post! Retweets is something I never really understood and therefore never utelised until recently. In fact, I probably still don’t understand them entirely as I’m still learning, but here is my take on them.
If someone I am Following posts a Tweet, it comes up in my Twitter Feed. I simply assumed that anyone looking at my Twitter Account would see these but this isn’t necessarily the case. By retweeting something, you are in fact vouching for what the original poster wrote and you are furthering the exposure of that Tweet, effectively widening its reach and prolonging its visibility. If you Retweet something someone posted, they could notice you and do the same for your Tweets, which means your reach is extended. If a Tweet is Retweeted and further Retweeted by others, this is what causes a Tweet to go Viral. The thing is Retweets can get you noticed and can help you gain new Followers and it’s something you should be doing. Needless to say, there is more to this feature, but that is for another time (or follow-up post).
To Retweet a Tweet is really, really simple; just click the retweet button…
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Note: It is usually a good idea to post a comment with a Retweet. [break]
Using Automated Retweets to get more Twitter Followers
I know I shared a lot before getting to the crux of this post, but I really feel it is necessary for Twitter Newbies to understand the process as I experience it. Everything above is a manual process and while it doesn’t really take long to do, automating some of the processes will help and the first bit of automation I’ve implemented is Automated Retweets. So how do you do this?
STEP-1 – Create a Twitter List
The very first thing you need to do is to create a list of people, whose Tweets you want to Retweet (RT). To create this list click on your SMALL Profile Image; the one that sits next to the Tweet Button at the Top-Right-Hand Corner of the screen. From the drop-down menu select ‘Lists‘ [break]
On the next Screen; click the ‘Create List‘ Button, found on the right-hand side of the page. [break]
Then; on the next screen (or pop-up box), you need to specify some details about your New Twitter List.
- Give it a Name; the list name is publicly visible so name it something suitable
- Give it a Description; this is more for your own use and not publicly visible
- Set the Privacy; for this you MUST make it ‘Public‘
- Click ‘Save List’ Button; and that’s it…[break]
You now have your first Twitter List!
STEP-2 – Adding Members to your new Twitter List
Now that you have a List, you need to ADD Twitter Accounts/Profiles to this list. These are the Twitter Profiles of People, Companies and/or Brands who you want to Retweet. Here, my advice is to select Profiles of People or Brands that Tweet about stuff that is relevant to your Niche. That is; content that your Followers would relate too.
If you followed the Step-1 Instructions above, you should have ended up on a screen where you are prompted to start adding people to your new list. You are presented with two ways in which to do this.
- You can Search for profiles to add to your list, using the search field
- You can select from your current Followers, by clicking on the tiny little ‘Followers‘ link
Since I already had a few decent followers who Tweeted great content within my Niche, I simply took the easy way out and choose to add profiles from my Followers List; so click the small ‘Followers‘ Link…
Once you have clicked on the ‘Followers’ Link, you are redirected to the page that shows all your Followers (brilliant stuff). By each Profile, to the left of the ‘Following‘ Button you will find a small grey cog icon [awp_icon name=”icon-cog2″ scale=”1″ type=”normal” align=”none”] .
- Click on the cog icon
- Select ‘Add or remove from lists‘ on the menu.[break]
From here; The next pop-up box or screen allows you to select the list you already created in step-1 above or, you can create a new list. Needless to say in this work-through… [break]
- Select the list you already created; Twitter will then automatically add the profile to the list. It kind of happens seamlessly. You may notice a slight movement of the checkbox, but that’s about it. The Profile has been added to your list.
- Click on the ‘X‘ button to Close the pop-up; Repeat as many times as necessary adding Profiles to your Retweet List [break]
Note: If you don’t have Followers whom you would like to RT, then use the Search Bar to find some. Also, you don’t have to add Followers at this stage. You can always edit your Twitter List(s), Adding or Removing Profiles at any time. [break]
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Important Note: Don’t go MAD adding hundreds of Profiles to your RT List, especially in the beginning. You don’t want to raise any ALARM BELLS at Twitter HQ where they then shut down your account for SPAMMING or breaking the Twitter T&C’s. I added 13x people to my RT List and I have subsequently removed one of the members as the person was posting too often for my liking (it felt like their posts were spamming my Twitter Feed and subsequently I felt I was Spamming others.
STEP-3 – Connecting your Twitter Account to RoundTeam
So, armed with a Twitter List complete with Followers or RT Members, it’s time to setup the automation. For this we will be using a third-party provider called RoundTeam (it’s FREE). All you need to do here is Authorise the RoundTeam App by logging in with your Twitter Account.
It’s made REALLY Simple – Just click on the ‘Sign in with Twitter’ button.[break]
Next use your Twitter Account Login Information to Authorise the APP. [break]
You will be presented with an option to UPGRADE to a PAID Account;
Select the Use FREE Option… [break]
STEP-4 – Setting up the Automated Retweets with RoundTeam
At this stage all you need to do is ADD your RT List to the RoundTeam APP and set a few Permissions or Filters. The first thing to do is to click the + sign next to where it says; lists on the RoundTeam Dashboard and you will see where to add your profile and list name.
- Add Profile Name
- Add List Name
- Click the Tick Icon [break]
OK, so now YOUR List has been added to RoundTeam, you need to go and setup some Rules and/or Filters. To do this, click on the list you can now see on the RoundTeam Dashboard. [break]
I’m not going to go into depth about all of RoundTeam’s Filters and what they do or how they work. If you want to know more, click here! What I will show you below, is the Filters I have configured which you can simply copy. Also, it’s pretty simple to figure out how to set these filters, so I’m not going to go through this step-by-step, I’m sure you’re probably at information overload already…
Here are my Filter Settings – apply your own, click SAVE!
Important Note: The No retweets Filter above is pretty important as this makes sure you are only retweeting original tweets from people on your RT List and not stuff ‘they’ have retweeted… [break]
CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE
SETUP AUTOMATED RETWEETS!
Log out of your RoundTeam Account; remember to logout of your Twitter Account too. Be proud, you have now setup a way to get more Twitter Followers using Automated Retweets and I hope you learned a few other ‘things’ too…
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