I started my blog on the 1st of March 2018, and as whilst I was getting set up, I told myself I was going to focus on Twitter as my main social media channel! I hadn’t been on Twitter for over 3 years before this, though I still knew there was no difficult algorithms to try and work out and I could easily connect with my audience, other blogger and businesses/brands! Read on to find out what I did to reach 2000 followers in 2 months!
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I started my Twitter on March 1st, I didn’t know who to follow or what to do, but I read and I read until I felt like I had a better understanding of the best way to utilise this social media channel! it took me a few days until I really got on with it, so when I hit my 2,000 followers on the 11th of May, it was two months give or take a couple of days! Here are the exact ways I built up my following on Twitter, and made amazing friends and networks!
Firstly I used follow and comment trains, you can usually see these retweeted on to your timeline if you follow bloggers, or if not, simply search #followtrain or #commenttrain! They’re great for getting to know people and finding new people to follow, but make sure you read the rules, if it says follow everyone or comment on everyone’s post, make sure you do, it can mean so much to know someone is reading your blog and commenting! And if someone has taken time out of their day to comment or follow you with expecting that you’ll do the same, it would be rude not too!
I would suggest only to use these with a smaller following, I stopped using these after about 600 followers, as people like the play the follow/unfollow game! Which takes me perfectly into the next point!
2.Don’t play the follow/unfollow game
This is the bane of Twitter, people following you just for a follow back, and then a couple of days later, unfollow you so they look like they have a larger follower:following ratio. I personally hate this, thought I understand it’s sometimes unavoidable. If you follow someone and realise you dont like what they tweet, it upsets you, you find it annoying, it’s triggering etc. are perfectly acceptable reasons to unfollow people! And sometimes you don’t even have a reason, you just don’t want to be following them anymore – fine! BUT, don’t follow people with the intention of unfollowing them a few days later! The bottom line is just be supportive to others and you will receive support!
I use/d lots of different hashtags or tags of blogger support groups that retweet content when promoting my posts! You can fine alsorts that are really helpful, my favourites are: Blogger Kind, Blogger Tribe and Beechat! Use their hashtags or tag them in your posts and they’ll often retweet, meaning you’ll reach a larger audience, and quite often gain followers who are interested in your blog from this!
4.Group Direct Messages
I love these, I even started my own! They’re slightly like Instagram Pods, you can go to these when you’ve written a new post and ask them to read, retweet, but generally just make friends! I don’t know where I’d be without my Travel Blogger Group girls, and I genuinely do believe I would have found it a lot harder without their support thought times of ‘cba’ and ‘is it even worth it?’! (I’m also going to link their Twitter’s after this point so you can go follow them, they’re amazing and I’m so grateful for their support!) I would say only join a group if you really can offer support to others, it’s important to always give back, don’t be that person that just posts their new posts asking for retweets/likes without reciprocating it!
5.Connect to people
This was how I really built up a following! I made sure I was genuine (I sometimes this I’m more myself online than I sometimes am in person!) and wasn’t afraid to message people or tweet people! People, especially bloggers, LOVE to talk, to help people and to support each other! Say congratulations when someone has hit a goal, retweet peoples posts that you like, and generally just chat away and offer help! I always try and direct message people who tweeted saying they were struggling with something I knew I could offer help with!
Follow these tips for a week or two, and then let me know if it helped with a gain of followers!