Tips on Making the Most of Twitter & Increasing Your Following

When I joined the Twittersphere at the same time I joined the blogosphere, I did not know how bloggers gained so many damn followers. I understood that I was a newbie and that it wouldn’t happen over night and many bloggers had been working for years to build up such a substantial following but I could just never envision it happening for me. Until it did. 


At over 5,300 Twitter followers at the time of writing, that’s way more than I ever thought I’d be able to get. And although compared to some hard working bloggers that number may seem like a teeny tiny amount, I think for where my blog is right now and the amount of time I’ve been blogging and using Twitter for, it’s an amount I can be proud of. And whilst I’m not a Twitter master… I can share a few tips and things I personally do to make the most of Twitter which (sometimes) increases my following!

Reply to tweets: Be active and social. It’s a great way to make new friends and make people want to follow you, so they know you’re not just a robot who tweets blog links and that’s it.

Tweet photos: I think it’s proven that a photo will gain more interaction than a tweet – because it stands out and people like photos and something aesthetically pleasing! So search those GIFs and share your damn photos!

Include hash tags: Relevent hash tags, of course, don’t go hash tagging #foodbloggers if you’re talking about books. But this gets your tweets in the appropriate place on Twitter for people to search for and find.

Take part in Twitter chats: Not something I do an awful lot anymore for a whole bunch of reasons (I wrote a post a few months ago about Twitter chats and what I thought of them) but there’s no denying they are a great way to meet likeminded bloggers and to share a follow with someone.

Retweet other people: It’s a nice thing to do, especially if it’s a post you really enjoyed but it can also be a good way for others to see that you’re interested in that topic too.

Tag retweet accounts: They don’t always retweet – heck some of them get thousands of tweets every day but it’s always worth a try! Some I use are: @LovingBlog, @blogginggals, @BloggerBees and @TheGirlGangHQ.

Talk to people: Similar to point 1, interacting with people and fellow bloggers is such an important part of the whole blogging experience. I don’t think any (genuine) blogger wants to follow a mere robot who never chats with anyone and just posts link after link after link. Personality is key! Make yours shine!

What other tips would you recommend for using Twitter and upping your following as a blogger? 


30 thoughts on “Tips on Making the Most of Twitter & Increasing Your Following

  1. Schedule tweets for when you are unable to post live and also schedule for when most people are likely to be online such as breakfast, lunch and evening.

  2. I should be more around on the twitter- and blogosphere, that’s for sure, but I agree with what’s said before: schedule tweets. I haven’t done it much yet but I do schedule tweets when I put a blog post online and to repeat it a few times during the first day and then once every day for the next few days to make sure it wasn’t only tweeted once and be done with.

    I’m not much of a fan of twitter chats either. Usually because they happen whilst I’m sleeping (curtesy for living on the other side of the world) OR they happen when it’s evening and since I only get online at 10pm-ish they’re usually wrapping up. *shrugs* But I do agree, the very few ones I did manage to join, I made new friends on twitter who I’m following and still interact with on a weekly (if not daily) basis πŸ™‚

    • Sharing your posts effectively is really important! Funny, I don’t actually schedule tweets (apart from for advertisers) because I just don’t like it and can’t find a website that works for me but what I do, do is draft the tweets on Twitter and just leave them in my drafts so when I want to reshare a post I don’t have to write it out, as it’s already pre-written! It’s a good alternative (: although obviously scheduling tweets take a lot more pressure off. It’s a shame you’re not able to take part in more Twitter chats xo

  3. since I’m late for the party (not really typical of me, but wjem ot comes to social media I’m lagging behind.) I very recently joined Twitter…so still a newbie. Thanks for the helpful tips! πŸ™‚

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