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!