The other day on Twitter, I reached 3,000 followers. This means Shaun is going to treat me to a turkey dinosaur dinner on Friday and I am a very excited about this. This also means that in just under three months of being on twitter I have 3k awesome people following me. How cool is that. I am so grateful for everyone that has pressed the follow button and all the amazing and supportive people I have met in the process. Today on the blog, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share with you 10 simple ways to grow your twitter. I know there are much much bigger accounts out there than mine, but hey, we all gotta start somewhere, right?
There are no set rules to how many tweets you should post a day – just post whatever feels appropriate at the time but don’t be too spammy. Keep things varied and interesting and try to keep a balance of retweets and your own stuff. Since I have been on twitter, I have never actually scheduled a tweet. Yes, it’s hard to believe but all that wisdom is coming right at you in real-time (hah). Jokes aside, I’ve nothing against it and may try it in the future but just wanted to point out scheduling is not a necessity.
Twitter is such a fast moving social media platform it is impossible to keep up with everything! According to Moz, the average lifespan of a tweet is 18 minutes. So chances are if you are following a lot of people, you are going to miss tweets from your favourite accounts. Therefore, creating a few lists is so so helpful. You can make your own or subscribe to others and it makes it much easier to keep up and engage with people in your community.
Join In With Chats
Twitter chats enable you to meet like-minded people and find new friends. I love joining in with chats when I have the time, they are so much fun and you might even learn a thing or two as well. There are tons out there; the best ones which spring to mind are Bloggers Tribe at 7pm on Saturday, The Blogger Crowd at 8pm on Wednesday and LBloggers Chat every Wednesday and Sunday between 7-8pm (all UK time).
Twitter can be a bit of a lonely place if you don’t engage with others. The quickest and simplest way to make friends is to encourage, compliment and support the people around you. Whether that is by a retweet, a like or a comment – it is so nice to give and receive positive feedback. If you find an opportunity to get involved in a group, go for it! These are places which offer continuous support, tips and advice whenever you need it.
Use Photos, Gifs and Emojis
In a sea of tweets, you need to make yours stand out. If you follow me on twitter, you will already know I have a bit of an emoji obsession. I just think a heart or smiley or dancing lady adds something extra and who doesn’t love a bit of colour and silliness every now and then! I also think gifs are brilliant for adding a bit of humour especially to a twitter chat or just simply for your own entertainment. I must have spent hours scrolling through cat gifs in the last few months.
Polls are a great way to engage with your followers and show that you value their opinion. You can run a poll on anything, whether that is blog related or just something you are curious about. A few weeks ago I ran a poll asking people how they kept up with their favourite blogs and 62% said it was through social media links. That tells me it is important to share your latest posts on twitter to reach a bigger audience.
Who doesn’t love a good old freebie? Giveaways are a fantastic ways to increase you twitter following! By offering a chance to win a prize so long as they are following you, you can gain more followers in a short space of time. I did a giveaway when I reached 1,000 followers on twitter last year, and a recent one to win a Paint Splash Map Of The World.
Participate In Threads
If you are browsing your twitter feed, it won’t take you long to come across a thread. These can be anything from blogger or Instagram follow trains to blog comment swaps. I have met so many awesome people through participating in follow trains and threads. Bloggers Tribe run two very popular blog comment swaps on Friday and Sunday at 8pm. Teacup Club Meetings are another one of my favourites on Monday and Thursday at 5pm. Also don’t forget to check out Rebecca’s very supportive New Blogger thread on Thursdays at 8pm. And of course, my Sunday Blog Swap which is my pinned tweet all day every Sunday!
Don’t Overthink It
If you feel uninspired to tweet, that’s okay, don’t force it. Twitter can be a bit of a overwhelming place at times with viral tweets and popular posts all happening at once. So sometimes you just need to take a step back from it all and not overthink it too much. Normally something stupid pops into my head at a random time and I think I wonder what would happen if I tweeted that hah. Or, I wake up feeling inspired and want to share a list of tips and ideas. Let it come to you naturally and don’t feel under pressure – just share whatever you wanna share.
The most important thing is just to be yourself. If people like you, they will follow you, simples. Don’t try and be perfect, just be real and relatable and people will like you for that.
I hope you enjoyed my ideas and suggestions! I would love to hear what works for you and your twitter, whether you are small or big, everyone is important. If you would like to follow me on Twitter – click here!