Those of you who know our editor JD Rucker might remember that he stopped following Twitter users other than people he knew or wanted to follow over two years ago. After skyrocketing to the top 200 in the world, he simply quit adding and started the long process of removing people that either weren’t active, weren’t interesting, or weren’t real people.
Why? Because he was cheating.
Well, it wasn’t technically cheating. He wasn’t breaking rules or buying Twitter followers. He was simply tweeting a lot, adding a ton of people, and removing those who didn’t add him back after a certain period of time. He was churning. Had he continued, he’d likely have over 400,000 Twitter followers. Thankfully, he turned away from the dark side and the desires that continue to engulf many – the goal of getting a bigger Twitter account at all costs.
When he sent me this guide to get getting Twitter followers ethically, I couldn’t help but laugh a little. I knew he was one of the villains before, converted in recent years but still someone who would have frowned on these words in the past. Things are different. Social media is different. JD is different.
The world is different.
Check out the guide if you want to get more Twitter followers but want to do so using only white-hat method. It’s an excellent and comprehensive guide – highly recommended by me. Here’s a couple of examples of advice in the guide:
Even if you don’t have a blog of your own, you can easily gain notoriety by writing posts for other blogs. Running a blog is hard work, and most people and companies welcome well written posts to give them a break. If you do score an opportunity to guest post, link to your blog if you like, but be sure to link to your Twitter account as well. Some people will follow you if they liked the post…
Most of the time, offline strategies involve people finding you offline and connecting with you online afterwards. Tweetups are exactly the opposite – they allow you the opportunity to connect with Twitter users in person, even if you have never met before. Because the group of Twitter users that meet is often diverse (and often inviting their own followers and friends,) you will likely gain at least a few new followers from a tweetup…
Retweet the right stuff
Industry leaders, celebrities, gurus, and others with large followings love getting retweets. Some of them will even occasionally thank you for your retweets by mentioning your name e.g. “Hey @awesomeco4444, thanks for the RT!”. The benefits, just like replying, are that your name gets out in front of everyone that follows them! …
Most of it is really good advice. Some of it is useful to individuals. All of it is useful for businesses. Enjoy!