Ten Tips for Tempting #Twitterati to Follow You

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Although Twitter can be a divisive and nasty place to hang out when negative news trends, which is always, I have had heaps of fun on Twitter over the years. My secret is to try my best to use tunnel vision to concentrate on what is positive. When you join a community like the #WritingCommunity—being on Twitter can be terrific.

Some of the best days I have spent on Twitter have been getting to know new author friends and experiencing the thrill of having a favourite celebrity retweet my tweet. It’s even better when they comment. I have had exchanges with Mike Scott, Russell Brand, Shaun Cassidy, Denis Leary, Maria Doyle Kennedy and James Purefoy. I have also had the pleasure of talking to a few of my favourite authors: Susanna Kearsley, Alma Katsu, Steven Rowley, and Jane Porter.

So, if you’re looking for a way to get more out of Twitter, here are some tips.

Ten Tips for Tempting #Twitterati to Follow You

1. TALK to people on Twitter!

2. Personalize your background and add a profile photo & header photo image.

3. Write a catchy bio with pertinent info about you or your company using searchable keywords.

4. Include a link to your website or blog.

5. Tweet interesting, valuable content regularly and consistently.

6. Use between 1-3 relevant #hashtags.

7. Retweet other people’s content and choose wisely to ensure it’s the most helpful RT for them.

8. Put the people you’re following into Lists according to keywords and then use them to filter your Twitter Feed to find the people you want to talk to.

9. Register your own hashtags at Twubs.com and start a Twitter chat.

10. Use Tweepi to unfollow those people who are inactive or not following you back.

Repeat steps 4 through 10 regularly.

Have fun on Twitter and never forget to talk to people!

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How Do I Get More Followers on Twitter?

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Do you want to get more specifically targeted followers on Twitter who are beneficial without buying them?

If so, you must retweet other people’s content! It’s also meaningful to talk to people on Twitter, engage with them, and find out how you can be of help to them so that when the time comes, you can ask them for help without feeling creepy about it.

I was once able to connect with radio stations in Trinidad to secure several interviews for a Soca artist I worked with while he was there for the International Soca Monarch. I connect with relevant contacts for clients, land clients myself, and have tweeted with some of my favourite celebrities. You would be amazed at who you can talk to on Twitter!

I follow people who may be beneficial to my clients’ careers, like radio stations, DJs, journalists, bloggers, reviewers, venues, media outlets, or fans of their genre of music or writing who live in specific cities, etc. I put those people into lists labelled with keywords so that we can filter our Twitter feed by clicking on Lists. This helps us to decide who we might like to get to know. But we have to talk to them. You can break the ice by asking them a question, introducing yourself or retweeting their content with a comment. Make the first move. Retweet something for them that looks like it might be helpful to them if you can find it.

Don’t be afraid to follow people back on Twitter. If their account has a photo and a bio that’s interesting to you and they are active on Twitter, follow them back. If they retweet your content, it will help get your message out to a larger audience, and it will also help to grow your followers. The more you engage, tweet and retweet, the more followers you will attract. Try it for one month and tweet every day. I’ll bet you will notice a significant difference!

For seven more great Twitter tips, visit the Online Department Blog.