***Update: you can find my more up-to-date Tweet Adder review at this link:
Why would you want to get more followers on Twitter?
Whether you like Twitter or not, there’s no denying that it remains one of the social media power houses and the traffic generation source to reckon with.
If Twitter is where your audience is (and chances are they are), that’s where you need to be and pretend that you like it too.
It’s only logical to assume that if your target audience spends a lot of time on Twitter, then the more of them follow you there, the vaster your social media reach is, the more retweets, clicks, traffic, and eventually sales you will potentially generate.
4 Reasons You WANT More Followers on Twitter
Yes, Twitter still plays a huge role in your Google search engine rankings placement.
In short, if your post is RTed by a Twitter hotshot, Google ranking just might be yours to loose.
The more followers you have, the better the chances are that your tweets will get in front of the right people.
2. I was doing some research on one of my competitors (who is currently firmly sitting on page one for the keyword I was interested in) with Market Samurai the other day, and stumbled upon this quite remarkable link building pattern.
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As you can see, MOST of their link value comes from being RTed by many power Twitter users.
2. More eyes = more exposure = more clicks
Obvious one, right?
3. Social proof
When you come to my blog and see 100+ retweets on almost every post, doesn’t that give you an impression that my blog is popular and you’d better pay attention to me?
Now, let’s say your blog is fairly new and you get 100+ RTs on each post you write. Wouldn’t your visitors be inclined to pay more attention to you too? It probably won’t even occur to them that you might be only a couple of months into your blogging career.
4. Reach your followers’ followers
One of the greatest assets of social media is the fact that your influence is not limited by your own followers.
You can easily borrow your followers’ followers and get your content in front of their eyes… and possibly in front of your followers’ followers’ followers’ eyes.
The possibilities are truly endless – that’s the very viral nature of social media.
TweetAdder: How I Gained over 100K+ Followers on Twitter
Note: this post and my TweetAdder recommendation might come as a surprise to you, considering most of you know that Twitter shut down most of my accounts a couple of weeks ago. HOWEVER, I still strongly feel that the strategy of getting more Twitter followers is a good one and it’s all about HOW you use it.
In my humble opinion, properly leveraging social media for traffic generation and SEO purposes is largely about AUTOMATION.
I know some of my readers are not strong opponents of automation (to say the least), because they think it sounds spammy right off the bat.
Dear readers, I love you very much, but let me ask you this:
-how much targeted traffic are you bringing to your blog after spending hours tweeting, responding, following by hand, etc?
Anything close to this?
Notice that these stats are over a year old – my blog was barely 2 months old back then.
And here are some more up-to-date stats for the past month:
T.co is Twitter custom shortner, in case you are wondering.
So as you can see, even a year later Twitter remains my best referral traffic source.
If you want to get numbers like these, there’s no way you can do it by hand.
One of the best pieces of software I found to get more followers on Twitter is TweetAdder.
Here are some important aspects to pay attention to when using TweetAdder.
Tweet Adder Tip #1: You Need More Than 1 Twitter Account
To maximize your Twitter traffic generation, you definitely want to create more than one Twitter account.
TweetAdder offers multiple Twitter account management – my version allows me to run 5 accounts at the same time.
One of the questions I get a lot is this:
“How do you “theme” those accounts? Are they all for different businesses?”
The answer is no – they are all for my Traffic Generation Cafe.
Here’s how I set up mine and recommend you figure out how to do the same with yours:
1. Come up with different interests you personally have.
2. Create an account for each different interest.
3. Most of the information you’ll tweet through those accounts will be about those specific interests (i.e. if your account is set up with work at home moms in mind, then tweet info that they might find pertinent and interesting.)
4. DON’T tweet the same info across all your accounts all the time – your followers won’t like it, and neither will Twitter.
Of course, if you have different sites, then it makes your job of setting up accounts even easier – just set up an account for each niche you write about.
Obviously, having 5 accounts over just 1 means that I can get five times more followers than I can with one, plus those followers share similar interests with me, which makes them even more targeted.
Tweet Adder Tip #2: How to Target Your Followers
Yet another question that comes up a lot:
“How do you make sure your followers are targeted?”
Easy with TweetAdder.
Here’s a quick video to show you what I mean:
You can get much trickier with your searches than what I’ve shown you.
Example searches include (combine to form more complex searches):
- containing a word: twitter
- Containing multiple words: twitter marketing
- Negation: twitter -marketing
- Exact phrase: “twitter marketing”
- OR: twitter OR tweets
- Containing a hash tag: #twitter
- Not From a user: -from:username
- To a user: to:username
- Mentioning a user: @username
Tweet Adder Tip #3: Automated Following/Unfollowing Features
TweetAdder can definitely be one of those “set it and (almost) forget it” tools in your internet marketing tools arsenal – my favorite kind.
It has two different kinds of automation levels:
1. True “set it and forget it”.
With this feature, you just need to turn on your automatic feature, and TweetAdder will search for new users/follow/unfollow COMPLETELY on autopilot, as long as your computer is running.
WORD OF CAUTION: I don’t recommend you use this feature. It actually doesn’t yield great results and leaves a huge footprint behind – the kind of footprint that can get your accounts easily banned.
2. Semi-automatic way.
This is the one I prefer to use.
You still do some things manually, like research your targeted audience, set how many people you’d like to follow or unfollow, but you have to start TweetAdder by hand each time a task is over.
However, it still takes minimal amount of time and work.
NOTE ON UNFOLLOWING PEOPLE: this is another sore point for my readers who are against social media automation. Doesn’t it seem unfair to unfollow someone after you just started following them?
Well, that’s not how TweetAdder works. With TweetAdder, you only unfollow those folks who are not following you because they are clearly not interested in what you have to say, i.e. they are not your targeted audience.
Occasionally, it did happen that I unfollowed some people who DID follow me, but that was a glitch in the system and not because I didn’t want to stay in touch with them. No system is perfect!
TweetAdder Automated Following Features
- Never follow the same person twice
- Special BlackList to block following to specific people
- Auto Follow Twitter Users – Fully Control Twitter following with Follower Ratio, Max # of follows per day
- Auto Follow Stop Feature – Automatically stops when Twitter follow limits are reached
- Random Time Delay Settings- You choose what time intervals between follows, unfollows, tweets, and direct messages
TweetAdder Automated UnFollowing Features
- Ability to unfollow ALL except your personal WHITELIST
- Auto Unfollow Twitter Users: Unfollow by #, follower to follow ratios, users who do not follow back with time frames
- Safe White List: Create a list of twitter users to never unfollow
Tweet Adder Tip #4: How NOT to Get Banned by Twitter
But Ana, you say, won’t Twitter ban me for following too many people at once? And don’t they have limits as to how many people you can follow?
Yes and yes – if you don’t know what you are doing or get too aggressive. It all comes down to the ratio between your followers and people you follow.
You can follow as many people as you want – just about, until you hit 2000.
After that, you have to wait until the number of your followers will reach that number as well. After that happens, you can start following 10% more than the number of your followers.
So if 2000 people are following you, you can follow 2200 (10% more), etc.
Let’s go back to our magic number of 2000 followers.
How do you get 2000 people to follow you and jump over that hurdle?
You have to unfollow those who are not following you back. You HAVE TO.
Tweet Adder Bonus Tip: My Follow/Unfollow Schedule
Let me show you my exact map for getting thousands of targeted followers in no time.
FYI, the first number is what I call “peaceful” takeover, the second number is “hostile” takeover, meaning you’ll be pushing the envelope with that one; do it at your own risk. LOL
So here it is:
My Follow / Un-Follow Pattern
Week 1 & Week 2
Mon ADD 315-385
Tue ADD 315-385
Wed ADD 315-385
Thurs ADD 315-385
Fri ADD 315-385
Sat Remove those who don’t follow you back
Sun ADD 405-495
(people are more likely to follow you back on Sun than any other day of the week – don’t ask me why)
Week 3 & Beyond
(you still follow the same number of people)
ADD | ADD in AM
ADD | ADD in AM
ADD | ADD in AM
ADD | REMOVE in PM
ADD | ADD in AM
REMOVE | ADD in AM
ADD | REMOVE in AM
Once again, the first way is peaceful (less aggressive); the second way is more aggressive.
I always followed the hostile way, but that’s just me. You have to decide for yourself what you are comfortable with.
TweetAdder Marketing Takeaway
IMPORTANT: Tweet Adder 4.0 Update
Twitter has recently restricted use of its API significantly, causing several Twitter tools to follow/unfollow users to shut down.
My favorite Twitter tool, Tweet Adder, which I’ve been using and recommending for the past two years, had also gone through a major overhaul, removing most automation features that made it a social media traffic generation dream come true.
Do I still use and recommend it? In short, yes.
Learn more in this post: Best Twitter Tools to Get More Twitter Followers [Tweet Adder Alternatives]
And now you know how I REALLY do it.
Hey, I thought it might be a great idea for you to add Traffic Generation Cafe RSS feed (http://feeds.feedburner.com/TrafficGenerationCafe) to your automated Twitter feeder; what do you say?
And do remember to add my Twitter handle @AnaTrafficCafe to your RTs so that I can thank you for doing it.
Growing my Twitter following,