If you don’t already know, I have a column on iStrategy conference blog every Friday where I respond to questions about Twitter. One of the most frequent questions I get is “how do I get more followers”, which I did answer in the iStrategy blog, but I have decided to answer them in this blog post too. I got the idea to write this article because @BrennerMichael sent me a tweet with three questions inside this post when I asked if anyone had any questions regarding Twitter. Most of the questions Michael sent to me are questions which I have already answered before, so I thought I should write a compilation of questions for the benefit of everyone.
#1: How do I get more followers?
Without a doubt, this is the most frequently asked question on twitter. There are several methods which you can get more followers, they are
- Add value, engage, retweet others and FOLLOW others. There is no other way than to add value to your followers because you want them to continue to come back to your stream and know that you’re someone who has quality tweets. For them to notice you more, you will need to engage with them as well and catch their attention on Twitter. You can do that by retweeting them, responding to their tweets, or commenting on their blog to get their attention on twitter.
- You could be like Charlie Sheen and drink tiger blood. #winning
#2. Where do you find the time to tweet?
I don’t spend a lot of time on twitter “sometimes” because I have to go to classes and sometimes classes can be from 8am to 4pm. Therefore most of the time when I am not around, I schedule my tweets ahead of me till I get back from classes. During breaks in between classes, I would check my Twitter account on my iPhone and reply to people. That would seem as though I am online most of the time while I am in and out of class orwhen lecturers are speaking…. Oops!
You can also respond when you’re in the bus, lining up in a queue, waiting for the train, etc. Usually it takes you a few minutes to respond to someone quickly. I also have a push notifications for my direct messages, so people who send me a DM usually get quicker responds compared to tweets.
#3. How do I get a Twitter star to RT me?”
Well, this is harder because when someone doesn’t know you they wouldn’t retweet you. However you could try to connect with them and introduce yourself so that they know who you are or you could see who those stars retweet that shares other people’s contents too and connect with them.
#4. Can I make money from twitter?
My personal answer to that question is YES! Indirectly and directly from Twitter, I was able to do so both ways because I was paid to get contents out before. The contents were in my niche, so I agreed to do it and they paid me a fee.
Most of my incomes come indirectly, from clients to small consultations through emails. In my personal opinion, freelancers are able to make money easier on Twitter in the short term.
I hope I have answered your questions too. So if you have any questions that you want answered, post them to me and I’ll answer them on Fridays.