How to get Twitter Followers.. and Keep Them!

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Today is Friday and it’s been a long week.  I’ll keep this short and sweet and jam packed with how to get and keep Twitter followers.

First off, if you are new to Twitter I suggest you get and read my Twitter guide.  It is a great starting place for getting up to speed quickly and we all want success to come quickly right?

Of course we do, the problem is, if you do the wrong things you may just be sailing against the current or swiftly moving in the wrong direction.  Here are some basics to get started making friends on Twitter.

Twitter is a unique social media website that took quite a bit of time for people to “get”.  They give you 140 characters of text to make a statement.  I love that!  It forces you to be efficient to be effective.  Simple right?  Now let’s see how you can hone your Twitter skills from here on out.

The cut to the chase:  People are interested in like-minded people with like-minded ambitions.  In other words, the same thing that attracted you and your friends together is the the same thing that will keep you and your Twitter buddies together; something in common.

How to get Twitter Followers and Keep Them

1. Define your purpose - What topics are you interested in? Limit yourself to 3 or 4 major topics of interest.  If you are blogger this is a must if you plan on growing a following and keeping it.  Write 3-4 major areas of interest down and stick with them.

2. Follow people you are interested in - The majority of these people will fall under the 3-4 categories you wrote down in step 1.  Look at the top guns you follow.  The ones that have a ga-zillion followers will probably not follow you back. It’s too much for them to manage.  Look at their followers for new friends.  

TIP: Don’t follow someone expecting them to do the same!  Follow the people you are truly interested in.

3. Post regular updates - This is one of the hardest parts to keep up with.  It takes time to post quality content to twitter that is not just chatter.  While chatter is okay some of the time, it won’t keep people as friends for long (unless you are chatting with them).  Your regular updates should be links to your blog posts, links to other people’s blog posts, retweets or some other piece of useful information.  

4. Always lend a hand - Most successful people on twitter are not leeches but are givers.  They post regular quality updates of useful content and are there to support others.  Would you rather be around someone that is always taking or some that is always generous?

Conclusion

Growing a Twitter following isn’t easy.  Anything worth having takes work but by following these few simple rules you will be on your way to building a successful community of friends.  Friends that not only know they can count on you for help but also friends that will be first to lend you a hand when you need it.

Tell me this:  Would you ever pay for Twitter followers?

The Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Twitter Marketing Pro is available for free on Amazon.com and also by subscribing to my mailing list.

Craig Kelley

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Craig is the author of How to Get Out of Debt and an avid blogger. He strives to help people maximize their time and succeed financially as well as personally. He has been a leader in several start-up companies including Mokumax Virtual Domains & Servers, Inc. and currently HealthcareSupplyChain. Read more...

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