3 Ways to grow (double!) your Twitter followers in less than 90 days, spending 30 minutes per day

Grow your Twitter Followers

You’ve heard of Twitter. The micro-blogging social media platform where you can accrue followers with a few taps or mouse clicks per day. It’s an incredible way to get your 140-character message out to hundreds of people at any given time — if only it weren’t so overwhelming! It doesn’t have to be.

In this blog post, I wish to tell you how I managed to grow my Twitter followers from a measly 430 followers, to 1,000-plus in less than 90 days, and spending less than 30 minutes per day in the application.

But, first, a little back story! 🙂

Just as I completed the first draft of my novel in October, I started designing my marketing strategy. After a quick assessment of my contacts, I realized I had no author platform — no audience, beyond my friends and family — to whom I could market my work!

Having developed a rough outline of my marketing strategy (stay tuned and sign up for emails from me, because I am working on creating a free ebook on my design process to share with you!), one thing became really clear to me: I needed a system whereby I can grow my Twitter followers, quickly, using little effort and even less time! (I’m busy; what can I say?)

Twitter Followers from October - December 2015
Follow me on Twitter! @cynthiatluna.

So, somewhere around the beginning of October, when I had about 430 Twitter followers, I set the conservative goal of hitting 1,000 Twitter followers by December 31, 2015. On December 13, 2015, I hit that goal with 18 days to spare! (Thank you, Twitter Followers!)

Here are the 3 Things I did to grow my Twitter followers numbers.

1. Set a goal

Access Your Twitter AnalyticsMake sure your goal is SMART, too. In case you don’t know what SMART stands for: it’s Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timebound. As far as specific, attainable and realistic were concerned, I just took the number of followers I had on that day, 436; doubled it, rounded it off to a nice clean number (1,000), and set a time-limit (end of this year) on the goal. Voilà, goal set!

I also want to take this opportunity to share with you that you can easily measure a bunch of Twitter activities through Twitter Analytics — this is a free service (for now, anyway) offered by Twitter, so you can see how you’re engaging socially online. You can access Twitter analytics, by selecting the drop-down menu in the top-right corner of your desktop Twitter screen–or you can tap the URL in your smartphone.

2. Commit to two or three times in the day during which to visit your Twitter account.

Now that you’ve set a goal, you need to attain it, right? When I set this goal for myself, I thought it would be impossible to reach by the end of the year, but I also reasoned, I wouldn’t know unless I tried. The first couple days I visited my Twitter account, I read through tweet after tweet, and was overwhelmed with the sheer load of information. Much of it was pretty repetitive, dull or downright self-promotional. I decided to keep my visits short and frequent — two or three each day… and timed!

Here’s what I did daily, 5 – 6 days per week:

  • Visit 1: Conduct a few searches, based on hashtags: #amwriting, #amediting and #amreading (find the hashtags that work for you) to find Twitter accounts whose bios align with my interests. Read their top couple tweets, and if I enjoyed them, I would retweet them with a quote, a mention, a positive comment. Once 10 or 15 minutes were done, I’d sign out.
  • Visit 2: During the day, a tweet might come to mind. I would pop into my Twitter — not check any of the tweets there — make a comment and pop out.
  • Visit 3: At the end of the day, I would engage once again for a maximum of 10 to 15 minutes. This visit tends to be more engaging, but I also will repeat a hashtag search to find others to follow.

I strongly believe the staggered approach to engaging in Twitter is the difference between efficient growth (doubling your followers) and slow growth. I also think it’s a great way to find new/interesting people during their time zones. Maybe you have a different theory on this… feel free to comment!

3. Reply, Retweet, and Follow (#FollowFriday or #FF)!

On some level, I mentioned following other Twitter accounts above, but the acts of engagement in Twitter are critical!

Gaining Twitter Followers means Replies, Retweets and Likes, not just post, post, post
Gaining Twitter Followers means Replies, Retweets and Likes, not just post, post, post

Yes, it’s one thing to post, post, post on Twitter, but Replying, Retweeting and Following (generally acknowledging other Twitter accounts) shows that you are on Twitter to engage in two-way conversation. You’re giving props, encouragement, and sharing the wisdom that someone else took the time to compose and share.

Because I don’t spend my daily Twitter time acknowledging every follow I do get, I make sure to issue a range of #FF or #FollowFriday tweets weekly on Fridays. I go back one week and make sure to give mention to everyone who followed me.

What tricks have you employed that changed your Twitter experience?

Twitter Followers Thank You Card, Follow @cynthiatlunaThanks to these few tweaks, I now look forward to engaging with my Twitter followers, because the folks I follow are interesting to me. They offer comments that share value, and are valuable for sharing. I can also fit engaging on Twitter it into my busy schedule! My next Twitter goal was to hit 2,000 Twitter followers by the end of December 2016. (Maybe this was a bit too conservative…)

Follow me @cynthiatluna. Or if you get jiggy on any other social media app, go ahead and share this blog post there.

Author: Cynthia T. Luna

Cynthia is a writer who found her true calling and gave herself permission to express her creativity. Helping other innately creative women find their purpose, create space for their passions, and live a more fulfilled life is one way she styles her living.

11 thoughts on “3 Ways to grow (double!) your Twitter followers in less than 90 days, spending 30 minutes per day”

    1. It’s great to be back! Reading other people’s blogs (yours included), I’m always amazed at how they keep a consistent beat of stories coming in. Love your reviews, as always. Are you also writing a work, or just taking the occasional writing course.

        1. Don’t I know it! I thought I might have seen a post of yours where you talk about taking writing classes. We should get together and have a chat about our/your aspirations one of these days. (Again, sorry about the late reply. I only now managed to find your message in the Spam folder…) Happy 2016, Didibooksenglish

  1. Good post, MondayBlogs is the best hashtag I’ve found. I similarly found a massive increase in followers just by trying to interact on there, my next goal is 5000 and then 10,000. I’m not sure how effective as a selling platform it will be though.

    1. Thanks! Great tip on #MondayBlogs hashtag too! As for getting any traction on Twitter, simple and honest interaction (with a heart, a reply or a RT) is the only way to go. Use of good hashtags (like the one you suggest) also is important. 🙂

  2. Great tips! I’m up to a few modest followers on Twitter, but I don’t know that my interaction is really that great there. I guess I should spend a little more time on there than I do. I have two kids under four, so it’s hard to find any energy/time for very much, but I try to interact here and there. I follow so many accounts, though, that a lot of the tweets I see aren’t from people I can really engage with; they’re more like news sources, etc.

    Maybe I should switch it up a little. 🙂

    I had no idea there was a #MondayBlogs hashtag, either! I’ll have to check that out. Thanks for this post!

    1. Well, if I’m honest, I think there are only about 5 Tweeple that I actually, actively engage with in Twitter. They are people from whom I consistently read interesting tweets and learn new things. But I wonder if they would be the same five people, say, six months from now. When I do see something that’s “heart-worthy” I see no reason in being stingy with hearts, or with my RTs. <3 I also started to unfollow a bunch of tweeps that I really can't keep track of. Besides, I follow most of them on Facebook anyway (New York Times, George Takei, etc.)... 🙂 I'll be blogging in a couple weeks about unfollowing. It helped bring a little order to my Twitter feed, so that mine's more interesting to me. As for juggling a couple kids along with Twitter and blogging!! More power to you! What do you really use Twitter for, anyway? Maybe it's not your social medium of choice. 🙂 Thanks for reading, Juana!!

        1. LOL! I was commenting to my friend that I have a tendency to be stingy with my “hearts” when, it’s like — what’s the big deal? If you like a tweet, like it! 🙂
          Sorry for my late reply, I noticed your comment in my spam folder only now! :-/ P.S. Happy 2016, Juana!

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