Ah, the ol’ reliable clickbait title. I mean, it’s not entirely clickbait. I did gain one-thousand followers in just one month. Doesn’t really excuse how truly arsey I feel with a title like that, though:
GAINING 1000 TWITTER FOLLOWERS IN A MONTH (GONE WRONG) (HOW DOES SHE DO IT?!) (WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO TO FIND OUT!!)
Anyway! My most FAQ (that’s Frequently Asked Question, for my abbreviation-atheists out there…) on Twitter has got to be ‘how did you reach 1000 in a month?’. I usually end up writing some kind of essay about The Power of Staying Positive and other Social Media Myths, as if I’m actually qualified to give advice on audience-growth. But, as wholly unqualified as I am, I felt like writing a post on my personal experience with Twitter. Particularly blogging Twitter, so that I no longer have to send incomprehensible essays down in the DM!
1. FIND A NICHE, AND STICK WITH IT
Just like with blogging, find your niche and network, network, network. If you’re a beauty blogger, get to know other beauty bloggers. If you’re a book reviewer, get to know other book reviewers. Write poetry? Seek out other poets. There are tons of bloggers, writers and content creators you can share a common ground with down in the depths of Twitter. As a beauty and lifestyle blogger, my following is about two-thirds other beauty and lifestyle bloggers. Starting to see a pattern?
2. DO NOT SPAM FOLLOW/USE THE FOLLOW-UNFOLLOW METHOD!
If you’re going to listen to any piece of advice today, let it be this one; that sh*t may work on Instagram, but we tend not to let it slide on Twitter. Twitter is a lot more personal than Instagram; we share our inner-most thoughts, feelings, anecdotes, rants, moans, tears and tantrums. We follow real people to connect with real people. So, if you follow twenty-five thousand people and your entire feed is just self-promo after self-promo. We notice. We don’t have any time for bots in this house!
3. SELF-PROMO IS FINE! BUT THERE’S A LIMIT
Like I said before, no-one wants to look at a dead Twitter feed! If your entire feed is comprised of self-promoting Tweet after self-promoting Tweet, no-one’s gonna be interested. You need to be engaging, just like with your content. Just finished a book you really enjoyed, or despised? Tell us about it! Want to rant about a beauty product? Tell us about it! Want to chat about life in general? TELL US ABOUT IT!
But don’t let that stop you from self-promoting at all. There’s nothing wrong with plugging your new post, or boasting your achievements! In fact, I actively encourage it. Just don’t make it every Tweet, ‘mmkay?
4. INTERACT WITH AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE!
This definitely helped me a lot when I started out in November. Just have fun with it! Be nice, make friends, be a pleasant person people want to interact with. Read other creators’ content and give them feedback, start a group chat with likeminded people, compliment others, do a QOTD, DM people, crowbar yourself into other people’s conversations… the possibilities are endless. Above all, just be yourself. Warts and all.
5. TRY NOT TO GET BOGGED DOWN WITH ENGAGEMENT
Social media content insights show that engagement is… unpredictable at best. So one of your Tweets flopped. Don’t be disheartened by that! My ‘likes’, ‘replies’ and ‘retweets’ range from zero to one-hundred daily. Tweet often, it’s bound to resonate with someone eventually.
6. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP!
Content creators understand that other content creators have targets to hit. The blogging community is here for you 24/7! Never be afraid to ask when you’re about to hit that milestone. As long as you show your grattitude, people will be happy to give you that extra Retweet you need!
7. BE PATIENT!
Be as patient as you can; you’re not going to go viral in one night! You need to put yourself out there in order to be seen. It’ll happen, but as with anything worthwhile, you need to invest time and effort into it. You’ll get there!