The Best Ways to Grow Your Twitter Following Organically

the best ways to grow your twitter following

Twitter is one of the oldest social media platform, having first been founded in 2006. Since then, Twitter has grown and evolved with the changing times. Today, you might know it as a site on which to share about what’s going on in your life, to read about local and world news, and to connect with likeminded people. As with all of the social media platforms, it takes commitment, dedication, authenticity, and persistence to grow. When I first started out on Twitter in 2010, I probably had less than ten followers. Since then, and particularly in the past year, I managed to grow my Twitter following from 10 people to ten thousand people — and you can too. Read below for the best ways you can grow your Twitter following organically.

How to Grow Your Twitter Following

Seek likeminded people and groups

The fastest way that you can grow your Twitter is by seeking likeminded people and groups. First, take a look at what you are interested in and what you hope to accomplish by being on the platform. Once you know what you want to get out of this platform, then use the advanced search in Twitter to find people who share similar interests as you, whether it be running, traveling, or writing. Then, follow anyone who looks interesting. In addition, follow only those who are active, since you don’t want to follow inactive, dead, or spam accounts. Finally, keep doing this until you have followed a decent amount of people. Chances are they will follow you back. But remember, that it doesn’t stop there. What you have to do next is to engage with your followers so that they won’t just be a number.

Ask interesting questions

One way that you can engage with your followers is by asking interesting questions. I find that I get the most engagement when I ask a question. You can ask anything you like, from research oriented questions to the personal. You can create polls, ask yes or no questions, or ask ‘would you rather’ questions. By asking questions, you accomplish two things: one, you keep your account active, and two, you can get to know your followers. This is particularly useful if you plan to use your Twitter to promote your works. And even if you don’t, there is no harm that can come from getting to know another human being whether virtually or in “real” life.

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Participate in tweet chats

Another way that you can find more people to connect with is by participating in tweet chats. What I love the most about tweet chats is that it brings together people for an hour every week, or every month, to have a discussion. There are so many tweet chats covering a wide range of topics from parenting and managing a small business to writing and knitting. Odds are, that there is a tweet chat (or rather, several) that is right for you. Once you find a few, try to attend them regularly. You will not only grow your Twitter, but also make a few friends.

Create short and active tweets

I believe that there is a right and wrong way to write your tweets. It is true that you can craft your tweets in anyway you wish, but if you want your tweets to be seen and engaged with, then I suggest following these tips. First, write short tweets instead of long ones. Second, use active verbs that incite action of some kind in the very first word. And third, make your tweets stand out. Remember that with hundreds of tweets flashing past every minute or so, you want your tweet to be seen. By writing short tweets with active verbs, you make it easier for Twitter users to quickly read and do. And by making your tweets stand out whether with a picture or GIF or a question, you make it more likely that they will interact with it.

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Use no more than 2 hashtags

Unlike sites like Instagram on which it is necessary to use as many relevant hashtags as you can to connect with the most people, on Twitter that is unnecessary. In fact, tweets that have no more than two hashtags get the most engagement. You can also get engagement by not using a single hashtag through the power of retweeting, liking, and replying. In fact, the content that gets the most engagement on Twitter does not have a single hashtag. However, when I want to address a specific community, I might attach a hashtag to it. But otherwise, it is a stand alone kind of game.

Check the trending hashtags

Another way that you can grow your Twitter is by checking the trending hashtags. Everyday, the trending hashtags will change. They are specific to your local region, and to the world. By checking the trending hashtags, you can see what is popular. You can adjust the content of your tweets to reflect what is trending. Specifically, you can ask questions or give an opinion, including the trending hashtag for that day. I find that this method is a good way to connect with people you wouldn’t ordinarily meet through tweet chats or ‘the people you may know’ feature. Even though it is a good idea to connect with people who share common interests, it doesn’t hurt to branch out and meet people who have different interests from you.

Be active on Twitter everyday

Perhaps one of the most important things you can do to grow your Twitter is to be active everyday. This doesn’t meant that you have to walk around with your phone in your hand, tweeting like mad about every little thing that happens. But you should set aside an hour or so early in the day, and then later in the day to tweet. First, check your notifications and respond back to your tweets. Second, craft new tweets, rather a promotion, a question, or an opinion, or a combination of all three. And third, respond back instantly to anyone who tweets you during that time frame. By doing these three things, you are responding back to everyone, creating new content to keep your account active, and replying with immediacy to show that you are a real, genuine person.

Be authentic and genuine

And finally, the most important thing that you can do to grow your Twitter following is to be authentic and genuine. Write your tweets using your writing voice. Show your personality through your tweets. By being authentic and genuine, you will attract followers who like you for you. By showing your real self, people will be able to relate to you. Don’t try to be someone or something that you are not. Remember that in the end, people can always tell when something doesn’t seem right. By being real, you will contribute to a long lasting, two-way relationship filled with trust and honesty.

Finally

These are the steps that I took to grow my Twitter following from 10 followers to 10K. It’s not a magic formula and I didn’t pay for my followers. I just grew my account by being myself and connecting with others. And in the end, that is what social media is all about. It is about the community. It isn’t about the number, but about the quality of the community. Big or small, if you have a community of followers who are engaged and interested in what you have to say, then you have achieved success. Good luck.

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Hi! I'm Helen and I am a 32 year old biracial millennial mom raising two multiracial children. I am a writer, English consultant, and social media manager. I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic.

12 thoughts on “The Best Ways to Grow Your Twitter Following Organically

  1. That was a great blog about Twitter, Helen. You have earned having so many followers, and greatly appreciate all the tips you gave about twitter through your experience. I’ve only been on for about 8 months, but it’s been a process, finding the right people to follow, staying clear of people who have nothing significant to tweet, or drama queens. It’s been a great experience, as I like to follow fellow writers, historians, people who post funny comments, and nature photos. Well-done!

    1. Thank you! Yes there are definitely different sectors within the Twitter community so definitely a matter of finding your tribe ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thanks for sharing!!! I’ve slowly started to like Twitter as it’s very helpful to know what’s going all around the world and also because it’s easier to use. I’ll keep these tips in mind and will try to use them ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. Thank you, Helen. These are some great tips and I will be following your advice. I kept hearing about โ€œTwitter chat,โ€ but was completely unfamiliar with how it works. Sounds like a nice way to connect and network. ๐Ÿ˜Š Twitter is definitely my preferred social network. Before blogging, I had zero social media because it all seemed so shallow. Folks on Twitter are varied, obviously, but so many are like us โ€” wanting real connection with like minded businesses and people.

    Iโ€™m @opulencepotted and @catcaresolution if youโ€™d like to connect with me.

    Thank you again for these great tips! Iโ€™m saving and sharing. โ™ฅ๏ธ

  4. It’s truly an informative post, Helen! All of the listed tips have been described brilliantly and very well thought off! Organic engagement is the real way to be here on twitter and you’ve drawn each of the aspects so eloquently! Thank you so much for sharing this!

    1. Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to leave those kind thoughts! Please feel free to share it with anyone you think would benefit from this.

  5. That is an incredible amount of growth! I love Twitter, as it is a great way to engage with other bloggers, but I find it hard to create short Tweets and find that sometimes I don’t know what to post.

    I love asking questions on Twitter, as you sometimes get answers you never even considered. I never even considered Tweet chats; that is such a good tip; thank you.

    Thank you for sharing your informative tips! I will continue being myself but will incorporate some of your amazing tips. As you said, though, big or small, I am glad to have a community of people to engage with about different things. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Thank you! And yes you are right, it doesn’t matter how big the community is — as long as it is fully engaged. btw, am I following you on Twitter? If not I’d love to follow you

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