Twitter – Building my Social Media Profiles
In order to build my social media profiles, as per my 2018 plan of action, I decided to start with Twitter and try and work out how to build a Twitter following. There are probably lots of ways with an injection of funds and time, but I wanted to see if I could speed things up a bit.
My Twitter following is the largest of my social media accounts so I chose to start with that one as my priority to get followers. I previously made the mistake of adding some program that was sending mass produced tweets, like about 500 a day and had to cancel all plugins to try and eliminate the culprit. I did not want to spam my followers’ news feed and get my account shut down. The following is what I have done for the past fortnight.
Thursday. I am starting at a point of having 1794 followers. To date, I have simply been following back those who follow me. It has taken me 7 months to get this far so this is approximately 60 followers a week. However, I find that some people follow, then a couple of days later unfollow which gets your followers to following ratio way out of whack. Hate it when people do that.
There are some free tools to help identify these people so you can unfollow in small doses. These people probably don’t even read the Twitter feed, they are just there to build numbers. They are not a good potential audience in my view.
Getting new followers is hard. Unfortunately, there are tools that do it but this is the first way to get your account closed down as it is against Twitter’s terms of service. The manual way is slow but more reliable. I read that you should follow a heap of people and see if they follow back, and if not delete them after about 3 days. I will give this a try and see what happens.
When deciding who to follow, advice is to make sure that they have a photo, banner and Bio that is in a language you can understand.
I remember when I first started that I did not have a photo or banner, so these could also just be new people. I therefore ignore this advice. However, when it comes to language I will not follow those without English in their bio. I will follow back some of these people if they have followed me first, as they may understand English. I am just not the first to make the connection.
I tweeted about my Amazon frustration with the hashtag #Amazon and #Niche then went to the search bar and searched for tweets on these topics, found a couple of interesting posts and retweeted them.
I also searched the hashtag #followme, found a couple of people who have large following/followers and retweeted. I recommend that you always right click and open the profile in a separate tab on your browser to ensure that these people are not promoting inappropriate material. It also allows you to look at their profile, check they are following people back, and look at their tweets and retweet recent postings before following them.
I followed twenty random people and will check in a couple of days to see if they are regulars or dead accounts.
Friday. I logged in this morning and have 1840 followers. Quite a few of these are new followers and I have followed back. Have retweeted a couple of posts and liked some others. Total time spent on Twitter 15 minutes.
Saturday I just logged in and 1843 followers. I simply followed back as working all day today and can’t stay online.
Sunday. I logged in and 1850 followers. Posted a YouTube video that I had watched earlier in the week about eBay tips for sellers. Searched eBay sellers and found 3 people to follow and retweeted a post found on each. I avoided posts that are promoting a product for sale. One followed back immediately. Total time about half an hour.
Monday I logged in 1880 followers. Worked through my feed and added some likes and a couple of retweets. Then went into those I am following, scanned down about 20 lines then started unfollowing those that did not follow back from Thursday and before – about 30. Then moved over to my followers and followed those that have followed me overnight.
I then typed in marketing in the search bar and went to the top two influencers that Twitter recommended. Went into their followers and followed about 50 in each account. Went back to home feed and liked a couple more posts and retweeted one. That’s it for today. Total time about 30 minutes.
Logged in late afternoon and followers went up to 1897, 12 were from this morning’s actions. Good start.
Tuesday morning and 1910 followers, 7 of whom were from yesterdays follows. This morning’s hashtag was business. However, the first recommendation had 4 million followers with a lot of non-photos and foreign languages. The second was slightly better but a lot of business promotional twitter accounts. Followed 20 people. I, therefore, decided on a complete change of pace and searched for #gardening. This produced a better result so I followed 20 people on each profile. 3 retweets and a couple of likes and I’m done for the morning. 20 minutes total.
Jumped on for 10 minutes mid-morning and liked two and retweeted one post. Trying to get the attention of people at different times during the day. As Twitter feed moves so fast, most people simply won’t see your feed unless you keep posting regularly. I then went to following people who have not followed back and liked a couple of posts. This will cause a notification to appear in the account and hopefully, they will see my follow.
Mid-afternoon and I spent 5 minutes liking 6, retweet one. One follow-back happened , 1911.
Late afternoon and oops followers dropped back to 1908. No worries just went through news feed and liked another 8 posts. No retweets just likes.
Evening check-in, two new followers so back up to 1910. Liked a couple of post in the newsfeed and went to followers, found half a dozen prospects and liked one or two posts in each.
Wednesday, I logged in and 1912 follows. Not a great night. Went to Unfollowspy which is a free tool to help analyze your Twitter account. Checked out Inactive accounts. There are accounts not used for 6 months or longer and unfollowed 20. Just note to be careful as some have followed back as noted on the right-hand side of their account. I accidentally unfollowed some I shouldn’t have. Just because they have not tweeted, it does not mean that they don’t read Twitter. This tool can also help you see if you have missed anyone that you should have followed back. Retweeted two posts and liked 4. Total time about 5 minutes.
Decided to try following the followers of a big identity and chose Richard Branson. As many did not have any profile picture or bio, I followed those with 2 of the three (picture, banner or bio). Followed 40 and twitter halted me until I changed the password. I guess I went too quickly or it may be as a result on my unfollows. I may have accidentally unfollowed and refollowed someone which Twitter does not like. Anyhow, no immediate damage so I went back to the feed and liked another 8 posts. Followers up to 1918, 2 of whom are brand new. Total time about 30 minutes.
Lunchtime check-in, Followers up to 1922, two new. Tweeted that I had added some photos to my Instagram. Then I liked four posts, retweeted one, and retweeted another with a comment. Spent less than 5 minutes. I am online for a couple of hours so will check in every 30 minutes for a little while.
A half hour later when I logged in I had lost 3 followers, 1919 but could have been because the account was suspended for a few minutes when I mucked up. Never mind, found an influencer from my email inbox and retweeted two of his information posts along with comments on the downloads. Liked another 3 posts. Total 15 minutes, including scanning through the downloads to ensure comments were relevant.
Next half hour break is up and the count is still at 1919. Liked another 3 posts. Many of my followers are overseas and is now in the wee hours of the morning in the USA. Never mind, will still keep trying as I may have some Aussie and New Zealand followers.
Thursday morning check-in, one week from when I started and the count in 1931 of which 9 were new followers. 137 new followers in one week. A lot of action but I doubled my average weekly following with constant posting and following.
Twitter challenge week two.
Thursday and I start 1931 followers. This morning I will concentrate on liking and commenting on the posts of some big followers themselves. I spent 40 minutes and commented and liked two of my followers and same again on two big influencers that I follow that do not follow back. I also commented and liked on two accounts that I have had no contact with. I got these from Twitters email recommendations.
During the day I popped in about every hour and simply liked 2 – 3 posts, retreated one or commented on one where appropriate. I spent a total of 2 – 3 minutes each time about 5 times during the day. By evening I had 1953 followers.
Friday, I had other things I was doing so I logged in first up and had reached 1965 overnight. I followed back and discovered that I had three big accounts as followers. I simply logged in 4 times during the day and liked 2 or 3 posts. At the evening log out, I had 1965 followers
Saturday morning I logged in and found I had a lot of activity overnight. I now have 1993 followers. My first task this morning was to start a new list which will hold the big accounts on them. I called this celebrities and influencers. This way I can easily see their feeds and comment, like and retweet quickly. I can identify these people by hovering over their photo on my notifications, or their line in their post on my news feed, then open link in new tab, follow (if not already) and on the three dots on the right-hand side then go down to the line ‘add or remove from list’. I quickly found 44 members to add to this list within 30 minutes. I liked some posts as I went.
Early evening, I logged on and followers were up to 2002. Liked three posts from my celebrities & influencers list- total 3 mins.
For the rest of the week, I simply logged in 3-5 times a day and followed back, adding those big accounts to my celebrities & influencers list which is now at about 70. I could go back through my following & followers list to find more but it is a big job, so will simply add as I go. Each time I log in, I like some posts from my feed then head to my lists then scroll down to this celebrities & influencers list and like 3 or 4 and retweet 1 or 2 where appropriate. As a lot are advertisements, I check the information before retweeting. As of Tuesday afternoon, my followers are at 2056. This means 125 new followers at 51/2 days (a day and a half to go before the week ends). Only 12 short of last week and I will probably get more than that tonight alone.
I have not bulk followed, I have spent small amounts of time each day and not used hashtags. However, I have gained followers reasonably quickly. I’m sure if I spend all day online I could build quicker, but I want to live life not be a slave to social media.
Considering I am just refollowing, it is not taking a lot of time to build. If I bulk followed others as I did in the first week, I would probably either have my account suspended or would have to spend time carefully unfollowing lots of people.
My aim now is to follow this week’s example and get online 2-3 times per day, followback, like and retweet and move onto something else. I will try to add hashtags if I comment as I retweet and perhaps tweet some personal comments and add hashtags. Hashtags do help build your following, but this past week I have not been tweeting new content, so I have not used them.
Building a Twitter following is a slow, time consuming practice. People who are building numbers seem to be doing so by posting some new content several times a day. As I have limited content to add at the moment, I shall be just following back and leaving Buffer to tweet once or twice a day to keep active. Maybe I will repost the occasional tweet myself as well.
I will now log in each morning, followback then retweet one of two posts and do the same in the evening. I think that until I have a lot of my own content to add I will find it hard to retain followers.
I hope this helps you as you try and work out how to build a Twitter following. I feel this social media is hard work, and unless you are a celebrity in your own right (and people add you to a list so that they see everything you tweet) this platform will require a lot of posts at regular intervals during the day. There are some programs that help you do this and maybe later I will look into one of them. In the meantime, I will just plod on slowly.