Do you want Twitter followers?
Once upon a time, there was a Twitter bird who was struggling to fly. Janice, his owner, decided he was a lost cause and made no attempts to save him. Then, a guest author came along and convinced Janice to save the bird. Janice gathered all the tools he gave her and added them to her arsenal. Janice used the tools, and now the Twitter bird flies high in the sky.
This post will explain how you can use those tools to increase your blog traffic from Twitter.
In his guest post How to GrowYour Social Media Presence in 30 Days or Less and Pay Zero, social media expert Bob Barocas engaged readers. They were so interested, I set out to prove his methods are effective.
This case study post will take a before and after approach and explain the tools I used to try to prove his techniques effective. Although his post discussed strategies that will work at all social media sites, this post will focus on getting traffic to your blog from Twitter.
According to webhostinggeeks.com Guide to Social Media, Twitter is the hub of all social media.
Let’s see how I used Bob Barocas’s Twitter tools recommendations to increase my blog traffic coming over from Twitter.
Before I started the experiment on April 1, I only received two hits a day from Twitter.
I am excited to report, after using the Twitter tools Bob suggested for about two weeks, my referral traffic from Twitter took off!
Thirty-seven hits a day from Twitter may not excite some people, but I am used to getting 2 coming over from Twitter in a day. My Twitter referral traffic is way up, and I’ve only been doing the methods in this post for a few weeks. How did I increase my Twitter referral traffic so much? Read on!
According to Bob, Tweepi and Crowdfire provided his “one-two punch” toward increasing Twitter followers.
How to Get Twitter Followers Using Tweepi
Bob Barocas recommends Tweepi as a way to rapidly build up your Twitter followers.
This is what your Tweepi dashboard looks like.
Follow people on lists with you. To see what list you are on, go to Twitter. Click Profile, Lists, Member to see what lists you are a member of.
The member count in this screenshot alone equals 5,176. All the people on the lists are interested in your topic. Follow them. The odds are probable that they will follow you back; when they do, all their followers will see your posts if they retweet them.
To see who is on the list, click the name of the list and List Members, and the members will show up.
Go to Tweepi: Click “Follow Tools”. This is what you’ll see.
Type in the Twitter handle of the person who put you on the list. When the name of the person who put you on their list comes up, make sure you hit “Search” twice. I followed people who were active, had many followers, and had a high follow-back ratio.
According to the SocialMs blog, millions of people have grown their accounts this way on Twitter.
UPDATE: Crowdfire stopped sharing who doesn’t follow back.
The Tweepi instructions say to follow people on Twitter lists with you. However, starting last year, Tweepi no longer tells you who is not following you back. If they don’t follow you back, Crowdfire will tell you, and you can unfollow them.
The Bandwagon Effect says you should have more followers than you are following. Use Crowdfire to unfollow anyone unfollowing you if you are not interested in their articles.
Crowdfire tells you how many you are following that aren’t following you back and easily gives you a chance to delete them. Just click the minus sign in the big red circle to delete someone not following you back.
Crowdfire is helpful. Can you tell I have 777 nonfollowers? Crowdfire can help me unfollow them if I am not interested in their tweets.
Did it work?
Did Bob’s suggestions for using Tweepi and Crowdfire increase my presence on Twitter? Let’s look.
This screenshot was taken April 3:
This screenshot was taken Apil 10:
In one week, I got 78 new followers. All of them are like-minded bloggers, many of whom are influencers in my niche with tens of thousands of followers. If they retweet my articles, their Twitter followers will see. This is like a form of influencer outreach.
This screenshot was taken April 29:
As you can see, in under a month, I got 200 more Twitter followers. Clearly, my follower count is up.
In conclusion, Bob’s headline, How to Grow Your Social Media Presence in 30 Days and Pay Zero was accurate. I did get over two hundred more Twitter followers in 30 days or less without paying anything. Tweepi and Crowdfire are free tools.
While some of these stats may not seem that earth-shaking, remember, these are planting seeds for the future. The point wasn’t to expect overnight mass traffic from Twitter. The goal was to increase my followers, so that over time, I can get increased traffic from Twitter to my blog.
The reason is the effect snowballs. Once someone follows me, Twitter recommends me to others like them who are people in my niche. I have extended my reach, and therefore my potential for far more Twitter traffic.
My experience was not isolated. Kelly, from PinsinaNutshell, also followed Bob’s tips and experienced even better results– 100 new Twitter followers in a week.
Please share, so other bloggers know how to use Tweepi and Crowdfire to increase their referral traffic from Twitter to their blogs.
Readers, do you have experiences with Tweepi or Crowdfire? Do you find these tools effective for bringing traffic to your blogs? Are there additional Twitter tools you can recommend? I look forward to your views.