In his guest post How to GrowYour Social Media Presence in 30 Days or Less and Pay Zero, Bob Barocas engaged readers. They were so interested, I set out to prove his methods work.
Consider this a follow-up post to How to Quickly and Easily Get Hundreds of Twitter Followers Part I. That post took the tools Bob recommended and proved them effective through a before and after approach.
This case study post will show the methods I used to try to prove his techniques effective using before and after stats. 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.
Not only was I able to use Bob Barocas’s Twitter methods to increase my blog traffic coming over from Twitter, but my readers were able to as well.
Follow the advice in this post, and you will be able to grow your Twitter following too.
Many bloggers feel they don’t have time to “do it all”. Since Twitter users tweet 277,000 times per minute, trying to tap a market this large could definitely be a valuable return on your time invested.
Note: Twitter users are commonly called “Tweeps”, but for the purpose of this post, they will be referred to as “Twitter users”.
Methods Used to Increase Twitter Followers
- Tell like-minded bloggers you are on Twitter. If they respond that they use Twitter as well, ask them for their Twitter handle and follow them. The odds are strong they will follow you back; you are in the same blogging niche, after all.
If you struggle to find like-minded bloggers, we have a subcommunity at MostlyBlogging where interested bloggers are grouped by niche. If you are a subscriber of MostlyBlogging, and you would like to be added, please let me know in the comment section.
- Follow those who follow you.
- Follow those who retweet you.
- Follow blogging influencers in your niche and who they follow.
- Follow those who add you to Twitter lists.
- Follow the people on those lists. How to Quickly and Easily Get Hundreds of Twitter Followers Part I explains how to find out who has added you to lists and who else is on the lists besides you.
- Retweet people who’ve written articles in your niche, so you come to their attention. How often should you do this? Neil Patel recommends 15 times a day.
- Thank people for retweeting your articles. People are more willing to repeat a kindness for appreciative bloggers.
- Have a Pinned Tweet. Within five minutes of my pinning one of my mega-posts, I got a new subscriber. I believe it was a direct result of my pinned tweet.
Tools Used to Increase Twitter Followers
- Go to TweetReach.com and type in your blogging niche. Sign in with your Twitter account when prompted. You will get a report showing analytics for your blogging niche. TweetReach is easy and free.
This is a screenshot showing the analytics for my niche, blogging. Can you see the best time to tweet for my niche is 5:02 am? It’s a good thing I use my Buffer scheduler since I am sleeping then.
- Go to Tweriod.com. Click Sign in with Twitter. Authorize Tweriod to analyze your account. Tweriod will prepare an analysis for you of when are the best times to tweet. By way of Direct Message, Tweriod will send you when your Twitter followers are online, so you can succeed at increasing your blog traffic with Twitter.
- Go to Commun.It. Sign in with your Twitter account.
According to the Social Media Examiner, “Commun.It is one of the best social relationship tools out there.”
Commun.it groups Twitter users in three ways: Influencers, Supporters, and Engaged Members.
Notice the screenshot shows three Twitter users who retweeted my posts. Commun.It sent me this analytics in an Email. Upon examination, you can see that I did not thank any of them for their retweets, and I am only following one of them.
By rectifying this, I am able to strengthen my relationship with the tweeting community. Too many people forget social media is about being social. Commun.It enables me to be a better community member. Often strengthening those bonds off the blog can help you increase traffic to your blog.
Commun.It recommends who you should follow, unfollow, retweet, or thank based on your Twitter analytics.
The site tells you who the influencers are in your field in case you want to retweet them. If they return the favor and retweet you, all the tens of thousands of followers they have will see your links. They are interested in your topic and might retweet your links to their followers.
Commun.It also tells you who has mentioned your keyword (in my case blogging) in their Tweets. You are given the option of following them. Do it! Their follower count is listed. If you follow them, the odds are high the like-minded influencers will follow you back. If they retweet your links, all their tens of thousands of followers will see your work.
The Leads tab even tells you how recently your keyword was mentioned, so you know if the influencers are active users.
There seems to be confusion over whether Commun.It is free. There is a free plan that allows 20 free engagements each week.
In addition, the free plan includes an automated thank you to new followers and engaged followers. Just click the “Campaigns” tab.
This screenshot shows the Community tab.
This screen suggests who I follow and unfollow, thank, and retweet.
- Go to Twitterfeed.com. Once your feeds are up and running, your dashboard will show you stats on how many people have clicked on each post. You’ll be able to compare posts and see just how Twitterfeed is helping to build your traffic.
Terri Webster Schrandt uses TwitterFeed and recommends it. She likes the automated aspect of it and attests to the ease once it is set up.
- Go to Triberr.com. My post How You Can Increase Your Blog Traffic Using Triberr explains how to use Triberr to find groups called tribes of like-minded Twitter users to help you blog. Blogging takes collaboration. You don’t have time to go it alone. Triberr was designed with this in mind and helps you get groups of like-minded Twitter followers.
- Go to Buffer.com. A man comes on and says you’ve been retweeted. He looks excited, so I feel motivated to keep tweeting using Buffer’s automated scheduling tool. Also, letting me know the potential reach of my retweets motivates me as well.
Did following these methods work? I started this case study to see if I could use Bob’s tools and methods to increase my Twitter followers in early April.
As you can see, I had 3,728 Twitter followers.
Now, less than two months later I have 552 more Twitter followers. Since I was using Bob’s methods to grow my following, all of them are like-minded bloggers in my niche. They will be interested in my blog posts and will be likely to want to share my content with their readers which will further grow my readership.
Most bloggers want subscribers. It is rare to find those that don’t. However, it is more important to find readers who will be so interested in your content they will comment and return to your blog.
This post examined a strategy to help you find and follow like-minded Twitter users. They will most likely retweet your links to their Twitter followers who are also in your niche which will broaden your reach.
Readers, please share, so other bloggers know how to use Twitter tools and methods to grow their blog traffic.
What do you think? Do you know any other tools or methods to help grow your Twitter followers? Are there any you can recommend? I look forward to your views in the comment section.
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