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December 11, 2012
Laura Allen

Increasing followers on Twitter

If you’re on Twitter, chances are you want to increase your followers, and with good reason. Michael Hyatt, author of The New York Times bestseller “Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World,” wrote on his blog that more followers provide social authority, extend your influence and lead to more sales. If you want to see those results, here are five tips for getting more people to click “follow.”


1. Create an interesting bio.
Michael Hyatt wrote in his blog post, “12 Ways to Get More Twitter Followers,” that the bio is one of the first things a potential follower reviews. It’s your chance to tell the Twitter world who you are and give it an idea of what you’ll be tweeting about. Also, if you fill out your username, full name and bio, you’ll be included in Twitter’s search results.


2. Interact with others.
Darren Rowse, founder of Problogger.net, wrote in the article, “5 Tips to Grow Your Twitter Presence,” that the secret to building your follower list is interaction. Reply to other users and respond to users who reach out to you. What’s one of the best ways to get conversational? Rowse says it’s asking questions.


3. Don’t tweet too much or too little.
Tweeting too much and too little both made Mashable’s list of, “8 Reasons People Aren’t Following You Back on Twitter.” Users won’t want to follow someone who is going to clog up their feed, nor will they bother following someone who hasn’t sent a tweet in a month. Make sure you find an even balance.


4. Show your face.
Michael Hyatt and Mashable both agree that having a profile photo is a necessity. Not having one makes you look like a newbie or a scammer. And both say that using a good headshot is best.


5. Share links to your Twitter account.

Kevin Rose, founder of Digg and co-founder of Revision3, wrote a guest blog post for the website TechCrunch.com called “10 Ways to Increase Your Twitter Followers.” Rose — who has more than 1.3 million followers — says that one of his tips is to link your Twitter profile everywhere. Have it linked in your email signature, Facebook page, blog, etc.