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Twitter Tips to Accumulate Massive Following and Web Traffic

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Twitter Tips to Accumulate Massive Following and Web Traffic

Postby bumperboy » Thu May 14, 2009 12:56 am

Step#1

The first step to accumulating a massive following is
to set up a Free Twitter account at twitter.com. After setting
up your new twitter account you may want to upload a
nice photo but more importantly you definitely want to
create a really good bio and create a nice background
for your site.

Step#2

Find and follow fellow twitterers with similar interests.
If you are a musician naturally you'll want to connect
with other musicians. A great free tool to find targeted
twitterers is http://search.twitter.com. This site enables
you to locate people with similar interests using targeted
keywords to find your audience. If you're a musician you
can easily find other musicians to follow who'll in turn
will follow you.

Step#3

Feed your twitter account with relevant timely articles.
Again if you're a musician with a following interested
in music then you'll want to feed your twitter account
with music related content.

Step#4

Unfollow people who are not following you. Twitter rules
allow you to follow up to 2000 people and you can't follow
anymore people until you get 1850 followers. At that
point you can go over the 2000 mark. The next limit
twitter has is you can't follow more than 10% above the
amount of people that follow you. This means that if you
have 2000 followers the maximum amount of people you can
follow is 2200. Unfollowing people that are not following
you will enable you to free up space and enable you to
follow others who in return may follow you. Wait at least
2 days to give people a chance to follow you. After 2 or
3 days begin unfollowing people.

Step#5

Twitter allows you to post tweets with links inviting
your following to visit your website. The more followers you have
the more potential web traffic you'll receive.
Also you can send up to 1000 direct messages a day.
Depending on how large your following is, you can send
a message to up to 1000 followers. If you have 5000 followers
you can only send a direct message to 1000 of your followers
in a given day but still that's a 1000 potential hits to your
website. Keep in mind not to Post too many links promoting
your site on your twitter account. Posting a link once or
twice a week will suffice. Remember to shorten your urls
before posting your tweets. A great tool to shorten your
urls is at http://bit.ly
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Postby tknoppe » Thu May 14, 2009 6:39 am

While your Twitter information is sound in theory, I personally would not recommend it in practice. Of course there are no 'Twitter Police' so take my advice as just that: advice. ;)

I personally view Twitter as both a business marketing venue, social networking portal with a bit of personal social networking connection. To me - Twitter is first and foremost about people.

While I absolutely believe one can have both quantity and quality (i.e. target market followers) I do not believe the main goal should be to get as many followers as possible as quickly as possible. It should be about networking and building a level of trust and some measure of relationships or connection with those followers. They should be seen as more than just 'numbers'. They are, after all, people. ;)

I would rather have a smaller following of 2k, 3k or 5k that would actually click my link and buy from me - than 20k that didn't even really know-like-trust me and I were nothing more to them than just another name in their following list.

The question is: do I stand out in their following list?

I try to make it a point to standout; more importantly to reach out.

I reach out to help others.
I reach out to engage others in conversation.
I reach out to acknowledge others.

Twitter isn't all about me, it's all about OTHERS. I promise you, if you think of other people before yourself or your business, your business and your followers list will grow.

It isn't a contest to see who can get the most followers. That isn't the point. It's about truly connecting with your target market of people. ;)
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Postby terrapin719 » Thu May 14, 2009 7:03 am

tknoppe wrote:The question is: do I stand out in their following list?


Twitter isn't all about me, it's all about OTHERS.


I couldn't agree more. Very well put Traci :)
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Postby lisamariemary » Thu May 14, 2009 7:13 am

terrapin719 wrote:
tknoppe wrote:The question is: do I stand out in their following list?


Twitter isn't all about me, it's all about OTHERS.


I couldn't agree more. Very well put Traci :)


I concur!!
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Postby angienewton » Thu May 14, 2009 10:10 am

Totally agree with everything Traci said.

I personally don't want a massive following because then I can't connect with them on a personal level.

I don't pay any attention to who unfollows me and I definitely don't follow everyone who follows me. That would be insane LOL

Can't stand DM's period unless it's important. I don't need thank you for following me or links (they ARE in their profiles HELLO ha ha). And I don't follow anyone who has just links in their tweets.

Can you tell I'm really picky with this Twitter thing? I can tell when someone is a total spammer and is not really interested in what I have to say, they just want to build their numbers.

Love Twitter, don't get me wrong but only when it's used the right way!
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Postby cooluks » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:48 pm

Twitter has been used by many usually for link building. They must not do just for link building purposes but for giving informational rather than promoting their websites with twitter.
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