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With over 320 million users, Twitter is a traffic goldmine.

But it can take a lot of time and effort to build a big enough following to drive meaningful amounts of traffic.

We’re talking years of dedicated effort.

I thought I was doomed to buying followers from Indonesia, when thankfully I discovered a method that shot my Twitter following through the roof in a matter of weeks.

In this article, you’re going to learn how I doubled my Twitter followers in just 75 days (and how you can do the same thing).

Not only that, but you’ll also learn how to put the whole process on autopilot.

What You Will Learn

  • How to get followers on Twitter (for free)
  • How to attract targeted and engaged followers in your niche
  • How to drive traffic from Twitter
  • How to attract people who follow the influencers in your niche
  • And how to automate the entire process using 3 tools

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Why Twitter?

First off, let’s quickly break down why you should even care about this platform.

Check out these stats:

  • 46% of Twitter users use it at least once per day
  • Twitter has over 320,000 million users
  • 74% of people who follow small to medium sized businesses do so to get product updates
  • 52% of users say they have bought a product they first heard about on Twitter
  • Twitter is my #1 source of social media traffic ;)

Jokes aside, there is a ton of opportunity on Twitter and some dead simple ways to harness it. Especially when you have learned how to drive traffic to your blog using Twitter.

Better yet, you can automate the entire process to build your following and Twitter traffic on autopilot, and actively sharing your content and attracting shares adds social signals to help you to increase Google rankings.

You can also attract indirect backlinks from the increased exposure.

But I know what you’re thinking:

What about share counts? Didn’t Twitter take those away?

Yes, they did.

And I can show you how to get them back in less than 10 minutes.

How to Get Your Twitter Share Counts Back

Using this method, you will be able to get the last 7 days of your Twitter shares back and all of your future ones.

Head over to NewShareCounts and type in your URL:

New Share Counts 1

Click “Sign in with Twitter” and follow the on-screen instructions. This is how NewShareCounts tracks your Twitter shares.

Next, it gives you instructions to get your share counts back for the official share button, SumoMe, Shareaholic, AddToAny, Jetpack, Mashshare, and all of the other major sharing plugins.

Most of them involve pasting a code in your site’s HTML and shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes.

My Personal Twitter Stats

Now that you’ve got your share counts back, let’s take a look at my results from this Twitter growth case study.

First off, Twitter was my #1 source of social media traffic over that time period, and I only published one new piece of content:

Twitter traffic stats

Using the manual method I’m about to show you, my Twitter account grew by 2,790 followers in 4 months:

Twitter growth 2

Using the automated method, my account grew by 3,891 followers in just 75 days, doubling a following that had taken me the previous year to build:

100% Social Quant Twitter Growth (75 Days) 2

That’s a growth rate of 51 followers per day, or 18,615 per year.

The average number of Twitter followers per user is 208.

But follower growth is just a vanity metric. What really matters is traffic (displayed earlier) and engagement.

Since both methods allow you to build a targeted following, my reach and engagement rates increased as well:

Engagement 1

Before starting the manual Twitter growth method.

Engagement 2

After both the manual and automated methods.

My reach grew by 208%. And those followers are targeted to my niche:

Follower Analysis

Both methods were highly effective for building an engaged following quickly, and I only used two main methods to drive people back to my blog (both automated).

Let’s break down the manual method:

How To Get Followers On Twitter Free

Here’s the theory behind both methods:

When you follow a number of people, a percentage of them will follow you back. These are typically the most active users.

If you follow people who are in your industry — AKA people who follow brands and leaders in your niche — the most active of those users will follow you back.

These people are engaged, active, and likely to be interested in what you offer.

This is one of the most scalable ways to build a targeted following on Twitter.

The manual method involves using a tool to follow and unfollow accounts as fast as possible, without tripping up Twitter’s spam sensors.

Let’s get started:

(Hat tip to Robbie Richards for showing me this technique.)

The tool we’re going to use is Tweepi.

First, head over to Tweepi and sign in with your Twitter account (it’s free).

Tweepi 1

Your dashboard will immediately show you some key data about your account:

Tweepi 2

First, click “Follow Tools” at the top and “By @user’s followers”:

how to get followers on Twitter free with Tweepi

Then choose a popular account in your niche whose followers would be interested in your content and what you have to offer.

Choose carefully, because this determines how targeted your followers will be and how well they will convert.

If you’re unsure whether someone has the type of followers you’re looking for, go ahead and sign up for a free Followerwonk account.

Then click the “Analyze” tab, plug in their Twitter handle, and choose “analyze their followers”:

Tweepi 4

After it’s done analyzing, scroll down to “Bio word cloud.”

Follower Analysis

This will give you a good idea of what niche/topics their followers are into.

You can also look at how many followers their followers have, how active they are, what languages they speak, how recent their latest tweets are — a bunch of cool data.

Once you’ve found an account whose followers you’re interested in, paste their handle into Tweepi.

Tweepi Kim Kardashian

(BOOM!

Nailed that target audience.)

This will pull up their followers, filtered by most recent. Click the “Followers Count” heading to filter it by most to least followers.

Tweepi 6

To follow someone, simply click the “Follow” button on the left under their handle:

Tweepi 7

Here’s the nifty thing about this:

When you click “Follow” on someone, the page automatically scrolls down so your cursor is over the next person’s “Follow” button.

All you have to do is click click click multiple times to follow everyone on the page and move on to the next one.

Here are some guidelines to make sure you don’t trip up Twitter’s spam radar and get your account suspended:

1. Don’t follow more than 100 people per day.

I usually stick to 80—100 to stay under the radar.

2. Don’t follow a lot of people with WAY more followers than you.

Most of the people you follow should have follow numbers similar to your account. Give or take a couple thousand is fine.

This isn’t to say you shouldn’t follow people with massive followings. Just don’t only follow these people.

3. Pay attention to the “Follow Ratio.”

If this is high, it means they’re following a lot less people than are following them, so they’re less likely to follow you back.

Look for follow ratios between 70% and 150%, to maximize your returns.

That’s it! Just follow about 100 people per day, which usually takes no more than 5 minutes, and a percentage of them will follow you back.

However, there is a second part to this:

Unfollowing people who don’t follow you back.

To keep your Follow Ratio normal, it’s smart to unfollow these people. Odds are, if they haven’t followed you back after a week they’re inactive anyway.

Tweepi used to have this capability, but it was removed at Twitter’s request.

I suggest signing up for a free account at ManageFlitter and using their Unfollow tool:

ManageFlitter 1

This entire process takes less than 10 minutes a day, it’s 100% free, and it’s an effective method for growing your Twitter following.

Using this method, I gained 2,790 followers in just 4 months.

And it scales up as your reach increases and more people retweet and share your content.

So if you don’t mind some mindless clicking every day, you can grow your following pretty quickly.

However, time is my most valuable asset, so if I can automate something and it fits my budget I usually do it.

Small adjustments to your routine can lead to BIG changes over time.

The next method is the automated method. It costs $25 per month, but it saves you time and it’s more effective than the manual method.

Let’s get to it:

The Automated Method to Increase Your Twitter Followers

I love automation.

And I love it even more when automating something actually yields better results than doing it manually.

That’s what happened when I discovered Social Quant in this post by Tim Felmingham.

Social Quant is a service that automatically follows and unfollows people for you, exactly like the manual method.

increase Twitter followers with Social Quant

Except they use an algorithm to do it 24/7, and you can control how effective the algorithm is through the keywords you tell it to search for.

Based on the keywords you input, Social Quant will scan Twitter conversations and analyze the accounts that used those keywords. Then it will decide whether they’re valuable accounts to follow.

“Using the power of Big Data, our hard-working algorithms listen to all conversations throughout Twitter and if one of the keywords you’ve selected when you set up your Social Quant account is mentioned, we will analyze the Twitter account that used that keyword to determine if it seems to be a valuable account to follow.” — Social Quant Team

It also tells you which keywords are most effective and which aren’t, so you can make strategic decisions about the keywords you input.

Let’s break down the signup and keyword selection process:

First, head over to Social Quant and sign up for their 14-day free trial.

(You’ll probably gain at least a couple hundred new followers with the trial.)

Then authorize the app to access your account.

Social Quant 2

It will ask you who you’re trying to connect with and whether you only want to follow people who follow you. Here’s what I select:

Social Quant 3

Next, scroll down to the section where you input your keywords.

They suggest including 20-30, but I’ve had success with 35+ as well.

Don’t worry too much about your specific keywords just yet, because you can change them anytime you want to later on based on how they’re performing.

Just know that your account’s growth is dependent on the keywords you choose, so make sure they’re related to your target audience.

Here are a few I might input:

Social Quant 4

You want to base your keywords on four things:

  1. Topics your target audience is interested in
  2. Their profession (or how they identify themselves)
  3. Accounts and people they follow
  4. Hashtags they might be using

If your audience is interested in cats, electronics, sports, personal development, or anything else — choose keywords related to those interests.

If they call themselves bankers, or marketers, or stay-at-home dads, again, put those keywords in there.

Then identify a few accounts whose followers you would like to have and the hashtags your ideal followers use, and input them.

After 20-30 of these keywords, you’ll be off to a good start. After a couple days you’ll be able to check the data and make adjustments.

When you’re done, click “Update” and Social Quant will email you a link to your dashboard.

(Note: Mike Kawula, their CEO, is a super nice guy and always gave me quick answers to my questions.)

Here is what your dashboard will look like:

Social Quant 5

You’ll be able to see how long you’ve been with them, how many followers you have, your account’s percentage growth, the number of keywords you’re using, and a graph of your follower growth.

Below that you will see the most important data — how your keywords are performing:

Social Quant 6

Social Quant 7

You will see your best/worst converting keywords in the last week and all time. This is based on the percentage of people who followed you back using that keyword.

Social Quant suggests that you remove any keywords that convert at less than 10%. This is a pretty good rule of thumb, but you will also find anomalies.

Like my best converting keyword of all time converts at 8.8%:

Social Quant 8

So base your decisions mostly on the number of people each keyword is converting rather than the conversion rate.

Next, open up the keywords page in a new tab (so you can refer back to your conversion data).

Social Quant 9

Here, you can choose which keywords you want to delete and which you want to add in.

Social Quant 10

After you have gathered enough data (let the algorithm run for a few days before making adjustments) delete the keywords that aren’t converting enough followers for you and add more in.

If you’re stuck on new keywords to add, Social Quant suggests keywords for you:

Social Quant 11

After this, your Twitter account’s growth will be 99% automated. All you have to do is head into your dashboard every few weeks to a month and spend 10 minutes adjusting your keywords.

This tool helped me gain 3,891 followers in 75 days. That comes out to 1.6 cents per follower ($0.016/follower).

That’s insane.

No matter which route you take (the manual method or Social Quant) you’ll gain a ton of followers in a short amount of time.

But the trick is to funnel those followers over to your website where they can convert into leads and sales.

So let’s break down two automated (my favorite) ways to drive traffic from Twitter.

Two Automated Methods to Drive Twitter Traffic

These methods to drive traffic to your website pair perfectly with the Twitter growth strategies described above.

They involve automating content delivery to both new and existing followers.

As your followers continue to increase, they’ll get exposed to more and more of the content you’re sharing out.

Let’s break these methods down:

1. Set Up An Automated Direct Message

Everyone knows how annoying automated Twitter DMs can be. They usually start with “Hey! Thanks for following me!!” and end with “Go like my Facebook page.”

The key to an auto DM that gets responses like these:

Auto DM 1

Is to provide value in the message and minimize the personal nature of it.

Too many DMs ask for something in return immediately, like signing up for an email list or liking another account.

They also include the person’s name or Twitter handle. Usually this would be a smart idea, but since SO many automated DMs include the person’s name, it has become the standard.

(It actually turns people off.)

But if the right people start following you and you deliver something that might be valuable to them, there’s a strong chance they’ll actually check it out, join your email list, or buy your products.

Here’s how to do this:

First, sign up for a free Crowdfire account. Then click “Automate” in the left sidebar:

Auto DM 2

Here, you can create automatic messages that go out to each new subscriber. You can create a single message that goes out to each one, or you can create multiple messages that get sent out randomly.

I’ve created multiple:

Auto DM 3

Each one follows a similar pattern:

“Thought you might like to check out [Insert Valuable Content Here].”

I’m slightly trying to fool them the with the “Thought you might like…” part that it’s a personal message, but you really can’t fool anyone with “-via @crowdfire” appended to the end of it.

However, when they see it in their messages they’ll only see the first couple words. This will entice them to check it out more than a fake “thank you for following” message.

And once they see you’re delivering value rather than asking for it, and it’s on a topic that interests them, they will click through.

So take your best piece or pieces of content and create messages like these to send out.

Now each new follower will have the opportunity to visit your website — on autopilot.

2. Automate Sharing Your Content

Finally, you want to stuff your Twitter feed with valuable content. The more content you share, the further your reach and traffic potential.

Twitter is inherently crowded so you need to do everything you can to stand out. Part of this is sharing a load of content.

Here’s how:

First, sign up for a Buffer account if you don’t have one already. Then take your best pieces of content and start scheduling tweets for each one:

Buffer 1

If you run out of content to share, simply re-share the content you already scheduled but create a unique tweet for each one, like so:

Buffer 2

Schedule as many tweets as you can, and that’s it! You could even use Matt’s TweetAttacksPro tutorial for some more unique angles.

The more followers you build, the greater your reach will be. So take as much advantage of that as possible by scheduling out your content multiple times.

To strike a balance, you should also share out content from other people, and create tweets with the sole purpose of building relationships and showcasing your personality:

(Native posts like these also tend to get greater reach.)

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Wrapping It Up

I actually didn’t like Twitter at first, but now I know how to get followers on Twitter easily – I love it.

Mainly because I found simple ways to scale my follower growth, but also because it’s an excellent place to build relationships with people.

The relationships I’ve built there have led directly to social shares, subscribers, book sales, and clients.

There’s a lot of opportunity to be harnessed on Twitter, and now you have some dead simple and scalable ways to take advantage of it.

Have fun :)

69 Responses

  1. george toeas
    6.7.2016

    Wow! You really published this article which shows 5 year old tactics just for some affliate links?
    No wonder you went down over 15.000 on alexa rankings.

    • June 7th, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Do people still use Alexa?

      • June 7th, 2016 at 10:18 am

        Touché Matthew!

      • Richie M
        June 7th, 2016 at 12:42 pm

        lol the only people that use Alexa are marketers that still think its 2009.
        Alexa’s install base are marketers, therefore, Alexa’s data is derived from marketers. Hence Alexa’s data predominantly means jack

        • June 7th, 2016 at 2:21 pm

          That’s what I was thinking and it’s so easy to fake

  2. Shohel Rana
    6.7.2016

    Social media is a great source of traffic . Thanks again matthew to produce another great source of informative article .

    • June 7th, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Shohel!

    • June 7th, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      No problem Shohel! It definitely can be if you’re strategic about it

  3. Sanjay Banerjee
    6.7.2016

    thanks for sharing this information

  4. 6.7.2016

    Hi. Thanks for such an in depth stepwise explanation. At this point in time this is exactly what I need. I’m just trying to break into new traffic sources and I’m going to follow your strategy. Regards

    • June 7th, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Please let us know how you get on Abid!

    • June 7th, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Since it only takes about 10 minutes per day, this is the perfect strategy to add on top of everything else you’re doing.

      However, make sure your target audience is actually engaged on Twitter. (You can test it out using this strategy.)

      If they’re not, you can do something similar by following/unfollowing people on Instagram, Pinterest, and any other open platform.

      Good luck and let me know if you run into any snags along the way!

  5. David
    6.7.2016

    Michael Karp is someone that really knows his stuff. I am very grateful for the tips he gave me. They have helped me gain reasonable traffic in the past month.

  6. 6.8.2016

    Boom boom. A very clever strategy Matthew :)

  7. Vinit
    6.8.2016

    Good article Matthew,

    I recently started using Crowdfire to manage my Twitter account and am impressed by it. It does most of the things the other apps that you have mentioned in the post and it also reduces the number of services I’ve to rely on to manage my twitter account.

    • June 10th, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Yeah it’s a great little app for anyone using Twitter or Instagram!

  8. Alvin
    6.8.2016

    I wish you do more of these articles which tells us which tools to use and why. Your next article should be on the latest ‘Facebook’ strategies, followed by something on ‘instagram’ and ‘keyword’ research. I know you had articles on these before but the information keeps changing so fast.

    • June 10th, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Yeah it’s a fast paced world but the core concepts never actually change, just how you execute them does.

  9. 6.8.2016

    Tweepi is really wonderful tool to get followers, so here I go and thanks for this article Matthew!

  10. Darren Shaw
    6.10.2016

    Great article Matt. I’ve heard that adding images to tweets affects the reach – any truth in this? Any software I can check what the reach is on all my tweets at a glance? Thanks :)

    • June 10th, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      I don’t really know myself but I can see how integrating animated gifs etc into your Tweets with increase engagement

    • June 10th, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      I’m not sure either. Did a quick search and couldn’t find anything.

      But I have noticed that sharing native content (no outbound link) increases your reach.

  11. 6.10.2016

    I could never pass 100 followers on Twitter no matter what I did. Will definitely try the method and recommended tools. Thanks for the article.

    • June 13th, 2016 at 10:00 am

      No problem Raj, I hope you break through the 100 barrier soon!

  12. 6.11.2016

    Such an informative article.thanks for the insight.

  13. ZJ Thorne
    6.11.2016

    Thanks for sharing the details. Very interesting.

  14. 6.13.2016

    This has kind of been beaten to death in the past few years, surprised people are still writing posts about it.

    Personally, I’ve avoided using ti for a long time because I can’t imagine the engagement rates being too amazing. Then again, Twitter engagements aren’t that astounding anyway.

    Will probably give this a shot in the near future and try to turn it into a case study as well.

    Let’s see what happens! Thanks for the step-by-step tutorial, great for my team to follow!

    • June 13th, 2016 at 9:53 am

      The engagement all comes down to how you target those people

  15. 6.13.2016

    Another fabulous post, Matt,

    I have a question about the daily follow limit. I follow 750 a day and have not had any problems (been doing it for months at 500 a day and upped it to the higher figure 2 weeks ago).

    Any thoughts?

    Kim

    • June 13th, 2016 at 9:52 am

      That sounds very aggressive to me!

      • June 14th, 2016 at 3:24 am

        Twitter clearly state 1,000 a day is the limit, NOT 100

        • June 16th, 2016 at 11:53 am

          There is a difference between a daily limit and repetitive abuse of the limits

  16. 6.14.2016

    K so got my account locked today, nothing major just they wanted me to verify my phone.

    Still feels like my account might be at risk using these strategies. Any soothing words?

    P.S. I have been following less than 50 people a day and unfollowing less than 100.

  17. 6.17.2016

    Thank you so much “Mathew” sir for such a wonderful information about how to get followers on Twitter. But sir if i post anythingin twitter even one person is not ready to like or comment why so can you just suggest some better way for me ..?

  18. 6.19.2016

    Thank you for the tips, just signed up for Tweepi, let’s see how does it goes.

  19. 6.19.2016

    Oh, it’s great guide to follow up. I’m planning to build social profiles for my small business and found this guide, which would be good to help me build target followers.

    Very specific. I will start to follow up your footstep immediately.

  20. 6.29.2016

    Great Article, i am trying to build a social media campaign for entertainment pages, will try this method there and let you know the results

  21. 6.30.2016

    Hi Matthew, thanks for the extensive research on this topic. The whole process seems a little tedious. However, following your publication, I decided to try out the Tweepi stuff. Within a space of 1 week (I am not even regular in doing it) of trying the app, I have gotten over 50 new followers on Twitter.

    • July 6th, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      Great job, glad to hear you are seeing results already!

  22. 7.1.2016

    I’m new to twitter, so this article definitely provided some great insight. The tips are easy enough to follow, but my dilemma is finding the time to implement them all, along with establishing a presence on other social media platforms like Instagram and FB

    • July 6th, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      Which platform do your audience use most? Focus on that and forget the rest

  23. 7.3.2016

    Wowwww.. Thanks very much. i need follower, Grat job Mat !!

  24. 7.7.2016

    Hi Michael/Matthew,

    This is great stuff! Personally, I did not like Twitter much initially, mostly because I was unable to figure out how to leverage it to promote my blog effectively. Got the hang of it gradually.

    This post, however opens up a lot more possibilities that I am yet to explore. Thanks for sharing this.

  25. 7.12.2016

    Now how about automated re-sharing of your followers content? Seems logical in this scenario so you get the content you want shared of your own shared as well.

  26. Josh
    7.13.2016

    I found this article when looking for some more twitter tools (I’m working on a list of all of them that I can find). I hadn’t found NewShareCounts or Tweepi yet, so thanks for that! My personal favorites for Twitter are CrowdFireApp and Buffer + Feedly.

  27. 7.25.2016

    Great “evergreen” content. I only just started using these strategies yesterday yet I have gotten 20 new followers as I discard those who do not follow me. Thank you Michael Karp for this tutorial and you Mathew for being a great source of inspiration.

  28. 8.9.2016

    Wonderful method to get twitter followers .
    Thanks.

  29. 9.5.2016

    Thank you Matt for the ever-working tips on Twitter. I noticed the #tags helps tremendously to get followers from a particular niche. Moreover the use of buffer and timely is most recommended.

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