Twitter Followers

How to Get Targeted Twitter Followers Fast

When starting out on Twitter, one of the first things that people want to know after they have setup their profile and sent out a few tweets is how to find Twitter followers. Not just any followers, but followers who would be interested in what they have to offer.

As you may know, one of the ways to get Twitter followers fast is to start following people in hopes that they will follow you in return. So how do you up the odds that people you follow who are interested in your topic will follow you back?

There are several ways to find Twitter followers that are likely to follow you back. The key is in looking at the ratio of the person’s followers vs. following. If they have 100,000 people following them, and they are only following 100, chances are you may not make the cut. But if they are following 98,999 people, then more than likely they are utilizing an automation tool that follows everyone who follows them.

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So outside of clicking on users one by one to see what their following ratio is, how do you find relevant followers who are likely to follow you back?

TwitterCounter keeps a historical track of how many people are following Twitter members, including predictions based on those numbers as to what their following will be the next day and 30 days out.

If you visit the TwitterCounter search page and search for your topic such as digital marketing, you will get results based on the information in Twitter member profiles (as opposed to what they tweet, which isn’t always a good indicator of a particular member’s interest). The results show the number of people following each member, the number of people the member follows, and the number of tweets they have sent. If you authorize TwitterCounter to your Twitter account, you can follow people directly from the list by clicking the blue follow link.

TweepML allows members to add lists of Twitter members based on specific criteria. There are several lists of Twitter members who follow back. Some example lists include:

  • Fast Followers 1001-1500
  • Fast Followers 1501-2000
  • Fast Followers 2001-2500
  • Top 500 Follow All Back

Each list gives the user’s name and their profile description. Simply use your browser’s search feature to highlight particular keywords and check those members to follow. Once you authorize TweepML through your Twitter account, you can follow selected members. Also, remember not to follow too many people every day as you can possibly get banned by Twitter for doing so.

Once you authorize Tweepi through your Twitter account, you can enter a Twitter member’s username and Tweepi will bring back the followers of this user and information such as their number of following, followers, tweets, retweets, etc. So find a Twitter member in the same field, preferably with a huge following, but not someone who auto follows back (ie. someone who doesn’t follow many others). This way, you can be (almost) sure that everyone following them is actually interested in their topic, not just in a return follow.

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Other Ways to Gain Followers

There are many, many ways to get followers. In addition to seeking out new followers, you can also gain new followers by:

  1. 1- Adding your Twitter ID to your website, blog, email signature, business card, and to other social networks.
  2. 2- Joining forums relevant to your topic and adding your Twitter ID to your signature as well as to any lists of forum members on Twitter.
  3. 3- Using your Twitter URL as a website URL when commenting on blogs on your subject of interest.

They’re Following – Now What?

What is the point of having a large Twitter following if they are not actually paying attention to you? Sure they are following you, but with the invention of Twitter Lists, they may not actually be following your updates. So your next goal is to get their attention. This can be done in a variety of ways, including but not limited to the following.

Direct Messages
Although most of them are automated or spam, some people are still paying attention to their direct messages. So if someone sends you a Facebook link, go add them as a friend. Be sure to thank them for their message on Twitter @yourusername so they know who you are on Twitter and how you found them.

Blog Commenting
If your Twitter followers have blogs, go and leave a few valuable comments. If you don’t have a website, just include your Twitter profile URL as your website. The blog owner probably won’t miss that (unless they are one of the mega-blogs).

Retweets generally get attention. So retweet users you hope to notice you, but also keep in mind that what you are retweeting is relevant to your followers. This way you are providing valuable information for your followers as well as (hopefully) garnering attention from other Twitter members. You can do this during the blog commenting proces as well by tweeting articles including their @theirusername.

Your Thoughts

What methods do you use to gain targeted Twitter followers, and how do you get them to engage and interact with you?

Kristi Hines is freelance writer, professional blogger, and social media enthusiast. Be sure to check out her eBook on effective blog post promotion strategies.


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  • Stefan February 8, 2013, 6:08 am

    Am checking out Tweet Adder now. They have a 7 day no questions asked refund, so cannot hurt to try.

  • Stefan February 5, 2013, 5:02 am

    Hi Kristi, great info, thanks!

    I wondered if you had any other advice on how to identify and attract the real influencers in any given industry (good suggestion from Apiz above though).

    Thanks again, Stefan

  • Taswir Haider January 24, 2013, 12:56 am

    I like your tips. I am using TweetAdder for automating my twitter list and so far this is a cool one. More specifically I like the keyword based search of Tweet Adder where I can add related people only.

  • Aleshia Green January 18, 2013, 12:45 pm

    Hey Kristi,

    I was not aware of a couple of these Twitter tools. I was looking for some different tools besides TweetAdder.

    Also, what a great idea about tweeting on the users blogs if they have one. I hardly think about just going straight to their blogs from twitter. I will start implementing this one ASAP.

    Have a great day and look forward to more info from you. I found this article in the google search by the way. 😉

    Aleshia Green
    Social Media Consultant & Manager

  • Gurwinder January 9, 2013, 2:16 pm

    These are really the best way of getting Twitter followers. Thanks for sharing the list!! 🙂

  • Gautam January 2, 2013, 12:10 am

    Ya Right,,,, If you want to Get Traffic and Make Some Earning from Twitter We Need To have Huge No of Followsers and Your tips Will Surely help in it…

  • apiz
    October 2, 2012, 4:19 am

    I think that it is a smart idea to follow twitter lists from really credible tweets. The lists are a great way to keep track of who likes to tweet about what. I have used both ways, the typical list to gain followers and buying followers on Twitter and while there is much to be desired, once you figure out who are the key to people in the area of interest, it is a good way to connect in any way.

  • Chris McKinney September 10, 2012, 3:28 pm

    Great information on getting more targeted followers. Will try these out.

  • Caylin
    August 3, 2012, 11:36 am

    Love this thanks it has helped me. I am new to twitter please follow

  • Samuel
    July 19, 2012, 11:06 am

    Getting twitter followers is a must in order to get some traffic from twitter.

    Thanks Kristi for the suggestions to use some services in order to gain more twitter followers for myself.
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  • mazhar
    July 10, 2012, 4:06 am

    Now this is a really amazing post on getting twitter followers, Really useful, thanks

  • Suzanne
    June 5, 2012, 9:32 am

    Excellent tips… a few ideas I hadn’t thought of there. I also like to find people in my niche that are very popular and follow some of the people that are following them. This means that I know I am getting followers that are interested in that topic. I find that this is often more accurate than trying to use the search facility.

  • Matthew
    April 27, 2012, 6:27 am

    Im very impressed with this blog, im fairly new to twitter too, currently only have about 60 followers, feel free to add me on twitter, and il more than happily follow you back! Im constantly on twitter now! its like a drug lol!
    Twitter: Clickbankm
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  • Imel Sed
    March 18, 2012, 6:44 pm

    I think that it is a smart idea to follow twitter lists from really credible tweets. The lists are a great way to keep track of who likes to tweet about what. I have used both ways, the typical list to gain followers and buying followers on Twitter and while there is much to be desired, once you figure out who are the key to people in the area of interest, it is a good way to connect in any way.

  • Travis
    March 15, 2012, 10:26 pm

    I try to attract followers by tweeting quality tweets. It\\\’s slow, but I think in the long run my followers are following because they want to, not just be a number on my followers list. I follow people who I share interests with, as in novelist and readers. I\\\’m writing a heroic fantasy that I will market some day via my twitter, blog, and facebook page. It seems a waste to just add add add without regard to interests.

  • Eric January 2, 2012, 5:37 pm

    Great stuff! Definitely agree with you on Tweetadder – it’s very easy to follow followers of lists, specific people, interests, and much more. You can then use something like Manage Flitter to unfollow people that don’t follow back.
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  • AstroGremlin January 1, 2012, 11:21 pm

    I tend to follow people whose material I want to read, regardless of the likelihood of them following me back. Probably not strategic, but I get access to blogs where I can leave comments. If people follow my links back to my site, perhaps they will follow me there. I know that at some point I will have to unfollow people who aren’t following me, but right now I’m more of a learner than a teacher.
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