I admit being there myself when I first signed up back in August of 2008. Trust me, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing even though I was part of a community that was teaching me all about it.
Like most of my early days online though I learned the “wrong way” of doing things. Why do people do that anyway. Okay, perhaps they didn’t fully have a grasp at how this worked either.
I did it all wrong for years actually. I tweeted about my day, I shared links to products, I promoted a community I was a part of (that taught me the wrong way remember), I shared my articles I wrote and stuff like that. I got nowhere, nada, zilch.
I was taught to sign up with one of those programs so you could just start following some big name guy’s followers and in no time at all you’d have thousands of people following you back.
It was the numbers game back then. Probably still is to a lot of people.
You probably can figure out how well that worked right. I got a lot of egg heads, fake accounts and spammers following me. Nice!
My Light Bulb Moment
I didn’t learn about the 80/20 rule until January 2009. All I was told was to share 80% of other people’s content and only 20% of your own. Now this was before I had even started blogging so I was still spamming because what I was sharing were other people’s promotional links.
I guess you could say I’ve made all the mistakes possible. Well almost, I’ve never had my account shut down so I must have been doing something right.
Once again, my light bulb moment came when I signed up for that course back in November of 2010. I made that pack with myself I was going to do everything they taught me whether I liked it or not.
I had been blogging since June of 2009 with no success as you all know my story by now. I didn’t comment on other people’s posts so of course I hadn’t been sharing them. Once I understood how this truly worked I dove in head first.
Funny how if you apply what you’re taught and you’re consistent in your efforts that things will just eventually fall into place. Huh, imagine that!
I went all the way back to the beginning, I deleted all those followers I had and started from scratch.
I still used that automatic software program to get me followers faster but I paid attention to who I was following and who was following me.
I cleaned my account up pretty regularly meaning I got rid of eggheads, fake accounts, spammers and people who shared things I could care less about. I use ManageFlitter.com and I still love this program.
Now most people will tell you that in order to benefit you’ll need thousands upon thousands of followers. I’ll admit, the more you have the better off you’ll be but the key is that you want those people to be interested in what you share.
Let’s say you have 1,000 followers but only 100 share all your posts and visit your blog. Which would you prefer to have? Remember that old saying, “quality over quantity”? Well it definitely applies here too.
What’s With The 80/20 Rule
Ah, that famous rule… It still applies although mine is more like the 90/10 rule when it comes to Twitter.
You definitely want to share other people’s content. That is the key here.
When you’re blog hopping and reading amazing content, share that on Twitter. Add a little something else in there like “Wow, what a great tutorial” or “Did you know about these?” Peak their curiosity so they’ll want to read it too.
Don’t forget about the niche you’re in! It’s okay to share things every once in awhile that are outside of your niche but remember. These people are following you for a reason. Don’t just be clicker happy.
Stick with the 80/20 rule if not the 90/10 rules and share other people’s content much more than your own. If you’re promoting something then that’s okay but don’t tweet about it all day long. The goal is to build up that following so that other people are tweeting about it all day long, not you!
Don’t you dare forget to thank those people who shared your content either. It wouldn’t be getting spread around had it not been for them so tell them thank you.
Oh and if you don’t see anyone sharing your content then that’s because you forgot to put your Twitter ID in your social sharing button. Man, that’s a big no no!
You can also have a mini conversation with some of your followers. Perhaps you can ask them how their day was or compliment them on some content they shared or something they wrote about. Introduce them to other people if you think they may have something in common.
People love the interaction and they love to know that you care.
How To Get In Front Of More Followers
Now I’ve written about Triberr before so for those of you who have not taken advantage of what I’ve shared shame on you.
I have some people in my mastermind group that I introduced to Triberr late last year and they’re seeing some fabulous results from joining. Oh and a few of them had not done anything with Twitter either.
Want proof from someone other then me? Check out Barbara’s post on how well she’s been doing since understanding how she can use Twitter to her advantage and grow her reach through Triberr.
The more people you can get your content in front of the better. It’s especially great when you have other people sharing your content. Just think what it would mean if you join some tribes with some well respected bloggers and they are tweeting your content! Don’t you think you’ll get more people interested?
Twitter is my #1 source of referral traffic. My reach is way over 5,000,000 followers and no, I only have a little over 6,000 myself. Triberr is my secret weapon for that so you don’t have to get millions of followers yourself in order to have success. Of course the more you personally have the better but that just takes time. Remember, quality over quantity!
Are you signed up with Triberr yet? Well, there’s no time like the present right!
Are You Using Twitter To Your Advantage
I guess that’s the big question here then isn’t it! Are you using Twitter to your advantage?
Are you getting new followers every day? Are you making sure you keep your account clean? Are you sharing other people’s content on a consistent basis? Are you a part of Triberr? Hey guys, it’s free!
I’m really looking forward to your comments so please be sure to share the scoop with me now. Oh and please tweet my post too! You might have some followers that will thank you for it so they can learn what they’ve been missing out on too!
P.S. If we’re not following each other on Twitter let’s remedy that right now. I’ll get a message that you followed me so I’ll be sure to return the favor. Sounds like a solid plan to me!