I write memoirs and fiction in all genres. My characters have secrets, tell lies and find themselves in trouble all the time. The challenge is figuring out how to rescue them. Best of all, they live much more interesting lives than I do, so I live vicariously.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
5 Things to do When You're Stuck in a Following-Follower Rut
Twitter is quite the mystery to most. It’s telling by how many books are published
about the workings of the site.
One day you have retweets, mentions and followers coming out
of the woodwork, then the next you’re scrimping to find people to thank for all
It’s inevitable to go
through a lull every now and again, but if you find your numbers have hit a
wall and are stuck there, this post will help get you past it.
First, use a service like www.justunfollow.com weekly, removing
all inactive users. About once a month I
recommend going through and removing those who are not following you back.
Note: Be sure
to give a good week or more of lag time when you begin following people
spontaneously, otherwise you’ll be unfollowing people you haven’t given a fair
chance to follow you back.
The only way to climb the Twitter totem pole (unless you’re
a celebrity or have incredibly good luck) is to follow people spontaneously.
So here are a few tips to get you there:
1. Find an author or
person who does something similar to you. Find out who they’re following and follow
them as well.
Note: don’t just go and follow their followers,
be sure to follow who they’re following, use their taste in following. If the person is loyal and trusted, you’d be
wise to use their lead.
2. Be sure to respond
when they thank you for following or when they simply send you a shout
out. It’s important to make connections,
so you don’t appear to be just a serial
3. Do not respond
to direct messages. Many Tweople
have their account set up with auto-tweets that are triggered by new
followers. If you spend time responding
to these, you’ll waste a lot of valuable time doing what they ask (liking their
Facebook pages, etc.) and chances are they won’t reciprocate. I recommend responding to requests only when
they tweet you; this way you have a better chance that they will reciprocate.
4. Another quick and
easy way to follow people is to scroll through a loyal follower’s recently
followed list. This can be found by
simply rolling through all their recent tweets and following those they’ve made
connections with. You can also do this
by following those that they’ve included in their recent thank you tweets.
5. Last, and frankly
the easiest, is to simply follow back those who follow you.
sure you only follow those who do similar to what you do (writers, bloggers,
etc.) otherwise you’ll be following everyone and their mother’s uncle, so to speak.
Tip: A sure
way to get others to follow you is to put a blurb in your profile like mine “I follow those who, like me; eat, sleep and
breathe books”. This way you give people
a general idea of what you do and what you’ll do for them.
But most important is to offer quality content in
your tweets. This means to not only
mention and retweet good stuff, but to provide
your own excellent original posts and re-posts. This, above all, will encourage followers.
Want a new follower? Simply follow me by clicking this link. I follow back all writers, authors and just about anyone who has something interesting to say!
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