Best strategy for a brand new twitter account?

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Hi guys,

What's the best strategy for a beginner twitter account? I'm tweeting the odd quote and comment every few hours. I retweet an occasional post that I like. And I reply to tweets that are relevant and I can have a conversation.

Is this the best plan? I figure if people look at my account there should be something to actually give them an idea. Got a laugh from one of the people I replied to. And another one favourited and retweeted my response. And had a back and forth with another person.

Although none of these people have followed me. But, is this the best strategy? Or should I buy some followers just so nobody has to be the first person to follow me?

Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author AnthonyCapetola
    You can follow people by searching for hashtags and keywords and hope that they will follow you back. You can try out twitter directories. Just try and be relevant. You'd be better off starting a blog and generating content to share rather than quotes and such as there are just so many of those and most are considered spammy/bots.
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    • Profile picture of the author Magnatolia
      Thanks for the reply. Yeah I'll keep adding people, aiming to keep it below 15-20 a day so my account doesn't look spammy.

      The twitter account will be part of a wider, much wider net. I'm in the process of setting up a blog, just waiting for the domain to be transferred. Got 20k worth of content done, plus 30-40 more articles to write. Twitter will be a fundamental pillar and so working on trying to get followers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steeleton
    The best strategy on Twitter is to follow users that are in the same niche as you. Try to engage any that respond or thank you for following them.

    As you build up your followers (it will take some time), post useful tweets, re-tweet anything you think is useful and try to be as active in the community as possible.

    I would stay away from buying followers. Everyone was a new user once so you shouldn't have too many people afraid to be the first to follow(plus you only need follower to be the first). One thing I've found helpful is to follow users that don't already have a ton of followers. They will be more likely to follow you back and engage with you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ceeyee
      Originally Posted by Steeleton View Post


      One thing I've found helpful is to follow users that don't already have a ton of followers. They will be more likely to follow you back and engage with you.
      Do you have a specific threshold for the number of followers above which you don't follow him?

      100? 500?

      Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author alvinhy
    Follow everyone with #KEYWORD
    unfollow everyone that does not follow back
    Retweet and favourite everything with #KEYWORD
    Post your valuable content
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  • Profile picture of the author Robbie Richards
    1) Optimize your profile (Eye-catching header image, links in profile description and web link section, clear profile description (why should they follow you), branded image/ quality head shot profile pic.

    2) Follow up to 100 people each day using a site such as ManageFlitter

    3) Use Manageflitter to unfollow anyone that doesn't follow you back within 7 days

    4) Follow people #keyword in their profile

    5) Use Digg Digg plugin to integrate social sharing on all blog posts

    6) Create a feedly account and use buffer to schedule a minimum 10 posts a day

    7) Place social follow buttons on all web pages

    8) Cross promote TW on other social media profiles

    9) Create a custom "thank you" page for people after they subscribe to your email list. Include a CTA to follow you on TW on that page.

    10) Promoted account within TW ads

    **DON't buy twitter followers. They're mostly bots that will not engage with your content and unfollow you over time anyways.
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    • Profile picture of the author anders83k
      Start following other people with the same interest on Twitter, and participate in their discussions writing things that are relevant. If you do not know the answer, you find it out using google, warrior forum Wikipedia etc and after finding the answer you use it on Twitter.
      By doing so you will get people following you back and get retweeting what you have written
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  • Profile picture of the author yogeshkumar19
    Robbie, I like your answer and it is a workable technique to increase your followers quickly
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  • Profile picture of the author markeeter
    So I have read the whole thread and you have gotten some great tips here. I think what you're is great. Follow first, and keep up those conversations. Participate in the community, and build a reputation. Followers will start rolling in.

    Since you're building your account for a bigger net, you plan to support your blog. Why just use twitter for promotion. Why don't you utilize all social media platforms? I think you'll get access to more people that way. There are so many software for managing multiple social media accounts now, so I don't think it should be too difficult to handle.

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    I recommend DoSocial among them though, and Hootsuite. You can use both of them with other social media as well along with twitter.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyPlan
    This might sound like overly simplistic advice, but the easiest way to make connections on a social network like Twitter is to be overly social. People who get on Twitter for social reasons are looking for others to talk to. They want interesting conversations and things to retweet. The site is very fast paced, so it's perfect for any type of breaking news. Get into a habit of tweeting every hour. See what others are talking about there. Find the influencers on Twitter, those people who have a very active following (such as they tweet daily and people are actually retweeting them). Make connections with these people. If you can catch an influencer's attention, you are more likely to get your content retweeted to thousands of others and that's where your following will really take off.
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  • Profile picture of the author melvinsh
    One good strategy I use is following my competitors followers. You can find a tool to do it automatically. Also to follow everyone whoever mentions a keyword you are targeting.

    Targeting is the most important thing you can do for your business. Use targeting in every marketing and you will be successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author ADavisAA
    Reach out prospect clients depending on factors like the location of the business concerned, sex and age of people that would likely need the products/services and a lot more. Also interact with larger brands so that you will be noticed by that larger brand's followers.
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  • Profile picture of the author DanaMears
    Hi! You are actually doing a great job. You can't please some users on Twitter to follow after you "outreach" them. Anyway, continue to update your Twitter. Use management tools to help you out in finding user profiles that are interested on your brand if it is for your business. If you need to build your reputation ASAP then you can hire experts who offer instant Twitter Followers. I still recommend Followerwonk, Tweepi, and if you still got plans on buying twitter followers, then I still suggest Ambition Traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Entrecon
    Don't just RT. If you find a good tweet in your niche send an @ to the original poster with a comment or even just a thank-you. Also, if there is someone with a lot of followers that posts in your niche, follow their followers. In theory, they should be interested in what they tweet. Last, but not least, do not buy into any of the tweet follower chains, they just end up getting you a bunch of people tweeting asking for followers.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnnyPlan
      Originally Posted by Entrecon View Post

      Don't just RT. If you find a good tweet in your niche send an @ to the original poster with a comment or even just a thank-you.
      Talking back with others on Twitter (commenting) is the best way to establish a link between yourself and a powerful 'influencer'. People love attention on Twitter, even the really famous ones. And, your comment is likely to end up in their stream when you are retweeting and their followers will take a moment to read what else you have to say and follow you if it's relevant to them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Garret1
    you can follow 1000 users per day. Just follow the followers of influencers in your niche and also search for the popular hashtags.I have one that's a week old with about 200 followers. I've noticed it takes about 1000 followers to start getting good responses and re-tweets. From there it's a snowball.
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  • Profile picture of the author DanaMears
    Originally Posted by Magnatolia View Post

    Hi guys,

    What's the best strategy for a beginner twitter account? I'm tweeting the odd quote and comment every few hours. I retweet an occasional post that I like. And I reply to tweets that are relevant and I can have a conversation.

    Is this the best plan? I figure if people look at my account there should be something to actually give them an idea. Got a laugh from one of the people I replied to. And another one favourited and retweeted my response. And had a back and forth with another person.

    Although none of these people have followed me. But, is this the best strategy? Or should I buy some followers just so nobody has to be the first person to follow me?

    Thanks!
    Hi! It depends, if you are a startup business and you want to build your online reputation instantly with quality likes and followers then you can buy instantly. Though you do tweet and Retweet tweets from other users, you can still create your images or questions that will bring more people followers on Twitter.
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  • Profile picture of the author ADavisAA
    Don't just randomly add people. I suggest that you search for people based on your local business target - for an instance LOCATION is a very viable factor you should consider. Others would be like the Age of the user, sex and more depending on your business' niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author ropemediahouse
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  • Profile picture of the author jerrymono
    1. Listening to influential users in your industry and then connecting with them is a great way to build relationships. To do that, you can either create your own Twitter lists or follow lists that have already been created.

    2. Everyone talks about how important images are in social media today. Use striking custom images related images
    to the posts.

    3. Follow people active in your niche and their followers.

    4. Tweet more often. The more you tweet, more followers you are likely to get.
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  • Profile picture of the author BadPecan
    SocialBro is a great tool for managing twitter and finding new folks to handle based on who is active and following similar accounts.
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    • Profile picture of the author RobLowe
      There are 3 solid plans I'd encourage you to pay special attention to:

      Garret1, going for targeted volume:
      you can follow 1000 users per day. Just follow the followers of influencers in your niche and also search for the popular hashtags.I have one that's a week old with about 200 followers. I've noticed it takes about 1000 followers to start getting good responses and re-tweets. From there it's a snowball.


      JohnnyPlan, going for meaningful engagement:
      Talking back with others on Twitter (commenting) is the best way to establish a link between yourself and a powerful 'influencer'. People love attention on Twitter, even the really famous ones. And, your comment is likely to end up in their stream when you are retweeting and their followers will take a moment to read what else you have to say and follow you if it's relevant to them.

      Ghoster, (from a different WF discussion about Twitter), going for targeted followers:
      Find tweets that feature the keyword that you want to be known for. Favorite them. The creator of the tweet will get an email letting them know that you favorited their tweet (unless they have that turned off). Between 1-2% of those people will follow you back.

      It's a lot of work, but this way your followers will be targeted. I'm sure there's a way to automate this.

      Once you've ammassed 100 or so of these targeted followers, add curation into the mix. Get a good tweet scheduling tool and start curating content relevant to your niche. Because your following is so targeted, you will get a lot of retweets. That will help you get organic followers.


      Good luck!
      Rob
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  • Profile picture of the author TimmyO
    I add 50 people a day, but will miss a day or two to make it look more natural. Add people thats in the same niche as yourself. i average getting 200 followers from following 950 people.
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