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How To Get Twitter Followers (The Complete Guide For 2019)

This is the complete guide to growing twitter followers.

Over 10 years I've helped 5+ million people grow their twitter followers free here on twiends.

Now I'm going to teach you everything I know.

If you want more twitter followers today then you need to read this now.

Let's begin.

Dave Sumter • founder twiends
how to get twitter followers fast

Chapter 1: How To Get Twitter Followers Fast

You've heard of social proof, right?

Of course you have.

When people see that you already have a big follower count, then they'll be more inclined to follow you.

I'm going to show you three rock solid methods to get your first followers fast.

Do these now.

(and have social proof by tonight)

Ask your friends & family to follow you

Ground-breaking, isn't it?

But I'm amazed at how many people don't do this.

They may not be your target audience, but they will be your biggest fans.

(Are you related to the Kardashians? Then you're done)


Leverage Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn

You only use twitter? ...Of course you don't.

Ask your friends on other social networks to follow you on twitter. Tell them you want to follow them back.

Some will.

Be creative - attach a photo of your twitter profile and post it with a sad face.

There are a lot of fish out there.

Check out these monthly users in the US for March 2019.


Get some (almost) free exposure

There are places where you can feature your twitter account.

Think display advertising.

(This is what we do)

twiends featured

This will usually cost money, but some websites offer free services or cheap trials.

Here on twiends you can sign up for free. We also offer a one-week featured trial for $1.

Sign up now.. Run it for a week.. Cancel..

(I don't care, I know you may come back later for more)

But remember, featured advertising is broad based. Country level is as targeted as it gets.

free twitter followers

Chapter 2: How To Get Twitter Followers Organically (By Tweeting)

Some of the biggest influencers on twitter get all their new followers from tweeting.

They don't spend any time on promotion.

They pull in follower after follower, tweet after tweet.

And their tweets rock.

Let me show you some of their tricks.

A quick warning about spamming

There's a fine line between active tweeting and spamming.

Make sure you know where that line is and don't cross it.

If you do spam then people will unfollow you, and you may also end up in twitter jail.

When tagging people make sure they'll find their inclusion valuable in some way.

Make time for tweeting every day

Discipline grasshopper.

You need to be tweeting and retweeting most days if you want to own your social media.

Every tweet is an opportunity for visibility.

If you're too busy, then hit a few retweets while eating breakfast.

Tweet many times daily (but not all at once)

I unfollowed someone recently when they filled my timeline with 30 tweets in 5 minutes.

Drip-feed your tweets out over the whole day.

Or at least batch them a few times a day.

Optimise and schedule your tweet times

Find out which times of the day are best for your audience.

Use social media research.

scheduling tweet screenshot

Even though timelines are now algorithmic, it's still important.

There are loads of free tools to do this.

You can even do this on twitter now.

Ask lots of questions

When someone answers your question their followers will see your tweet.

It's one of the simplest ways to reach new potential followers.

question tweet

Some questions do go viral, but I wouldn't bank on that happening.

Do twitter polls

I don't know about you, but I can't resist answering these things.

It's so effortless.

The only drawback is that these are not visible beyond your own followers.

They need a reply, retweet, or like for them to reach new people.

But here is a trick to amplify them

polls tweet

Send tweets with the right hashtags

If your tweet is about social media marketing then add a #smm hashtag to it.

If it's about Fortnite, add a #fortnight hashtag.

If you use hashtags then your tweets will show up in hashtag searches.

Remember to put them in your twitter bio too.

Tweet funny, interesting, or controversial stuff

Here's the deal.

Unless your followers interact with your tweets, their followers won't see it.

They have to engage with it for it to be visible to new potential followers.

planking screenshot

Tweeting about your day is not going to cut it.

Put something out there that elicits an emotional response.

Any emotion.

But know that if you go too risky you may drive people off.

Tag people you've written about

This works best if you already asked them if you can include their work.

Then when you tweet about your latest masterpiece, tag them to thank them for their info.

You may get a retweet, which could lead to some secondary follows.

Pin a good tweet to the top of your timeline

Take a recent tweet that received a lot of engagement and pin it.

This ads a bit more social proof to your timeline.

It also gives people a taste of what they'll get if they follow you.

pinned tweet

Chapter 4: Don't Buy Twitter Followers (Bad)

You would never buy fake followers... would you?

But can you tell the difference between real and fake?

Twitter can.

1000 followers for $5... Fake.

I want to be clear, don't use these methods to get twitter followers.

They don't work, and they are against twitter's rules.

Why am I telling you this?

If this is so bad, why is it in the guide?

This is why.

The truth is that 'buy twitter followers' is still the #1 search for growth.

search screenshot

So feel I have a duty to tell you that...

...twitter will remove every fake follower you buy.

It doesn't work.

But the problem is bigger. You may get tricked into buying followers.

Take a look.

If you search for 'free twitter followers' you will get this:

search screenshot

The very first result is a website selling fake twitter followers.

The rest are spam follower sites.

(Thanks google)

* don't do this *

Buying twitter followers (fake bots)

How do you spot a site selling fake followers?

They tell you two things... a quantity and a price.

Any site offering to sell you a certain number of followers for a fixed price is fake.

No exceptions.

search screenshot

They will tell you that the followers are real... they are not

They will tell you that the followers are high quality... they are not

They will offer you a guarantee to replace lost followers... they can't

And they won't need your twitter password...

...because bots don't need it to follow you.

You will lose money.

Twitter will remove every fake follower.

* don't do this *

Buying twitter followers (with password)

Some websites will say that they can add followers if you give them your password.

(Please don’t)

They will use follow-baiting and mass churning to lure followers.

(They follow 100 people, wait for some to follow back, then unfollow them all)

Twitter is wise to this.

Your twitter account will be suspended.

suspended screenshot

Once they have your password they may also DM spam your followers with malware links.

* don't do this *

Follow-baiting and churning

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, and twitter will now suspend you if you do it.

So don't do it.

It used to work like this...

You followed 1000 people a day, and in 5 day’s time you unfollowed them all.

In that time some of them would have followed you back.

This guy followed and unfollowed around 20m people.

follow baiting screenshot

Now he's suspended. Time well spent...

* don't do this *

Buying followers on Fiverr

Five bucks, what could possibly go wrong...?

These services are the same as above. They are either adding fake followers or follow-baiting.

They are not doing organic twitter promotion.

Stay clear.

fiverr screenshot

Chapter 3: How To Get Twitter Followers Free

What if I told you that you can easily get followers without having to pay for promotion?

Hundreds of followers...

Maybe even thousands...


These methods require energy (and practice), but deliver great long-term results.

They are all about compelling people to follow you.

Run a twitter contest

These are SO easy to do. All you need is a prize.

Figure out what type of contest you want to run and put some energy into planning it.

You may also want to put some budget into promoting it with twitter ads.

twitter contest tweet

Some people will unfollow when it's over, but many will stick around.

(100% conversion rates don't exist, so never let a bit of follower loss put you off)

Live-tweet an event

Want to play reporter for a few hours?

Pick an event and live tweet about what's happening.

This could be a conference, a speech, a sports game, a PR event, anything.

The more exclusive your access, the better.

The more people want to know about it, the better.

Some people will follow you to get the tweets.

twitter live-tweet events

Remember to use hashtags.

(Otherwise it's not an event, it's just you rambling)

Be careful though, as the tweets may annoy some of your existing followers.

Do a twitter chat

These take the form of Q&A's, interviews, debates, panels, or creative polls.

You will need to pick a willing victim and host the chat with them.

(Unless you are famous, and someone want to interview you?)

Try and find someone to chat with who has loads of followers.

(Then win them over with your skills)

twitter chats

Start a friendly feud on twitter

Everyone likes a bit of banter.

But no one likes a troll... or do they?

Find someone that you get on with (but disagree with sometimes).

Start a friendly feud with them about stuff.

Make a public bet about something. Win or lose graciously. Keep it friendly.

If presidents can do it... just saying...

twitter chats

Do targeted promotion with Twitter Ads

Twitter Ads is the only way to target a niche.

Think about it.

You can reach every twitter user on the planet - it's only a matter of how much you want to spend.

So create a twitter ads account and start a followers campaign.

(It may take a few weeks for them to approve your account)


It can get a pricey... start small and always use keyword and hashtag targeting.

Feature your twitter profile on websites

Ok, I'm biased.

But I've been doing this 10 years, and it works.

Feature yourself on a website like twiends if you want to grow broad and fast.

You can list yourself in a few seconds and there's a $1 trial. No strings attached.

twiends featured

I must say again, this is broad non-targeted promotion.

If you only want followers that are into extreme ironing, then I'm afraid twiends can't help you.

Get influencers to recommend a follow

They don't need to be famous.

They just need to be influential.

recommended follow

You may need to prove yourself to them first.

But if someone is singing your praises already, ask them for a shoutout to their followers.

So why is this a paid strategy?

Well, you can pay influencers for shoutouts too.

Chapter 6: How To Get More Twitter Followers

I've saved some of my best tricks till last.

These methods are going to get you followers that engage with your tweets...



These methods will get you your most valuable followers.

Followers that will amplify your tweets.

Reach out to people on twitter

If you want a specific person on twitter to follow you...

...then build familiarity with them.

This is part art, part science.

Interact with them, be complimentary, be helpful...

Be sincere.

outreach on twitter screenshot

If you do this right then most people will follow you back.

Don't do this:

spam messages screenshot

Become an expert / guru on twitter

Do you want your followers to hang on your every tweet?

Then they need to recognise you as an expert.

You can't fake this. You actually need to be knowledgeable.

tim ferriss twitter profile

Engage with other guru's in your field. Discuss and challenge their ideas.

Curate great content that is relevant.

Do twitters chats, events, interviews, podcasts, webinars, answer questions, run polls.

Be visible.

If you build it, they will come...

Follow-wall something valuable

You got it.

They want it.

They have to follow you to get it.

Pretty simple concept, how you do it is up to you.

follow-wall a resource

The resource could be an ebook, exclusive access to something online, anything.

You can even tell people that they have to follow you so that you can DM them a link to it.

Host a tweetup

Think meetup.

Create a fun meeting for people with similar interests.

You don't need a compelling reason to meet, but if you can find one all the better.

Interested in sports? Do it at a game and get a player to come and meet the group.

(Promise them they'll get some new followers)

tweetup example

Please, no more coffee shops and cake... yawn

(unless that's your thing of course)

Add twitter to your website

Your website is awesome, right?

So let people follow your twitter account with a single click while they are visiting.

You can embed follow buttons, tweets, timelines, or anything.

embed twitter on website

Add a follow button that's visible on every page.

And sprinkle tweets and tweet buttons throughout your posts.

embed twitter buttons on website

Do support via twitter

Guess how many airline twitter accounts I follow?

People will follow you if they need your help.

So offer world-class support via twitter.

amazon support tweet

Be responsive and helpful, and don't sweat it when people are rude.

Haters gonna hate.

Win them over with your kindness.

haters gonna hate meme
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