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How to Politely Promote with Twitter and Increase Your Twitter Followers

Updated on July 21, 2010

Twitter isn’t for Everybody

Before jumping in, if you’re not trying to promote yourself or your business and don’t have a lot of real-life friends who are Twitter then it can quickly become nothing more than a stream of irrelevant information. You will not use and your twitter account will be useless

For the average person there is little to no benefit at all to have a Twitter account. However those who are tech savy and understand that twitter and social media is quickly becoming the fastest way to get news.

Twitter Bird

Starting with Twitter

The first thing that you need to do is have your own twitter account, this guide to set up your first twitter account is very helpful, Once you have that we can start to get followers by offering you content. I always try to provide useful content to my followers; my twitter account is set up to post new hubpages I post and new blog posts as well. This form of self promotion makes me keep my content relevant; the odd post on the weekend may be ablaut where I am working at the moment. One thing I find useful is to read what you re-tweet that way if you feel your followers will benefit from it you can again provide great content.

Before you start to gather follower or start any promotion, make sure to write twenty tweets to fill out your first page, space them out by at least 15-20 minutes apart from each one. Once that’s done continue to tweet every day or every other day, I tend to tweet 4-5 times at max for a week. I only want to provide useful content, these are tweets in addition to my blog post and hub page posts.

What is a Twitter Hashtag?

The twitter hashtag is a method to categorize Tweets around a particular subject. Simply put, these are tags that help those who are looking for similar content discovered by Tweets. According to the official source:

“Hashtags are a community-driven convention for adding additional context and metadata to your tweets. They’re like tags on Flickr, only added inline to your post. You create a hashtag simply by prefixing a word with a hash symbol: #hashtag.”

Hashtags Have always been popular despite the fact there are people who would prefer their streams to be person to person rather then tagged up.


Five Ways to Increase Your Twitter Followers

    1. Fill out your bio page in full. Your latest tweets and @replies don’t go as far when someone doesn’t know you. Your bio page is the first place you have that tells people who you are. Twitter is social just like Facebook and follower’s like to know about you
    2. Link to your twitter feed. Putting links to your Twitter profile or feed. Link it on your blog, Hubpage profile, Facebook, , email signatures, there are a lot of places to fit that link.
    3. Tweet about relevant subjects to your work and #hash tag them. Quality content coupled with an easy means to find it never fails. The easier it is for your followers to find information the better
    4. Start a contest. If you had an Ipad and wanted to use it you can offer it in a contest. Once word get’s out you’ll see and immediate increase in your followers.
    5. Follow top twitter users and see what they tweet. Pay attention to the type of content they tweet and how they interact with their followers.

Using Twitter Search to Find Tweeps that are Like-minded

With the addition of using the search function in twitter you can easily find people in your field or niche. This way your followers are more topic oriented and you can offer relevant tweets. The best method of using the Search function follows:

1) Find the Search Link at the bottom of the Twitter home page

2) The Twitter Search Page will appear in a new window or tab

2) Type in the subject or topic you are interested in following

3) A page will appear that has shows posts using that keyword phrase

4) Click on the people who posted and following them.

This will help build a niche oriented list that will provide useful information and offer a way to communicate your content effectively

Will you Benefit from using Twitter

Twitter is fast becoming the medium of choice to spread information quickly to numerous people. Business owners who become more comfortable using Twitter will benefit from the instant word of mouth marketing Twitter provides as it will become invaluable.

If so, Add me @mcconnellgrp


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    • cookibuq profile image

      cookibuq 7 years ago from Ireland / Hong Kong

      I had a twitter before but didnt work well for hoping to set up one soon and will definitely take your advice. Thanks for the post (:

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      Esrom Aritonang 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Nice info. I will sign up Twitter soon to promote my hub. Thanks

    • N.E. Wright profile image

      N.E. Wright 7 years ago from Bronx, NY


      I have to print this Hub, because it is really helpful. I do have a twitter account but I have not used it in over a year.

      Thanks to you I will get back on it before this week is out.

      Great advice.

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      John B Badd 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Great hub and timing. I created my twitter account the other night after signing up for 10 diffrent backlink sites for self promotion. Thanks for the adivice on hashtags I am not using them. I can be found on twitter here

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      djbraman 7 years ago

      Good article to explain how tweeter works, its a quick news source that is highly popular. I pretty much do the same as you posting several times a week! Consistency is important!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Useful information, clearly explained. Thanks

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      jasoncox83 7 years ago from Ohio

      Twitter can be useful, just do not cross the line and spam links or you will do more harm than good. Also remember that from an SEO standpoint, Twitter is a NOFOLLOW on links, so Google will not index those links to your pages. Other than that well written.

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      Shawn McCconnell 7 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      That's why it's here Jess, I am glad this will help

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      Lifeallstar1 7 years ago

      This is very useful. Do you mind if I print it out so it's easier to go through the steps? I'm very glad I found this article. This is extremely helpful. Thank you!! Jess

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      Dame Scribe 7 years ago from Canada

      I agree on the importance of tweeting helpful content to your followers. I immensely enjoy that and seeing new followers because I do this practice. Great info!

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      I have a twitter account and send out a tweet every now and then, but feel pretty clueless as to the value. This hub is helpful, thanks for the advice!