6 Ways To Build An Engaged Following On Twitter

"6 Ways To Build An Engaged Following On Twitter"

Twitter is a fast moving network of billions of short messages being shared by millions of people.  While it can all seem like a lot of noise and a difficult way to hold anyone’s attention it really can be a powerful way to gain attention and build an engaged following.   There are actually some very simple ways to rise above the noise and build great relationships and get followers on Twitter.

Here are some great ways to build an engaged following on Twitter :

"6 Ways To Build An Engaged Following On Twitter"

1). Tweet things that can be easily ReTweeted by others.  

When you tweet out helpful, funny, educational or entertaining tweets it is very easy to get retweeted.  You can make it even easier for people to retweet you by making sure your tweets are under 110 characters.  A Tweet can only be 140 characters and a Retweet will include your @username along with ‘RT’.  A short Tweet makes it easier to retweet without the person having to edit it.

2). Retweet other people’s content. 

This is a great way to both share interesting content and grab people’s attention.  I have met a lot of great people on Twitter simply by sharing their content or seeing that they shared mine and then starting a conversation.

3). Start Conversations.  

One of my favorite authors says too many people use Twitter as a “dictation rather than a conversation.”  Look for people talking about subjects you like and begin a conversation.  I think that this is one of the best ways to build an engaged following on Twitter.  It is a great way to grab people’s attention and stand out from billions of messages out there.  You can use search.twitter.com to find people talking about any subject you might be interested in and then strike up a friendly conversation. 

4). Engage people with your Direct Message. 

I would say that 9 out of 10 direct messages I see on Twitter are someone trying to send you to their website or sell you something right off the bat.   That is one way for me to completely ignore you.  I think you can easily stand out by simply leading with an engaging conversation in your DM.  Ask your followers a question to get conversation started,  then just keep the conversation going and you will start building an engaged following.

5). Have an interesting bio. 

Nothing screams, “I do not want to engage here” louder than not having a bio and a photo.   If you don’t have a bio and a photo I assume you are on Twitter to promote yourself or your business but have no interest in interacting.  Making you bio interesting, fun and unique and avoid being overly self promotional and that will help you to grab attention. 

6). Customize your background image. 

It is quite a feat to get someone to look at your Twitter profile when you consider there are 175 million users on Twitter.   Your engagement most likely got them to your profile; now make the page as attractive as you can with a nice custom background image.   If you use an image with more information about you or that is related to your niche it will be far more effective than a regular background.  Twitbacks.com is a free tool you can use to create a custom background that will look great.

To build an engaged following on Twitter it is as simple as giving attention and interacting. If you comment on people’s links, Retweet posts, and answer people’s questions, you are going to build a great following of friends and fans. 

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Angela Paige
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4 Comments

  1. Mick Gill says:

    Great Article Angela:)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good article.Very helpful.Thanks

  3. Kimberly says:

    I’m always amazed by the number of people who don’t have a bio on their Twitter profile. I can always go in and look to see what they’re tweeting, but what’s to inspire me to take that extra step? I see this on Google+ too.

  4. Gloria says:

    I am amazed w/ so many people who hide behind the goose egg with no identity what so ever.