How To Get Targeted Twitter Followers

You’ve probably already jumped onto the Twitter wagon by now but may be struggling with how to get a decent amount of followers.

There are a lot of services out there that promise to deliver hundreds or even thousands of followers to your account, but are those followers targeted?

Are they real people who are interested in your business? Are they going to stop and read your tweets and click on links you share with them?

You probably already know the answer.

Get more twitter followers

Twitter followers are just like any other leads or prospects.

If they are interested in what you have to say or sell, then your conversion or subscriber rates will be high.

If they are just a group of random people who have never heard of you before then your conversion and subscriber rates will be dismal.

Twitter should be used not as a megaphone to shout to random passers-by, but as a soap box you use to address your loyal fans.

So how do you get targeted followers?

The easiest way is by reaching out to people in the ways that you normally do, but then adding a call to action for them to follow you on Twitter.

If you have an email list, a blog, or a Facebook fan page then you can use it to announce your Twitter profile and start gathering followers.

These people are already following you in one medium so it should be easy to nudge them into another.

You’ll find that they will often jump at the chance to follow you in as many channels as they can.

If you are a regular member of a forum for your particular niche, then it’s a good idea to add your Twitter information to your forum profile and, if the forum allows it, your forum signature.

Every time you make a valuable contribution to the forum, people will see you Twitter link and may choose to follow you.

This method puts your Twitter profile page right in front of people you want to target the most: people who already know who you are and who are highly interested in your niche.

Forums are where the most hardcore members of any niche hang out, so getting one of them as a follower gives you a highly targeted lead.

Another great strategy of course is to just use your Twitter feed responsibly. Don’t tweet every last thing you do, only use your tweets to share something useful.

This gives you a good chance of getting a “re-tweet”.

A re-tweet is simply when one of your followers shares your tweet with his followers. This instantly increases your exposure and gives you a good chance of picking up more followers.

As with everything else, the more you give the more you will get.

Attract followers by making your twitter feed something people will WANT to follow.

Everyone has a twitter account now, so adding you to their list is nothing new or special anymore. You have to earn their following and keep earning it tweet after tweet.

Try using your feed mostly to distribute “exclusive” free tips or links to free, funny and/or helpful stuff you find.

This is a great way to build follower loyalty AND to get re-tweets.

Naturally, the same thing goes for all type of social media like Facebook, Youtube and LinkedIn etc.

The more value you can put out there, the more people will “like” your stuff and share it.

Stuart StirlingTo your success,

Stu Sensei

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p.s. Have any other great ideas for catching and keeping loyal, targeted Twitter followers? Share them in the comments section.

Challenge: Get 1000 Likes On My Facebook Page

If you go to my Facebook page, you’ll see I only have 633 likes at time of writing this.

My goal is to reach 1000 ‘real’ fans by the end of June 2011.

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‘Click to Like It!’

And by real fans, I mean ‘real’ people who have chosen to follow me.

See, anyone can do the sneaky practice of buying facebook fans. Heck, you could have a million facebook fans if you just went out and bought all of them (hint: fiverr.com)..

But the unfortunate thing is that if you buy fans like that, what are they going to be worth to you?

They are not going to be people who know you, trust you or even really like you. They will just be a number. But if that’s all you care about, then go for it.

But if you do care and want a fan base of real people who know you, trust you and have an interest in what you’re sharing, then it will be much more beneficial for your business and time.

So as I said, at this point in time, my fan page has only 633 likes.

I need to get 367 more likes to reach my goal.

There are 15 days left in June so that means I need 24 likes a day.

So how am I going to go about it?

I have a few ideas..

  • First, I’ll be posting lots of good content to my facebook fan page and also to my regular profile pointing them to my fan page.
  • I’ll also be using Twitter too.. as I have a lot of followers there who can help the viral swing of things.
  • In all my emails I send to my subscribers, I’ll add a link to my facebook fan page.
  • I’m thinking of running a competition where winners will get something free.. a permanent link from my blog or thankyou page or a promotion of your product to my list etc.
  • I’ll do these things for a little while and if it’s looking like I won’t reach 1000 fans, I’ll have to pull out the big guns and incorporate some kind of funky FB script!

Well, I’d better get crackin!

Check back here for updates on this challenge. And if you have any advice, please share it with me!

Stu StirlingStu Sensei

p.s. Please go visit and like my FB page if you haven’t already. I’ll be sharing some awesome free content on there over the next couple of weeks. And when I reach 1000, I’ll be giving away something special to my fans as a special treat.

Stu Sensei’s Facebook Fan Page

It’s finally here!

My official Facebook fan page!

(cue applause and fireworks…)

Anyway…. I’d love you to check it out and please make sure when you go there, to click on the “Like” button and you can stay up to date with my latest tips, free stuff and special offers on Facebook!

Up until now I was only using a regular personal Facebook account to stay in touch with all of you, but I’d always wanted a fan page but didn’t seem to get around to it until a few days ago.

Mind you, it is still a work in progress but I’m excited to play around with it and make it the coolest page to stay updated and learn IM.

There isn’t a lot of stuff on there right now but there are some links to articles and some funny photos I think you’ll get a kick out of 😉

And I will be adding a lot more cool, helpful content there on a regular basis so please make sure you click the “Like” button and invite your friends to stay in the loop.

Thanks in advance and see you there!

Go to Stu Sensei’s Facebook fan page>>>

Stu “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. Have you got a fan page for your business yet? If not, I recommend you get one. It’s easier than you probably think and it’s pretty fun too.

Twitter Virus And WP To Twitter Problems?

Poor Twitter! While many users may complain and carry on about how crap and unreliable Twitter is, I feel sorry for the guys trying run it, or a better way to say it might be “stay on top” of it.

At the beginning of the month (September 2010), Twitter made some changes to it’s API function – meaning that 3rd party applications that didn’t make adjustments would stop working.

So if you were wondering why your WP blog plugins like Twitter tools or WP to Twitter stopped sending tweets automatically, that’s why. I guess they are getting sick of automated syndication clogging up their site.

And if getting that sorted wasn’t enough to deal with, just today when I logged in to Twitter’s web interface, I was struck by the nasty Twitter exploit/hack/virus thing that posts a strange string of hyper-linked gibberish to your twitter automatically.

Apparently, your account can be “infected” and over-run by this virus thing just by mousing over the link that it has injected into one of your followee’s tweet.

As far as I know, there is not a threat to your account or PC…thank goodness!

News just in: Twitter tells us this morning’s security vulnerability has been “fully patched and is no longer exploitable” – thanks to http://twitter.com/mashable

But can you imagine the guys at Twitter trying to catch that thing? What a webmaster’s nightmare!

So what can you do to keep using Twitter to help automate your business and use it with peace of mind?

I have been using Twitter Feed to post blog updates to Twitter automatically for a while and just changed over a couple more blogs to it today. They use RSS feeds from the blogs instead of the API system. It still works (for now) so try it out – it’s free and works like a charm.

And to avoid Twitter hackers hi-jacking your account, it’s recommended to use 3rd party applications like Tweet Deck or Hootsuite. With these apps, you can manage your Twitter and other social site profiles easily while keeping the viruses and attacks out.

All the best,

Stu “Sensei” Stirling

3 Social Marketing Tips for Internet Marketers

i love to shareAs internet marketers, we are constantly looking for ways to increase our website traffic but we should also be striving to increase our following….which will increase our traffic in the long run anyway 🙂

The most successful marketers have a following, a crowd of raving fans who drop everything to hear what they have to say and buy anything they recommend.

Social marketing comes plays a massive role in building a loyal following and a reputation. The ability to make friends and share content with ease in real time lets people see what kind of people we really are.

My favorites are Facebook and Twitter – feel free to add me as your friend and follow me. Youtube is great too but I don’t have too many videos to share at the moment. That’s something I want to work on in the near future.

Using social media like Facebook is a great tool to build a good reputation if you do it right, but you can damage your reputation if you aren’t careful and abuse the power of being able to “share” content and links at any time to a crowd of potential customers.

Here are a few basic rules to follow when using social marketing to build your following and NOT piss people off.

1. Be human….not a spammy robot. You probably want to make money fast and posting heartless ad after ad seems like the logical way, but it is not the way to reach people. People can see straight through ads and will shun you instantly. Instead, show people that you are real.

2. Use it to build your brand.
Like my previous post where I talked about using a personal blog to brand you or your company, your social profiles are branding tools too. If you’re always posting junk you will quickly become known as someone who posts junk…and soon no one will bother to look at your stuff. How you act and what you post reflects you and your brand, so use social media to strengthen it.

3. 90% fun, 10% business. The whole idea with social media IMO is to have fun….even if we are using it for our business. It’s there so we can share what we are doing and see what others are doing in real life. The reality is that no one wants to see ALL ads..they want to see what we are doing with our life. You’ll attract many more eyeballs to a picture of your microwave dinner than to a spammy link.

I think a good ratio is 90/10. So for 9 times out of 10, upload photos, post related quotes, (clean…unless you can afford to post dirty) jokes, popular news trends, helpful selfless info and the BIGGEST one, make conversation with others. Sure throw in a link to a product or your website here and there, but keep them moderate.

Like this post? Leave a comment below! Or share any more tips you have about how to use social marketing for internet business.

Cheers,
Stuart Stirling