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.

Q&A: Finding Profitable Niches, Twitter, Beating Google Slaps

Thanks again for all the questions that were submitted.

This week we’ll cover a wide range of topics, so let’s get into them…

1. How do I find a hot profitable niche?

When looking around for a new niche to enter, you might find that it’s either too crowded or not crowded enough.

By this I mean there is either a lot of competition in that niche or the niche is too small it seems unprofitable.

So how do you find the “perfect” niche?

Well for starters, your niche choice should be related to something you’re interested in.

You don’t have to be an expert, but some basic knowledge helps. You don’t need to be super passionate about it, but you must at least be able to ‘get into it’ a little.

I know from experience that when I started a niche blog I had zero interest in, like “water powered cars”, I didn’t have the drive to keep going with it.

That water power car blog made me about 20c in Adsense revenue the whole 1 year I had the domain registered. You can probably guess I didn’t renew it for a second year.

Next, after you look at all the potential niches you are interested in, weed out the ones that are not targeting buyers – and I mean real buyers, desperate buyers.

Hobbies are OK niches e.g. model trains, radio control toys, but they tend to have more dreamers n them than buyers.

When you look at a niche where people are having major problems that need an urgent fix, you are looking at potential gold mines.

Then, when you have got your buyers niche, check out the competition. Chances are that there will be some strong competition.. at first sight.

BUT… don’t let that scare you off.

This is a good sign for one reason.. competition means there is money being made.

If you find a niche you think could be goldmine but find there is no competition, run the other way. No competition means no money.

The reason why you shsouldn’t be scared is because the niche is probably big enough that there are untapped keywords and angles that are open for the taking.

Keyword research will play a big part here to find those cracks where you can slip in for your share of the profits.

Then it’s just a matter of setting up your lead capture page/blog/sales page website(s) and targeting your corner and those low-competition keywords to drive traffic.

You probably won’t see your bank fill up overnight, so don’t chuck it in thinking your niche choice is rubbish.

Stick with it (that’s why you choose a niche you have interest in;). Keep at it getting backlinks, submitting articles, trading links with other bloggers etc.

Your traffic will increase and your sales will increase with it.

With Twitter, do I need to use a separate account for each niche/business?

Yes. “Branding” is a huge key factor to success in business. Your website name, your twitter name, are brands that you want your audience to remember.

So if you have a website about yachting and another about real estate, you’d want to have separate Twitter accounts for each business.

Tools like Tweetdeck let you manage multiple accounts from the one control panel so it’s actually not too hard to do.

How do I beat the latest Google slap?

Seems everyone is talking about the latest Google slap and sharing their 2 cents on the topic. So I will too… 😉

The news is that Google changes their algorithms once again which left screwed up SERPS (search engine results page rankings) for content farm sites like EzineArticles.com, Squidoo.com and auto-blog sites that had duplicate content, weakly linked sites.. blah blah blah…

90% of my traffic does NOT come from Google so this doesn’t affect me directly. But I know many of you have articles submitted to directories and on Squidoo etc.

So here are a few quick tips so you can avoid any future Google’s beat downs…

Think Quality! Quality sites, quality content, quality backlinks.

Basically, all the free, cheap, quick, easy ways to get backlinks and content (e.g. article spinners) are going to affect your quality.

Google’s goal is to provide quality sites to their searchers, so if yours is a low quality site, it’s time to rethink your game plan or you’ll have a hard time making page 1.

One thing I heard lately about building quality backlinks is to get links to pages other than your home page. Spread them out over your site.

Most people just get links to their main domain e.g. http://www.site.com whereas if you’ve got other pages on your site, you should get links to them too.e.g. http://www.site.com/thispage.html

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Well, thanks for tuning in to this week’s Q&A post. I hope these lessons can help you move forward for better results.

Think big, talk big, walk big!

To your success,
Stu “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. Remember, if you have any questions that are stopping you from getting to where you want to be in your biz, hit the big red button below and ask away!

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

Stu Sensei Says: Get Tweetdeck

Tweetdeck is a free  multiple social site profile management application (say that fast 10 times) which I came across a while ago and one that I’m going to be using for a long time to come because it just keeps getting better and better.

Originally, Tweetdeck was designed with Twitter in mind and was only a desktop app, but has come a very long way. You can now manage your Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Buzz, Foursquare, and Myspace profiles from the one apllication.

And did I mention it now has many different applications for PC, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad?

When it was new, I wanted to use it for my Twitter account and had it for my desktop.

I like using Twitter but I didn’t like using the Twitter.com site for a few reasons. Them being, the Twitter home page would scroll very sloooooowwwwly, and I when I wanted to unfollow someone, I had to go to that user’s page and then click on “unfollow”.

Tweetdeck solves those problems and provides me with even more eye-popping features.

The best features being…

– I can see the main news feed, my mentions, my direct messages and my Facebook news feed all on the one screen.

– I can follow and unfollow anyone without going to their profile page (although Twitter.com lets you do that now too).

– I can retweet, reply, send a direct message to a user in a click or two.

– I can schedule Tweets (love this one).

– I can upload pics, videos and record a video with your webcam and Tweet it right away.

– I can manage/tweet from multiple Twitter accounts by switching them on/off.

There are more like, auto url shrinking, TweetShrinking, translation, see recent hash tags you’ve used and more.

I’ve probably forgotten many but I think you get the gist of it.

The best thing is it’s free and like I said, it keeps getting better. It’s fast and light on your computer.

If you use Twitter and/or other social networking sites and want a central control panel, you can’t beat Tweetdeck. I give it double thumbs up.

You can download TweetDeck here for free.

And by the way, if you’re on Twitter, please follow me! Here’s my Twitter profile: http://www.twitter.com/StuartStirling

Enjoy and have a great day!

Stu “Senei” Stirling

p.s. What do you think of Tweetdeck?

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