8 ways to gain Twitter followers as a blogger

8 ways to gain Twitter followers as a blogger

One of the questions I get asked the most is “how did you get so many Twitter followers in such a short space of time?”  In two months, my twitter followers have gone from 0 to just over 3000. My immediate reaction is to say I have no idea why so many people would want to follow me and read my thoughts. In actual fact, I did – and still do – put a lot of work into gaining Twitter followers. It’s not just about the numbers, either. It’s about having Twitter followers who are engaged with my content and I’m very happy to say that’s what I’ve got. So, here are some tips for you.

1. Twitter Chats lead to Twitter followers

I have said it before, and I will say it again: Twitter chats are an AMAZING way to connect with other bloggers. This is the one thing I strongly encourage everybody to do. There are several to choose from and even participating in 1 or 2 a week can make a difference to you.

So, what is a Twitter chat? Basically, you have a host. They select questions and use a hashtag to share them. Sometimes, the topic is blogging related and other times, it’s something completely different. You reply with your answers and include the same hashtag. You, and the others involved, can use the hashtag to track the conversation. It allows you to find and interact with other bloggers and is a lot of fun. It’s like sitting down for a cup of tea and biscuits to have a natter with a bunch of awesome people.

Twitter chats are usually at the same time each week which is great because it means you can try and find a way to fit it into your schedule. It won’t suddenly be sprung on you and make you feel like you need to juggle everything to take part. You can choose one which works for you and get involved.

They can be a great way to learn new things from those more experienced than you, too. If the topic of the chat is blogging related, you will find that people share some great tips and tricks! This is particularly good if you are just starting out and feeling a bit lost. It helped me to no end during my first few weeks.

Two of my favourites are GRLPOWRCHAT (Tuesdays and Sundays at 9pm) and Bloghour (Tuesdays at 9pm). You can find others here. I haven’t been able to take part in as many chats lately as I would like to, for one reason or another, and I really miss it!

2. Give, give and give some more

Don’t expect everybody else to do the work. If you’re not engaging with others, why should they do it for you? You can’t create a Twitter account and expect everyone to come rushing to you. You need to go out there and find an audience. Use the retweet button and support others. Like their tweets. If they ask a question, try to answer it.

Be careful, though – you need to do these things in a genuine way and don’t expect anything in return. While it did help me along the way, I didn’t do these things and then get annoyed when people didn’t do them back. I did them because I felt compelled to. Don’t just like every tweet you come across it, or start retweeting everyone. Do it because you agree with them, or it made you laugh, or because it touched you in some other way.

3. Stop overthinking

Oh, if only it were that simple, right? I appreciate it’s not. However, one of the things which made a big difference to my life on Twitter was just going for it. I’d follow people first. I’d reply to them if I thought I had something to offer to the conversation. It’s natural to feel reserved about making those first moves but, 9 times out of 10, it will work out well for you. The other times don’t matter. Let them go and keep going forward.

I know I make that sound very simple but I do understand how difficult it is. Start small. Make targets you think you can achieve, even if it’s following one new person a day. For me, it was a giant leap out of my comfort zone, but I knew I needed to do it, so I pushed myself a little bit each day. Even the fact I was taking part in Twitter chats felt strange at first. That’s why I recommend those as a starting point, though – they allow you to express your thoughts and opinions in a conversational way. They also make it easier to strike up a conversation with someone. If you see something they’ve said which you agree with, let them know! It’s a starting point.

I don’t have much practical advice on this one, because I do think it’s something you need to learn yourself, and at a pace which is right for you. Just try and keep in mind that not everyone will reciprocate, but it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you, or that you should stop trying.

4. View people as your friends, not your competition

I know, we are all trying to make it in the online world, be it blogging, vlogging, Instagram or other. However, there’s space for all of us. It might not feel like it all the time, but it’s true. If you come into it thinking that everyone is against you and you need to make a point, it won’t do you any favours. I know there are plenty of quotes out there about chasing your dream, but don’t step on other people along the way.

I love cheering on other bloggers and sharing their work. It makes me so happy when they tell me I’ve made their day. If you come across a blog post which you really love, share it on your social media. Don’t be afraid to shout it from the rooftops when somebody else is creating killer content. It doesn’t make yours worth any less. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with letting other people know they’ve done a great job.

5. Be yourself

This is normally a piece of advice I hate because I never find it much use, but it’s the best way I can put it. Resist the temptation to turn yourself into something you’re not for the sake of gaining support. When I started out, I was tempted to try and fit in. Then I quickly realised it would be exhausting to try and keep that up. This lead me to take a much healthier approach which was just being myself. I didn’t know how it would work out for me so to say I’m surprised by the outcome is an understatement.

You can bring something to your followers which nobody else can: you. It’s the same with the blogging community as a whole. Your thoughts, feelings, opinions and experiences are yours. Of course, people may have some which are similar, but they’re not YOU.

6. A little kindness goes a long way

I think I should have the words “be kind” tattooed across my forehead because I go on about it all the time. If there’s one thing I try my best to do on Twitter, it’s keeping an eye out for anybody who isn’t having the best day. I don’t always have the right words to say, but I’ll let them know I’m sending them positive thoughts, or hoping they’ll feel better soon.

Social media can be a toxic place at times and I think people are pleasantly surprised when somebody genuinely cares. Don’t be afraid to reach out if you see somebody having a crappy day. Sometimes, a few words of encouragement can make a big difference.

7. Know it gets easier

Two things about this one. Firstly, everything I’ve said is a learning process. It’s highly unlikely you’re going to feel comfortable doing it right away but the more you do it, the easier it gets. The more you see results from it, the more it drives you to continue doing it.

Also, as your followers increase, you get seen more. I know I got to 1000 followers pretty quickly by other people’s standards, but it felt much harder to get there than it did to get to 2000. The more people who are liking your tweets, retweeting them and replying to you, the more you will pop up in other people’s timelines. You will still have to work at it, but it seems much easier.

8. Show some appreciation

I have been truly overwhelmed by the support I’ve had, and I’m not afraid to say it. Every time I reach a new milestone, I try and send out a tweet to let my followers know I am thankful for each and every single one of them. It really comes from the heart. I’m well aware that my blog would be nothing without them. I can work as hard as I like but they are the people who read it and help it to grow. There are days when I wake up to incredibly kind responses and it blows me away. It’s made my life better and I will stop at nothing to make sure the people who have done this for me know I thank my lucky stars that they’re in my life.

People have no obligation to support you so if they are doing it anyway, make sure you sing their praises once in a while. I think the second you start taking it for granted, you lose, both respect and probably followers in turn.

So, there you go, that’s how I gained my Twitter followers and I hope you’ve found some useful information to help you, too!

8 ways to gain Twitter followers as a blogger

How are you getting on on Twitter? Do you use it much, or do you prefer a different social media platform? Are you struggling to gain followers, or do you have a growing, engaged audience? Let me know!

88 Comments

  1. 25th June 2018 / 11:21 am

    Great post Ruth! I am amazed at how far you have come in such little time! I love twitter chats, they are so fun, and great at introducing you to new people! Loved your little tips, amazing! xx

    http://zoe-ware.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th June 2018 / 12:23 pm

      Awww, thank you, Zoe! 🙂 x

  2. 25th June 2018 / 11:30 am

    These are such good tips Ruth! I’m so happy to see your blog and following grow – you deserve it!

    Sending you good vibes for a wonderful week love!

    Nati x | http://www.lifeaftercoffeeblog.com | @NAfterCoffee

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th June 2018 / 12:24 pm

      You’re so sweet, Nati, thank you! Have a great week! 🙂 x

  3. 25th June 2018 / 11:38 am

    Great points! As for #3, when I first started out on Twitter I’d also overthink my tweets and start second guessing posting them. This resulted in some getting deleted and others not being posted at all. I guess this also ties into your point of being yourself too. Don’t be shy and say what you want to say. Chances are someone is thinking or feeling similarly!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th June 2018 / 12:25 pm

      It’s such a hard habit to break! I’ve been tempted to delete some of my tweets, too and some of them very nearly didn’t get shared at all, but it’s surprising how many people can relate and respond to some of them! 🙂

  4. Emily
    25th June 2018 / 11:46 am

    This is such a helpful post, Ruth! I didn’t know there were so many twitter chats out there, wow. Really appreciate all the advice. ⭐️

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th June 2018 / 12:25 pm

      I’m so glad you found it helpful! 😀

  5. 25th June 2018 / 12:06 pm

    loved this!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th June 2018 / 12:25 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad 🙂

  6. 25th June 2018 / 1:05 pm

    Great Post! I totally agree with all 8. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been very active on twitter and have boosted my followets.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th June 2018 / 1:07 pm

      Yay, that’s awesome! Well done 🙂

  7. 25th June 2018 / 2:57 pm

    This is a great post! Give,give, give is what I find works best! I haven’t tried twitter chats very much, maybe I’ll give that a go! Thanks for all the great tips!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th June 2018 / 3:35 pm

      You should! It’s fun! Thanks for reading 🙂

  8. Georgia
    25th June 2018 / 3:56 pm

    This is a fab post! I’m definitely going to try and get involved in some twitter chats!!!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th June 2018 / 4:06 pm

      Yay! Hope you enjoy them and find them helpful, lovely.

  9. 25th June 2018 / 4:55 pm

    Amazing advice, as always. 🙂

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th June 2018 / 5:36 pm

      Thank you, lovely. 🙂

  10. 25th June 2018 / 5:29 pm

    I had no idea 💡 there was such a thing as Twitter chats. I’m definitely going ti give that a look. I also need to try the gratitude tweets. Thanks Ruth.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th June 2018 / 5:36 pm

      No problem. Glad I could help!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th June 2018 / 7:49 pm

      Thanks lovely! Hope it helps!

  11. 25th June 2018 / 8:02 pm

    Fantastic suggestions Ruth! You have done so well in such a short space of time. You have always been so kind, warm and friendly to me ☺️ you deserve all the followers and more 💖. Twitter chats are a great suggestion too, I need to check out the ones you mentioned. Thank you for sharing lovely 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th June 2018 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you so much, Bexa! You are a wonderfully supportive member of the blogging community and it’s a pleasure to have crossed paths with you. 💖 Hope you enjoy the Twitter chats! X

  12. 25th June 2018 / 8:12 pm

    So much truth to this post, Ruth! Its impossible to grow an auience if you’re not willing to put in the work and effort it takes to reach your end goals. People want to engage with you because they know you’ll in return support them back, and your kindness goes such a long way! You’re becoming such a staple in the blogging Community because of your kindness, and just know it’s never unnoticed. Keep up the awesome work girl! You are much appreciated.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th June 2018 / 8:48 pm

      Awww what a wonderful comment! Thank you so much, Kayla. You always put such a big smile on my face. ❤️

  13. 25th June 2018 / 8:20 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! I’ve been meaning to grow my Twitter for a while, but had no idea how to start. It seems like there are very few resources out there for bloggers who want to grow their Twitter, so thank you for this!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th June 2018 / 8:48 pm

      No problem at all. I’m glad I could help! Good luck growing your Twitter followers. 💖

  14. 25th June 2018 / 11:27 pm

    I just hit 1000 followers but honestly my views from twitter doesn’t reflect that. Now I just need to figure out that part.

    Great post! I learned a lot.

  15. 25th June 2018 / 11:33 pm

    Great post Ruth. A lot of people will be so grateful for this. Me included. X

  16. 26th June 2018 / 10:13 pm

    Very informative, and spot on. I’ve had Twitter for years, and would only post occasionally. But, once I started blogging I really wanted to connect with fellow bloggers so I dusted the ole’ twitter off. Being active, and reaching out has truly made all the difference. I’ve met so many incredible, and supportive people via Twitter. Lovely post! (:

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      26th June 2018 / 10:22 pm

      Aww, thank you for reading and commenting! I’m glad to hear you’ve been able to connect with supportive people on Twitter – it makes such a difference to the blogging experience! 🙂

  17. 26th June 2018 / 10:29 pm

    I didn’t even think about twitter chats, learn something new everyday. Thanks for sharing

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      27th June 2018 / 9:25 am

      My pleasure! 🙂

  18. 26th June 2018 / 10:32 pm

    Great tips here Ruth! Thank you so much for sharing. I really love that you put so much effort into your Twitter, it’s very inspiring! These tips have given me some goals to put in place for growing my own Twitter and blog following!

    Much love girlie,

    Molly xo
    http://gracetoglowandgo.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      27th June 2018 / 9:25 am

      Awww, yay! Good luck, lovely! Let me know if you need any help along the way 🙂 x

  19. 27th June 2018 / 10:55 am

    “People have no obligation to support you” – Ruth, you are so right. I’m very grateful for anyone who follows me, likes or RTs my posts, comments on my Insta and blog. I try to do the same for others too. We’re all in this together and it’s lovely to see how supportive the community can be! Great tips, thank you for sharing xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      27th June 2018 / 11:23 am

      I think you do a great job of returning the love to other bloggers and showing them the same courtesy! Your comments and tweets always make me smile. Thank you for reading, lovely! 🙂 x

  20. 27th June 2018 / 11:35 am

    I’ve been pretty much lost on the whole of Twitter. I’m still not sure how to make good use of it so your post is a lifesaver! I want to make my Twitter feed a bit more personal & be as supportive as I can! Thank your for this great advice!!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      27th June 2018 / 4:34 pm

      No problem at all! Good luck 🙂

  21. 27th June 2018 / 10:07 pm

    Great post! I do gain followers thanks to some amazing blog friends that never stop sharing my posts but it’s a sloooow rise and if I suddenly get 5 or 10 more then you can be sure that the day after the number is gone down again.. I don’t know why they unfollow and I’m always thinking what did I do wrong.. I know there’s lots of authors who think I’m going to retweet their book purchase links and probably unfollow me too but the rest I have no idea. Anyway, I will try to keep your tips in mind! Thanks!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th June 2018 / 8:28 am

      No problem. I wouldn’t worry too much about it – there is a lot of following then unfollowing around just now, so I imagine it’s nothing personal, just people playing silly games. It’s great to know you have people sharing your posts! The blogging community is the best. 🙂

  22. 28th June 2018 / 9:12 am

    Thanks Ruth, this is a great insight into Twitter success. I have recently started on Twitter and have lots of work ahead of me.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th June 2018 / 10:06 am

      No problem! You can do this!

  23. 28th June 2018 / 12:20 pm

    Thanks for the tips! You sure have come a long way. Keep up the good work! Cheers

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th June 2018 / 1:50 pm

      No problem! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  24. 30th June 2018 / 7:08 pm

    Great post, I agree with every single point! Chats are really awesome. I’ve participated only in GRLPOWR so far, thanks for naming the others 🙂

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      30th June 2018 / 8:53 pm

      No problem! 🙂

  25. 3rd July 2018 / 12:17 pm

    thank you for sharing those tips, i have never been in a twitter discussion and i would love to meet new people as well and connect. i might try this week , joining a twitter chat and i hope i can gain and learn alot of information that will help me in my life

    as always , your blogs are the best and there is no word that can measure the amount of love and support you do for others

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      3rd July 2018 / 1:56 pm

      Aww, thank you very much! I hope you enjoy your Twitter chat if you get to take part in one!

  26. 5th July 2018 / 10:12 pm

    Hello Ruth! Thank you for the detailed post. It was very helpful! I created a Twitter account but wasn’t sure how to use it. 😉
    I appreciate your insights about the groups and look forward to implementing it in my business.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      6th July 2018 / 10:01 am

      My pleasure – I’m glad you found it helpful! Good luck 🙂

  27. 6th July 2018 / 2:38 pm

    Thank you for the tips! I’m trying slowly to rebrand and become more honest and personal instead of being more like a brand. It’s not only more fun for me but people seem to like it too. I learned some new things about Twitter chats. Keep up the great work 🙂 x

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      6th July 2018 / 4:09 pm

      Aww, that’s great! I’m glad your new approach is working for you 🙂

  28. 18th July 2018 / 11:33 pm

    Thank you for the tipssssssss !!! I’m still new to twitter so it’s nice to have found your advice 🙂
    Really helpful!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      19th July 2018 / 12:04 pm

      You are very welcome!

  29. 28th July 2018 / 7:26 pm

    Super awesome content and tips. I’ve learned a lot from the article and I will try some of the suggestions. For instance, reaching out to others who are having a bad day and just encourage them or cheer them up etc
    Keep it up

  30. 1st August 2018 / 7:32 am

    Twitter chats are a lot of fun, and as they are the same time every week, you get to know regulars so you feel like you’re part of a little community. It’s awesome! 😃

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      1st August 2018 / 9:39 am

      That’s so true 🙂

  31. 1st August 2018 / 12:02 pm

    Great content and advice as usual! I’m so happy for you; you are a tremendous asset to the blogging community!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      1st August 2018 / 6:05 pm

      You’re the sweetest. ❤️

  32. 1st August 2018 / 4:28 pm

    Great Post Ruth! I love the blog chats, they are so much fun. I really love your advice about how we shouldn’t look at other bloggers as competition. We are all different and while some of us create content under the same genre, it isn’t the same content. We all bring our own dish to the picnic and we really should all encourage each other.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      1st August 2018 / 6:04 pm

      Very well said 😄

  33. 1st August 2018 / 5:21 pm

    Great tips! I was actually wondering how you gained so many followers so fast! People are drawn to you!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      1st August 2018 / 6:02 pm

      Now you know! 😉 Thank you.

  34. 9th August 2018 / 2:19 am

    Thanks for this great post, Ruth. I’ve gotta figure out Twitter chats. 😀

  35. 11th August 2018 / 12:13 pm

    100% agree with this all Ruth. Good on you for keeping it real.

    We can’t be everything to all men. So we got to be ourselves.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th August 2018 / 9:38 am

      Exactly! 😀

  36. 20th August 2018 / 11:47 am

    thank you for this just managed to read it between breakie/getting kids moving & piano practice. It resonates with me a lot I think I do a lot of your suggestions although I’m a bit haphazard at the moment with kids being off. I’ve found mostly found genuine people to connect with so far & have made some great friendships along the way!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      20th August 2018 / 12:03 pm

      Glad to hear you’re making some great friends on your journey! Keep up the great work 😀

  37. 4th September 2018 / 6:54 am

    very helpful article. such a great blog.

  38. 12th September 2018 / 10:17 pm

    There are some great tips here, Ruth. Thanks for reminding me about Twitter chats. I may just check those two out! 🙂

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th September 2018 / 5:57 pm

      No problem at all! Thank you for reading!

  39. 13th September 2018 / 5:59 am

    Thank you for these tips. Two things I can start doing are participating in Twitter chats and posting Follow Fridays. I really do hope it gets easier to be an active participant on Twitter.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th September 2018 / 5:58 pm

      No problem at all! It does get easier, I promise!

  40. 13th September 2018 / 1:31 pm

    Your timing on this is good. I just finished writing something similar to this post over the weekend. The one thing I haven’t done yet is a Twitter Chat. That’s something I’d like to do at some point. The rest of your points are spot on. You definitely get more back in return when you reciprocate and give back to others!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th September 2018 / 5:59 pm

      Oh, I would be interested to see your take on it! Thank you for reading and commenting!

  41. 16th September 2018 / 7:43 am

    Love this!!! I’ve justjoined twitter and Pinterest and so far I want to stab the little blue bird with the damn red pin!!!!

    But finding so many great blogs like this one has helped ease me into it a little better x

  42. 21st September 2018 / 1:14 pm

    I am in a love hate with twitter! I will reach 6,000 and then fall back to 5600 then back up then fall back! I think I need to take your advice and engage more. Make more of a presence. Support! Thanks for this reminder. #blogcrush

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      21st September 2018 / 6:23 pm

      You’re welcome! Good luck! 😀

  43. 24th September 2018 / 9:51 am

    Pinning this! 🙂 #BlogCrush

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th September 2018 / 10:25 am

      Thank you!

  44. 26th September 2018 / 12:35 pm

    I really struggle with twitter. I used to love it but I fell out of love with it and now struggle to find people to chat to. I really should make more of an effort on there #blogcrush

  45. 27th September 2018 / 10:05 am

    Great tips !! I do love Twitter . I especially like your ‘be kind’ ethos . Whether that’s sharing a blog post that you’ve read or trying to pick someone up who is having a bad day. Someone has obviously been following your tips and added this post as a fave to our #BlogCrush linky . Congratulations!!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th September 2018 / 8:06 pm

      Awww, how wonderful!! Thank you 😀

  46. 6th October 2018 / 11:38 am

    I always try to leave a like or comment so they know I’ve been there, hoping people do the same for me. I will be reading more of your blogs. Very interesting

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      8th October 2018 / 3:37 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  47. 15th October 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Thanks Ruth! I have not been able to participate in any Twitter chats, because it has been difficult to find one that doesn’t interfere with my work schedule. After reading this piece, I think I will renew my efforts. I’ve found a great way to grow my Twitter followers is to search on hashtags relevant to my blog, such as #happiness, #positivevibes, etc. I often find people who are clearly kindred spirits. Usually, almost as soon as I follow them and they check me out, a follow back shows up. And if not, no biggee, I’ve found someone who I want to get to know.
    Thanks for another great post!
    Joan
    My Best Friend Adeline
    http://kindness-compassion-and-coaching.com

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