How to Build a Twitter Audience Quickly
You might recall that last weekend I set up a new HorrorRTG twitter account to supplement the existing HorrorRetweet one. In just a week it’s already up to 125 followers and nearly all are horror people. That’ll be 6,500 a year and that doesn’t take into account that accounts grow more quickly once they get larger.
Here’s how I did that.
START SLOW. If you start too quickly, Twitter will think you’re a spammer. So as much as you might be excited, in the beginning days of a new account, start slowly.
Each day, search on a hashtag related to your genre. In this case, #horror. I sorted posts by LATEST (not most popular). For the 10 most recent posts that made sense, I retweeted them, liked them, and followed the person. Nearly every single person then immediately followed me back, since they saw I was also a person in their genre. Because I sorted by most recent posts, I knew it was likely they were still online to see my action.
Each day I also made a post of my own, making sure to use a catchy short description, three hashtags relating to my topic area, and an image. Images in Twitter are always horizontal. Ideally they are 1024×512. Those then get seen and retweeted by others, which helps me get found.
This type of basic activity should take maybe 10 minutes at the most, and it adds up very quickly. If you have a folder on your hard drive where you save your images along with a text file with your commonly posted text, you can just cut and paste them, maybe making a small tweak before putting it live.
I just today began a new RomanticRTG Twitter account and I expect by next week to have over 100 followers. So it builds that quickly if you just put in a tiny bit of time each day.
Ask with any questions!