How to Get Your Target Market to Follow You on Twitter. For FREE!

OK – in my last training I went over what EVERY one’s very first step should be. If you missed if you can check it out

http://indieauthoranonymous.com/?p=126

Now I am going to touch on one of the more popular social networks. Twitter.

Most people have a love/hate relationship with Twitter. You either REALLY love it, or you think it is a pointless cesspool of crap.
There really is no *in between* like there is with FaceBook (I’ll be going over FaceBook training next).

Now, there are a few tricks to getting the most out of your twittering experience . You don’t want to give up on Twitter, because it is waaaaaaay easier to get a following on twitter than it is on FaceBook.

I think there is a saying that goes something like:

“If a stranger follows you on FaceBook you feel freaked out, if a stranger follows you on Twitter you’re like HECK YEAH!”

Maybe not that exactly, but you get the point =)

The trick is to KNOW who to follow. Fellow authors and spam bots will follow YOU no problem.
You can sign up for something like Twiends.com and get a bunch of follows in a few days (for free) and maybe you want to do that for some follow *padding* to make you look more legitimate.

Totally up to you.

However, in the end you need some TARGETED followers.

What is your target market? READERS.

So what do you do to find these illusive readers?

Make sure you are sitting down for this – it’s going to BLOW YOU away in its simplicity.

Go to big name authors.

J.K Rowling, Stephanie Meyer, Danielle Steel, etc.

They all have thousands and thousands of followers.

Why would people follow them? Oh, right. Because they liked their BOOKS!

If you are in a certain genre, just google who the most popular authors are in your genre, see if they are on Twitter and go FOLLOW their followers!

These followers may or may not follow you back. Usually they are only following 10-100 people and have even less followers.

Guess what that means for you?
If they DO follow you back, your tweets are not going to be DROWNED in their feed. YAY!

I, personally,  don’t “cherry pick” my sales. Some people don’t follow “egg” (no picture) profiles but I do. You never know, they might follow you back and buy every book you wrote. Be your “golden egg” 😛

I have been in sales waaaaay to long and know you definitely can’t judge a book by it’s cover.

Ok, so follow the readers! Hope they follow you back!

But wait………what if they don’t?

This is what I do.
On Monday, and Tuesday I follow the readers.
On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I wait to see who will follow me back (remember, these people might not get on twitter every day)
On Saturday and Sunday I unfollow the people who haven’t followed me back.

There is an easy way to do this, I use:

http://www.tweepdash.com

Or you can google “How to find people who don’t follow me back on twitter” and there are a bunch of options.

Now, as you can tell, this isn’t something that is going to happen overnight. But if you do it consistently you will eventually have a very large following of readers.

NOW, THE NEXT TRICK.

I know MOST of you know this already, but for those of you who don’t, or have never used twitter,  I am just going to go over it quickly.

YOU NEED TO SHOW SOME TWEET LOVE.

Go through your feed sometime. See something cool? Retweet it.

Someone say something that you can respond to?
Like “I’m so happy it’s Friday!” Then respond and say “ME TOO!”

When you pay attention to someone, they will pay attention back.

“Who just responded to me? Hmmm, they write? Interesting, I am going to have to keep an eye on this person.”

Seriously, you get out of social media what you put into it. If you go to twitter and tweet about ME ME ME ME ME all day than the only one who is you to care is YOU YOU YOU 😀

(I forgot an important piece to the puzzle, here it is)
http://indieauthoranonymous.com/?p=206

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7 Responses to How to Get Your Target Market to Follow You on Twitter. For FREE!

  1. These sound like some great ideas!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing these tips. So simple and yet they have the promise to be so effective. Thank you!

  3. I have 19,000+ followers, and they’re (mostly) real people who share my interests in reading, writing, horror and fantasy. 19,000 weird and wonderful writers!

    They’re a 100% targeted audience (which makes them a rare quality platform on Twitter) and they’re interesting people to listen to and interact with.

    There are ways to get great following/follower arrangements on Twitter.

    But I wouldn’t second your recommendation of Twiends. In my experience, that’s… well… a waste of time.

    A better way is to visit public lists on Twitter, the ones with people who share your interests. Follow everyone on that list; many will follow you back. Pay special attention to lists which include you: those probably include other similar people.

    I never auto-follow. Auto-follow arrangements just lead to junk followings, masses of irrelevant tweets cluttering my timeline, loads of spam, and bots.

    I hand-pick whom I follow back – that’s anyone who mentions reading, writing, publishing or a similar word in their profile. The rest, I just ignore. Most of the rest are bots anyway, programmed to go away if I don’t followback within a month.

    If anyone wants to follow me, I’m @raynehall and I’ll follow you back if you read or write.

    • Sounds like you have a great following!

      I actually don’t use Twiends either, but if someone else wants to that’s great! 😛 I am just here to get the information out there!

      Thanks for all the great suggestions! If I wasn’t your friend already I would be off to go follow you!

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