If you’re new to Twitter, you may be doing what most people do when they realize they need to put together their own network by hand: Follow a lot of people, and hope some of them follow you back. If this is where you are, here’s a suggestion that will help you get more followers.
First, every time you go out to follow more people, first write five incredible tweets. They should be about you, but interesting. They can be links to funny videos, news stories, some outlandish opinion, or a RT of something great you found from some one else. Just make sure there’s five, and that they come close to defining who you are.
You want to do this because, when you follow someone, they will see this and look at your Twitter page in response. If they like what they see, they’ll follow you – which is the whole point of all this work you’ve been doing.
When they get to your Twitter page, if all they see are links to your blog, or posts submitted automatically by a feed or API, they will think, “this person is not interesting enough to follow. I’m moving on.” After that, you’re likely to never see them again.
You could unfollow them, and then refollow them so they get another notification and come look at you, but that’s obnoxious. It’s also likely to get this person to block you permanently from their account. They won’t see or hear from you on Twitter, and if you get enough of these Twitter will suspend your account.
So instead, just write funny, interesting, engaging, sticky posts, then go to Twellow.com or other Twitter users’ followers to find people. When they see that you post often, and that what you post is worth reading, you stand a much better chance of adding them to your little circle.