0 – 4000 in a Snap! How to Build a Quality Twitter Following FAST

If you’re an author (or anyone else!) learning the social media ropes, your goal is probably to build alliances, draw readership to your blog and/or grow interest in your book. The pros tell us creating a twitter following is one of the best ways to drive blog traffic, and, hopefully, gain respect. So here you are. You have a twitter handle, bio and photo, and understand how to tweet and check @mentions and retweets. What next? Time to build a serious twitter following.

(Be sure to read my latest Twitter Tips post as well!)

When I fired up my twitter account, defining a purpose was easy. Figuring out how to grow a following was mind-boggling. Since then, I’ve found that having a simple, manageable process in place designed to increase my twitter presence has positively affected my success. Yes, it takes time, but if you make a plan and stick to it, the rewards will be evident soon enough!

Different philosophies exist, and I often see tweeps discussing their desire to limit follows to people they’re familiar with. I don’t believe this approach will result in the level of promotion a new author or blogger requires. The truth is, by the time you have a few hundred followers you can’t easily pick tweets out of the melee, anyhow.

It’s easier to rely on other methods to keep track of fellow tweeters. Twitter is all about building a mutual, interactive network, and you need to be an active supporter to be a valuable part of your team. It’s much easier to use LISTS (more later) to keep close tabs on your favorites. Don’t let the fear you might lose track of people hold you back. Build your twitter platform NOW!

How I created a quality Twitter following – FAST!
Here’s my story: In early March, 2011, I had a brand-new blog and my debut novel was nearly ready to send off to an editor. My intention was to create a platform to promote my book, Mark of the Loon, by growing online readership and cementing twitter relationships with other authors and pros who would hopefully help me learn the mysteries of book publishing and promotion.

To get up to speed, I learned twitter basics by reading reference material (like Publishing Talk’s Twitter Cheat Sheet) and sending a few dozen tweets, but mainly observed. When I felt confident, I got serious and began to follow active tweeters in earnest, setting a goal to follow 25 people daily. I looked for readers and fellow writers, authors, novelists, bloggers and book reviewers. I assumed these would be the most likely to support authors like myself. (Resources like Tweetadder will automate this process for you, but I prefer to do it “by hand.”)

I kept track by turning on notifications to be emailed every time someone follows, and every morning I checked messages without fail, reviewed new tweep’s feeds, and followed back those who are actively interacting, except those listed below, and minus businesses, porn stars and search bots. (Illustrated by my followers vs. following numbers.)

How to find Twitter friends to follow
To find potential tweeps to follow, I viewed other author’s followers, checked out hashtags, reviewed public author’s lists, and followed twitter’s suggestions of “people similar to me.” I read every potential follower’s tweet feed to be sure they were interacting positively with others, and I followed them when I liked what I saw.

My intention is NOT to point the finger, offend, or disrespect anyone. Tweeps have different reasons for being on twitter, mine is to talk with real people who have the same goals I do! I made a decision not to follow:

• Tweeps who do not interact with others at all (no @mentions in their feed), and who only tweet quotes, statements, or links to business promotions
• Tweeps who are inactive, have not tweeted recently and/or don’t tweet regularly
• Tweeps with a massive list of followers, as I’m not sure they can really interact (exception! Paul Dorset at 55,000 followers – check out his blog: How to build a brand on Twitter)
• Tweeps who tweet about being “unfollowed” or dissed by someone
• Tweeps who don’t tweet in English
• Tweeps with a list of followers much, much higher than they number they’re following.  They probably won’t follow back, or they’ll follow for a day, then unfollow, a plan people sometimes adhere to when the agenda is to drive up numbers.

Take your time building your Twitter platform!
You may appear unpopular if you’re following 1500 people and only have 100 followers. You can avoid this by being patient and following slowly (hence my figure of 25 a day). Also, Twitter doesn’t like it when you try to follow too many all at once. (Review Twitter’s Follow Limits)

I soon discovered that those interested in following back would do so within a week to 10 days, with few exceptions. So I signed up for justunfollow.com and began to unfollow people who opted not to follow me back, 25 at a time, a couple of times a week. (Currently, free users can unfollow up to 50 users per day) Of course, I allowed a lead time of about 10 days for folks to follow if they had a mind to. (I no longer need this service every week, and you’ll get to that point, as well.)

Unfollowing people who aren’t interested in your message (without judgment!) keeps your figures close re: the percentage of people you are following vs. the number of tweeps following you. Once you get to 2,000, twitter limits the amount of people it allows you to follow – IF you’re following way more than are following you. So best to keep your numbers close right from the beginning. Reminder: There are so many reasons why people don’t follow back, and none of them are personal, so do NOT focus on this, it’s irrelevant!

Important point: GIVE before you expect a big payback
To grow a quality following
, you must interact with a percentage of your followers, comment on their blogs, and help with retweets. A sincere, reliable way to gain true support is to retweet blog posts, book reviews and book links. I like Steven Covey’s advice, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” Just as in life, on twitter we benefit when we give our support without expecting paybacks. Give to gain. Don’t expect others to support you if you haven’t paid your dues. AND SAY THANK YOU!

IMPORTANT! These behaviors demonstrate bad manners! DO NOT:
• tweet snarky comments about others
• tweet anything about people not following you, and don’t tweet an @mention about those who unfollowed you (If you’ve been around for a while, you know twitter unfollows people FOR YOU, unbidden and without your knowledge, and you cannot tell the difference between a twitter mistake and a purposeful action by a follower. @mentioning unfollows is classless. Take your hits and move on.)
DO NOT DM or tweet someone directly with an uninvited self-promotion or a link to your book or blog! Here’s an example of what NOT to do: @mollygreene, Check out my blog at www.ImaGreatWriter.blogspot.com – Thanks! or @mollygreene good afternoon, may I interest you in my book? Its a fabulous read on www. mememememe.com

Twitter lists
So now more about lists. To keep close tabs on a group of people, create a twitter list and add your faves. When you click on your list, you’ll see their feeds. I’ve created a couple of private lists (you can make your lists public) for my besties so I can easily keep tabs on them and RT without missing anything, and I review it daily. You don’t have to be following people to keep them in a list, so you can do this with agents or anyone you care to keep close.

I’m happy to report that my twitter experience is fabulous. I have SO much fun on twitter I actually spend too much time on the site! I have the best followers in the world, and my hope is that they feel the same about yours truly. Happy tweeting!

 How to set up a list:
• Go to “lists” on your profile page
• Choose “create a new list”
• Choose “private” or “public,” and name it, etc.*
• Go to the tweeps’ profile pages and click on the black “head and shoulders” icon to the right of the DM envelope, and add them to the list
• Back on your own profile page, click on “lists,” and choose from the drop-down

*If you set your lists to public you can use a service like http://paper.li to publish daily feeds from your lists which also promotes your followers and keeps them happy.

Don’t miss my update to this post, How to Suceed on Twitter.

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135 Responses to 0 – 4000 in a Snap! How to Build a Quality Twitter Following FAST

  1. paTricia l Morris September 27, 2011 at 12:27 am #

    Oh shit, why didn’t anyone tell me?

    • Molly Greene September 27, 2011 at 12:49 am #

      Ha ha ha! Made me laugh. Thanks for the read and comment!

  2. Laura Diamond September 27, 2011 at 12:57 am #

    Nice post! Thanks so much! 🙂

    • Molly Greene September 27, 2011 at 1:00 am #

      Thank you, Laura! Happy tweeting!

  3. Lisa Hendricks September 27, 2011 at 1:21 am #

    I found this article interesting; loved the examples spelled out. Being what I consider a newbie there’s a ton I don’t get quite yet so thanks!!! There is a helpful nature, a village-like quality that I enjoy on Twitter. Thanks again!

    • Molly Greene September 27, 2011 at 1:23 am #

      Yaaay! I love twitter. You will, too. Thanks, Lisa!

  4. Diane Hughes (@dianewordsmith) September 27, 2011 at 1:49 am #

    RE: “I owe a special thanks to my twitter besties @tesshardwick, @tglong, and @christinenolfi, who reached out early on and took me under their wing.”

    Spoken by the woman who took me under her wing. Thanks for your support and for being a good Twitter role model! Great tips in this post.

    • Molly Greene September 27, 2011 at 1:51 am #

      Don’t make me cry! We just pay it forward. You’re the best, Diane, thanks so much!

  5. workmomad September 27, 2011 at 2:02 am #

    Hi Molly!

    I just wanted to let you know that I have awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award. I have changed the terms of the award slightly. You don’t have to do anything to accept this award. Period.

    If you have not won the award before, you might consider doing one or all of the following three things: 1) Link back in your blog to my blog; 2) Nominate other blogs, as many or as few as you like, for the award and let them know about it, or 3) in a post of your choosing, list seven interesting facts about yourself. If you are winning this award from me, but don’t recall checking out my blog, please feel free to do so.

    If you don’t feel like doing any of this, that’s okay too; you still deserve the award.

    I thought you would like to see what I specifically wrote about your blog in my post that is going out tomorrow:

    Molly Greene’s blog is about writing and her new adventure in life to make a living writing. Her posts are gentle, reminiscent and full of life. She often is able to tie in a unique and personal story about her past with advice about writing in a way that is marvelous to behold.

    Have a good day!


    • Molly Greene September 27, 2011 at 2:18 am #

      Hi Nancy! I’m honored and appreciate your recognition! Will need a bit of time to catch my breath but then you’re ON!

    • Molly Greene September 27, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

      Hi Nancy! Last couple of days have been nuts. Would be honored to accept, but I need a little time to fulfill my part! So deeeply appreciate your mention and look forward to chatting more!

  6. Jo VonBargen (@jvonbargen) September 27, 2011 at 2:25 am #

    Fabulous write! Good, common sense here, and plenty of experience to back it up! I guess I had inadvertently been doing some things right, because I’ve always believed if you want to be a success, help others become successful! Love reading you Molly, you never steer anyone wrong. Great teacher!

    • Molly Greene September 27, 2011 at 2:30 am #

      Jo, you clearly “get it” and I have noticed you from the minute I followed. Thank you SO MUCH for being such a great twitter friend and supporter, I wish you all the best!

  7. Cyndi Tefft September 27, 2011 at 2:37 am #

    I’ve had a very similar Twitter experience. You’ve summed it up beautifully. I recommend manageflitter.com as a way to find people you’re following who’ve become inactive (haven’t tweeted for 30 days or more). Since the whole point of tweeting is to interact, following inactive folks doesn’t help.

    So glad to have met you! 🙂

    Cyndi Tefft

    • Molly Greene September 27, 2011 at 2:41 am #

      Hi Cyndi! Justunfollow will show you inactive tweeps, as well. THANK YOU for the wonderful share!

  8. Terri Giuliano Long September 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    What a fantastic post, Molly!! Full of great advice!

    I’ve learned so much from you, Ms. M. – not only about Twitter, but about being a friend! You truly are a girl’s bestie!!!

    • Molly Greene September 27, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

      Terri, you’re a ray of sunshine and I am grateful to call you friend. Thanks so much for your unending support – love you!

      • Terri Giuliano Long September 27, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

        Love you too, Molly!! You are such a wonderful woman and an amazing friend!! I feel SO fortunate to have met you – and so very blessed by your friendship!!

        • Molly Greene September 28, 2011 at 12:11 am #

          Don’t make me cry!

  9. D.B. Smyth September 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Thank you! (Especially for making your process so easy to understand and duplicate!)

    • Molly Greene September 27, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

      Hi DB! Glad you found it easy to understand. I cut, cut, cut a million times with that goal in mind. We know all about the edit process, eh?

  10. Liza Kane September 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    Thanks for sharing and breaking down your process! It’s nice to see someone else with similar views regarding positive, interactive tweeps, and ignoring the negative ones!
    And LISTS! I LOVE MY LISTS!! I don’t even look at the main timeline anymore, it’s way too cluttered. I like my organized tweets!!

    • Molly Greene September 27, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

      I LOVE MY LISTS, too!! And life is too short to hang with unhappy folk – so glad I met you & DB on Twitter!

      • Liza Kane September 28, 2011 at 12:58 am #

        Me too! ^_^ xoxo

  11. Joanna September 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    Arrived here because of a RT 🙂 Super helpful and shall be folowing 🙂

    • Molly Greene September 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

      Thanks, Joanna! Gotta love those retweets!

  12. Laura Zera (@laurazera) September 27, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    Hi Molly,
    First, this is a great post, so thank you.
    How did you decide about what you were going to tweet? As a writer, my interaction is mainly around topics in the realm of writing, but I find so many other cool things that I want to tweet about, too! Did you find it served you better to follow a narrower communication strategy, or do you just have fun with it and ‘tweet from the heart?’

    • Lynne October 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

      Hi Laura:
      This is a great question that I’m interested in knowing the answer to as well.
      Molly, do you have an opinion or strategy for this?
      Thanks for the great post. I’m going to start implementing these strategies myself.

      • Molly Greene October 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

        Lynne, re: Laura’s Q, “How did you decide what you were going to tweet? Did you find it served you better to follow a narrower communication strategy, or do you just have fun with it and ‘tweet from the heart?’” When I first began to tweet, I used StumbleUpon to find interesting writing-related topics. After a month or so, I began to tweet about the folks I was following and their books and blogs. Now, my tweets are mainly supportive and I focus on being a cheerleader for followers’ books, positive reviews, and, of course, blog posts (both theirs and mine). I also have fun conversations with a whole bunch of great people. Hope this helps!

        • Lynne October 21, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

          Yes, it does! Thank you very much! 😀

  13. Sher A Hart (@SherAHart) September 27, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    So I put my foot in it already, but not too deep, I hope. I DM’d new followers with my blog link, but only with an invitation to my chocolate contest and usually after I read their blog and commented. I may have redeemed myself by tetweeting them either before or right after. But I can’t keep up with 25 a day. I have over 200 emails with follows and may not get to them in 10 days due to traveling. Oh well, I guess if they already unfollowed I can follow them first (or again). Like you, I check the tweets, so I don’t want to autofollow. But still, do you use hootsuite or tweetdeck or something? If those follows in my email are a follow back, I’d like to at least tweet a thanks and hi until I can catch up.

    • Molly Greene September 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

      Sher, you’re fine! Rule #1, no judging. Rule #2, this is simply MY method. AND, if I ever unfollowed someone who follwed me later than 10 days, I just follwed them again! I think an auto DM w/thanks for the follow is GREAT, because it saves us from doublechecking on Twitter whether we’ve followed that tweep already or not. Make sense? You’re doing a great job. Remember, this method is just one person’s opinion. I’ll do another article to address some of these great comments. THANK YOU!

    • JohnCox / PaulDorset September 28, 2011 at 12:03 am #

      DMs can be a real pain once you get a few thousand followers… I used to get emails about my DMs but I ended turning it off as I was getting too many. I try and take a look through them every once in a while but most people know that the way to contact me first is via @jcx27 – then we can DM if we need to. 90% of all my DMs are self-promotions from people or spam pictures / videos / giraffes / substitute whatever you want in this sentence! But, I totally agree – always reply to a @ request if possible.

      • Molly Greene September 28, 2011 at 12:09 am #

        Agreed – I’m about ready to turn off DMs but must first alert my friends who them. Too many spammers! How do you possible reply to all your @mentions, though? Sleep much?

  14. coleen patrick September 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    Hi Molly, Love this post! I am going to save it to help me become more efficient on Twitter 🙂 You are one of the first names that pops into my head when I think of a top Twitter person because I can’t forget how welcome you made me feel when I first started. Thanks 🙂

    • Molly Greene September 27, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

      Hi Coleen! Thanks, so sweet of you to say this. Pay it forward!

  15. bridgetstraub September 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    What a great post. As someone new to twitter I needed this!

    • Molly Greene September 27, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

      Thanks so much! Hope it helps!

  16. @EvangelinaJo September 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    Love all your fantastic advice. Wonderful! I will follow to the letter! Thx. I’m sure it will guarantee success. Much appreciated help. Look forward to chatting with you too! : )

    • Molly Greene September 27, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

      Thanks so much! Look forward to chatting with you on Twitter.

  17. Teresa September 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    Thank you for a lovely, detailed article on how to use Twitter! I’ve been on Twitter for a while and think I know my way around, but still appreciate the hints and reminders on how to “do it right”. 🙂 I also have used http://www.friendorfollow.com/ in the past to declutter my follower/following.

    I have a question about lists: you instructed us to set it to private – is there a reason for that? I chose to have mine as public so that people can see whom I recommend for particular topics I’m interested in.

    Thanks again!

    • Molly Greene September 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

      Teresa, thanks so much! Re: the “private,” good question. I’m just a private person – public makes just as much sense. Smart girl!

    • JohnCox / PaulDorset September 27, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

      If you set your lists to public you can use a service like http://paper.li to publish daily feeds from your lists which also promotes your followers and keeps them happy 🙂 Just saying…. (PS. Thanks for the mention in your article, Molly…)

      • Molly Greene September 28, 2011 at 12:03 am #

        Hey Paul, I’m honored! Love your posts, although I think you must have super powers to have accomplished as much as you have. Thanks for the tip, honestly, so much I don’t know! What else can you share?

  18. Regina Forest September 27, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    Thanks for the info. I feel overwhelmed. Just started blogging to get the word out about my book. I will read and reread this I’m sure. Thanks

    • Molly Greene September 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

      Regina, it IS overwhelming. Take a deep breath dive in!

  19. JohnCox / PaulDorset September 28, 2011 at 12:05 am #

    Thanks again, Molly for the mention. Wishing you the best of luck with your books, promotions and social media experiences. Let me know if there’s anything I can help with.

    • Molly Greene September 28, 2011 at 12:10 am #

      How about a guest post? You’re welcome any time :-O Thanks again, Paul!

      • JohnCox / PaulDorset September 28, 2011 at 12:14 am #

        Love to… DM me with a topic / idea (I promise I’ll check my DMs!)

        • Molly Greene September 28, 2011 at 12:30 am #

          Thrilled! Pressure’s on me now to come up w/a great topic!

  20. mystriterdva September 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Molly, I appreciate any help I can get regarding Twitter. Thanks for being willing to share what you’ve learned. You will continue to be successful because you know the secret of giving back.

    Thanks again!

    • Molly Greene September 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

      Jill, thanks so much for the read and lovely comment, I appreciate it – happy tweeting!

  21. Vanessa September 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    I never thought about setting a goal. Time to promote my book with it’s release date coming up, and a goal for following and followers is exactly what I need to do! Thanks for the article!

    • Molly Greene September 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

      Thanks Vanessa and congratulations on your upcoming book release!

  22. Jolyse Barnett September 28, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    Hi Molly! Thanks for the steps to create lists. I use Tweetdeck which helps a lot, but I’ve wanted to make private lists as well. Thanks, too, for explaining about follow-follower numbers. I had no idea Twitter would limit followers above 2K if my ratio were off. Very helpful post, my tweep. 🙂

    • Molly Greene September 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

      Hi Jolyse, thanks so much! Read the comments, though, Paul Dorset suggests we stay with public lists so we can use a service to promote our listed tweeps. I’d take his advice and create public lists!

  23. Katherine Bayless September 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    Hi Molly! Before I read this post I didn’t know how to make lists. So thank you for that tip! Thanks for updating me about the private vs. public list decision. I will keep that in mind as I begin to organize my feeds and create more lists. There are still ones I will want to keep private, like personal friends and family, but I can see how making public lists could be useful/beneficial.

    Hey, I have a question for you. How do you handle acknowledging new followers? I’ve been waiting until Fridays and using the #FF to thank all my new followers. To keep track I save all my e-mail notifications throughout the week, go through them individually on Friday, follow back (after checking their profile and recent tweets) and then thank them in a #FF tweet. Is this a good/bad tactic? Not sure how people feel about seeing three or four tweets from me packed with @names in their feed. Personally, I don’t mind seeing this type of post in my own feed, because it is an easy way to check out other people’s followers to see I might like to follow them. I’d appreciate hearing your thoughts on this. Thanks!

    • Molly Greene September 29, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

      Kat, you’re way ahead of me. Frankly, I don’t have a process to acknowledge new followers. I think a #FF @mention is a terrific idea and if I were organized enough, I’d do that, as well. My theory is that @mentions are great regardless of multiple twittter handles in the tweet. If my day is crazy, I sometimes gang up the RT thank-yous this way. You are fabulous!

      • Katherine Bayless September 29, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

        Okay, that’s good to hear. I was worried about annoying my followers with several #FF tweets. We’ll see how long I can keep up with doing it this way. I could see how getting more than 25 new followers per week might make me rethink this strategy. LOL

        • Molly Greene September 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

          A DM autoresponder that simply says “thanks so much for the follow!” or something like that would be great, too. If you figure out how or what service will do this easily please let me know :-O

  24. Janet L Tait September 29, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    This is a very helpful article – collects a lot of good tips in one place. I use Friend or Follow to figure out who is not following me back, but I find it clunky. I will have to try justunfollow. Thanks so much!

  25. Joel Gray September 30, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    I like your advice. I’m just starting out with twitter. Just recently self-published a book through Amazon and looking to connect with more people.

    • Molly Greene September 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

      Good luck Joel and thanks for stopping by!

  26. Kate MacNicol September 30, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

    I’ve been on twitter for three months and I knew there was more I could do to make it a quality experience. Thanks for the great tips!

    • Molly Greene September 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

      My pleasure, Kate!

  27. Leigh Evans October 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    My twitter feed wasn’t being very amusing–too many people with a “you-have-to-buy-my-book” agenda. So I went looking for new tweeps to follow. People who weren’t selling me something with every tweet. People who have an interest in reading, or are writers. Or maybe they’re just everyday people–who like to talk, and have a sense of humour. Before I clicked the follow button, I read a few of their tweets.

    That’s how I found you (yup, I followed you) and this post. Great blog entry. NOW I understand the whole list thing. Thanks.

    • Molly Greene October 1, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

      Thanks SO much for this comment, it made the time I spent writing the post worth every second (hours, and hours). Pleased to meet you, Leigh!

  28. Debbie Johansson October 3, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    Thanks so much for this Molly. I’m still trying to find my way around Twitter and how it all works. Thanks for the tips!

    • Molly Greene October 3, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

      My pleasure, Debbie. Thanks for the read and comment!

  29. brookecooney October 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    HI Molly,
    Thanks for the tutorial and suggestions. I am slowly but surely learning the value of using Twitter and blogging to build relationships.

    • Molly Greene October 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

      My pleasure, Brooke, thanks so much for stopping by!

  30. carolrwood October 5, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    Very informative, Molly. Thanks for sharing!

  31. Steph's Scribe/Stephanie Verni October 8, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    Very helpful. In this fast-paced world of social media, it’s helpful to hear how one person made it happen successfully.

    Thanks so much!

    • Molly Greene October 8, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

      Thanks Steph! I think I’m still reaching for success re: building a platform – we’ll know how well it worked once my novel is published.

  32. Claire Hennessy October 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    Wow, what a fabulous blog! Thanks for all the excellent information. I shall read and digest. I am still new to twitter and learning. Well done on your success.

    • Molly Greene October 10, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

      Thanks so much Claire, and thank you for subscribing!

  33. Peter Carroll October 17, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    At last! A clear, concise and truly helpful set of tips without any apparent agenda other than helping others on their way. Thanks!

    • Molly Greene October 17, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

      Thank you so much, happy to help!

  34. Margaret Hames (@MaggieHames23) October 24, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    What a helpful piece! Thank you so much for sharing this. Very clear. Simply great.

  35. Krista Bunskoek (@kbunskoek) October 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    Great post Molly! Great suggestions for a relative newbie like me. Reading a few posts before you start to follow really does make your own twitter experience more worthwhile. Sure, you want people to read your stuff, but you also want to share and learn. Keeps you coming back for more!!

  36. Jonathan November 4, 2011 at 12:39 am #

    Hi Molly. Thanks very much for the advice. As a newbie blogger/twitter user, it’s just the sort of advice I needed.

    One question: is it OK to @mention someone you’re not following if what you’re saying is nice or if you’re asking them a question or something?

    • Molly Greene November 4, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

      Hi Jonathan! Yes, @mentions of people who aren’t following you is fine – better still if the @mention is a retweet of their blog, book or review link, or a compliment of same, which is the best way to turn non-followers into followers. I’d keep questions to a minimum but, yes, I think it’s fine. Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

      • Molly Greene November 4, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

        My lists are private, but I recommend you make your lists public so you can use a service like Paper.li to market for your favorites. For more info, you might read Paul Dorset’s post on my blog, “Creating a Newlsetter with Paper.li”

        • Molly Greene November 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

          My pleasure, thank you so much for your interest!

  37. Deanna Carlyle November 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Great tips, Molly! Thanks for this.

  38. Pat Newcombe November 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    great post Molly! Now I know all about how to create lists… You never stop learning, eh?

    • Molly Greene November 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

      Thanks Pat, so happy to hear my post helped!

  39. Mat Rossetter November 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Hey Molly,

    Thanks for the great post, i’m fairly new to twitter, trying to get some exposure as a freelance designer and meet some cool and likeminded people too. So stuff like this really helps 🙂

  40. Rich Weatherly December 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Molly – Appreciate the advice you’ve offered here. Excellent guidelines.
    That said, I’m impressed with the overall tone of your blog and I’m eager to keep up with your work 🙂

  41. Athina Paris January 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    I started recently and it’s been more or less a blind run. Did not realise I should be doing some different things. Will do my best now to be good support, and pick up some good supporters too.
    Thank you so much

    • Molly Greene January 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

      Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and best of luck to you on twitter!

  42. Helena Carlo January 15, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    Fantastic post – SO much valuable advice in here, I’ll definitely reference back to this for myself, and RT for others. Thank you!

  43. JRMcRae January 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Thanks so much for this posting! Wish I had discovered it pre hitting the 2,000 …
    How does one get past that seemingly cement ceiling????
    [Many thanks to Hettie Ashwin for directing me here. :)]

  44. Aniruddha Sastikar February 10, 2012 at 1:44 am #


    Awesome post, Molly!

    I just recently started tweeting and found results out of my imagination. This post has given me a new direction to learn and grow.

    Thanks much.

    Aniruddha Sastikar.

    • kathleen dey February 17, 2012 at 11:26 am #

      yes thanx so much Molly, Im new at this tweeting also, your suggestions will help, again thankyou

  45. Maggie Bolitho February 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Wonderful blog! Thank you.

  46. August McLaughlin February 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    This is such a fascinating post, Molly. I’m book marking it to read whenever I feel
    perplexed! In other words, often. 😉

    Congrats for your ongoing success. I wish you lots more!

  47. Dave Perlmutter February 26, 2012 at 1:21 am #


    Great post and some excellent points. I have been on twitter for a few months have over 1,000 followers but twitter has limited my following as I have hit the 2,000 mark. Your blog has shown me how to continue to gain more followers without following every Tom, Dick and Harry.

    Thank you and well keep on reading your blog.



  48. Jocelyn Rish March 22, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    I wish I’d had this article when I first joined twitter, since I’ve now learned much of this the slow, hard way. 🙂 Lists are the one thing I haven’t used, but it sound like a great way to tame the feed chaos.

  49. griselda heppel April 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    Thank you thank you for this! Not least for the tutorial on lists, now I know what they’re for and how they can help me deal with the rapidly expanding twitter feed. Such good advice about the importance of being friendly and considerate, not just in permanent hardsell mode. I haven’t even checked your following – imagine it’s large, but no more than you deserve!

    • Molly Greene April 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

      You’re so welcome! Glad to be of service – thanks for the read and lovely comment!

  50. Steve Bichard May 4, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Great post and thanks for the ‘justunfollow’ link. I think when we start off we get carried away with who to follow. I am finding now at nearly 600 followers that they now choose to follow me.

    I always try to re-tweet people that I start following just to let them know that I am a re-tweeter as well as just a follower. I also feel that new twitters or tweeters! should read this post and maybe a few old hands to.

  51. Skip Prichard May 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    Molly, terrific post! And I think the key is using the tool as intended. Engage or don’t bother. You engage, and you enjoy it which is why it works so wonderfully for you. Nicely said.

  52. Greg Lohr May 31, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Thanks for this info Molly! I’ve played around with Twitter a little and I didn’t really understand why it was so popular. I was taught to go out and follow anyone and everyone and then just tweet away as the followers grew…and I figured out after a short while that was sort of worthless. You gave me some awesome info to work with. Since I’m going to be blogging and reading other bloggers, this is really helpful…thanks much!

  53. Karen Glenn June 19, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Great, useful post!

  54. Christine Houser July 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Delivers on the promise of ‘snap’ and ‘fast’. From a Twitter newbie, thanks so much for taking the time to provide such valuable guidance.
    Chris @flashmemoirs

    • Molly Greene July 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

      So happy it helped, Christine. I was a newbie not long ago myself, and I know how much there is to learn!

  55. Tasha Turner July 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    Fantastic post. Thanks for sharing so much great information

    • Molly Greene July 16, 2012 at 6:29 am #

      Yaaay! Tasha, so happy if it helps!

    • Tower Lowe July 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

      This is a great post and a great blog. Thank you so much. This kind of information keeps me from feeling so isolated and alone.


  56. kim savage October 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Thanks so much for pointing me in the right direction. I had no idea what a LIST was or why I would want it or what it could do for me, let alone how to create one. I just made my first LIST and you’re on it!

    • Molly Greene October 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      My pleasure, so happy to help!

  57. Jenny October 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Hey Molly – I just love this post. I’ve been on Twitter for a while and just love it. But I was having a hard time with substantial followers, so now I’m implementing everything in your blog. Just makes so much sense – thanks a bunch! Jenny

    • Molly Greene October 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

      Hi Jenny! Twitter is a blast and I’ve met some wonderful people. Best of luck to you and so happy to help!

  58. kandie October 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    As always, a great reminder for tweeps. Enjoyed the post and checked out some of your referral services.

  59. Robbie Cox December 1, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Fantastic read, Molly. And I learned something with the private lists. Great idea. I have followed many of your suggestions and have made some awesome Twitter friends and had some great opportunities because of it. I really like what you said about not dissing others. Negativity is just nauseous. Keep up the great work.

  60. Jen Naumann January 9, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Great article, Molly. This sums up everything I’ve learned on my own in the past nine months. 🙂

  61. Margarita February 24, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    Thanks, Molly. With some adjustments for personal taste and preferences, you give us a very usable blueprint to build our Twitter presence! xoM

  62. Irene Romano June 5, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    Hi Molly!

    I so love all the advice here that I ended up writing almost a thesis to you. Luckily for you, I cut it out and pasted it to my file and may end up using it as a post in some form or another.

    I discovered your blog when a follower (re)tweeted your “biggest blunders” article last night and love the posts I’ve read thus far. You’re what I’ve been looking for for the past year! And I was so impressed that you followed back: what great marketing and what a wonderful indication of the kind of person you really are. I love your quiet, soft, confident and encouraging guidance. That’s quite the balancing act!

    And I do hope I can publish the “fan letter” I wrote to you in my blog somewhere! I need to fit it into my plan somewhere: see, I’m listening already! And hopefully, I’ll be able to conquer the twitter monster! Thank you so very, very much! xx

    • Molly Greene June 5, 2013 at 8:31 am #

      Oh, Irene, if only I could tell you how really fabulous it was to read your lovely comment first thing this morning! Thank you so much for your kind words. Twitter is an amazing and overwhelming brute, but the best platform around to increase blog traffic – and how you found my blog is the perfect example! Welcome and thanks again, so very much.

  63. Peter D. Mallett August 8, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    This is some great information. I have learned a lot about twitter over the last several months. I’ve read a lot of articles. I’m still learning.

    I’m not sure I see the need to unfollow people who don’t follow back. I follow someone because I have an interest in what they do. They may not have an interest in my blog/job/etc., and that’s ok. Someone may also follow me because they have an interest in what I do, but I’m not nesssisarily interested in their niche. That’s ok. If we both unfollow, we both lose out.

    This especially true is you use a tool that can’t tell which is someone just trying to gain a lot of followers and someone whom you have an interest in.

    • Molly Greene August 8, 2013 at 7:06 am #

      Hi Peter! I’m so glad you found my blog and I appreciate your taking time to comment. If you’re new to Twitter and trying to grow a following on the platform, the reason you may want to unfollow a certain number of tweeps is to keep your follow/follower ratios close. If you don’t, Twitter will put you in jail when you reach 2000 followers and won’t allow you to follow more people. Also, you can use Twitter’s “list” function to keep track of certain people’s tweets, and you don’t have to be following them to put them in a list. Hope this helps!

  64. kimberly wenzler December 5, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Great post! Thanks so much!!!

  65. Greg May 5, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    I recently started my website and found you on twitter. Just wanted say thanks for all the helpful articles. : ) I’ve been reading 2-3 a week, which have really helped.


    • Molly Greene May 5, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

      My pleasure, Greg. So glad you found my blog, and so happy to help!

  66. go4publish July 14, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    Dear Molly,

    Thank you so much for all these tips!
    Your posts are priceless for brand new bloggers!

    Thanks 🙂

  67. Phillip H. Haworth August 31, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    Great articles! I’ve read four and each has proven most informative and useful!

    Thank you, and keep up the good work!



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