How to Grow Your Follower Numbers to Over 10,000 in a Week

The Twitaway: An Experiment In Social Media

twitaway-1.png It’s never too late to build a large, loyal Twitter following—if you think outside the box. In this guest post, Matthew Magain from SitePoint shares some tips on how you can grow your Twitter following to more than 10,000 in less than a week.

I admit it: we were a bit slow to recognize the potential of Twitter at SitePoint.

Sure, a few of us had dabbled with personal Twitter accounts, but we never really acknowledged Twitter as a viable medium for communicating with customers until, well, everyone else was doing it! By the time we decided to jump on board, our preferred username had already been snapped up by an enterprising squatter (we had to settle for @sitepointdotcom). Not the ideal beginnings for building a successful Twitter presence—and more than just a little ironic considering we pride ourselves with being at the cutting edge of the Web!

Despite beginning on the back foot, we were able to attract 13,000 followers in less than a week—an impressive following that surpasses CNN and the New York Times.

Here’s how we did it.

Dangling The Carrot

Everyone loves free stuff. At SitePoint we publish around 10 books in a year (yep, of the dead-tree variety). We decided to make one of our best-selling titles available as a free PDF to anyone who followed us on Twitter within a 14-day period.

It was a somewhat risky proposition for us—it’s both expensive and time-consuming to produce a high-quality book. We were therefore faced with the very real possibility that we might be giving away something of considerable value to thousands of people, only to have them un-follow us immediately afterwards (luckily, this hasn’t happened!).

However, the fact that we offered a free book is only one reason our campaign has succeeded. If you’re thinking of running a similar promotion, here are six tips, based on our own experience:

1. Give It A Name.

Any successful marketing campaign needs to have a catchy name. Before this venture, our marketing manager had jokingly used the phrase “Twitaway” a couple of times around the office, to mean a “Twitter giveaway”. We realized that this was in fact quite a catchy compound, and decided to run with it. We quickly registered the domain, and referred to the Twitaway promotion in all marketing material that went out.


2. Do Your Homework.

We hit a couple of hurdles on the first day we set our campaign live—primarily due to the fact that we weren’t aware of Twitter’s throttling of the number of Direct Messages you can send in a day (as you can guess, we hit our limit pretty quickly).

It is possible to get around this limitation (it requires that you submit a request to Twitter for your account to be whitelisted). If we had done our homework better, we’d have realized this before embarking on such a project. Perhaps you’ll learn from our lesson, so you’re not scrambling desperately to get hold of Twitter support at odd hours, requesting that your request be accelerated in the queue. Not that we would ever dream of doing such a thing…

3. Have a Plan B.

We knew from the beginning that there would be visitors for whom signing up to Twitter would be a friction point. We gave these folks the option of submitting their email address instead of forcing them to sign up to Twitter—as a result, we’ve ended up with 60,000 email addresses as well as our 13,000 Twitter followers (and counting!)

4. Roll Your Own.

We opted to auto-follow every one of our followers, and sent them their download link immediately after following us. Initially we made use of the third party service Tweet Later, but it became obvious early on that auto-follows and Direct Messages were getting dropped.

Luckily, we have some smart developers on the team, and they were able to throw together a custom tool based on the Twitter API that duplicated the auto-follow and Direct Message functionality in about a day. We also added the ability to send mass Direct Messages (so we could send the download link to our existing followers, as well as new ones).

We’re currently running both tools—Tweet Later does the majority of the grunt work, and our custom tool steps in and picks up the crumbs whenever Tweet Later drops the ball, which gives us the added benefit of a crude form of failover.

5. Plaster It Everywhere.

Once our giveaway had launched, we did everything we could to get the word out—we emailed customers who had purchased the print book or who had downloaded sample chapters from; we blogged about it, posted in our forum, modified our email signatures … everything short of screaming from the rooftops (although I’m pretty sure I saw our marketing manager doing that, too!). Most importantly, our download link encouraged the recipient to help spread the word, so retweets formed a huge part of the viral momentum that gathered.

6. Give It Some Iron.

There’s no point inviting tens of thousands of people to visit your site if your servers aren’t up to the challenge. We’d run similar giveaways in the past, and had our fair share of being slashdotted or dugg. We knew in advance to host our landing page on a scalable, fast infrastructure (read: a cloud computing service such as Amazon) so that this would be a non-issue. And it was.


Regardless of your initial follower count, it’s possible to grow a large Twitter following by giving people real incentive to begin following you—such as an exclusive offer for Twitter followers. The SitePoint Twitaway reinforces the notion that Twitter is more than just a tool for attention-seeking individuals looking to forge personal relationships and discuss breaking news—it’s a legitimate channel that companies can leverage to strengthen their brand, expand their customer base, and increase traffic to their web site.

Of course, once you’ve attracted these followers, it’s up to you to keep them by delivering timely, relevant content to the Twitter feed. That part is up to you.

(Note: The Twitaway offer has been extended by one week—follow SitePoint on @sitepointdotcom to receive your free PDF of The Art & Science Of CSS.


  • November 28, 2008

    Not everyone can get 10k followers in a week. In this case though, SitePoint did very very well leveraging the media to work for them. It’s a testament to their creativity that they did SUCH a good job. Heck, even I followed them, to get my free book! I’m really impressed knowing how they did it, and also very pleased that they are willing to share their experience.

    God, is good.

  • November 28, 2008

    Thanks for the great tips! Would love to do a giveaway to attract followers, the challenge is that we are a service provider (job board for moms). If you have any ideas please DM or email me…thanks!

  • November 28, 2008

    The first point is the best in my opinion and I know a lot of people who does it. It works well. Sometimes people who does this, do it in the wrong way. The link to download, if sent through DM, should not look like advertisement. It should be more like you are giving value.

    I follow people and quickly I get a DM with an advertisement type wording and a link to the ebook. I appreciate people take time to create an ebook and give it away at no cost. They do the mistake at promoting it (not all of them though). But since the ebook is free, we cannot ask them anymore. I’m happy that they are at least helping me in someway.

    I liked the way you sent the download link and glad you are letting your followers know it using a site.

    Thanks for the tips.

  • November 28, 2008

    10,000 NEW Followers in a week is certainly ambitious, but the information outlined above is right on target. Gary Vaynerchuk is probably the best example of one using social media to both build brands and gain followers. If you follow @Garyvee you’ve probably noticed nearly everything he does or says revolves around his reach, and that reach with Intention on gaining new followers.

    I blogged on Social Media Reach and The Sphere of Influence, different from the goal of this post, which may lend another viewpoint on who you can harness what you have and reach others for gaining new followers.

    Reach With Intention

    1. Does it add value or enhance the experience of those we’re trying to reach. If so, how?
    2. Will it engage your audience and help build stronger relationships?
    3. Will your user(s) be able to spread your message independently?
    4. What happens next? What’s plan B? (Especially important if you’re trying to do something viral — how do we nudge it if it stalls?)
    5. How do I know understanding has been achieved (or if our message has been received)?
    6. How do we measure our efforts?

    Very similar to the above information, but lend added value to your intent on gaining new followers and building your personal brand.

  • November 28, 2008

    This is great and interesting, but the problem is not everyone is as popular as SitePoint and not everyone has the advertising capabilities. But hey its great to have the knowledge, in case anybody wanna try it. This post is just not for me, but hey I am glad I checked it out, cause I want that ebook. I love the Freeeeeeee
    Regards: rizzy

  • November 28, 2008

    Rowse isn’t this “Grow Your Follower Numbers to Over 10,000 in a Week” considered as spamming twitter ?

  • November 28, 2008

    I think this advice can be applied, even if you don’t need or want 10,000 followers. I don’t have business, per se, I’m a writer developing brand-interest and loyalty. I also am building more name-recognition. It always comes back to the same thing…good information with a bit of personality and entertainment thrown in. However you define that, it equals value for your Twitter followers, which results in more business or readers – or whatever someone is looking for.

  • November 28, 2008

    Of course, it helps if you have gazillions of followers like SitePoint. So I’m not sure this qualifies as a practical how-to guide.

    That said, it’s a good book, which I now have a copy of…

  • November 28, 2008

    So uh,…. how can we get our hands on those custom tools and applications? Lol I would love to be able to send mass messages and have the direct and auto-follow duplicated.

  • November 28, 2008


    I don’t see why it would be considered spamming. People signing up know what they are getting up front and signed up to get it. That’s not spamming. Usually I don’t like getting automatic DMs with links to something, but if I’m expecting it, that’s a whole different ball game.

  • November 28, 2008

    Nice article to read. Personally, I love both Twitter and Twitip!

  • November 28, 2008

    This is all very good advice. However, keep in mind that SitePoint had a number of very enviable resources at its disposal. Something to give away fro free, which anyone can create with some effort. Developers on hand that can respond incredibly quickly, which some people might have, but most would not. And an audience (60,000 emails plus 13,000 Twitter followers is a small percentage of the audience they were able to reach). Most people reading this will have no access to the audience, unless they get a lot more creative than SitePoint had to get. Is it doable? Yes…but it would be pretty challenging.

  • November 28, 2008

    Giveaways are great ideas but you have to give away the right product. One thing that was humbly not mentioned is that The Art & Science of CSS is THE CSS book. I have it sitting on my shelf and I signed up to receive the PDF version.

    That said, what is Sitepoint going to do to further the relationship with its new bounty of followers? Will it view us an an end point and just send out information or will it engage us?

  • November 28, 2008

    Very interesting read which definitely got me thinking. It’s also very well written I might add.

  • November 28, 2008


    If sheer numbers is your goal with Twitter then I guess this may be of use.

    I question whether it is possible to garner the most advantage of social media when all of a sudden you have 10k followers. I’d also be interested in the sustainability – keeping 10k followers interested and engaged.



  • November 28, 2008

    Great techniques – especially for bringing existing subscribers or website visitors into your Twitter family. These techniques could also work for bringing in new contacts into Twitter so long as you market your giveaway heavily.

    Then, of course, there is how consistent and valuable the content is that will enable you to continue to grow your twitter audience once you get the initial BANG.

    Great info.


  • November 28, 2008

    B-b-but if you don’t know who you are following — because you are auto-following them — where’s the value?

  • November 28, 2008

    I like that you are also following the people back. I get irritated to see and hear about people and companies that have 10K followers and they are following 10 people. Tells me, all they want to do it spam me and they have no interest in what anyone else has to say.

  • November 28, 2008

    I traing to guide my self by post like this i don’t have a lot of fallowed i thin because am not as popular las others, but little by little am oping up my space so new person fallow me.

    Thank you a lot to bring post like this, they are really good.

  • November 28, 2008

    Well, I do not see anything specific to twitter in this post :) Giveaways are always something to get somebody signed up for something – not just Twitter


  • November 28, 2008

    Ari: I’d liken it to going to a conference. Sure, there are thousands of people in one place but what’s the value? The value is the ability to start a conversation with like-minded people. For example, I don’t auto-follow everybody but I do listen to @ replies and I carry on that conversation. There’s value in that.

    Twitter has, more and more, become a valuable tool for marketing, business, and friendship.

  • November 28, 2008

    like your little twitter id ammend to the comments form. You should check out dean hunts latest twitter exploit. He is offering to give away his new mac if he can get 15000 followers

  • November 28, 2008

    @Krishna: I don’t see how something that is entirely opt-in, like this giveaway, could be called spam. Our followers have chosen to follow us; we haven’t contacted them to harass them. And it’s their choice if they continue to see value in following us. Hope you enjoy the book, by the way!

    @Jesse Luna: Thanks for the big props on the book! I know several of the authors of that title are watching and will get a kick out of reading that. Your question of whether we will engage our followers rather than just sending out information is an excellent one. We have a few ideas about this, and are committed to making the most of the possibilities. All I can say for now is “stay tuned!”

  • November 28, 2008

    It’s a great post, but Sitepoint had a couple of things in their favor. They had a book lots of people wanted, and they already had an audience of some sort.

    The challenge is if your audience isn’t as big as theirs, you won’t be able to leverage the same amount of followers. But if you can gain followers and increase your brand awareness then you’re doing very well.

  • November 28, 2008

    Thought I’d add my two cents on this one – there’s some good discussion here.

    1. I agree with many of the comments here that Sitepoint had an advantage that many of us don’t have – they had an existing userbase/network to reach out to (and a web savvy one that was likely to be on Twitter at that).

    2. I actually think that #1 illustrates a good tip that most people can use in some way – that being to ‘leverage what you’ve got’. We all have networks (whether they be big web based ones like SitePoint or offline small ones). One way to build a twitter presence is to think about these places of presence/networks and work out how they might give us a boost in our Twitter presence.

    True – it is unlikely that most of us don’t have massive sites like SitePoint – but the principle is relevant to networks of all sizes.

    With regards to the comments by some above that SitePoints tactics are ’spam’ – I’m not really sure that I agree.

    For starters – spam is unsolicited communication…. I don’t see SitePoint as forcing anyone to sign up, and I don’t see what they’re doing with their actual twitter account as ’spammy’. Yes they are using it as a ‘broadcast’ tool (ie pointing people to links rather than lots of interaction) but people are free to unfollow from that as soon as they like.

    While I do think that spam is a problem on Twitter one of the things I love about the medium is that we’re all free to unfollow anyone we like at any point. Ultimately SitePoint’s strategy will fail if they don’t give value with their Twitter account – from what I see their numbers continue to rise even though their campaign is coming to an end.

    Just my thoughts – interested in what others think.

  • November 28, 2008

    not wanting 10, 000 added to my network necessarily, unless of course they will be helped by my services and blogging :-)

    and larning about css is always helpful for a blogger

    thx gals and guays

  • November 28, 2008

    Great article! Problogger and Twitip never fail to deliver.

  • November 28, 2008

    I see that you have over 15,000 followers but you are also following over 15,000 people. Since Twitter has a limit of 2000 people that you can follow. How did you accomplish this?


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  • November 28, 2008
    Teddy Towncrier

    Just love it.

    Knew the months of sweating to learn perl & cgi scripting would pay off one day.

    Fortunately I can write my own “Tell a friend” processes and already have a handful of unique premiums to offer.

    The only stumbling block may be when followers arrive too quickly for Twitter’s liking.

    Thanks to Sitepoint and to Darren Rowse for bringing us this.

    Best to all.

  • November 28, 2008

    @arturo, if you read the article carefully you’ll see that you can request twitter to lift the limit.

  • November 28, 2008

    … and lose them all again. I just unfollowed after this smug nonsense.

  • November 28, 2008

    very innovative use of twitter and a great way to monetize. I think this strategy is win win for all parties! Great article
    regards from Costa Rica

  • November 28, 2008

    I wouldn’t want 10,000 strangers following me in a week, but the Twitaway was awesome and I’m proud to be a part of its success — and at the same time, get hold of a free copy of a great book I thought I’d never own!

    I never saw Twitter’s great potential until recently. Ah, the greatness of public APIs :)

  • November 28, 2008

    this is a very good tip and made me smile and pat myself on the back for quick thinking. When i saw the giveaway I immediately added a twitter friends category to my link directory anyone who follows me on twitter and has a legitimate blog is welcome to add their link on my PR 4 blog.

  • November 28, 2008

    Was this experiment worth it?

    It’s probably too early to tell. Twitter is just kinda, somewhat catching on. And like all media we don’t know the ROI on it yet. But if and when it does catch on, Sitepoint will be at a reasonable advantage. A lot of the comments hedge around Twitter, but Twitter doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

    Combined with other social media, websites etc, it provides a valuable system to reach customers quickly and effectively.

    A large part of the comments are based on the factor of how many people signed up in a week. And that the method used was not new. Why does it have to be new? And how do you know how those 10,000 names will play out about 6 months from now? At this very point, Twitter is a bit of a conversation. So was email, remember? Well, a lot changes suddenly, and puting yourself in a position to ‘ride the wave’ is more important than wondering ‘what if.’

    I’ve seen people miss the website wave.
    I’ve seen people miss the blog wave.
    I’ve seen people miss lots of waves.
    Only because they were so focused on what they would do, not realising that they are not ‘the customer.’ And so focused on being critical of the issue, that they miss the forest for the trees.

    The point is putting yourself in the position for the wave.
    Will you get a good wave 3-6 months from now? Or a year from now? Or 30 seconds from now? It’s hard to tell. And time answers most questions. :)


  • November 28, 2008

    The only point that’s a sticky one is the extension by a week.
    If you’re saying 14 days, it’s 14 days.

    If I can’t take you for your word, then yes you may gain some customers, but you’re nibbling away at the trust.

  • November 28, 2008

    It’s not about numbers. It’s about the quality of the tweets.

  • November 28, 2008

    I agree, SitePoint already has huge followers. But when we talk about Twitter, I don’t think that they can just grab their followers without doing something cleverly like this.

    Awesome strategy. :)

  • November 28, 2008

    The other issue here of course is the long term sustainability of the new followers. There is growth now, and there will be growth for a while, but if the only reason you’re following sitepoint is to get free stuff, what happens when the free stuff stops?

  • November 28, 2008

    I am just concentrating on with the fact that jumping with your followers to about 10,000 in a week certainly raises a question how a newbie who is new into a service can get such huge number of followers within a span of a week. It certainly takes some amount of time for every business to get certain attention from everyone.

  • November 28, 2008

    You can’t.
    Newbies just have to learn that there is no easy and quick way.
    And there never will be.

    So the sooner they start working towards NOT being a newbie, the sooner they’ll be able to get their own customer base. There is no shortcut.

  • November 28, 2008

    Better late than NEVER! CONGRATS! ~grin~

  • November 28, 2008

    These are the great tips to improve followers. But before doing this create some value in following you on twitter. And before looking followers in twitter, Look at your blog. Its very important.
    All the best guys.

  • November 29, 2008

    I stopped following you right after I got my book. Just saying.

  • November 30, 2008

    @qeek Reasons why sometimes books have part 2 of 2nd edition. :)

  • December 16, 2008

    has anyone used amazon affiliation to sell through twitter? For example, hey im reading XXXX b/c it’s teaching about making more money while staying at home. then have the affiliate link. What do you think?

  • December 26, 2008

    very nice an informative article.


  • December 31, 2008

    I’m about to go over 10,000 Twitter followers myself…am I going to have to come down there and teach you guys how to do it?

    Maybe I’ll do a video for those that don’t have 10,000 books to give away : )

  • February 3, 2009

    I tend to agree with Wayne Smallman here. Sitepoint is a pretty established name on the internet and that helps. But, having said that, I respect the fact that they didn’t take a quick and huge twitter following for granted.
    Thanks for the excellent insights and tips!

  • February 7, 2009

    …or you can try www. too!, SocialClan members Read, Follow, Flave, Mark, Subscribe, Vote… YOUR site or blog!

  • February 7, 2009

    If you want to get material like this for free then why not torrent it. Yes its illegal but if something is worth paying for it should be paid for. Everyone likes free stuff but I really don’t agree with this process. Its the old Nazi carrot and stick approach – give them something they want (Free e-book) and then force it down their throats with your metaphorical stick by “Plastering It Everywhere”. I would have followed you for your intuitive and interesting content. I also would un-follow you for your gorilla marketing techniques.

    @Prydie (twitter any replies)

  • March 12, 2009

    haha. wow.. talk about crazy marketing techniques. Some people are just so curious.

  • April 14, 2009

    Would you rather have 10,000 followers who just signed on to get something free – or 1,000 followers you actively communicate with everyday?

  • April 30, 2009

    You can also auto follow users based on theere niche. Check out


  • May 18, 2009

    Those are some really good tips. However, having 10k followers doesn’t mean anything if they don’t truly care about what your involved in. My opinion, I would rather have 100 good followers that engaged me than 10k that didn’t do anything.

    In addition to those great tips above I wanted to add some that i’m currently doing that might help everyone else:

    1. Write articles targeted at your niche and include your twitter link. Then submit to Article Directories.

    2. Create videos aimed at your target audience and include your twitter link in the description and in the bottom of your video screen when editing. Submit to Video share sites.

    3. Go to the forums where your target audience is and include your Twitter link in the signature and become active in the forum community.

    4. If you have a WordPress blog, there are a few plugins that allow readers to re-tweet your posts or follow you from that post. I use Tweetme. The others you can do a Google search.

    I didn’t have a “carrot to dangle” initially so I had to go this way until I had something of value to offer. You won’t get a rush of followers immediately but over time it will build into a nice targeted follow list.

  • May 24, 2009

    I know I’m new at Twitter (2 months) but can someone tell me what on earth anyone would want 10,000 followers for?

  • May 25, 2009

    Some people want a lot of followers because they’re their audience. I’ve met a couple of people who “spin” music via to their audience and new songs get exchanged this way.

    For me I find meaning to broadcast health and scam alerts, if I am not tweeting something funny. Mostly for me, Twitter is 90% communication regardless of DMs or not. 2% is the satisfaction that there are people out there who care enough to read what I tweet.

    Twitter is not all about you or your website or business, it’s really a social tool, and it can achieve “more” than a standard instant IM because public tweets can be searched or read online. It’s a great service to those who also wish to know what your audience is talking about you or perhaps your hot topics and hobbies.

  • June 22, 2009

    I’m getting followers only by posting frequently something useful, slowly but constantly. I believe that these are the best followers I could have. Some people are even recommending my tweets. I don’t think that other methods to get followers, besides posting good information or good offers, could have positive results in the long run. Perhaps only for a while…

  • July 12, 2009

    Thanks for such nice tips!!
    waiting 4 more

  • September 5, 2009

    I am newbie on twitter, so this articles give me new information. Thx

  • September 9, 2009

    I think it great that those with more resources than I at their disposal are playing with new things on twitter and then happily sharing their experiences so that we can all learn something from it, thanks @sitepoint

  • September 28, 2009

    Thanks for the tips.

  • October 30, 2009

    Nothing could be finer than to be”
    a follower of @SeanVanity
    We compile all of our followers directly from website traffic.
    We delete almost all followers trying to sell something, unless it is traffic from our network.
    We only want and allow quality followers and quality traffic, and want a positive experience on twitter, recipes, ect and dont want to be hounded into making money.

  • November 9, 2009

    Very interesting article. I am just in the process of launching my own crochet line and want to focus on getting quality followers, not just quantity. To me that’s the real question. Any thoughts?

  • November 23, 2009
    Duit Lebih

    Nice article, thanks for sharing. And, you’ll want to give some twitaway that can attract your targeted prospects, so that you’ll getting targeted followers instead of just random followers that came after the twitaway

  • December 4, 2009

    Great that I found
    Its a good learning. Thanks for sharing tips.

  • December 11, 2009

    This is a great idea. I’m going to try it for @praytelNET. We have a book that we can leverage and programmers to make the giveaway doable. You got me really thinking. Thanks.

  • December 20, 2009

    Nice idea. Now I should try it since I’m having problems getting follower.

  • December 24, 2009

    Bravo.!!! I wish i get that PDF for free!! =)

  • December 28, 2009

    This was a great article! I tried following people to see if they would follow me.. It didnt work. I really want to connect with eBayers who need things to sell on eBay! Getting quality followers is hard work! Any other tips anyone?

  • January 5, 2010

    Inform your target audience 99% of the time and market your business 1% of the time. This way people don’t feel like your constantly shoving your business down their throat. Make sure you provide your target audience with useful information, websites, and links.

  • January 28, 2010

    Great list, thank to share…

  • January 29, 2010

    What was your prediction on the # of people that would follow you for the book and then drop off? Did you estimate, say, 1/10th of your audience would stay?

  • February 1, 2010

    very effective and useful tips indeed.

  • February 23, 2010

    Very helpful thanks for sharing

  • March 3, 2010

    I don’t think I’d ever be able to get 10000 followers in a week. That’s a really big thing to achieve, expecially if you’re not already well known.
    Luckily this site probably already has a lot of visitors which means that they can drive their visitors to their Twitter page…
    I’ll definitely take all of these points onboard though and hope it works a little for me. =)

  • March 12, 2010

    I always think that how I can get more followers in a short time without following people then they follow me back. I think we have to build ourselves famous.

  • April 29, 2010

    This is absolutely great. Everyone is working on your tip now.

  • May 11, 2010

    Great concept…I just need to find a way to mutate it for the service industry. Some really good tips in there. e.g. the DM limit, naming the campaign and I’ve now discovered Tweet Later.

    Thanks guys :-)

  • May 17, 2010

    Awsome job! Thanks for the update.

  • May 28, 2010

    Great idea offering something for following, off to find something to offer :)

  • July 5, 2010

    Hands down the best offer of all time is free. Anytime I have used it or used it for a client, it gets results. Very clever how you pulled off your promotion.

  • August 16, 2010
    Veronica N. Davis

    I’m the author of BLIND THIRST and have been lucky to gain 3+ twitter fan pages, but you still don’t see results like this. The more you talk, the more love you get. Period. None of us have the money to do what they did.

  • September 7, 2010

    I just found, in a few days, I have gained a few hundred followers. It is based on credits, follow someone, check their site or like them on facebook and you receive credits (users decide amount of credits they want to give out). Not a strategy for the longterm, but a way to get someone following you so you don’t look like a complete flop.

  • September 7, 2010

    Also, I have found that Twitpics from celebs are a way of getting huge bursts of traffic. May not be targeted, but eyeballs can make return visitors. Chad Ocho Cinco and Snoop for example, get huge twitpic views, I post a somewhat relevant link from my site on the comments, delete the @ reply and BOOM! Big bursts of traffic! Imagine this, Lady Gaga’s last Twitpic got over 300k eyeballs! Enough said.

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