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How I Built My Twitter Marketing Monster From 1 to 36,000

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Twitter Marketing Monster

I’m sure by now you know how important it is to bring your blogging and online business to Twitter, and if you don’t then you are not interested in building your blog or business.

Now before I go any further, the one thing you NEED to know from the beginning is…

“You Will Lose Followers On Twitter No Matter How Nice, Polite, or Perfect You Use Twitter”!

Like Guy Kawasaki says: “If your not making people mad on twitter then your not using twitter correctly” twitter marketing, make money with twitter, get twitter followers, twitter dummy

What I mean is that people on twitter are sensitive, they follow and un-follow quickly.

It can be just one tweet you make that rubs them wrong, they will un-follow you.

Example:  Last week I made a tweet about a story about Obama visiting somewhere, and I said “the prez is slumming it..lol”   Now I had the “LOL” in there so people knew I was joking, I’m a sarcastic guy :)

Yet I had someone that lives in CANADA..lol  @me and complain that I was rude and blah blah.  Understand this person lives in CANADA, yet was mad and he missed that I was joking.

So once you understand that you can not make everyone happy and some people will un-follow you then you can move on with using twitter to build your blog or business.

1 To 36,000 Really

Yes I’m happy with my followers, and have made a lot great connections, and friendships in that 36,000 and I have sent a lot of them to my blog.

You see on twitter it really isn’t that hard to get followers, but what is hard is knowing how to keep them long term.

Here are a few things I do that keep my followers happy and growing…

Do Not Automate Every Part Of Twitter!

I schedule a few tweets thru the day because that lets me share more, but I am also there in person thru the day reading and replying, to get most out of twitter you need to be there.

Yes I automate DM’s and I auto follow people, why? For one automating DM’s is just smart and efficient..Period!  

Why do I auto follow? Because I don’t think I am so amazing or that I am any better or more important then anyone else on twitter, if they follow me, I follow them, if they spam me then I drop them :)

I have learned new things from top bloggers and marketers on twitter, but I have also learned things from people with less then 100 followers, so stay open.

I Tweet The Same Tweet More Then Once!

I do this mainly for my blog posts, and why?  It’s simple, my followers are from all over the world all in different time zones.

If I post something at 9am a big part my followers won’t see it, or some people are not on twitter at 9am some are on at 6pm after work, some on at 11pm once the family is asleep.

So for me to reach as many of my followers as I can I post my blog posts every 3-4 hrs.

Here’s a little secret, do you know the best time my posts get RT’d the most?  11 pm.  Shhhhh don’t tell anyone :)

Build A Community In Twitter

If you know Chris Brogan, then you know he is all about community and twitter is no different.

Best way to do this is interact with people, reply to tweets, answer questions, share a “little” about your life and participate in follow Friday.

Here’s what I do, if some RT’s any of your tweets whether it be your own post, or news article, thanks them as soon as you can, and sometimes this turns into a nice conversation, which is what you want to do on twitter.

On #Ff I follow Friday to anyone in that week that has RT’d my posts or has sent me a nice reply or DM or that has #ff me. This is a nice way to thank people again for RTing your tweets or any nice compliments they gave you.

This builds a friendship, benefits them cause your sharing their name with your followers and hopefully they will RT more in the future.

There you go! Now you have a few things that I do that work for me that got me to 36,000 in less then 8 months, and that helps me keep them around.

What do you think of my tips?  You have any to share?

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  • jam789

    Impressive amount of followers in only 8 months ! Not even half that yet, but getting there.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    TyY, it took Work..lol I'm sure if you stay consistent you will pass me by.

  • http://www.diary4life.com Paul

    A great post with some 'nifty' ideas about getting followers. Thank you for sharing

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Nifty ideas to KEEP your followers :)

  • http://frugalzeitgeist.com/ Forest

    I've not been great with Twitter but plan to get on it and get networking this year. It's the perfect venue for my Frugal blog.

  • http://www.buildthatlist.com/ Tom

    You are doing such a great job with your twitter account. Can I ask what program you use to Automate your follow and DM's? I'm just starting out with Twitter.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Hey Forest, Twitter just takes a little time and tips to get it up and rolling for you. Twitter send me about 200-500 peopel to my site per post, so yes your blog would do well with more effort into twitter.

    I just finished a new ebook Twitter dummy, pretty much everythigng I have learned, read more here http://www.TwitterDummy.net

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Hey Tom.. and TY so far Twitter has been a great help to my blog. Like I told Forest, I plan to release a new Twitter ebook at http://www.Twitter Dummy.net

    Look thru that, that will get you adding 500-100 followers a week, and how to keep them.

  • http://www.signupandmakemoney.com/ Bonuses

    I can't wait until I have that many followers on Twitter someday. I really like the blog and look forward to learning more cool money making things from it.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Thanks, glad you like the blog. Keep at it, Twitter followers will come.

  • http://www.insanelyserene.wordpress.com Linda@InsanelySerene

    I am so new to this I don't know what #ff means – can you enlighten me?

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Hi Linda.. Here is a great post at Mashable that explains what #followfriday or #ff is http://mashable.com/followfri/

    You should do #follow friday on friday, it's a great way to say thanks to anyone that has follow you that week, or has done a #ff at you, or do a #ff with anyone that has tweeted any of your tweets.

  • http://www.insanelyserene.wordpress.com Linda@InsanelySerene

    John Paul,

    Thank you so much, I appreciate your quick response and the helpful
    pointers. Look forward to reading more of your posts.

    Best,
    Linda

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Your Welcome :) Hope you enjoy the blog.

  • http://WWW.guidegoods.blogspot.com/ Ed

    wow. cool article. you made me think twicd about autofollowing people

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Hey Ed.. TY for the comment :) Glad you liked the post.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Hey Ed.. TY for the comment :) Glad you liked the post.

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  • http://twitter.com/SheilaAtwood SheilaAtwood

    I have to say that I really enjoy following you on Twitter. This is one tool I want to use to the max.

    I am getting better at staying consistent…but could improve a lot.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Sheila.. TY for that.. I enjoy following you to and appreciate all the support you give me on Twitter.. means a lot.

    Yea, staying consistent is the best way to get best result son Twitter. good thing is the tips in this post worked to 36,000 followers, and has worked to 67,000 today.

  • http://twitter.com/PatoPaez Pato Paez

    Thanks for sharing your experience. How long did it take you?

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Glad you like the post. It took some time haha

    Not sure how long to 36,000 but I add on average about 3000 – 5000 a month

  • http://www.acidzen.org dandellion

    How do you manage to follow 90000+ people?

    Recently I cut a mass of my followings because I couldn’t find my way with a thousand. My timeline was a complete mess. 

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Tools and Lists help manage the chaos haha

  • http://twitter.com/JamjeeOfficial Jamjee Official

    Your tips are always awesome John

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    TY for the Jamjee :)

  • http://trucklicense.net/get-cdl Freedom Jackson

    Excellent tips I will definitely share with my online peeps.  What pitfalls would you recommend for people to avoid on twitter?  What helped you break through from say 1000 to 5000 users or do you remember?

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Jackson.. only way to break into 5,000 10,000 or even 50,000 followers is to keep at it each day. Connect with targeted people, share good quality targeted information and be patient.

  • http://www.ArtfullyPersuasive.com/ Mazen Alzogbi

    You inspire me! :)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Thanks my friend :)