This is a guest post by Rezdwan Hamid.
There are many ways to get followers on Twitter and there is one I find particularly effective. Nope, I don’t do that follow as many people as you can and hope they follow you back in return. I hate it when people do that.
Looking For Questions
You see, I love to help people with whatever website building questions that they might have. One of the avenues that I use to find people needing help is Twitter. I just find it a joy that I am able to answer those questions.
So, how do you find someone with questions about a particular topic on Twitter? For that we are going to use Advanced Twitter Search, a lesser known feature.
Using The Twitter Search Operators
It is the Twitter Search Operators that I use to filter all those messages that goes to Twitter and find questions that people ask. Here is an example that I use regularly to search for someone asking about WordPress on Twitter.
wordpress ? -wordpress.com
When I enter the above search query, I will get messages on Twitter from someone asking about WordPress but not having a link to wordpress.com (because I’m not looking for blog posts from that site).
Answering What You Know
If you have various topics that you are looking for, using a client like TweetDeck also helps. What I like about TweetDeck is the ability to create a different column for every search query.
Now as the questions comes in, start answering those that you know. This is a sure way to start a conversation with a stranger. No harm in that. They got a question and you got an answer.
Getting Followers In The Process
Now comes the best part. When the people you answer find you helpful, not only will they thank you, they may decide to follow you. It happens to me occasionally and I love it when they do that.
What if there is no response or they don’t follow you at the end after you helped them. That’s okay. It not about getting followers but about helping others. You’ve just showcased to their followers about your knowledge. Who knows, they might follow you instead?
Ideas For Your Blog Posts
The other advantage is ideas. I get a lot of ideas on what to write for new blog posts through this method. I always have a notepad nearby when I engage in this type of conversation.
You never know what kind of questions you will get and some of it you will never thought of. I’m still surprised about people asking what is the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org.
Have Fun But Don’t Get Carried Away
So start looking for questions to answer on Twitter and start a nice conversation. Look at the Twitter Search Operators page to see how you can tweak your search queries to find the questions that you can answer.
Just a note of caution. You may want to have a schedule and duration to do this. I spend no more than an hour a day. You might get carried away and forget completely about writing that blog post. Happy tweeting!
Rezdwan Hamid maintains a blog where he writes articles, reviews and tutorials for beginners to start their own website and how to make it better.