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Ivin February 3, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I use the following each other unspoken rule of reciprocity – following related people. Then I engage my followers, I Retweet, I go engage on search topics and trends, locally and globally.

I hope that sounds ok?

If this post was to disapprove of buying followers, it goes without saying.
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Jeevan Jacob John February 3, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Hey Ivin,

Thanks for the comment!

Well, I guess that is alright. My principle is that you have to engage them and get them to follow you.

It is about both building followers by just following others (mass-follow) and about buying followers. I like gaining followers through the normal method – engaging with them and sharing good content (If you go by this, there is a better chance for your followers to be loyal to you)
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Eddie Gear from SEO for blogs February 3, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Jeevan thats nice. I think that if anyone wants to expeiment with twitter techniques they should get a new twitter account. That way even if you get banned you will not lose your true twitter followers.
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Jeevan Jacob John February 3, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Hey Eddie,

Yeah, it is a good idea to use a new account for experimentation and stuff (and find what works).

Thanks for the comment, Eddie!

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Susan Daniels February 3, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I too used emass follower techniques when I first started and need to encourage myself daily to engage with my Twitter followers. I’m not quite ready to start over again, but I am doing a great deal more of “unfollow” and interacting with my followers. Thanks for the encouragement Mavis!
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Jeevan Jacob John February 5, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Hey Susan,

Thanks for sharing your insights :)

Yes, I can understand. You could try to build a good relationship with your followers (I know it is impossible to keep up with everyone – but having a good connection with most of your followers is a great thing).
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Micah February 3, 2012 at 6:07 PM

This is going to sound a little harsh but it needs to be said. I’m sure your a great guy but you are totally off here. I say this because I’m not just here to be mean or judgmental, but with some things, I can’t just keep my mouth shut.

Saying there is a “right” way and a “wrong” way to build twitter is total b.s. It all depends on what your goals are. Dishonest? Really? If your followers aren’t engaging, its not because you used twiends for goodness sake, it’s because you weren’t targeting your followers correctly. Twitter isn’t for building one on one relationships. If that’s your goal go to Facebook.

Twitter is about connecting with a large number of people at once. I have twitter followers from my blog who are my loyal fans, and I also have automated twitter followers. How on earth does the latter negate the former? Using a tool like tweetadder allows me to leverage my time and build a targeted following of thousands. Maybe you have time to sit around all day fiddling around with your followers, but some of us actually have more important things to do.

Then there is the whole topic social proof. You obviously have no concept of how this works, or how important it is. You need to read more.

Who do you think you are deciding what’s right or wrong? Honest or dishonest? I don’t have a dishonest bone in my body. My sole purpose in this industry is to provide value and to build relationships and I use tweetadder to do it.

Seriously, just stick to Facebook and leave twitter to the rest of us.

Like I said in the beginning, it’s nothing personal, you’re just wrong here.
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Jeevan Jacob John February 3, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Hey Micah,

Yes, I do understand what you are talking about.

I didn’t say that automation is bad, I just said that automation makes it harder for you to target your readers and building trust with your readers.

What’s right for you might not be right for someone else. Yes, some people might consider my decision as unwise and I am totally okay with that. I did what I felt I should do (and I will always stick with it).

Yes, it does depend upon your goals. My goal is to build a large following while providing value to my followers/subscribers – a following that trusts me.

For me, It’s not really about the amount of “people” who are following you. It is amount the amount of people who are really loyal to you – they trust you. And these automated tools don’t really give you loyal followers – you have to make them loyal. You see, I could have build a relationship with the rest of the followers – that I got through automation. But, that just takes up a lot of time and effort.

Instead, I decided to do this. I understand that social proof is important and that it works. But, I don’t really care much about it. I care about providing value to my readers – I don’t really care about the number of subscribers – I want my followers/subscribers to find my blog/twitter account useful. That’s all there is to.

You may have a totally different concept and that’s alright. I like talking with people who have different concepts :)

Thanks for understanding,

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Micah February 4, 2012 at 6:20 AM

I still don’t agree with you, but if everyone agreed with each other all the time the world would be a pretty boring place.

I suppose the bottom line is to do what you enjoy, and what works for you. If this is what works for you then more power to you my friend.
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Jeevan Jacob John February 5, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Yes, of course :)

Thanks for understand, Micah. Appreciate your thoughts.
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Amrik February 3, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Hello,

Great article.You are right it is really important to build a positive relationship with your followers. After reading your article I will do the same.

Thanks for sharing .
Best regards,
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Jeevan Jacob John February 5, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Hey Amrik,

Thanks! I am glad that my post helped.

No problem and thanks for leaving a comment!
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Harleena Singh from Freelance Writer February 4, 2012 at 2:35 AM

Great post!

Yes indeed, I have often heard many bloggers go in for a new handle for the very same reasons you shared above and it does make a lot of sense as well! I guess you need to have really followers who would always stay with you and like you for the content you share, rather than just waiting for you to follow them back and if you don’t do so being quick to unfollow you!

I guess I was very careful right from day one as I had learnt from such bloggers and their expereicnes they had shared, thus am very careful to choose whom I follow.

Thanks for the wonderful reminder :)
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Jeevan Jacob John February 5, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Hey Harleena,

Thanks!

No problem :) Yes, I decided to do the same too. So that, I can build a truly loyal follower base :)

That’s great. I am glad that you are careful on choosing the people you follow.

No problem and thanks for the comment!
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Dan Lew February 4, 2012 at 4:29 AM

I have more than one Twitter account right now, and I’m using them for separate campaigns of my other websites. But of course my main Twitter account is always my “main” focus, while the others are just being tested to see if my campaigns are performing well or not.

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Jeevan Jacob John February 5, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Hey Dan,

Thanks for sharing your insights :) Yeah, I tried to do that, but that doesn’t work out for me (I don’t really have time to manage multiple accounts).

Thanks for the comment :)
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Bhupendra February 4, 2012 at 5:06 AM

Hi, This is excellent way to get more followers,now i understand why New Twitter Account is necessary for Automated Followers. This is great idea and i really want to implement it.
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Jeevan Jacob John February 6, 2012 at 4:26 AM

Hey Bhupendra,

Thanks for the comment :) Appreciate it and hope my article helped.
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Michael Burns February 4, 2012 at 7:51 AM

I just follow back everyone who follows me. I do my best to retweet the tweets that I find useful and rply to all mentions when posible. It seems to work pretty well. Thanks for the great post!
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Jeevan Jacob John February 6, 2012 at 4:29 AM

Hey Micheal,

If that works for you, then yes, go with it :) What I usually do is try to engage with my new followers – if they do reply back and network – well, then I will follow them :)
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Jane from best email autoresponder February 4, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Jeevan,

I have to partially agree and disagree with you :) While full automation is not good, some automation doesn’t hurt. Let’s be honest. Who has the time for social media? If you have to manually build your followers (daily searching for appropriate people to follow, follow them and interact with them).

To me partial automation is great. I use Tweetadder to partial automate my Twitter activities. I leave it to the tool to find people I need to follow. But as Mavis says, I bring them to my blog and interact with them.

I use Marketmesuite to scan @mentions, DMs etc and promptly reply them, if needed. I do tweet other people’s stuff when I blog hop. And if it is my favorite blog, I auto feed MMS to tweet that blog’s feed.

So as you see, I do automate stuff, but still not as a bot. I do know when people give me a shout out and I callout and greet others as well.

IMO, a little automation doesn’t hurt. We need to see that we don’t go overboard!

Nice post.

Cheers,
Jane.
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Jeevan Jacob John February 6, 2012 at 4:32 AM

Hey Jane,

Yes, of course. I agree with you :) There are good things to using automated methods – saving time. Like you said, nobody has the time to do all of this. Automation can also help to find great people to follow.

Thanks for the comment, Jane!
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Bayard Coulombe February 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Yes Jeevan, I do have a twitter account. However, I have seen that many people started following me even when I was not putting any updates actively on twitter. I do not know how it happened. In this case we cannot accurately know about who is following us genuinely. What do you say?
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Jeevan Jacob John February 6, 2012 at 4:37 AM

Hey Bayard,

Yes, I understand. Most of those followers, I think, are just bots (more than half of twitter users are bots). It is indeed hard to identify genuine people – I usually look at the bio and timeline.

Thanks for the comment!
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Darren February 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

It’s tough to be personally involved with 4,000 people. At some point too many followers means there’s no way to even communicate with anyone. Luckily, so many of them are bots :)
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Jeevan Jacob John February 6, 2012 at 4:38 AM

Hey Darren,

Yes, of course :) But, you could still keep in touch, occasionally. My principle is to form just a “circle” of people with whom I regularly network and then keep in touch with new and existing followers.

Thanks for the comment!
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Ilka Flood February 4, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Hi Jeevan,

I’ve never used any automated systems to grow my twitter accounts. Yes, I have two because I was targeting different niches but in the meantime they’re fused together.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with your idea to create a new twitter account and grow it only with very targeted followers. I’m a bit confused though. Can’t you do the same thing by creating a specific twitter list for specific people?

For example: I have a very targeted twitter list that feeds into my Paper.li Twitter Newspaper. That way I am on top what those followers I really care about are up to and I never miss any of their tweets.

Just thinking :)

All the best,

Ilka
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Jeevan Jacob John February 6, 2012 at 4:41 AM

Hey Ilka,

Thanks for the comment!

Yes, I could have done that. You know, there is one more thing to it: I want to experiment with my new account – how much time I can spend, how fast can I grow this many followers etc – through “right” methods – I mean, without automating the followers.
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Amy Hagerup February 5, 2012 at 3:40 AM

This is so true. I hardly have a relationship with any of my followers on Twitter and when I do try to engage them, they don’t respond. I think I should start a new twitter account too. This is a good suggestion. Thanks! Amy
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Jeevan Jacob John February 6, 2012 at 4:43 AM

Hey Amy,

I am glad that you agree :) Well, that also depends – whether they are actual people or bots, and whether they really care about spending time and replying on twitter.

No problem and thanks for the comment :)
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Rob from building a blog February 5, 2012 at 7:47 AM

First, I do NOT believe in using this feature for sending people directly to sales pages, ads, videos, etc. NO ONE LIKES RECEIVING THESE! IT’S INCREDIBLY ANNOYING AND PEOPLE WILL BLOCK YOU.. INCLUDING ME. It’s called Twitter etiquette : )

Secondly, I DO believe in using this service as a time saver in order to connect further with your audience by reaching out to them through a DM, which gives an added message so you are not forgotten in the mix. It’s another chance for your audience to connect further with you.
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Jeevan Jacob John February 6, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Hey Rob,

Yes of course :) There are a lot of people who use automated features for sending spammy auto DMs etc.

Yes, use these methods to save your time. But, I will never recommend anyone use automated methods to get followers :)

Anyways, thanks for the comment!

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Geetha February 5, 2012 at 8:31 AM

I have around 5 twitter accounts but none of them are to get more visitors. All are different accounts because I have 5 blogs so created 5 different twitter accounts :-p

And i never used any automated followers tricks to get followers. If i did I wouldn’t have 10-15 followers for my blog right now.

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Jeevan Jacob John February 6, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Hey Geetha,

Wow, 5 different blogs! It must take a lot of time to manage everything.

Thanks for sharing your insights :)
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Vic February 5, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I agree with your move Jeevan. I also use to have business accounts in Twitter. Then I realize to have a personal Twitter account to interact with my followers as a human. Now I’m already sticking to that account and I like it.
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Jeevan Jacob John February 6, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Hey Vic,

Glad that you agree :) That’s great. Are you getting good results?
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Mike February 5, 2012 at 9:05 PM

I have few twitter accounts as well because I have may different websites as I can’t post sports news to followers who are interested in children care or similar ways. If I would have only one website then of course there would be only one twitter account.
And about “mass fallowing” to get more followers it’s ok, because people won’t follow empty account and it won’t rise any credibility to your website if people will see that you have few followers. So you need a place from where to start.

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Jeevan Jacob John February 6, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Hey Mike,

Yes, of course :) You need to build the base first – share updates, recommend, follow, network and follow again :)

Thanks for leaving a comment!
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Jay Venka February 6, 2012 at 2:19 AM

Twitter tools are effective but there should be some human intervention and not completely automated twitter profile which no followers will like.. Still im yet to start using twitter tools :(

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Jeevan Jacob John February 6, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Hey Jay,

Yes, of course.

Good luck to you :)

Thanks for the comment!
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Aline February 6, 2012 at 4:25 AM

You can update your profile daily with new updates,you could also share your blogs & many things…many of the followers will join you…
Don’t take tension …..You’ll have many followers in future….

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Becca February 6, 2012 at 5:45 AM

I think using Twitter is that you need to benchmark, test and verify the results. Most people probably don’t know how good twitter can be for their business, and many don’t realize how effective it is.

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Jeevan Jacob John February 6, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Hey Becca,

I agree. People need to experiment and find out what works for them and then follow those techniques.

Thanks for the comment, Becca :)
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Sanna Hellström February 6, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Hi Jeevan,

Thanks for your post. Very valuable since this is something on my mind at the moment. I´m using a syndication tool and I´m begiinning to question this method since I get comments from people seeing “all” of my posts, wich then are syndicated through others. It becomes like a mass production.
It seems noone is opening messages since there are so “many” of them.
Spammy? Ethical? Clutter? I don´t know. But I´m glad you brought it up.

Best,
Sanna
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Jeevan Jacob John February 14, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Hey Sanna,

No problem :) It is indeed a difficult question to ask ourselves. I think it depends upon who you ask,

Anyways, thanks for sharing your insights with us, Sanna!
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Jordan February 7, 2012 at 10:50 PM

This article serves as a friendly reminder to those whom are using social marketing platforms solely for the use of marketing. It is certainly beneficial, as you said to build relationships with your fans rather than treating them as a number. Thank you for your insightful information!

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Jeevan Jacob John February 14, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I am glad that you agree with me, Jordan! Yes, I think our focus should be on building positive and trustful relationships with our readers (not on the number of readers we have).

Anyways, thanks for the comment!
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Tim biodu February 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Getting followers through the back doors is not genuine for blogger who want to reach out to a large audience.remember that you are blogging because you want to solve a problem for people and not to just have them for exposure.interacting with your followers will definitely link you to more.nice tips you got.

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Jeevan Jacob John February 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Hey Tim,

Yes, of course. Going through the back doors may get you good benefits in the short term, but in the long term, it will do you more harm than good.

Thanks for the comment, Tim!
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Wailea February 11, 2012 at 1:36 AM

Establishing a relationship/rapport with followers can pay huge dividends in increasing conversion rates. I know for me, I haven’t tried to gain thousands of followers but I’ve had a couple of deals from those followers so all in all I’m happy. In social media, it’s important to engage. Thanks for sharing.

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Jeevan Jacob John February 14, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Hey Wailea,

That’s great. I am glad that you are focusing on the quality of the relationship and not focusing on the quantity, unlike many other bloggers.

Anyways, thanks for the comment :)
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David Sneen February 12, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Getting another Twitter account to grow followers from the ground up seems like a lot of extra work. To me, it does not matter how the followers were attained, the important thing is the current interactions. Even though I put my 10 K followers in myself, I get very little feedback from them…most are spammers. I am learning new and better ways to engage them. If I only make a couple key contacts from my account, that is enough.
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Jeevan Jacob John February 14, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Hey David,

Yes, it is. Well, I guess that’s alright. But, I think it is way harder to build your followers first and then build relationships than building relationships while gaining followers. But, I guess you should stick with what that works for you.

Anyways, thanks for the comment! Appreciate it.
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sai krishna April 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

well explained Jeevan Jacob John ,
your explanation is very good ,twitter is helping me to get clients , get latest news about technology . your strategy is very cool :)
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