If you want to be a successful freelancer, promote your brand or run an online business, Twitter is the best place to start. With my eight years of experience, I might say that LinkedIn is the only superior social media platform to Twitter.
Let me prove it with fantastic statistics in 2016.
- 317 million monthly active users
- 100 million daily active users
- 500 million Tweets sent each day
- 65.8% of US companies with 100+ employees use Twitter for marketing
One hundred million daily active Twitter users, Seriously! Can you understand the potential Twitter has? You are already late for the party if you don’t have a Twitter profile yet.
I created my Twitter profile (@iNirodha) in October 2011. Now I have 136k+ REAL FOLLOWERS. Almost all the followers are in my niche and engaging.
Today (26/12/2016), my profile’s official Twitter Analytics page looks like this.
With this, you can see my profile has a decent number of profile visits, and followers are growing daily.
However, over the last few years, I have done so many wrong things, and once, I lost more than 10k followers within one week. Up and downs can happen with Twitter. It is entirely natural, but one wrong move can ruin your Twitter profile entirely.
You’ll have to spend years to recover. I faced that situation and knew the feeling.
Before starting this conversation, you should have an idea about Twitter rules. So, please go to the below link and read it very carefully.
Twitter has its limitations and regulations. We have to play by those rules. If not, they will not think twice about taking action against us.
My personal account had been suspended two or three times already because, In the beginning, I didn’t even know about their rules. Nobody does.
Thanks to an open API, Twitter can use a vast array of third-party services, and it is the same reason that allows people to use some spammy tools. So, use those tools wisely.
In this article, I will tell you five things you should NOT do on Twitter ever. If you are still practicing these spammy methods, stop it right now. Your strategy is wrong. I’m telling you all this from my own experience.
1. Automated direct messages
In the beginning, I felt like direct messages could increase my profile exposure and induce following, but I was totally wrong.
Now my inbox is packed with automated messages. It really annoys me. I don’t even open those messages, and the first impression is awful.
When I want to unfollow Twitter accounts, sometimes I open a few messages and unfollow those who send automated messages.
One of my clients once told me that he gave up on Twitter mainly because of automated direct messages. DM can do such damage.
Great relationships can be built with direct messages, but we are using it wrong.
Some third-party tools like Crowdfire and Socialoomph provide automated DM services. Still, my advice is if you really want to send direct messages to your new followers, do it manually and write a personal message.
2. Buying Twitter followers
FAKE followers are a big problem for Twitter, and many are spammers. You can buy 2000-3000 FAKE followers (average) for $5 from Fiverr and some other agents. Don’t even think of buying fake followers.
Your account will not be suspended by buying followers, but it definitely will damage it. Anybody can identify those followers just by looking at them.
Most of them don’t have profile pictures, cover images or bio. Some of the accounts don’t even have a single tweet. Some look like porn stars.
So, when you have a large number of followers, people usually go through your followers. With fake followers, they have an awful impression of you.
One hundred real engaging followers are worth much more than 100k FAKE followers.
If you have already bought fake followers, cleanse your account right now for the greater good. You can extract both fake followers and fake followings with one click using ManageFlitter.
3. Twitter followers generating tools
These are credit-sharing methods. There are some tools that you can earn credit by following people via any social media and liking their posts, sharing posts, retweeting, watching youtube videos, and subscribing to channels like that.
Then you can use those credits to generate followers. Again, most of the followers you get from this method are FAKE.
People use fake accounts to earn credits. So, you are followed by those fake accounts. Never practice this either.
4. Aggressive following and unfollowing
This isn’t a race. Having a massive number of followers is not the most important thing. Don’t try to grow your account by bulk following and unfollowing.
It degrades the quality of the Twitter network and annoys people. Play nice; your account will grow.
Twitter doesn’t allow any bulk following and unfollowing. If you follow and unfollow hundreds of accounts within one day, your account will be suspended. I did practice that in the beginning, and I know the consequences.
Twitter has elaborated on everything about their rules of aggressive following and unfollowing. Please read this and keep everything in mind. They are not boasting. I know that.
Twitter #Hashtags are for relevant topics searching. Yes, of course, hashtags can increase your reach and engagement, but you should use hashtags wisely.
Tweets with more than two or three hashtags are very unappealing to read and need extra effort.
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We can’t deny that Twitter is one of the most excellent marketing tools, but you should not always try to sell on your social media. First, build up your profile slowly and with real and niche-specific followers, then you can use it for your blog or business.
Sharing visual content such as your business cards, images, videos, and music can increase engagement dramatically compared to plain text.
Over-tweeting is also not a good practice. Sometimes, people may unfollow those who do excessive tweeting. You should find the correct times to tweet and post regularly.
You have only 280 characters for your message and hashtags. Use a URL shortner (Bitly, Buffer) and save some characters, and don’t make any grammar/spelling mistakes. It looks very unprofessional.
Questions, comments, mentions, or replies must not be ignored when you are building your relationship with people. Those are the most powerful features of Twitter.
Follow these simple rules. You can avoid ruining your Twitter profile.
What are your rules when you work on Twitter? Have you ever been caught violating their rules? Please share those with us in the comment section.