3 Simple Ways to Find Relevant Twitter Followers

Just a quick note and apology to anyone who visited my site last week. Apparently it was hacked by some kind of redirection script that sent people who arrived from search engines including google.com (which also meant Feedburner, Gmail and Google+) to another site.

Things should be squared away now thanks to a little .htaccess cleaning and password changing. If you’re running on a self-hosted WordPress site, I would suggest you take a quick peak at your .htaccess file and make sure there isn’t anything out of the ordinary in it.

Special thanks to Justin of Dragon Blogger for letting me know! Now onto our regularly scheduled programming.

Tired of all the tricks of the trade advice when it comes to finding quality people to follow on Twitter in the hopes that they will be interested in your tweets and follow you back? Chances are you have been missing a goldmine of new people to follow.

Where are they you ask? Why they are on your favorite blogs, of course.

I’m not talking about the owners of the blogs whom you are probably following already. I’m talking about the guest bloggers, contributors, and even blog commenters.

Granted some article contributions may be from people who are getting paid for these writing jobs, but even freelancers could be bloggers with an interest in your niche too, so don’t count them out.

Simply answer these questions, and do the following to build your network with quality Twitter followers.

1. Do You Regularly Contribute to a Blog With Multiple Authors?

If you answered yes to this question, then check out the other authors on the blog. Find them on Twitter, follow their account, and retweet their posts. If you’re using the retweet button on the blog, be sure to add in the author’s Twitter handle in the tweet. For example:

Google+ Grows Quickly: This Week in Social Media http://t.co/4B7pzV8 via @smexaminer by @cindyking

I would also suggest adding these authors to a Twitter list so you can engage with them often. It’s a great way to get to know other bloggers in the same niche!

2. Do You Read Blogs with Multiple Authors or Guest Bloggers?

So let’s say you don’t do a lot of guest blogging, but you do read blogs like Social Media Examiner or others in your niche that have multiple authors. The same steps as above apply – find the authors on Twitter, follow them, and retweet their posts with their Twitter handle included.

One added bonus of this strategy is, if you are looking to contribute to the blog in question, networking with the other authors will eventually give you a great way in, especially if you can get one or more of those authors to introduce you or recommend you to the blog’s owner.

3. Do You Comment on Blogs with Twitterlink Comments?

I’m not sure why I didn’t install it sooner on this site, but another great way to find bloggers interested in your niche on Twitter is simply in the comments of blogs that use the Twitterlink Comments plugin which allows commenters to add their Twitter handle along with their comment.

Twitterlink CommentLuv Comments

In conjunction with the CommentLuv plugin like the comment above from this site, it is easy to see which bloggers write about similar topics so you know they will be a great Twitter user to follow. Also works great for blog owners analyzing your own comments section!

Do these Twitter following strategies work?

Is it really that simple to find new people to engage with on Twitter and does it work in building your own follower numbers? Why yes, it is and it does. I know because I have been routinely following guest bloggers and contributors while including their Twitter handles on posts from other sites when I tweet them.

The relationship building aspect of these strategies is priceless as well. Thanks to getting to know some of the team from Social Media Examiner, I didn’t feel completely lost when I attended a breakfast meetup with the entire team during last year’s Blog World Expo.

Your Methods of Finding New Twitter Followers

Do you find people to follow on Twitter the good ole fashioned way? Feel free to share your strategies (and your Twitter handles) in the comments below!

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  1. says

    Hi Kristi
    I just checked my .htaccess file. It doesn’t look like anyone has been playing around with my .htaccess file.
    The most valued people I am following on twitter are people I have met on other blogs than my own. I have met a lot of great bloggers on all kind of blogs also in niches other than my own. Reading their comments on other blogs tell me a lot about them and tell me if they are someone that I would like to connect with. If they take the time to go to other blogs and do a serious comment they may be with getting to know on twitter.

  2. says

    These twitter strategies to get more followers work but rather slowly. If you are ok with 2-3 followers a day then there would be no problem otherwise you would have to opt for other strategies.

  3. says

    Great tips there Kristi, I tweaked the twitter button on my blog so that if the post is by a guest blogger then it automatically adds their twitter name instead of my own, this is great for giving those writing a little bit of extra promo, while also linking to my blog.

    I also use Twitterlink, a brilliant bit of coding, I’ve discovered some great bloggers using this method and do hope that it has helped in increasing my follow count as well 😉
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    • says

      Do you have a post on how to do that Karen? I haven’t had much luck in setting that up for my own site, but would love too!

  4. says

    Hi Kristi, I’ve been using Klout to find people to follow for a post I’m working on. I check the “Influencers” and I also look to see who influences those people.
    It was working out well until a couple of hours ago when Klout was a little wacky. It seems like whenever they add a new feature things go haywire. Hopefully things will be back to normal soon. Thanks for the pointers.
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  5. says

    Hi Kristi,

    Sorry to hear that you’ve had problems with that script!

    Tweeting in right hours, RTeing good players with good articles, use applications like Hootsuite, Buffer for a better management, etc can increase your followers too.
    Be listed in Twitter directories and lists can help!

    Of course the plugin is a nice addition for a better exposition of the twitter-readers 😉


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  6. says

    We often neglect simple things and easy things in life but often simple things bring most of the return if you do it consistently.

    You don’t have to do difficult things to be successful instead you have to do easy things with extra ordinary commitment and persistence. :)

    Thanks Krisiti for sharing an easy to implement success formula :)
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  7. says

    Good ideas Kristi. I liked Karen’s suggestion about tweaking the share buttons to include the Twitter handle of guest posters, good tip. I often find folks to follow in comment threads, when I start to see some smart people in a few places, I check to make sure I am following. “Old” school tip: check the blogroll. If you find a different blogger, maybe they’ve found other people to read and follow, include them in their blogrolls. FWIW.
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    Wow, I didn’t know that you got one of my comments featured here. Imagine my shock face when I am reading this post line by line until my Gravatar popped out. Scary LOL.

    Anyway thank you for the spotlight Kristi. And you probably figured that I liked point number 3 the most. Not that it has my face in it but because having this plugin in place helps to simply finding bloggers with the niche of your interest. Makes me envious since we Google Bloggers don’t have this. :(
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    • says

      Twitter bios can be misleading. This approach also gives you an immediate engagement point to jump off of in building your relationship with your potential new follower. :)

  9. says

    Hey Kristi,
    It can definitely be challenging to find relevant followers on twitter that might actually be interested in your content. These are some good tips I hadn’t thought of. I tried twiends for awhile but the followers weren’t really reactive to anything. I think it was mostly people following just to get points so they could get followers type of thing.

    One thing that seems to work pretty well is to find an influencer in your niche and then follow the people that seem to interact with them. Often times they will see your follow, and take a look at your content and possibly follow you as well if you have good stuff.
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    • says

      Very true Dan. I’ve had people tell me they follow my followers and that it makes a good strategy in picking up new people who will be interested in them too!

  10. says

    Suggest you may want to edit your title, Kristi. It is up to each person to decide if you’re worth following. Your article is not about their choice to follow you, but whether they are worth following. You’re writing about finding relevant people to follow, not to follow you.

    No need to reply. Not checking that box this time. :)
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    • says

      Well, I’m replying anyway. :)

      If it were just about finding quality people for you to follow, I wouldn’t add the engagement tips. That’s how you make it not just finding quality people to follow, but how to increase the likelihood that quality people will follow you back.

  11. says

    That’s an excellent post, Kristi. All the tips you mentioned make sense and they do work. I know that from experience.
    I would add the importance of striking a conversation through blog comments as well. Let’s say I really like the author and would love to get to know him/her better. Before even following them on Twitter, I would turn my comment into a conversation by adding valuable tips and ending with a relevant question.
    Then, I follow your advice and tweet their post including their Twitter usernames to grab their attention. Finally, I follow them on Twitter and start interacting with them via @mentions, @replies, @retweets. It works like charm all the time but I guess the most important reason of all is that, as you mentioned, I pick like-minded people from the get go which makes my mission much easier.
    Now let me walk the talk and end my comment with a question: who is your favorite blogger of all times and why?
    Thanks a lot for this great post, Kristi. I learned a lot from you :).
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  12. says

    I’m not really out to try and “find” people at this point. I’m cool with serendipity and thus I do like how you’ve got the twitter handles listed for people that input that field. The point is that if I do want to follow someone because of a great comment or because they are interesting, it makes it very easy to do that.

    Key is to put it out there so people can add if they want. My comments now – on http://www.nuwomb.com – have the ability for people to put in twitter and fb links and I really like it. I can easily follow the people that comment now and it rocks!
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  13. says

    Hi Kristi,

    Great insights… guest bloggers are great :) like the post you did at http://blog.kissmetrics.com/10-twitter-tools/ which made me follow you and check your blog :)

    It’s important to follow back and engage with the people that matter to you.. however it’s hard to keep up with all the new followers and on going real time engagements :)

    Thanks for sharing :)

  14. says

    Hi Kristi,
    I am completely agree with you, the best way to get real twitter followers is increase your reach for smiler profiles like follow them re-tweet there interesting tweets, find and read smiler blogs and praise them share thoughts. engage them with good discussion. it may take some time but it would be the best way to get real followers..
    Thanks to sharing with us Kristi…
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  15. says

    Kristi i am running a website which provides writing services now can you tell me that how i can get leads from people who are on twitter is there any way to find that to whom i can provide my services via Twitter?