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.
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:
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.
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!