3 Social Ways to Attract More Quality Twitter Followers

Twitter is a great way of driving referral Traffic to your blog or website. But the key is attracting “Quality” Twitter Followers.  Followers who want to know about your niche, love your content and ultimately will buy your products and services.  

3 Ways to attract more quality Twitter Followers using social strategies
Are you being Social on Twitter? These Social Strategies will help you attract Followers that CARE!

Here are 3 “Social” Ways to attract more quality Twitter followers who will love your content and share it with others! 

#1 Make a List of the People Who Love Your Content (and Engage with them!).

I have talked about how to use Twitter Lists to engage with other users before.  I definitely recommend that you start some Twitter lists for your account. Lists work really well for being able to track groups of people. They also enable you to give compliments to others – place someone in a list that has a complimentary title (ie Social Media Innovators).  Be sure to check my previous article here if you want to find out more about using Lists on Twitter.

I recently set up a List that tracks those people who Retweet or mention my content. In particular, I add people to this list if they indicate that they want more content from me, for example, the following people will be added to my “Retweeters” list.

This Tweet asks for more articles about Twitter…I will definitely let @cookbookeditor know about this one!
I will be sure to Tweet @tvhotels when we release an Infographic or write blog posts about them!
And as for @NikiTorkative…. any future Visual Marketing posts in the series will be flagged for her! And also because she has a fun Twitter Name!
@mariadeconno also gets my vote as someone to connect with!

You can also add Tweets to Favourites, or “Retweet” Tweets.  I would keep track of those tweets that indicate that the person:

  • wants more engagement from you
  • likes your particular content
  • gives great feedback or engages with you.

By Retweeting the Content or adding the tweet to your Favourites, you will be able to find the person later.  These types of Followers will be great to connect with…..and be sure to shout out about them to other followers. When you have content that you know your “favourites” will like, why not give them a heads up. For example, I have just this minute responded to @cookbookeditor (Diane) as follows, to let her know about this post before publishing it:

Don’t forget to reply to @mentions and RTs!
 #2 Track Your “Post” Retweets & Mentions – and Say Thankyou

If someone says hi on Twitter, say hi back. It’s that simple. And if they thank you for something or share your content with a RT… absolutely thank them back!

There are a few ways to do this.  The most popular is by checking your @mentions or Retweets on your Twitter Account or Twitter Management Tool (ie Sprout Social, Hootsuite, TweetDeck etc).

Recently I found a new way to do this. It allows you to easily track any mention of an “article” link (rather than just tracking a mention of your @name on Twitter).  This is useful if the post is not on your own site (such as when you write a guest post).

So here it is:  Check out this video to find out more about how to use a simple function for finding “hidden” mentions of your posts – both on your own page or for your guest posts on the websites/blogs of other thought leaders in your niche:


Please Note: The 3rd tip in this video is relevant even if you do not “Guest Post” as yet.  As outlined in the video, you can use Tip #3 in the video to track your own article mentions as well. (However, just for the record, I suggest you do write Guest Posts….it has made a huge difference to my traffic referral, business and exposure!).

 #3  When someone “tweets” the extra mile for you, go “tweet” the extra mile for them!

This means if you have someone go out of their way to mention you in any way, then return the favour! This tip can be used in many situations – for example if someone Retweets your Content, then say thanks. Retweet their comment or posts as well.  For me, there is one “action” or gesture that does require a little extra effort on Twitter. If you are the recipient of it, then you should definitely take note and say thanks:

If you are added to a Twitter List – take the time to thank the person:

If you are added to a list, thank the person.  They are making the effort to follow your content!
Be sure to reply if you are added to a list – especially one with a cool name like this one!
Give thanks and engage – it builds relationships!

And of course, try to add the person back (to one of your  lists) – perhaps even the List mentioned in #1. If they are tweeting and following your content, take note of who they are and engage with them!

These 3 “Social” ways to engage on Twitter, will attract more quality Twitter Followers for your business. Try it out for yourself and let me know how you go!  

Let’s do something with this post – if you like it please leave a comment below. And while you are there, go the extra mile:  Leave your Twitter @name in the comment, and I will follow you (and hopefully some of my readers will too!).  

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Donna Moritz

Visual Social Media Strategist at Socially Sorted
Donna is the founder of Socially Sorted, winner of Best Business Blog in Australia 2014 and a Top 10 Social Media Blog for Social Media Examiner, 2015-2017. She helps brands leverage the power of visual storytelling and content strategy in their business. Her content has been featured in publications such as Forbes and Entrepreneur Online and she is a contributor to Social Media Examiner. Donna speaks about digital and visual content for the marketing and tourism industries internationally.
  • @cookbookeditor

    Another completely engaging, instructive article! I just wish you lived a little closer to me here in Seattle! I’d trade you lots of wine and chocolate for your expertise. 🙂

    • Ha ha – yes that would be good. I have a feeling if you were close by it would involve food, but just a hunch…and wine and chocolate is always a winner with me. Thanks for the feedback – glad you found it useful! I just write what I would want to know! :o)

  • Hi, Donna, thanks for another wonderful reminder!  Concise and to the point:  “Engage” is the name of the game here.  As usual, excellent tactics we ought to practice and perfect.  I’m following!

    • Hi Robbie! Thanks so much – you are right – engage is the name of the game (I could have said it in one sentence, ha ha!). Have a great day!

  • You give great info. I even broke my promise that I wasn’t going to sign up for ANYTHING else. Smile. I signed up for the newsletter.


    • That’s so great to hear! Wow. Thanks. I know how much an email address is worth, so I promise to give you more! Have a great day! I have just sent you a reply on Facebook re the sign up! :o)

  • Pauline

    Hi Donna
    Some great tips and info in this post thanks for sharing! I have gained so much more traffic to my blog by interacting on Twitter.
    I think it is very important to retweet and thank others that have retweeted your posts etc. 
    Have a great day

    • Thanks so much Pauline – I totally agree with ou – retweeting and thanking others is very beneficial…as is the same action on all platforms really – sharing on Facebook, Repinning on Pinterest etc. Thanks for the great feedback. You have a great day too!

  • Great post and site! I use numbers 2 and 3. I use lists, but I don’t have one for people who retweet my content. I’ll be doing that now :). Thanks! My Twitter name is @leannechesser. 

    • That’s great Leanne! I think no 3 is great too – it means you can really engage with those that love your content and who are like minded and will share. It’s a great resource for shout outs about other businesses and Follow Fridays etc. Let me know how it goes! Heading off to follow you now!

  • This is awesome! It’s about sharing the love and doing what you want others to do for you, IMHO. My approach is to just be kind and polite, just like I would in person. It’s good karma to RT and help others and help them build their following. Usually, like-minded people on Twitter find me through their friends. It’s like one big, fun cocktail party 🙂

    • What an awesome comment, Lisa Marie! Thanks so much! Don’t forget to let me know your twitter name so I can follow! I totally agree with you. The key is definitely making sure you do what you would in the real world! It’s that simple. I think you might like this post too, as you “get” it! – http://www.sociallysorted.com.au/how-to- engage-your-fans-the-ninja-question-you- need-to-ask/

  • Great information! Thank you. I would love to connect with more of your followers on Twitter. @speechladyJen:twitter 

    • Hi Jennifer – I will be sure to come over and say hi on Twitter! Stay tuned! You can find a lot of those that are following me via my lists on Twitter – I add most new followers to 1 or 2 lists. Have a great day!

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  • Hi Donna! Your stuff is amazing, I am quite new to Twitter and your posts do an excellent job at explaining how to engage with people. Simple and… engaging 🙂 I am going to follow you and retweet 🙂 @vlada_pechenaya

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! That’s great and I am glad you are finding it useful. Seeing as you have given me such a nice testimonial I want to send you another great little ebook that we put together with Social Media Blog in Spain that has some more twitter tips for engagement. Drop me a line via the website or tweet me with your email address (or let me know if you are already a subscriber) and I will send it to you! I see you are in London – I love London (lived there from 97-2000. Great city!

  • Ebook readed, 3 ways followed… Thanks a lot Donna… Greetings from Venezuela… @keithfme / @hacerlafeliz

  • These top tips are essential for your twitter strategy to gain more followers – thank you @veritas_office