Web 2.0

Get More Twitter Followers

It seems I must be doing something right with Twitter, even though I don’t twitter everyday, and sometimes even miss a week or two, my twitter followers count continues to climb…

It seems the automated BlogMyTweet.com plugin that I have added to my main blogs (like this one) does help to even bring in some traffic to the blogs as well, so it appears that I’m not just twittering away to myself, phew!


I’ve recently added a twitter “Follow Me on Twitter” graphical button to my blogs to see if they help to pick up even more new “followers” and it does seem to be helping.

Here’s three of the best sites I’ve found with free Twitter “follow me” buttons you can use: –

Free Twitter Buttons

Free Twitter Graphics

Free Twitter Follow Me Buttons

I’ve also added the TwitterCounter.com chicklet to display the number of followers I currently have, which seems to add a nice touch of social proof, encouraging people to go ahead an follow me.

you can check out “TwitterCounter” here: –


and then enter your own twitter username to see your stats and get your own counter button code.

or download the  the plugin here: –


Although the days that I seem to have the most new followers sign up is the days that I make several tweets, especially those where I end up having a conversation with other people…

I’ve also tried to avoid the temptation to post “irrelevant” tweets, like: –

“I’m making a cup of organic free trade vanilla falvoured green tea and listening to the new Metallica album this morning”

as I know those kind of tweets tend to put me off following other people, unless they mix in a LOT of real content, although I have to admit one or two may have slipped in… :)

here’s a great post with 20 tips for getting the most from twitter: –

20 Tips For Using Twitter

and you can also see your own Twitter “Rank” by entering your username here: –

Twitter Grader

My “Rank” is currently 98.1, which puts me 0.03 below the “UK Twitter Elite”, which is topped by fellow bloggers Chris Garrett  (no relation) and Caroline Middlebrook

Quick Tip: using this to get your own Grade will mean that your twitter profile shows up on the front page of the site for a short while, which may help you to pick up a few more new followers, although they may not be well “targeted”.

You can also add a twitter application to your facebook profile to have your tweets update on to your facebook page, grab the app here: –

Twitter Facebook Application

While I’m on the topic of web 2 stuff, I also made a video showing how you can add your blog to the Facebook BlogNetwork application that you should consider checking out on BlogTactics.com

I’ve added four of my main “IM” based blogs to it already, and I even added Yaro Starak’s Entrepreneurs-Journey.com blog to the network, as he hadn’t done so yet.

If you’re wondering whether it’s worth adding your blog, well I spotted that Darren Rowse has well over 500 people following his ProBlogger.com blog on this facebook app, so I’d say it is, especially as it only takes a couple of minutes to add your blog, so go watch the video on how to do so: –

BlogNetwork Facebook Application

and you can follow my blog on the BlogNetworks Facebook application from here: –

Matt Garrett on Facebook

Perhaps you should do the same for your favorite bloggers, it’s a great way of making a connection and getting chatting with someone…

and don’t forget you can add links to any of your own sites to your facebook profile using the TagK application –
facebook backlinks application

and please start following me on Twitter @MattGarrett, I need to get my “Grade” higher! :)

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  1. November 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Hi matt,
    Great post for social network buffs, The thing with these networks is that they are always changing and it’s quite a challenge keeping up with them.
    I found that the best policy is to stick with about four core networks so you can concentrate your efforts and give better value to your fiends and contacts.
    I have hooked up to you in FaceBook and subscribed to your blog with BlogNetwork, look forward to reading your posts. :smile:

    • Matt
      November 5, 2008 at 10:03 am

      Hi Bill,
      I agree, I tend to concentrate on just 2-3 for my “internet marketing” blogs, mostly just PlugIM and Sphinn, as they are “on topic” for my content, so any visitors are far more likely to be targeted.
      I have in the past experimented with StumbleUpon traffic, but generally found it not to be worht while for this type of blog.

      • November 5, 2008 at 12:39 pm

        Hi Matt,
        You hit the nail on the head about Stumble, allthough i still do the occasional stumble( if you stumble something that catches the eye be prepared for a ton of traffic) I concentrate more on Delicious and FaceBook as well as MBL.
        I will have to give Plug IM and Sphinn a go, if they are more targeted then it makes sense.
        Have a Beer on me 😀

  2. November 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Matt,

    I must get more into Twitter – rather ashamed of my follower number. There’s a problem at the moment though, I couldn’t add you to follow.

    Like the themes at TwitterGallery.com


  3. mariane
    June 15, 2009 at 2:50 am

    Wanted to know how can one integrate what one writes in the tweets and facebook to be postings in their blogs too? Is that possible or do you have to do it manually?

    • June 18, 2009 at 12:40 am

      Hi Mariane,
      Alex King’s Twitter Tools will post a digest of your twitters to your blog for you, and there is a facebook twitter app that will do the same for your facebook updates.