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[Guide] Growing Twitter accounts by mass following

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by EddieC123, May 4, 2013.

  1. EddieC123

    EddieC123 Regular Member

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    I wrote a guide a while back on how to mass follow on Twitter without getting suspended for aggressive following, but Twitter changed their algorithm and what once worked now sees you fall foul of the ban hammer. I have been testing a number of accounts over the last couple of months, and have developed a new method that has since been tested on 30 accounts without any suspensions. This method is safe for new accounts, I only ran a few tests on this so can't give definitive limits but if you have an aged account you will be able to follow a bit more aggressively than this guide recommends.

    Step 1 - Setting up the accounts

    All accounts need to have a profile picture, bio & customisation to the appearance - just setting a background colour will do, no need to go all out. I haven't tested accounts extensively without these basics as it's good practice to add them anyway, but I definitely noticed the limits being tighter on profiles I didn't modify.

    I advised in my previous guide that if you were sending traffic to a website it was best to split the niche into micro-niches & setup multiple Twitter accounts. This still works, but you need to make sure that you are posting links to other sites as well on all accounts - it now gets picked up when multiple accounts are tweeting links to the same domain & no others.

    This bit is the most important change from the previous guide - it is now essential that you tweet at least five times per day. Going over five per day doesn't appear to add any additional benefit but going under this figure reduces the number you can follow without getting suspended.

    Step 2 - Mass following

    On the first day you start tweeting don't follow anyone, and follow 25, 50 then 100 on days two, three & four. After day four you have two choices - you can continue growing slow & steady or you can buy some followers to speed things up. Unfortunately you're not able to fast-forward quite as quickly as before by buying followers, but you can still get to a decent following a lot quicker.

    Without buying followers

    Continue following 100 people per day until the account has 1,000 followers. From this point you can follow 10% each day of the total number of followers you have - so if you had 2,000 followers you would be able to follow 200 per day - until you get to 5,000 followers & are following 500 accounts per day. Continue to follow 500 per day until your following reaches 10k, then up the number you are following by 50 each day until you reach Twitter's limit of 1,000 per day. This should get you safely up to following 1k per day in approximately 3 months as long as you don't pick a niche with low interest.

    Buying 5k followers

    Buy your followers on day four after you've followed a few accounts yourself. After your followers have been added, up the amount you follow each day by 100 until you are following 500 per day. Continue to follow 500 per day until your following reaches 10k, then up the number you are following by 50 each day until you reach Twitter's limit of 1,000 per day. This should get you following 1k per day in about 6 weeks.

    Buying 10k followers

    Buy 5k followers on day four, and up the amount you follow each day by 100 after your followers have been added until you are following 500 per day. Once you are following 500 per day buy another 5k followers & keep following 500 per day for another week, then up the number you are following by 50 each day until you reach Twitter's limit of 1,000 per day. This will get you following 1k per day in under 4 weeks.

    Step 3 - Mass unfollowing

    Once you are following more than 2,000 people Twitter will only allow you to follow 110% of the total number that follow you. To stay within this limit you need to be unfollowing those that don't follow you back. Twitter will also penalise accounts that regularly unfollow those they have only just followed, so you need to only unfollow those that you followed a few days before. If you are using software that remembers when you followed people adjust the settings accordingly, if you don't have this feature then you will have to pause following for a couple of days every week before unfollowing.

    Twitter also flags accounts that only ever unfollow those that don't follow back. This is extra annoying as it doesn't happen immediately & you will have already invested a lot of time building your following, plus Twitter don't seem to unsuspend accounts that are caught out in this manner. To avoid this you need to also unfollow some of the users that did follow you back. This undoubtedly leads to some people unfollowing you as a result, so try & target the users you unfollow - I usually unfollow those that haven't tweeted in the last three days. This does only appear to be an issue with new accounts though, once your account is three months old you no longer need to do this additional unfollowing.

    The results

    Depending on the niches I've worked with I have had a followback rate of 15-45%, with most niches being around the 35% mark. Once you are following the maximum number allowed this means anywhere up to 3k new followers per week. Get some proxies & scale this up like I have and you can easily have tens of thousands of new followers to market to each week!

    Any questions, feel free to ask :)
     
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  2. theothertwin

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    Thanks for the well written post.

    I have some questions, if you have time to answer. I'm not a veteran of twitter, so forgive me if the questions are not as targeted as some other posters.

    1) What's your technique/method for creating the accounts? There are other threads, but since your technique is getting sticky accounts, it's a good idea to recreate the actions from start to finish.

    2) 5 tweets a day - what do you use for content? E.g only things related to your niche (future/present ideas), or random interest stuff (until you start to monetize the traffic once accounts are aged). Do you use very similar tweets across the 30 accounts, because that's 150/day?

    3) Tied in with question 1, if you are using proxies, vpn etc, do you make sure you are not using the same ip by mistake to access other accounts the next time you do some activity?

    4) Do you think it's better to post links to landing pages, or something like YT, with regards to being less likely to get banned long term.

    Much appreciated.
     
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    great post .
     
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  4. EddieC123

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    All good questions mate, I'll answer them in order.

    1) I create all accounts manually, and to be on the safe side I only create one account per proxy - though many people advise you can get away with 5 per proxy.

    2) When starting new accounts I take RSS feeds from niche-related sites that have no restrictions on use in their T&C's and use these to auto-post to the accounts. Once the account has got to a decent size I market the traffic to sites in the same niche, usually on some sort of exchange basis but occasionally for cash payments.

    3) Yes, I only ever use one proxy per account.

    4) Do you mean for general content, or monetising? For content I usually go for news articles or blogposts, when monetising I either post PPC ads or links to my own landing pages, plus niche related affiliate links. Go easy on the affiliate links if you post them, I've heard of a lot of accounts getting banned for posting too many. Also, always make sure you declare any tweets you're getting paid for by adding '-sp' to the end.
     
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    Hei, great post, may i know what tools you using?
     
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    Hey eddie practical and detailed write up.. very helpful. I actually read your first thread on twitter following too.. Really well written.
    A quick doubt, how to get those 100 followers per day initially and then 500 per day in later stages. What script or tool to use? is there any free script or bot that does that job ? Im not in a position to pay 30 or 50$ on some of the twitter tools that are being advertised.

    Im new here n like to talk more on IM and twitter marketing stuff :|
     
  7. LupeFiasco

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    How many accounts are safe per IP? Where do you recommend to go to look for proxies?
     
  8. wordism

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    wow great tip right there
     
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    Very Nice Guide!
     
  10. wordism

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    anyone having problems with Twitter Suspensions lately?
     
  11. saifkhatri

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    yhh i've had a few bans on my accounts, i think twitter may have changed the T&C's
     
  12. Enryu

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    Yeah, it does seem like something new is afoot. I got a temp ban following/unfollowing less than a 100 a day. It was a pretty new account though.
     
  13. wordism

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    when the last time you guys unfollowed and how many..what type of delay?
     
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    I was unfollowing a little under 100 non-reciprocated follows a day, after waiting 3 days for the users to follow back, with a delay of 1-10 minutes between unfollows scheduled to occur between 12 hours of the day.
     
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    Yeah, anybody have any suggestions? I have an old account that got suspended!
     
  16. wordism

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    wow that looks safe.. I was going at a way faster rate than that but the accounts that got suspended were new for the most part.
     
  17. wordism

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    I think this is mostly related to unfollowing. I'll have a better idea tomorrow though
     
  18. LupeFiasco

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    Any findings? My account is a year and a half old. I followed 10K people and have 14K followers. I would follow 1K people and unfollow those not following back a few days later. Still get suspended. I got suspended last week for aggressive following, now that I'm unsuspended how should I go about following and unfollowing?
     
  19. wordism

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    I would suggest just not unfollowing so many people in a day, spread it our do an low number per hour
     
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    hey man g-d bless u for all this help

    iv been getting so many accounts suspended, and its really dampened my spirits until now

    i just have one question, if i get an accoun suspended with a certain ip, could i still use that ip?

    meaning would twitter go harder on me cause theyv already suspended an account with that ip?