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Red's journey to 50K Twitter followers

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by RedRed, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. RedRed

    RedRed Junior Member

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    Hello everyone! I haven't contributed much to this forum yet, but would love to do so. By sharing this journey with you guys, I hope to possibly gain some good advice and motivate others to go for it and do something.:)

    So what will this journey all be about?

    Basicly, like the title of the thread says, I will be trying to grow a Twitter account from 0, to (at least!) 50,000 followers. Why? To gain a bigger understanding of social media marketing and eventually make profit from it. The account I will be growing is themed within the funny, motivating, inspiring etc theme (won't be giving out exactly :p). There are always people wanting to follow such accounts.

    How I will be growing the account

    First of all, I thought it was important to have high quality content for the Twitter page, so I decided to scrape some of that. I used TumblRipper and scraped over 3k pictures related to the theme of my Twitter page.
    At the beginning I will be mass following - unfollowing in order to gain my first couple of thousand followers. I hope the following will be more automated once I have a couple thousand followers who actively RT my tweets. Or should I keep on mass following - unfollowing even then?

    How I will monetize the account

    I'm still considering several options, but these seem the best to me:
    - Creating a Tumblr-blog kind of website, on which all posts (quotes and images) will be placed, the site would be monetized through AdSense.
    - Possibly having some sort of shoutout service.

    - I also have an idea for a rather easy product to sell, once the page reaches 50K (or more) followers.

    Not sure when is the right moment to start trying to monetize it, any tips on that?

    My progress so far

    I made the account about half a day ago, at the moment of writing these are the stats:
    29 tweets
    543 following
    35 followers

    I plan on updating this thread every 1/2 days, so you all can keep watch my progress :)!

    Any tips or feedback is welcome, after all: I'm still a noobie to this, I have been working on another account, with about 750 followers at this moment, but still very unexperienced.

    Peace out, Red:cool:
     
  2. endrith

    endrith Newbie

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    So you are doing this mass following - unfollowing manually or ?

    Good luck with your journey.

     
  3. RedRed

    RedRed Junior Member

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    Thanks for your response. I'm partially doing it manually, both following and unfollowing. Still looking for something to automatically follow a specific users followers..

    Also looking for a good way to schedule tweets, supporting images, anyone?
     
  4. iamsolo

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    Good luck. I will also start similar journey soon after recovering from injuries. I've few tips for you PM me.
     
  5. RedRed

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    I can't PM yet, maybe PM me your Skype so we can talk? :)
     
  6. RedRed

    RedRed Junior Member

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    Hi guys!

    So even though I only created this thread just this morning, the account is now approximately 1 day old, so I thought it'd be nice to do a little update.

    What have I done in the meanwhile?

    Today I have been searching for some more content for the page, and found some pretty good content. I'm now mixing up pictures and just plain text tweets, instead of just pictures. Also, I've started using Hootsuite, which I've started to explore the past couple of hours, I tried bulk scheduling, but it didn't really work out because it was giving errors all the time. Then I decided to just use the auto-schedule function, it took me maybe 20-30 minutes, but I have now scheduled tweets for the rest of November (10 per day.. maybe not enough.. I don't know really).

    Account's current stats

    Tweets: 42
    Followers: 79 (+44 in less than half a day)
    Following: 971

    Pretty positive thoughts on the first day's progress, I guess.

    A question:
    - Some of the images that I scraped have some watermark, or a link to a tumblr page.. Does that matter much? Not sure whether I can post them without any problems?
     
  7. ivanfitzy

    ivanfitzy Junior Member

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    Another 2 ways of monetizing would be a site like mylikes and when you get bigger sell rts, and maybe to grow the account you could buy some. pretty sure some guy with 3 million followers sells them here, and instead of hootsuite have you checked out tweetdeck? its free
    keep us updated
     
  8. RedRed

    RedRed Junior Member

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    What is mylikes exactly? I read that some people were using it, but didn't get the results they wanted to get with it. I did indeed think about selling shoutouts - seems like a nice way to monetize the account some more. I also considered purchasing some shoutouts myself.. Not sure what prices I should think of and whether I deem it worthy - I mean, it will speed up the process, but maybe I prefer not spending too much and trying to build it myself.
     
  9. ivanfitzy

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    Mylikes gives you links to share and for every time someone clicks on that link you get paid
    I agree about prices they can be quite steep but once you get bigger you could exchange with another account

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  10. RedRed

    RedRed Junior Member

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    Okay! Thanks for clarifying. :)
     
  11. iamsolo

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    Ok. No problem. Which tool you're using to follow people?. Your follow back rate is horrible. With this rate it takes a year to reach your target. Whom you exactly following?
     
  12. RedRed

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    I did it mostly manually, following people that follow my competitors or interact with them. Only possible thing could be theres some non real looking people which i might have followed, or one time only users.
     
  13. peepin2me

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    Interesting. I've been contemplating doing something similar myself. Good luck with your journey.
     
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  14. RedRed

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    Thank you! This is my first journey within IM, hope it works out Good. If not, I will most likely have learned something from it!
     
  15. RedRed

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    Today's update

    So, another day has passed.. Today was a quite slow day in my opinion, I tried out a new method of following, which should be giving me a higher follow back rate than what I got from the first mass follow yesterday. I followed around 600 people today, but only gained ~15 followers, the people I followed were all targeted, followed competitors in my niche and were active within the past few hours before following them. I only followed a couple of hundred of them a few hours ago, so more followers might be coming.. Just nothing spectaculair as of yet.

    I also funneled around 20 followers from another acc to this one, asking them to follow the account because I was helping out a friend.. However the growth has still been terrible.

    Stats
    Tweets: 64
    Followers: 138
    Following: 722


    Really wondering what is causing the low follow back rate, I have HQ content and follow targeted (non-fake) people. I do not use a lot of tags or whatever in my Twitter posts; maybe that could help? IMO it makes the tweets look kinda spammy.

    Advice is welcome, greetings Red
     
  16. ivanfitzy

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    Hey bro,
    If the followings were targeted and users were active then I don't think there is anything else you can do. Give it time. Keep following up to your 2000 limit and by then you should have given enough time for follow backs. Maybe try putting your niche in your name to grab attention.
    Keep it up

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  17. RedRed

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    Already have that, thanks though. I guess it will take time. The niche is highly competitive and my account may not look too trustworthy yet with the amount of followers. I'm guessing it will become a lot easier when I have a couple of thousand followers and people I follow actually start to deem me legit.
     
  18. jms12

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    I did this last year same exact goal and everything. I hit 50k in about 3 or 4 months. I used Tweepi + imacro method. Started out with aged account and 1k followers. Followed 1000 a day for a month and then got ban warning. Since I got that ban warning my account got ghosted, nothing I type will appear in search or fall under hashtags. I then only followed 500-800 a day random and hit my goal. For awhile after my goal I'd get 20-50 organic retweets from my niche. Then after while later NONE of my twitter followers get any of my tweets. Be careful.

    Other comments:
    -Mylikes was really dissapointing
    -Never follow ANY of the #follow4follow #teamfollowback or any of those type of people.


    GOOD LUCK
     
  19. RedRed

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    Thanks for your response. Too bad to hear it didn't really work out for you and you had some struggles (with the ban warning and not having your tweets appear). I will be trying out Mylikes once I get a big enough following, if it doesn't really work out I'll be checking other methods to monetize, too. I do not follow those types of people, but thanks for the heads-up anyways.

    I'm experiencing some struggles myself too at the moment: It seems very hard to gain followers within my niche, today I followed ~260 so far, and got followed back by just 23 (been at least a couple of hours since following the last 100).. Even when I follow people that retweeted something that was posted only several minutes before following them, I barely get any follow back's.. Will be experimenting a little more, but if it doesn't work out I'll just switch up the niche and see if I can find better luck elsewhere.
     
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    Update

    Hi guys, I didn't update this thread yesterday, since I didn't do much with the account yesterday. You could say I was kind of demotivated because of the low amount of follows that I got on the account, so I focused on other accounts I also had. 1 of those accs will hit 2K this weekend (yay!) and the other one is a parody acc, which seems to be able to be succesful but still got to see how much follows it will get in a couple of days.

    So today, I did follow people and got some follows back, I followed like 500 only 1,5h-2h ago, so I guess I will get some more followers than what I have now..

    Stats

    Tweets: 92
    Followers: 209
    Following: 1389

    If anyone has any tips, they are welcome!
    Greetings, Red