Friday, January 06, 2012

Book Marketing Makeover: How to Get More Twitter Followers

Guest post by David Griffiths

To gain more followers on Twitter, I began by creating a new Twitter account, @SelfPubSolution, for my website,, so that I wouldn’t have to split my tweets from @David_Griffiths between my book, The Misadventures of Russell Quigley, and my website.

Then I read John Kremer’s 151 Ways to Tweet, What to Tweet, How to Tweet and learned that I was doing many things wrong.  I began to look for questions to answer, for other ways to help out, and for good material to re-tweet. I respond only to meaningful Mentions and Direct Messages. I can tell by the responses I am getting, that I am on the right track.

David Griffiths Twitter Profile

Next, I enlisted the help of a program called TweetAdder. It adds followers 20 at a time based on keywords that you supply, and after several days it unfollows those who have not followed you back. I spent time double checking my new followers. Most of them were just what I was looking for; however, I did weed out a few misfits.

It seems that most people are using some form of automated response to being followed. My favorite was, “I auto respond, so I do.” Overall, the automated responses do not add any useful information to the conversation, so I am not using them. It is annoying and time consuming to dig through a ton of automated Direct Messages to find the helpful, interesting, and personalized responses.

@David_Griffiths began with 304 followers. It now has 5,156, and I am following 4,690.

@SelfPubSolution began with 0 and now has 4,259. The traffic to my website increased 64 percent with the first 1,500 followers. It is too early to tell much about book sales.

It was a fascinating and productive experience. I have a lot to learn. My Kindle is bursting with books to be read, and I have discovered that John Kremer’s material is not that expensive, and not just for the pros. His 15000 Eyeballs Online Program has already proved to be a bargain and will keep me busy for quite a while.

The Misadventures of Russell Quigley

About the Author

David Griffiths is the author of The Misadventures of Russell Quigley, a hilarious collection of sea stories woven into the fabric of Russell’s life as a Navy photographer.You can find out more about the book at
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