Working your way into the Twitter community doesn’t require being a celebrity, a top Etsy seller or finding some elaborate hack. You can increase your number of followers by becoming follow-worthyand using a few proven strategies that will get that number of followers up.

6 Ways To Get Twitter Followers Who Love HandmadeHere are a few very simple ways to grow your Twitter following:

1. Target Audience

Have a more targeted audience. If you are passionate about something, then go with that. Take knitting, for example. If you’re good with yarns, then focus your efforts on it. Call yourself an expert in the craft of knitting and run with it. It may be a smaller subset you’re going after, but if you can become the foremost Twitter user on knitting, then you’re bound to get some followers. Go to knitting blogs, websites and message boards and post answers to some of the most frequently posted questions. Respond to each and every inquiry you get, and before you know it, you’ll be a Twitter expert and have more followers than you can shake a knitting needle at.

2. Right Time

Posting your tweets during peak hours gives you the best opportunity to be seen, or, rather, read. And that might makes someone enjoy whatever tweet you’re sending out. So what are the peak hours in social media? 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. generally see heavy Twitter use.

3. Profile

If you own a craft business, use your brand as your avatar. Using random graphics or images as your avatar can give the impression of a spam account, so they are not recommended. Also, be creative, clever and intelligent when writing your bio. A good written bio can help you get much more followers than a poorly written bio.

You want to sum up who you are in a short space, too, so don’t go overboard with the prose. This is also a good place to put your urls such as your Facebook page or a blog landing page. But don’t only include those links. A good mix of clever self-description mixed with your other links is a good way to get people interested in your handmade business.

4. Hashtags

Using hashtags is a great way to connect to people with similar interests and to increase the visibility of your tweets. Add hashtags to your tweets and also create tweets based on hashtags that are relevant to your craft. Just pick one or two relevant or amusing hashtags which add to the quality of your tweet. Don’t just add hashtags onto words that appeared in the rest of your tweet, or include them just for the sake of it.

5. Followings And Followers

Following people who follow you is a good move when you’re focused on gaining followers because people who notice that you didn’t follow them back might unfollow you. Like other social media sites, Twitter is a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” type of environment.Also, when you follow back, some people might respond to you publicly, which will give you some added exposure to their followers.

6. Retweeting

Make retweeting a habit. Although you have many followers to focus and respond to, make your rounds every day to retweet at least one new person a day. This sometimes will give you a fan for life. You can apply this same exact method to grow your following and community on any of your networks.

Also, acknowledge those people who retweet you often or share your blog. Favorite a tweet to let them know you see them. At a later point in time, perhaps return the favor as time permits. How does this help with your following? The more people see that you appreciate their efforts, they will more likely retweet you whenever online. The more visible your brand or Twitter handle lands on other pages, the more likely you will generate more organic following.

These are all essentially free ways to get followers on Twitter. How about you? What are you doing on Twitter? Is it working or not? Let us know in the comment box below.

Gary Capps

I live in the one of the most beautiful places in the world on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with my wife and our 2 dogs, Poppy and Mia. Since 2009 I have helped over 15,000 handmade business owners to grow their business with our software and free tools designed for todays entrepreneurial artisan.

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