I just got rid of 7,000 Twitter followers!
Happy Thursday! Honest Housewife here!
So you all know I started about 6 years ago in Internet Marketing. Like every newbie I wanted things to happen overnight. 🙂 There are tons of programs that claim they can make you a gazillionaire overnight but believe me, NONE OF THEM ARE TRUE! I fell for quite a few of them and I’m not saying they are scams, I’m just saying it is nearly impossible to make money overnight. There is a learning curve with everything, even if you are a seasoned marketer.
Most marketers that come out with all these products already have huge email lists, tons of Twitter followers and a bunch of friends on Facebook. What they don’t tell you is that if you don’t already have these things, it’s going to take some time to build those bases in order to market to them.
So in my early journey I went for the Fiverr gigs that promised 10,000 Twitter followers in 2 minutes, blah, blah, blah. LOL! Sounded good right? Wrong! 10,000 visitors to your site for $5! Simple right? Wrong! Most of those people are sending bot traffic to your site which means they aren’t real people and do not help you at all. Those 10,000 Twitter followers? They are mostly fake accounts and do absolutely nothing.
What you want is for people to engage in what you have to say/sell, and then pass it onto other people who would be interested. You want to grow your email list with people that like what you have to offer and will use the information that you provide. I know it sounds like common sense, and it is. The problem is that some people get so excited that they think they are going to make a million overnight and then get disappointed when that doesn’t happen and/or they think everything is a scam or everything is crap.
My Twitter account had over 7,500 followers for almost two years. I didn’t engage with them for almost a year and a half and hardly anyone unfollowed me. Hmmmm. Seems strange right? So I decided to check and see what was happening.
I shouldn’t have been surprised but with a little help from ManageFlitter (no this is not an affiliate link 🙂 ) I was able to go through all of my followers and find out what kind of account they had. You can search by spam score, how often they tweet, if they are interactive, if they have never tweeted before, etc. It was a huge eye opener.
After one day of going through my account I found over 7,000 fake accounts that had never tweeted once or only tweeted 2 or 3 times in like five years. Needless to say my Twitter followers significantly decreased to only about 150. LOL! But, those 150 followers are actual people who engage with their followers and provide great info, and surprisingly I have received more actual followers after I did this. I got like 20 new followers overnight. I don’t know if people look at my account and think I don’t have good content because I only have 150 followers, or if they look at it and think she is particular on who followers her or she follows. Either way, I know that I am building a good following of real people who are interested in what I have to say.
In conclusion, use your head and don’t get too wrapped up in the hype when you are starting out online. Yes, it is going to take some time to build up your list, following, etc, but it will be well worth it. I do recommend taking a look at ManageFlitter to see what kind of followers you have and weed out those that are not of any use to you or your business and start engaging and following people that are likeminded and will give you information that you can use and is beneficial.
If you use ManageFlitter let me know what you think. It worked great for me.
P.S. ManageFlitter has a free option and of course paid options but I am not receiving any commissions here. Just wanted to put a good tool out there. 🙂
Enjoy your day!