How I Gained 10,000 Real Twitter Followers

November 28, 2011 Posted by Tyler Cruz

Warning: This is a very long post. If you’re reading this from a smartphone you may want to wait until you get home.

In this post I will explain in detail how I gained over 10,000 real Twitter followers in a short amount of time and reveal how you can do it too.

I was a latecomer to Twitter, but eventually decided to sign up. However, I never really used it. And apart from running a couple of Twitter contests and adding a Twitter counter and link on the right-side of my blog, I didn’t really try to increase my followership.

But once I started using the Twitter app on my Blackberry, that all changed. I started to really enjoy Twitter and use it frequently. As I started to Tweet more often, I realized that my number of followers was fairly low and not seeing much growth at around 1,000, and so I decided to try to dramatically increase it.

I currently (as of writing this post) have 10,383 Twitter followers – all real people, most with many followers themselves, yet am only following 10 people myself.

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No Follow-for-Follow

There are many services and tools (both paid and free) that will allow you to increase your number of Twitter followers by agreeing to follow others in return. While this would probably help gain my number of followers fairly easily and quickly, I don’t like it for several reasons:

1. In doing follow-for-follow, most services and tools require that you give up your password. I don’t like the thought of that at all.

2. While it’s actually fairly common to see a high follow-to-follower ratio on Twitter, even with some celebrities, it also dilutes a lot of the value of your followers as they’re just blind sheep who are only following you so that you follow them in return.

3. I hate the fact that you are always "in debt"; you are stuck following all of those people, because chances are if you unfollow them that they will unfollow you back.

4. Which leads me to my next point. I am sure that in the future, as more ad networks which allow you to sell your Tweets pop up, they will eventually factor in a follow-to-follower ratio metric. When this happens, my account will look golden.

5. I am currently following only 10 people yet have over 10,000 followers. I think this makes my account stand out more. It also doesn’t hurt to increase the follower conversion rate, as it may appear that account must be good to follow if 10,000 others are following me and I’m not following them back.

What Didn’t Work

I first tried a couple services in which you purchased packages that would gain you Twitter followers over a fairly quick period of time – typically 2-7 days.

There are many services that offer this, and even more that will offer them if you allow follow-for-follow.

At first glance, the results looked awesome to me. I gained around 2,000 followers within a few days and grew from 1,000 to 3,000 followers. But then upon closer inspection, I realized that the average follower only had around 3-4 followers themselves, 8-9 tweets, and were following around 50 people. They also all had similar usernames… as if automatically generated using common first and last names with a couple of random letters appended to them.

Upon further investigation, it was confirmed that these were bots/fake accounts that were sent to me. To make matters worse, a few weeks later I was seeing massive unfollows of around 150-500 about once a week or so, to where I ended up where I started at with around 1,000 followers.

Having the followers unfollow was bad enough, but I don’t want fake followers… that makes them 90% useless (having a high metric in anything is still always beneficial, which is why I didn’t say 100% useless). So, this didn’t work.

I then considered using TwitterCounter’s Featured User service, which at first glance looked fairly promising. What enticed me was that you’d get high quality followers and definitely not bots.

But their prices are just insane. They state on their site:

"When you’re a featured member you get approximately 1 Twitter follower on every 100 views."

Yet they charge $285 for 50,000 views, resulting in an expected estimate of 500 new followers.

That’s $0.57 per follower which is really expensive!

That number increases with the more volume you purchase… for example 100,000 views (1,000 followers) is $545 or $0.54 per follower, but that’s still insanely expensive.

And so, TwitterCounter’s service was out of the picture.

What DID Work

Enter Twiends.

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Twiends is a free service that allows Twitter users to list themselves in which is essentially a giant Twitter directory.

And giant it is. It is in the top 3,000 on Alexa and boasts over a million members.

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You sign-up, choose 5 categories that best represent your Twitter account, and are given 25 free "seeds" for signing up.

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A seed is essentially a credit, and is used as a type of currency on the site. You set a seed-rate on how much you are willing to "pay" for people to follow you. In contrast, you can also gain seeds by following others.

There are fraud checks in place to help prevent cheaters from mass following in order to gain credits and then mass unfollowing, although at the same time you can’t expect a 100% retention rate because people will naturally unfollow you anyway, especially if your Twitter updates really suck Smile. On average, you can expect a long-term retention rate of about 50%, but this will really vary depending on your settings and how you tweet (if you just spam your Twitter account with ads, the unfollow rate will obviously be higher).

Great Value in Purchasing Seeds

While you could certainly sit in front of your computer all day and manually follow others in order to gain seeds, that would be an incredible waste of your time, not to mention that it would defeat the point of the "No Follow-for-Follow" mentality that I mentioned earlier.

The secret to Twiends is to purchase seeds or packages.

For example, as I write this, here is how many seeds I currently have in my account:

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Do you know how long that would have taken to amass if I had tried to gain those manually? It’d basically be impossible.

Twiends allows users to purchase seeds through three different methods: subscription-based, predefined seed packages, and one-day featured slots:

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As you can see, the bigger the package, the cheaper the seed price, so it’s cheaper to buy in bulk.

If you’re interested in trying Twiends out, I highly recommend starting with the One Day Featured package at $79. You should receive approximately 3,000 followers within 48 hours. That works out to around two-and-a-half pennies per follower!

With the One Day Featured slot, you are shown on the right side of the main directory pages in a Featured Users section. Twiends pays others 7 seeds to follow you even though you don’t actually use any seeds of your own. This is why this is such a great package to buy, as you get 24-hours as a Featured User.

It is most beneficial to new users to the site as it means that nobody has followed you yet. As a result, the slot starts to lose its effectiveness with each implementation, so you wouldn’t see another 3,000 followers if you purchased it immediately the following day, for example.

It’s a good slot to get once in a while, but not all the time.

Also, keep in mind that while you should receive a crapload of new followers in the first 1-2 days of purchasing a Featured User slot, that you will inevitably see a bit of a decrease during the next 3-4 days. This is normal and will only last a few days (if you have a seed balance) as it’s only normal for some out of those 2,000-3,000 new followers to unfollow you. You will keep the vast majority of the followers that you gained.

If you’re happy with the results of the One Day Featured slot, then I’d recommend grabbing the 20,000 + Featured package at $300. It’s $50 more than the 20,000 package but you get 1 free day as a featured user which is worth $80, so it’s a better value.

Or, you could purchase the 50,000 package which has a really low per-seed rate at only $0.012, plus 2 days of being a Featured User.

I personally have only ordered the large packages and not the subscriptions myself, although I’m sure the subscriptions are just as fine.

Please note that the 50,000 package will not be available to you until you become a VIP member, which basically means that you’ll need to make a different transaction first.

There are even larger packages available with greater discounts, but for most of you the 50K is plenty large enough.

Prices may Rise…

I noticed the other day that the cost for the Featured User rose from $59 to $79 as demand for it increased.

As more and more people start to realize the power of Twiends, the rates will likely increase as well, so grab your seeds at these low costs while you can!

I know, I know, it sounds all very pitchy, but don’t say I didn’t warn you Smile. I’m probably going to grab the 100K package next for this very reason.

Maximize your Retention Rate!

I’m going to share a massive and very important tip with you.

When I first started using Twiends, I was very disappointed with their service because I was getting an incredibly high unfollow rate due to cheaters trying to game the system by following and then unfollowing users.

I managed to dramatically reduce my unfollow rate and increase my retention rate to around 50% by making the following changes to my account.

*** I highly recommend *** that you make these adjustments to your Twiends account before purchasing any credits!

Once logged into Twiends, go to Settings located at the top right, then click on the "Modify Options" link (it’s located right after the text "2 seeds offered to some people, with follow back turned off").

Then change your settings to match mine as in the screenshot below:

145By default, these are set to the very highest which is why the unfollow rate can be so high.

If you want to have an even better retention rate you can adjust these as desired, but keep in mind that you will gain new followers at a much slower rate.

You can freely increase the "Offer 2 seeds when someone follows you" rate to whatever you wish – as this shouldn’t affect your retention rate. It will simply drain your seed balance much faster, but will gain you new followers dramatically faster as well.

I personally offer 2 seeds because it’s the best value, and I’m happy with my new follower rate.

Proof Twiends Works

Here are some screenshots, courtesy of TwitterCounter (which I highly recommend using if you start using Twiends), which show the effectiveness of Twiends:

First, here are the results from the past 30 days. As you can see, gradual, steady growth:

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And here are the results over the past 3 months. Take a guess when I used a "Featured User" slot:

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And here are the results from the past 6 months:

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I’m not the only one benefiting from Twiends though. I privately told John Chow and Zac Johnson about it as well and they both signed up and purchased the packages as I recommend to them (starting with a Featured User slot and then a 50K package).

Take a guess when John started his Featured user spot Smile

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And when do you think Zac started his Featured User slot? I’m almost regretting telling Zac about Twiends though, as he’s on pace to pass my number of followers now!

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John, Zac, and I are all very happy with the results we’ve seen with Twiends.

As you can tell, I highly recommend Twiends, and plan on doing a follow-up post once I hit the 20,000 follower mark.

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Posted: November 28th, 2011 under Miscellaneous  

50 Responses to “How I Gained 10,000 Real Twitter Followers”

  1. Seems rad Tyler. I’d be interested in seeing what your CTR and Bounce rates are on the tweets you send out.

  2. Thanks for the post Tyler.
    Question,

    didn’t you say you don’t like the other services because they’ll have access to your password? Well, Twiends does too. Why does that not bother you.

  3. Rose says:

    Do the people actually read your tweets and visit links that you put on twitter?

    • Tyler Cruz says:

      Yes. Twitter now makes up my 3rd most referred website. I was going to mention that in my post but it was already getting so long :-) And so I decided to save that for my 20,000 follower update :-)

  4. Jonathan says:

    Promissing. But will it last, or will this become the EntreCard of Twitter?

  5. Cool! I’m going to check them out. Been wondering how you been getting all those followers.

    You might wan to try out the WP Plugin Tweet Old Post:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweet-old-post/

    It’ll automatically pick a random post from your blog and post it on your Twitter. You can choose how often it posts and remove posts from certain categories. Very cool plugin that’ll help you get even more traffic from your followers :)

    • Tyler Cruz says:

      I wonder if that is what Zac is using. Looks like a nice plugin, but unfortunately probably wouldn’t work too well for me as most of my posts are very “dated” in the way I write them…

  6. John Wilson says:

    Wouldn’t a better title be “How I Bought 10,000 Real Twitter Followers”?

    Not sure I see the difference between follow-for-follow and buying followers like you’re doing but I’m sure I’m missing something.

    Any updates on RobotWarz?

    Any updates on the PPC campaigns you were so excited about?

    Any updates on your SEO outsourcing?

  7. Warren says:

    Hey Tyler, great to meet you! Always cool to find other Canadians earning full time online! :)

    I’ve used Twiends for a while now, but never tried the “Featured” user. I think I’ll give it a shot, and see how it goes. I’m not expecting much as I’ve been on there since the very beginning and probably won’t see the growth you guys have with it, but even an extra 1000 followers would be a nice addition!

    Glad I found your site, have bookmarked it so I can come back and read the rest of your posts! (hey that sounds like one of the million spam comments I get! LOL)

    Wishing you a productive week bro!

    • Tyler Cruz says:

      I just had another day of being a Featured User in the past 24 hours and gained another 2,000 followers, so it definitely works on an ongoing basis… just as long as you spread them out decently enough (once every 3-4 weeks).

      • Warren says:

        Yeah, I was watching you on there all day and checking your growth! LOL
        I’m setup according to the email I got, though the offer to trade for 4000 credits was tempting. I’ll let you know what kind of growth I get from the featured user when it’s my turn. Said it could take a day or so.

  8. Wow Tyler. This is a pretty hardcore little tool. i am like you a late starter to Twitter and don’t tweet much. But this program could really help jumpstart my twitter account. I like how it provides the statistics as well.

  9. Hi Tyler,
    It’s good that you’ve received over 10.000 Real Twitter Followers, but my question is if it gives you some money in the end? This sounds like the old link packages that people bought for $ 79 and got 5.000 links which then turned out to be worthless.

  10. This looks like an excellent service, I am only wondering how many clicks you get from Twitter and how many tweets you do a day. My site has right now about 2500 followers, would be interested to increase this.

  11. Jasmine says:

    Twiends is a really great service. Although my Twitter account is not exactly active, I think I will give this a try… hopefully I can increase my Twitter followers. Hehe…

  12. Kelli says:

    Late to the party eh?

  13. Having fake followers is pretty a stupid thing since you’re totally after of getting a follower that could increase your online potential connection which eventually may result to increase in earnings. Fortunate for you that you were able to see this problem ahead of time.

  14. Jonathan says:

    I decided to try this out, and well, I am not sure it was worth it.

    IT DOES indeed work to get you a boatload of new followers, with next to no effort, even it you don’t buy any of the packages, but the level of spam was obscene. I was bombarded with new followers that were clearly fake, even after setting up my account with the settings you suggested.

    That being said, most of the new followers, fake or not, are still following me several days later. So this might be a good way to buy some cheap, but fake social “proof”. Not sure if that’s really worth buying though.

    I definielty think this has “entrecard for twitter” written all over it.

    • Tyler Cruz says:

      You received fake followers? That seems rather pointless on their behalf, as it wouldn’t benefit them in any way… you know?

      I haven’t checked every single new follower I’ve received, but I certainly know that I have new real legitimate followers… you should contact Twiends support and tell them that you received fake followers – I’m sure they will credit/compensate you.

      I’ve personally only received maybe 10 spam @ messages in my entire time using Twiends

      • Jonathan says:

        Well I don’t know, it’s hard to know for sure. But I have an awful lot of notification emails from twitter from usernames that are highly suspect.

        I’m not writing it off yet though, I know there are definitly some real ones in there, but…

    • Dave says:

      Hi Jonathon, I’m Dave the owner of Twiends..

      Thanks for your honest feedback about the service. I understand that you’ve picked up some fake accounts while promoting. I apologize for that..

      I can assure you that we don’t create fake accounts on twiends. It’s strictly prohibited, and our admins suspend them every day as they find them. We have around 3000 people join twiends every day, so it’s a really hard job keeping the bad guys out, especially in a community that’s guiding principle is to be open and try and create connections between people.

      Fake accounts dilute the value of our site, so we have every incentive to stop them. I can tell you that most of the code and features we create these days are internal abuse mitigation features. Which is frustrating in itself, because we’d rather be creating new client facing features. We know that the only thing that differentiates us from the 100’s of clones trying to copy us is the value of our community.

      I don’t want to make excuses, it’s obviously impossible for us to stop all the fakes from getting through, but we do stop hundreds of them every day from even linking to the site. Unfortunately only a few have to get through to make things look bad. I think anytime you put yourself up on a billboard you’ll attract some junk too. We give our VIP’s on the site some seeds back once a week, to reflect the abuse we can’t stop. You can also help us by reporting abuse on the site. We use these as signals to block these accounts quicker. You can also use the filters on the settings page to filter out newer members that don’t have history on the site yet.

      We’re not perfect, and we recognize this. Please block any fakes you come across, this will remove them from your followers list too. We send every abuse report to twitter too, to help them clear out the fakes. No one can stop spam by themselves, but if we all do a bit we can make a big dent in it.

      Here’s an interesting fact. If every twiends user blocked just one fake account a day, we’d be able to filter out 100% of fakes within a few seconds of joining. As it stands, we have to manually inspect accounts, and wait for late signals from users, which takes a bit of time.

      All I can say is, we’re on it. We won’t rest, and we’ll continue to roll out features to maintain and improve the quality of our community..

      Thanks again
      Dave

      • Jonathan says:

        Hi Dave,

        I didn’t mean to turn Tyler’s post into a support forum, hehe, but nevertheless, thanks for the reply.

        What I noticed, to be more specific, is a lot of people follwing me that just seemed suspect, with no bios on their profile, or unusually complex usernames. Fake perhaps not the best word, maybe lacking value?

        But like I saw, I’m not counting it out just yet, I’ll wait and see if any of these new followers seem to be interacting me, or clicking links in my tweets before I pass final judgement.

  15. Warren says:

    Hey Tyler, thought I’d give you an update on my experience. I’ve been using Twiends for a while now so when I picked up 2 days as a featured user I wasn’t expecting too much. The first run was last weekend, and I landed just shy of 2000 followers in the 24 span. I then spent 4000 credits trying to hold on to them as they were dropping off like flies! I’d guess that of the 2000 followers I got 600 were gone within 24 hours.

    The second run just finished and I picked up 900 this time, again I’m spending my own seeds trying to stay where I am, but am losing ground. Looks like there are still a ton of people on twiends who follow for the seeds than unfollow right away.

    Might give it a few weeks like you said, and try one more time and see what happens.

  16. Warren says:

    Yeah, I found the original settings resulted in too great a drop. My drop rate with seeded followers is fine, but like I said my featured followers dropped off like crazy.

    • Jonathan says:

      I set my settings all the way to the “left”, way beyond Tyler’s suggested settings. I will say my drop rate seems quite low, so that is good. Still, i question the value of these sorts of followers in general. A lot of them are following thousands of people already. Let’s face it, if you’re following more than say, a hundred people, how many tweets will you ever see?

      My guess is not too many.

  17. Hi Tyler,

    When you’re not investing time, then you pay with money, but is it worth it?

    I see the statistics and you show the stats about your followers on twitter, which is ok, but how does it translate into visits to your site or whatever is your goal with your twitter account.

    I say it because I was on a similar service and I saw that at the end nobody pay any attention to anyones tweet, because everybody only followed the other people to get followers.

  18. Great post! Twitter is essential for those who want to network and build relationships. I agree that Twitter should recommend followers based on tweets. I think that instead of having a suggested users page, if they want to promote famous users, they should have a directories with categories.

  19. Cheap PS3 says:

    Wow, you sure covered this pretty extensively. Great stuff mate. And I gotta admit, Twiends is a fantastic service. Do you get a lot of traffic from twitter?

  20. imdefinitely going to steal this idea, Nice blogging

  21. used tires says:

    I’ve still yet to get my feet wet with the Twitter craze but looks Twiends is definitely something I am going to need in my arsenal.

    -Jean

  22. Very nice coverage. I am currently experimenting with twiends, I love how you included screenshots.

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  24. Vtunnel says:

    Amazing that how you increase your twitter followers, I read another post of your, great ideas for some one like me who is new in this field.

  25. Anirudh says:

    I have used twiends earlier and have purchased seeds from them too. But I was seeing a high unfollow rate after that. I realize now that I wasn’t following most of them back, therefore they were unfollowing me. Now the next time I’ll purchase seeds from them, I’ll make sure that I turn on the “automatically follow back” option in the twiends settings.

  26. Micaela says:

    Follow me @Micaela_Reartes ^.^ I’ll follow whoever follows NOW! I PROMISE! :D

  27. Patrice says:

    Hi Tyler,

    Thanks for the great article. They have now raised the price of a “featured account” to $89. It only runs one day. Is that the same length of time your featured account ran and got 3000 followers in 48 hours? Or have they shortened the time.

    Thanks.
    Patrice

  28. randalph says:

    check out the link it has some crazy help and tips to get more faster. http://MegaStoon.Com/?share=22083

  29. Joe says:

    It’s funny you say NOT to use follower-to-follower sites…but Twiends = BUYING FOLLOWERS. You spend money on seeds, people want seeds so they follow you, you buy more seeds, etc. What’s the difference between having to follow another user FOR FREE to gain a follow than to spend $250 so you don’t have to follow anyone?

  30. Mahbub says:

    Actually, this is a really interesting and useful post. But, I’ve different strategy to build my follower list. I always think that, the more follower I gain the more money I can earn! By, following my strategy, I gained over 10000 followers within 2-3 days and this super easy! If you guys wanna interested to my unique strategy, just comment…
    And, thanks Tyler for this awesome share :)

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