How To Get Your First 1000 Twitter Followers: The Ultimate Guide

Nobody likes to take time and effort tweeting, just for it to feel like screaming in an empty room. Unfortunately, that’s the reality for many people that start their journey on Twitter. But, not for you, because you’ve decided to read this guide to take your Twitter growth seriously. In this step-by-step guide, we’re going to walk you through 5 elements that are essential for you to grow your Twitter audience to the first 1,000 followers. A great milestone for every early-stage creator.

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First, we’ll dive into the mental aspect of being a creator as overcoming your inner demons is half of the battle. In the beginning, it’s not easy to be confident and show up. We’ve got your back, because we’ve been there, too.

Then, we talk about the key ingredients in your way to success: your three content pillars, because you want to become known for your own niche.

After that, we discuss how you set up your Twitter profile the right way so you can start building your brand around it.

In the fourth phase, we talk about the right habits that allow you to execute your game plan. Like we said before, growing your Twitter audience isn’t hard, but you have to put in consistent work.

Finally, as the fifth element of this complete guide we talk about the most important part of your Twitter audience: the connection and engagement with your audience. Because, without this, you’re still alone.

With that being said, welcome to the ultimate guide to growing your first 1,000 Twitter followers.

Buckle up, grab yourself a coffee and let’s go.

Phase 1 – Overcome the imposter in you

You want to be a creator, but you’re still afraid of what others think of you. You hold yourself back from pressing publish because you’re worried about what your friends, family, or co-workers think, right?

That’s okay, we all started that way. We tend to care too much about the opinions of others

In the beginning, this is something that will prevent you from achieving success.

Do you think they actually care?

Just because people around you care about you, doesn’t mean they also care about your work, your ideas, or the business you’re trying to build. Expecting that those people care as much about your personal obsession as you do is crazy. The only barrier for sharing your content with the world is inside your own head.

So stop putting too much pressure on yourself.

Secondly, many creators feel like an imposter in the beginning: “who am I to say this?”

Don’t worry, it’s something every creator – no matter their level – deals with. Yes, even *established* creators deal with this insecurity. We know this for having spoken to many of them.

When you compare yourself to others putting their content out, most people tend to think: “I can never be as good as them. How can I build an audience from scratch and thrive as a creator? I’m not an expert in my field.”

But you are.

No one is uniquely you. Not a single human being brings the expertise, skills, personal traits you bring. Share your real story. Help those who go through the same struggles as you did.

Start small, stay true to yourself, and give the advice you needed to hear 6 months ago.

You have this inner fire and this is what should help you get you started.

Get started today:

Building an audience doesn’t always have to be about creating stuff yourself.

Start your journey to curating the content of others and share this with your audience.

Be like Netflix.

Netflix initially only published other content. They collected data on what resonated with their audience and what fell flat. Then, they started producing their own content.

You should do the same. Curate others’ content to share with your own audience. It comes down to bundling existing content as a new piece altogether.

Collections you can create:

  • Theme-based collections ( “the best blog posts about SaaS startups”)
  • Demographic-based collections (“10 podcasts every creator should listen to”)
  • Time-based collections (“Best performing threads of November”)

Use the « For You » section of Tweet Hunter to get inspired by the work of your favorite creators.

Soon you’ll find the courage and inspiration to start creating your own content.

Phase 2 – Define your Content Pillars

In any industry, there are 2 groups of people: the unknown beginners and the well-established leaders.

What separates the 2 is an invisible wall, coined as “Sheahan’s Wall.” Most upcoming creators try to break through the wall by throwing everything they have at it — they talk about every topic that excites them. But, “diluted focus yields diluted results,” so most of the communication of these creators bounces right off the wall.

Not you, because you know how to break through the wall, right?

That’s right, you need to apply focus:

  • What are 3 topics you’re passionate about, experienced in, or know a lot about?
  • What specific problem can you solve for your audience?

There are no good or bad choices, just what’s right for you.

Once you have your topics clear, you can use the advanced AI features in Tweet Hunter to come up with great ideas within these topics. Once you do this, all the surrounding noise will dissipate, and finally, you see that a small opening in the wall has appeared — an opening that is ready and waiting for you to walk right through.

Go all in and break through. Only then can you perhaps start thinking about new topics (and we strongly advise you don’t, keep doing what’s working).

Get started today:

Don’t be afraid to repeat yourself. If you think this is a problem, think about the life of a big music star:

Day after day, year after year, they go on stage and perform the same songs.

Why?

Because they are professionals, and they serve their audience. If they were to experiment every time, their audiences wouldn’t get what they came for. The audience in Denver doesn’t care that the audience in Paris already heard all the hit songs, they want to hear them, too.

On the other side of the spectrum, there are amateurs that ramble on, playing and saying whatever they want.

You want to be a rockstar too.

Define your content pillars and stick to them.

Phase 3 – Optimize your Twitter Profile

You can be the best designer in the world, but if you don’t know how to market yourself or talk to potential customers, you’re not really the best. So besides picking your unique content pillars, it’s essential to position yourself the right way to become known for something.

Your Twitter profile is what creates the first impression. Make sure you have a good photo of yourself or your work and a clear bio. When potential new followers come on your profile, apart from an appealing picture, your description is what they first look at. They think “Is this person interesting enough for me to follow?” The beauty of this phase is that you have the opportunity to be any persona you want.

A common mistake among creators is that the bio only describes what they are doing or what they like.

Spoiler: Your potential audience doesn’t care. They only care about themselves. The human brain is wired for survival, so it always analyzes “what’s in it for them”.

When new people come to your profile, the first thing they ask themselves is “how can this content make my life better? Examples of this are:

  • Save time
  • Make more money
  • Become a better writer

It should be 100% clear for your potential audience what’s in it for them. Your bio should all be about your potential audience and their desired outcome. The more specific you are, the better your audience feels heard and the more likely they will follow you.

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Your Twitter profile should cover the following elements:

  • Personal touch (a high-quality profile picture)
  • Easy to read (e.g. line breaks, proper punctuation)
  • Written with the audience in mind (“what’s in for your audience?”)
  • A pinned tweet that displays your best work or covers more information about you

The following framework helps you to craft your bio:


Keep in mind:

  • You can leave out the “I am” as your personal profile already indicates it’s about you. So, only talk about your expert position.
  • The third step is the most important. Talk about the ultimate outcome (results, benefit, impact) your ideal customers are looking for. To make it easier for yourself, you can simply ask your audience.

Phase 4 – Build the Right Habits

Growing your online audience comes with a healthy dose of patience.

You have to show up every day and create quality tweets to get results. You can’t rush the process of building trust. Trust with your audience is built by showing up day in, day out.

That’s why we recommend never having zero days.

A zero-day is a day in which you have done absolutely nothing to move closer to your goal or dream. No matter how lazy or broken you are on a certain day — never let yourself have a zero-day. (Don’t worry, Tweet Hunter has got you covered for this.)

There’s always something you can do that will pay dividends in the future: Post one comment, publish one tweet, DM one person. Little progress is better than no progress at all. It adds up.

The goal is to build a sequence of 1’s instead of 0’s.

It may sound small, but little progress is better than no progress at all, no matter how insignificant it may look. Anything to ensure you’re still making even the smallest progress towards your goal or dream.

Get started today:

Commit to a 30-day streak where you post at least once a day, reply once a day, and DM one person.

After 30 days, you’ll be amazed by the number of great connections you’ve built, tons of ideas you’ve generated, and the amount of confidence you’ve gathered. It’s a true game-changer.

Planning your content can be a game-changer to help you with consistency, because, well, life happens, so some days, you’re not able to spend time on Twitter.

No big deal, because you can easily schedule your content using the queue feature in Tweet Hunter. This tool allows you to plan into the future so that you can easily go on with your life outside of Twitter.

The best part?

This feature analyzes your followers’ activity to come up with the best times to post your content. This way, you can grow your following even faster. Thirdly, you help yourself on *tough* days by saving ideas for later. Use the Collections feature in Tweet Hunter to make sure you’re never out of ideas to tweet.

Phase 5 – Engage with Others

When you’re still a small bird on Twitter, you’re invisible to the algorithm. You need to help the system a bit. *All* you have to do is piggyback on other creators.

Engage with their content and make friends on Twitter.

When you interact with bigger accounts by commenting on their tweets or re-tweeting their tweets, you are bringing attention to your account.

For example: If you are passionate and want to grow an audience around online writing, you should engage with Twitter accounts that are active in this field. Interact with accounts that talk about online writing (use the Engage section of Tweet Hunter to get in contact with the right people).

Your interaction should be not only comments and discussion on their tweet, but also re-tweets. Re-tweeting an important tweet that has gained a lot of momentum will help increase your account’s visibility, thereby increasing your followers.

Don’t make the mistake of becoming too focused on your own content. It’s all about engaging and growing together with other creators.

More magic happens when you exchange DMs with other people at your level and engage with their tweets.

The reason for this is two-fold:

  1. Twitter starts showing your tweets more to the people recently engaged with you via DMs. “Suddenly” you see their content much more evident on your timeline. And, this also works the other way. You can use this method to position yourself in the attention of your favorite creators. How cool is that?
  2. The people you’ve supported so far will definitely return the favor and start adding value to your content. Win-win and the first layer for growing an engaged audience are laid down.

Be consistent and you’ll notice that more engagement is coming your way.

Get started today:

In the beginning, you need to do things that don’t scale.

Make it a habit to respond to 10 other creators on Twitter. Add value to the conversation, ask questions or give your perspective. Apply a 1:10 ratio: 1 daily tweet and 10 meaningful engagements.

Secondly, it’s a great idea to thank every new user when they decide to follow your journey. Use DM’s to connect with your new followers. They will feel seen and you can start building a relationship from thereon. This will decrease the chance of losing new followers drastically.

That’s what gets you noticed and helps you get more followers.

Final thoughts

Growing your audience to the first 1,000 followers is tough, but it should be a fun challenge.

For those that are willing to put in the work and put themselves out there with a well-thought-out strategy, the future is bright. Your online audience will be the currency of the future.

One more time, follow these steps and your Twitter audience will soon reach 1,000+ followers:

  1. Overcome the imposter in you
  2. Define your content pillars
  3. Optimize your Twitter profile
  4. Build the right habits
  5. Engage and connect with others

Tweet Hunter guides you all the way from start to finish with the best tools possible. Start today with a free 7-day trial to make your Twitter game flawless.

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