Post Updated: August 11, 2018
I first heard about Crowdfire a couple of months ago after I read a book called ‘How To Gain 100,000 Twitter Followers‘ by M LeMont.
As my review of that book explains in a lot more detail, LeMont reveals how he used Crowdfireapp.com to grow his Twitter following from a mere handful to over 100,000 (currently around 380,000.)
Naturally I had to try it out and hence this Crowdfire review.
Crowdfire Review: Turbocharge Your Twitter Following
Crowdfire is mostly used for optimizing Twitter and Instagram accounts, but is also useful for:
- Publishing content from websites and blogs
- Pre-scheduling content
- Tailoring posts for various social media platforms
- Finding relevant content such as articles and images
In this article I’ll focus primarily on using Crowdfire to optimize your Twitter following, since that’s mostly what I’ve used it for so far.
The ‘Follow/Unfollow Strategy’
LeMont used (and still uses) a strategy known as ‘Follow/Unfollow’ to regularly follow a large number of people, then after two or three days unfollow everyone who hasn’t followed back, then rinse and repeat with a fresh batch of Twitter accounts.
Gaining a huge following is not just good for the ego boost.
Simply having so many followers automatically gives you street cred with a lot of people (‘famous for being famous’) and opens the door to many diffferent ways to monetize your new-found fame, from driving traffic to your website, selling books and other products, consulting, being paid to send tweets, invitations to interviews, talks and seminars etc.
In modern parlance, earn yourself a huge Twitter following (say anything over 50,000) and you automatically become an ‘influencer’.
To create your Crowdfire account just go to Crowdfireapp.com and join using your Twitter account. Crowdfire will request permission to access your Twitter account and you’ll also provide your email address.
You can also add an Instagram account, but any other social media accounts will require an upgrade to a subscription.
You can join and start using Crowdfire for free, but to add and remove any more than 50 followers per day you’ll need to pay a minimum of $4.99 per month with the ‘Plus’ plan, which is the one I have been using:
Growing Your Twitter Following
Once you’ve set up your Crowdfire account it’s time to use it to start growing your Twitter following. To begin click on ‘Manage’ in the top menu.
Now you need to choose a ‘Competitor’ so as to follow their followers. If you want to grow your following as quickly as possible I recommend you follow the followers of @MisterSalesman (M LeMont).
As he says in his book, they’re primed to follow back, being fans of his book and overall following strategy.
I’ve found this advice to be accurate, having also tried following the followers of various high profile bloggers such as Neil Patel and Pat Flynn.
I still get a reasonable follow-back rate with for instance Patel’s followers though – it’s up to you whether you want to chase faster growth or more targeted followers at a slower rate.
To choose your Competitor click on ‘Competitor’s Followers’. Then click on ‘Add similar accounts or competitors’ in the upper left area. Enter the person’s Twitter handle in ‘Enter Channel’ and click on the green ‘Add’ button, followed by clicking on the ‘DONE’ button.
This will then display a list of the followers, with a green ‘+’ button on the right.
You’ll have to manually click on each green plus button to add the followers you want.
Le Mont recommends to do so slowly and in a fairly random order, or Twitter might assume you’re a bot and punish your account in some manner or other, from shadow banning to suspension to an outright ban in some cases.
The following graph is the record of the growth of my Twitter followers from 0 to 2500 in slightly less than two months. The nearly horizontal move from late March to early April was the period of my six day ‘Shadow Ban’. Since then I have been growing a bit more slowly and cautiously, but overall quite rapidly as you can see:
Follow Twitter’s Rules – or Else!
You might decide that’s too tedious and prefer to try one of the various automatic follow/unfollow systems that are available, but Twitter has increasingly been cracking down on these over the last few years, so I wouldn’t recommend it.
It’s also best to stay within Twitter’s ‘10% guideline’ rule as well. I’ve breached it on a couple of occasions and each time been hit with a ‘Shadow Ban’.
This is where Twitter blocks your tweets and actions from everyone but your own followers, so that for instance you can follow someone but they don’t realize that you’ve followed them.
It took me quite a while to realize what had happened, until I stumbled upon the term while trying to investigate why my refollow rate had dramatically plummeted from previous levels.
Here’s a useful site where you can quickly check if you’ve been Shadow Banned. Just enter your Twitter handle and click ‘Check’.
The first time it happened to me the ban lasted for 48 hours, and the second time six days! Since then I’ve extended my waiting period for follow/unfollow to 48 hours (previous 36) and made sure I’ve stayed within the 10% guidelines, e.g. if you have 2000 followers, don’t follow more than 200.
You can breach the 10% rule by a reasonable amount I gather for the first couple of hundred followers, but after that you’re definitely pushing Twitter’s boundaries and risking punitive action by them against your account.
Fans, Followers and Non-Followers
‘Fans’ are people who follow you but you haven’t yet followed back. They’ve usually followed you based on your tweets, retweets by others or your blog posts. I try to follow them all back every twelve hours or so, to reduce the number of unfollows (there’s a lot of impatient people out there!)
Every 48 hours or so I’ll continue my follow/unfollow strategy by first clicking on ‘Non-followers’ (people you’ve followed but who haven’t yet followed back) and clicking on the red minus icon to delete them.
Once again it’s apparently best to do this slowly and spread over a period of several hours to avoid repercussions from Twitter.
Then it’s simply a matter of going back to ‘Competitors Followers’ and following a new batch, making sure to follow less than 10% of the total you’re already following.
It’s also a good idea to only click on those whose ‘Following’ number is higher than their ‘Followers, since they’re obviously more likely to be actively following accounts.
As you can see from my results, Crowdfireapp.com makes it easy and relatively painless (at a small cost) to rapidly grow your Twitter following.
Rather than wait for it to grow slowly and organically you can turbo-charge your follower growth by spending just a few minutes a day clicking on some buttons.
Did you find my Crowdfire review useful? Let me know in the comments!
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