I first came across How To Gain 100,000 Twitter Followers by M LeMont (first name unknown, but obviously male based on his Twitter pic) a few weeks ago after recently opening a Twitter account for my blog (@wdsbyjustin). According to his website, he graduated from a prominent university with a degree in marketing and business administration.
After college, he worked in direct sales with a Fortune 500 company. He also was a few points shy of a Chess Master ranking, with a USCF rating of 2190. He started blogging in 2012 teaching salesmen how to sell on the internet, hence his Twitter handle @MisterSalesman.
I had a grand total of 20 followers after a few days of fiddling about learning the Art of Tweeting, and found his book after googling something like “get Twitter followers fast” or somesuch. At time of writing about four weeks later I’m now closing in on 900 followers, so his system is definitely working well so far – follow me @wdsbyjustin and I’ll follow you back! 🙂
(Update as of 3rd May – steadily climbing higher, now up near 3500 followers after 2.5 months! Note the slowdown in late March/Early April as well as mid-April during my ‘Shadow Bans’. Twitter is obviously determined to continually harrass me to prevent me growing too quickly. Let me know in the comments if you’re having similar problems! Watch this space for further updates.)
Of course you might reasonably ask whether there’s any benefit to collecting a large number of followers in this manner. LeMont claims “… When you have a lot of followers, you’re perceived as a social media influencer; someone who knows their shit and who everyone wants to follow…”
The following review of his book is based on the notes I took while reading it.
M LeMont maintains that conversations on Twitter are important and useful for gaining new followers, since, “People pay more attention to engaging conversations than reading tweets.”
He says that he will always send a conversation with a period before the “@” sign so the tweet can go to the main Twitter stream for everyone to see. Example: .@mistersalesman
Also, “You can generate conversations by writing tweets in the form of questions. Make sure to always respond. Most people are shocked when they get a reply because a lot of authors, writers, & celebrities don’t respond to comments.
If you’re not an annoyance on the internet, then you’re doing something wrong. Trying to be mister nice guy to everyone doesn’t work; you’ll bore people to death. People love controversy–hot & steamy action.”
He also believes that, “Some people just don’t get it. Social media is all about building relationships and it starts with conversation.”
Twitter Conversations Summary:
- Gain more followers, fans and supporters by engaging in conversations.
- Look for opportunities to engage in conversations.
- Build relationships.
- Never take things personally.
- Make the conversations informative & entertaining.
- Make sure everyone can see these conversations by adding a period before the “.@” sign.
M LeMont’s basic strategy as laid out in his book is to regularly follow select groups of people, and after a period of 48-72 hours to unfollow those who don’t follow you back. Then rinse and repeat to rapidly build up a huge number of followers over several months.
I’m very happy to say that thus far his strategy is working very well for myself as well.
“So the rule you must learn is simple: Never follow people who don’t follow you. There are no exceptions.”
In his search to find a way to identify the unfollowers, he describes discovering a free app Crowdfireapp.com. It allows the option to unfollow non-followers one at a time. The first time he used the app he found 3000 Non-Followers who unfollowed (Twaitors!) or never followed back, which he says he had unknowingly been carrying in his following count for several months.
Lemont says that according to Twitter analytics, “I had 10,850 Followers on July 22, 2014. In seven days, my account exploded to 17,439 and by August I hit 27,704. Did it stop there? No! In October, I hit 50,042!”
To reduce the risk of Twitter temporarily locking your account he gives the following advice: “Now Twitter rules don’t specify what is considered to be a large number of people. So you should gradually follow and unfollow and keeping the ratio as close as possible to the 1:1 follow to follower count; not exceeding the 10% of followers Twitter limit.”
Personally I had two occasions where I exceeded the 10% rule by a fair margin and had to enter a code Twitter sent to my phone to log back in (with a warning to play by Twitter rules or there would be TWOUBLE.)
He also believes that many people have the wrong idea about Twitter: “They think it’s about tweeting when the focus should be on retweeting. I retweet for hundreds of users every day and in turn many of them reciprocate.”
He explains the advantages of retweeting as follows:
- Expand your reach.
- Retweeting is another form of engaging, connecting and building relationships.
- Get noticed by more people who have great content.
- Gain more followers.
- Attract other retweeters who will reciprocate by retweeting your tweets.
- To have people retweet your tweets is an endorsement that will serve you well when we put together all the Six factors together.
LeMont teaches that you need to keep tweeting regularly, since if you miss a few days your followers start to forget about you or lose interest: “When I tweet 100 times a day, the more retweets I get, the more followers, and the more people I reach, which in turn allows me to make more sales .”
You should also aim to make your tweets more interesting, which means great content and headlines as well as images. “Customers want to buy, they don’t want to be sold.”
(For headline ideas, I’ve written a PDF you can download for free at the bottom of this post.)
Follow a Routine
He says you must define what is your “idea of people with similar interests. Then you must create a routine to follow people every day. Otherwise, you will be subjected to the constant churning between the non-followers, unfollowers, and new followers.
Look you’re already outnumbered 2 to 1; non-followers, unfollowers to followers. So if you don’t follow every day, your total followers count will decline, and you’ll be stuck at a 1,000 followers with the majority of Twitter users.”
Lemont says that following back every day will reduce the number of unfollowers by 20%. This tends to keep those users who keep a close eye on their account and would otherwise unfollow you if you waited too much longer to follow them.
He gives the following warning: “When you get started, do not unfollow or follow more than 200-400 people at any one time. You must gradually increase how many you follow and unfollow to make sure you stay within Twitter rules, which do not specify an exact number.
I find what works is to stay close to a 1:1 ratio of Following to Followers. Or implement the method where you add 10% of your followers count to the number of your following count. e.g. 2,000 followers x 10%=200 which means following shouldn’t exceed 2200. As your followers increase so will the number of people you can follow.”
Crowdfire has a daily limit of 25 people so you will need to upgrade for $9.95 a month for a daily limit of 1,000 and you can cancel anytime.
Daily Steps to Follow
These are the steps he gives for you to perform daily:
- Follow FANS and Copy Followers. Do not follow fans or follow people any other way than through Crowdfireapp.com.
- You must unfollow Non Followers every 48 hours with an exception for the weekend; unfollow them all on Sunday at midnight. (I’ve been unfollowing after about 36 hours which has worked ok for me so far.)
First click on ‘Manage’ in the top menu. Then click ‘Competitors’ Followers’ in the left sidebar menu.. Then near the top of the screen you’ll see ‘Add Similar accounts or competitors’. He recommends you type in @mistersalesman (M LeMont). Then click the green button ‘Add’. You are now following his followers.
You should click on the buttons slowly and in random order so the app doesn’t think you’re a bot and suspend you temporarily. He says that the advantage of following his followers over anyone else is that his followers have been primed to refollow.
Other good people to follow are the followers of top bloggers in your niche, since they will obviously be more interested in your subject matter, though usually somewhat less likely to refollow than LeMont’s followers.
I’ve tested M LeMont’s advice by following followers of top bloggers in my ‘Blogging Advice’ niche such as Darren Rowse and Neil Patel, and so far the followers of MisterSalesman are definitely following me back in greater numbers.
How to gain more followers from the Notification page
LeMont says that when he hit 30,000 followers, he ran an experiment using the Twitter Notification Page. Since he didn’t see tweets there, he was able to focus on “The Six Powerful Factors that matters the most. (Engage, Retweet, Follow, Follow back, UnFollow, Tweet.)”
Then he says he noticed that some users would favorite his tweets but didn’t click the follow button to follow him. “How could someone retweet and favorite but not follow you? So I decided to track and see what would happen if I followed them.
The results were phenomenal–95% followed back. The follow back ratio easily beat all of The Six Powerful Factors (50-60%) and the average Twitter follow back rate. (5-15%)”
LeMont says he spends 99.9% of his time on the Notification page since it gives him a “huge edge.”
On a side note, in answer to the frequent query: “Should I say thank you to everyone who follows me?” His answer: “That’s a nice gesture but a total waste of time. You must use your time wisely and effectively. Unlike spent money which you can always make more of, spent time is gone forever.”
(For some more good info on getting retweets, see this.)
Ask for it
According to LeMont, the easiest way to get a retweet is to simply ask for it. He says that by adding the phrase “Please Retweet,” you increase the chances of retweets by 160%. “Pls RT” and “RT” also get good results, but not as good as the long version.
“Using call-for-action words on Twitter is just as effective as using “Click Here,” “Order Now,” and “Call 1-800-xxx-xxxx Today” in your sales copy — it works.”
What Goes Around Comes Around
He also makes an interesting claim that people who send out more retweets tend to receive more retweets.
“Chris Brogan practices a 15:1 ratio when it comes to retweets — for every self-promotional tweet, he will help promote at least 15 tweets for his followers.”
Another method of gaining followers he recommends is to regularly post funny content, and follow those who engage with you.
He says “Tap into the ‘magic of three’. Use a link, an image, and a hashtag in the tweet you’d like retweeted. All three of these things will make your tweet more attractive and appear more retweetable.”
You should also make sure that if the blog post title you’re retweeting isn’t particularly eye-catching, you should write something other than that title in your tweet to make it more retweetable. Don’t just settle for using the blog post title in your tweeet, but use your creativity instead.
For some unknown reason tweets are more likely to get retweeted on weekends, so that’s when you should be asking for them more often. You should think of weekday and weekend tweeters as two different groups with differing behavior in their tweets.
LeMont says that there’s no reason to be shy about requesting retweets, and that it’s a great opportunity that “people and brands are failing to exploit.” Reports say that asking for retweets results in 12 or more times RTs.
Moreover, spelling out the entire word, ‘retweet’ rather than the abbreviation RT gets 23 times more retweets than the latter. Then again, make sure that your requests are once in a while; too much might be annoying.
The proof is in the pudding – M LeMont himself currently has over 370,000 followers, and the success stories of people following his system that he cites have also done very well (he gives their Twitter handles so you can check for yourself.)
It’s worked great for me so far, so I intend to keep trialing his system. The book is an easy read, though some of the later chapters seem to be mostly filler – the really useful stuff is in the first two-thirds of the book.
(New Tip 3rd May: Go to Facebook and type ‘Twitter Followers’ to join follow-for-follow Twitter groups for an extra boost to your following.)
Buy ‘How To Gain 100,000 Twitter Followers‘ by M LeMont at Amazon.
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