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Whether you’re a freelancer or a blogger, you are probably using social media to reach out to people. Building your online presence and understanding how to connect with people can be tricky business- and I’m still learning every single day.
I am so grateful that I created my Twitter account alongside my blog, as it has given me a head start when trying to find freelance opportunities online or connect with other amazing bloggers.
In this post, I’ve put together 5 tips to boost your Twitter following as a freelancer, and help you gain more engagement from your followers and potential clients.
1. Don’t be afraid to engage with other people
Engaging with other people is what social media was created for, and it is the key to everything when it comes to Twitter.
If you don’t follow and support other people online, you’re never going to get that support back to your channel.
Follow people on Twitter who interest you, like their posts, comment your ideas, and share their posts when they resonate with you. Everyone is in the same boat online, especially when you’re just starting out, so don’t be afraid to make those connections and push those friendships.
2. Be cheeky- but not too cheeky
Using social media is all about getting the balance right between connecting and engaging, and pushing that too far.
Messaging people and begging that they check out your content is not likely to end up in your favour. However, recognising an opportinity and grabbing it is likely to pay off!
For example, I noticed someone online struggling to keep up with their blog, so I sent them a quick message to see if my VA services could help. 6 months down the line, they are one of my clients- and all because I saw an opportunity online and I went for it.
These things might not always pay off, but the worst that’ll happen is that you get left on read.
3. Be present
One of the main things I’ve learned about boosting your following on Twitter is you always need to be present.
Obviously, for the sake of your mental health and general sanity you need to be taking lots of breaks from social media- but being present to RT, follow, like and tweet out your thoughts is so important to boosting your Twitter following.
It’s about showing that you’re there, and this will also show potential clients that you’re regularly creating content too.
4. Schedule, schedule, schedule
This links to the point above, but in order to be present all the time you need to schedule in advance. This means you can be starting conversation and engaging with people, without actually needing to be online 24/7!
I love scheduling my tweets via Twitter directly, but you can also use scheduling tools such as Buffer.
5. Reach out to a variety of people
When you’re growing your Twitter following as a freelancer, you don’t want to cut out people who could potentially give you good jobs.
Choose who you follow based on your interests, but also follow a few people outside your field of interest to see what’s going on in different subject areas.
You never know who might have something interesting for you. I follow a lot of different bloggers, companies, writers and personal accounts.
I follow fantastic companies that offer translation services to people across the world, and bloggers who specialise in lifestyle topics. I love finding out about new topics or services and you never know when an opportunity or new friend is around the corner!
Do you have any tips for boosting your Twitter following as a freelancer? What are your top tips for using social media? Do you have any experience boosting your following online?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Happy reading x