5 Tips to Boost Your Twitter Following as a Freelancer

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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.

If you’re just starting out as a freelancer, it can be daunting to know how to use social media to push your personal brand, boost your following and get regular blogging or freelance gigs.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy reading x

50 thoughts

  1. Love your ideas! especially the one about being ‘cheeky’ .. there are a lot of people on social media so you gotta stand out otherwise they won’t notice you. And if you seem interesting, genuine and have great content, then they will follow you

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  2. Great post – I do try to schedule posts. I have a planner to help me stay organized and remember which posts went on what platform at what time. And since I post for clients, I need to be better about posting for my own blog too!

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  3. I’ve been struggling with twitter especially and I’m really glad I came across this post. I’ll put these tips to good use. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lauren //www.cko-coolkidsonly.blogspot.com

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  4. These are great tips Eleanor! I’ve recently gotten into the habit of scheduling everything for my two blogs and my online shop every Sunday. While it takes many hours, it’s done for the week! I love that you mention not begging people to check out content. Private messages are my pet peeve on Twitter! Thanks for these tips ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you! I try to schedule as much as possible, it’s so necessary when you have a busy life! Haha I think I’ve probably been guilty of it before and it never pays off, much better to get natural engagement ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you so much x

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  5. Thank you for sharing these useful tips!

    I know I need to do the first tip more, but I am afraid to engage, as I sometimes stumble over my words, and I don’t know what to say. I only follow people who interest me and share the content I relate to; it’s just engaging via conversations I struggle with; I need to work on that!

    It is amazing that you put yourself out there and offered your VA services so you could help!

    Combining numbers 3 and 4, I found that scheduling some Tweets has allowed me to be more present on Twitter.

    Thank you again for sharing these valuable tips! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. I get what you mean, although you should never feel self-conscious as everyone is in the same situation online- and you do great ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you, I was really happy that it paid off. You don’t get what you don’t ask for, I guess! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts x

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  6. Scheduling tweets is something I havenโ€™t tried yet but I definitely need to. I get so caught up in work and general life that I find it hard to be present, so I really need to try giving scheduling a go!

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  7. Iโ€™ve never really tried to grow my Twitter following but as of recently, Iโ€™ve defiantly thought about trying harder and these tips are going to be super useful. Thank you so much for sharing these tips with us lovely! Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

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  8. You shared a lot of great ideas in this post. I try to use Twitter to my full ability, but admit that I struggle to connect/ engage, but not for lack of trying. One thing I haven’t done is schedule posts. I have a hard enough time coming up with tweets so that feels a little out of my range for now. I hope to continue to get to know other bloggers from all niches so we can grow together. Thanks for the suggestions.

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    1. Thatโ€™s fair enough, Iโ€™m the same and usually itโ€™s just because I donโ€™t have enough time haha! I really recommend scheduling some tweets in advance- but I know it can be tough. Thank you so much for commenting x

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