First of all I am not promoting any automated giddy gadget and this will not cost you one red cent. This post is straight up as to how I added 5,000 plus followers on Twitter in two months.
I wrote a post last month about how I had started to build my Twitter followers list from a paltry 200 to 300 followers using @ALLTOP for locating quality tweeple to follow. You can read the previous post here:
How to Get Targeted Quality Followers on Twitter
Well I still do that because ALLTOP.com is a directory of high quality websites in all fields of interest and once your site is accepted into their directory they grab your RSS feed and keep updating every time you post. They do not accept everyone but if you want good ranking and to see your site improving with more subscribers you should submit to ALLTOP if you think you have what it takes. They are looking for a few good Blogs. Because an actual human being goes out and verifies each website for content quality you can be assured that these sites are the best in their field. So find their Twitter name, follow them, retweet some of their posts and then most important, follow their followers.
So lately I am using another well known resource to find things to tweet about. I use StumbleUpon regularly to find things that interest me and then I copy the title of an article from the Stumbled website and paste it into the Twitter message box, go back and make a tinyURL from the address line and copy that in to Twitter and there you have it. You have just tweeted something of interest to your followers and very often many of them will retweet that post to their followers and suddenly you will have new tweeple following you. Not to mention that you often get a thank you from the original article poster when they get a message that you tweeted about them.
Now how to break through some of the Twitter built in stumbling blocks. Twitter likes to see your twitter messages as being of value. Following the above they will be. Then they do not want to see automated programs trying to game the system, though many of these do work you stand the chance of doing one wrong move and suddenly you will be banned. Not worth the chance to me, so I use manual tried and true methods.
I usually follow anywhere from 50 to 200 new tweeps a day, selected with care from other followers lists. If they are using the default image I usually do not follow them, not that I am elite or anything it is just that they are not likely to be a sophisticated Twitter user yet. If they do not bother to upload an image than I usually pass them by unless I know them.
By selecting your followers manually you can avoid “some” of the spammers and porn idiots. If you use an automated follower tool they will be in your list and then your followers might be apt to place you in the ranks of the crappy tweeples and you do not want that.
When you get up near 2,000 followers you want to go in and drop your list of people that you are following down below your followers count. That way Twitter will not hold you back from going beyond 2,000.
Once you have over 2,000 and less than 4,000 followers you will do best to keep the ratio of following to followers to about + 10% or less. Then once you are over 4,000 it seems as though Twitter will let you follow as many as you want every day, but I still keep to my 50 to 200 and my list just keep growing and growing. I am now over 5,500 and many of them come in organically on their own.
Oh and with the StumbleUpon trick your followers will think you are a genius. So go for it.