Coming Clean about My Twitter Success

Today’s guest blog post is by thriller author and tweeter-extraordinaire Claude Bouchard. Twitter is a writer’s billboard to the world, and Claude talks about his method of growing his followers and reach on Twitter, something that all writers in this social-marketing-madness world can benefit from!

I wasn’t planning to write this post. It more came to be as a matter of chance. It all started a few days ago when author, editor and blogger, C.S. Lakin (@cslakin and @livewritethrive on Twitter), contacted me via my website to ask, “How did you get so many followers?” As I’d done in the past with a few others who asked, I emailed C.S. and explained my process. In response she came back, suggesting this should be a blog post and even offered to put my email into blog format, leaving me with only whatever fine tuning I desired. I said, “Cool,” she said, “Here you go,” and voilà, here it is, I’m coming clean about my Twitter success.

When I joined Twitter in August 2009, I went with the simple logic that the more followers I had, the more people would learn about the thrillers I wrote. With that in mind, I got busy with an easy process requiring little account management time which I’ll now share with you. The basic plan was to follow people, some of whom would follow back. Those who didn’t, I would unfollow. All I did was repeat this process over and over again. It obviously works because I now have almost 250,000 followers.

So What?

Why would anyone want so many unknown followers? Does it make a difference? I’ve found that it does. Sure, I don’t know most of them, and they don’t know me. But many of them are readers, and with having that many followers, odds are some of them like to read thrillers. Numbers play a big part in exposure on Twitter. If 1% of my followers actually read thrillers and like to hear about new books in that genre, then I have a potential of 2,500 new fans that I wouldn’t have reached had they not been following my posts.

Getting Past the Twitter Barricade

If you’re like many, you’re currently stuck at that pesky 2,001 spot. Twitter lets a tweeter follow up to 2,001 accounts without any problems. Past that, the 10% rule applies, which means the number of accounts you follow can’t exceed your follower total by more than 10%. This leaves you faced with two choices—wait until enough people follow you (don’t hold your breath unless you suddenly become a superstar) or unfollow those who weren’t smart enough to follow back, thus making room to follow others who might. The easiest way to do this is with http://www.justunfollow.com and I suggest you splurge the $9.99/year for the premium service. This site will find all tweeters you follow who aren’t following you back and will list them with the oldest non-follower first. Once you’ve cleaned out non-followers, you’ll have room to follow other prospects, which you can do from the same site with the “Copy Followers” function. There, you enter the Twitter name (without the @) of an account you’d like to follow off of and, bingo, the system generates a list of that account’s more active followers.

Who to Choose?

I follow off of a variety of active accounts, some writing related, others not, just to get a mix of followers. Not everyone writes but many people are going to be interested in what you tweet about—whether you are a writer, artist, dancer, etc. You probably know some more active accounts already, but if you want to find more such accounts, go to http://tweet.grader.com and check out “Twitter Elite—Top Users,” which will give you the current top accounts on Twitter.

A Simple Ten-Minute-a-Day Plan

To illustrate, this is what I do:

• Daily, I follow 500 accounts from various other accounts. Twitter allows 1,000 follows a day (not always accurate), so I leave room to follow back people who follow me first.
• Once that’s done, I check my non-followers and unfollow enough to bring my total non-followers down to around 1,000 (i.e. the 500 I just followed plus the 500 I followed the previous day).
• I repeat this process every day, which takes me roughly 10-15 minutes, max.

I’ve never fully trusted auto-tweeter apps and would hate to have one go nuts on me and turn me into a suspended account spammer, so I don’t use them except for the free version of Social-Oomph, which I use strictly for welcome DMs to new followers (which generally works fine) and to auto-follow those who follow me (which seems to work sporadically). I also have all seven of my novels up on Freado, which sends one auto-scheduled BookBuzzr tweet per book daily.

Does This Really Help?

Has all this helped? I’d say yes, as Twitter is definitely my main promotion platform. Through Twitter, I’ve sold books, but more importantly, I’ve developed relationships with others, which has resulted in various cross-promo activities. But here’s the big one-with over 245,000 followers, my reach is nothing to sneer at and when I did my recent Vigilante giveaway promotion, it allowed me to give out 25,617 copies. As a result, Vigilante spent most of the three days on the Top 20 Free Kindle page, reaching a high of #9 in the U.S. and #11 in the U.K.

A Final Word of Advice

One last point I can make about Twitter is the importance of not just promoting your books, music, website, blog or whatever you’re trying to pimp but also promoting others AND actually chatting with people. Many are amazed when they send me a tweet and I reply but why shouldn’t I? I like it when folks respond to my tweets and my followers deserve nothing less. Chatting with people, making jokes, helping others is all part of Twitter success and I can confirm it’s a definite rep-builder. FYI, with this many followers, my Twitter home is my Mentions page, so anything with @ceebee308 in it, I generally see (though even just my Mentions page CAN get busy at times). Remember, it’s not just about numbers and lots of them. This is a social media tool, and if you are an artist striving to build true fans, you want to be present and interact with them. Show them the appreciation they deserve for retweeting your posts or sending you a message. You’ll find a universe of new fans and friends out there if you do.

 

Claude Bouchard is the author of numerous suspense/thriller books including Vigilante, The Consultant, and Mind Games. Besides writing, editing and promoting his work, he also spends some artistic energy with his five guitars, and his oil paints and watercolors. Other passions include cooking, reading, traveling, and working out just enough to stay fit. It should also be noted that following several years of practice, he now excels at being cat furniture for Krystalle and Midnight, or so they tell him. He hails from Canada. Check out Claude Bouchard’s website here.
And you can see all of his books and learn more about him at his Amazon Author Page.

 

96 Responses to “Coming Clean about My Twitter Success”

  1. Jane Kelsey June 11, 2012 at 4:04 am #

    Nice post, loved it and I agree with everything you say Ceebee. Now I think I am gonna invest in that premium premium service at Twunfollow.

    • Claude Bouchard June 11, 2012 at 7:38 am #

      Hi, Jane, and thanks for dropping by. Pleased you enjoyed the post and I hope it helps.

  2. The Morley Report June 11, 2012 at 4:23 am #

    Hi There,

    I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading this blog. Thank you soooo much for sharing!

    Karen

    • Claude Bouchard June 11, 2012 at 7:40 am #

      Greetings, Karen!
      The pleasure is mine and Susanne is the one who deserves credit for suggesting I write this. 🙂

  3. Joan Szechtman June 11, 2012 at 5:18 am #

    Thank you so much for this blog post, C. S. and Ceebee! Twitter has me so flummoxed. I participate, but know that I’m not using it effectively. This helps to fill in the puzzle.

    • Claude Bouchard June 11, 2012 at 7:43 am #

      Like anything else, Joan, there is a learning curve but, let’s be realistic, even I figured it out. 🙂

  4. Carol Bodensteiner June 11, 2012 at 5:38 am #

    I’m relatively new to Twitter and have wondered about many of the things you cover, Claude. I appreciate that you shared your process. Thanks!

    • Claude Bouchard June 11, 2012 at 7:47 am #

      Hi, Carol,
      Nice to see you here too as I’ve seen you at the WLC as well. I’m happy this clarifies some things for you. I’m proof that this works as, since writing this a couple of months ago, my following has grown to 267.5K+.

  5. Jemima Pett June 11, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    Claude makes it sound so easy! I think one of the biggest assets he has is his personal touch. I was amazed when I got a tweet back from a real person. He’s one of the inspirations for us twitter-novices. But then if you’re reading this, you already know that! Thanks for the secrets, though 🙂

    • Claude Bouchard June 11, 2012 at 8:00 am #

      Hi, Jemima!
      Nice to see you again. It IS easy once you start doing it. Give it a go. As for you getting a response back from a real person, I have no choice as my cyborg clone refuses to mess with social media… He doesn’t do windows either, the lazy bot. 🙂

  6. Rachelle Ayala (@AyalaRachelle) June 11, 2012 at 6:40 am #

    Thanks Susanne for having Claude share his secrets with us. Claude, you are incredible! You do answer your tweets and even retweet us little guys. Even with so many fans, you are friendly and accessible.

  7. Claude Bouchard June 11, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    Now, Rachelle, stop that! You nearly made me blush, silly girl! I just see it as, if one is not going to act socially, one has no place on social media.

    • cslakin June 11, 2012 at 8:07 am #

      Claude, all the WLC tweeters are going to chime in since I posted the link to this blog on the Fostering success Facebook page. And Clare (Rachelle) is right–you are very accessible and responsive, and I’ve been trying to follow your model. After taking your advice about a month or so ago, my followers have gone up from 2,000 to nearly 15,000, and I’ve seen a huge increase in tweeps buying my books, posting reviews, and following my blog, so I can attest it’s great advice!

      • Claude Bouchard June 11, 2012 at 8:25 am #

        Hi, Susanne,

        All I can say is I’m happy you suggested this, pleased to help and, as you saw, all you had to do was ask. 🙂

      • Penny Freeman June 14, 2012 at 6:02 am #

        As one of the above, so glad you did! I’m definitely taking this advice to heart! Thanks, Claude.

  8. Ninie Hammon June 11, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    You’d be hard pressed to find anyone more Twitter illiterate than I am. (Six months ago, I was in the “Grownups tweeting? Oh, please!” camp.) But one writers conference and three months of research later, I realize that without promotion my books are going to gather dust on the bottom shelves of bookstores–filed between Home Remedies for Post Nasal Drip and Bunions Are Us. Your post is the best How-To I’ve read. Now, if I can just figure out How-To-Do what you’ve suggested …

  9. Claude Bouchard June 11, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    Hi, Ninie,

    Simply follow the steps and I’ll be asking YOU for advice in no time. 🙂

  10. Terra Hangen June 11, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    Thanks Claude and Susanne, I will use a few of Claude’s tips. Only 247,000 followers to go to tie Claude’s numbers 🙂
    I am terragarden on twitter.
    Terra Hangen

    • Claude Bouchard June 11, 2012 at 9:31 am #

      Hi, Terra!
      Great, now you’ll have me constantly looking over my shoulder keeping my eye out for you. 🙂

  11. Dane Zeller June 11, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    Claude, may I ask, given the twitter requirement to have almost as many followers as following, you don’t really read messages from those you follow, do you? Mine stream by me at warp speed. But then, is that a problem?

    • Claude Bouchard June 11, 2012 at 9:43 am #

      Hi, Dane,
      Actually, Twitter doesn’t require one to have almost as many followers as following. All Twitter does is restrict the number of accounts one can follow to a maximum of 10% above the number of followers. In other words. you could not follow 50,000 accounts if you only had 5,000 followers. You’d be limited to following a max of 5,500. As to your question, I’m never on the general timeline. When on Twitter, I’m on my ‘Mentions’ page so I only see tweets mentioning @ceebee308. I do my best to respond to those, if they require a response, of course. 🙂

  12. cslakin June 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    I use Tweetdeck and have many columns for different phrases and hash tags. I have columns that catch anyone who mentions any of my novels, my blog, my name, and often will put up columns for genre categories or #amwriting, or others that I want to explore that day. Using has tags and joining in discussions with people who read/write the kinds of books you do, can open opportunities to meet new people and cross promote. It’s a fun, big world out there!

    • Gin (@2ysur2ysub) July 4, 2012 at 7:37 am #

      Hi. Could you explain a bit more? You use tweetdeck for only one account but use different columns for the same twitter name, segregating the different criteria you’re tracking?

      • cslakin July 4, 2012 at 7:59 am #

        I have columns for the names of each of my novels, for anyone who mentions my name or my wesbites, for hash tags I want to follow like #amwriting. YOu can create as many columns as you want. For example if you write mysteries and you want to see who is posting what about them, just create a column with #mystery and every post with that hash tag will show up.

  13. Ann Marie Bryan June 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Susanne and Claude, thanks for sharing this blog post. I am relatively new to Twitter so I appreciate all the details. I did not know that Twitter restricts the number of accounts that I can follow to a maximum of 10% above the number of my followers. Thanks for that bit of info. ? I really like Susanne’s blog posts. They are always informative. Thanks again!

    • Claude Bouchard June 13, 2012 at 10:29 am #

      Hi, Ann Marie, Thanks for dropping by and I hope the info proves helpful.

  14. Emmy Swain June 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Excellent information, Claude. All this time I thought Claude Bouchard was James Patterson’s pen name 🙂 Thank you!!

  15. Susan Wingate June 12, 2012 at 5:39 am #

    Great post! Thanks for the info.

  16. Lisa Fender June 12, 2012 at 6:08 am #

    Wonderful post Claude! Thanks so much for your help. I am also new to the twitter world and I have a question. How do you set up hash tags and use them to your benefit? I am new to the social media trend and a friend suggested to me to use hash tags. I’m not really sure how it all works. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy life to help those of us who are still in the rookie stage. Also, thanks for answering people, I am following some ‘big’ names in twitter and also other sites, such as Facebook and I am even on one ‘big’ author’s email list, but he seems to feel that it is only about him. I guess no one ever helped him get where he is in the writing world. (note the sarcasm) Thanks again for being personable and helpful!

    • Claude Bouchard June 13, 2012 at 10:47 am #

      Hi, Lisa, Setting up a hashtag is as simple as adding # before the tag you want to create. For example, I could include #kindle in my book tweets and anyone doing a search for #kindle would see my tweets listed (along with all other tweets containing #kindle). A number of writers and I are involved with the World Literary Cafe and RT each other for cross-promo purposes. We include #WLCAuthor in our tweets, permitting anyone to find them grouped together for quick RT purposes. Hope this helps. 🙂

  17. Billie A Williams (@BillieAWilliams) June 12, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    What a great post. I can see how this would really work, without being over the top work in getting it done. Thank you for being so open about all this. And thanks to Live Write Thrive for hosting you.

    • Claude Bouchard June 13, 2012 at 10:49 am #

      Hi, Billie, I can confirm this really works and it IS just as easy as described. Pleased you found the info helpful.

  18. Jennifer Sheehan June 12, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    Very good article and something that I should practice. 10 minutes a day is not bad but it always stretches out to more and then nothing gets done. Thanks for the well written info.

    • Claude Bouchard June 13, 2012 at 10:52 am #

      Greetings, Jennifer, Let’s keep in mind that the 10-15 minutes per day is for the following/unfollowing only. Past that, yes, Twitter can stretch into much longer than that. 😉

  19. Armand Rosamilia June 12, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Amazing post… was always under the impression (maybe read it somewhere) that you could only unfollow 50 people a day before getting flagged… is there actually a limit? I’m doing 50 unfollows a day and adding those 50 back plus about 50 more per day, creeping to 10,000 followers after months of daily work on it. Doing more per day would be wonderful, lol.

    Armand Rosamilia
    @ArmandAuthor

    • cslakin June 12, 2012 at 8:30 am #

      If you pay for the premium service, you can do more than fifty. I do about 500 a day.

    • Claude Bouchard June 13, 2012 at 11:00 am #

      Hi, Armand, Yes, as Susanne mentioned, premium service allows you to do more than 50. You ‘could’ do more than 50 without premium by 1) clicking on an account’s twitter handle on the ‘justunfollow’ page. This opens another column with only that account. 2) Click on ‘Visit full profile’ in the new column and a new Twitter page opens where you could unfollow (directly in Twitter). However, that becomes time consuming so the $9.99 investment really is worth it as far as I’m concerned.

  20. Cher'ley June 12, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    Thank you, I really have not used Twitter much, but I make posts there periodically. I will start using it more.

    • Claude Bouchard June 13, 2012 at 11:05 am #

      Hi, Cher’ley (like the name, BTW), All a question of getting your messages to a larger audience, if that’s what you wish to do. 🙂

  21. PatriciaW June 12, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    Amazing and so simple. Definitely going to try some version of this strategy.

    • Claude Bouchard June 13, 2012 at 11:06 am #

      Hello, Patricia, give it a go. It really is simple and works, whether you want to follow 100 or 500 per day. 🙂

  22. Gary Ponzo June 12, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    I always wondered how you did that, Claude. Interesting. Everyone has their own strategies and this one seems well worth the investment.

    • Claude Bouchard June 13, 2012 at 11:08 am #

      We run into each other all over the place, Gary! I’m surprised with all our interaction that we never discussed this. Never too late. 🙂

  23. Gordon Kessler June 13, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    Claude,

    Great blog post with great advice. I appreciate you taking the time to help others. This social networking stuff is new to so many writers, and I see it handled badly every day. I’m a thriller novelist, as well, but I have only 600 followers–mostly other writers. My Twitter is constipated by them tweeting only about selling their own books, making it essentially useless. I need to find REAL people, who tweet without hocking their wares!

    I’ll be using your Twitter tips, and I’m sure they’ll help!

    • Claude Bouchard June 13, 2012 at 11:13 am #

      Hi, Gordon, Pleased to help. Yes, an advantage of having a larger following is the wider, varied audience. I’m at 268,140 followers as I write this comment and I’m relatively sure they aren’t ALL writers. Best of luck and drop by to say hi at any time. 🙂

  24. Penny Freeman June 14, 2012 at 6:04 am #

    I would write a longer thanks/comment, but I need to go and tweet some new followers.

  25. Joe Brewer June 14, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    Thanks for this post! I’m starting out and this information could not be more timely. I was happy to get 250 my first month. Good luck and see you on Twitter.

  26. Penny Freeman June 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    How do you make your mentions your home page?

    • Claude Bouchard June 16, 2012 at 3:33 am #

      Simply click on the @Connect icon on the top bar then choose ‘Mentions’ just below.

  27. Caroline R June 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your approach. This is exactly what I am trying to do, even b4 I read ur post. Thx for sharing ur success. … already a FAN

    • Claude Bouchard June 16, 2012 at 3:31 am #

      Thanks, Caroline, You know what they say about great minds. 🙂

  28. Ann Brandt June 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Excellent advice. I need all the information I can garner and Twitter is starting to become more important to me.

    • Claude Bouchard July 29, 2012 at 6:28 am #

      Hi, Ann, Apologies for the delay in responding. Hadn’t dropped in in a while. Glad this can help. I know it’s worked for me. 🙂

  29. Barb Malek June 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    As a newby author, this was very helpful! I have to admit that there is something about Twitter, especially with so many people, that makes me very anxious. However, you have made it sould doable. Thanks!

    • Claude Bouchard July 29, 2012 at 6:31 am #

      Hi, Barb, There’s nothing to worry about on Twitter. I’ve met thousands of wonderful, helpful people on there. It’s a great community. 🙂

  30. Jane Ann McLachlan June 30, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    What I can’t figure out, is how he does all that in 10-15 minutes a day, max. Honestly?

    • cslakin June 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

      I add 500 followers in about ten minutes by doing what he says: I use justunfollow and copy followers. Choose someone who has the kind of followers you want and just click on each one. It goes very fast.

    • Claude Bouchard July 29, 2012 at 6:37 am #

      Hi, Jane Ann, Yes, honestly. As Susanne mentioned. Once you know who you wish to follow off of, it’s very fast indeed. I actually timed it a couple of days ago, followed 500, unfollowed close to 300, all in 8 minutes.

  31. Vanessa Finaughty July 5, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    Thanks so much for sharing your success secrets. I pretty much follow the same Twitter usage patterns you do, though on a much smaller scale, and I put some effort into unfollowing those who don’t follow back, though admittedly not that much. I’m about to sign up on Freado too – I haven’t heard of it before, but it looks good to me, and if it works for you, it’s worth a try. Thanks again for sharing 🙂

    • Claude Bouchard July 29, 2012 at 6:44 am #

      Hi, Vanessa, It all boils down to common sense, regardless of the scale. Some (like me :)) are more aggressive than others. I don’t know how helpful Freado is but it’s easy to set up and runs by itself afterward barring changes you might want to make along the way. Every little bit helps. 🙂

  32. Lilian Darcy July 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    With respect, though, Claude, you mentioned getting 26,000+ free downloads on a book after tweeting it to so many followers. I recently had 35,000 free downloads of my women’s fiction novel Cafe du Jour, with a twitter following of only around 400.

    I’m not questioning how well Twitter worked for you, or your ideas on the whole subject, but I do think it can be really hard to know for sure which efforts are leading to which results. I would caution anyone against questing for magic bullets in any of this.

    • Claude Bouchard July 29, 2012 at 6:14 am #

      Hi, Lilian, Never did I state or suggest any guarantee of any kind. I simply shared the method I use to increase my following. There are successful writers and other artists who’ve never heard of Twitter so, obviously, there are other ways to promote one’s work. Twitter is only a part of it for me as well. A variety of efforts go in marketing my novels.

  33. Harry Dunn July 6, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    Hello Claude,am writing to you from a dark and overcast London. Well it is mid summer.
    Thank you very much for all your great tips and advice on using Twitter. Terrific for writers of a certain age like me!
    All best wishes to you.
    Harry (Dunn)

    • Claude Bouchard July 29, 2012 at 6:49 am #

      Hi, Harry, I was hoping to reply to you on a warm, sunny London day but, alas, it’s rainy and cool your way once again. Hpoe my tips are helping out for you. 🙂

  34. Alana Woods July 27, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

    Claude, thanks so much for passing this information on. I knew I wasn’t using Twitter to anywhere near its full potential but was unsure of how to improve.

    And Susanne, thanks for introducing Claude. It’s the best advice I’ve read in quite a while.

    Alana

  35. Claude Bouchard July 29, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    My pleasure, Alana, We can all do greater things when helping each other out. 🙂

  36. Arlee Bird August 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    I am so in agreement with what you say here and have been advocating similar thoughts since my early days of blogging. Those who say numbers don’t matter to them are either not serious about marketing or don’t understand the game.

  37. Lisa Wilton August 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    When I started twitter I followed about 500 people who were fans of wattpad thinking that they would be interested in the same things but twitter suspended my account almost immediately afterwards! I got the impression that they don’t allow you to follow so many people in one day? I didn’t unfollow them, just followed them and I got suspended. How many follows can you make without twitter getting narked and kicking you off?

    • David October 22, 2012 at 11:06 am #

      I found a similar problem to Lisa. When I follow/unfollow large (500) twitter accounts Twitter suspended my account. How do you get around this without hacking Twitter off?

      • cslakin October 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

        I’ve never run into this even when I’ve done it every day for weeks. I was told you should take a few days off between unfollowing 500 and don’t go over that amount on one day.

  38. Runner Dad October 2, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    Great Post and great advice!

  39. Elizabeth Milovidov October 22, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    Thank you so much for this advice. I’m just starting out and with my 93 followers, I’m feeling a bit lonely. And since one good turn deserves another, once I filed your advice away, I went on to your Amazon author page, read a few reviews and said, ‘by golly (okay not really those exact words), this is an author I’d like to know more about.’ So I one-clicked Vigilante and I can’t wait to dig in.

    Thanks! Elizabeth, blogging, teaching and trying to tweet in Paris with 2 toddlers.

  40. Caroline Clemmons January 15, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    This is great advice and I intend to follow it! Thanks for sharing. Best wishes for your continued success.

  41. Tracee Ford January 18, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    Twitter confuses me so much. This was helpful!

  42. dSavannah (@dSavannahCreate) January 26, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    It appears that justunfollow is now $9.99/*month* not year… Is that a change since you wrote this post?

    • dSavannah (@dSavannahCreate) January 26, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

      otherwise, this is super advice! Thanks!

    • cslakin January 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      I can’t find anything on the site saying you have to pay monthly. I paid only once and have never been required to pay again. So it seems it is still a one-time fee.

  43. dSavannah (@dSavannahCreate) January 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    After I unfollowed 50 people, it told me I had to upgrade, and gave me this page:

    https://www.justunfollow.com/def/pay/pay-page.html

    Must be you got in at the right time!

    • dSavannah (@dSavannahCreate) January 28, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

      FYI – just unfollow’s cost has changed.

      I sent them this message a couple days ago:

      “An article I read said the premium service was $9.99/year – but this page says $9.99/month – did that change?”

      and received the following reply:

      “Yeah, we changed it a few months ago. But if your only intention is to remove the limits then you can download our iPhone or Android app and upgrade for $5 per year”

  44. Daniel Arthur Smith February 8, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    I wish I would have stumbled on this plan earlier. I found justunfollow a few weeks ago and began the inevitable cycle to build a base. I was shocked this evening when after adding 700 users my account was suspended for ‘aggressive following’. The note above the page mentioned that several users had blocked my account or reported as spam (though I am sure the adding was the deal). Total bummer as tomorrow is a scheduled kindle promotion and I had intended to drop/add again during the day to stimulate. As of now I am afraid my account will be shut off permanently if I continue the service.

    • cslakin February 8, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

      Odd to have that happen. Although if you follow or unfollow more than the limit of 500 a day I have heard you could be flagged. I have never had that happen even when, early on before I knew about the limit, I added and unfollowed 1,000 a day. Maybe they are getting tougher.

  45. Stephanie Queen March 2, 2013 at 5:18 am #

    It’s funny, but I looked for a twitter follow button on your website and didn’t see one! Geesh, Claude!

  46. G. D. Ogan March 2, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    I’m less than computer literate so my grandniece may be able to help me do a little of this stuff. I’m trying to get readers for my Adult Paranormal Romance novels, “Immortal Relations” and the sequel, “Immoral Relations, Love and War” (on Amazon & Kindle). Anyway, I’ll try to get her to help me “follow you” and maybe I can get a few folks interested in what I feel are some killer stories (but I’m sure all authors think their books are as good as Twilight or 50 Shades of Gray, don’t they)? (-;

  47. Cindy A. Christiansen March 14, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    This post really helped me, but justunfollow.com costs $10/month not per year. That’s a little pricey for my budget. I’m using it though, and it’s helping. Thank you.

    • cslakin March 14, 2013 at 9:26 am #

      Maybe they changed the one-time fee. I know there are many other sites like it so it might help to research.

  48. full report April 28, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    That is a very good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very precise info… Thank you for sharing this one.
    A must read post!

  49. Violet Ivy May 6, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    Nice of you to help newbie twitterers like me here.
    Thank you for taking the time.
    Vi xxx

  50. Kris July 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    I think there is some great advice here, and I intend to follow it (pun intended.) However, I was disappointed also to find that the $9.99 per year thing is a thing of the past. It’s now at LEAST $9.99 per month, and as much as $199.99 per month (seriously? Who wants Twitter followers *that* badly?)

    Anywho, because I didn’t want to spend $9.99 per month, I have now reached my unfollow limit for the day, so I seem to be … well, limited… with what I can do now.

    But still, lots of good ideas here.

  51. Erin Hatton August 21, 2014 at 5:43 am #

    Great post! So helpful! I’ve been feeling like I’m spinning my wheels on twitter and this really gives me some good things to work with. Just two things, though: The paid account on justunfollow is $9.99/month, not per year, and you can’t send DMs on twitter with the free account on social oomph. 🙁

    • cslakin August 21, 2014 at 7:29 am #

      At the time we put that post up, they asked for only a one-time fee, but that’s now changed, which is too bad.

  52. David December 9, 2015 at 3:49 am #

    I followed this strategy for one day, but it made my heart sad, so I stopped. It feels like an incredibly cynical strategy, adding people when you don’t care about what they have to say, and in fact have no intention of even reading what they have to say.

    There are lots of strategies for achieving success in life, but only some you can follow while still respecting yourself.

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