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How to get 1,000 twitter followers - without paying for them

Ever wondered how some normal people have over 1,000 followers on Twitter? Thinking of using various apps to gain followers? Well the good news is, you don't have to.

The secret to gaining followers on Twitter is very simple - be yourself. You don't have to be a celebrity, and you definitely don't have to pay for a bunch of fake followers. In my case, I created a twitter account with my full name (@shehnazkhan) and just tweeted whatever I wanted. Be that a photo, what I'm having for lunch, what I bought from town or what movie I just watched. I guess people took an interest because I hit that 1,000 mark in just a mere few months. For example, I'm a huge music fan. My favourite artists are Beyonce and Rihanna, and I regularly tweet about their music. Therefore, you'll find that the majority of people who follow me are fellow fans. By interacting with and sharing your interests, you'll find that your followers will just grow and grow.

You can easily get to that 1,000 mark or more by following these simple steps.

Make your username relatable

First things first, you're going to need a good username. There's no point creating something like "Orange3434" just because orange is your favourite colour, or "ILoveIroning1" because you love ironing, as people aren't going to take you seriously. Use your full name, or at least your first name or nickname. With spam accounts only increasing everyday on Twitter, using your name will help people realise you're real - and therefore may increase your followers.

Make sure your profile photo is of you

Let's face it, everyone would like to put a face to the person tweeting - it makes the experience feel more personal. You'll gain lots of followers if people know what you look like, just make sure to keep it updated! If you're going to select a generic photo off the internet, make sure it's something that defines/interests you but is uncommon. That way your followers won't get you mixed up with someone else who has the same display photo. Of course, you can avoid this by just using a photo of yourself. If you choose not to use a photo when creating your Twitter account, Twitter will automatically set your default to an egg. Just remember there are lots of these (I've never come across an egg with 1,000 followers, or close) so you won't gain many - if any at all.

Keep your bio interesting and add a website link

Whenever I come across someone I'd like to follow on Twitter, the first thing I do is check out their bio. A bio is the most important thing in my eyes. You can list anything from your interests and hobbies to a brief introduction about yourself. This will no doubt catch people's eye because it gives them an idea of what to expect from your tweets. A website link is also a good idea - this can be anything from a link to your blog, your favourite Youtube video, your profile on other social networking sites, or even a link to other photos you'd like to share.

Interact with and follow others

Twitter is all about getting to know people you've never met, and most people you follow will follow you back. Asking someone for a "Follow back" doesn't tend to go down well with most, so the best thing to do is reply and retweet. This will show them the interest you have in their tweets - after all, that's why you're following them. Don't just click the follow button of everyone you see - search for people with the same interests. If you do this there's a good chance they'll follow and retweet you back, and then you'll hit that 1,000 mark in no time.

What you should tweet to gain followers

Anything important happening in your area? Tweet it! Have something funny to share, or want to tell people how your day has gone so far? Go for it! Believe it or not, this is what your followers like to read. Almost anything goes. (But do try and keep it PG!) A quick tip is to be consistent and tweet regularly. Use hashtags, as people search hashtags all the time and your Twitter will show up when they do. If you want to promote something, let's say a link to your website - make sure you don't spam your followers! Leave time between each tweet as to not annoy people. There's nothing your followers hate more than having their Twitter timeline spammed with the same thing.