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Buying Twitter Followers

Discussion in 'Social Media' started by Viktori, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. Viktori

    Viktori New Member Webmaster

    I've seen a lot of gigs on Fiverr that advertise on how they will provide followers for your account, and although I don't question that these people will deliver, I am curious as to why people would pay for such a thing in the first place. I don't see much reason in having a bunch of followers on your account that aren't legitimately interested in what you have to tweet anyway, especially considering that most of these followers will turn out to be just bots. I'm curious as to why people buy these services aside from the obvious reason of just having a high number of followers, since even if it's just $5, I still see it as a wasted expense since it doesn't really contribute much to an overall marketing plan. Am I missing something here? Do these types of services have benefits beyond having a high number of followers?
  2. Rube

    Rube New Member Webmaster

    I agree that buying Twitter followers is never going to be of help, because this will not be the right target audience for whatever is being promoted through Twitter.

    It could also damage a Twitter account if there are only a few tweets posted, or multiple tweets promoting the same thing, and yet the account has hundreds of followers. I'm sure this would prevent genuine people from wanting to follow the account.

    It really is not difficult to build a following at Twitter. All it takes is some good tweeting, using keywords and hashtags, and doing some retweeting. Use the suggestions offered by Twitter and find others to follow through the search box, the trending topics and the hashtags associated with your own niche.
  3. sb123

    sb123 New Member Webmaster

    I had experimented with Twitter followers through Twitter to my webpage where I had some click-able advertisements (about my own product). I found that I was able to get a lot of traffic from twitter, but almost no one clicked any advertisement. :) In short, for Adsense, or for any affiliate link, Twitter traffic is useless. Btw, the traffic was as good as targeted...
  4. Nymph

    Nymph New Member Webmaster

    A larger number of Twitter followers or Youtube likes or FB likes for that matter gives the impression of popularity, especially for sites just starting out. It's nice to get to have a presence or boost visitor confidence, but if the service or site is poor quality or completely sales-based it doesn't really do you any good unless these bots do some promoting for you. At the end of the day, though, people who have been out here on the internet for a while can usually tell what a bot sounds like and when it isn't natural. It's always better to have 200 organic followers with friends who may see them following you and decide to test you out as well than 1000 bots that give little to no long-term value.
  5. tmgenterprises

    tmgenterprises New Member Webmaster

    I think buying followers is a complete waste of time. Likes might be more helpful, just to make your updates look more popular. Most of the time, those people are selling you bot followers and they either end up deleted as Facebook catches up with them or they just plain don't do you any good.
  6. ali-jd5

    ali-jd5 New Member Webmaster

    I agree, it doesn't seem to be worth it. Sure, you may look popular, but your aren't getting quality traffic. Other people who might be encouraged to follow due to your "popularity" could probably figure out that it's just a bunch of bots. I think it would be much better to have real followers that you interact with.
  7. Chynamp

    Chynamp New Member Webmaster

    I agree with the other comments. Buying Twitter followers or Facebook likes is a waste of time in terms of targeting the right audience. Yes, you may have thousands of followers, but how many of those people are actually interested in what you are promoting. Not many! You may get a few here and there, but to me it isn't worth it. I think people purchase followers so they can tell others have a lot of followers, and hope that others will be inclined to follow by the large amounts of people already following. It is much better to gain followers without purchasing them.
  8. wasi90lk

    wasi90lk New Member Webmaster

    Never buy Twitter followers, as your Twitter account can get suspended.

    If you are looking to get high quality followers, you will have to work hard for it. There is no easy way out.
  9. fltdude

    fltdude New Member Webmaster

    It is not completely useless. In some cases having lots of followers in your Twitter account works beneficial even if those followers are bought by you and don't actually contribute. Also they do help increasing traffic and hits, not by much but still it's better than nothing.
  10. Kristy

    Kristy Member Webmaster

    I agree, I think it's pretty pointless to buy followers. Especially if you consider the fact that many of them probably won't be real anyway (fake accounts or bots). I post links to freebies on my twitter (although I don't do it as much anymore. I've been really lazy lately. lol) and sometimes I post links to posts on my blog and then there are the occasional ads from sponsoredtweets.com. But if someone isn't interested in that stuff there is no point for them to follow me. And if they're a bot then there is REALLY no reason to follow me. lol
  11. Yorozuya

    Yorozuya New Member Webmaster

    I did buy followers in the past. I did it because I have a unique twitter profile for all of my sites, and I display the number of my followers on these sites using the twitter API. It just makes your site look more trustworthy to new members. I only do this on my short term sites though. With my long term 'serious' sites I prefer to build up my following the hard way. There is really no point in faking numbers if you want a long lasting business...
  12. SarahRTW

    SarahRTW New Member Webmaster

    I agree with the anti-buying comments. It's pointless and worse, deceptive to your real followers. It's pointless because none of those fake followers will ever benefit you. They are not potential customers etc. Worse, if you are into Social Media Marketing, they skew your numbers and make it impossible to evaluate the effectiveness of your campaign (I read a good article bout this on a G+ Group recently). However, it's also dishonest to make yourself look more appealing to your customers through fake numbers.

    So, if you want followers, as has been said already, interact, post relevent content and do the work honestly.

    That's my firm, honest and respectful thought ont he matter. Anyone want this soapbox now?? :)
  13. danealegana

    danealegana New Member Webmaster

    I did bought before for a newly created Twitter account just to show of and fool other people that my site associated with the twitter account is somewhat active and trending. And it paid off, now I am getting followers without lifting a hand! :)
  14. OhioTom76

    OhioTom76 Member Webmaster

    I've heard of porn stars doing this quite regularly, to make it appear they are more popular than they really are, and to try and get more work/gigs. I wouldn't bother doing something like this, since Twitter is starting to crack down on this. In addition there are third party services out there that can show approximately what percentage of your followers are fake.

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