Pros/Cons of Buying Twitter Followers

As with any other aspect of your online marketing, you shouldn’t rush into buying Twitter followers without first considering the pros and cons. There are some big upsides to buying Twitter followers, but they don’t come without consequences.

Read on for a thorough look at the pros and cons of buying Twitter followers, and increase your chances of making the right decision for your Twitter account.

Pros for buying Twitter followers

A large following makes your account look more important

Basic psychological concepts apply just as readily to Twitter followers as anywhere else. Social proof is a concept which looks at how credible an idea is based on how many people support it. More support = more credibility = more people joining in on the idea.


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Your Twitter account is exactly the same. If you have more support, meaning more followers, more Twitter users will see you as credible and follow your account. It all starts with having a large number under that heading marked “Followers.”

The bandwagon effect

This is related to the social proof concept above as more Twitter users see you as successful, more will follow you. This can lead to that situation you saw back when you faithfully followed your favorite sports team: When a deep playoff run got going, suddenly everyone remembered that they were a fan!
Buying Twitter followers can lead to huge upsurges in real Twitter followers as people follow you when they see your numbers are high, and then let their friends know about your popular account.


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Buying a few Twitter followers is easier and cheaper

Building a real following on Twitter takes time. Lots of time. It takes even more time when you start out your account and have a big fat ZERO listed on your page for followers. Buying those first few followers will help you get over this hump quickly, and push your numbers up with real followers soon after.

Buying Twitter followers is widespread

Many people are already buying Twitter followers to boost their numbers. There’s no law against it, you’re not buying drugs! Everyone from Lady to Gaga, to RiRi, to President Obama has some bought Twitter followers on their account.


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Some claim as high as 70% of RiRi’s 35 million followers are bought! That fact doesn’t make me, or anyone else, sing any less harder to “Rude Boy” when it comes on…

It is just another piece of marketing

What is so different about paying for Twitter followers when you can pay for a Twitter Ad Campaign to get more followers? The difference is one allows Twitter to get more money, the other doesn’t allow them to get their hands on your cash.

The difference for you is that a Twitter Ad Campaign may not get you the Twitter followers that you need RIGHT NOW, while buying Twitter followers will. At the end of the day, buying Twitter followers is a marketing move that makes just as much sense as paying for any of Twitter’s advertising options.

Cons for buying Twitter followers

They are not real followers

When you buy Twitter followers, you’re paying for that number under you Follower heading and nothing more. Most companies will not sell you Twitter followers that will interact with you in any way. Some will be able to help you with retweets, but there will be very little in the way of the interaction that real Twitter followers provide.


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They will not raise your Klout score

If you pay attention to your Klout score, buying Twitter followers will not do much to raise that number. Klout looks at interaction and influence, not just numbers. So you could have 1000 followers that you interact with all the time in some way, and rank higher than someone with 3000 followers who is ignored.

There are scams out there

We are here to help you get around the scams, and every Twitter follower provider we review has been thoroughly tested to make sure they’re real, but there are scams out there. Some dubious providers will say that they’ll get you XX number of followers, and then never deliver. Be sure you’re using a reputable Twitter follower provider before you buy!

You could be found out

The chance of being found to have purchased Twitter followers is low if you go to a reputable provider. We have read time and again that accounts with bought Twitter followers suffer some slight to their reputation, but we can’t really find any proof.


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For example, we talked above about how we know that President Obama, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and others have bought Twitter followers on their account. Obama is still President, and I will still dance around like a fool to “Firework.” If there’s some damage to your reputation for being exposed, we haven’t actually seen it. But it could happen depending on your industry, and the number of Twitter followers that you buy.