What is Klout ?

A measure of social influence, Klout connects your social accounts and provides each user with a Klout score. The higher your score is the more influencer you have in the social world. The Klout score is out of 100.

Klout is an indicator of how influential your social media activities are.  It can help you discover and be recognized for the influence you have in the world by reviewing your activity on social media.  The Klout website allows you to connect your social accounts to the service, which can then scan them to see how engaging and influential you have been.

A Grading System

Klout is a website and mobile app that uses social media analytics to rank its users according to online social influence via the “Klout Score”, which is a numerical value between 1 and 100.

What does my Klout Score mean?

Here’s my Klout Score.  It’s a measure of my overall online influence on a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 being the most influential. Klout’s system analyses multiple social networks based on which networks I have provided to the settings.


It is not to be confused with activity.  Being active on social media will not necessarily give you a high Klout Score; in fact, having a high number of people following you, but not engaging with your content is potentially a problem.  So, if you’ve purchased followers, or have been going crazy on Twitter following people just to get follow-backs with the intention of padding out your networks, you may soon come to regret that decision.

Track your progress over time

Just as with any form of analytics, what we’re really looking for is visibility over what’s working and what’s not. Part of our successful strategy is the testing of what we’re putting out there – to see if people respond to our content. We can see this in part with tools like Google Analytics (i.e. how many visitors does an article attract), but on social – we’re measuring points of engagement – how many Likes, Comments, Share, Retweets, Mentions, +1’s, Recommendations and much more.

My Klout Score is low, should I be concerned?

It depends on what you mean by “really low”; the average Klout Score is 40.  It’s generally considered that folks with Klout Scores 50+ are pretty much rocking the social media world regarding engagement and influence.  Users with a score of 63 are in the top 5% of all users.

But if your score is lower than that, there’s perhaps some [difficult] questions you could be asking yourself.

Possible reasons for a low Klout Score

  1. You haven’t connected all your social networks-Simply put, if Klout doesn’t know where to look, it’s not going to look there.  Omitting networks from your profile will mean that influence on that network isn’t going to be counted.
  2. You’re connected to the wrong communities-Your community is your lifeblood for your social networking, it’s essential that your community is full of people who are interested in what you have to say.  I know, that sounds remarkably obvious, but a lot of people find temptation in “If you follow me, I’ll follow you back” accounts, follow trains, like ladders, in fact, anything that promises a reciprocal like or follow will often be a short-lived benefit.  Build your community with people who are interested in you, your brand, not the fact that you followed them first and not the fact that you use a certain hashtag in your tweets.
  3. You’re boring-Yeah, I know, it’s an uncomfortable concept, right?  But it could simply be that what you’re saying isn’t engaging anyone because it just isn’t engaging.  If you’re a retailer, your timeline shouldn’t just be full of the products you sell.  Imagine that you’re having a conversation with a customer in your shop, it’s not just about selling, it’s about conversing, getting to know the person; why should your social networking be any different?  It’s social media, be social with it.


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