SO you want to grow your following

twitter-following

If you are a blogger on Twitter, then I am in no doubt that you will have experienced the follow/unfollow ‘trend’. It seems to be a problem that is growing bigger and bigger, and I am yet to find someone who this actually works for.

Don’t get me wrong, I do like the idea of having more people following me than I am following – not for selfish reasons. I am VERY selective when it comes to following people because I like to follow people that I know I will interact with and that I will find interesting. I certainly do not follow someone just because I think they will follow me back.

That being said, I feel like I have devised a fail safe and organic [I hope] way of increasing your follower count in a non-shady way. There are a number of things that you can do, and obviously, the more of these things that you do, will hopefully result in more people connecting with you.

1. RT Accounts

It is hard when you first make a twitter account to find people to connect with. Something that I did when I first started my blogger twitter account  was find as many RT accounts as I could, some I followed, some I just went back to visit once a week or so. I then went down the feed of the RT account and commented, liked and RT on any posts from other bloggers that I liked. The word lovely will become your best friend. I soon found, that being nice, and supporting other bloggers was a really good way of making connections and finding people you genuinely find an interest in. In doing so, this also meant I received a number of followers.

2. Bigger Bloggers

Another way to connect with people, is by engaging with people who have similar interests to you. I would go to the twitter comments section of bigger bloggers [who I already loved] and interact with people that way. Whether that be liking replies, or actually commenting, I found this was another really good way to grow my following.

3. Sharing Posts

As I started to find more people to follow, not only would I see their content on my homepage, I would also see the content of people they shared. This gave me an opportunity to connect with new people, if I liked what they had written in their blog post or tweet, I would let them know, if it means a lot to you when people share your work, then think about how much it would mean to them.

4. Engagement

From running my own RT account, I see people spamming their feed with their most recent blog posts but creating zero interaction. Not only is it just really annoying, but it is also very unlikely that people will actually read your posts. Instead, be creative, ask questions, and create conversations. Part of growing a following is keeping the audience you have in the first place. Basically, if you are really lovely, then it is likely that people will like you. It does take up a lot of time commenting on lots of tweets, but it really is worth it. Just don’t be fake, and say things like ‘Nice post’, put some effort into it.

5. Follower Apps

There are a number of apps out there that keep track of your followers and what they are doing. I used these quite a lot at the beginning and I am in the market for one again [so if you know of a good one, please let me know]. They highlight the people that are playing the unfollow game and at the beginning I would block anyone who did this to me. It sounds a bit drastic but it really is just so frustrating. Some people play the game subtly though, and therefore these kinds of apps are really helpful in highlighting that.

Obviously, I don’t have the largest following, and by no means am I proclaiming to be an expert. I am sure there are any other ways to grow your following. Is there anything that you do that I haven’t mentioned? I would love to know.

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17 Comments

  1. July 1, 2018 / 12:30 pm

    These are great suggestions for growing a following! It’s so frustrating when people play the follow/unfollow game but I try to focus on the amazing bloggers I’ve encountered so far. Ultimately it’s engaging with your following that gets people coming back time and time again. Great post Soph!

    • GraphicsBySoph
      July 1, 2018 / 1:11 pm

      Heyy. Thank you so much for commenting! 💗 It really is, I wish there was a way to combat it. But I agree there are so many amazing ones. 100% couldn’t agree more! Thanks for being so kind! 💗

  2. July 1, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    This is very helpful! The follow unfollow game can be a annoying! Thank you for the tips!

    • GraphicsBySoph
      July 1, 2018 / 1:11 pm

      Hey! Thanks for commenting! It is very annoying! Thanks for being so kind! ☺️

  3. July 1, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    This was such a helpful post! I definitely think the best way to grow your following is to be active & engage with other bloggers; you come off as really genuine and so you get a genuine following in return! RTed this post on Twitter in the hopes that other bloggers will get to read it & see the helpful tips!😁

    • GraphicsBySoph
      July 1, 2018 / 1:12 pm

      Hey Sophie, thanks for commenting. It totally is! Ah thank you so so much, that really means so much. It really means so much to have your support. ☺️

  4. July 1, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    This is very helpful! I’ve found my twitter has grown from the last month through my interactions with other people on there.

    Kate xx
    http://www.mummywho.com

    • GraphicsBySoph
      July 1, 2018 / 1:13 pm

      Hi Kate, thanks so much for commenting. I’m really glad your following has grown as a result of your hard work. Well done! ☺️

  5. July 1, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    I’m constantly getting followed/unfollowed, and it really annoys me! I don’t have an app, but I use who.unfollowed.me online, it’s so easy to use! Thank you for the tips, will have to try them! X

  6. July 2, 2018 / 5:12 am

    I HATE the follow/unfollow game, it drives me mad, and I don’t see how it can work for anyone! These were some fab tips though – also love the photo to go with this post, how did you edit it?! x

    Han | lifewithhan.blog

  7. July 3, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    Great ideas Soph! I definitely need to start doing more of this 💖 I’m guilty of finishing work and then just flopping instead of using my time usefully, this has definitely given me some motivation to start these techniques!

    • GraphicsBySoph
      July 3, 2018 / 6:26 pm

      Hey Lucy, thank you so much for commenting! I am so guilty of that too. I always start with the best intentions too! Hopefully these will help you out! 💗

  8. July 4, 2018 / 1:18 am

    Thanks for the great tips! Always looking for more ways to increase engagement!

    • GraphicsBySoph
      July 4, 2018 / 6:20 am

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for commenting. 💗

  9. July 15, 2018 / 8:00 am

    Thanks for the helpful post 🙂 It can be really hard when you feel like you are shouting into the abyss. The follow to unfollow thing is SO annoying! I wish people would follow their interests instead of only thinking about growing their audience. I don’t follow people that I have no interest in as I think it is much better to have a feed that you find interesting and engaging! If you find an app that doesn’t spam things in your twitter feed I would love to know. Your new blog setup is really awesome by the way,

  10. July 16, 2018 / 10:30 pm

    Great bite sized tips, thank you for sharing 😊 it’s always good to read about how to grow your social media channels organically. I definitely don’t do enough on Twitter, Instagram is where I tend to hang out 😉
    Julia x

  11. July 23, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    Thank you for the tips! To be honest, I feel like I’m a lost wanderer in the woods when it comes to Twitter, Instagram and all the promotional stuff. I kind of started following a lot of people so that I could follow their content- but now I feel like I don’t like all of them so I feel like I should unfollow but I certainly didn’t follow them to unfollow them to begin with. Probably went the wrong way about that. Also… about the rt accounts, is it weird to include a lot of different ones into your tweet when you post? And is it normal to stick to the same retweet accounts? There seem to be so many out there as well and I have no idea which one to even choose? Someone should write a guide on this haha!

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