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.
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.