Are you trying to get your first 1,000 true followers too?
You didn’t ask me, but I’m gonna tell you how I’m getting my 1,000 true followers / fans!
I’m a brand new blogger, and I know I’m not doing the best to get more followers, but I’m taking my time.
Even with blogging like I am and not sharing my work regularly to be able to attract a bigger audience, I am still able to gain a pretty decent following. Maybe I’m doing it wrong, maybe I’ve been doing okay, but I just want to share with my wonderful followers what I’ve learned so far!
Share your advice and tips too if you think you found a better way to gain true supporters!
Let me first explain what these true fans are and why you want them, if you don’t already know. This is important for those who want to build a community around their blog or make a career or income out of it.
So, depending on what you’re doing with your blog: whether you’re trying educate, entertain, share knowledge or artwork, you’re gonna need some fans to help support you. Think of Rihanna, she needs all of us to love and support her so she can sell her Fenty products. I too need people to love and support my work and this is what your 1,000 true followers are here for.
If you have less than 500 followers, but you’re trying to get your fans, this is the post for you. Truthfully speaking, we might even need 2,000 followers so you know you have exactly 1,000 there for you every step of the way. Anyways, let’s see how we can reach our goal!
How to gain your first 1,000 true followers and fans.
1. Choose your brand name.
For starters, branding your blog will help people find you. I felt like “Soyvirgo” suited me because I was really intrigued with how accurate most astrology posts were when they mentioned a Virgo’s behavior. Truly, I am the epitome of a Virgo. Just do a quick search on Virgo’s and you’ll find out what I’m really like. What helped me choose the name “soyvirgo” was the fact I speak spanish, so I put together my interest in zodiac signs and my second language to make a name for myself. Soyvirgo translates to, “I’m a virgo” by the way.
I thought it was a cute name and people who don’t understand spanish can still have fun with the it by assuming I like soy a lot and I’m a virgo (at least that’s what I would assume the name meant if I didn’t know spanish). It’s good to have a name that doesn’t have much of a language barrier. Soyvirgo, for example, shows spanish speaking people that there’s a blogger they can connect to. Try to incorporate what you know in your brand name.
2. Make your brand pop
The name “soyvirgo” is short and simple to pronounce so it’s super easy to remember. By making your brand name easy to remember will eventually help grow your following quicker. Make your brand name original and something that you like, although I have noticed that if you have amazing content, it really doesn’t matter what your brand name is. Just look at Shakira, or Rihanna; their first name is pretty much their brand name.
Also make sure to choose a certain style for your brand like fonts and your favorite colors. If you haven’t noticed yet, mine are somewhat earthy tones like light beige and green.
3. Own your brand name through social media accounts.
I have many social media accounts under the name “soyvirgo”, including bloglovin, ello, pinterest, tumblr and others. Even if I’m inactive on some accounts, I like to make sure I’m the owner of that username on that platform so people know there’s only one soyvirgo out there.
Instagram and twitter users have beat me to the name, but if that’s the case for you I recommend making the username as similar to your brand name as you can make it. I think this is a good thing to consider doing because you will eventually be known on the internet with that username, as long as it’s unique and easy to find.
4. Be active on social media.
First, choose which platforms work best for you. I never got “big” on tumblr, ello and weheartit so I stopped using them. Pinterest and bloglovin have helped me the most in getting people to find my blog. Twitter and Instagram have as well but not as much, so I mostly use them for inspo or fun. Just try them out and see which ones work best.
5. Be a genuine person
Like and comment on people’s content with something valuable. Try to really have a conversation in the comment sections and interact with people you want to interact with. This will show that you are not just a spammy user trying to get a follow.
This applies to blog comments, instagram, twitter and whatever other social platform you’re on. Interact with random bloggers who like the same things as you, but don’t force it. Just make sure to have fun with it and do it with the thought of making new connections. This will make it feel less like a chore.
6. Follow bloggers who are similar to you and your niche.
A niche is like a club or clique. My niche is really broad at this point, so I don’t really know if I fall into any right now other than “lifestyle” and “personal”. What I do is just interact with those who I might want to meet up with someday or collab with. People who blog just like me or like similar things as me are what I’m looking for.
We might become mutuals and stay that way since we have similar tastes so that’s why I go by this method. Follow back when people you like follow you and be sure to support them as much as you can. I find similar bloggers on twitter, instagram, the wordpress reader section, and I also check out the comment sections of some of my favorite bloggers. Your 1,000 true followers can be lurking on the blogs of your favorites, so don’t overlook that!
7. Connect and share your content to big platforms like Facebook, or Google plus.
If you follow me on twitter and facebook, you can see my blog posts are usually shared on my feed instantly. There is a quick and simple way to do this on wordpress and most blogging platforms have this feature too. This is such an easy way to share your posts, and even though I’m inactive on Facebook and Google plus, I still get some likes or shares since many people are on these popular sites daily.
8. Leave a link to your website on all your social media accounts.
I have a link to my blog in my instagram bio, my twitter, on youtube links and most of my other accounts. Make sure to do this even on your inactive accounts. You never know, you can get closer to those 1,000 true followers by just leaving your link behind.
9. Collaborate with content creators like you.
So I’m still not very good at this because I don’t have time to chat with anyone.
But one thing I started to do in late February was to translate someone’s youtube videos. There will be credit left for me on the translations, so this is a great way for the subscribers of that person to go to my youtube account. It’s possible for them to be interested in who I am and end up following my blog. If you can’t collab the traditional way, just try collaborating your own way.
10. Tag your posts.
On instagram and wordpress, you can use at least 15-30 hashtags. I recommend doing hashtags that relate to what you are posting instead of tagging anything and everything that comes to mind, you will seem like less of a spam account doing that.
Tag brands on instagram, support accounts like @littlebigbloggers (they reposted one of my photos and I gained maybe 2 true followers from that)! You can also put in a popular location on your instagram post to help your 1,000 true followers who enjoy that location find you.
11. Set up a business profile on Pinterest.
After I did this, my follows and engagement on pinterest increased.
Pinterest helps you get more attention to your blog, but since I don’t make many pins of my blog content, not many users from pinterest have found my blog.
If you check out my post on How to Boost Pinterest Traffic I made back in December, you can see how much my engagement and monthly views have grown. (Today I have 420k monthly views and 24k monthly engagements with 195 followers!)
Once you set up your business profile, you can connect your blog into your bio.
Another tip is to change your name to help people find you easily. I changed mine to Lifestyle blogger and cat lover because I want to attract the people who also consider themselves a blogger and cat lover.
The only thing I have to do now is upload pins from my blog onto Pinterest so that more people can find me, I recommend you do that too if you don’t already!
What NOT to do to get your 1,000 true followers.
Okay, so this step worked for me in 2014 when I was on twitter being a jerk.
I’m not trying to have people resent me , I’m trying to gain my first 1,000 true followers! Don’t do this if you’re trying to gain fans and friends you want for life! It actually is a smart method to do this on people who are not bloggers, but it’s still pretty rude and can even get you categorized as a spam account from instagram, so watch out!
Someone big on instagram did this to me and they seemed so genuine and cool, that I ended up subscribing on youtube, following their pinterest and even sharing some pins from their blog onto my pinterest – only to have them unfollow me. Guess what, I blocked her!
Instead of doing this, try finding people you genuinely are interested in. It will get you far!
2. Like for like / follow for follow / shoutout 4 shoutout, etc.
This is something I did back when myspace was around and I don’t know any of those people I did this to. Those people will most likely be out of your life asap. I never liked doing it because it was random and I don’t like being fake with strangers on the internet. If you follow these people, they might end up unfollowing you or not supporting you like you need to, for example, not joining in on your youtube, facebook or ig lives.
Do not ask this if you want 1,000 true followers, period! It can be a big waste of time because you can spend this time doing other things for your blog like making amazing content. This never got me my 1,000 true followers, what it really did was get me maybe 1 like every once in a while.
3. Joining many engagement groups at once.
Joining groupchats can be a big waste of time if you don’t join the right ones. If you are trying to be active in many groupchats, I don’t think you will have time to make content to share and promote your blog while also gaining your followers and making blog posts. You will be too busy since you made a commitment to like every post from every member of all the group chats you joined. Join 1 to 3 engagement groups, especially when you start out may be helpful since you’ll receive engagement from at least a small group of people.
4. Follow people you don’t like interacting with.
Don’t just follow random people you can’t connect with. They will not be able to connect with you and thus, will not become one of your 1,000 true followers.
In order to reach your 1,000 followers, you need to be as real and honest as you can. Share what you want to, but make sure it’s something you know the followers you have want from you. I like to share my thoughts and ideas, my tips and experiences and even talk about boring stuff that might not get everyone’s attention like things I like or daily routines.
But THIS is where real followers come in. Even if you post about what isn’t popular with the majority of the internet, you will at least have those 1,000 true followers who support everything and anything you post because they are your TRUE followers.
Here is a video by Jade Darmawangsa who helps people grow their brand, in the video she talks about instagram growth, and how to get your 1,000 true fans. It still has the same premise and really helped me understand what these fans were to a brand.
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