Gaining Followers // How To Gain Followers… Quickly.

A lot of you have asked me how I’ve gained so many followers in such a short amount of time. I wanted to make a post about this, hopefully without sounding like an arrogant, overly proud snob. Am I proud of my accomplishments as a book blogger? Yes, of course! Do I feel that I’m the ultimate master of gaining followers? Absolutely not. But you guys have been curious, so I’m here to tell you my “not-really-secret” secrets to my success over such a short period of time.

My Story

I started blogging in August 2016, a mere seven months ago. It’s so exciting to know I’ve been blogging that long already, considering I wasn’t sure how this would play out when I first made the decision to start a book blog. Would I get any followers? Would anyone be interested in what I have to say? Will I publish a few posts and then call it quits? Knowing that I’ve passed my six month blogiversary is really awesome for me. And knowing that you all have been interested in the content I post is even better!

Now, I’m not one to post about many milestones, but I did post when I reached 500 followers… and again at 1,500 followers (which I’m currently holding a giveaway for now). Take a look at this Follower Timeline I created for my blog.

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According to the timeline, within two months of starting my blog, I had reached 500 followers. I couldn’t believe it! (I don’t think some of you could, either!) Surprised isn’t even the proper word to describe my reaction to this. I was stunned. Literally.

If you look at the timeline again, between October and March is when I gained most of my followers; 1,000 within five months. And another 100 in the last few weeks of March.

So how did this happen? How did I do this?

Well, when you all first starting asking me this question, I had no clue. None. I didn’t know what was going on, honestly. It was all so new to me (and I’m still learning!) I’ve learned a little bit since then, though… and right now, I’m going to give you a short list of…

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1. Follow Other Blogs

I know what you’re thinking… this is the most obvious answer, right? Well, you would think so, but some people don’t take out the time to follow other blogs. When I started blogging, that is the first thing I did… I blog-hopped and found tons of awesome blogs in the process. A lot of the time, those you follow will follow you back. Of course, the follow-for-follow rule is not one to live by, or else you’ll get overwhelmed with way too many posts flying through your Reader… but it is something that helped me gain some of my followers in the beginning. Try this… see if it works for you!

2. Interact With Other Bloggers

Believe it or not, interaction between book bloggers not only helps build a bond between you and the community, but your reader’s want you to interact with them. They want you to comment back when they take the time out to comment on your post. And the bloggers you follow would appreciate some comments, as well. Interacting with others in the community helps put your name out there… and makes people want to come to your blog to see what’s going on.

3. Show Interest in Your Followers

This kinda goes along with the interaction. I always take the time out to like every comment I get on my blog, and respond to majority of them. Is this a requirement? No. Is it time consuming? Yes. But it shows your followers that you’re interested in what they have to say and that you appreciate their supporting your blog. This is what helps bring people back to your blog time and time again.

4. Use Social Media

Like I said, I’m no professional when it comes to this stuff… especially social media. I never had a Twitter account until a little after I started blogging. (I don’t even have a Facebook page yet!) But I do know that once I opened up my blog’s Twitter account, I’ve gained many more followers from it. If you don’t have any social media accounts connected to your blog, I highly suggest you get some! There are so many ways to spread the word of your blog… take advantage of them! (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Bloglovin’, Instagram, the list goes on and on.)

5. Giveaways

I’ve held two giveaways on my blog so far, and I know that’s not a lot, but I also know that it has helped in my follower count. People tend to flock to giveaways, if you haven’t noticed… so try holding one! It doesn’t have to be anything spectacular. Just another small way to gain a following, and show your appreciation for your followers at the same time!

6. Create a Meme (or Book Tag)

Don’t be scared! You can do it! Creating a weekly meme or feature that allows others to participate is a great way to gain followers. I created the Standalone Sunday meme and I was extremely nervous that no one would be interested. It isn’t a super popular meme, but I’m surprised by how many bloggers have participated in it! If I can do it, you can too!

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… I am in no way a professional when it comes to blogging or gaining followers. I also don’t think the amount of followers you have determines how successful you are as a blogger. But I do hope this post will help some of you who have asked me the question: “How did you do it?” Well, this is how! And I thank each and every one of you who are following this blog and show an interest in what I have to say… it means so much to me!

Do you agree with any of the tips on my list? Do you believe they help gain followers? Did I miss anything that should be on the list that isn’t? Let me know in the comments below!

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143 thoughts on “Gaining Followers // How To Gain Followers… Quickly.

  1. Great post!! I am scared to follow a lot of blogs because I feel like I’ll begin to not comment as much as I used to or that I might become overwhelmed by the amount of posts I feel inclined to always read.

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      1. Ashley is absolutely right! It can become overwhelming to do what I did in the beginning. Like I said, follow for follow is not a rule to live by… but that is part of my story of how I got followers in the beginning 😉

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  2. Congrats on 1500 followers! Following up on what you said about interacting with people, you’re one of the nicest people I’ve interacted with on the blogosphere 🙂
    I made a Twitter late last year but I’m so bad at actually using it haha xD

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    1. Thank you so much, Shoto! That’s the sweetest thing anyone has said!! I hope that’s one of the reasons you continue coming back to my blog 😃❤ It’s really hard for me to keep up with all my stuff, too. That’s why I’m holding off on creating a Facebook page for now. Maybe later on in the future, though.

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      1. Yes it is! Along with of course, I do genuinely love reading your blog posts 😊
        The blog itself is kind of a big commitment, I can’t possibly manage anything along with it! At least at the moment.

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  3. First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on such an amazing success! You obviously know what you’re doing! 😀 I love the idea of “follow for a follow” as a way to get to know other bloggers and get more followers. I don’t know why I’ve never thought of that before! Great post!

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  4. Lovely advice, Megan 🙂 I really think interaction is what’s best both to gain followers, and just…well, to have fun blogging, which is really what matters the most here 🙂

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  5. Great post, full of good ideas and congrats on the followers 🎉 I particularly agree it’s important to interact with/comment on other blogs. I follow so many, it’s so time consuming to comment on every one so I try to comment on different blogs everyday so I’m not missing people out. And the giveaway idea works, I did one recently for my birthday and gained quite a few followers!

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    1. Thank you! I wasn’t sure how to use Twitter at all when I started. If you go into your blog settings, you can connect your Twitter to your blog and every post you publish will automatically go onto your Twitter feed. And it will let you share others posts through Twitter. All of this helps to get your name out there!

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  6. I think it’s wonderful you’ve done so well! I have a healthy following too according to the bottom of my blog! (I only have a personal FB so I don’t use that in my interactions with people). I try to follow new blogs but I only tend to focus on what I can handle. If I get followers, great! But at almost 2K, I can safely say I’m happy where I am.
    I think your blog is amazing and we started around the same time too. I started in the middle of July! Go us!

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    1. Thank you, Steph! And congrats on your followers, as well! Of course, you deserve each and every one! I can’t pay attention to the follower count that is posted on my blog… it’s totally inaccurate for whatever reason. Lol. According to that, I have 2,739 followers!! Which is not what my “My Site” statistics say… so I just stick with my statistics. I learned to quit paying attention to the number on my blog page a long time ago 😂😂😂

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    1. Over a year?! That’s awesome! I hope to make it to that point one day. Would you be interested in being featured in my Saturday Special Q&A feature?? I’m always looking for bloggers that have been doing this for a while. If not, that’s cool too! If so, DM me on Twitter and I’ll get the questions to you!

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  7. This is a brilliant post Megan, and something I think will be extremely helpful for the newbie bloggers who are trying to build up their follower count (I wish this had been around when I was just starting out).
    I definitely agree that interacting with other bloggers and commenting on their posts is incredibly important. It’s kind of how you get your name out there and show people you share their interests. At the same time replying to comments is important as well, are there actually bloggers who don’t reply to the comments they get? Seems kind of weird to me not to, no matter how much time it may take. 🙂

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Beth!! You’re too kind to me 😊 I’m glad you find that the post will be helpful to some newbies! This makes me happy. 😀 And yes!! There are so many bloggers that do not respond to ANY comments they receive… I see it all the time. And I can’t believe it myself. Like you said, no matter how much time it takes, it’s something that should be done! Thank you for all your support!!

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      1. That’s all right, and yeah I really love seeing advice posts like this. I’m thinking of posting one or two on my blog sometime in the future because it’s nice to read about other peoples tips based on their own experience.
        I honestly can’t believe that, my favourite part of blogging is talking to people on here. I guess I’d feel like I was missing out on something not replying. 🙂

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      2. I can just check my emails more when I’m at work than I can my WordPress account!
        But thanks, I’ll send you an email when I’m on my laptop (I’m answering comments on my phone now and I don’t like emailed from my phone unless I have no other choice!)

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  8. I think people forget a lot of the time that this is a community. They want followers, but don’t want to go to the effort of interacting with others, reading their posts, following them, etc. I’d say +1 for all of these, but especially following other blogs and just talking with people.

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    1. I agree, Jessica. It takes a lot of time and effort and a little work, and if you want the followers and the interaction, you’ve gotta be willing to put forth that time and effort. It can get stressful at times, but it’s also fun at the same time. I enjoy interacting with my followers… and blog hopping/commenting… I just wish everyone was like that. There are many book bloggers I’ve attempted to interact with, but never get a response. So I give up. And sometimes won’t go back. And I hate that. Because I LOVE the book blogging community, and making blogging friends 😊 Ok, I’m done rambling now… 😂

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  9. Waw (again) and congrats with having 1500 followers. You’ve got some great tips here, a really good idea for a post. My personal experience told me that a giveaway didn’t really get me more followers or more likes on my FB page. I had two questions and most chose option two which was a comment on my blogpost. Option one was the FB page like. I have done my own tag (The Belgian Beer Tag) but I’m still the only one as far as I know too. I try to like and or comment but it is indeed very time-consuming and maybe I don’t do enough of it.. In the beginning I followed everyone right back but now I only follow if they’ve commented more than once which cuts 80% immediately. I’m happy with my status though, I don’t have to have 5000 followers.. I’m all for quality over quantity :-).

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    1. Thanks, Inge! First off, let me just say that I hadn’t seen your tag before! I’m gonna go to your blog and check it our so I can do it. I’d love to do it! Tags are fun every now and then. 😊 Also, on the giveaway thing… usually I make the first option to follow my blog, and make it mandatory, meaning they can’t unlock the other entry options until they follow. So that’s probably why the giveaways help my following. And lastly, I totally agree with you! Quality over quantity, always. ☺️

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  10. Interesting tips – that’s a huge amount of followers over such a short amount of time, congratulations! I genuinely think blog hopping and being a prominent member of the community is the best (and most fun) way to go – I wish I had more time to dedicate exploring the vast amount of blogs out there. It’s definitely how I got started, though.

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    1. Thank you, Lottie! Yes, I think interaction and blog hopping is definitely the most important thing to do… but it can also become very time consuming, therefore becoming stressful and overwhelming. As long as you continue to have fun while doing it, it’s all good! Just don’t let it become a chore. 😊

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  11. First, congrats, that is a really awesome milestone in such a short amount of time, you should definitely be proud! Second, I think you really nailed it- interacting is SO key. I think that people can tell when you are like, genuinely wanting to be interactive and friendly, and they will want to interact with you more as a result. And I don’t think you have to do anything special even- just be friendly, be yourself, and post things that make you feel good, and I think the rest will come. Maybe not always quite as quickly, but definitely will happen! This is a great post!

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  12. Fantastic post with fantastic advice, Megan! I’ve always been in awe of your blog and how quickly it’s grown. I think you’re doing a wonderful job. Gaining followers isn’t my main objective, but it’s always nice to see someone new stumble across my blog! I’d love to share my content with more people if possible. Your advice is perfect. One thing I can definitely improve on is blog-hopping/following new blogs. I haven’t done it in a while so I haven’t really met as many people as I would like, but I DO try to respond to all my comments 😀 I definitely need to do more with my other social media accounts, especially Twitter. I just don’t know how it works LOL. I’m like a grandma when it comes to tweeting (that’s what it’s called right????). But thank so much for sharing this post! It’s really inspiring to see you doing so well and I hope you continue to grow as the months (and years hopefully) go by! 😀

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  13. You can be totally proud of yourself for scoring that many followers! 🙂 It’s very impressive and it is also due to the quality of your posts 🙂
    I totally agree on the interactions, it’s such a big part of blogging. Sometimes, life happens and I can’t find time to visit blogs so I try to find a day when I can catch up and spam everyone, haha! I also respond to all my comments, I feel I owe the people who took time to write a little something back and let’s be honest, I love to chat 😀 I’ll be hosting my first blog giveaway soon and I’m terrified of doing it wrong, hahahaha!

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    1. Thanks so much, Donna! You’ll do just fine hosting your giveaway! It’s pretty east to use Rafflecopter because it sorts your entries for you and chooses a winner at random for you. I’ll be on the lookout for it! 😂

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  14. Congrats on such a huge success! If you hadnt mentioned it I never would have thought you’ve been blogging for only 6 months. Hats off to you girl! 👏👏👏

    And yes all of the tips you said works. I would just add one thing though: POST REGULARLY. This super important. You dont have to post everyday–once a week does wonders if you do so CONSISTENTLY. I have noticed that every time I post regularly for some time I start getting around 20+views and atleast 3 followers per day.

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  15. I agree with all that you’ve said, even if I’m far, far from your numbers of followers. What I’d like to add is not about gathering followers but about something really important I discoveres while blogging: bloggers are a tight knit community and they help each others. I did some rookie mistake and two “geeks” really helped me to save it all. That’s something priceless: helping each others. I just wish I would work less and have more time to chat and reply 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I totally agree with you… the book blogging community is very tight knit and helpful toward one another. That’s one of the many things I adore about this community, and so happy to be a part of it! I’m glad you had someone there to help you with your “mistake”. That’s wonderful. And yes, chatting and commenting is very time consuming. Since I started blogging, I’ve actually read less because I spend a lot of time now reading posts and commenting, etc. But I’m ok with that! I love interacting with all of you!

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  16. My friend and I just started our blog (we made it months ago but didn’t start posting till this month). This was really helpful, thanks! I just bookmarked this page to come back to it later and follow all those who left comments 😛

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  17. All great tips! I am definitely not the master of getting followers (I shared our hilariously low stats from when we first started blogging in a post once). But I think sincere interaction with other bloggers is really the key.

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  18. Thanks for this post Megan!
    The solution is not really new to me, but maybe it’s just I’m not as socially active as I should be to receive that result, as I barely find time to comment on every single post I see on wordpress. Also, if I’m not familiar with the topic, I prefer to stay away and learn from distance rather than jump into conversation that could portray me as a dumb, or sort of, person. 🙂
    Congratulations on your new milestone!

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    1. Thank you! And you’re very welcome. I totally understand where you’re coming from. I do the same when it comes to topics I’m not 100% sure about. Listening and observing is a great way to learn, too. Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. I didn’t know that you started your blog a month before me! Haha I was excited about making it to 165 followers lol. But like I have said before, you have always been a blogger that I have looked up to. You take your time out to comment and are genuinely interested in what we all have to say. I try and comment on as many posts as I can however I probably could do more…and when I reach 200 followers I might do a give-away…though I don’t really know how to do one! This is an awesome post Megan, you are definitely one of my favourites 🙂

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  20. I love this post and completely agree with your tips! When I first started blogging getting interaction and followers flew over my head until I realized all I really had to do was interact with other bloggers and follow them to gain followers lol. It definitely helps when you do that because then you create friendships and other’s are more likely to follow when they see that you take the time to reply to comments or comment on other blogs. I know I’ve found most of the people I follow through comments on other blogs. Although, I completely fail at social media accounts. I’ve abandoned Instagram and I rarely look at my poor twitter. 😂🙈 Anyway! Great post, Megan! And congrats on the followers, you definitely deserve them. ♥

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      1. You’re welcome! And it really does. Especially when people take the time to comment or you do. I know that I get a bit disappointed when I leave a comment and don’t get a reply. Mostly I just end up looking through my feed because I never know what to tweet. 😂

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      2. I’m the same! If I spend a lot of time commenting on and reading other blog posts, but never get a reply, I get a little upset. Not mad or anything… just like, “Geez, really?”
        Am I wrong for feeling like that? It kinda makes me sound like a bitch now that I read it out loud… but I promise that’s not the case!
        I guess maybe I get my feelings hurt more than anything. Thinking, “They must not like me or my comment…” or “Did I say something wrong? Why won’t they ever respond back?”
        But hey, I’ll be the first one to tell ya that life gets stressful, hectic, and super busy… so I know it’s impossible to comment back to every single comment. But one every now and then would make me feel better, I think.

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      3. You don’t sound like a bitch at all! I have pretty much the same reaction – It makes me a little upset and then I wonder if I could have said something wrong. Although, sometimes I do wonder if it’s also notification glitches with WP. Because I’ve noticed that there are times where I don’t get comment notifications and miss a few. It always makes me feel bad because I don’t catch it until weeks later.
        But, yeah, I agree life can get busy and sometimes it’s impossible to keep caught up with every comment. I think at least a like is great even when you can’t reply since it acknowledges that you saw the comment. 😊

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  21. This is very informative. I recently open my twitter account into Public as I’ve realized that I’ve reached around 33k tweets but only around 200+ followers. I really need to work on that as well my followers in my book blog. Btw, Congratulations!

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  22. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us Megan! I think blogging is one of those things that you have to give in order to receive. If you want followers, you need to be an active member in the community. I’ve seen lots of bloggers who scratch their heads over why no one reads their posts or follows them, but they never check out other blogs or show any interest in their followers. You have gained an insane amount of followers in a very short time, however you have put a ton of effort into gaining those followers. I just wish I could juggle it all as well as you do 🙂 My problem is between reading, creating my own content, interacting with my followers, and reading blog I follow, I don’t seem to have the time anymore to discover new blogs. I need to make this more of a priority and set aside a day/time every week to discover new bloggers.

    Great post Megan 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Amanda! I definitely agree that you have to put the effort in, in order to get something in return… and it can be super time consuming, too. I’ve given up a lot of my reading time for this blog… but I don’t regret it because I’ve met wonderful people like you in the process. I love this community and feel so lucky to be a part of it!

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