This blog series will be based on my own followers weighing in on Social Media Questions and Topics. The first one in this series is a great question that people ask me all the time.
They ask me, “What do I need to put on my profile to gain more followers on Facebook?”
I asked some key people on my own Facebook profile what they thought triggered them to hit the Add Friend Button. This was my exact post on Facebook:
Working on my next blog post and going to be doing something very different. I want to focus on some new topics in my blog posts and want your input for my posts! I will be showcasing some of the best answers and a link to your site on my blog! Question #1: When using Social Media, what about someone’s activities makes you interested in following them?
Andreas Felis Basically it’s about his / her spare time activities … and his / her success and ideas in business. – Activities / interests we have in common are my most favorites
Jason Armbruster … for me it has to do with … what tips, tricks and techniques can I learn from following this person? … if I feel there is immediate value, I bookmark their blog, fb profile and fb page … =) http://www.jasonarmbruster.com
Eden Rudin First thing I notice is do they write well? Do they take the time to check spelling and sentence structure? Does the information they provide flow and make sense..then they have my attention. Next I look at originality, is it the same information I have seen 4 to 100 times before? Are they just copying and pasting content? If they are providing ‘new’ or ‘fresh’ content, even a link to something from 6 months ago that I haven’t seen yet is still ‘new’ content to me and I find that original/creative…then I am become interested in following them.
Emily Stoik Hey Melissa! I always try to look for common ground. It’s nice to network with and connect with people that have similar interest in life and that applies to both business and regular day-to-day life as well! If I can connect on a personal level and even better yet, become friends with them it will just add to the experience all the more! I love connecting on social media and the ability to learn from all the people I’ve connected with has been monumental in driving my passion for what I do!! And the link to our blog is: http://www.ShawnEmilyStoik.com/
Danielle McGaw If I am on Twitter one of the first things I look at is following to followers ratio because if they are following 5000 people but only have half that many followers I know they are not there for anyone but themselves. The second thing I do is look at their tweets/status update/posts for the past day or so; I look for a nice ratio of shared links and comments and interaction. No interaction = no follow! http://daniellemcgaw.com/
Karla Campos I agree with @Danielle McGaw I need that positive energy and enjoy talking to those people who also enjoy talking to me. Nothing like a person who says hello back : ) http://www.giglogo.com/
Dani Nir McGrath Their picture and smile first! I want to know that they’re willing to share that they’re a real person FIRST! Then, the type of info they post on their wall. I love when someone is clearly interactive in groups, pages, and with others on socila media. And if they are positive! I love good energy, it’s contagious. http://www.danimcgrath.com
Donna Marie Johnson Great question, Melissa! Generally speaking, I already know what I’m looking for before I start networking online. So, for the most part, the person is either a good fit or not. However, I’ve had a few folks that I just really felt led to reach out to for further networking who didn’t fit my “ideal profile”. http://www.wahm-preneurs.com/
‘Jessica Northey definitely industry or hobby…I always look at what common ground I have with them.
Leona Dean Martin Like Jessica..I look to see common ground within my industry but there are times when I look beyond that as well and see what else they can assist me with beyond my industry since I work with various different types of industries.
Joseph D. Shiller Hi Melissa, If someone puts their FB profile link in their Twitter bio or on their blog, that’s an open invitation to me and I gladly oblige. On FB I am attracted to profile pics and good content in the status field among other things. On Twitter I like good bios and @mentions in the tweets. http://www.twitter.com/e_booksmaster
Melanie Kissell Hey Melissa — I’ll echo and underscore everything Joseph Shiller noted and add that someone’s “niche” or particular interest or passion is often a reason I would choose to follow or befriend someone. So, for me, a big part of my decision is based on what’s in someone’s BIO. And I never follow someone who has no photo uploaded.
As I received all of these amazing comments from my fellow Facebook Friends, I was able to see a common thread throughout all that they were saying. Follow these simple steps and you will too begin receiving more friend requests on a daily basis:
1) Share useful, powerful, and original content.
2) Be interactive, Build Community.
3) Share photos and videos that relate to your Brand, Image, Work.
4) Be fun.
5) Be Helpful to Others.
Thank you to everyone who shared an amazing comment and great content for this blog post. After reading this, what is one thing that you now know you need to do in your posts to gain more followers and attract more people to you and your work?
Share with us here!
To you and your Success,