How I Got 10K Real Followers in <7 Months

Version 2 of this post is now live on the blog! It’s called “How I Got 35K Followers in the Last 4 Months”  Also, I’ve been having enormous success with marketing myself on Snapchat lately. Check out my post called “Snapchat 101: How to Market Yourself & Your Brand” for advice. 

*This post is written as a guide to how I obtained 10 Thousand Real Followers across the 5 major social media outlets in less than 7 months.  I will spill all of my strategies that I’ve used for each social media: Pinterest, Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  This article is intended to be a resource for other bloggers and businesses who are looking to quickly build their social media following and network among people within your target market.

By now, I think every blogger, business and service knows the importance of a strong social media presence.   In today’s world, social media has emerged as arguably the most important way to build a positive reputation and interact with your audience.  In turn, establishing a positive reputation will ultimately lead to more sales.

As I am writing this (Sept 2014), my blog just turned 1 years old. For the first 5 months after I launched my site, I was virtually absent on Social Media. I only posted things to my personal Facebook Page, which barely even got noticed. Additionally, during my first 5 months of blogging, I didn’t have a Facebook fan page, I didn’t know what Google Plus or Pinterest was, and my Twitter account had a measly 50 followers. The only social network that I used was Instagram, where I only had about 200 followers (just my immediate friends). I had no idea what I was doing.

Fast-forward 7 months time, and I just hit the 10K follower mark across the 5 major social media platforms.  Each and every follower was obtained organically- meaning I haven’t spent a dollar to buy “fake followers.” In addition, I have a nice balance of followers across the 5 networks, as opposed to one being more popular than another.

By the numbers, my current follower count as of 9/20/2014 is:
1. Twitter– 3,039 followers
2. Instagram– 2,267 followers
3. Google Plus– 2,131 followers
4. Pinterest– 2,121 followers
5. Facebook– 514 followers

How did I go from ZERO to 10 Thousand in 7 months?

I have been using specific strategies for each social network, from which I learned by reading books (Check out Jab Jab Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk), surfing through blogs, and picking the brains of other travel bloggers.

I wrote this post for all bloggers, businesses, and others who wish to gain a strong following on social media.   Specifically, this post is for those (travel) bloggers who are just getting started and who are overwhelmed by the complexity of social media.  After reading my tactics presented in this article, I am confident that you will get a following of at least 10K real-life people in less than 7 months.  These are my proven methods that actually work.  Once you understand how to apply these strategies, it shouldn’t take you more than 1 hour of work per day to see your followers skyrocket.

*Please note that this is a very long blog post. If you only need assistance on a specific social network, then just skip down until you find it!*

1. Pinterest

search-1I believe that Pinterest has the most potential to gain recognition and drive traffic to your blog/business.  That’s why it is the first on this list.   Today, Pinterest is currently my #2 traffic driver to my blog, behind organic Google searches. I cannot stress the importance of how much Pinterest can help grow your blog or business audience. If you’re not on it, then you should probably stop reading right now and open an account on before you proceed.

Just lets these statistics do the talking…

Quick Stats (as of March 2014)
– launched in March 2010
– 70 million active users 
– 80% women, 20% men
– Pinterest drives more revenue to ecommerce sites than any other social share
– in Jan 2014, Pinterest overtook Facebook in terms of revenue per visit
– Call to action pins increase engagement by 80%
– The average user has a household income of over $100,000
– The main demographic is between ages 25-35
– Users spend 4.5 more time on Pinterest than Linkedin


Boards– these are very similar to pin boards that you have on your wall, but each board has a specific topic. You can add photos that are relevant to each board, which you find anywhere online or elsewhere Pinterest. For example, you can have a board called “My favorite beaches,” where you pin photos of all your favorite beaches to that board.

Group Boards– these are boards that are open to the public, so anyone can pin their pictures to that board. There are group boards in just about every topic, and some are more popular than others.

Pin– you “pin” photos to your boards. A “pin” can be considered a photo that you put on your board (noun), or you can also use “pin” as a verb.   So, the act of putting a pin on a board is called “pinning.” Sounds confusing, but it’s really easy once you get the hang of it.

Repin– when someone likes a pin they see, they can “repin” it to one of their boards

Like– just like any other “like” button, this just shows that you like the pin

Comment– self explanatory, just commenting and showing appreciation for other people’s pins.

My strategies:

1. Pin 1 photo per day to 10 different “group boards”

Posting photos to group boards in your niche is the most critical way to grow your following on Pinterest.   That being said, you have to do some work and see out the best and most popular group boards, and request to be joined. Each board has different ways of joining, but the owner will usually write how to join under the description of the board.

Seek out 10 active boards (the more followers on the board is better) and post 1 photo a day on it.  Try to mix up the photos that you pin on each board (i.e. don’t pin the exact same photo to each board).  By doing this, your pictures will be exposed to all of the followers of each specific board.  Don’t post more than 1 photo per day, because then many people will think you are spamming… And nobody likes spam.

I have a folder on my desktop labeled “Pinterest Photos,” with about 60-70 of my best travel photos that I will only post on Pinterest.  Most of them are edited to bring out the colors and make them more appealing.   Then, I’ll just pull images from there to post on each group board.  I find this method to work the best! 

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Some of my group boards

– add your URL in the “edit pin” section. This is very important, so people will be redirected to your blog when they click on the photo
– Use good photos. Always pin Vertical over horizontal, and use as many colors as you can. Also, putting big words on the photo draws people’s attention as well. I use to make my photos. It’s free and extremely easy to use.
– Post at the right time. The most popular time to post on Pinterest is from 7-10PM EST, so try to aim around then.

*To stay organized, I recommend creating a spreadsheet on Google Drive to record which photos that you posted on which specific group boards.   Then, monitor the spreadsheet every 24 hours and record how many “likes” and “repins” each photo got (within that 24 hour period), and you can see which photos have the most success!  It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s really easy once you get the hang of it 🙂

2. Comment on 10 “popular” Pins per day 

Go to the search bar at the top and type in one key word. If you have a travel blog, then type in words like “travel, trip, adventure, explore, wanderlust, world, nature, etc..” Then, all of the most popular pins of that hashtag will appear.  Once you’ve selected 10 popular pins, then just repin, comment, and like them.  If you comment on a photo with 1,500 repins, then your comment is bound to be seen by at least a few hundred people, directly sending them to your account. Make your comments witty and memorable!

3. Follow 50 new people per day in your target market

Pinterest doesn’t have a limit to how many people you can follow (at the moment). While this may change in the future, you should take advantage of it right now and follow 50 people per day in your target market! You can find people by looking at the followers of notable people in your market.

For example, I will find popular travel bloggers and search their followers, so I can discover more travelers and travel bloggers.   Then I will follow 50 people, but I will make sure to only follow active users (i.e. I won’t follow people with  5 followers).  You’ll be surprised by how many people will follow you back!

4. Create nice personal boards on your own page

Making your page look nice is very important. It can be the deciding factor if someone will follow you or not.

My biggest suggestion is having a nice profile photo, description, and making your boards memorable. Also, take some time pinning photos to your top boards, so it looks like they are active and draws people to follow them.  On your Pinterest home page, the top row of 4 boards are the most seen (just like the first few searches on google), so make them the best! You really want to show off!

Take a look at my personal Pinterest page!

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My Pinterest Home Page

2. Google Plus

search-2In my eyes, Google Plus is the second most untapped social media, and it has great potential to boost your traffic numbers.   Given that this platform is run and managed by Google, it can be directly related to boosting your SEO traffic on Google.   I have only been using it for about 4 months, and I have over 2.1K followers and over 1.6 MILLION views on my G+ profile… If I can do that in 4 short months, then you can too!

Before I begin with my strategies, make sure you’ve taken the time to complete your G+ profile by making it look neat and professional. Fill out all the “About Me” page, add nice photos, and especially talk about your blog or business. After all, who is going to follow you if your profile looks horrible?

Let’s look at the facts (as of June 2014)
– Launched in November 2011

– 2nd largest social networking site in the world, behind Facebook
– Has 350 million monthly active users
– Google Plus app is 4th most popular in the world
– 1.5 billion photos uploaded every week
– 600,000 people join everyday
– best display of photos for any social network
– The +1 button is clicked 5 billion times a day


Circles– Circles are a way that you organize your contacts. For example, I have circles for travelers, friends, family, and acquaintances. You can share different content with different circles.

Communities– these are groups, similar to Pinterest “group boards” or Facebook groups. They bring people together who share similar interests. You can easily join a group by clicking “join this group.”

Plus 1– a plus 1 (+1) is the exact same thing as a Facebook “like” or a twitter “favorite.”

Sharing– You can choose to share someone else’s post publicly or to a specific circle

Hangouts– these are a conference held in real-time. It’s like Skype, but up to 10 people can join in and the connection speed is notably better.

My strategies

1. Post 1 image per day in 10-15 communities related to your niche

This is the best way to build your following and gain a positive reputation on Google Plus.   G+ has an amazing platform for displaying photos- maybe the best out of all the social networks.  

Become a member of as many Travel-related “communities” as you can.  A communities is the same thing as a group board on Pinterest… Basically, it’s a public place where people can share pictures and interesting things they find online.   Once you are a member of a board, then post 1 image per day to that community from your travels.  Do this for 10-15 communities everyday.  Try to change up the photos that you use for each board, so nobody will think you are spamming G+ with the same photo.  

Doing this will grow your followers because people will find your awesome photos and follow you. Be careful about posting links to your blog, because some communities will think it is spam. Just do it sparingly. Also, don’t post more than 1 photo per day to any board because people will also think you are spamming.

Which images should you post?

I generally post all of my best travel photos, which I also pull from a folder on my desktop labeled “Google Plus Photos” that has about 40-5o images in it.    In the caption section, I will usually write a simple sentence and include 3-5 hashtags.  

For example:  “A beautiful shot of Nyhavn Street in #Copenhagen #Denmark from last summer. #travel #europe”

Also, whenever I launch a new blog post, I design a call-to-action image on Canva.  Once again, I highly recommend using this website because it’s free and easy to use! 

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Some Communities That I’ve Joined

2. Follow LOTS of random travelers, bloggers, & people in your niche to your circles

Google + is nice because it doesn’t show how many people you are following… It only displays the amount of followers you have. This is important, because you won’t lose credibility for following too many people (unlike Twitter).

Don’t go too crazy though, because then Google + will suspend your account or think you are spamming everyone. But I usually follow between 50-100 people per day by adding them to one of my circles. And many of these return the favor and follow me back!

*Note that “following” and “adding people to your circles” is the same thing. 

How do you find which people to follow?

I look under the most popular travel posts which have the most +1’s (look under the “explore” tab on the home page and type in a keyword like “travel”). Then, I click on the top right arrow of the photo and click on “view photo activity” and I can see all the people who have commented and liked the photo. I then will add these people to my circles!

Once you’ve added people in your circles, then they can see everything you post on your profile! It’s a win-win if you ask me 😉

3. Post 1 image a day to your own account

This is where I get the most activity on my G+ account. I will post 1 image per day from my travels, with a link to one specific blog post. I usually get well over 100 +1’s and dozens of comments from random people. If your photo is really good with lots of activity, then G+ will promote it to a bigger audience!

For example, one of my travel pics of Thailand was popular, and it got promoted into the “travel” hashtag. When I woke up the next morning, this photo had over a THOUSAND +1’s, 200 comments and 30 shares. It also had a link to my blog on that post, so can you image how much traffic that one post gave me?  Get creative, and you’ll see the results.

Lastly, make sure to upload PICTURES not just LINKS of your blog posts! These get more activity. 

4. Use the “explore” tab to find and comment on 10 pics per day

The explore tab is key. You can find it on your home page on right side of the bar at the top. Click on it, and you can explore any hashtag on G+.

I always explore hashtags like “travel” “nature” “asia” “trip” etc, to see the most popular photos.   After you seek out 10 popular photos (make sure they have at least 100 +1s), then simply write a comment on it. It can be cheesy like “I really love this photo, thanks for sharing!”

The point of doing this is because many eyes will see your comment, and a small fraction of them will click on your page. Once they click on your page, many times they will follow you! Try to make your comments interesting to draw people’s attention.

5. Use Proper Hashtags

You probably know this from other social media networks like Twitter, but hashtags are important and they do play a key role. I try to use 4-8 relevant hash tags for every photo I upload on G+.   Like I mentioned before, sometimes G+ will recognize one of your popular photos and they will promote it. This has happened to me several times, where I’ve received thousands of likes and hundreds of comments on one photo! Make sure to use key hashtags that are related to your photo or blog post. Some hashtags that I frequently use are “travel” “asia” Europe” “nature” “blog” “wanderlust” “Thailand” for example.

Take a look at my Google Plus account! 

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Home Page of my G+ Account

3. Instagram

search-1 5.08.19 PMI’m assuming that most of you reading this have an Instagram account, because of its rapid expansion over the last few years. In my opinion, the platform is better than Facebook because you can keep up with others without any advertisements and distractions.  It’s only photos.

But have you used Instagram to your advantage?

If done correctly, Instagram is a great tool to raise awareness for your blog or company. Even though you won’t drive as much traffic from Instagram (because you can’t post any clickable URL links), it’s a nice place to network with other people in your industry.  

I am going to skip the terminology, because it’s pretty simple. Just post photos, like photos, comment, and use hashtags.

Instagram by the numbers (as of July 2014)
– Launched October 2010
– 200 million monthly active users 
– 70% of users login at least once per day
– Percentage year over growth for the Instagram App is 66%
– 60 million photos posted per day
– 1.3 BILLION likes per day (~9,000 likes per second)
– On average, you get 1 comment every 33 likes

My strategies

1. Post 1 amazing photo every 24 hours

It’s very important to be active on Instagram, but not too active. Everyone hates people who spam with 10 photos in a row. I know I can’t stand people like that.

So, choose your best (most applicable) photo, and post ONE time every 24 hours. No more and no less than 24 hours.  The timing is the most important part to this, because you want the maximum people to see your photo. Rule of thumb is that the most popular time to post on Instagram is between 3-8PM EST, but everyone’s audience is different.  I recommend experimenting with a few times and seeing which gets the most activity.

Also, make sure to add 7-10 applicable hashtags.  This will get your photo noticed by random people, who are likely to click the “follow” button on your page!

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Some of my Instagram Pics

2. Search for others in your target market, and comment and “like” their photos

Just like I talked about in Pinterest and Google Plus, it’s critical that you seek out people in your niche and comment on their photos.   Commenting is much more important that liking, because comments are seen by everyone and it’s more personal. It’s one of the best ways to reach out to random people in your niche, who otherwise wouldn’t have discovered you.

How do you find others?

Look under the explore tab and type in any relevant hashtags to get a live feed of posts under that tag. For example, I always look under “travel” or “trip, wanderlust, adventure, globe, etc…” Then, I will like and comment on as many photos as I can!

You can also seek people by looking at the followers/following of notable people in your industry (just like Pinterest).

*Beware that Instagram DOES have strict policies on following and commenting, and they will block your account if they are suspicious of you spamming people. I’m not exactly sure how the algorithm works, but experiment around and see what they will let you do. I usually get a message saying “Your account is frozen for 2 hours, blah blah blah.” Experiment around and see how much you can do before they temporarily block your account.

3. Go back and add hashtags at critical times

Instagram is the most important social network for using hashtags. More than Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google Plus (by a long shot).


Because you are allowed to go back to all your old photos and comment with 10-20 MORE hashtags!  There is no limit to hashtags! By doing this, your photo will jump back up to the top when people search under that hashtag name. This gives your photos a lot more recognition.

Look at this website to find which hashtags are most popular in your niche!

4. Find big accounts (over 10K followers) and ask them to repost your photos

I just started doing this, and it has worked incredibly well. Find popular Instagram accounts in your niche, and ask them to feature your photo with a link to your account in the description. I have been featured on some accounts with 25K followers, and I woke up one morning with 50 new followers.   I can only imagine if National Geographic or the Travel Channel featured one of my pics… then I’d get thousands of new followers instantly.

Check out my Instagram account! 

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My Instagram Homepage


4. Twitter

search 5.08.19 PMLet’s face it, Twitter has changed the world.

Any breaking news story is widespread within seconds, and any celebrity can spill their thoughts to millions of people with the click of a button.  It’s quite fascinating if you ask me. Twitter is more powerful than any other social network when it comes to rapidly spreading information.  And whether you are for it or against it, you must come to realize that the world is becoming more connected with every tweet.  

If you’re not using twitter to network and market yourself and your business, then you are making a massive mistake.

Amazing Twitter facts (as of August 2014):
– 1 billion registered users
– 100 million daily active users
– Percentage of world leaders who have Twitter is 80%
– 68 million tweets per day

My strategies

1. Tweet about 10 times per day (spread out in intervals)

Twitter moves at a rapid pace. The average lifespan of a single tweet is about ~15 minutes.   So, you want to be as active as you can.

But, never tweet back to back because that pisses people off, and many people will unfollow you for spamming them. There are several free program that you can use to schedule your tweets like HootSuite and Future Tweets.   I recommend tweeting every 2 hours if you can.

2. Get on Triberr

I just joined Triberr a month ago, and it has done wonders for me!

In a nutshell, Triberr will grow your blogs readership because you can connect with likeminded bloggers who support each other. Join a “tribe” in your niche, and every time you post an article to your blog, people in your tribe have the option to retweet your article to all of their followers.  

So now, every time I post a new article, I have a reach of over 4 million followers (because now I am connected with all of my tribes followers). It’s sort of confusing at first to understand, but it’s easy to get the hang of, and you will definitely get more views.

My most recent article “50 Lessons I’ve Learned From 50 Countries” was retweeted out by over 40 people (all travel bloggers).  That brought so many new visits to my blog! Also, you are allowed and encouraged to retweet other people’s posts, which make your tweets more diverse (so you aren’t only tweeting your articles).

So, not only are important people in your niche tweeting out your articles, but your own personal Twitter following will grow faster than ever! 

Triberr is free, fun and effective- so get your ass on it!

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My Triberr Page

3. Share 50% your own content, 50% others

I like to share about half my own content, and half others. I have found this ration to work the best for me. People appreciate when you share others work, and general current events in your industry. But of course, don’t hesitate to post your amazing work as well! Just make sure to keep this healthy ratio.

4. Tweet @ 30 new people per day and follow them

This is perhaps the most effective way to network in your niche. Search under related hashtags to find people, or find a notable person and look under his/her “followers.”

Once you find worthy people to network with, simply tweet a simple message @ them like:

“Hey @____, I love your blog and following your travels. Keep up the good work!”

“Hey @____, I was just in Bali and I used your amazing advice on your blog.  Just want to say thanks :)”

“Hi @_____, just want to say that your work is incredible, and your advice has really helped me out. Thank you!”

“Hey @_______, you are such an inspiration to me and I appreciate all your work. Would you mind checking out my blog and offering any advice?”

…Something along those lines.. Just spark their interest, follow them, and they will most likely follow you back 😀

Side note: Don’t reach out to people who have (for example) 100,000 followers, and are only following 50 people back. Look for people who have a nice balance following-to-follower ratio!

5. Take advantage of Trending Hashtags

Look up trending hashtags and see what people are currently talking about! Then, figure out how to apply this to your blog/business/industry. Try to be as witty as possible, and that will attract people and direct them to your account.

For example, if the #worldcup hashtag is trending, then say “In honor of the #worldcup, in Brazil, check out my article all about tourism in #Brazil!” Just imagine how many eyes will cross that tweet, and hopefully a small fraction of them will follow you.

6. Unfollow people that don’t follow you back

There is an amazing free resource called, where you can find out who isn’t following you back and then instantly unfollow them! I like to do this every month or so to clean up my account.

7. Use 3 hashtags per tweet

As you already know, hashtags are a great way for your tweets to get noticed. Use appropriate ones, and you can market to a larger audience!

Take a look at my Twitter Account! 

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Homepage Twitter Screen


5. Facebook

searchOh Facebook, how I love you and hate you.

To be honest, Facebook marketing is my least skilled out of the 5 social media platforms, and that’s why it is last on this list. For some reason, I have a hard time getting likes on my page, and it’s quite frustrating. Maybe it’s because I started my fan page late in the game, or because Facebook’s algorithms seem to change on a daily basis.

As of lately, I have been getting more activity on my page, so I am slowly picking up steam. Hopefully it will continue to grow as time goes on.

If you want to see a much better guide to Facebook than this one, check out my friend Sabina’s Facebook Guide on her blog, Girl vs. Globe, where she talks in depth about the strategies that she used to get her first 1K followers!  

 In any regard, I will do my best to explain the strategies for how I use Facebook.

Fun Facebook facts! (as of June 2014)
– Established in 2004
– 1.28 billion monthly active users
– 4.5 billion likes per day (67% from 2 years ago)
– 800 million people login daily
– Most common age demographic is 25-34 years old
– Highest traffic occurs mid-week between 1-3PM
– Average time per visit is 20 minutes
– 1 in 5 page views on the internet are on Facebook (in USA)

My strategies

1. Invite all your friends to like your page

This is the obvious starting point to get likes for your page. Invite every single person in your network. These are your personal friends and family members, who are likely more than happy to support your blog or business!

2. Upload 2-3 photos per day

At first, I only uploaded 1 photo per day. But I quickly found out that posting 2-3 per day is will increase your activity. This is because the people who are most active on your pics will see your stuff more often than others who are quiet. This is how the Facebook algorithm works these days, but you can use it to your advantage because your fans will be engaged more than ever with your content!

A few notes when posting photos:
Always upload a photo (not just a link), and then manually add the link to your blog post or URL.. This is proven to have a much higher response rate
– Make nice photos using Canva!
– Post between 1-3PM for the local time (wherever most of your audience lives)
– After you post, click the “highlight” option and tag yourself in the photo!

3. Seek out big Facebook groups and ask them to post your articles

I just started doing this, and it’s proving to be a great tactic to boost your followers. Do your homework and find Facebook groups with large following (over 20K fans) and see if they will post your article, with a link to your blog!

4. Boost Posts that have lots of activity

Your posts that have the most comments and likes have the most potential to go viral in your network (and hopefully on the internet). So, any time you have a post that particularly does well, boost it! I usually only spend $5USD to post my post (you can spend a lot more if you have the budget), and it reaches an audience 10-20 times more than it already has reached.   It’s a great way to spread your content.

5. Join Facebook Groups

Joining FB groups in your niche is a smart way to get exposure to your audience and target market. Engage with them, comment on the things they say, and just get your name recognized. You’ll begin to see more random people that are following your stuff!

In my case, I have joined groups like Awesome Bloggers, Travel Bloggers, We Travel We Blog and more. It has been a great resource for me! Not only am I connecting with likeminded people, but I can also post any questions that I have and I always get detailed responses from experienced people.

6. “Like” and comment other pages, and they will do the same!

Just like every other social media, engage with others in your niche and they will return the favor. This is the oldest trick in the books !

7. Add a Call for Action!

The call for action is very important. Simply ask people to “comment your thoughts” or “share this post with your friends.” The more activity (likes, comments and shares) that you get, means that your post will be seen by a larger audience. Smart tactics!

Check out my Facebook Page, and don’t be afraid to “like” it 😉

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My Facebook Home Page

Final Thoughts

I know that social media can be very intimidating to handle, especially when there is constant changes to the competitive marketplace.   I still get overwhelmed sometimes.

My biggest piece of advice is to attack these platforms one-by-one. Start by opening up a Pinterest, and spend time learning and building it for a week until you are comfortable with the process. Then, do the same for Google Plus or whatever social networks you need help with.

How much time will it take you to do all of this? To get 10K followers in 7 months?

For me, I have spent about 1-1.5 hours everyday to post and build all my social media accounts.   Once again, try to start slow until you get the hang of it, and then you will be able to accomplish more with less time.  Trust me, after just a few weeks, you’ll be able to accomplish twice as much in 1 hour than you could before.  


Outsource your work!

Hire a personal assistant from the Philippines for as little as $3/hour. I have hired a few hard-working, honest and reliable Filipinos, who have worked on my social media accounts everyday.   Good places to find people are on Odesk, Elance or take my friend Nate Ginsburg’s class called Outsourcing for Solopreneurs.  Nate is an expert at hiring virtual assistants and his advice is the best on the web.  If you type in the discount code “travel,” then you can buy the course for $20 (instead of $100)!  I have taken this class and I can personally recommend his useful strategies and advice.  

I am confident that each and every one of you can obtain 10K followers in less than 5 months, given that you already have my proven tactics.  It took me 7 months because I was trying to figure out which methods worked and which didn’t.  Now, you have the strategies at your fingertips so use them to your advantage! 

What to do next?

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And don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Thanks for reading! 

129 thoughts on “How I Got 10K Real Followers in <7 Months

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  2. hi there! I’m trying to follow your guide to grow my blog i just started a little over a week ago. The 2 things that are kind of confusing to me… Pinterest group boards. I have “followed the directions” to about 10 of these (mostly messaging the owner or commenting on a certain pin) and it’s been over a week and I have got nothing back. No response and not invite to group board. Am i doing something wrong? 2nd thing… google Plus is completely new to me. I followed your steps, joining communities and posting once a day. But i’m having a hard time trying to find people to follow. I click “people” and it says there is no suggested people to follow. you mention an “explore” tab.. i do not see an explore tab. Has something changed? I can’t even just search people to follow? please help! thanks so much!

  3. Hey Drew, great post! Thank you very much! I have a question for you though. What do you think of using a macro recorder in order to like, follow, and comment a very limited number of posts/users (<100) per day? Do you know of people doing it? Do you think it is risky?

  4. Haven’t finished reading the whole post, but just have to say right away…how FREAKING impressive!!! Last September you had 2200 something Instagram followers and now you’re pushing 50,000. IMPART TO ME THY WISDOM!!!!

  5. This is by far the best post I have come across in my search for tips for increasing my blog traffic! I appreciate all of your detailed advice, especially all of the terminology and guides to the lesser known social media sites like google+ and triberr. Already set up all of my accounts and now I am ready to get to work 🙂 All the best!

  6. Hey Drew,

    I cant tell you how much this helped me. I would love to feature you sometime in an expert roundup.


    I wanted to check out your instagram, what up with the account?

      1. it was your one with a 7, its in your footer… I see you got a backup, good idea. Ive lost 2 accounts to Instagram for being naughty. Now im on my best behaviour 🙂

        Enjoy Europe

          1. Hey Drew,

            Wow this post exploded, soooo many comments! Awesome stuff man.

            In your footer your insta icon links to so that what I meant.

            Love the blog, sorry I took so long to reply lucky i was browsing and happened to see you commented back!


            Sometime I would love to feature you on my personal website in an expert round up and talk about your travels and marketing 🙂

  7. Hi Drew,

    I have read your social media guideline everyday and start to implement those tactics on my social network. I found that it is quite difficult to focus on all social media.

    According to the guideline above, you recommend 10 pictures for each board + 1 picture on your own board in pinterest, 10 pictures in 10 different communities in Google + , 1 pictures in instagram and 2 pictures on facebook everyday.

    That mean, we need to produce 10+1+10+1+2 = 24 pictures everyday for all social platform?!My question is can we reuse all the picture in different social platform?

    By the way, your guideline is awesome and I can’t find it at other place! Thank you.

    1. Hey Cheng — I’m glad that you found my advice useful! Yes, I know it’s a lot of work, and thats Why I suggested to find a virtual assistant that can help you post.

      Yes, you can reuse photos, but do it sparingly. Don’t make it too obvious. You can especially reuse photos across platforms.

      Let me know if you have any other questions! Always happy to Help


  8. Hey there. This post is absolutely useful, so thank you very much! I ended up here because you were linked in an article by Quicksprout and I was surprised to find out you live in South Korea – currently, so do I (Im brazilian). Im surprised by your Pinterest tips: I though I was rocking my Pinterest but I dont do half of what you said lol. Gonna start working on this right now and, by the way, already followed you. Thanks for this post! 🙂

  9. That’s a nice way to the top of a social medium! What is especially awesome is that it came up from 0. Thanks for sharing the experience, i appreciate that. The only thing that i can advise you is a web-based app It’s for instagram, and it allows to unfollow up to 5000 users who don’t follow you back per day. You know how vital it is to attract new followers, but it’s boring to find those not interested in you. Now this problem for me is solved, and it can be for you too cause you can try it for free,

    1. Thanks for sharing Victoria, but I don’t want to mass-spam people like that. I am not even sure that IG will allow anyone to follow more than 100 people per day, so how can you follow 5K people without getting an error? Hmmm

  10. Hi Drew! Thanks for the great info. I´d like to know if you usually follow your twitter followers back. The number of my followers has started to rise quite quickly and I mostly follow them back. As you also mentioned, many people just later unfollow those who don´t follow them back so I´d like to prevent it. What is your opinion?
    I also don´t like those automated messages but as the number of my new followers is rising so much every day, I just couldn´t keep up to say hello to each one manually so I had to switch :/

  11. Just to let you know, I’ve been following this guide like a bible with some really encouraging results, thank you for sharing this! 🙂

    Just one question though: do you think this way you might be targetting other travel bloggers and experts too much, instead of a “normal” audience?

    Cheers mate, keep up the great work!

    1. Wow Bruno, I am so happy to hear that! Yes I think that you should target more of a normal audience instead of travel bloggers. (I wrote this 3 months ago and since I’ve learned a lot more)… The reason being is that other bloggers are just doing the same thing that we are doing, and they are less likely to engage in our content. You are absolutely right!

  12. Hey,

    Thanks so much for this post – it’s sooooooo useful! I’m just back from my first year abroad, and trying to take my blog more seriously now. It really is such hard work, but it’s made so much easier by generous people like you willing to share your tips 🙂 Really appreciate it and will definitely share in return.

    Keep enjoying your travels

  13. Seriously, I’m a fan of your blog! This article was really great. I use a lot of these strategies already and they work so well, but you brought a lot of new little tips I can do as well. Social media is soo much work but means so much in the big scheme of things. I see your numbers have significantly increased since this was published 😉

  14. This is an awesome post with everything in the one place. I had read tips on other blogs but to have them all in the one post is great and I have learnt so much more. My only other question would be, do you think it’s best to be active on all of social media or pick, say 2, and focus and be a lot more on them? I find I am getting a lot (and by a lot I still mean, not very many) of followers on Twitter but that is probably my least active space…..

    1. Thanks so much, Zita! I would say to learn them one at a time.. So start with one and practice the strategies for about a week before moving on to the next. Then, it will just come natural to you. Please let me know if you have any more questions!

  15. Drew, my fellow ESL Teacher/blogger – this is an absolutely amazing post. I learned valuable lessons in the first few minutes of reading! Thanks a lot, keep it up!

  16. Hi Drew! Thanks a lot for posting those advices how to grow social media presence for travel bloggers. I am starting Istagram, Twitter and looking into Pinterest, too. Your article is very helpful. Thank you and Happy New Year!

  17. Hey Drew,

    Thanks for the tips. I’m well over 10K already, but have only recently started being active daily on Instagram. I’ve heard the tip to ask bigger users to feature you before, but I always wonder: how do you get in touch with them? I imagine you don’t publicly ask them on Instagram? And Instagram msgs don’t really seem to be read. Will you go to their website and email them?


    1. No prob, Sofie! There is no “one” way to get in touch with bigger names on Instagram. If you can find their email thru a personal blog, then it’s always best to randomly pitch an email to them. Otherwise, just try to get in touch with them, maybe by commenting on their pics and asking. But you can always find that email if you look hard enough! Happy new year !

  18. Wow! This is by far the best and most insightful free piece of advice I have received on the Internet. Thank you Drew! I will be implementing those straight away as for some time I have been a bit frustrated with the slow progress I was getting on some of the social media accounts I own. Cheers!!

    1. Marta this just made me so happy! I am glad that I can help you 🙂 It does take some time, but in the end, it’s worth it. Let me know if you have any more questions! Happy New Year!

  19. Wow, this is probably one of the most useful guides I have read in a long time. Thank you so much for sharing all this, I’ve learned so much! I’ve updated my Pinterest already and I’m making a ‘social media daily schedule’ so that I can have an overview of what needs to be done.

  20. Wow, thanks for this info. I’ve been ignoring g+ and Pinterest. Maybe I’ll start working on those, but just thinking about all the work they entail makes my head hurt.

  21. Well that’s a Sunday spent. Project Social Media is well on it’s way. A massive thank you for writing this Drew.

    One issue I am having – The Facebook groups are all closed with only one offering an email to request membership. The admin team don’t have email (privacy settings) on their profiles either, any advice?

    Do you advice Twitter travel chat? I’m yet to catch one but hope to do in the Xmas holidays.

    You’ve just gained yourself another email subscriber.


    1. Thanks for all of your great comments, Gemma! I would find the specific person, and just sent them a private FB message. And sometimes, if you can’t find the person, then you just have to move onto the next FB group. I wish there was an easier way to do this..

      I am yet to tap into Twitter Chat, but I should start doing it soon! Thanks so much for everything 🙂

  22. For some reason I am shocked that we are the same age- You seem so accomplished. I found you through Insta and now here I am. I’ve been blogging for around 5 months and I am feeling like I don’t know whether I want to commit fully or just keep writing for myself and my mom. I would ask you to check my blog out and see what’s wrong with it but then I’d literally be stealing your line haha. Well I am totally inspired. Maybe we’ll run into each other on the rod somewhere.

    1. Thanks so much for this somment Danni! My advice is to definitely keep blogging. It will open so many doors and so many new opportunities will come your way! I’d be happy to give you any more advice to get started- just email me 🙂

  23. Thank you Drew! This will help me so much. I haven’t been as active as I want to be, and of course should be, due to know knowing how to go about it the right way. Nicely wrote so we all understand easily. The best help I’ve had. Thanks again.

  24. Good to get some info on Google +, thanks! It’s one of those one’s I shy away from.
    Just with Facebook, I was reading something the other day about what kind of content is most likely to go out to followers. You are correct about pictures but if they have text on them sometimes Facebook see’s them as “memes” and therefore doesn’t send out to the majority of your followers. Same goes with writing calls to like “comment below…” or “share …”. Facebook picks up on this too and doesn’t like it. Umm also anything that seems promotional or salesy such as, “like this pic to get 10% discount”. Facebook is watching… Closely. And it’s so annoying.

    1. Wow, thanks for this awesome comment Hannah! I appreciate you sharing these Facebook tips.. I wasn’t aware of them. Facebook is becoming more and more annoying these days, and I don’t really see a future with it as they are turning into money-snobbers. Have a nice day!

  25. Great ideas – will get to work tomorrow! I just attended a conference with a speaker from Matador Network and Beautiful Destinations (one of the biggest instagram accounts out there) – both confirmed that FB is not worth the effort even if you have enough followers. They added the importance of emails and newsletters though.

    Question I have – with all of these does it make a difference when you start out if you have a regular blog or are self hosted?

    1. Thanks for the comment, Annika!

      That’s interesting what they said about Facebook, and I agree. I have been spending a lot of time trying to figure out, and Facebook just keeps changing their algorithm to make things more difficult for me.. Email newsletters are essential!

      And to answer your question, it doesn’t make a difference if you have a .com or a .org wordpress blog. All of these strategies will still work! (I think I understand your question correctly..)

  26. Excellent post, Drew! I’m doing all this already except reaching out to bigger blogs or profiles and ask them to repost my stuff. It’s great advice and obviously it’s working for you. Well done!

  27. Great post Drew! Thanks for all of the useful tips. I have been using pinterest and G+ for months now without untapping their real potential.

    Do you know of any apps for pinterest that make posting quicker and/or allow you to set schedule for posting pins? I find it tedious to have to upload one at a time.

    Cheers 🙂

    1. Thanks Amanda!

      I don’t know any programs that do scheduled posts for Pinterest… It does take a bit of time to post everyday, but once you get the hang of it, it shouldn’t take you more than 15-20 minutes per day to post to 10 group boards and comment on other popular pins. If you don’t want to do it, then you can outsource the work 🙂 hire someone in the Philippines for less than $3 USD per hour and they will do all the work for you! (let me know if you need help finding someone to to do this for you)

  28. Very good advice, a lot of it probably makes sense.
    But my BIG QUESTION is: how do I travel (my main interest, no travel, no travel blog) AND keep up with such a time-consuming schedule as suggested by you?
    I feel this might work for people at home with fast broadband, I’m on the road with slow and unreliable mobile internet access – and I’m moving from place to place, need to get my supplies together (food, water, fuel, etc.), all of which is consuming most of the day… Sometimes even the next blog post is delayed by days, because just when I want to sit down and write it curious locals turn up and start a conversation with me.

    1. Hi Juergen- You bring up a really interesting point. I must agree with you, when you are on the road with spotty wifi, it is VERY hard to accomplish anything. I try not to work when I am traveling, for the reasons that you said. I prefer to fully enjoy my time on the road, and then work when I get home. Do you plan on returning home anytime soon? I’d wait until you’re done traveling, so you can spend more quality time on building your social networks 🙂 I hope this helps!

      1. Returning ‘home’: maybe in 2018 (as far as the current ‘plan’ goes) – our TRAVEL VEHICLE is our home! The brick & mortar home in Australia contains none of our stuff and has a long-term tenant in it – so in a “nutshell”: no!
        I’ll have to live with the limitations I face “on the road”.

        1. Wow, sounds like you have a crazy adventure ahead of you! Yes, you’ll have to live with the limitations, but you can do it! It’s just a bit more tedious and it take more time.. But I am sure that you have lots of down time if you are traveling for 5 yearrs 🙂

  29. Hi Drew! Congratulations you really did a wonderful job. Well written, researched and tested.
    Interesting you left facebook at 5th place. I work better on FB (170k followers ) and youtube than the other social networks. My worst is Google+

    1. Hi Nelson, Thanks for your comment! Yeah I am starting to put more time in building my Facebook page, because I think that it can be very powerful. Let me know if you need any more tips about Google +! Cheers 😀

  30. Very motivating post, but I find Pinterest so hard to use! I forget what I’ve posted where and don’t know how to manage it properly 🙁 I’ll keep trying but don’t think I’m gonna have as much success as you have!

    1. Yes, I know exactly what you mean! I struggled with that at the beginning as well. I recommend using Google Drive to make a basic spreadsheet, and recording which photos that you posted on which specific group board. It sounds like a lot of work, but after you do it a few times, it takes just seconds to record the data.

      Then, you can check the spreadsheet every 24 hours and record how many “likes” and “repins” that your photos got! So you can see which photos did the best. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  31. these are great tips! thanks so much for sharing. i am making a personal to do list as we speak.
    My questions are
    How do you get invited or invite yourself to group boards?
    In terms of following 50 people a day, should you follow the people or the boards?

    1. Rebecca- I am happy to help you 🙂

      You cannot invite yourself to boards.. and each board has a different “invite” process. They usually will say at the very top (in the board description) for how to get invited. Many times you have to personally email the creator of the board, or you just have to comment on one of the pins that you want to be invited. I am sorry that I cannot give you a more specific answer than this! It’s just a case-by-case thing.

      And you should follow the people, not the boards. Let me know if you have any more specific questions 😉

  32. This is one of the best posts I have read yet on building a social media presence! Thank you, thank you!

    I’ve created a social media worksheet as a result and am going to use your tips to grow my audience – will let you know how I get on!

    Claire x

  33. Great post with lots of useful tips, I’m already following your advices for Google Plus as recently it’s been the social media that’s working best for me. I have your same thoughts regarding Facebook, seems like it works only if you pay..

  34. Awesome tips Drew! Thanks so much for sharing these. I find FB the hardest nut to crack too. I only use my social media channels sparsingly, but I know I have to use them daily to get more results. Twitter Works best for me at the momento and I use a plug called tweet old posts. It automatically schedules old blog posts randomly throughout the day. Just using this plug in has increased my traffic dramatically.

    1. Tammy, thanks so much! Yes, you must work on building your accounts daily to see maximum results. That plugin sounds great! I am going to download it, thanks for the advice!

  35. Some really great tips there Drew!

    I’m just wondering when you say for instance that you post 1 photo in 10 google+ communities every day, do you mean that you post the same photo in all 10 communities, or 10 different photos? Same question also goes for Pinterest.

    1. Espen, Thank you for the kind words! Sorry that I didn’t clarify in my post, but I always post Different photos to each board. You can post the same photo, but do is sparingly (because many of the boards have the same followers).. Pinterest is the same, try to change up the photos, but you can use the same one every now and then. I’d recommend throwing 50 or so photos into a folder on your desktop, and using that to pull images to post 🙂

  36. Thanks for the awesome SM tips, Drew! I will definitely be sifting through them all to help build ‘s social presence. Quick question: I really like your social media counter plugin. I noticed it is a paid plugin. So far, all of the plugins I have used on BP have been free. Do you think this one is worth it? Thanks, Howard

    1. Howard, you are more than welcome! Yes, This plugin is absolutely worth the $20! It looks very nice, clean and professional. And it’s also a convenient way to track all your social media followers by day. I’d recommend it!

      1. Thanks, Drew! So I downloaded the SocialFans Counter app and everything is working fine except for Twitter, which is my largest following. I keep getting this message “Error The form has become outdated. Copy any unsaved work in the form below and then reload this page.” every time I try to create the app. I posted a support inquiry on the Code Canyon site, but have not heard anything yet. Their plugin documentation is very outdated. Their screen caps no longer match what you find on the SM sites. If you have no clue, I understand. Thanks!

        1. No problem, Howard! Hmmmmm that is very strange. I haven’t had any issues on my end. Did they respond to your question yet? I honestly don’t know how to help you, as I don’t have a clue to how these plugins function. Best of luck on figuring this out!

  37. Thank you for posting this. Its ALL really helpful but the Pinterest and G+ segments have a ton on new-to-me ways to increase my followers! I’ve got a lot of work to do now but glad to have a plan to follow. And its very encouraging to hear the success you’ve had using these methods. Thanks again!

  38. I love this guide and some of the tips I didn’t know of. Also, thanks for recommending Canva – I saw it yesterday, but skipped through it. Now that I saw the real case where I can apply it I will start using it. You’ve got a new happy reader 🙂

    1. Canva has been the biggest help to my blog in the last month.. All of my photos have come to life!! Thanks for reading man, and your blog is pretty awesome as well!

  39. Phew. I feel really overwhelmed right now. I just want to lock myself in a room and get working on all my social media accounts. Ahhh. But thank you very much for this post! Probably the most helpful post I’ve ever read!! Thanks!

  40. Thanks for posting this, it’s so true that in order for people to follow you, you need to be active on these sites. I’m very inactive on pinterest and google plus (I know I shouldn’t be) but love using twitter and instagram. Also I haven’t started a facebook fan page yet, I’m still too shy to do that haha. When I do, I’ll refer here!

    1. You’re Welcome Hannah! Pinterest and G+ are the most crucial (in my opinion) for driving traffic, so you should start them soon. Let me know if you need any more tips beyond this article !

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