The Follow Trains Theory
Hey guys, I am back with another blog post and this one is about something I have given a lot of thought lately. I have been thinking about follow trains on Twitter for blogs and Instagram and why they are pretty useless for growth. After a while of looking through Twitter, I came up with some theories about how they work and why that is the case. If you guys have any theories on them I’d love to read about them so drop them in the comments. Let’s get right into the blog post.
The first thing I’ve noticed recently on Twitter is that the majority of people who tweet out to do follow trains very often don’t follow anywhere near as many people as the number of people that follow them. I think that this has a massive impact because it makes it look like not following back is okay when it absolutely isn’t for people who take part in these. We should promote a follow back culture in blogging because we all have a massive common interest which is blogging itself. We can also learn from any other blogger even if you don’t have the same niche, therefore, you should look to follow bloggers in general instead of bloggers who are part of a particular niche.
The second thing I’ve noticed is that in the majority of follow trains now there are people who like and retweet them that don’t even blog. They have been infiltrated by people who don’t want anything other than to boost their own numbers and as a result of this, the number of people who can engage with your blog is already limited from the beginning.
The third thing is that the amount of people who take part in them but also follow/unfollow is unbelievably high. This is a very shady practice within blogging so it makes it much harder to maintain the numbers that you gain. I was followed by someone through an Instagram follow train and they had unfollowed me within a minute of following me. This is not acceptable on any day and any situation let alone a follow train. We need to all step up to make others aware of this problem and eventually, everyone will be able to be immediately responding to that game.
My fourth and final thing is that people rarely engage with you first within them. I hate when people only do things for others when they get done for them first. That is never gonna work for you in the blogging world because sometimes you need to make the first move. I think people just drop their links and move on just a bit too much and results will only come for your blog when you learn that engagement goes both ways.
The reason that follow trains operate how they do is that they are very hard to control due to Twitter being such an all or nothing site. The only way to stop people from ruining them for people who use them genuinely would be to block them but this would create so much drama so wouldn’t be worth it in the long run. I would love to know if you guys have any solutions for managing follow trains feel free to write them in the comments too. This has been my blog post on follow trains guys. I would like to thank you for supporting and reading my content. Have a great day.
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