If I could wave a magic wand and change one thing for all of you it would be to stop this dreaded follow/ unfollow game!
Why in the world do people still do it! It f**king drives me crazy!
Picture this, you start your new account, this is your dream business and you are putting your heart and soul into building it and getting your message out there and then you hit 100 followers, 200 followers, 300. But, every time you hit that milestone you drop right back down again and it takes you another couple of weeks to creep back up to that spot that you already hit.
Why do people do it?
In short, because it works. People wouldn’t still be applying this method if it didn’t get results! But, it only gets them a number. It gets them no authentic engagement or true fans! They do it for the vanity of saying they have X amount of followers.
Meanwhile you’re sat there trying to figure out why you had 510 followers last night and 487 this morning…
You can’t work out what you posted that turned so many people off, did you say something that offended them? Where your prices too high?
No, none of that. You my friend did absolutely nothing wrong. Your content was never of interest to them in the first place. So, the first thing I want to say is try to just ignore those feelings that you and your business are not good enough. Those people that keep dropping off only wanted one thing from you and that was to get a reciprocating follow from you.
But chances are you don’t want to follow them because maybe you don’t relate with their content or they have nothing to do with your industry or ideal client. You might however be tempted to hit that follow button just so you ‘keep’ them as a follower.
Here’s the problem with that though, if you do decided to hit follow one of two things is going to happen. Either as soon as you tap that follow button they are going to hit unfollow, because they don’t want their ‘figures’ to be skewed. Which means they don’t want to ‘look’ like someone who follows to many people so they have to unfollow to keep their following number lower.
Or you’ll actually retain them as a follow (in which case this is someone pretty amateur trying to play at the follow unfollow game but doesn’t really get the concept) and they will never interact with your posts they will never like or comment on anything you put out there and so they become a ghost. The deal here though is that you can physically only follow 7500 accounts and believe me there is no way you are going to want to follow that many, I follow over a 1000 and I know I miss content from some of my favourite accounts daily!
What’s a ghost?
A ghost is someone who lurks, they decided to grace you with a follow and then basically bugger off and never look at your account ever again.
Ghost followers can be so damaging to our accounts because they decrease our engagement rating. The algorithm ranks content according to how many people interact with it. The more people interact, the more the algorythm pushes our content out to new accounts its like a snowball effect.
When ghost accounts don’t interact with our content our rating goes down and it signals to the algorithm that OUR people are not interest in our content and so it should share it wider. Meaning, you are going to struggle to grow as your content isn’t going to be seen by a wider audience.
What should you do then?
My advice is when you see someone follow you who just feels a bit fishy, perhaps it’s a massive account that is in a completely different industry, or they are following 1000’s of accounts. Block them. Block them straight away and pretend they never existed, forget about the vanity of the extra follower you might have had. It is far better to have a smaller more engaged audience who want to buy every single product or service you put out there than a huge following of people that buy nada!
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