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When I started my new fan pages on Facebook and Twitter, I had zero fans. My initial thought was how do I build an audience from here. I’m starting over, starting fresh, and no one knows me yet.

My solution was to Look, Listen, and Engage. If you’re brand new and want to build your following, then this if for you.

 

3 Tips to Build Your Following Online If You’re New

 

I started to look for friends online that had a positive vibe and looked like potential entrepreneurs. Their profile was the first thing I viewed before I friended them. Some of the qualifiers that I looked for was how often they were posting on their page and what they were posting. Lots of pictures with friends and family having a great time was a good sign. Also, I looked for profile pictures that showed a real person and not their pet or some other fake photo. I also checked to see what type of work they were currently doing if any. I’m not saying to look for the perfect person but it does help to find quality people to connect with.

 

Next I listened for what they and their friends shared on their timeline. I listened to their videos and posts to see if this person had a need or problem that I perhaps could solve. I then sent a friend request to reach out to them.

 

By looking and listening to what your ideal audience has to say, you are better equipped to engage with them online. Once you build up enough friends, then you can request them to like your fan page and start following you. By this point, they already know, like, and trust you. It’s a win for both of you. You can send out valuable content that they like and build your audience from there. Remember, if you’re just starting out to Look, Listen, and Engage. Overtime your following will start to grow. Keep posting content on your wall based on their needs. Soon they will start to make referrals and your brand will speak for itself.

 

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Tina M Moore | Entrepreneur | Blogger | Accountability Coach

 

 

 

 

 

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Email: tina@hellotinamarie.com

“Empowering You to Become a Triple Threat Entrepreneur – Prosperous in Mind, Body, and Business”

 

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24 Comments

    • Tina Marie

      Thank you Alicia. I appreciate you.

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  1. Amaka Adindu

    Thank you Tina. Great tips on how to build your followers. I agree with you on all the tips. Most people tend to miss the engagement part of online and they miss what social media is all about. Ones the miss the point the tend to be frustrated. People tend to forget why people are on social media. People are on social media for social intent, with that in mind who you follow and what you follow become important in your growth.

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    • Tina Marie

      I’m so glad you brought that up Amaka. The engagement is often missed and is imperitive to finding quality people to connect with. We know that people love talking about themselves. That’s when we can listen for problems to solve. It’s a simple step that many take for granted. True leaders know how important this is.

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  2. ikechi

    Hi Tina

    Happy new year

    I am just checking out your post for the first time and it is awesome.

    Indeed you are so right and I do remember my own beginnings when I had no one to follow me. Your tips are spot on . Thanks for sharing

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    • Tina Marie

      Welcome to my blog Ikechi. Glad you stopped by. Having a huge following is good but having an engaged following is even better. Great leaders learn how to master both.

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  3. Ruth Bowers

    Great points for getting new followers when you’re new. Build relationships with people and serve their needs… it’s the only way to really be successful online.

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    • Tina Marie

      Exactly Ruth. i’m all about doing it correct the first time so I don’t have to start over and rebuild. A simple practice that will take you a long ways.

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  4. Lydia Brown

    Hey Tina glad to meet you and that you have found the PAC community. Love the tips they all are relevant to this industry. Look forward to reading more. If you like follow me on Twitter @lydiajbrown I follow back.

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    • Tina Marie

      Nice to meet you too Lydia. Happy to have found such a great community. I love being surrounded by others who have paved the way for people like me. So awesome.

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  5. kathiemaclean@gmail.com

    Hi Tina,
    Did I tell you that I love you site? It is beautifully put together.
    Your article on tips to build your following is very good too.
    It’s all about making friends online, relationships.
    I liked the term from Amaka “People are on social media for social intent, with that in mind who you follow and what you follow become important in your growth.” It does take time for someone new to grow their list of friends, but doing it the way you suggest just makes good sense.

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    • Tina Marie

      Thank you Kathie. I’m glad you like it. The ideas starting flowing once I surrounded myself with the right people, which goes back to your point you brought up from Amaka. I began following the right people who contributed to my growth and that’s when I started attracting the right people in my business. It’s so simple. I love it.

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  6. Erika Mohssen-Beyk

    Hi Tina,
    building relationship and good connections are important in the online world.
    Good if it is the right audience for your business. You found a good way to accomplish this. Great tips and suggestions for people who just started.
    Thank you
    Erika

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    • Tina Marie

      Thank you Erika. Yes we all had to start somewhere. I’m grateful for every small step towards success.

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  7. Elise Cohen Ho

    Well I am not new but I still think that it is good to revisit the foundational strategies for online success. Thank you for the post.

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    • Tina Marie

      You are right Elise. Never forget the foundational strategies. Someone still needs them and we can help.

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  8. Marquita Herald

    Good advice Tina. I always check a profile before approving a friend request and not just on Facebook. It happened way too often in the past that I’d approve a new connection only to receive a pitch to participate in an “opportunity” before I even get to know the person. Thanks for the tips!

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    • Tina Marie

      Yes, good point. It has to be done right or the whole process will fail. Relationships are key. No need to rush into a sale when you haven’t built a relationship with that person first. It won’t last.

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  9. themindtattoo@gmail.com

    Hi Tina,
    You have an awesome blog. I have tried these tips before and they really worked.
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful information.

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    • Tina Marie

      I appreciate your comment. So glad to hear that it worked for you.

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  10. Mandy Allen

    Great tips, Tina Marie, I love helpful posts that actually give you step by step instructions on how to achieve things.

    Enjoy the journey!

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    • Tina Marie

      Thanks Mandy. I like to keep it short and sweet 😉

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  11. DeeDee Lynn

    Hi Tina. My Facebook and Twitter pages are fairly new, as is my blog. I switched niches early last fall, so I’ve been building from scratch, too.

    I like your advice on researching people to follow or send a friend request to. My first order of business was to get enough blog content up. My current project is monetizing my blog. Next is getting more people to my Facebook page, and I know your advice will come in handy. Thank you so much.

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    • Tina Marie

      Hello DeeDee. I’m glad I found another newbie to connect with. It’s great to start something new. And yes monetizing your blog is the way to go. It takes time but the content lasts forever. Before you know it, you will be still getting paid on something you wrote 5 years ago.

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