How to get more followers on Dribbble
Okay, call me a loser but over the last month Dribbble.com has completed become my new best friend, my little addiction. For those of you who don’t know what Dribbble is, I shall explain.
Dribbble.com (yup, three b’s… It took me a while to get used to it too) is a social network specifically aimed at Graphic Designers all over the world. It is a single shop window for all freelance graphic designers to display and promote their portfolio to, well, everyone.
On the flip side, the site is a fantastic portal for businesses and individuals, to find local (or not so local) talent for any up and coming work they require a designer for.
Similarly to Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram the site allows users to like and follow you, so that they may keep up to date with your latest work. The more followers you receive, the higher your portfolio appears on relevant searches, and therefore the more hits and enquiries you are likely to receive.
The only problem is, how to get more followers on Dribbble in the first place. You are competing with thousands of designs not just in your own town, but all over the world, and followers don’t come easily. But, here is a quick five ways how you can attract more followers and expand your exposure on Dribbble.com straight away.
1) Produce great work
It sounds kind of stupid, but quality work always increases followers. Top designers on Dribbble are fair and do hand out likes and comments when they genuinely respect and appreciate the work on offer.
2) Know when you place your shots
The site originated in the US and North America, and a large majority of the sites users are American. Knowing Dribbble limited users to only 5 shots a day, taking care and placing them at the correct moment is crucial. If like me, you are UK based I would suggest putting in a shift around 9pm GMT. This way you can guarantee there are a large number of Americans online to like, comment and follow your work. Ultimately, where the followers come from is irrelevant, only the total number is what really counts.
Like any form of promotion on or offline, the more you interact with others the more your brand and your business being to widen its exposure levels. The same goes for Dribbble. Comment, like, and share work that you genuine like and appreciate. In turn (in most cases) designers will share and like you back. If you find other users interacting with you, thank them and interact back. Remember to keep your good online karma levels up.
4) Follow others
Follow lots of users you like and appreciate. But don’t follow just anyone. Try and keep your following to users who share a similar work style to yours. This increases the chance they will appreciate your work in return. Follow users who have posted recently, again this increases the chance of you getting followed in return.
5) Incentivise likes and shares
Many users off free or discounted packages if you like and share them to your network. It works brilliantly, and you don’t even need to give much away. Try it today and see what sort of effect it has.
Thanks for reading. If you have tried the above, feel free to let us know your thoughts, and maybe what else you think works well. We are all striving to attract that next follower.