We’ve all stumbled across an Instagram account at some point that has 3 posts and 10k followers, they’re no Kylie Jenner either so it becomes apparent they’ve bought fakes. I can kinda see how the idea of buying followers can draw people in. When you start a new social media channel the point is for it to thrive, for people to be interested in your content, this makes it seem like people are. ‘MAKES IT SEEM’ I really need to emphasise that, these fake people following you are bots so they’re not even going to provide 1% of interaction.
I thought I would share some reasons why I think buying followers isn’t worth it:
- LOSS OF REPUTATION
If your account jumps from 400 to 6k in a week, it becomes obvious that this isn’t a natural gain. In this case, those who generally are interested in your content might leave, they’ll realise you care more about the numbers than engagement with the audience.
- IT COSTS REAL MONEY
Yes, that was an obvious point. I just don’t see the appeal of spending the money you’ve earnt on pointless numbers, you could treat yourself to a new Jeffree Star lippy, doesn’t that seem like a better option? I gave this a quick google and found out to buy 10k Twitter followers it would cost you $65 which is equivalent to £51.62, THAT’S MORE THAN AN NAKED PALETTE, CRAZY!
- IT WON’T HELP YOUR BLOG/ YOUTUBE CHANNEL GAIN VIEWS
Although you may have a large number of Twitter followers, if they’re fake they can’t engage with your tweets. This means they won’t be clicking on your links to interact with your blog.
- DISHEARTENING OTHERS
The majority of creators put their heart and soul into what they do, spending hours planning posts, writing and taking pictures. It can be discouraging for them to see other creators on social media gaining a ‘fake’ following rather quickly, it might appear like their own content isn’t being noticed enough.
- NUMBERS AREN’T EVERYTHING
In this day and age pretty much everyone has a social media account, it might be Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or another. If people like your content you will gain a following however it’s important to remember that we don’t live on the internet. If you have 0 Instagram followers it’s not going to have an impact on your real life, so I think we shouldn’t get so caught up in it all. They’re just numbers, some days you might gain a few other days you may lose, that’s just the way the algorithm goes, let it be. Focus on creating content instead, if you’re a blogger take the time to write more posts, if you love Instagram take the time to take pictures that you love. TAKE PRIDE IN WHAT YOU CREATE AND DON’T LET NUMBERS EFFECT THAT!
Do you agree that buying followers are worth it, or not?