It’s no secret that followers can be bought on the Internet. I often have people favourite my tweets or Instagram photos with the display name “BuY Mør3 f0LL0ŵëRżŽ“… Umm, nah, you’re alright, pal. But is it true? Do bloggers actually pay for their followers? The answer is yes.
Yes they do.
They pay in hard work, effort and dedication. They pay in late nights finalising posts and long days waiting for the sun so they can get the perfect photo. They pay in trying to wrap their head around HTML, CSS, no-follow links and SEO. (Gah, I’m still clueless about the SEO.)
They pay in the small investments: that expensive lipstick they want to try and review, that logo design they just paid for to get the look they want. The posh camera they’ve been eyeing up and have finally bitten the bullet and gone for (lol, indirect @me), or that domain name they’re so glad they have, at last.
They pay in their interaction, their creativity, their open honesty, their friendliness, their helpfulness (because I know I’d be nowhere without a little help from other bloggers!).
And yes, some pay with cash.
But that’s their prerogative and they’ll get busted eventually. Even Rita Ora didn’t get away with that and dropped herself in it a couple of years ago when she asked for 100,000 retweets and ended up with just 2,000… Yup, she was busted with over one million fake followers.
For me, no. Who wants followers that don’t interact? Not me.
So when you hear about bloggers paying for followers, think instead about those that have paid with their blood, sweat and tears. Cos let me tell ya: blogging isn’t as easy and pristine as it looks from the outside. But man, it’s worth it! 👌🏽
What do you think about people buying their followers? Do you think it’s something you’d consider?