How to Get Followers on TikTok (Fast)

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Last updated on October 29th, 2020

TikTok is one of the largest social media platforms today. If you want to know how to get followers on TikTok, keep reading to learn my easy and fast tips.

After spending a vast amount of time on TikTok, I decided to jump in and start my account. And I was in good company! According to recent TikTok stats, TikTok has 800 million active monthly users.

To be honest, I didn’t know how well my account would perform.

I heard you could only get followers on TikTok if you were an attractive woman or willing to dance.

I’m no supermodel and I had no plans to dance so I was a little nervous my content would flop!

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But after one month of uploading several videos each week, I was able to surpass over 1,000 followers, and I now have over 10,000 followers. And guess what? No dancing was required 😉.

Here’s the good part: getting followers on TikTok, in my opinion, is currently easier than getting followers on any other social platform.

And why is that?

If you ask me, it’s because our attention spans have decreased and we love content we can consume quickly.

In 5 minutes, I can learn how to make a new recipe, a new word in sign language, watch a couple of funny skits and go through a 1-minute meditation.

That’s A LOT of content in a short amount of time.

But because TikTok’s content is so easy to consume, the user doesn’t feel exhausted after spending time on the app, meaning they actually want to follow more people in order to fill their feed with more and more content.

Anyways, that’s my two cents.

But the real question is: how do you get more followers on TikTok for free, without downloading any apps (or buying them, because buying followers is never a good idea).

Here’s how!

14 Ways to Get Followers on TikTok

I have put together 14 methods guaranteed to get you more followers on TikTok.

1. Define Your Niche

Any marketer will tell you the first step to a successful social media strategy is to define your niche.

And if you want to get followers on TikTok, you are going to need to narrow down on your niche.

I’ve seen lots of great content go viral, but the users often didn’t get many followers from it, and I’ll explain why.

Let’s imagine you’re on TikTok and you come across a really great recipe on your “For You” page. For the sake of this example, we’re going to pretend that cooking is something you are highly interested in.

Because this recipe was so great, you decide to check out this user’s profile and see what other recipe videos you can get from them.

But after clicking to their profile, you don’t see any other videos with food. In fact, you see a cat video, a video of them dancing, another video of them cutting their hair and a few other random videos.

So, do you decide to follow this person?

Probably not.

But now let’s say that when you arrive on their profile, you are greeted with hundreds of amazing videos of mouthwatering recipes.

You’re going to hit that follow button pretty fast!

The same logic applies to your account. If your plan is to be a mixed-bag of videos, you won’t be able to grow as quickly.

TikTok user @breakwrk agrees. When I asked what their number 1 tip was to get more followers on TikTok (and how they grew their account to over 300,000 followers) they said, “know your audience and post content tailored to that segment of individuals.”

Let’s look at a quick example.

@jeremyscheck is an account I recently discovered and instantly had to follow! Most of his content is centered around Italian cuisine, and as a pasta-lover, I couldn’t pass up the chance to learn about my favorite carb. And apparently, 1.4 million other people couldn’t either.

Now that we know the importance of defining a niche, here are a few questions you can ask yourself to make sure the niche you’ve chosen is right for you:

  1. Am I knowledgeable enough in this niche to create lots of content around it?
  2. Do I have an interest in this and can I create many different videos about it?
  3. Do other people have an interest in this, or is it an obscure and unpopular niche that probably won’t attract many followers?

I made this TikTok explaining how you can easily find hundreds of different video ideas within your niche. I recommend watching it!

2. Create Viral Content

When looking at TikTok vs Instagram, going viral on TikTok isn’t as difficult as going viral on Instagram (at the current moment).

After you’ve defined your niche, your next goal is to create something viral to attract thousands of potential followers.

Users on TikTok spend an average of 4.9 minutes per session. In comparison, users on Instagram spend 3.1 minutes per session.

Longer user session durations coupled with the fact that users can quickly consume lots of content in a small amount of time makes it easier for content to quickly rack up tons of views, comments and likes on TikTok!

Criteria of Viral Content

Viral content (normally) fits into five main criteria on TikTok:

  1. educational
  2. comedic
  3. relatable
  4. entertaining
  5. personal stories
Educational

Educational content is killing it on TikTok right now. Doctors, health professionals, coaches and consultants have flocked to TikTok to provide their audience with 60-second videos that are jam-packed with helpful tidbits and info.

Take Dr. Austin, for example. Dr. Austin is one of the many popular doctors on TikTok sharing fun, fact-based videos to help break popular health myths and inform both young and old viewers.

His videos have amassed millions of likes and views, such as this one:

@austinchiangmd

It’s all in the details. ##weightloss ##doctorlife

♬ crimewave by crystal castles – kermishy

Another example is Dr. Janine Kreft, a psychologist sharing her tips to help her audience learn how to stand up for themselves, quit overthinking and many other helpful skills.

If you have expertise in some areas your audience wants to hear from you on TikTok. I’ve seen viral videos in other niches including:

  • Sexual health
  • Art
  • Cooking/baking
  • DIY
  • Home improvement tips
  • Home care tips (such as how to fix a clogged drain)
  • Business
  • Awareness for disorders
  • Sign language lessons
  • Language lessons
  • High school tutoring (such as quick grammar tips)

The list goes on and it’s safe to say that educational content is highly popular and relevant on TikTok.

Here’s another example of a video with over 2 million views that teaches viewers how to fix a door frame.

@goodlyearth

How to fix a door that rubs the frame and doesn’t close ##protip ##handyman ##contractor ##oldguy ##door

♬ original sound – goodlyearth

I asked TikTok user @marina.b.style (currently at 147,000 followers) how to get followers on TikTok and she said “people want to see fresh ideas, educational and informative content that they can get inspired by and learn from in the most fun and easy way!

I completely agree! Teach your viewer’s something quick and easy and you’ll be able to get more followers on TikTok fast.

Comedic

Comedic content shines on TikTok. You don’t have to go far to find it, because chances are, your “For You” page is likely loaded with tons of great comedic content.

Short, humorous and relatable skits have the capacity to explode in popularity and don’t require any heavy production.

Take this one for example:

@jauntyjuli

Sharing is caring ##welovepizza ##favoritefit ##fyp ##SnickersFixTheWorld ##lol ##tiktok

♬ original sound – jauntyjuli

While this video is very simple, it resonated with a lot of people and amassed millions of views.

Relatable

Brand loyalty stems from shared values, and when you are able to relate to your audience on a deeper level, they are going to be more willing to interact with your content.

TikTok videos are more relatable than a carefully curated feed full of perfect images.

Social media users are excited to see content that puts an emphasis on relatability over being overly polished.

Here’s a very simple example of someone trying to clip her dog’s nails:

@micahredding312

##got2bStyled ##quickcuts ##foru ##newchallenege ##psa ##4u ##4upage ##dogs ##dogsoftiktok

♬ original sound – micahredding312

Most dog owners know the struggle of trying to accomplish this task and therefore, can easily relate to it!

Entertaining

Dance and lipsync videos certainly do have their place on TikTok and they always do quite well because they are fun to watch and also fun to record!

@shannon_patrice

##whatamangottadochallenge 👯‍♀️

♬ original sound – shannon_patrice

There are certain TikTok dances that you can learn on YouTube (such as the Renegade), or you can make up a dance yourself. When it comes to dancing on TikTok, there are no rules other than to have fun.

Another highly popular trend was the “rat tat tat tat” trend where TikTokers lipsynced to a viral video. You can watch a compilation of the videos here to get an idea of what I mean.

Personal Stories

Personal stories (whether relatable or not) shine on TikTok. In a world where we often feel lonelier than we’d like, seeing videos that make us feel a certain type of way.

Stories on TikTok can elicit many different emotions. Some are meant to be touching and sweet while others are meant to create strong feelings and get viewers to take action.

Another type of stories that viewers like is wholesome and relatable stories such as the one below:

@lama_mama_

My mom really loves your habablabas @tacobell ##lamamama ##tacobell ##foryou

♬ original sound – lama_mama_

From a business perspective, telling stories has always been one of the strongest marketing tactics you can use.

When you tell stories, your audience is able to envision themselves in a certain situation. Branded storytelling is a fantastic way to include your audience in your narrative.

3. Use a Catchy Intro

You have mere milliseconds to capture the attention of your views. If you don’t successfully capture their attention right away, they are going to swipe on to the next video.

The first couple of seconds of your TikTok should draw the viewer in.

For example, rather than start a story time with an “I” statement, i.e., “I really like this new thing I just bought,” use a “you” statement, i.e., “you need to see what I just bought! It’s going to make your life so much easier.”

In the below TikTok, I’ve used a “you” statement to draw my viewers in:

@dana_nicole_

##marketingtips ##millennialsoftiktok ##didyouknow ##marketingtips4you ##biztips

♬ original sound – dana_nicole_

Using “you” statements are more effective in convincing someone to listen to what you have to say.

Another popular intro is to tell people to stop scrolling. I know it might not seem that effective, but whenever a TikTok comes on my For You page and the person says, “stop scrolling, you need to hear this!” I ALWAYS stop.

At that point, my curiosity has taken over and I want to hear what the creator has to say.

Pro tip: go on your For You page and see what videos have racked up thousands of views and likes. Write down the very first sentence the creator used. Do this with 20 or more videos and experiment with those sentences (and variations) to see if they are effective in drawing in more viewers.

4. Post Frequently

If you aren’t uploading videos frequently, your account will have a difficult time growing. When it comes to TikTok, many users post multiple videos a day.

Unlike other social platforms, where multiple posts per day might feel overwhelming, uploading several videos a day works well on TikTok.

Posting daily quality content, will help you grow your reach and get more followers.

I recommend experimenting to see how often you need to post. Try and upload once a day and see how quickly your account grows versus uploading multiple times per day versus a few times per week!

Once you experiment, you’ll have an accurate idea of how frequently you should upload videos.

Update: I stopped posting content to my TikTok account over the summer. If I’m being honest, I got busy and COVID has made it hard for me to focus on too many things at once.

So, what happened to my account during the months I wasn’t posting?

Nothing! I neither gained a lot of followers nor lost them and when I uploaded my first video, I gained over 100 new followers within 48 hours.

5. Use Trending Sounds

Just like videos, sounds also have their own little section on TikTok, and have the ability to go viral on their own.

To view popular sounds that you should create videos with, click on the “+” button along the bottom of your screen. This will start a new video.

A TikTok profile
Click on the “+” sign to start a new video. This is where you can view different sounds.

Next, click on “sounds” at the top of the screen.

A TikTok video being filmed is screenshotted
Click on “Sounds” to see what’s trending and popular in your region.

Now you’ll be on the sound page where you can view trending sounds and choose which ones you’d like to apply to your video. You can also save these sounds as “favorites” to come back to later.

Another way to use popular sounds is by using the sound from other videos.

For example, this TikTok video is lipsyncing to someone else’s sound. The sound they are using is funny, which encourages users to click over to view other videos that have been created using it.

If you want to use a sound from someone’s video, click on it as it scrolls by:

A screenshot of the TikTok "For You" page with the music circled.
Click on the marquee text

Next, click “Use this sound” or add it to your favorites to find it later.

A screeshot of TikTok's search page with arrows pointing to the "Add to Favorites" and "Use this sound"
Save sounds by added them to your favorites or using them instantly in your videos.

Using popular sounds and hopping onto trends will help you get more followers on TikTok very fast.

6. Duet With Popular Videos in Your Niche

Another fast way to get more followers on TikTok is to duet popular videos.

Some videos are meant to be dueted. P.O.V. (point-of-views) are skits that people create with the sole purpose for others to duet with.

You aren’t limited to P.O.V. videos to duet with either! You can duet with almost any video on TikTok (unless the user has turned off the duet feature).

To duet with a video, click on the arrow circled below:

A screenshot of a boy's TikTok video
Click on the arrow to bring up a menu where you have the option to duet.

Next, click on “Duet”.

When you duet a video, both the original video and your video will be shared in a split-screen:

A screenshot showing a TikTok duet
Video duets on TikTok are shown on a split screen either horizontal or vertical vertical (pictured above).

7. Find Popular Hashtags

Just like hashtags on Instagram, hashtags on Tiktok are a way to organize content.

You can find trending hashtags by clicking on the “Discover” magnifying glass.

A screenshot of a TikTok account with the "Discover" tab circled
Access the search page by clicking on “Discover”

This page features tons of hashtags that are currently trending. You can either use these hashtags in your videos if they are relevant or use the hashtags to get inspiration for future content you plan to create.

8. Take Part in Relevant Challenges

A TikTok challenge is when a user asks viewers to complete a task and upload their attempt on TikTok.

Challenges are created by users and brands and while there’s no spot on TikTok to find a list of all the current challenges, you can google “TikTok challenges” to see what challenges there are.

Sometimes, brands and businesses will create challenges and advertise them. When this happens, the ad for the challenge will be shown when you open the TikTok app.

Otherwise, you can find challenges by watching videos, Googling them or searching for “challenges” within TikTok.

9. Reply to All Comments

Currently, comments are the best way for you to connect with your audience. If you want to grow your following, you should be replying to every comment you recieve.

Look at it this way: if someone leaves a comment on your video but doesn’t follow you, replying to their comment might bring them back to your profile, increasing the likelihood that they will give you a follow.

Not to mention, people like feeling as if they’ve been heard! Replying to comments will show your audience you care and can encourage others to follow you when they realize that you truly want to foster a connection with them.

10. Cross-Promote on Other Social Channels

If you have followers on other social media channels, you should use it to your advantage. Your current followers would likely love to follow your content on other platforms!

Use your other social channels to promote your TikTok and vice versa.

11. Be Consistent

You should post consistently, but having videos with a consistent feel can also be used to your advantage.

Take @theparadise.bartender, for instance.

She has amassed a following of over 2.4 million by sharing drink recipes.

Each of her videos follows a similar format and script. Her famous “shake, shake, shake, shake, shake” and “fun, right?!” have gone viral. She’s done a fantastic job of branding herself by being consistent.

And now, when I want drink recipes, I head over to her account because I know that I’m going to find great recipes that are easy to follow.

12. Create Your Own Sounds

Earlier, I mentioned that sounds have the ability to go viral.

When you create a viral sound that others add to their videos, your video will be showcased as the original video for that sound.

The TikTok search page
Your video will be featured in this spot when others use your sound.

If you have experience creating song mashups or other interesting sounds, you should definitely use those skills to your advantage.

This can bring you tons of additional traffic and followers to your account!

13. Follow Others

Banding together with other new and smaller TikTokers is a great way to build a community and grow your following.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Don’t be a jerk and use the follow/unfollow method! Nobody likes someone who is trying to use others to get ahead.
  2. Follow people who create content you actually enjoy and would interact with. What’s the point of following someone if you aren’t going to give their content any love?
  3. Follow accounts that complement your niche. For example, if you are sharing drink recipes, follow accounts that show recipes so you can share and promote one another’s videos to a similar audience.

14. Find the Best Time to Post

Timing matters. You’ll want to find the best time to post on TikTok if you want your video to catch fire and go viral.

In Conclusion: How to Get Followers on TikTok

As you can see, it’s easy to get followers on TikTok without downloading any apps or buying followers. The methods mentioned in this article are free and require no fancy knowledge!

As long as you can create memorable and quality content, you’ll be able to grow your following (and maybe even become TikTok famous in the process 😉).

Now that you know how to get followers on TikTok, you should take a look at my article on how to get likes on TikTok, so you can explode your popularity.

Are you on TikTok? Drop your username in the comments and don’t forget to give me a follow, @dana_nicole_.

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