How do you build out Dribbble followers/audience?

6 days ago from

I find it very hard to start kinda like getting noticed, I believe my shots are not bad (or at least that's my opinion). The most popular shots are by teams who have over a four digit number in followers and I'm only yet at 20.

What are some tips to do, or is it just like with everything, the start is very hard and after that everything will follow? Also what's the best time to post shots, I've found out that the best times are a bit after noon (I'm from Europe) as the folks in USA wake up and people here eat.

Sorry if this posts sounds a bit selfish or a 'yammer'.

24 comments

  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, 3 days ago

    Just make Nike shoe modals and you will get tons of audience.

    43 points
  • Steven CavinsSteven Cavins, 4 days ago

    Tell designers what to do, we love that.

    10 points
    • Josh Head, 4 days ago

      This guy gets it hahaha

      But yeah write a 6 min to read Medium post about how designers who do X are wrong and that they should actually be doing Y and watch the followers grow. hahaha

      1 point
  • Craig RozynskiCraig Rozynski, 2 days ago

    There are thousands of other designers also posting shots that are "not bad", you won't get far simply by choosing the time of day you post.

    Come up with an idea. Build something using the Dribbble API, a poster a day for a year, a different treatment of the Nike logo every day, Framer experiments with mini tutorials etc.

    On Twitter I put a lot of effort into writing tweets but my audience didn't grow. When I designed and launched a font my followers jumped from a hundred to a thousand in a week.

    Do something that's bigger than Dribbble.

    10 points
  • Peter KomierowskiPeter Komierowski, 3 days ago

    Day in, day out.

    5 points
  • Antonia A., 1 day ago

    Who has time for Dribbble with full-time job and NDA?

    5 points
    • Aaron Wears a hatAaron Wears a hat, 1 day ago

      This is what I wonder. I'd love an invite to dribble, and occasionally I'll send off my portfolio in an attempt to get an invite.

      Then I look at my days task list, weep, and forget that moment of narcissism

      2 points
  • Oliver Swig, 3 days ago

    Dribble is for posers

    5 points
  • Kalman MagyariKalman Magyari, 3 days ago

    Genuinely engage with others by, for example, offering feedback.

    3 points
  • Renato CasteloRenato Castelo, 4 hours ago

    Hey Lucas, what is your end goal? Popularity? Reaching potential clients?

    One focus on the number of connections you make. The other focus on quality.

    What are your strengths as a professional? Are you sure dribbble is the right place to reach your audience?

    I am not exactly a dribbble guy, but I guess it is built upon certain social dynamics - as any other social network - that you can use it in your favor once you understand them.

    2 points
  • Luke VellaLuke Vella, 2 days ago

    Contribute to the community by building something useful on top of the dribbble API.

    It's a lot of effort but it works. I started with about 20 followers when I first launched freeshot and now I have over 4k.

    1 point
  • Dean HaydenDean Hayden, 1 day ago

    Follow more people with work that interests you. Post often and embrace it for what it is; visual flexing and experimentation.

    1 point
  • Falko JosephFalko Joseph, 1 day ago

    It's a great question actually. There are a lot of ways that influence your Dribbble follower base. How I got to grow my userbase was by posting regularly, engaging with other people and getting involved with trending design trends.

    I do think it's harder to get a massive increase in followers, than it let's say 4-5 years ago.

    1 point
  • Ismael Branco, 1 day ago

    The main thing is, when posting on dribbble, you have two ways of doing it: - You design what you love and you wait for your audience to grow smoothly. - Or you design mainly for dribbble only making great squared pictures with amazing colours and all that crap.

    You can be lucky if your job is to do amazing pictures. In that case you do what you love, and you get great feedback from dribbble.

    Just be patient, and keep doing what you love doing.

    Just some advices: - Try to follow people that make the same that you do, or do something that you would love to do. - Don't follow just for following. - Grow you circle of people that like your work and give some useful feedback to them.

    GL to all!

    1 point
  • Hansjan KamerlingHansjan Kamerling, 1 day ago

    It's still possible to build an audience I guess, but I feel that if you haven't joined years ago it'll be a lot harder to stand out in any way, as the quality of work + Dribbble unique work is increasing as the pool of active users seems to be growing.

    0 points