Responding to other writers’ Medium articles, clapping for their articles that you enjoy, and highlighting passages in their articles that you found particularly insightful is another great way to increase your following on Medium.
These engagement strategies rely on many of the same basic principles explained in the previous point on following new writers. Basically, responses, claps, and highlights all signal to other writers that you engaged with and that you enjoyed their content.
All three of these forms of engagement will increase your following, but the success rate will vary significantly. Responding to someone’s article obviously is one of the quickest ways to get them to (possibly) view your profile. However, writing detailed responses takes a lot of effort compared to clapping or highlighting. You’ll have to make a judgement call on which of these engagement strategies is best for you, but in my experience, responding to a few articles a day is by far the most effective of the three.
As with the previous point on “following to get followers” it is worth emphasizing that randomly clapping or highlighting articles will have little positive effect. Nor will generic responses. But if you take the time to respond to articles that genuinely resonated with you, this strategy can be quite effective.