How I Grew My Social Media Presence Using Crowdfire

Over the last year I have quietly been using a great app called crowdfire ( to run my social media and it has taken a lot of the work out of having a steady presence online. I’ve steadily gained about 3000 followers and have developed many new relationships along the way. It has even influenced the number of people who follow my Podcast (Voices In My Head) and helped the show into the top 100 chart on iTunes last summer.  Because it has been such a help to me, I wanted to give you a closer look at Crowdfire.

Crowdfire has helped me gain more followers on Twitter (follow me!), to gain more followers on your Facebook page (Like me!), and drive more traffic to your personal site (Me Again!).

It might interest some of you too so here I’m quickly going to reveal my secret weapon for steady, long-term Twitter and Facebook growth: the Crowdfire app.

So what is it?

The Crowdfire app is focused on improving engagement across social media platforms with the help of features like content recommendations and smart posts.

A big part of gaining social media followers is following others and interacting with them. But following lots of other people can take a lot of time that you may not have and risks being pointless if you’re not doing it correctly?

Gaining meaningful followers on social media is less about following people and more about creating relationships with the people you follow and who follow you.

You don’t want to simply follow random people and hope that they are interested in what you have to say, right? That’s pretty much a waste of time. Having random followers means that you’ll be less likely to have a long term, engaged audience. However, if you want to keep your brand exposed, you do have to keep following new people.

So here’s what you can make happen with Crowdfire:

1. Keep your social media timelines active using the content recommendations handpicked by Crowdfire depending on the topics you enter.
2. Promote your creations- After connecting your blog, Crowdfire makes it easy to promote all of your new updates on the blog across all of your social medias with the help of a few clicks. Crowdfire will draft beautiful posts for you with a link to your blogpost which you can share across all of your social medias together. This saves a lot of your time. You just create, Crowdfire will take care of the marketing.
3. Post and schedule social media posts for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Linked In and More.

`For Twitter`

4. Quickly and quietly unfollow people who aren’t following you (“non-followers”).

5. Follow relevant people based on who they are following. (“Competitor’s Followers”).

6. Follow relevant people based on keywords or hashtags that are relevant to your brand/interests (“Keyword Follow”).

7. Unfollow people who aren’t active on social media (“Inactive Following”).

8. Whitelist accounts you don’t want to unfollow or Blacklist people you do.

9. Check to see if a specific person (or account) is following another specific account.

How I  Use Crowdfire to Gain Twitter Followers

I use Crowdfire to gain Twitter and Facebook followers, and I also love Crowdfire’s  services for scheduling posts on those platforms. I can schedule a post for the best time for engagement and not even have to be online when it happens.

Some tools I use a lot are the “Non Followers” tool and the “Copy Followers” tool because I can “spend” my follows on meaningful people and accounts that are like mine.

The “Non Followers” tool is especially helpful in keeping your numbers low,  which is important because it’s best to keep the number of people you follow below the amount of people who are following you.

I also love the “Copy Followers” feature because I can choose other influencers in my niche, and then follow their followers.  For instance, If you love comic books then you can copy followers of your favorite writers.

You really need to get on Crowdfire to get the feel of it but I wanted to share a couple of screen shots with you so you can catch a glimpse of what it’s like as a user. Here is a screenshot of what Crowdfire looks like on a PC as well as a screenshot of what it looks like on the iPhone app.

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PC Screenshot
iPhone Screenshot

For me, the very best thing about using the Crowdfire app is that is frees up my time. I can schedule posts, follow, and unfollow people one time a day, right from my phone, and it takes care of all my posting for me. I don’t have to be tied to my phone or PC for the rest of the day and am able to get some real work done like songwriting, service planning, and caring for my son.

Note: Due to the Terms and Conditions of various social media platforms, Instagram doesn’t allow the “Copy Followers” feature. Also, Instagram doesn’t support every feature mentioned here.

So how much is Crowdfire?

The price is the best news, Crowdfire has a free and paid version. Depending on your needs and how many accounts you want to manage it can be very affordable to manage your social media presence on Crowdfire.

That’s about it for now. That’s how I have gained over 3000 followers in about a year. I hope you have found this helpful and will give Crowdfire a try. (


Rick Lee James

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Official Artist Booking Agreement For Rick Lee James



This Press Release Originally Appeared on ABNewswire


Musician and singer Rick Lee James is all set to carry on the legacy of Rich Mullins, the American contemporary Christian music singer, and songwriter, best known for his worship songs “Awesome God” and “Step by Step”. In the summer of 2017, in the middle of writing and planning a new studio album, James received a phone call from Rich Mullins’ first publisher Randy Cox. Randy kindly asked if there would be a place for some of Rich Mullins’ unpublished music on James’ new record. After hearing the Mullins’ song ‘Thunder’, James gladly committed to recording it. With the lyrics, “It sounded like thunder when you cleared the temple”, Thunder sets the tone for the entire project. This new album is designed to shake things up a bit.

To meet the financial needs for this new full-length album, James has started a crowdfunding campaign on with a goal of $10,200. As an emerging artist who has been deeply inspired by the music and life of Rich Mullins, the project means a lot to him and he is ready to put his heart and soul into it.

Rick is a worship leader, singer, and songwriter, author, speaker and Podcast host with over twenty years of experience in the ministry. He also had the privilege to share the gospel through music to various venues such as the world-famous Ryman Auditorium and the National Worship Leader Conference. Even with the experience he has, James has both great elation and caution when approaching the music of a CCM icon like Rich Mullins. “Rich Mullins is to Christian music what Bob Dylan is to secular music”, says James. “There’s a great deal of pressure not only to be true to what Rich envisioned but to make something that his fans can be proud of”.

In addition to the lost music by Rich Mullins, this new album will be filled with James’ own original songs, re-imagined hymns, and congregational music that deals with tough issues like loving our enemies and learning how to lament in worship.

The album is being made at Old Bear Studio in Buffalo, New York with the popular rootsy folk group, Brothers McClurg, as the backing band. Rich Mullins’ song ‘Thunder’, and an original song by James called “The Love of Christ” have already been recorded. Once the album is fully funded, Rick will head back to New York in March to finish the project with producer Chris Hoisington. The funds raised from the campaign will be used to cover the costs of paying for studio time, musicians, engineers, photographers, videographers, and various other productions costs.

The backers of the album receive will various perks by supporting the campaign, such as free signed copies of the CD, personalized gifts from Rick’s private media collections, guest spots on the Voices In My Head Podcast, an autographed electric guitar, a trip to the recording studio and much more.

Information about the campaign can be found at

Campaign Address:

Media Contact
Company Name: Voices In My Head Produtions LLC
Contact Person: Press Execuctive
Email: Send Email
Country: United States


Free Music on Noisetrade and more…

First off, I want to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.

Because I am thankful for you I want to let you know that “Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations” is available for free this week on Noisetrade.

The only way to get it is if you go to this link:

Noisetrade HPI

And to help you get more Christmas shopping out of the way, I’ve put some goodies on sale over on Amazon. CD’s Books, and Live Concert DVD’s are on sale for only $4.99 plus shipping.

Buy in bulk and get a whole bunch of gifts for friends, family, choir members, and church worship teams.

Great for stocking stuffers, your bible study, or whoever else you think may appreciate the gift of music this year (and a huge THANK YOU! to all of you who have supported my music so incredibly this year).

Rick Lee James Sale Items on Amazon these links for only $4.99:


Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations


Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms (Paperback Book)


Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms (Hardcover Book)


Basement Psalms Live (CD)


Basement Psalms Live (DVD)

Happy Thanksgiving,
Rick Lee James

The Invitation Official Music Video



The Invitation (Official Music Video) performed by Rick Lee James.
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CCLI Features Advent Hymn Music Video

CCLI features Rick Lee James Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing) music video and sheet music.

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It was such an honor to discover that the music video and sheet music for “Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing)” are being featured right now on

In the same way that purchasing a song from iTunes ensures that an artist is properly compensated for their work, CCLI guarantees a paycheck for worship song writers enabling churches to have real-time access to licensed Christian music and media while easing the burden of administration in the many complex issues related to copyright.

Thank you CCLI for featuring my music as we head into the Advent season.

Rick Lee James

Twitter: @RickLeeJames



2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.