Have you tried submitting to publications Joe? I have publications to thank for most of my exposure and a great deal of my “followers”. It really is a great way to get yourself out there and it helps put you in a more professional mindset knowing you’re not only going to be publishing your work but submitting it somewhere first as well.
Aside from that my best advice is to keep reading others work on here and write consistently. That’s what has helped me find the little bit of success I’ve had here. If I can do it, anyone can. Commenting also seems to help, especially thoughtful responses. It all plays into the algorithm. Thanks for reading Joe and keep writing man. Consistency and resiliency are key.