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How to Get Members for Telegram Channel or Group?


Telegram channels are getting more and more popular. The benefits of them are obvious: based on popular messenger, users can easily combine personal communication and all useful and fun content in one place, high engagement rate and growing popularity of Telegram. Today the most popular Telegram channels have more than 3 million subscribers… But how to grow your channel to this large scale?

There is the list of the Top 9 ways how to get Telegram members. And by combining some of them you may get to great results.

9 Best Ways to Get Telegram Members for your Channel or Group


Add members – friends and friends of your friends

You can add 200 first Telegram Channel members for free from your own contacts. Once the limit of 200 is reached, this possibility is automatically off. But you can still share your channel in private messages with your contacts and ask your friends to spread your link to their friends. Some good networking can boost 200-300 members in your channel within a few days.

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Pros: absolutely free, easiest way to add first Telegram members, great for a start.

Cons: a limited number of members, not possible to grow a big channel, not targeted subscribers (your friends are there just to support your new beginning and with time they will probably leave it).

Promotion on Social media

Use Social media for your Telegram channel promotion: share links on Quora, Facebook Pages, Instagram, or jump on trending TikTok. Use your own communities, create new ones or ask small influencers to help you.

Pros: free.

Cons: takes a lot of time and effort to spread your links, high competition, no guarantees to get any members.

Participate in chat groups

It’ easy to find chat groups on Telegram related to your channel’s topic, that’s why there is a chance being an active participant and sharing your channel link can gain new followers for you. Apart from groups from your niche, there are special groups for Telegram promotion, where everyone exchanges their links.

Pros: free.

Cons: least effective method: probably you will be banned and get a bad reputation for spamming, low chances to get even a few members.


Once the Channel reaches more than 5000 members, there are chances that other channels (of the same size) will agree to do a cross-promotion. Two channels promote each other and basically exchange followers between each other. The best scenario is to cross-promote channels from close niches (best deals for fashion + best deals for electronics; soccer betting tips + basketball betting tips, etc).

Pros: it’s free.

Cons: no guarantees to get members, not suitable for small and new channels, hard to find good channels for cross-promo.

Telegram Channel catalogs

Another way to get members for your channel or group is to be posted in catalogs. There are more than 50 catalog websites you can get into. One of the most famous and biggest is Tgstat.

Pros: free, people can outreach your channel through Google search.

Cons: a small percentage of people use catalogs, not suitable for fast and big growth, high competition between similar channels.

Paid promotions in Telegram channels

One of the most popular ways to promote channels and get genuine members. The idea is to pay admins to get posted for 1-24 hours in their channels. The price of publication depends on 1) the duration of your promotion 2) the size of the channel where you want to get promoted. One promotional post brings from 0 to 500 new users on average, and these results depend on your ad content, call to action, channel content, activity in the channel where you promote. It takes strategic thinking to understand in what promotion you should invest, the outcome is unpredictable.

Pros: genuine and targeted members.

Cons: costly, no guarantees to get members (you can easily waste money and get 0 new followers), the possibility of being scammed (you can pay someone to add Telegram members in your channel and will get bots in return), slow process (getting to 10k members can take years).

Targeted advertising

Another option of paid promotion is to use Facebook ads. The huge variety of settings may allow you to target your audience with 100% accuracy.

Pros: genuine and targeted members.

Cons: can be really costly, big chance to fail, you need to understand how Facebook Ads work or to hire a specialist (and trust us, it’s no an easy thing to learn).

Buy bots

Going from 0 to 40,000 members in one day? It’s easy if you add fake Telegram members. Bots are not real follower or even people, they are users generated by special software. Basically, there is no use from these members (they won’t view your posts, won’t buy your products), but they increase the actual number of your followers. In return, it can attract real users to join (new subscribers better join big channels, not small ones). But there is one huge problem: Telegram deletes these members. If you have 40,000 followers today, it doesn’t mean tomorrow you will still have them.