I would say the chances of people following you, "influential" or otherwise, increase when you create meaningful content
. That is what I've attempted to do from day one. I am not always successful at it and I admit to failing a lot of the time. I think the content needs to connect
with others in a way that is significant to them.
This can come in many forms: Educational information, personal opinions, insights, shared experiences, a laugh, a picture, a funny story or personal anecdote, etc.
Personally, I tend to be selective who I follow. I hope this doesn't come off as egotistical (far from it), but I prefer my feeds with an overwhelming amount of signal, rather than noise. Someone who is constantly talking about politics, religion or brain surgery simply doesn't interest me. It's not that those people are unworthy of being followed. They may be prolific writers and have something interesting to share with the world, but the connection
is missing for me
Go out of your way to write kick ass answers and questions. Add links that would compliment and enhance your answer, pictures that help to illustrate your point, a video that can communicate the emotion that words alone cannot, share a personal experience, and go beyond what the average person is willing
to do. Most people appreciate that extra effort. You'll be able to roughly judge whether your strategy is working by the number of upvotes you receive.
If they want more of whatever it is you have to offer, they'll follow you.
There is never a guarantee though. I don't follow a lot of the high profile people on Quora and vice versa. I wouldn't be overly concerned if the cool kids
follow you or not. Do your best.
Quality and the pursuit of excellence is never a mistake nor a waste of time or effort, at least from where I sit.