People who feel entitled to followers kind of irk me. I mean, on some level we all want to have people read and enjoy our comics, but there's no shortcuts to getting there. And some people will never get there. The sad truth is that if you don't love making comics for the sake of making comics, then webcomics might not be the best hobby for you, because you really do need a combination of determination and talent, and just one of those things is in most cases not enough.
I remember when I started drawing my comic I asked a professor if there was a certain point where you know you should throw in the towel on a project and move on to something different... and she said 5 years. She said to update for five years and then take a serious look at it and think about quitting it. At the time that seemed like eons to me. That seemed like an eternity. But I trusted her and I believed in myself and in my project and I updated it regularly and worked hard to keep improving the story and the art and promote it on social media... and for a long time nothing happened.
For three years it was like posting basically for a few die hard fans who would comment occasionally and send me fanart on holidays and that was enough. It wasn't until last year that I felt like I was really gaining traction and I'm kind of glad about that because at that point I had enough content to get people hooked and keep them around that I wouldn't have had if I had magically gotten popular 2 months into my comic.
So that was 3 years of posting my comic before it started gaining the small following it has now, but it's not like 2012 was the first time I posted art in general. I'd put in years before that posting on Tumblr and Twitter to gain followings there, some of whom became fans of my comic and some who haven't, but it's still more visibility than I would have had starting cold with a webcomic.
In short I'm glad the recent flood of 'how to gain more followers' threads has died down. And my advice to anyone is just work hard and be persistent in whatever you do because that will get you more followers than complaining and trying to come up with schemes. Be realistic with your goals and expectations or else you're going to hurt your own feelings. Find an idea that you love enough to post for five thankless years before the thought of quitting crosses your mind.