How I Gained 25k Instagram Followers in 3 Months

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I created a YouTube video with my tips on how I gained 25k Instagram followers so I thought I would create a blog post to share with you guys too! I had 4,000 followers at the beginning of August when I left for my trip to Europe. Flash forward to October and I had 30,000 followers. It’s now December and I have over 43,000 followers. In this post I am sharing the 5 tips that have exploded my Instagram.

#1 Make sure your feed looks cohesive.

I use an app called UNUM which allows me to shift my photos around and see what they are going to look like side by side before I post a new photo. This really helps me to be able to plan out my feed with all of the photos I am posting soon.

When I first started my Instagram, I used tons of filters which made my Instagram feed look messy. Your feed will almost always look cohesive as long as you stick to only one or two filters.

Another thing I like to do is pop in a photo that is predominately white every 3 or 4 photos. I really think this helps clean things up and brightens up my feed.

The benefit of keeping a cohesive feed is that you will be attracting brands who may want to work you. You will also be attracting new followers who may like the style of content that you are posting.

#2 Make sure to use hashtags.

A lot of people don’t like to use hashtags because they think it makes them look desperate. Instagram allows you to use 30 hashtags. If you are serious about growing your Instagram following, then take advantage of this and make sure you always use the maximum amount of hashtags on each photo that you post.

If you are worried that using hashtags in your caption is going to make your photo look messy, then you can add the hashtags in a comment below your photo. I keep my hashtags listed in a note on my phone so that when I post a photo, I can simply copy and paste the hashtags. I try to make sure that I am the first to comment on my photo so that my hashtag comment gets buried under all the other comments on that photo.

A lot of people don’t really know what kind of hashtags they should be using and I used to be in the same boat. I would use about 5 general hashtags in the caption of my photo. Hashtags like “friends” or “family” which are very general and have tons of photos listed using that hashtag so my photos would just get buried.

In order to find hashtags that will benefit you, you will first need to figure out what your niche is. Are you a fashion account? Are you a fitness account? Whatever your niche is, you need to make sure that you are using hashtags that are targeting that niche. After you have done this, find 5 large accounts that are in your niche. Check out what kind of hashtags they are using. You can most likely find them in the first comment under their photo. These hashtags are specific to your niche! Compile a list of 30 hashtags from there.

The goal when using hashtags is to make it into the top 9 section of that hashtag. To make it into the top 9 section, you have to have one of the 9 photos with the highest amount of engagement (likes and comments) of the photos posted using that hashtag. The benefit of making it into the top 9 section is that when people search that hashtag, they are going to see your photo in that popular top 9 section which will attract followers to your feed. If your photo doesn’t make it to that top 9 section, it will only show up in the section below the top 9 which is the most recent photos posted using that hashtag. Your photo in the most recent section is eventually going to move farther and farther down the list as more and more photos are posted using that hashtag. If your photo is in the top 9 section, it will stay there until a higher performing photo bumps it out. Potentially your photo can keep it’s spot in the top 9 for quite awhile, which will allow people to discover your account.ย 

#3 Join Instagram engagement groups.

Engagement groups help give your photo a boost so that it gets as many likes and comments as possible which will help your photo make it on the top 9 section of hashtags and the discover page. They can be anywhere from 5 to 50 people who are also trying to grow their Instagram account. These accounts will engage with each other with likes and comments to help boost their photos. Some groups are for likes only and some are for likes and comments. It depends on the group.ย In these groups, you can drop a link to your latest photo in order to get engagement on that photo. In return, you will reciprocate for everyone else in the group.

You can find groups to join on Facebook by searching Instagram engagement groups. You can also create your own engagement group. I created my own engagement group with accounts that I was already following and loved. It also makes the group feel like a support team too!

#4 Keep a consistent posting schedule.

Some people say that you should be posting 2-3 times a day if you are trying to grow your Instagram account. I used to post twice a day but I realized it was just a little too much for me to handle as far as having enough content to post twice a day and finding the time to post/create captions for those photos.

I also realized that new followers visiting my page were more likely to engage with the last photo posted. That gives that photo the best chance to get as many likes and comments as possible.

Your posting schedule is up to you, but I definitely recommend posting at least once a day in order to gain new followers. It’s totally okay to take a day off every once in awhile, in fact it’s healthy. Just make sure that you aren’t disappearing every other week otherwise your followers make think you are inconsistent and unfollow you.

#5 Make sure you are following people everyday.

A lot of people think that if they are posting great content, then they are going to gain tons of followers. They will probably gain 10-20 followers a day but they’re not going to grow very quickly unless they put in the work and follow other people. If you are seriously trying to grow your account quickly, then you need to aim to follow about 100-500 people a day. The more people you follow the faster you are going to grow. Try to dedicate at least an hour of your day to following other accounts.

There are two different types of followers: niche followers and non-niche followers. Niche followers are following you because they like the kind of content you are posting. Non-niche followers are accounts that might not necessarily care about the kind of content that your posting, they’re just following to follow.

The benefit of niche followers is that they are more likely to engage with your photos. Non-niche followers probably won’t be engaging with your photos as much but they are a lot more likely to follow you. They’re are benefits to following both. You just need to decide what works best for you.

I hope you guys find these tips helpful and good luck to you on growing your Instagram! If you guys want to check out the video, here it is:

  1. Great page. I totally agree with the use of hashtags. Two months ago I never even thought to do this. Now, I do it for every post. I have to work on a set schedule still! But I do a quote every other pic. It adds the white space you mentioned and they are fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to start seeking out new people and follow them, my engagement has grown a lot since hash-tagging. but I haven’t take the time to follow a lot. A new goal!

  2. I loved your tips and found them to be very true. After I started using one filter my Instagram looked so much more cohesive. It took me forever to find what I wanted. I dreamt of having a clean white instagram but my pictures were never of those shades. Once I “accepted reality” and found my color palatte I decided to embrace it and I love it!
    I would say another good tip I’ve found is that if you change your Instagram account to business you can see when your followers are most active on your site and post at specific times during the day to maximize your reach. Not sure if you do that but hope that helps! And congrats on your following, I’ll be using more hashtags now >.<

  3. You have done really well with Instagram, Im impressed. I especially like your idea of areanging your photos so they look good together and adding white pictures to brighten it up. I honestly would never have thought of that!

  4. Sound like a nice “to do” list for Instagram lovers, I really liked the group’s advice, one really needs to check which groups are right for them, but once you find the groups that you like it works really well

  5. Wow good job. I have been doing all of the things you suggest for over a year without much success. I have a little over 2k. The one thing I can say for certain is that I have wondreful loyal followers that I have really connected with. So after a lot of frustration, I decided that that is actually a better result than growing super fast. I still want to understand the secret… But I am afraid unless I result to bots I am stuck at growing very slowly and organically.

  6. These are some really great tips for helping grow on Instagram. Another way I have grown is using the geotag feature when I am traveling to engage with other travelers and locals by liking their posts and stories about the area.

  7. This is such a useful post! Instagram is a complete source of frustration for me with all of the accounts that follow for a follow, then unfollow you straight after you return the favour. I’m working on growing my insta and will definitely apply some of these strategies. I didn’t realise it was so important to be following new people each day, I’ll do more of that for sure.

  8. Such a great and timely post. I just relaunch my blog and my goal is to be consistent. I have been using some of the tips you’ve posted but there are new information you’ve shared that I can’t wait to try. Thanks for the post.

  9. I have been working with all the points except the last one. I usually do not initiate follow by myself, so now, I shall try to follow some 200-300 accounts a day. But tell me, how do you get these accounts, via using different hash tags?

  10. Congratulations on gaining 25K followers on Instagram. It is really difficult to gain followers on social media these days because of constantly changing algorithms and high competition. You are doing a great job. Thanks for the tips! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. A very useful post as I think we all struggle to gain followers and a lot of people follow, get a follow back and then un follow.How do you cope with this?In 2018 I am going to work hard to grow my Instagram following.I will follow your advise.

  12. My biggest blogging goal is to double my following on Instagram. I think that having this smaller goal makes it more realistic and will also make it easier for me to hold myself accountable! That being said, I’m definitely going to try and implement your tips (ESP #1 & 4!!!) and see how they help my Instagram grow. Bookmarking!

  13. Wow. That is awesome! I hope I get to reach that many followers too. I guess I better start putting your tips into action on my Instagram account. Thanks for sharing!

  14. 25K Instagram followers is a big deal… congratulations! I heard the same suggestion to post a few times in a day, but it’s a bit too much for me. I bookmark this post because I’d try the tips you advised. Thank you for sharing this.

  15. You’ve done really well congratulations! I’ve struggled with Instagram big time last year so I’m determined to not let it occupy my mind so much going forwards but to work smarter!

  16. This is awesome! Congratulations on growing so faster and thanks for the tips! I fall in and out of love with instagram, so my growth has reflected that. But reading this gives a boost to work on it!

  17. Thanks for this awesome advice! I feel like I’ve been stuck in the same place with Instagram for awhile. Maybe it’s time to breathe new life into my efforts.

  18. Great advice! I don’t have an Instagram though, but if I did I would take a lot of your advice, especially about the niche followers. Can some of this advice apply to Pinterest as well?

    1. I don’t think would apply to Pinterest as much… I am planning on writing a Pinterest tips post in the future though! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Thank you for sharing this! I have been working on growing my Instagram following and these very helpful tips. I need to make sure I am posting more frequently.

  20. Great tips. Instagram drives me crazy as there are so many people that follow and then unfollow once you follow them back – grrr! Will try out some of your tips.

  21. Super helpful post! I just started using a similar app to see the layout and filters of my photos and it is SO helpful. I definitely need to start following more it sounds like! Love your Insta pictures by the way! Very clear and bright!

  22. Super super helpful! I just can’t ever seem to grow my Instagram despite having a good following elsewhere so I’m going to try these tips! (I mean admittedly I am NOT consistent lol) I use VSCO to make them pretty…what do you recommend? ALSO…I think where I struggle is that I have such crap lighting in my apartment that it makes it hard to shoot (especially now more than ever because I’m on my baby’s time lol). Any tips for faking good lighting or making the most out of it?

    Super happy I’ve found your blog recently through FB…really enjoying it!

    1. Thank you Jamie! ๐Ÿ˜€ I have terrible lighting in my apartment as well. I try to shoot with natural lighting near a window and I sometimes use a ring light when I need it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Wow congrats on being on 43 K followers that is incredible and I hope that I can emulate that kind of success one day. I tried following you on Instagram but it says your account is not avalailable? I like the idea of following 100 accounts every day that is such a good idea I might try that!

  24. I have almost but given up on my instagram as now it seems a bit difficult to grow. I hardly ever come across feeds that I want to follow nowadays because alot seem to be the same, and those with themes get boring after some time. Think I’d revisit and take some of these tips!

  25. I’ve really been focusing on hashtags lately and noticed a huge benefit. While it may be hard to come up with related ones, it’s definitely worth the time spent. I didn’t realize the criteria for having your photo appear in the top 9. That’s why I love posts like this one, always something new to learn! x

  26. I am very slow with my instgaram and only post sonething whenever something is happening (events, parties etc.)
    Been lazy with my Ig recently but will consider to give focus this year and at least pump up its status ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Wow, what a great job. This is such a useful post for me as i have very few followers on my Instagram profile! Iโ€™m working on growing my followers and will definitely follow these strategies.

  28. Congratulations on 25K followers! I am still trying to grow my Instagram base. You’ve shared some extremely useful ways to grow Instagram but for me, the most annoying thing is the “Unfollowers”. I hate it when people follow you to unfollow the very next day or when you follow them back.

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