How I Gained 25k Instagram Followers in 3 Months
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.
#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. 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: