- Buy Them
- Use Popular Hash-tags
- Use Twitter Hash-tags
- Watermark Your Pictures
- Make Social Media Pages
- Share your images on Social Media
- Follow people (competitors) in the same niche
- Return your likes
- Repost other people’s pictures
- Write up a nice bio
- Comment on Other People’s Pictures
- Tag people in the same niche
- Respond to Followers
- (Bonus) Submit Your Images to Larger Instagrams
Instagram is a lucrative social network. If you don’t have an account then you missing out on a huge pool of potential traffic. Whether you are struggling to grow your instagram or if you’re looking to start a successful instagram account, you are going to need to build your following. Here are 13 ways to increase your instagram following.
It goes without saying that this is the easiest, fastest and most reliable way of getting more followers on Instagram.
As I have mentioned in earlier posts, SEOClerks is a fantastic marketplace to buy internet services. Fortunately, Instagram Followers are one of the services that are offered really cheap there. Sign up and take a look around, you will be surprised at the prices.
Buying followers will increase natural followers with time as you “look the part”. Think about it, wouldn’t you agree that you’re more likely to follow an account that already has a lot of followers? Humans have a few “sheep-like” tendencies.
These are just a few examples of popular hash-tags that you can throw into your image descriptions and comments. To save time on writing them out over and over I suggest that you save your hashtags to a text-file and copy-paste them as they are needed.
Here are 3 websites that have a few lists of popular hash-tags based on niche:
Login to Twitter, Click “Home”, look at the bottom left; These are the trending hash-tags for today.
Take advantage of these and use them in your posts. I would advise that you stay on subject with them, but if you’re just looking for exposure then use them all.
Watermark Your Pictures
You can do this on your PC using image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, Paint or any alternative that has the ability to whack some text on a picture. There are phone options such as Fontface Studio (which I use), however they’re often plagued with of ads that make you want to smash your phone. Generally, any image editing software will be suffice for the job.
If your pictures are shared then people may be inclined to visit your Instagram, if they see your watermark. There are various pros and cons to using watermarks as mentioned in this article.
Make Social Media Pages
Try and build as much exposure as possible by building a presence on all social media networks. You can do this be creating pages via. the following links:
Use your social media pages to share your images. Most networks have a hash-tag function, so use them wherever possible.
Follow people (competitors) in the same niche
If you run an Instagram account that showcases (for example) mostly BMXs then follow:
- Popular BMX riders
- BMX Brands
- Extreme Sports Channels
- Other BMX instagrams
People with similar interests tend to follow one another. There are also more reasons to why you should follow you competitors that are well detailed here.
Return your likes
It only takes second to like someone else’s photo back and this increases follower loyalty, keeps people happy and makes people interact with you more.
Repost other people’s pictures
Download a repost app (such as Repost) and leave credits for any pictures that you repost. Link back to the person you reposted from. People may give you extra exposure and screenshot your repost in some cases.
Write up a nice bio
Include hash-tags, smilies and emoticons wherever acceptable. Ask people to follow you and link to another one of your social media accounts. Here’s 10 great tips on how to improve your instagram bio.
Comment on Other People’s Pictures
Look for people in your niche that don’t have many comments and leave the first comment on some of their photos. When their Instagram grows larger your comment will be at the top, this will attract people interested in your niche.
Tag people in the same niche
Tag as many people as you can, your image will show up on their profile and you will get more people clicking through to be your follower.
Respond to Followers
Comments will push your image back up the feed and more people will see it again. This creates another chance for people to like your image if they haven’t already. It also keeps people interacting with your IG and increases the likelihood that you will be followed.
(Bonus) Submit Your Images to Larger Instagrams
Many people accept submissions. In some cases you must email them, in some cases you must use a certain hashtag. Try to get in touch with as many as possible to arrange this. Make sure you put a small watermark on your image as some people may not leave credit.
What are some other ways that you can think of that will help to grow an instagram following? What has worked and failed for you? What did you think of this post?
Let me know in the comments section below!