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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.

Instagram is a lucrative social network. If you don’t have an account then you missing out on a huge pool of potential traffic.

Buy Instagram followers

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 the marketplace to buy services like followers and views.

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 hashtags 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 hashtags based on a niche:

  1. TagsForLikes
  2. Top-HashTags
  3. Post Planner – 25 Most Popular Instagram HashTags

Use Twitter Hashtags

Log in 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 topic 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; all alternatives will have the ability to whack some text on a picture.

Generally, any image editing software will do the job.

If your pictures are shared, then people may be inclined to visit your Instagram, when 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 by creating pages via. the following links:

Automate your social posts

Use your social media pages to share your images. Most networks have a hash-tag function, so use them wherever possible.

You can automate the sharing across all your social media accounts by using IFTTT, Buffer, or Hootsuite. I would most advise IFTTT.

Follow people in your 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 your 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 are 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

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 your 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.

Submit your images pages that repost

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 the 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!

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