How To Get More Instagram Followers4:00:00 AM
Getting followers on Instagram can seem impossible unless you personally know thousands of people. If you happen to know your entire family tree, this probably isn't the case. So what gives? How are everyday people getting thousands of followers, numerous comments and hundreds of likes? Like yourself, I have sat and pondered these questions and was left feeling exhausted. So I decided to turn to books and the internet to read one article after another to find the answer.
Here are the best tips I've gathered that will lead you to Instagram stardom!
1. Research and Use Multiple Hashtags
Hashtags are an easy way to start getting more engagement and followers, but make sure they are relevant to your niche. Think of them as keywords for Instagram. Just like a blogger using google keyword planner to find relevant words/phrases, Websta identifies hashtags relevant to your page. The best part is it's free and easy to set up. You can also use Instagram for help by typing a hashtag in the search bar. After you hit search it will display related hashtags above the top posts. From here, I recommend curating a list using a spreadsheet so they're organized by category and it's convenient to pull from. One more tip is to use hashtags that aren't overly saturated. Remember, you want your photos to be seen, not lost in a sea of other pictures.
If you need some help getting starting, I wrote a post here with over 50 hashtags!
2. Join Facebook Groups
Facebook groups are essential for growing your social media presence and blog. I've gotten a lot of support and highly recommend using this tip. Most boards only allow promotion on specific days and require everyone to reciprocate the favor. This way everyone grows together. Some examples of promo threads include: comments, likes, loop giveaways and follows.
While these groups are primarily for bloggers, they're still worth checking out to participate in threads for Instagram.
INSTALoops + Blog Giveaways
Show Your Blog Love
The Blogging Squad
Bloggers Social Media Support
3. Write Engaging Captions
In addition to an eye-catching photo, an engaging caption will keep the comments coming. With Instagrams' new algorithm, this is more important than ever. Posts that have more likes and comments have a better chance of being seen at the top of a users home stream. These changes were made because Instagram wants to show posts they think people care about. Come up with a call-to-action that goes with your images. It's an easy and effective way to boost your engagement and visibility. Make it simple like comment with *insert emoji* if you agree or tag your childhood best friend. Try showing other pages some love by tagging them. If you're lucky they may return the favor or repost your photo, exposing you to a bigger audience.
4. Experiment with Times
There are numerous articles that recommend posting at different times, but there is some common ground. Most agree that around lunch time and later in the evening between 7-9 are optimal during the weekdays. The problem is our followers all live in different time zones with different lifestyles. I personally found that I get the most engagement at 6 am and 12am. Try experimenting with different times and check your analytics to track each photos performance. Websta gives you an overview of all your posts with the most likes, comments, and your growth history. The optimization tab is even more detailed and displays when your posts receive the best engagement for your time zone. There's a blue circle on the graph that marks when you get the best engagement.
5. Take Stunning Photos
This probably goes without saying, but I can't stress it enough. If you've browsed for even a minute on Instagram you know how serious people take their photo quality and theme. Now, people take pictures with a DSLR, edit it in Lightroom, then send it to their phone to post. Talk about commitment! People want to see crisp photos and creativity so whether you're taking a selfie or a flat lay make sure the quality is top notch. You certainly don't need to spend thousands of dollars on fancy equipment and I have some great alternatives that won't break the bank.
I've been using the Samsung NX3000 for a little under a year and love it! At the time I was looking for a quality camera with a flip up screen on a tighter budget (under 500). The reviews and features left me with no other option than to get this camera. I love that it has wifi capability so I can quickly transfer photos to my phone. This 20.3 megapixel camera takes stunning photos even with an amateur like me behind the camera. My only complaint is it uses a microSD card which can be easy to misplace.
For all my selfie lovers that don't want to pay $300.00 for a ring light, this will change your life. When I bought this a few months ago, I felt kind of silly. Do I really need a ring light for my phone? Short answer...YES! How many times have you been out at night and try to take a group photo, but the lighting won't cooperate. For some of us this is a regular occurrence, day or night. All my prayers have been answered with this clip-on ring light despite me looking a little weird in public, but guess who's photos won't be blurry...THIS GIRL!
OOTD's are really popular on Instagram, but if you don't have a personal photographer aka boyfriend or a tall floor mirror, it's pretty complicated. I was tired of stacking books, magazines and anything else I could find to lean my phone against so I bought this. This is a good starter kit until you can invest in something better. The remote is probably my favorite feature because setting a timer is tedious and ironically wastes time. To set up the remote simply turn on your bluetooth and start shooting!
Last, but certainly not least is this marble contact paper. If you love taking flat lays or need a background in general, this is way more affordable than buying a backdrop. I bought a large white poster-board and covered one side with this contact paper and left the other side white so I have two backgrounds in one. The quality of this is amazing and no one will know (unless you share this post, which you should) that it's not real marble. Take your time applying this so you don't end up wasting some by getting it caught on everything except the poster board.
I hope you found these tips helpful and if you have any other suggestions please leave a comment down below!
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Have a wonderful day!