Are you tired of those life-long Instagram guides you find everywhere? Are you tried of scrolling pages and pages before you learn anything at all? Here’s my quick guide on How to Gain Instagram Followers Organically… a tough cookie, am I right?
I have seen many Instagram accounts growing by the minute (not organically) also while working for PR – which made me feel like I wasted my time trying to get those real, gentle, focused followers to follow me without any tricks. I might sound silly now, possibly? But I am just following the topic guys.
You need more followers? Here’s what I did. (and still do)
FORGET TO GET EVERYONE FOLLOWING YOU IN ONE NIGHT. (OR DAY) things don’t move so fast.
OPTIMIZE YOUR INSTAGRAM name & username with keywords that your ideal audience is searching for so that you can come up in the Instagram search. (example: aesthetic lifestyle editorial)
ADD NICHES OR RELATED HASHTAGS in your Instagram bio to increase your chances of coming up in the search. (example: #fashionblogger)
IMPROVE YOUR FEED PHOTOS & PLAN IT AHEAD click here to follow the steps on how to do it
START FOLLOWING SIMILAR ACCOUNTS TO YOURS so you can get a bite of the whole meal you really want. (and possibly get inspired for new pictures)
START TAGGING PAGES related to your niche into your posts. (example of my page: @doitlikeadreamer) You can also use the page hashtag.
CHECK THEIR LATEST POSTS AND LATEST LIKES AND GO LIKE, COMMENT AND VIEW THE STORIES OF THOSE ACCOUNTS. (make sure the comments are more than 4 words and sincere. something striking!)
GO TO THOSE SIMILAR ACCOUNTS you have previously found and start FOLLOWING accounts that follow them that you might find interesting. (tip: they might find you interesting too and start following back!)
POST MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY TO BUILD MORE INTEREST AROUND YOUR PROFILE (and don’t forget to tag any brand used in your pictures + any page relevant to the picture. People who follow those pages & brands will find your posts. This will also attracts PR of those brands to your page if your pictures are relevant and good. Example of page to tag: https://www.instagram.com/and_save/
WHEN YOU POST ON INSTAGRAM make sure that you add 30 hashtags relevant to your picture and that most of those hashtags don’t have more than half a million followers. You won’t have many chances if so.
AFTER YOU POSTED, make sure to click on all the hashtags you have used and like and comment on the first 15 top posts and the latests posts. Those people will find your account interesting if they post on similar tags as yours.
IF YOU TAG SOME BRANDS INTO YOUR POST, for example you are wearing a top from Asos and you tag @asos, make sure to click on @asos and then on their “posts they have been tagged in” (which is the right icon on their profile if viewed on a mobile) and start ENGAGING with those accounts. (which will be likely to engage back and possibly follow you as you have similar interests)
FOLLOW BIGGER ACCOUNTS THAT INSPIRE YOU AND REPOST STORIES FROM THEM OR MAKE ANY STORIES RELATED TO THEM AND TAG THEM, this will draw their attention to your page and they can possibly add your story to their story for their audience to see. (and find your profile)
DO A SHOUTOUT TO A BRAND OR INFLUENCER better if you show your face on your stories while you talk about a brand or another influencer and ask your follower to check their profile while listing your favorite thing about the brand or influencer. (they will likely to respond to that, and even repost it for their audience to see)
GO ON LOCATION TAG AND FIND LOCATIONS THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN. When I lived in London, I used to type London or any area I was in and then WATCH THE LOCATION STORIES, COMMENT&LIKE ON RECENT POSTS AND LATEST POSTS
PROMOTE YOUR BEST ENGAGING POSTS starting with a small budget and for just 1 or 2 days, to attract more people into your page and possible followers. Make sure to track the progress and if it works well for you, consider doing it every once in a while!
LAST RESORT BUT ALSO VERY IMPORTANT make sure you find & search for FACEBOOK SUPPORT GROUPS for your niche. Example: fashion bloggers italy. This will connect you to a whole new world of people just like you. You can follow each other and support each other. Sky is the limit. (If your feed is editorial, you can join my free private support group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3170620623013698/)
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Born in 1988, I had the idea of creating this blog when I moved to London, but I wrote poems and novels since I was small. My main passion is photography and I love anything creative, my favorite style is editorial fashion photography. I regularly express myself through my Instagram feed and you can also follow my journey there.