I’m sure you’ve stumbled across an Instagram feed that seemed pretty unassuming but had thousands of followers. You figure if they can do it, so can you. If you long to join the Instagram famous but don’t know how, listen up. Let me warn you now, the road to quick insta-fame is cheap and shameless. But nevertheless, if you are desperate for that profile boost, here’s what you’ve got to do.
Shell Out Some Cash
Money can buy you just about anything these days. There are sites out there that allow you to buy followers, and lots of ‘em. For less than fifty bucks, you can boost your following by tens of thousands. While these sites deliver followers, they’re typically fake ones. The point of Instagram is to get your pictures out to a wide audience, and this approach doesn’t necessarily do the job. However, the large number of followers on your profile could encourage real followers to join the “crowd”.
Follow And Like Until Your Fingers Fall Off
If you follow a ton of users, odds are some will follow you back. If this is the approach you want to take, I would say follow people who use tags like #follow4follow, #followback, #followme… you get the idea. Similarly, you can gain followers from liking a crazy amount of pictures (again, the more desperate hashtags will probably give the best results). People may follow you in hopes of a follow back. These users aren’t going to really care about what you’re posting; they just want to boost their own pictures and profile.
That’s all fine and dandy, but when it comes to followers, I believe that quantity trumps quality. So if you’re like me and you’d rather have real, engaged followers, here’s some tips.
Ahh, the hashtag: A tool that when used appropriately can definitely be used for your benefit. The more hashtags you use, the more people who aren’t following you will be able to find your pictures. But don’t go overboard. We all know that guy who #hashtags #way #too #much. You can probably get a lot of likes by attaching every popular tag, but if the tags aren’t relevant, people probably aren’t going to care all that much about the picture. Adding popular, appropriate hashtags will help people looking for pictures like yours find your post and your profile.
Post Awesome Content
This one’s kind of a no brainer, but if you want to get a lot of followers, post things people care about. Instagram’s feed will feature cool pictures, so follow them and pay attention when they have contests. Maybe you’ll end up on their page— with Instagram’s 36 million followers, that’s some pretty good exposure.
Combine Multiple Images
A picture’s worth a thousand words, how about several? People are more likely to like a post that features multiple images. Tell a story by using apps like PicStitch to create easy, free collages.
Timing Is Everything
Statigr.am can tell you when the optimal time for posting is specific to your followers.
The Golden Rule
You want engaged followers? Comment on and like pictures that you think are cool. Follow accounts you’re interested in. If you prove to others you care about them, they’ll want to care about you, too.
In your quest for Instagram fame, keep in mind that at the end of the day, it’s just not that important. Sure, the validation is nice, but don’t take it too seriously. Share pictures and videos you love, and don’t worry too much about the numbers. #peaceout