Seen as you guys were loving my ‘how I edit my Instagram photos‘ post from last week, I thought I would share some more of my tips, this time focusing on some of my top tips to build your Instagram following. Everyone loves a good list so here goes:
Have a theme
Obviously don’t be too obsessed with this, I mean there’s people I’ve noticed who constantly delete and re post pictures in the quest for the ‘perfect feed’. I do however think it’s important to have a theme for your Instagram. When I look on a feed I like to instantly know what the person is about, first impressions definitely count when it come’s to instagram. If there’s a clear style and I like it then I’m definitely more likely to hit follow!
Be active but don’t spam
I think there’s a fine line between being proactive in posting on Instagram and being a spammer. I’m not being funny but if you logged into Instagram and all you saw were my pictures clogging up your feed you’d definitely unfollow me right? You do however, still want to have a presence! I’ve found that since I started posting less often (before I was guilty of being a total spammer – I’m talking 6 or 7 times a day) not only have my followers gone up, but my un-followers have gone down meaning the followers I do get I’m keeping. I would say between 1-4 pictures is a good amount, I usually post between 2 and 3.
Instagram is a social network, so get social guys! You’d be amazed at how far a comment or a couple of likes can go, it’s great for creating a little community and who doesn’t love getting comments? Liking peoples posts and clicking through means not only can you discover some great bloggers but they can discover you too. Again, no spamming guys!
When to post
Everyone has a different opinion on this, some people say to evenly spread your posts, my sister however says “Americas not up until 3pm”. I mean I won’t not post because of the time but if I have an important post I’ll definitely wait until the late afternoon or evening, lets face it most people aren’t using social media at work so hit them in the evening!
Hashtags are your friends
Use hashtags! I know it can be cringey when you think about it, I definitely felt awkward doing it to begin with. but just think of it like when people search on google, if they search on instagram fblogger and you’ve added that hashtag then it will appear in the search. It only shows the most recent posts so after an hour I delete mine.
This may seem like the most simple tip, but don’t be putting your instagram account on private if you want to show up on any pages. Like I said before, people like to see a preview of your style before they hit follow so being private will always result in less followers.
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