Have a Solid Followers’ Base
Like any product, you will require a market before starting with sales. Your followers are your market in Instagram. Take your time to increase the followers count for your account by posting some interacting yet unique photos with followers. Here’s how to increase your followers.
1. Like Photos
You have to start like pictures as many as possible. It is one of the ideal ways to gain more number of followers. You have to scroll down to your feed and like some of the photos of your friends. The people who are not following you will hopefully follow you.
Take a look at the photos which are most popular on the ‘explore’ page. Like some photos or all of them. These accounts have a lot of followers and some of them may follow you.
Next up, you have to search for people’s photos, places or things you like, with hashtags. Suppose you need pictures of Eiffel Tower, just type in #eiffeltower or #latoureiffel or #paris. Like maximum number of photos you can.
You need to search for the most popular tags which are reserved for those who want lots of instagram followers, such as #like4like, #followme, or #instadaily. Now, you just have to scroll through all the photos in that feed and double tap to like when you go.
You can do it with several tags until you liked on thousands of pictures. It may look little extreme, but you are rest assured to see huge number of followers count if you do it every day. It can easily set you on the way to 1k followers.
2. Comment on People’s Pictures
Along with liking the photos of people, you also have to comment on their photos. It can add more personal touch and people will love that you have commended on their pictures and they will love to follow you. You may not want to comment on all pictures you like.
But be sure to do it as many as you can. Something simple like “love this” or “Nice pic” can work well. Even more personal comment can work well, such as “loved your hair. I wish I could have mine like that” or “good work”.
3. Add Questions, Comments or CTA to Pictures
Even though Instagram is 90% based on pictures, you shouldn’t ignore the power of words. Caption your pictures with clever, funny or unique questions or comments which can really engage with followers and gain new followers.
Explain what picture is all about and source of inspiration. On the other side, you can also mention the place where picture was taken. Keep it limited to a few sentences because people may skim over the caption if it is too long.
Questions lure people to comment on your posts that look great for potential followers. SO, you should ask questions to your followers. It can be something common like photo of a flagship coffee shop with a caption “Anyone had been there yet?” You can also post photo of different pairs of shoes and ask which one to wear today.
Add calls to action to your posts. For instance, if you have posted a photo of your cat in weird pose, you can add caption like “I would like to see your crazy cats” with hashtag like #awkwardcats. This way, people will want to take the pictures of their own cats and share using your hashtag.
Read more: List of 250+ best Instagram Captions for Lyrics.
4. Post Pictures Regularly, But Not Too Frequently
If you never post anything, don’t expect your audience to follow you. You have to stay up-to-date with current trends and active on Instagram. Post around 3-5 photos every day to keep your audience engaged. Don’t post pictures just to show your activity.
Your pictures should be unique and beautiful. Don’t overdo it and don’t post more than one photo at the same time. It can clog up news feeds of your followers that most people hate. If they are done with consistent posting, they might choose to unfollow you on Instagram. When it comes to hit 1K followers you can do this thing.
5. Choose the Right Time of Day to Post
You might take the funniest, coolest or most stunning picture. But if the timing of posting it is wrong, you may not get the number of people who can notice it and it reduces the chance of gaining more number of new followers.
6. Consider Your Followers and Patterns
A lot of people check their Instagram account in the morning, before work or school, and in the evening when they get back to home, when they are stuck in traffic jam or on train.
If you post photos at these times, you are a lot likely to grab attention for your posts. Simply Measure has just conducted a survey. According to it, the best time to post is on evening from 5pm to 6pm on Wednesday as most users are active at this time.
You can use third-party apps like Statigram to figure out the best time to use Instagram among your followers.
This way, you can post content on the right time. Any post has around 4 hours to pick up comments, likes and followers before post gets lost in the news feeds of people.
7. Choose a Theme for Account
The accounts which are likely to get most number of followers are usually those that stick with a specific theme. Accounts which post just about personal life don’t get much attention unless they have an interesting account. So, you have to find theme people can easily relate to.
This is because people following your account understand that they are rest assured to see pictures they are really interested in, instead of random or weird pictures.
If you are passionate about something, be sure to use it as theme for account. Some of the well-known themes have fitness, food, photography, animals, inspiring quotes and fashion.
You definitely not like to pick a theme. Some of the accounts are well known especially because they are used to post amazing pictures of random and weird things. You can really take amazing pictures people will love, despite the subject.
You can also have more than one account on Instagram. Use one account for private photos and another for posting photos of your animal.
8. Get Shoutouts
Giving shoutouts is considered to be the most common technique to gain followers. You have to give shoutout yourself to do this. But a shoutout can also break the impression and a lot of people may unfollow you.
A shoutout can draw attention to the account of another person when you mention them in post and ask followers to follow them. This way, a person is exposed to a new group of followers which they never had reached before. Once you do it for a brand, they are more likely to return favor.
For a major brand, a celebrity or someone with lots of followers can give you shoutout and your Instagram credibility can hugely be increased and your followers count will shoot up.
Sadly, it is rare for this to happen. You can use websites like Klout and QuickShouts to promote your page. Don’t beg or spam with lots of shoutouts. It is very irritating and can reduce the chances of getting shoutout.
To give a shoutout to someone, you have to mention the person in comment. Suppose if username of someone is “doglover”, all you have to write “this post is for @doglover – follow him” in the comment.
If you really wish to get a great shoutout, you can take screenshot of the user profile of person and post screenshot on your Instagram and give a reason to your followers to follow them.
To receive shoutouts, you have to find the user who posts content related to yours, and comment under their pictures. You can say something like “please follow me so I can follow you back” and ask for shoutout.
9. Choose a Good Profile Pic and Username
Your profile pic and username is the secondary thing you have to decide on when it comes to create an account. Be sure to have relevant user name and profile picture to your account’s theme. It will give a good idea to your followers about what to expect from your account before visiting your page. For instance, if your account is related to fitness, you can get the picture of yourself wearing a fitness gear. If your business is related to architecture, you can use artsy picture of a building you admire.
If your account is about your personal life, take a nice selfie which truly adds up to your personality. You have to make proper use of a photo to connect with your audience. The same stands true to your user name. You have to make it relevant to the content of your account. Be sure to avoid having a lot of underscores over there. Your account may look spammy with it.
10. Don’t Leave Your Bio Section Empty
Your Bio is an important tool to attract your potential followers when it comes to decide whether they should follow you or not. Be sure to make it relevant to your account and tell users what they should expect.
If you are a beauty junkie, write something like “Fashion freak and beauty lover. Expect something related to fashion, fun, nails, hair, and makeover”.
You can also give a quick insight to your personality, for instance, “Coffee friend”, “Chronic Giggler” or “Fitness Freak”. You can easily use your bio to promote your favorite tags like #Follow4Follow or your own hashtag, including a phrase or nickname which describes you and which you are likely to add on all of your photos.
For instance, if your name is Daniel and you love posting party pictures, you can start with #partyanimaldaniel as your own hashtag. It might attract more of your followers and friends.
11. Find Friends You Must Follow
Now that you have set up your account! You will have to find some buddies and other users to follow. On the Settings section of user page, just select “Find People to Follow”.
You can import friends from phone contacts and Facebook page. It is a good idea to connect you with those you know already. They are more likely to follow you back again. If you have a lot of Facebook friends, it can be helpful to get the initial hundred followers without any effort.
Then, you have to go to “Instagram Suggested” option. This way, you can get suggestions on which you should follow, according to the popularity.
Choose a couple of popular accounts with content that relate to you. You can also head to Explore section and find the people you want to follow with username and hashtags. It is known to be the ideal way to find accounts of celebrities to follow.
Keep in mind that you have more people in “Followers” section than in “Following” one. If you are going to follow a lot of people, it can block your news feed and you might be missing the pictures you love.
People love to follow people who already have a lot of followers.
12. Sync Your Account with Other Networks
If you use several social networks, it is always wise to sync your account with maximum number of followers. Every time you post on Instagram, it will appear on other accounts of yours. It will deliver a huge audience base for your photos and boost your potential to gain more new followers.
Along with each of the social media accounts you want to sync with your account, tick the box. It will prompt you to enter your password and user for each.
On your account, go to settings page and go to “Sharing Settings”. It will bring a huge list of social networks you can sync with, such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Foursquare and Flickr.
13. Consider Relevant Tags
When you have to use tags, you need to consider two aspects. Some people may believe that you have to attach as many tags as you can to enhance your reach and the people who can check out their photo. Some people believe that it is important to stick to only two to three relevant tags.
According to the people who believe in ‘less is more’ philosophy, using too many tags can look spammy, cluttered or even despo. In addition, they believe using only a few of the most relevant tags is all set to get all the desired follows. Which option you choose to go for is up to you.
It is all about personal preference. If you choose to go for only few tags, be sure they relate to your picture. Suppose you are posting the picture of stunning view of sunset, you can use hashtags like #sunset, #beautiful and #sky.
At the end of description, add hashtags. This way, people will more able to read description when it comes to scroll through your pictures and will not see a lot of tags. This way, your account will appear less spammy.
14. Use Tags That Are Most Popular
Using some of the well-known hashtags is yet another great way to make your pictures attractive. These tags are trending consistently and they will help improve the visibility of your account.
If you are going to post the picture of baby or animal, you are more likely to get lots more likes if you are using #cute tag (it is one of the most common tags), rather than tags like #sweet or #adorable.
Some of the other popular tags are #eyes, #love, #tbt, #nice, #girl, #beautiful, #me, #happy, #instadaily, #picoftheday and #follow. People often post tags which don’t relate to their pics at all.
This way, you can rest assure to get a lot of likes and followers even though their posts has almost nothing to do with musicians. It can really be effective but frowned over by people.
15. Create Your Personal Hashtag
You can create hashtag of your own if you like or take one which is not used all and make hashtag of your own. For instance, if your account’s theme is baking and you want to post pictures of various delicious treats and cupcakes, you can make your own tag #cupcakechick or something relevant.
Then, this tag is used on every single photo along with adding it in your bio. Your tag will get popular with others if you are lucky and they will soon use it to tag photos of their baked items. When it happens, you are likely to get a lot of following from good people who really love baking.
16. TagsforLikes App
TagsForLikes is the app which is very popular and which boosts the process of tagging and improves the number of likes received by your posts. You can copy and paste the list of around 20 to 30 tags that are trending and popular.
Download the app, start up and choose “Popular” from home menu and go for “Most Popular”. It will show you the list of tags that are very popular and directed to gain followers and likes.
Copy the tags’ list and open up your account and past the tags in the comment box when it comes to post a picture. You can see loads of likes and followers within minutes. After a few hours, you can get to TagsForLikes app and choose “Second Popular” option.
You can get the next most popular tags. Copy these tags and paste them in comment under the original tags on your photo.
You may not get new followers or several likes this time but you should get a few. You also have to consider get back and add these tags to your older photos and give a new lease of life. Be sure to find popular tags which are relevant to your account.
This way, you can get more likes to your pictures who may like. You can find various popular tags which are relevant to your account. Be sure to find some of the popular tags which are relevant to your account. This way, you can get more likes to your pictures from those who may be interested.
In order to geotag your photos, you have to add the location where picture was taken in your post. Instagram can do it automatically when GPS is enabled. Take pictures in a location which is known to be cool or popular, such as well-known museum, hot-new coffee shop or fancy restaurant.
People who posted photos from these locations can see your posts and follow you. You can geotag photos in general locations like Paris, New York or Rome. There are thousands of people looking for photos of such locations daily. So, your post can be found more often from different parts of the world.
Geo-tagging is also helpful to add authenticity to your account and it can be more human by considering the fact that you were there.
18. Use Natural Lighting
Natural light is considered to be the ideal light to show off your photos for your advantage. Although most smartphones come with flash, you have to avoid taking photos at night or indoors as much as possible.
Be sure to shoot pictures outdoors early in the morning or evening before sunsets. This is the period when light is prettiest and softest.
19. Take Relevant Photos
Be sure to make your photos as relatable and as unique as possible. As a general rule, it is easier said than done. So, you have to avoid taking pictures of subjects that are overdone, such as inundating your followers or latte art with selfies.
People may scroll over such types of pictures than look for second look. Instead, you have to take stunning pictures which have lots of emotions or human connection, whether it’s a photo of old lady on the bus or a blazing sunset over the sea shore.
Symmetry is loved by human eyes. Whether you are shooting a building, a face or landscape, your shots should be as symmetrical as possible. Suppose a vertical line splitting the screen into two. Now you have to keep the subject at the center of your photo on this line.
You may have to squat down to get the best shot. You have to keep your picture simple. Be sure to set over a plain background like an old record or a teacup. It will keep the focus away from subject if the background is too busy.
21. Take Interesting Perspectives
Be sure to take pictures from an unusual or new perspective. It may be the one which forces your followers to study the picture to appreciate it. Play with angles and point your camera up to look at roofs, treetops, birds or the sky.
Place the camera close to the surface like inside the pomegranate or the bark of tree. It is difficult to find out actually what you are looking at.
22. Pick Few of Favorite Filters You Like
Filters are one of the best things Instagram has to offer. You can add various filters to your pictures to make them look more vivid, classy, beautiful, exotic and polished. If your blog has specific style or theme, it may be ideal to choose around 2 to 3 filters and stick to them.
This way, you can give a unique style to your account and it may look more professional. It can influence the decision of potential follower to follow you if they are here to look at user page.
23. Download Some Apps
Some of the photo collage apps like PicStitch or InstaCollege let you to combine several photos in a single post. In order to post several relevant shots with one another, such as entrée, appetizer, and dessert from one meal or several shots from one drive, it is a great choice.