Well, hello again friends and welcome to one of the highest requested posts ever on my blog. Today I’m going to teach you the easiest & quickest ways to gain followers on Instagram.
After successfully and organically growing my following to 10,000 within the space of 10 months, I figured it’s the perfect time for this post! Of course, to some people 10,000 in 10 months isn’t that impressive and to others, would be a huge achievement. If you saw my 10k announcement post on Instagram, you’ll see that I’m the second person previously mentioned.
Hitting 10,000 followers was just so amazing. Knowing that 10,000 people in the world appreciate the hard work I put into not only my Instagram but my blog, ugh I just can’t thank everyone enough. To me, Instagram isn’t just another social platform. Instagram allows me to show my creative side and connect with people all over world, as well as work with some pretty amazing brands!
So how did I gain so many followers on Instagram in such a small space of time? Well, you’ll just have to keep reading to find out..
Oh and just to add – No, I’m not going to tell you to buy your followers. Let’s be real for a second, who in their right mind would buy followers?! Ugh. There’s something about fake followers and spam accounts on Instagram that really grinds my gears. You see, what these people with thousands of fake/paid followers don’t realise is that brands have more access to actual statistics than what you’d assume. That’s why, in my opinion, the only way to get followers on Instagram is to be real.
Now, let’s get onto the good stuff – how to gain followers on Instagram.. quickly.
CONSISTENCY IS KEY
Keep your account looking fresh with new content frequently. I suggest posting at a minimum of once per day (if possible of course). Being consistent not only brings new followers, but reminds your existing followers that you’re still there so they won’t unfollow you. Be consistent and you’ll be gaining followers in no time.
NEVER FORGET HASHTAGS
Never ever ever forget hashtags. This is one of the biggest factors in how many followers you gain. Think of it this way.. Would a photographer take a photo, display it in an album on his coffee table and complain that no one is buying his work? No! He would contact local galleries, post in community newspapers, advertise in local cafes.
Just like a photographer, you need to advertise yourself when it comes to social media. Make the most of hashtags and use up all 30. I like to put mine in a comment below my post so that my caption doesn’t look messy with #’s everywhere.
POST QUALITY CONTENT
Everybody starts somewhere. No one is born perfect & no one is ‘insta-famous’ the second they create an account. Unless it’s Neesha who is fabulous and gained over 50k in a few months (@beautywithneesha). But I’m sure if you checked out her account you’ll know why..
Practice using your camera, experiment with lighting, watch tutorials on YouTube. Do basically anything you can to better yourself & further your skills. Who knows, one day your favourite brand might repost you or better yet, reach out to you to collaborate!
HOST A GIVEAWAY
Although hosting a giveaway where entrants have to follow you is amazing for gaining followers, it also has it’s downsides. Lots of people who enter these competitions are bound to unfollow you when the winner is drawn and it’s not them. But hey, they’re not the type of followers you want anyway? You want caring, amazing followers who appreciate your work & want to get to know you!
KNOW YOUR FOLLOWERS
This tip and the next tip come very hand in hand actually. Knowing your followers is extremely important when it comes to the online world. If you don’t know your audience, then you’re chances of posting content they don’t enjoy is higher. And that’s not what we want at all.
Get to know the backbone of your Instagram and go through your followers. I often scroll through and check out their posts & give some love back with a comment or like here and there. Another great way to learn more about your followers is by tracking them. Check out which app I swear by when it comes to Instagram analytics.
STICK TO YOUR NICHE
Just like knowing your audience, sticking to your niche is also important. Let’s take a look at my Instagram for a moment. You’ll see from my feed that majority of my photos are beauty related. I also share a small amount of lifestyle, photography & blogging related posts. What you won’t find on my feed are waterfalls, family photos or mass amounts of food shots. It’s just not what fits my account. But don’t take this advice too seriously. I actually know many great bloggers & social media influencers that are great at finding a balance with these type of shots.
Sticking to your niche will not only define your Instagram & help to create a more aesthetically pleasing feed. Sticking to your niche will bring fresh, new followers that love the content you’re creating. It’s a win win if you ask me.
INTERACT WITH EVERYONE
This could quite possibly be one of the most important of all when it comes to gaining followers on Instagram. Interacting with other Instagrammers is one of the best ways to get your name out there. Whether it’s a simple like or a meaningful comment, engaging with other peoples work will help you gain followers on Instagram. It’s as simple as that.
When commenting on other peoples work, try putting yourself in their shoes. Would you be more likely to reply to a comment saying “Cool pic” or “Wow! This photo is absolutely gorgeous. Which product is your favourite?”
One of the best things you can also do on your own Instagram account is reply to your comments. I currently use a great app that helps me track my comments so I can always (or at least try to) reply to comments on my work. People like to know that they’re appreciated so replying to their question or liking a photo of theirs is bound to keep them coming back for more.