- 1 Optimize your profile
- 2 Involve other users
- 3 Tag your photos
- 4 Tips
- 5 Warnings
This article teaches you how to get your first 1,000 followers on Instagram. While growing your following isn’t an exact science, there are a few things you can do to make your profile more appealing to other users.
Optimize your profile
Choose a topic for your profile.
Topics serve two important things: they focus and structure your content, and they make sure people know what the content on your profile is about in general. Themes can also help streamline your content creation, as sometimes it’s better to have some boundaries than none at all.
Include a relevant, informative bio.
Your bio should mention your topic, your website (if you have one), and something interesting about you or your process. Everyone has something that makes what they do or how they do something interesting – find out what it is about you and mention it here! You can also add tags to your bio if you have a specific tag related to your content.
Use a catchy profile picture.
If you have something that captures the essence of your topic, your content, and your personality, use it. If not, find something that comes close – people should be able to look at your profile picture and bio and have a general idea of what to expect.
You can connect Instagram to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more so you can post your Instagram photos anywhere you’re logged in. This allows you to get more followers from people who are already following you on these other channels.
Never make your Instagram posts private.
A downside of trying to grow your Instagram is that you can’t protect your account from people you don’t know, as this will steal more followers away. Keep your account public and easy to follow and you’ll have a stream of followers pouring in.
Involve other users
Follow people who have the same interests as you.
While it’s okay to follow as many people as possible in an attempt to get others to follow you, try following accounts that post things that can inspire you (and vice versa). You’re more likely to be followed by those accounts as well, making your time much more efficient than following others indiscriminately.
Click Like on other people’s photos.
For every 100 likes you leave, you’ll get back about eight followers, assuming you click like on photos on “regular” accounts, not celebrity accounts. While you most likely won’t climb your way to 1,000 followers using this method alone, it’s a good place to start.
Leave meaningful comments on photos.
It’s a well-documented fact that comments on people’s Instagram photos lead to an increase in followers. Unfortunately, this also means that a lot of people leave a word or two as a comment on photos, hoping someone will follow them. A well-thought-out comment will increase the likelihood that the creator of the post will also follow you. For example, in a DIY office photo, you could, for example, comment “Wow, what a great job you did with your office! Instructions for this would be great!” instead of “Pretty” or “Looks good”.
Send messages to users who have few followers.
Sometimes it’s best to leave a thoughtful message to someone whose content you enjoy. Not only will this likely save his day, it will also encourage him to follow you, especially if you are already following him. Keep in mind that texting someone can be considered an invasion of privacy. Be polite and respectful when texting others. Never ask someone you message to follow you.
People who follow you may find out that you only post once a week – and that’s okay! However, if you have a reputation for posting once a week, stick to it (or even post more occasionally on occasion). Failure to keep to your established post schedule will result in losing followers. This is less of a method for gaining followers and more for keeping the ones you already have. Try not to post more than a few times a day.
Post at the right time of day.
Morning (between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.), early afternoon (between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.), and afternoon to evening (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) are the times with the highest activity on Instagram, so try to post during these times. These times are based on ET (Eastern Time), so you may need to adjust them to your time zone. If you can’t make it during these times – don’t worry. Multiple studies have shown that posting during these times is helpful, but not a knockout.
Tag your photos
A common way of tagging involves writing a description, putting several spaces under the description (often using periods as placeholders), and then tagging as many things as are relevant.
Sites like https://top-hashtags.com/instagram/ list the top 100 hashtags of the day, so try to include a few of these in the description fields of your posts. Keep in mind that some tags are so popular that your post will be difficult to find. Don’t just use popular tags.
Create your own hashtag.
If you want, you can create your own hashtag or use one that isn’t that heavily used and make it your own. Work this tag into as many posts as possible as a kind of signature for your profile.
Geotagging means that you include the location where the picture was taken in the post. This allows people in the area to find your photos.
Don’t put tags in the description that don’t match your photos, as this is often considered spam.
The more proactive you are on Instagram, the quicker you’ll see your followers developing. The path to 1,000 followers is gradually followed. Have patience, follow the strategies in this article and you will arrive. Read our blog to learn more about how to get your followers on Instagram.
Don’t post a bunch of photos at once, and don’t post the same photo more than once. Never post pictures of people without their consent.