Find the hashtags relevant to your brand and interests. Use whatever tags you can think of that are relevant to your photo. A few hashtags I also usually use to stick to my niche: #thatsdarling #persuepretty #thehappynow #letsgosomewhere #travelblogger #lovetotravel #travelgram #girlswhotravel #instadaily
Change up the hashtags – use the main hashtags in your interests but also change it up sometimes so you come across as less “spammy” and more authentic
Do The Follow Method, but be picky – I was reluctant to do this but it really increased my growth fast. Find a big account with a similar niche and add their followers. Instead of just going down the list adding whoever, though, I really try to add those with names or titles that sound like they would enjoy my instagram. This ensures true engagement if they do add you, instead of just adding spam accounts.
Don’t Just Like Photos Expecting Followers – This may work sometimes for some but the ROI you get for this isn’t worth the time you spend liking photos. Spend time liking & commenting on your current follower’s photos instead and following people in your niche.
Comment – Don’t just leave a cliche comment. Usually people get annoyed by bot comments and can tell you are just commenting for likes or follows. Leave a genuine comment if you’re going to leave one and try to comment every day on at least 5 different accounts.
Color Scheme – Try to choose photos with a similar color scheme. For example, in my last few photos, it was mostly blues and greens in nature. Then, I added a purple photo and continued with the same purple in the next photo. It was be more aesthetically pleasing and make people want to follow your account. If you do change up colors, try to make the last few the same scheme and then follow the same different scheme for the next few photos.
Make an interesting bio – Put your name, who you are, and what your account is about with your website if you have one. Also, space it out by writing your bio using your notes app first and then copy it into instagram (instagram still doesn’t let you put in spaces)
Hide Your Hashtags – Hashtags can tired the eye and make your account & photos less visually pleasing. Hide your hashtags by writing out 5 dots with spaces in your notes app and then commenting it below your photo.
A mistake I made when starting out – Thinking that the accounts with 15k followers were really going to keep following me. (rookie mistake) Once I quickly caught onto the follow/unfollow method, I was more selective with who I followed back. You want genuine followers and not to be used for someone else’s followers number. The accounts with 15k followers but following 400 people? They’re going to unadd you in a week and you’ll still be following them.
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