So, you have joined the 150 million or so people that have signed up to Instagram, but of course now you want to have a huge number of followers and this appears to be easier said than done. However, there are things that you can do that will boost those numbers and what we have here are 10 methods that can make a world of a difference.
1. Follow People.
The first thing that you need to do is to start following people because there is a tendency for them to then follow you back. Search for individuals that are posting things that are of interest to you, and is along the same lines as what you plan on posting, and you will be amazed at how many of them return the favor and start following you.
2. Make Sure You Understand Hashtags.
Hashtags are single words that people use as search terms, and the way in which you use them will make a difference to how your post appears in the search results. However, you can make it easier for yourself to get followers by using hashtags such as #followme or #likes or anything else that will let people know that you are looking for people to add you. How many you get will vary from day to day, but it does work.
3. Complete Your Profile.
It is surprising how many people fail to actually complete their profile and how can you expect people to follow you if they have next to no information about you? By adding your interests it makes you seem interesting to others and they are then more likely to follow you as a result.
4. Be Busy.
People are more likely to follow you if they see that your account is busy and that you post on at least a semi-regular basis as a dead profile gets no followers. However, you should avoid completely inundating Instagram with countless posts that have virtually no point to them.
5. Use Those Filters.
One thing that really made Instagram popular was its use of filters and you need to apply them to your images to make a real statement with them. Play around with the filters, as there are 20 of them, and consider also using photo-editing apps that can turn your snaps into a one off. People love interesting images, so make sure that your ones stand out from the crowd.
6. Choose When You Post.
Believe it or not, but there are certain key times when you should be looking at posting on websites such as Instagram. People have a tendency to log onto the site when they are going to work or school or even coming home and for some reason Thursday is a popular day for posting new images. The problem is that it is estimated that it takes just four hours before the image you have uploaded becomes lost. Try posting at different times and see the change in followers as a result as this is certainly trial and error depending on where you are located in the world.
7. Choose Your Images Wisely.
People are more likely to follow you when they feel that they have something in common with what you have posted. People enjoy being able to relate to posts and the most popular accounts will always put up images that will undoubtedly be loved by many. It is important that you do the same and your follower numbers will increase as a result, so avoid being far too way out there and posting strange images as people will avoid your account at all costs.
8. Consider Using Questions.
Adding a simple question to the caption part of an image is a great way of increasing the amount of interest in an image. People simply love to post their thoughts in reply and they are then going to be more likely to follow your account as a result. Thought provoking ideas work wonderfully well, so do not just throw up an image and instead put some thought into it and you will benefit from this when you see your follower numbers increasing.
9. Consider Hosting A Contest.
This is one thing that you will have probably not given much thought to, but hosting a contest on Instagram is a pretty cool way of generating a lot more interest in your account. Have something to giveaway and make sure that you mention a contest is starting in the caption part of the image. Just to also increase awareness use the hashtag #contest as people will search for it and of course they are then going to be interested in what you are doing.
10. Use A Bot To Your Advantage.
All of the methods listed above take time and effort on your part, but there is a much easier way to generate more interest in your Instagram account. That method is to use a bot that will automate the way in which you like and follow others so you can then get on with doing other things. The bot will choose the correct people to follow and of course it should then lead to them following you back as we discussed earlier. Now, does that not sound a whole lot easier than the other methods?
What is clear is that you need to be prepared to use different methods to really boost the number of followers that you have on your Instagram account. A bot can undoubtedly make life easier, but you still need to make sure that your profile is complete and that the things you are doing on there manually are interesting enough for other people to want to follow you.
There are hundreds of millions of people on Instagram and they are always looking for new and exciting accounts to follow, so there is no reason why you cannot boost your numbers with a bit of work. It is exciting and it is interesting, so what exactly are you waiting for?