Hey. I’ve been on instagram for a long time now so let me share with you my observations on how things work on there. I’m no professional so please don’t take this article as a manual on how to become instagram famous just as a tips that could help you reach your goal.
I assume that you already have instagram account so I’ll skip the part about signing up and basic introduction. Here are my tips and tricks on how to become instagram famous:
It doesn’t matter if you have millions of followers if you post crappy photos it won’t really matter and you will lose them. I would define crappy photos as low quality photos – small size, blurry (well this could be optional, if it fits your aesthetics then go for it) with bad angles, bad lightning, controversial subjects.
It’s better if you choose your theme. Who you want to be? Food instagramer ? Landscape or nature? Fashion model? Traveler ? Fitness ? Choose something people will remember you by – your thing. Let me demonstrate on this examples of my favourite instagram accounts:
- “the guy who throws food in the air” or @ehgg
- “the traveler guy ” or @sam_kolder
- “travel guru” or @crazysexyfuntraveler
- “Beautiful make up girl” or @begum_sham
- “the girl with cutest kid ever” or @thejdukova
- “the guy with amazing landscape photos” or @hajnik.jakub
- “Vegan hipster influential girl” or @ellagracedenton
- “funny girl” or @celestebarber
What all of this guys have in common is not the amount of followers but the quality of their content. (seriously go check them out they are my favourites)
Of course theme of your instagram is totally optional sodon’t take it as a rule you need to follow to make it on instagram. Make sure you post what defines you and what you truly enjoy sharing with your audience and your audience will grow because of your passion.
2. photo editing
If you choose a photo you want to share, usually next step is to edit it or add effects. There are many photo editors online you can use, or get some apps, but you can just use instagram editor, as it’s very simple and have all most important tools. Picking right effect is usually the longer part of uploading photo:
Great tool in my opinion is lux (the half sun at the top) :
I also like to play with shadows:
I don’t use instagram editing for my photos anymore. Recently I got this great app called VSCO and I do all my photo editing there. You can get it in app store – it’s free (or you can buy full version, but I think the free options are just enough.)
VSCO offers great photo effects much different than instagram ones:
Here are my favourite tools i use in every editing:
From there on i simply upload my photo to instagram:
3. what you probably didn’t know about instagram
Maybe you noticed that sometimes you can’t see your photo or your friends new photo on your dash right away, when it’s uploaded but only later on in few hours or days maybe.
This is because of new updates on instagram that basically means this: When you upload a new photo instagram will only show it to 10% of your instagram followers. Depending on how good is your audiences response in first crucial moments of its existence, instagram decides if they are gonna show it to the rest of your followers, too. So if your post would get a lot of likes and comments in first minutes after posting, then your post will be shown to rest of the world and your likes amount will only grow further. But if the first response won’t be good enough, instagram won’t show it to rest of your followers.(As it won’t be worth sharing.)
That’s why you can see celebrities photos on your dash all the time but photo of your neighbours dog next day after uploading. Celebrities get immediate response on their posts and so they are worth keeping on everyone’s dash, but the rest of us need to work for it.
How to fix this?
Ensure immediate response. How? If you have a group of friends, ask them to like your post right away after you upload it or – do what I’m about to share with you in next segment.
Magic of the tags. There are few crucial hashtags that will ensure you steady income of likes and followers. My favourite and most used is #like4like
Give people what they want and they usually give it back. Give likes to recieve likes.
How do i do it?
I search #like4like tag, then I switch to newest posts (most of them were uploaded 1 second to 2 minutes ago). That way it’s 99% possible that user you liked is still online and would see immediately that you liked their post and could most likely like back right away.
When you upload new photo, go to #like4like tag immediately and start liking everything. Of ourse you could be selective in what you like but for me personally it doesn’t really matter what I like, I do it automatically. I skip the post if I catch something disturbing, but most of the time I like photo without it even uploading.
Be careful because there is a like limit! I’m not really sure, how many posts you can like but I assume it is around 170 posts an hour. I do 2 full scrolls down of #like4like tag. Also you can’t be liking too quickly. Take your time – like 15 posts and check some insta stories, then continue with liking. If you overstep and like too much, instagram will ban you for 24 hours and in that time you can’t like anything, just stalk people. After you’re out of post limit block you will have smaller like amount limit so take it easy for next 24 hours as well, or you will get banned just for 5 likes in a row. You have no idea how many days I’ve spend banned, until i have learned my lesson and found a loopholes in this rules. Instagram will ban you for misuse of like button or something like that (I don’t remember it correctly but there will be huge banner explaining your misstep every time you will try to like something – luckily I wasn’t banned in a long time now.)
So every hour I try to like 150+ posts. Of course not all of the 150 likes get back. From 100 posts I like, maybe just 30 likes will return to me. But every person who I liked will get notification with my account so I’m getting myself out there and being seen by larger audience. Many of them will check you out and if they enjoy your content, most of them will follow you. So from 150 posts I like, I will get back 30 likes and 15 new followers, just from #like4like every hour.
I’ve been doing this for a long time now and let me share my profile with you:
I’m currently on 27,3K followers and the amount keeps growing steadily but you must be prepared for unfollowers too. Many people would follow you in hope you will follow them back and they could grow their followers amount that way.
This bring me to another tag that will help you grow your followers amount #follow4follow (obvs). Basically you’ll follow bunch of accounts and they might or might not follow you back. Then you will unfollow them all and start over again.
Of course there are some rules and restrictions here as well. I tried this on my second account just so I could learn how does it work and found that the rules are same as in likes. You can follow around 150+/- account at once every hour without being blocked. Additional rule is that you can’t follow more than 7200 (+/-) accounts ( i can’t figure out the max amount because sometimes it blocks me when i hit 7000 and sometimes i can go till 7300 without being banned). If you hit your limit you’ll need to unfollow them (i think it’s like 200 unfollows every hour) and start to follow for follow again. I’ve tried this on my second account because i don’t want to follow just anyone on my official account as i want my dashboard to be consisted of just things i really like. But on my second account I’ve been doing this for something around year and i currently have 1000 followers there too.
There are many other tags that will bring you the response you’re hoping for. You can find them in similar suggestions in #like4like or #follow4follow tags.
It’s better if you switch from your personal account to firm account. It brings out many benefits such as you can see impressions on your insta stories (not just who checked your story but how many times they checked it), you could add links to your insta story and see how many times it was opened, you will get statistic informations about your profile such as how many followers you got recently, how many visitors your profile got, how many people clicked the link in your bio or clicked on your email address. You will also see statistic of your followers, their gender, from what country or what age are they. Here my statistics (but in Slovak):
You can also buy promotion for your posts in form of ads you sometimes see on your dash. Price differs from 2-xx euros, depending on how many days you want promotion to last, or what is your main goal to get from promotion. I’ve never tried this but here is how it could look like:
Other important feature on your profile should be you BIO information. It should contain basic info about you, but again, this is completely up to you. Mine contains quote that describes me perfectly “In her heart and mind she traveled the universe” aka “hopeless dreamer with no money to travel as much as she would like to.” Then I have 2 flags with country I’m from (Slovakia) and country I currently study and spend most of my time in (Czech republic). I added this feature as I was receiving bunch of questions asking, where I’m from, so I decided to answer everyone at once. I share my snapchat account there and link to this blog. I edited my profile so people could message on my email directly. This brings many spams to my email, but also potential collaborations.
If someone clicks on your account the first thing they are gonna see is your profile and then first 3-6 photos. Make sure they are worth seeing and they would convince random users to stay on your page to scroll for more amazing photos. I try not to post 3 similar photos (like selfies for example) in a row, because it looks odd. Therefore I try to alternate them with different photo types. My feed: (I try to color coordinate them)
Another way of getting famous is to buy your popularity. If you search for “buying followers for instagram” you’ll get many pages that offer such transaction. I have never tried this one for my instagram but I did once buy followers for my tumblr account, and let me tell you how that went: I bought 100 followers for 5$, paid through paypal – everything was legit and safe. I got 100 extra followers but it didn’t affect my traffic results for fashion websites I’m collaborating with, it didn’t increase my reblogs or likes. It was just additional number. If you’re looking for just numbers of followers and not active followers, you can just simply buy them. It’s much quicker than promoting yourself through tags as i do.
Remind people of why they followed you in first place but don’t spam them too much. If you’re never on their dash, they could forget about you and when they’ll be “cleaning” their following list, they could easily delete you. Be active = post at least once in a week and like other photos. Comment other photos – just a simple emoji or heart would be enough. Now every follower who will stumble across that post you commented will always see your comment there and if you have good profile picture, or catchy nickname that will attract followers, you earned yourself few extra visitors and potential followers.
Instagram stories is a great tool for getting yourself out there without the commitment of official post. Again, not every of your followers will get to see your story. It simply won’t show up in their top stories feed. How do stories work?
In your tops you’ll only see recently new followed accounts (if you follow someone new and immediately refresh your dash, their stories will be first one for you to see,) and account stories you usually watch. If some of your friends post new story and you always watch their stories, their story will get ahead of any other stories posted at same time.
How to fix it ? Post some story every day – that way your icon will keep popping up at your followers dash and who knows, maybe after they watch all of their regulars they will get to your story eventually. And since they already checked it before, you’re now one step ahead in their stories list so there’s higher chance of them seeing your account again. You could easily attract bigger audience to your story by adding location. That way if someone would be checking that location tag, they will get to see your story as well and from there it is just one click to your profile. Hashtags works the same way.
Post a story in a time when your followers are most active. From years of observing I’ve learned that mine are most active in evening time from 5pm till 10 pm. At this time I have higher chance of getting seen by broader audience.
I used VSCO to edit my story photos too but since last update, instagram offers great variety of story filters too.
You could earn some new followers or likes by simple watching other stories too. Many people check who saw their story, so if they see someone new there it is very likely they would visit that person’s page. And who knows, if they like your content they might give you follow.
If you have any other social media like tumblr or twitter with bunch of followers to share your instagram account with, you might get many new instagram followers. I tend to post my photos from instagram on my tumblr account with my instagam name as well. People can see what I post on instagram and follow me if they like it.
I hope my observation skills are be helpful. Please don’t expect thousand of new followers in just one day. It takes time and patience. Good luck
Let me know if there are any more tips you use to prosper your instagram account.
Thank you for your time