How to Grow Your Instagram Following Without Buying Followers
With over 200 million members, north of 60 million messages and about 1.6 billion likes happening daily, Instagram is easily one of the forces to reckon with in social media. Still, thats not a reason to buy followers, which are really no more than dead weight. Its all about authenticity, people interacting with you and your other followers. Besides, youll never know when the networks next crackdown will be.
In other words, yes, you can increase your Instagram following without being a fake, and you can start with these tips below:
1. Expose your dedicated hashtag.
You cant just wait for people to find your dedicated hashtag. You should take it to them. Announce it in all possible places – your Instagram, flyers, even on your receipts and your shop signage, and the rest. If possible, have it mentioned on the radio and TV too. Make sure its on your website too, in your other social media profiles, and in your marketing emails.
2. Make memorable hashtags.
When writing Instagram captions, take a unique perspective of things so you can come up with something unique but still interesting. You can be funny, ironic, odd, but never be boring.
3. Participate in viral conversations.
For each post, combine topically relevant hashtags like #meatcrafting for a meat shop, for instance, with trending, ultra-popular hashtags each time you can. Those very specific hashtags work pretty much the same way as long-tail keywords in that you can say exactly as you wish and be able to reach the people youre mainly targeting for your campaign. Simultaneously, general hashtags like #cocktails or #giveaways will get you out to a bigger world. You should go for both.
4. Make a good bio.
Your bio is the lifeblood of your Instagram profile. But theres no need to make it age or link it to your website forever. Update it at least once a week while maintaining consistency with your message, and use that clickable link to lead people to your latest or most popular content.
5. Be descriptive when writing your captions.
A picture is enough to convey a message, or not really. Use storytelling alongside your photos to boost engagement and sharing. People may like your picture, but you might have to talk to them first before they drop comment or hit a like.
6. Develop a visual signature.
All of us have an innate desire to fit in, but on Instagram, that wont suffice – you need to be noticed! Make your own unique style for all your visual content so that your pictures are automatically recognizable whenever people see them in their newsfeed. That, not buying followers, will make you truly unforgettable on Instagram.