After reading another post on a well traveled forum asking for the best tool for getting Instagram followers I had to clear the air.
Follower tools generally do not work well because poor or no quality followers – or, plain numbers – grow through such tools. Ego boost maybe, but no value there.
If you’re gonna do it, do it right, as the song goes.
Instagram works for generous users. Like any network, if you give freely of your time and talent you grow a large, loyal following. But many users try to manipulate numbers for growing business on the network. Said folks use tools and short cut hacks to inflate numbers. Disappointment sets in; numbers cannot do anything. Only humans can do something. Give your attention to humans to grow a large, loyal follow on Instagram.
Follow these tips to get more Instagram followers.
Publish High Quality Images
I publish high quality images the split second I hit the road, circling the globe. Followers enjoy living vicariously through my travel exploits. I gain a steady number of new followers daily because Instagram users dig value, quality images. Publish quality pictures. Invest in a solid camera or phone with a quality camera. Practice snapping shots with the proper lighting. Gain followers by giving people something to follow.
Hit All Your Tags
As of this writing, Instagram allows 30 hashtags per update. Hit every single tag to draw followers to you. I cannot stress enough how the moment I tagged posts 30 times, my Likes, comments and follower count jumped quickly. People search through hashtags on Instagram, far more than any network. Tag posts with relevant, aligned hashtags. Boost your follower count.
If you are having problems with finding the best hashtags to target, using an Instagram bot or automation software can definitely help with this process. Not only will they provide you with some of the top trending hashtags, but they can also help with the scheduling of evergreen or recurring posts/holidays/events as well.
Comment Genuinely on Other User’s Photos
Being social goads folks to follow you. Social, genuine types stand out on Instagram because many users desperately publish spam comments designed to drive business. Most people commenting on my updates spam me with pitches not related to my image.
Most of my followers never open their mouths at all. If you never comment or if you only comment to serve yourself, you will have a difficult time gaining followers on Instagram. Be social. Be authentic. Post comments in response to other user’s images. Attract followers by adding genuine value through each comment.
Like user updates. Gain followers. Use this simple method to build your friend network and to boost your follower count. Simply scroll through your feed and Like updates appealing to you. Be generous, patient and persistent to attract followers through Liking updates.
Human Followers Rock Numbers Do Not
Human, genuine, loyal followers:
- Like updates
- comment on updates
- click links
- visit blogs
- buy stuff from your blog
- cannot Like updates
- cannot comment on updates
- cannot click links
- cannot visit blogs
- cannot buy stuff from your blog
This is why most follower tools consist of trash; who cares if you gain big numbers? Numbers cannot do anything. Human followers mean everything. You will never, ever, ever grow a large, loyal, genuine following using tools because tools lack the personal touch. I ignore 8 out of 10 Instagram comments because these inauthentic, manipulative fools try to serve themselves by using tools to goad me to connect with them. I instantly tune out these Insta-Idiots who immediately lose the opportunity to connect with an established pro blogger.
Be generous, patient and persistent to grow a loyal, engaged, ever growing following on Instagram.