Back in October 2010, gaining followers on Instagram would have been very easy. However, the game has changed today with so many users on Instagram. Most users are worried about how to make sure that they retain the most number of followers?
Intrigued by this very question, we embarked on a quest to find out the best way to become an Instagram Pro.
You can be an Instagram Pro in 6 easy steps.
Here, we'll be talking about how you can be an Instagram Pro in 6 easy steps. No, we are not talking about any fancy software or a paid subscription to automation services that can help you get more followers. We'd rather focus on the day-to-day activities and day-to-day tasks that make sure you get more popular on Instagram.
Before we begin, we'd say that some of you might already be these tips. It's great if you already know about these but if not, make sure you start using them right away.
A picture is worth a thousand words and, in case of Instagram, it's the ultimate truth. You can create wonderful stories using beautiful pictures and get a lot of followers. So, make sure that you have the most wonderful pictures on your Instagram feed.
If you already have an Instagram account or even if you are making a new one, get all your best pictures out there to grab more eyeballs.
People who access Instagram use it to see the content from all around the world. Moreover, we should not be telling you that the better the content the more eyeballs it will get.
Interesting Fact #1: Around 95 million photos are uploaded on Instagram every single day.
2. Make Your Account Public if It Isn't Already
Instagram offers its users the option to make a private account where you can upload your pictures and share with a limited number of people. However, the problem with a private account is that your posts do not show up in the search results when somebody searches for pictures on Instagram.
Unless you have some serious privacy issues, make sure your Instagram account is in the public domain. If you want to add an extra layer of security, you can always opt for account follow requests.
This way, if somebody wants to follow you on Instagram, they will have to send you a request. Once you approve their request, only then they'd be able to see what's there on your feed.
Interesting Fact #2: Most followed Instagram user in the world is Selena Gomez with over 113 million followers.
3. Make Use of Hashtags
One cool thing about Instagram is the keyword-based search or hashtag. Using this unique symbol, you can scour millions of pictures on Instagram by using certain keywords. To link pictures with keywords, Instagram makes use of the hashtag. This way, the system differentiates one picture from another.
Using a hashtag with your Instagram pictures is a cool way to promote the image. So, whenever you're posting a new picture, make sure you use all the relevant keywords or hashtags. For instance, if you are uploading a picture of a flower, use keywords such as nature, flower or beauty along with hashtags.
There is no limit on how many hashtags you can use with one picture but do not overuse them. Be true to your followers because that's what they like along with your creativity and point of view.
Interesting Fact: Posts with at least one hashtag garner 12.6% more engagement on an average.
4. Follow Your Passion
Instagram has opened a new world of possibilities for anyone who wishes to show some creativity. There is no wrong or right in the world of Instagram and that's exactly what the followers want. They are here to see your perspective, your creativity, and your eye for detail.
Some of the most popular pictures on Instagram are about the most random objects, the ones you see around you everyday. People who are posting those pictures are just following their passion and their authenticity makes them so popular.
While posting a new picture on Instagram, make sure you're clicking something you like and would want to show it to the world. Your passion will always find a way to make your images more authentic and add more credibility to your Instagram feed.
Interesting Fact: Pizza is the most clicked food on Instagram globally, followed by Sushi.
5. Post Stories Everyday
There are no shortcuts to gain popularity on Instagram. But as with any social media platform, Instagram also has a very simple rule: The more you share the more popular you'll get.
So, if you want to become popular on Instagram, you'll have to make sure that you post new pictures on your feed every single day. It's not that difficult if you ask me. All you need to do is post one or two pictures a day consistently and you are bound to get many followers.
However, posting pictures on Instagram will only take you so far. Making sure that you are posting something that you like and making wise use of all the relevant hashtags is what will help people find your content easily.
Interesting Fact: Currently, more than 4.2 billion Instagram likes occur each day.
6. Engage With Your Audience
Great pictures, hashtags, and interesting ideas are a great way to get new followers on Instagram. As quickly as you can get new followers, it is very easy to lose them as well. So, how do you retain your followers on Instagram?
Well, it's very simple. All you need to do is engage with your audience from time to time.
Once you start interacting with your audience, it adds a personal touch to your feed and that's what people like the most. Make sure to answer queries that you may receive in comments. Don't shy away from sharing details about your camera or phone. If you keep in touch with your followers, you will see how the number of Insta followers grow in no time.
Interesting Fact: Around 59% of Internet users between 18 and 29 use Instagram.
Try and Try ...
These were some of the common practices that yield the best results for most Instagram users. However, don't expect to get a thousand followers overnight. As I mentioned in the beginning, the competition is increasing by the day.
Remember that the picture you are posting on Instagram might resemble thousands of other pictures that are already there on Instagram. So, it'll take time before you create your own niche.
Let us know how you use your Instagram account. We'd love to hear from you!