Over the past few weeks I’ve had a lot of positive feedback on my social media growth with Instagram and my blog so I decided to share my top 5 tips on creating a promising Instagram following! I’m so happy and proud of what I’ve accomplished in the past few months and I hope that these tips are helpful in your social media journey.
1. Follow people with similar goals and interests!
This is a must do! For me, I try to find other bloggers that live in my area or just enjoy the same things as me. If I see a page that is similar to mine in content and followers, I’ll follow them right away because they’re probably at the same stage as me and are also working hard on putting out great content. Also try to talk to the people that you follow. You might be able to collaborate together on something that you both like and that you can both post. Doing this will also bring you new followers that the other person may have that you don’t. If you guys can’t collaborate that’s okay too because at least you can help and support each other on your journey as bloggers.
2. Stay engaged!
Staying engaged with your followers and other bloggers on Instagram is something that you need to keep up with! When you comment, like or follow someone new on Instagram, it will show up on your follower’s feeds and vice versa. By doing this, a lot more interactions will happen on your page and you’re also likely to get noticed by other bloggers. When you comment on other people’s photos, other users can see this and will most likely check out your page. When doing this, they are likely to follow you because you probably share common interests since they found you on someone’s page that they enjoy. This goes for liking and following as well. When you do this, your page will also come up as a suggested user for them to follow when they follow other people with similar pages. It’s also great to stay engaged because it shows that you’re watching and appreciating other people’s content. Who doesn’t like it when someone comments, likes, or follows you?
3. Upload content that you’re proud of!
It’s so important to upload content that is original and that you’re proud of. If you upload a photo that looks exactly the same as everyone else’s, what will be unique about your page? Why should someone follow you if it looks exactly the same as everyone else’s? These are key points to think about. If you don’t like a photo because it’s not the quality that you want it to be, then don’t upload it because your followers probably won’t be interested either. You know your followers best so put out content that you can both enjoy.
4. Search through hashtags for new ideas and inspiration!
I get a lot of inspiration from going through hashtags on Instagram. I also am able to find lots of users that have similar goals and interests and I follow them through those hashtags. On my Iphone, I have hashtags saved that I like to use on my own posts. Every so often I’ll search them to see how other users are using them. If I’m looking for outfit inspiration I’ll search a brand or a popular hashtag and see what others are doing. A lot of the time I’m pleasantly surprised and see outfit shots that I would never even think of doing. Things like this really inspire me to step out of my comfort zone with my own outfits and shots. Believe me, I wasn’t wearing much color when I came to Manchester and now that I’ve seen so many amazing bloggers pairing up patterns and colors that I wouldn’t even dream of, I’m trying it out now too! It’s also good to search the hashtags to see what other bloggers are writing about. Maybe they’re giving out advice on meal prepping, or maybe they’re giving travel tips on how to pack your bag. All of these things can be inspirational! What if you have different tips and want to write an article? Go for it and tag the other person in your post so they know that they’ve inspired you to write that post. Hashtags are just generally a great way to network on social media and to get new ideas!
5. Don’t be afraid to be yourself!
This is my most important tip of them all! Please don’t be afraid to be yourself! It’s 2017 and let’s get real, EVERYONE is blogging. Find your uniqueness and use it to your advantage! If you’re trying to be like everyone else, your blog will fade into the background with everyone else that is doing the same thing. It’s so important to put yourself into your content because your readers and viewers will truly appreciate it. Upload your own personal style with everything you post and you will be successful!
So there it is! Those are my top 5 tips on how to grow a genuine and promising Instagram following. If you ever have any questions or tips you would like to share with me, feel free to slide into my dm’s!