How to Gain Followers on Instagram
You want to gain followers on Instagram? Getting followers is very easy, provided you follow these six (6) steps carefully.
Start liking some photos.
One of the best ways for you to gain followers is to start liking photos related to your posts – as many as you can. Scroll down through your home feed and like some of your friend’s photos. Hopefully the ones who aren’t following you back already will now start following you.
Go to the “explore” page and take a look at the most popular photos. Like some or all of them, as these accounts tend to have lots of followers and some of them might just follow you.
Next, search for photos of people, things or places you’re interested in, using hash tags
Like as many of the photos that don’t have many likes. This will possibly gain you followers.
A third option, and one reserved for people who want a lot of followers fast is to search for some of the most popular tags, such as #followme #like4like or #instadaily.
Now just scroll through all of the pictures in that feed, double tapping to like as you go.
Do this with multiple tags, until you’ve liked about a thousand pictures. It may seem kind of extreme, but if you do this every day you are guaranteed to see your number of followers rise rapidly.
Start commenting on people’s photos.
Not only should you start liking people’s pictures, you should also start commenting on them.
This provides more of a personal touch, and people will be so flattered with your nice comments that they’ll be more inclined to follow you!
You won’t be able to comment on all the pictures you like, but try doing it for as many as possible. It doesn’t have to be an essay – something as simple as “nice pic!” or “love this” can work just fine.
However, an even more personal comment is more effective.
Add comments, questions or CTAs to your photos.
Although Instagram is 90% pictures, it’s important not to forget about the power of words. Captioning your photos with funny, clever or unique comments or questions can be a great way to engage with your followers and also gain new ones.
Give a little explanation of what the picture is about, or what inspired it. Or else you can simply state where the picture was taken. Keep it to a couple of sentences though – people are lazy and will probably skim over it if it’s too long.
Ask questions, as these will encourage other people to comment on your posts, which looks good to potential followers. It could be something simple like a picture of a new coffee shop in town with the question “Anyone been here yet?” Or you could post a picture of two different pairs of shoes and ask your followers which you should wear today.
Include CTAs (Calls To Action) in your posts. For example, if you posted a picture of your cat in an awkward pose you could say something like “I want to see all of your crazy cats – use the tag #awkwardcats”. This will encourage your followers to take their own pictures and use your hashtag.
But not too often. You can’t expect people to follow you if you never post any photos, so it’s important to be really active on Instagram and to stay in tune with current trends.
Post between 1 and 3 photos a day, this should keep your audience engaged and make sure there is always something of yours in their feed.
However, you shouldn’t post pictures just for the sake of posting pictures, they should all be beautiful and unique in their own right.
Don’t post too many pictures per day and avoid posting more than one picture at a time. This can clog up your followers’ news feeds, which many people don’t like.
And if they get sick of your constant posting, they might decide to unfollow you which is the last thing you need when you’re trying to get many followers!
Post at the right time of day.
You might take the coolest, funniest or most beautiful picture ever but if you post it at a time of day when no one’s online, you limit the number of people who get see it and significantly reduce your chances of gaining new followers.
Think about your followers and their patterns – most people check their Instagram in the morning, before school or work and in the evening on their commute home, when they’re stuck on a train or in a traffic jam.
Therefore, if you post at these times (in the relevant timezone) you are much more likely to get attention for your pictures.
A shout out is essentially drawing attention to another person’s account by mentioning them in a post and asking your own followers to follow them. This exposes that person to a whole new group of potential followers that they would never have reached otherwise. The idea is that once you do this for someone, they will return the favor.
The ideal situation would be for a celebrity, a major brand, or someone with thousands of followers to give you a shoutout as this can majorly increase your Instagram cred and your number of followers. Unfortunately, it’s pretty rare for this to happen, however, through using websites such as QuickShouts and Klout you can pay IG celebrities to promote your page.
However, don’t spam or beg larger accounts for shoutouts. This is very annoying and would lower your chances of getting a shoutout.
But if you want to give a really great shout out, you can take a screenshot of the person’s user profile and post that screenshot on your own Instagram, telling your followers why they should follow them. This is great advertisement for that user’s account.
If you want to receive shout outs, the best thing to do is to find a user (preferably one who posts content related to your own) and comment underneath their photos. Ask for a #shoutout and say something like “follow me and I’ll follow back”.