This wikiHow article teaches you how to gain and maintain approximately 100 followers on Instagram by engaging with the community and posting regularly.
Step 1. Like and comment on hundreds of photos
It has been proven that for every 100 photos you like, you will get about 6 followers. Taking these interactions one step further by also leaving comments will increase your chances of getting a follow back, although it takes time.
Following other accounts will also create a similar effect
Step 2. Post a photo at least once a day
By doing this you will keep your followers entertained.
Step 3. Reply to comments on your photos
Instagram users can lose interest and stop following your account within a day, especially when you're just starting out, if you don't actively respond to their comments.
This level of interaction, like massively liking other people's photos, is very time consuming. You may even need to set aside an hour or two a day to interact with your followers
Step 4. Connect your Instagram with your other social media accounts
You can do this within the settings of your Instagram account. By adding a social media account (such as Facebook) to your Instagram information, you can extend the scope of your posts to social media users who don't have Instagram, or don't know you have an Instagram account.
- For example, when you connect your Facebook account to your Instagram account, your Facebook friends who also use Instagram will receive a message letting them know that you use Instagram. Then they might decide to follow you on that too.
- If you have a social media account connected to your Instagram, you will have the option to post your Instagram photos to both Instagram and your connected account (e.g. Twitter) at the same time. This will increase the number of people who will see your photos.
Step 5. Enter photo contests on Instagram
By winning a contest you will increase the visibility of your account and thus gain more followers. Some prominent contests in the community include the following accounts:
- JJ Community - Every day this account posts a new theme. You must submit a photo that relates to the theme, and an account moderator then selects the best of all submissions. Keep in mind that this account has over 600,000 followers, so you will have to compete with a large number of users.
- Contestgram - After downloading the Contestagram app from your respective phone's app store, you can submit entries for daily contests. Contestagram, like JJ Community, is a community-driven project.
- Entering daily contests is a good way to ensure you post at least one well thought out, high quality photo per day, and the themed aspect of it will help you focus your intent when taking photos.
Step 6. Use popular hashtags in your photo descriptions
You can check out a list of the 100 hashtags that are trending right now to get you started, or you can just experiment with different tags to see which ones get the most likes.
Some popular hashtags include "photooftheday", "instaphoto", "nofilter", and "followforfollow" (or "f4f")
Step 7. Add a location to your photos
You can do this while adding the description to your photo during the upload process by clicking Add location and following the steps. When you add a location to your photos, your photos will appear when others search for that location.
This process is called 'geotagging'. To avoid conflict, do not geotag your home address or a location other than where the photo was taken
Step 8. Post during popular times
The most popular times for checking Instagram vary from day to day, but posting between 9am and 6pm Tuesday through Friday will help you get the most consistent engagement, while also keeping you busy every weekday between 11am and 6pm. can generate a lot of engagement in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. Saturday is best to post around 11 a.m., and while Sunday isn't the best day for engagement, try to keep posting every day.
Sunday and Monday are considered the worst days to post
Step 9. Plan your posts in advance
Consistency is both the most important aspect of attracting Instagram followers and the most difficult process to sustain. To solve this problem, there are a number of apps for both iOS and Android that let you schedule your photos in advance to have them automatically posted at a certain time.
"Latergramme," "Schedugram," and "TakeOff" are all well-regarded choices for Instagram post managers
Step 10. Continue to interact with your community
People love being involved in your process, so make them a part of it by tagging your followers in your posts, continuing to upload regularly, and responding to community feedback. As long as you keep using these techniques you will have 100 followers on Instagram in no time.
Although it is frowned upon, you can buy Instagram followers in groups of about 100. Most of these followers will disappear after a while, so this isn't really a good long-term strategy
- Purchased followers generally don't interact with your posts (leave a comment and like).
- Never give out your password to websites or apps that sell followers.
- When buying followers online, make sure you read the seller's privacy statement (and terms and conditions) carefully so that you know exactly what to expect and how your information will be handled.