Hey bloggers, hope you’re all well.
Over the past few days lot of you got in touch with me and requested this post. Finally, here it is!
My Instagram page is here in case you want to check it out before reading this post. As you can see I have over 7.3K followers and every single one of them is very special to me. Gaining an active audience is tricky but not impossible and I have some useful tips for you!
Nickname & Bio
The first important steps are to have an approachable name and an attractive bio. I use emoji’s to make it more eye catching and instead of being mainstream (aka including inspirational quotes like 50% of Instagram users) I made mines more personal and fun. This way people get to know you a little and decide to hit that follow button you know. When it comes to including “business” contact details, I would advise you to wait until you have at least 5K followers as that’s when private businesses usually notice you. Until then, use your space creatively.
Obviously Instagram is for sharing your photos with the world. The current trend involves choosing a “theme” for your account, but I think that as long as your photos have a common factor in a minor way you will be just as good! For instance, I make all of my photos have a blue undertone rather than the same background. It is so important to make your gallery pretty, after all that’s why people choose to follow you!
You need to try and relate to your followers so that they like and comment on your posts, posting regularly with clever captions is one way to go about with this. Hashtags can help a lot too, but don’t overuse them and always make them relevant! Keeping a clean profile look will for sure make you stand out. Oh, and if you feel comfortable doing so try and include the location of your photos too!
I can’t stress enough on this – do NOT follow and then unfollow accounts just to gain the numbers. This may seem like a good idea at the start, but trust me, bad reputation will come out of this. Only follow accounts that you are inspired or interested by.
Nothing will get you more “out there” than being active towards other users. Comment, like and share their pictures and as a result they will often follow you or return the favour. This will then make you noticeable to their followers too – great publicity!
Personally I don’t do these very often because they spam your followers and can make them unfollow you. If you really must do a shoutout then I would recommend agreeing on a time limit between you and the other person – this way you both benefit from the experience but remove the photo afterwards.
Another, more accepted, way of a shoutout involves linking your social media profiles as then more people can find you!
If you already have a large following on your Instagram then congratulations! You have an advantage here – if you post photos with products or are an Influencer, then always tag the businesses! This will link your profile to them and a lot of the time they repost and tag you too! This can really be a push on your profiles popularity.
Instagram is meant to be fun and allow you to share your passions. Don’t get too obsessed about your numbers- if you connect with the audience it will come naturally with time. These tips came from my Instagram experience and what worked for me, everyone’s different so just do what feels right for you.
If you have any further questions just get in touch!
Let’s all share our Instagram names in the comment section below and help each other out?
Good luck, I hope this post helped a little x