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How to get your first 1,000 Followers on Instagram

Why you need to use Instagram and take it seriously? Instagram generates a per-follower engagement rate of 4.21% which is 58x more engagement per follower than Facebook and 120x more engagement per follower than Twitter.

Step 1: Fill out your Instagram profile completely

  • Profile Picture
  • Description
  • Link to your website
  • Photos: Be sure that you’ve taken at least seven images before you begin promoting your profile. Lifestyle and personal images tend to do best.

Step 2: Connect your Instagram and Facebook account

It will help your Facebook friends find and follow you on Instagram. 20% of all users of the service are also on Facebook.

Step 3: Consistently comment on other images

The more you comment on other’s photos the more followers you receive. On average, there are 575 likes and 81 comments on a picture per second. When you comment, people are 401% more likely to follow you in this case.

Tips on commenting:

  • Use Iconosquare to comment from your computer to save time.
  • Search for a relevant hashtag.
  • Comment on photos no more than 2 days late.
  • Comment on photos with fewer than five other comments to get more ROI.

Step 4: Like a lot of posts

If you want to grow your account by a few hundred followers a day, the best way to accomplish it is to randomly like thousands of images a day.

The Neil Patel Instagram had great results with this strategy. For every 100 likes he did on random photos of other [not currently following] users, he generated 21.7 likes on his photos and 6.1 more followers.

Step 5: Discover the best hashtags

Use Webstagram Too 100 to see the overall trends and top picks for hashtags on Instagram.

Step 6: Place a hashtagged feed of Instagram posts on your website or blog

This way, visitors to your site can notice your Instagram account and send you follows.

Tools for adding feeds:

Note: Instagram offers 5 different types / sizes of badges for your website.

Step 7: Tag people

Tag and mention the accounts that are relevant to you and the pictures you’re posting which can get you additional followers and shoutouts. @mentiones in captions receive 56% more engagement.

Step 8: Share a link to your profile on other social channels and email

Step 9: Use geo-tagging for your pictures and your store

Instagram revealed a photo maps feature which lets users see the pictures that were taken from a certain location. Adding a location results in 79% higher engagement.

Actions: Connect your Instagram via Foursquare to turn on this feature.

Step 10: Come up with a great posting strategy

Good content = more followers … why else would they want to follow you?

  • Share photos, not videos: On average each photo receives 37 interactions per 1,000 followers. On the other hand, each video only gets 24 interactions per 1,000 followers.
  • User Mayfair filter: Mayfair brings in on average 23.044 interactions (the highest of all filters).
  • Take advantage of posting on Sundays: On average, Sunday posts get you the most interactions per 1,000 followers VS other days of the week.
  • Slap on many Hashtags: On average larger brands on Instagram with more than 1,000 followers receive 21.21 interactions / post. Accounts with less than 1,000 followers on a post with 11 hashtags received an average of 77.66 interactions.


  • Fill out your Instagram profile completely, and make sure that you have at least seven high-quality images on your account
  • Connect your Instagram account to your Facebook account
  • Comment on as many images as you can
  • Like as many images as you can
  • Have a posting strategy

Source from crazyegg

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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