At the start of the year i made a goal half heartedly to reach 1000 followers on Instagram by the end of the year. Months went on and I hadn’t really made much effort with it. But I started to notice how accounts and fellow bloggers that I’ve been following for a long time have had massive growth. As well as their photogrophy and content improving massively. I wanted a slice of that cake!
I’d joined an Instagram focus group on Facebook and had a lot of advice and tips stored in my head for when I thought it was time. So, in October i pulled my finger out and just went for it. And in exactly two weeks I went from from 760 followers to 1000 and now at 1100(ish) as I write this.
A Big Goal
It wasn’t easy. I was constantly on Instagram for those two weeks because I was so focused on reaching that goal. Imagine where i’d be now if i was putting in all that effort from January?! So i’ve decided to set a BIG goal to reach 10k followers by December 2017. It will be a challenge indeed, but Ive seen so many others do it who are similar to me and I know by improving my content and being consistent I can 100% reach that goal. Of course, it’s not all about numbers! I want to have good engagement and a loyal active Instagram community, because that’s what social media is all about – attracting those who dig your vibe and supporting each other.
So wish me luck! And if you’re looking for new bloggers to follow I’m at: @cydneyhelsdown
My Advice & Tips
A few fellow bloggers have also asked me what I did to reach 1000 followers. Although my following is tiny compared to most, it’s still something i never thought i’d achieve and know there’d be similar people in my position who perhaps don’t know where to start. So here’s what I did:
- You’ve probably heard it 1000 times but get specific. What is your niche? What do you like posting about? What gets the most enegagememt and just roll with that. I’m still finding my way because as a lifestyle blogger I find it difficult to stick with just one ‘thing’ as I have so many different interests and am building myself as a brand rather than pigeonholing and limiting myself to a beauty blogger, or mum blogger. I know there’ll be crossovers of all my interests so just hoping to attract similar people.
- Posted three times a day. 8am, 6pm and again around 10pm are the times that work well for me. I’d post before heading off to work, just after I’d get back from work and I found 10pm was a good time to reach different time zones and found engagement was still high at this time. This seems like a crazy amount to those who barely manage to post once a day (trust me I was one of them). So I’d take a stock pile of photos during the weekend to make sure I had enough content throughout the week.
- Started using the app VSCO. I’m so late to jump on the bandwagon but I finally downloaded it and feel as though it’s saved my feed! You can bulk upload your photos and it displays them in a square grid format so you can see what your feed will look like. It also has its own filters (which I prefer). I’d recommend choosing one to use on all your photos so your feed looks consistent.
- Do your hashtag research! I try and switch mine up on every photo but there are generally about 20 of the same ones that I use. You’re allowed to use 30 hashtags and I’d recommend using them all for the best reach! Depending on your niche and target audience you’ll find more than enough hashtags to engage the right followers.
- Speaking of which. ENGAGE WITH YOUR FOLLOWERS AND IDEAL FOLLOWERS. For those two weeks, I tried to balance liking and commenting on the content that was in my discover feed but also people I already follow. Leave meaningful comments that are over 5 words (something to do with the algorithm) and be genuine. I also would go into notifications and followers to see what people I followers were liking, I found this really helps boost followers as it’s another wha you’re engaging with new content.
- Lastly! A comment pod occasionally is never a bad idea. There are plenty of Facebook groups out there for bloggers and lots of them will have threads you can join to help boost your enegagememt. I’m involved in a couple of comment pods in my niche and will join a thread once to three times a week.
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The key is to be consistent. Choose a combo of methods that work with you and stick with them. Set a goal and stay focused and but be realistic: if you can’t dedicate a couple of hours a day then do whatever is manageable for you and adjust your goals accordingly. I’m sure many of the larger accounts would agree with me on most of the above, but find out what works for you.
I do hope you found this helpful! And if your interested in a more detailed Instagram tip post then holla at me! I didn’t realise how much I did until I started writing this and Ive got lots more to share!
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