In just a short time I grew the Instagram following of my mental health app Resilient to over 9,000 followers, and helped my dad grow his Instagram following to nearly 2,000 followers in a few weeks (Ok, ok, he gets most of the credit for being awesome. But I helped him set up his account using the techniques described below :)). Here’s how to automate your Instagram following.
Compare this to my Twitter account for the same business, which has only a few hundred followers and has been up since the end of last year. The difference? The Instagram account I have been actively trying to grow, while the Twitter account I basically haven’t done anything with.
And there are two tools that, more than anything else, will help grow your Instagram following and put everything on autopilot. Once you have these systems in place, you’ll grow without even trying (well, ok, you still have to post from your phone a few times a day, but other than that you’re golden :)).
How to Automate Your Instagram Following
is the tool I talked about in the previous video about finding the best hashtags for Instagram. If you haven’t already seen that, then click here to watch it now
and come back. I’ll wait. 🙂
After you’ve watched the video, come up with your master list of the 30 best hashtags for your business.
is pretty magical. Websta is mostly just a tool for finding hashtags, but Instagress automates actions that you would normally do on your phone on Instagram. Some of it is actually a little on the shady side, and I wouldn’t recommend automating commenting and liking pictures, BUT it is good for automatically following and unfollowing people.
Basically you sign up for Instagress, set up everything with the hashtags you’ve chosen, and then Instagress will automatically find people to follow based on the hashtags you’re using. Then every few days you can change the setting from “following” people to “unfollowing” and Instagress will automatically unfollow people who aren’t following you back.
With Instagress running, you’ll automatically follow the maximum 400 people per day, and naturally a portion of those people will follow you back, thus gaining you new (real!) followers. From what I’ve seen, these new followers are engaged and awesome, and my posts typically get 100-200 likes each as well as multiple comments. If about a quarter of the people you follow, follow you back, then you’ll be growing at 100 new followers per day. Pretty cool, right?
Disclaimer: Because Instagress is an automated tool, if you abuse it, your Instagram account can get shut down. I would recommend only using it after you’ve been active for at least 2 weeks, using it to follow and unfollow people (not commenting or liking), and the only manual activity you should do on your phone is posting pictures (don’t follow people from your phone too). That way you should be ok. 🙂
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