Mar 012017

Creating and maintaining social media profiles matters when it comes to ensuring you keep your blog awesome and running smoothly. The most recent hottest place for bloggers to promote their content is Instagram. Many struggle with trying to find a way to grow their Instagram following though, and that’s why I have written this post today. I want to share 5 ways to grow your Instagram following so that you can succeed in having another social media platform that works to promote your content.

Play on Emotions

People love to have their emotions played with and no I don’t mean this in a bad way. Photos that you share on Instagram should hit an emotion of some sort so that people will click that little follow button and keep up with your Instagram account. People are usually driven to follow someone on Instagram if the following emotional responses are triggered:

  • Ability to relate to the photo and caption provided.
  • Desire to leave a comment with their opinion on the topic.
  • Compassion to follow you along on your journey.

While there are many emotions you can play on when it comes to human beings, be certain that you try your best to tug on the right emotions. If you want to grow your Instagram following then you need to play on positive emotions of empathy, compassion, happiness and memories.

Use Terms that Compel Clicks

Terms like “on the blog” or “check it out”, even “double tap if…” are all famous terms utilized on Instagram that compel the user to like, comment or re-post on Instagram. These terms have been used for blogs to build their brand too, so it’s no wonder they work well to grow your Instagram following. Be certain to think about what words work to gain your interest to double tap that Instagram photo and use those words with every upload.

Create Beautiful Photos

Instagram is a photo driven community and with that comes the responsibility to create beautiful photos. It’s best to make sure that all of the photos you upload to Instagram have great lighting, a perfect background and look almost real. The people who get the most growth out of Instagram have a pretty decent photography skill alongside the use of those terms that get clicks. Perhaps figure out the best settings for the camera you use to ensure those photos grab the attention of Instagram users.

Interact, Engage and Be Social

Last, but certainly not least you need to start engaging on Instagram by being social on a daily basis. We all focus on Facebook and Twitter, those are easy services to be active on, but you must remember the key to growth within your Instagram account is to be as interactive as possible. Make it a goal each day to like at least 25 photos on Instagram and comment on at least 10. Sure that number is low and can be increased in time but starting with a lower numbered goal will allow you to reach this goal and increase as you are able to do so. It’s vitally important to remember that growing your Instagram following means you have to use all of these tips I shared today combined with being active on the Instagram platform.

  121 Responses to “5 Ways to Grow your Instagram Following”

  1. I’ll keep these tips in mind. I know my pictures aren’t always the prettiest, but I do try!

  2. Thank you for the tips. I’m trying to pay special attention to making my photos really appealing, as I’ve noticed that is what catches my eye the most on Instagram.

  3. Have been neglecting my IG account for a bit.. thanks for the tips to get me started on it again!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  4. I love this post. I really agree that you need to tap into people’s emotions. As a poet that’s what I’m striving to do with my writing! Great post!

  5. Those are great tips. It’s really important to engage with your community. And no matter what don’t switch to a business account cause your engagement will drop like flies. I did that mistake and I regret it ever since.

  6. These are all great tips. Instagram is a fantastic platform if you can work it right.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing this info. My Instagram following has been a little stagnant lately, so I’m definitely going to try these.

  8. I needed this today! Thank you for the tips.

  9. I was just looking at your Instagram the other day and I thought wow look at all her traffic and I was wondering how you did it! Thank you for sharing, I will have to try these tips!

  10. These are great reminders. Seeing the “play on emotions” suggestion has given me several ideas. I don’t think I have been focusing on that enough.

  11. I have been working on growing my Instagram and this has been really helpful. i am almost at 1200 followers now and just started a month or so ago really focusing on it. Being responsive and using great hashtags are super important things to do.

  12. I like the filters on Instagram! They help when my photography is lacking, lol! I am guilty of not reciprocating enough. I’m going to follow your advice and try to like 25 a day and comment on 10.

  13. Thank you for these tips. I have a pretty much average number of followers but what I really need is interaction. I will put your tips into use and see how that helps improve my following.

  14. I have a literacy blog, so i find it really hard to manage social presence on Instagram because it is so image heavy. I feel challenged to get really creative with the photography .. just not sure if its easy investment of my time at the moment.But having said that i woiuld love to give it a go!

  15. I’ve been neglecting my IG account but with these tips I should be able to get back on track in no time. Thanks BTW I’m saving it on my Pinterest board as a quick guideline

  16. These are great tips! I have been trying to expand my Instagram for MONTHS!

  17. I certainly agree interact and engage. Your followers like to know you take the time to reply back and sometimes go to their pages and like/comment on their photos too.

  18. I loved all of those tips. Though it sounds simple like make good photos, engage people and illicit people ‘s emotions it so important to remember all of these ideas.

  19. I definitely need to spend more time focusing on Instagram. These are really great tips that will be easy to put to use!. Thanks!

  20. Instagram has become one of my favorite platforms. So far, it’s void of the “garbage” that fills up my feed on other platforms. I love discovering new people to follow.

  21. Great tips. I definitely need to work on engaging more on Instagram. It’s my new goal.

  22. I love IG. I can easily get sucked into the wormhole and there are so many awesome photographers on there.
    I try to interact as much as possible, some days are better than others, but I attempt to connect by commenting on others and replying to the ones on mine.

  23. Instagram is a favorite of mine. My only complaint is the number of users who follow and then quickly unfollow.

  24. Thanks for the tips. I know creating beautiful images is important for instagram.

  25. Totally agree with the whole creating beautiful photos tip! Pretty photos are what drive me to click, for sure!

  26. I am trying to increase my following on Instagram. I need to try these tips, thanks!

  27. These are all good tips for people like me who are trying to increase their instagram following. Engagement really is key.

  28. Great tips! I find that good pictures with great quotes is another way. People love to share things that are inspirational!

  29. Great tips to keep in mind. It is becoming an even bigger platform every day.

  30. Thanks for these tips. I’m just now starting an Instagram to see how well it helps with my blog promotion. Not really sure how it will play out but I’m hopeful.

  31. Its so all about creating gorgeous photos! Thats why people stay after they follow you.

  32. Interaction on Instagram is so important. When people comment, commenting back is a sure fire way to recognize they are there and they will continue to follow.

  33. True. Your presence is a great impact on growing your followers. Interesting and stand out pictures will always be a sure hit.

  34. Instagram was one of my most difficult social media pages me to develop. These are some great tips that I wish I had.

  35. This was sooo helpful! I literally JUST posted an image to instagram and my first thought was how can I improve my following! Thanks for these tips!!

  36. Since joining a few IG comment pods I have seen a big improvement in my engagement on Instagram. Thank you for these tips! I am going to try those action points!

  37. These tips will absolutely help those who are struggling with their following. How you word the caption can really affect how a post does.

  38. These tips will absolutely help those who are struggling with their following. How you word the caption can really affect how a post does.

  39. My Daughter loves Instagram. I have been working on posting more on it. I will have to use your great tips and get my Daughter to show me a few tricks.

  40. I would like more followers. I will try out your tips.

  41. Definitely great tips especially since I am looking to build my following.

  42. These are really good tips. I need to be more active on Instagram by interacting more with others.

  43. Thank You for the great tips. I needed to hear them because I wish I was more successful on Instagram

  44. Great tips and guide to posting on IG! Thanks for sharing can’t wait to test these out!

  45. My efforts to engage on Instagram normally pay off. The more of a relationship I build with other users, the better my photos do. Plus, it makes it more fun!

  46. Thanks for the tips! I’ve been stalled at 4900 on Instagram forever!

  47. These are some excellent tips! With so many social media outlets, knowing how to utilize each network properly can be tough.

  48. Thanks for these tips. I’m at a stalemate with Instagram and I would like to start growing again!

  49. Great tips! I cannot stress enough how much engagement helps grow your Instagram following. And consistency!

  50. I am actually working on growing my Instagram following. Thank you for these great tips.

  51. Great tips! We’re working on growing our instagram account right now, these are great tips. Thanks!

  52. I think I could definitely use some of these tips on how to grow my Instagram followers. It’s so true what you said about playing on emotions. I know that trick works on me!

  53. I miss the good old time when Instagram wasn’t as complex. Things look a lot different now!

  54. Thanks for the tips. I am not a great texter so I don’t comment as often as I should on Instagram. It’s hard for me to “type” on my phone. heh

    • I am not the best at it either. I need to work on being more engaged with my followers but it can be difficult.

  55. These are really great tips! I would love to grow my Instagram account this year so I’ll definitely do these tips! Thanks a lot!

  56. This is amazing tips! I’ve never thought of some of these before, glad you shared it.

  57. Great tips! The one tip that sticks out to me the most is having great photo’s, that is a must!

  58. Writing the best caption is the hardest part. You’ve got to be creative in making a story. Otherwise, the readers might not see the connection.

  59. Instagram is one account I have ignored. Know I should get on the ball and use this more but just haven’t been that interested in using it. Guess I thought it wasn’t that big of deal. After reading your post I will have to change this.

  60. These are really great suggestions I am definitely looking to grow my Instagram account.

  61. There’s no doubt that beautiful photos will really attract followers, that’s probably why beauty bloggers and fashion bloggers have so many followers on instragram. These are great tips!

  62. Nice! I’ve never paid much attention to instagram but it’s good to grow your followers there as well. Especially since ad companies look at your social media accounts as well. Like in everything else, engagement is important.

  63. I really love to know more about growing Instagram following. This post is so helpful! Bookmarked!

  64. I need to keep these tips in mind. I don’t use Instagram nearly enough for my blogging!

  65. Love your post! Will definitely share with my friends! Thanks for sharing all this great information!

  66. Until now it’s a wonder how my instagram following grew so much. It’s always the one that I least paid attention to. But I guess it really helps when you post photos that are attractive and very interesting.

  67. I find it hard to grow following on istagram. These are really good tips!

  68. These are excellent tips. I am activity trying to grow mine this year and will have to try some of these!

  69. I manage social media for my career, and I’ve seen a steady growth of the Instagram account since I got this position. I’m not doing anything outrageous, but I’m doing something right!

  70. These are great tips. Photos are super important for instagram and so is being relate-able to whomever your target group is.

  71. These are great tips. What are you thoughts on Hashtags? I’m always a little confused with Instagram, it doesn’t seem like people use hashtags correctly and I’m not sure if you can search Instagram via hashtag?

  72. these are great tips…i always use hashtags to search in instagram so i use hashtags alot in my posts

  73. These are great tips. I have my up and down with Instagram. I just like Instagram to spy on my favorite singer. xx

  74. These are great tips and will follow it. Thanks for sharing.

  75. These are all really great tips for growing your Instagram following. You have proof they work because you have a really great following.

  76. These are all really great tips for growing your Instagram following. You have proof they work because you have a really great following.

  77. Fantastic tips you offered. I do hope these will help me grow my Instagram followers. Thanks so much!

  78. These are such great tips. A lot of people will find these helpful. I will definitely keep these things in mind.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  79. I run hot and cold with Instagram. My kids get the most likes! But I am always trying to find that perfect IG photo.

  80. these are wonderful tips. My sis needed info on how to grow her Instagram followers, I need to show her this. Could you please write a post on how to increase Facebook and Pinterest followers?

  81. I post my adorable animals a lot lol You are so right that emotions truly play a role.

  82. I am honestly not active in my Instagram account because I can’t take beautiful photos. But I will keep in mind your tips and try to do it.

  83. I didn’t know about using terms such as double click or on the blog. I’ll have to try that!

  84. I was silly to think that people would just Discover me on instagram, but i was getting nowhere. Now that I have started engaging with people I am getting a much better response. 🙂

  85. Agree that beautiful photos counts. Great tips! Instagram is my favorite platform that I wish to see more growth.

  86. Thanks for sharing these tips, they are very informative and helpful. I will implement them for sure at my Instagram profile.

  87. These are great suggestions. I enjoy Instagram.I use on the blog often, but I’ve never seen double tap.

  88. Twitter is my favorite platform, and Instagram is a close second. Seems like I’m always at the same number though, so I’m happy to read your tips to increase!!

  89. I have such a hard time on instagram. These are great tips

  90. Instagram is definitely a platform I am working on atvthe moment so these are some awesome tips to help!

  91. I have an Instagram account…or at least had one. However, I never used it for promoting my services, blog, etc. Maybe it is time to revisit.

  92. These are great tips! My instagram is constantly growing, so I love any smart tips I can use!

  93. I also find it really helpful to research appropriate hashtags and use plenty of them. This has helped me grow my following to 5500 in less than 3 months

  94. these are very resourceful tips. I need to work more on the first one though.

  95. Yes to beautiful photos and engaging captions! Instagram is my total fave!

  96. I totally agree with you on those incredible and helpful tips that you shared. It wouldn’t hurt if you exert extra efforts on those insta worthy pics that you will post.

  97. I’ve really started considering my IG. Taking better photos, and following more people. I forgot how much I really did enjoy IG once upon a time ago. I need to get back to that place. Thanks for the really great tips!

  98. It has been a slow climb to grow my Instagram following. I have been using Crowdfire and I really like it.

  99. Great tips! Lately I haven’t see much growth on Instagram. I definitely need to try a few new techniques.

  100. These are such great tips! I especially agree, make them personal, followers love it!

  101. Thanks for the tips. I think there are a couple of these that I have not touched on in my Instagram account. Every little piece of advice helps!

  102. What great tips and I’m going to try them. Trying to grow my Instagram followers has been a real headache because I didn’t know how to generate traffic and followers.

  103. Great tips! I only just started focusing on my instagram following, and have already started doing a few of these!


  104. Good tips. I like way more than 25 photos a day, more like 200. Commenting is really important too.

  105. These are wonderful tips! I truly love Instagram, but I don’t use it much as I’d love to. I stay so busy these days!

  106. Being interactive has done wonders for me on Instagram. I respond to all comments and I ask questions. I like to get to know my followers.

  107. These are great tips! My Instagram following has grown so much last year and I can’t wait for the results this year.

  108. These are all great ideas. I do need to get my Instagram followers up there too. I’ll keep these all in mind the next time I post.

  109. Thanks for the awesome tips! My IG is a specific niche that grew on it’s on but I have taken a few of the listed steps which indeed helped my profile out a lot.

  110. So many awesome tips!!! I was so kick butt on instagram for the longest time. In need to get back on my instagram grind

  111. this came in handy. i have been trying to grow my ig forever. i think i really need to get more engaged socially.

  112. I’m kind of newish on Instagram, so this is really helpful. I love it because I’ve been able to connect with some people that are not on facebook as much.

  113. Engagement is the most important part! So many people don’t realize this!

  114. Great tips, thank you for sharing. Engagement is key for growth. I personally love following accounts with awesome photos.

  115. Great tips, thank you for sharing. Engagement is key for growth. I personally love following accounts with awesome photos.

  116. Instagram is my favorite platform! Engagement, I think really is the key to growth on Instagram these days! Thanks for sharing your tips.

  117. This is exactly what I needed right now. I have been having so much trouble getting new followers, so this is great.

  118. We recently changed the theme for our blog’s insta feed. Now it’s starting to look much prettier and engaging 🙂 Good tips!

  119. I have always been stuck with Instagram! I am going to have to check these tips out.