How to Get 1000 Followers on Instagram…Instagram is hard work. I used to think that Pinterest was the hardest of the networks. But I figured that one out (and you can check out my Pinterest course, Pinterest Pop, right here!). So now, Instagram takes the lead as the hardest network. After having an account that was stagnant at 500 followers for almost a month, I finally decided to sit down, figure it out, and up my game. And I went from 501 followers to 1000 followers in under a week.

I did not use the spammy follow/unfollow technique, and I definitely did not use any of those ultra-spammy “tools” to get followers.

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How to Get Your Next 1000 Followers on Instagram

How to Get Instagram Followers! Get your first 1000 Instagram followers with these Instagram tips and tricks! Perfect for bloggers looking for Instagram apps and Instagram tools to grow your blog. Click through to see the tips!

Plan a cohesive feed

I recently started using Planoly to map out my feed ahead of time…and I'm so glad that I did. Planoly allows you to put pictures in (without actually posting) so that you can see what your feed will look like. You can then schedule them from there. That grid of 9 is super important. It's what people see when they click on your profile and decide whether to follow you. You want it to be cohesive, on-brand, and pleasing to the eye. Planoly has been great for this. (Note: This section contains affiliate links.).

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Edit your photos

Don't just use the Instagram filters (in fact, don't use them at all). Use one or more good apps to edit and filter your photos. I usually use two or three apps to do different things. I recommend A Color Story (my favorite!), Afterlight, VSCO, Facetune, and Snapseed. You can completely change your photo with good editing. And I am by no means a photographer. I know almost nothing about it. But if I play around enough, I can get a good look for my photo.

Engage with the people that engage with you

When people comment on your photos, make sure to comment back. Instagram loves engagement. And it may get you more followers.

Engage with others

Engage on other people's photos. Go down your feed, or look through a certain hashtag, and like and comment on other people's photos. Don't just leave a comment saying “Love it!” Leave something more substantive that shows that it's actually you, not a spambot. This can get you more followers, and again, Instagram loves engagement.

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Do your hashtag research

Proper hashtags are 100% key on Instagram. You get up to 30, and I say use all 30 (though I only put a few in my caption and then the rest in the first comment). Avoid huge hashtags with millions of hits. You'll just get buried. I like hashtags with 300,000 or under, give or take. You stand a better chance of getting seen. Use a variety of different tags that describe your photo and your general topic area.

Post consistently

Don't go days without posting. Most people say to post 1-3 times per day. I've actually been posting more than that on some days. But don't go crazy with it. You don't need 20 posts a day. It's not Twitter.

Follow the right people

Don't be afraid to follow people. Follow people in your niche, with good feeds that you actually want to look at. There will be plenty of these people. Don't just follow everyone who comments on a photo. But do look at their profiles and see if they're a good follow. Follow some big brands, and bloggers big and small.

Don't follow too many people

Just don't go crazy with the follows. It looks weird if you've got 500 followers and 5000 follows. I try to keep it within 100-ish. I unfollow people whose photos I don't like (regardless of whether they follow me).

Craft a good profile

Put a good profile together. Use a nice profile picture of your face. Describe what you do in your profile. And include a call to action to click on your link. You can change your link to be your latest blog post, or whatever you want. It doesn't always have to be your homepage.

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Figure out the best times to post

Use a tool like Iconosquare to figure out the best times to post. All times are not created equal.

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That's it. That's what I've been doing. No magic and no spam. Just quality and engagement. Try it out and let me know how it goes!

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