For readers who are new to Instagram. It is a photo sharing application for Android and iPhone which allows you to take pictures from within the app or choose a picture from your photo library, apply an effect filter to this photo and upload it to the Instagram server. During the upload process, you can choose to share the photo and the accompanying comments on Facebook, Twitter, Email, Foursquare and many other social media platforms.
1. Only Post Your Best Photos!
If you are starting out on a brand new Instagram account, dedicate time to put together 10 to 20 photos that you are really pleased with as your base portfolio. These photos should catch the attention of instagrammers and set you on your path with some decent followers.
2. Stop Spamming Us!
Even if you have selected 10 – 20 photos that you will like to start your portfolio with, you should not post it up as a chunk. Spread them over a few days so as not to spam users who are already following you with tons of images.
3. Spread Your Love Out
Once you have picked your 2 – 4 photos for the day, do not post them out all at once during your lunch break.
Remember the Instagram community is a global community so the busiest time of day for American followers will certainly not be the busiest time of day for Asian users.
So try to spread your postings out by at least 2 hours apart. After staggering your postings for sometime, you will begin to know your followers Instagram habits.
4. Don’t Post When Followers Are Sleeping…
If you post during the most active times of day, you are more likely to get a lot of likes & comments in a short amount of time. That appears to be what it takes to push your photo onto the popular page – a lot of “likes” in a short period of time!
5. Be a Tag Whore
Tagging your photo with a hashtag will have it placed with other photos with the same tag. That will help instagrammers to find related photos easily.
There are a lot of popular tags that will help you get noticed. The more tags you place on your photo, the more places it gets to appear in. I have consolidated a convenient list of tags for you to use on almost any photo:
#jj #instagramhub #instagrammers #iphoneonly #iphoneartists #instagood #bestoftheday #instamood #picoftheday #cute #igdaily #instadaily #art #webstagram #beautiful #pretty #statigram #instago #inkstagram #instafamous
6. Geo – Tag Your Photos
Instagram offers users the opportunity to geo-tag where the photo was taken.
When you tag a location, other instagrammers who are close geographically or visited the same location at a later date will be able to view your photos. Chances are they will want to keep updated with what you’re doing hence resulting in a follow.
7. Sell Your Account
The fastest & easiest way to get more followers is to communicate your Instagram Account to your existing social media base.
Post, tweet or blog about your Instagram so that followers can check out your photos and start following you.
I personally use Instapress to showcase my latest Instagram photos on my blog.
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8. Start Following People!
Following other people is one of the best ways to get followers. The people you follow will start noticing you and check you out.
I tend to only follow people who have really good images or who have taken the time to interact with me & my followers through meaningful comments.
9. Leave Meaningful Feedback and Comments.
Comments like ‘Nice’, ‘Cute’ or ‘Cool!’ are always welcomed but they are not going to help you get noticed.
Instead leave comments that requires replies like ‘Loved the scenery, where did you snap that?’ or ‘Stunning, which effect filter did you use to achieve that?’. Most instagrammers will take the time to answer and it is likely that they will visit your portfolio. If your images are good, chances of them becoming your followers are high.
10. Be Active to the Right Audience!
Avoid spending too much time at the Popular page. If they have made it to the popular page they are probably well established and are less likely to check out your portfolio or follow you.
There are many “micro communities” within Instagram. One of the most popular one is the @joshjohnson #JJ community. It comprises of other people just like you, eager to find new followers and folks to follow. Tag all your photos with #JJ hastag and follow @joshjohnson’s “123 rule” which is: For every 1 photo you post, comment on 2 others, and like 3 more.
You should also stay connected with your existing followers. Watch your feed, ‘Like’ photos from those you are following, leave meaningful feedback and thank people who have left comments on your photos.
By the way, follow me @unusualfocus on Instagram too! 😉