I personally don’t think there’s any easy way to gain organic followers on Instagram. So, In stead of spending time on thinking about easiest ways, It might be a good idea to start deploying your skill set right today!
I have been testing several tools for last 2 years. I figured that Instagram understands nothing but everything. It understands your activity so well that you have to know how human functions. For example, you can’t just create an account and follow 500 users in an hour. Simply because a just launched Instagram account is less likely to have 500 connections. Simple. right?? It depends on how simple you remain throughout the process. Keeping that in mind, you require some basic understanding of human nature and the way they function. Meantime, the hunger for success and a ‘can do’ attitude is a must. You need to make sure you are absolutely hungry for success and ready to go through any challenge at any cost.
Identify your #hashtags
Hashtags are truly the driving force of Instagram growth. It’s one of the absolute ways of driving organic traffic to your Instagram account. All you need to ensure that you have the right collection of hashtags. Finding the right collection of hashtags requires a little research to be honest. I found that you can find them once you have found your competitors. Your competitors are the accounts who are already working in your industry and have extensive knowledge of what they are doing. It makes sense that they are using the relevant collection of hashtags. As you can see it’s not really a hard nut to crack. To make it easy for you to understand,
let’s assume you are a Breastfeeding advocate who Invokes the entrepreneurial spirit in moms. Keeping that in mind, your suitable hashtags could be anything related to #mom, #motherhood, #lifestyle, #mommyblogger, #healthyeats, #pregnantstyle, #breastfeeding etc.
Now that you found your preferred hashtags, you can get to work right away by collecting users who are either using those hashtags or engaging with it by either liking or commenting on an image or video with similar hashtags. However, as you know, not all the users who are liking/commenting on particular hashtags are important. Say, for example, You want to collect users who are engaging with #mom. You know it’s a widely used hashtag and not all of them who are using this hashtags or engaging with this hashtags are equally important. That’s the little challenge you need to focus on. Do your math! On the other hand, #breastfeeding is a well-directed hashtag and it might be a good idea to engage with it.
Target other accounts
Instagram users are the center of Instagram without any doubt. However, there are millions of them and you don’t simply have the time to engage with all of them. But you can narrow your list down by working on your competitors/influencers. For example, let’s assume you are a Breastfeeding advocate and extremely determined to find out your competitors. Here’s the challenge and you can fix it by doing another simple survey directed towards finding your competitors. One of the best ways of doing it is to look up your memory and check if you know any account working in your industry. If there’s nothing! simply use online search engines.
Now that you know your competitors, you may start targeting them. It works very well for plenty of reasons. Your competitors are the accounts who are working in the same industry, using your type of hashtags and moreover they are collecting the most relevant followers of your interest. You can apply the same common sense and techniques that you have used while collecting users from hashtags.
Unfollow who don’t follow you back
You don’t want to end up following a huge number of users. I think it’s because the more you follow the less attractive you look. You want to look popular. So it’s vital that you unfollow people who are not following you back and do it consistently.
There is, in fact, no rule of thumb on the ratio between Followers and Following. It’s completely up to you! However, it’s wise to maintain a reasonable gap between the ratio so it looks attractive and admirable. For example, it’s quite OK that you Follow 2k while you have 7k Following you. But like I said, there is no rule of thumb. Same time it’s understandable that it will be difficult to maintain good ratio initially. So don’t worry about the ratio until you gain a minimum of 5k followers.
You don’t want to comment saying “nice pic” on an image that is about ‘peter holding his dead cat’. So, don’t use comment feature if you are in doubt. However, there are also some comments that have proven effective time after time. They not only sound real but also trigger quick engagement.
You may question why you have to be consistent when there’s a tool doing everything on your half. Why can’t you simply configure it and let it function? The answer is simple. With the help of automation, you are practically ordering a tool to do everything for you at a fixed interval rate. For example, How many followers do you want to follow in an hour? This should make you realize the importance of changing the fixed interval rate into a variable. The basic way to handle this is to change the rate once in a while so you don’t get caught in the process. The more you review the process the better you know how your setting is performing. This can be significant as it allows you to understand the algorithm eventually. Say for example, Do you know how many users you can follow per day? It’s a matter of great disputes and many would give you different ideas. But I say you don’t worry about it, in stead, you focus on following 200/day initially and raise the rate a little more after a couple of weeks and see if Instagram notifies suspicious behavior. If not, you can raise it a few more.. and who knows, may be one day you will be able to follow 800/day.