9 Powerful Ways To Grow Your Instagram Followers

I am so excited to share this information with you! Because this is the way to get real Instagram followers. These methods also work on other social media platforms such as Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter. I’ve even used these methods to grow my Instagram page @Alpha.Skull so I believe this article will be very helpful for you and your business.

1. Post Viral Content

If you see a post with a high engagement like a lot of comments and likes then go ahead and post it. But you have to tag the creator of the post. And make sure to mention in your post that people should follow you for more awesome posts.

You should also ask questions on your posts like “Who is your favorite?” or “Which one do you like the most?”. Doing so, people will comment more and that will help your Instagram post go viral. You can also say that people should tag their friends on your posts. I would also recommend creating your own content. If you see a hot engaged post then make your own or similar post and publish it. That way, other accounts are more likely to post it and tag you.

2. Shoutout For Shoutout

You can find people who are doing a shoutout for shoutout by going on your Instagram and looking for hashtags like #s4s #s4shoutout #shoutout or similar hashtags. Then click on their story to see if they are linking to other people’s Instagram. If they do, they are more likely to do a shoutout for shoutout.

However, if you are approaching them and your account only has 100 followers or less then it’s (most likely) not going to work. But you can give other value like asking if you can like and comment on all their posts in exchange for a shoutout.

3. Build Engagement Groups With Big Accounts

Why do you want to build engagement groups with big accounts?

If Instagram sees that your posts are getting comments and likes from big accounts then your posts are more likely to get featured. You’re going to increase your organic reach. And get your posts into the top posts section. And we all know what happens when we reach these things right? More likes & comments and more followers!

In the beginning, you may not have a lot of followers (you need lots of followers to join engagement groups) however, what you can do is connect big IG pages with each other. Just look for pages with 10K followers or more and mention that you are building an engagement group with big accounts and ask them if they want to join you. You should have at least 5 people in your group. And you can, of course, build multiple groups!

4. Use Hashtags Properly

Do not use the same hashtags on all your Instagram posts. Mix it up. Be creative. And use hashtags that are related to your posts. You should choose hashtags with 300K (or less) posts, doing so you will have a better chance of ranking than choosing hashtags with one million posts. Sometimes you can rank for the bigger hashtags but it’s better to start with the smaller ones and gain followers, then going for the big ones.

5. Post Daily

Posting one or two times is enough. If you want to post more then go ahead and do that. Posting at the right time is very important as well. You need to know what time your followers are the most active. By posting at the right time when your followers are the most active you are going to get lots of likes and comments a lot faster.

If you have a post on Instagram that is getting tons of likes and comments in the first 20 minutes, then it’s more likely that the post will reach organic traffic and rank high for hashtags.

6. Be Active

Be active on Instagram. One hour or more every day is enough. You should also follow 10-15 accounts related to your niche so you can like and comment on their posts. You can see how long you have been active if you go to your Instagram profile, click on the three lines at the top, and then click on your activity.

7. Instagram SEO

The Instagram SEO is another powerful way to grow your page naturally. People can now find your account on Instagram and Google. This is how to do it.

Your Username.

Words on your Instagram name are searchable. Look what we get up when we search for the word “Cats”

See? People with the keyword “cats” appear on the search results.

Your Instagram Name.

This is your Instagram bio.

This will also help to rank your page/account on Instagram. Let’s look at the first screenshot again.

See? People are using the word “cats” on their Instagram bio to rank on the search results. And this is what you should do as well. Use keywords related to your business/brand in your Instagram name.

ALT Texts

People can now see your Instagram photos on search pages like Google and Bing. If someone is searching for “Funny Cat Toys” or “Funny Cats Christmas Photos” on Google or Bing your Instagram photos are likely to appear!

This is how to add ALT text

Upload a new photo.

On the Instagram caption page, press ‘advanced settings’

At the bottom, click on “write alt text” use the 100 characters to describe what is in your photo.

You can even add alt text on your old posts by:

  • Select the photo you want to add ALT text to.
  • At the top of your post. Press on the 3 dots.
  • Click “edit”
  • Press “Edit ALT Text”
  • Write your ALT text.

8. Link Your Instagram Account

Link your Instagram account to other social media like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr. You can even have other websites link your Instagram if you search for your niche. Example. I’m in the goth niche. So I might go to Google and search for “Top Goth Instagram” If your niche is travel then you might search for “Top Travel Instagram” and ask if they want to feature your account. Some of them will do it for a small fee and others will do it for free.

9. Instagram Stories

Instagram stories are growing and people love watching stories instead of scrolling through their feeds. You should post quality content here aswell. Be creative. Use polls. Ask questions. Have a giveaway. Use gifs and music. Use different filters and boomerang

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