How to Grow Your Instagram Followers: 3 Things The “Experts” Won’t Tell You

Have you ever searched the web for “how to get more followers on Instagram” and been disappointed because all of the articles you read seem to suggest the same things? And then you implement those things and discover that they don’t really work all that well?

That’s because anyone who’s smart or considers themselves an expert on a subject is not just going to give away super-helpful information for free. They’re going to lure you in with shallow content that doesn’t really help you, and then upsell you on the really good stuff, which might actually get you a decent following … for a time … until you have to buy another course from them. (The goal is to always get you to spend more, right? Smart marketers know this and capitalize on it.)

If you really want to get more followers on Instagram, you need to do the things that no one is telling you to do. Dig deep into the stash of secrets that most experts are keeping in their closets and use those. If you do what everyone else is doing, you’re going to get the same results as everyone else. And most people are not getting results.

We’ve got some good news for you: we know a few of their secrets and we’re going to share them with you here, absolutely free.

That’s right. No charge for this super-helpful info. We’re even going to save you money by telling you about some awesome, cheap tools that have helped us grow our follower base on Insta. And we’re also not going to ask you to give away your email or sign up for anything in return. All we ask is that you share this post with everyone you know so that word gets out about our blog and we can grow our audience.

Yes, we have ulterior motives. But those motives don’t involve you giving out your info or cash. We genuinely hope you find this information so helpful that you’ll want to share it with everyone you know! So here goes…

#1. You can’t just “post everyday” and hope the followers will come.

Most of the experts will tell you to “build it and they will come.” And building it means posting to your account every day, using relevant hashtags, and hoping you’ll get found. But that’s not necessarily the case, especially since Instagram’s recent algorithm change.

Unfortunately, you’ve gotta pay to play if you want to get somewhere fast. The good news is, you don’t have to spend a fortune. Instagram’s advertising platform is still relatively low-cost. Also, there are tools out there to help you engage with potential followers more to grow your base. Which brings us to point #2.

#2. Using auto-like tools can be very lucrative.

Experts will usually tell you to avoid software that goes into Instagram and automatically likes posts from other people that use certain hashtags. They’ll say it’s “risky” and that you won’t be able to build a genuine following that way.

But we’re here to let you know that’s just not true! If you do it well, auto-liking can save you tons of time and energy, help you engage with potential followers, and grow your following significantly. One of our favorite tools is Robolike. We use it auto like other users’ posts that are tagged with certain words and phrases, and it works like a charm. In just over a year, we grew our following from 50 to over 9K.

Just don’t be spammy about it and you’ll be fine. We never recommend auto-commenting tools, as those can be difficult to regulate. But you could hire a VA on Upwork to go in and leave relevant comments for you for relatively cheap if you have the extra budget. Leaving comments manually using tools like iconosquare (which is also great for instagram analytics) can definitely help to boost your following, because it’s even more engaging that simply liking other posts with relevant hashtags. But it does take some time and effort on your part (or on the part of your VA!)

3. You don’t need a $1,500 camera!

The rule of thirds, good lighting, and a smartphone go a long way these days. Especially since the newer smartphones are equipped to produce images that are comparable to what you could get with a DSLR. So-called experts will try to get you to spend money on an expensive camera that’s just not practical. We’ve taken quite a few professional-quality photos with our iPhones that have received compliments from people inquiring what kind of camera we use. Who wants to carry around a big, bulky Nikon anyway?

Again, we hope you find this post helpful. And we’re sure that if you implement the above suggestions (especially the tools mentioned in #2), you’ll start to see some great results. Give it a try and let us know your results in the comments below!

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