If you are a passionate photographer like me, or if you even have a slight interest in sharing pictures and getting likes on your photos, then Instagram is for you! In this post I want to show you step by step on how to gain followers on Instagram within the first week (I personally gained 300+ followers within 7 days). More importantly, I’ll share with you how Instagram fulfill your photography passion no matter how busy you are in life.
For those of you who are not familiar with Instagram, it is an online photo & video sharing app that allows you to connect people around the world. You can showcase your pictures by hash tagging you photo (which is putting # in front of a word). This allows people to find your pictures in this category and you can explore other people’s picture in the same way.
And one last thing before we get started. I want to say that 300+ Instagram followers within a week may not be many compare to other social media gurus. However, my intention is to fulfill your passion in photography in a photo-sharing platform that is easy to learn so I truly believe 300+ followers a week is a lot to get started with. Having said that, I am going to break up 2 sections of this post. In part 1 I am going to show you the exact steps I took to get up to 300+ followers within 7 days. Then in part 2 I’m going to share with you some tips that I am currently using to maintain and connect with my followers.
So here are my exact steps:
1) Open an Instagram account
This step is quite self-explanatory. You can register with Facebook or with your email. I used my email to sign up because I don’t want Facebook to share this to all my friends just yet. Create a username that is meaningful and easy to remember. If your name is already take try using symbols.
2) Upload 3-5 pictures on your first day
Uploaded 3-5 pictures the first day after you signed up Instagram. Once you gone through all the camera filter steps you’ll get to a screen where you can write captions. Leave that blank for now.
3) Follow people in your niche
The next thing you should do is to follow people with similar interest. If you like photography, follow other photographers. It is also wise to set a theme of your Instagram album. For example, if you like macro photography then have all pictures about macro photography instead of portrait, landscape or sports photography all mixed in. Follow about 100 people on your first day with Instagram.
4) Download tags for likes
Ok now onto the most important step. Download an app called “tags for likes”. This app allows you to get the most popular hashtags in a particular category. For example, if I choose photography I’ll get a list of the current most popular hashtags in photography right now on Instagram.
In the tags for likes app, select “popular” from the home menu then choose “most popular”. Select “copy tags” then go back to Instagram and add the tags to our picture as caption.
5) Copy tags from other categories
You should start seeing likes straight away. After 15 minutes, redo step 4 above and do the same for “2nd popular” “3rd popular”, “photography”, “art”, and “Instagram”. Replace the hashtags with the new ones.
6) Like other people’s pictures
One of the most important thing you have to do is to like other people’s picture on Instagram. This allows Instagram to know you are an active user. Start liking your followers pictures then use the explore view to search for people with similar niche and like their pictures as well. You can also search popular hashtags and like pictures in a categories you’re interested in. Some of the most viewable hashtags are #love #boy and #girl. Those hashtags have many people posting random pictures so be tactical and only like pictures that are related to your theme.
7) Comment on other people’s picture
Oh don’t forget to comment on other people’s picture as well. This is one of the fastest way to build up your audience on Instagram. People get notifications when they received messages and they will be likely to visit your profile and follow you afterward.
8) Redo the above steps until day 7
If you follow step 2 to 7 for the rest of the week, you should be able to get to 300+ followers by the 7th day. Below is my Instagram account after 7 days. I got 366 followers! Note that I didn’t notice the importance of following other people in the first 2 days so I only followed about 500 people.
Well, you may be wondering why am I telling you to focus on how to gain followers on Instagram instead of improving your photography skills. Here is my point of view:
2) The more followers you have the more expectation you will set for yourself (generally speaking). You will also take pictures more often and more seriously so they can be reach to your audience.
3) There are contests to enter on Instagram to test your photography skills.
4) You can connect with other people with similar interest. You will gain valuable experience by sharing photography knowledge to each other (That’s something you cannot find by reading books).
What are your steps to gain followers on Instagram? Share you experience below!