Today I’m going to tell you how you can become famous on Instagram from scratch.
This isn’t one of those crappy posts that tells you to use hashtags and good photos. We all know that by now.
Instead, I’m going to list my proven methodology step by step.
I have used these steps over and over again to create countless profiles that have huge followings for all sorts of clients in different niches.
Some of it wont be pretty, but it works.
- 1 Create an attractive profile
- 2 Get active
- 3 Buy a few followers
- 4 Option 1: Get Social Envy
- 5 Option 2: Get Follow Adder
- 6 Setup and register Follow Adder
- 7 Schedule a post every day
- 8 Snipe followers from similar accounts
- 9 Like and Like-back large amounts of photos
- 10 Watch the results roll in
- 11 Have your say
Create an attractive profile
This goes without saying, but you need to create your account and fill out your profile completely.
Look at other accounts in your niche to see what they do well. Don’t copy them directly but definitely look to them for some inspiration.
Make sure you choose a username which is memorable, for example:
- MyName1975 isn’t a good username
- CoolestCars is a bit better
Make sure you’re only using HIGH-quality photos and videos. There’s plenty of guides on this out there so I won’t cover this in detail as it goes outside the scope of this article – however, I can recommend the Adobe Lightroom app as being both lightweight and brilliant for editing photos. If you’re not sure if your photo is good enough to post – then don’t post it!
Now you have an account, you need to get some meat on it. No one is going to follow you if you have 2 posts. Aim to publish 30+ photos over a 4 week period and include captions that are 2-3 sentences in length – enough to get attention but not so long that it becomes a chore.
Over these first few weeks, you can start following people. Follow some influential people in your niche and perhaps a few fans too, but don’t go crazy on this. Your following should always be WAY less than your followers count. Otherwise, you just look unpopular.
Buy a few followers
I did just say that.
In the past I have said never to do this. Actually, I would like to redact that as I have found that there is one perfect time to do this – and only one.
You see people don’t like to follow accounts with very few followers. So after a few weeks, it’s a good idea to buy 250 followers at a time to give your account a “jump start”. You’ll get zero engagement from these followers of course – but that’s not the goal.
It’s extremely important you only buy 250-500 followers at a time and space them out a week or so at a time. If you go in and buy 50,000 followers, guess who is getting banned from Instagram? Yep – you!
The goal is to coerce real people to follow you, which is what this will do. Once you have 1000-2000 followers you can stop doing this. Let’s face it, fake followers are pretty tacky anyway and the only reason we are doing this is to get real people to follow you.
Obviously, you can forego this step, but prepare to spend several more weeks getting these initial followers the hard way.
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For the next steps, you have a couple of options depending on your budget.
Option 1: Get Social Envy
I strongly recommend this option.
This is where the fun really starts, and subscribing to the Social Envy service is necessary for your account to really take off.
Social Envy is an experienced team who will grow your account organically based on your input.
Option 2: Get Follow Adder
If you’re on a budget, then Follow Adder in the next best thing, but requires more confirguration.
The good thing is this Instagram automation software is relatively inexpensive and is easily the best money you’re going to spend whilst marketing yourself or your brand on Instagram. You may have heard of Instagress – which was pretty infamous before – well Follow Adder is a newer and safer alternative.
If you skip this, then I’m sorry my friend, but your results will be lackluster at best. This is the difference between the brands with 3000 followers and 100,000. I’m not exaggerating.
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Setup and register Follow Adder
I’m writing a guide for this right now, as soon as it’s ready I will post it and update this article – but for now you can get some pretty good info from the Follow Adder help section.
Schedule a post every day
Yes, every single day.
Research has shown that daily Instagram posts are necessary to keep your followers engaged to the highest level.
You can use Follow Adder to schedule your posts for you. So you can set this all up a week or month in advance and forget about it.
Do some research to find out the best time to post. Generally, the best time is evenings between 7pm and 9pm as that’s when most people have spare time to browse Instagram. HOWEVER this can vary depending on your geo-location and niche, so make sure you do a bit of research and perhaps some A/B testing here.
Snipe followers from similar accounts
Use Follow Adder to target followers from similar accounts.
Put the account username that you want to emulate in to Follow Adder like so:
Follow Adder will then begin targeting their followers and follow them, which will encourage them to follow you back.
Like and Like-back large amounts of photos
Again, Follow Adder takes the hard work out of this with precision targeting via hashtags and locations.
Build a list
Tip: Use the same hashtags and locations you put on your own Instagram photos and videos.
Like upto 1000 photos per day
“Like back” upto 1000 photos per day
Watch the results roll in
If you have awesome photos and a cool niche there’s no reason why you can’t build a viral Instagram account in a few months with these steps.
I have done it for many of my clients now, some of those accounts now have over 400,000 followers.
I just follow this same process every time – rinse & repeat.
Have your say
If you have a question about my methods then please comment below and I’ll help you if I can 🙂