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How to Grow Your Instagram Following Without Buying Followers

With over 200 million members, north of 60 million messages and about 1.6 billion likes happening daily, Instagram is easily one of the forces to reckon with in social media. Still, thats not a reason to buy followers, which are really no more than dead weight. The only thing that works is authenticity and that means real human interacting followers. Besides, youll never know when the networks next crackdown will be.

In other words, yes, you can increase your Instagram following without being a fake, and you can start with these tips below:

1. Announce your dedicated hashtag.

You cant just wait for people to find your dedicated hashtag. You should take it to them. Announce it in all possible places – your Instagram, flyers, even on your receipts and your shop signage, and the rest. If possible, have it mentioned on the radio and TV too. Combine your online and offline campaigns by making sure it’s found on your website, other social profiles, and email blasts.

2. Create unforgettable hashtags.

In terms of Instagram captions, dont get stuck with single-word, obvious hashtags. You can be funny, ironic, odd, but never be boring.

3. Hop into the bandwagon of popular conversations.

For each post, combine topically relevant hashtags like #meatcrafting for a meat shop, for instance, with trending, ultra-popular hashtags each time you can. Those very specific hashtags work pretty much the same way as long-tail keywords in that you can say exactly as you wish and be able to reach the people youre mainly targeting for your campaign. Simultaneously, general hashtags like #cocktails or #giveaways will get you out to a bigger world. Both are important.

5. Ace your bio.

Your bio is what mainly holds your Instagram page together. But theres no need to make it age or link it to your website forever. Play with it at least once weekly (but keep the actual message), and link it to your freshest or hottest content.

5. Be descriptive with your captions.

They say a picture paints a thousand words, but maybe not when in social media. To get more engagement, accompany your pictures with a story. People may adore your photos, but sometimes, you need to talk to them first before they respond.

6. Develop a definitive look.

We were all designed with an urge to fit in, but if you want to succeed Instagramming, you have to shine. Develop some kind of unique look in your pictures such that when they appear in peoples newsfeed, they will automatically know that theyre yours. Its how you make a mark on Instagram, not buying followers.

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