How to get more real Instagram followers and likes for your business or personal account. 5 simple tips and tricks that actually work in 2018.
1. Check Your Following and Followers Ratio
People will be more likely to follow you if your number of followers is larger than the number of people you follow.
For example, if you have 1500 followers but are following 4500 accounts, people may think you are a spam or bot account and won’t follow you. And vice versa, if you are following just a few people, or nobody at all, people may think you are a snob and won’t follow you.
It’s best to be following at least 100-200 people.
2. Use Optimized Hashtags
Don’t use any overused hashtags like “love”, “sunset” etc. because your photo will get buried in Instagram feed in seconds.
It’s best to make a list of at least 90 highly optimized hashtags related to your niche.
Why 90? Because if you use the same hashtags on every photo, you may get ghost banned (your photos won't appear in hashtag search), so by having a list of 90 hashtags, you will be able to rotate them, so they don't repeat.
Usually, the most effective are hashtags that have more than 3k posts but less than 500k posts.
To see the effectiveness of the hashtag, you can also check other people’s posts under that hashtag. If they don’t get many likes/comments, then probably the hashtag is not very effective (but it also depends on photos).
3. Use Hashtags of Feature Accounts
There are many feature accounts, niche communities and hubs on Instagram that are looking for new interesting content daily.
Usually, for a chance to get featured you just need to follow them and use their hashtag. To maximize your chances, choose communities that consistently post at least 1-2 times per day.
Check out: List of the Best Instagram Feature Accounts »
4. Always Add Location to Photos
For the maximum exposure, it’s good to add location to your Instagram posts.
Location works in a similar way to hashtags. If you search on Instagram, for example “Times Square, New York City”, you will notice, that there is also latest posts feed, and 9 top posts.
Adding a location is a good extra way to increase exposure of your account.
5. Secret Tip! Like Pet Photos
If you want to get more real likes and followers, it’s a good idea to go to the Instagram’s cutest area (example: #bestcataward #topcatphoto etc.) and like the latest pictures.
This audience is usually very responsive and will most likely visit your profile and like your photos back.
I hope these tips will help you to grow your Instagram account! 🙂