Oh I follow, I follow you..

Of course you’d want your Instagram account to grow in number of followers. Chances are – you haven’t tried this.

Let’s assume you already established an Instagram account, you post and engage regularly with your followers. You’re active, you reply to comments and tag your pictures.

Anyways, even so, people are not following you back as much as you’d want to.

There are some things that aren’t so welcome on Instagram, although they’re rather common maybe for some other social media, and these are the things to avoid.

  1. Don’t post and disappear — Instagrammers are photography lovers and they wish to communicate about almost anything that relates to photography — models in the photo, style of photography, editing process, cameras, locations where photo was taken and so on. If you post and then disappear, meaning if you don’t reply or say thank you to all the compliments you receive, people won’t follow you gladly, or even if they do, chances are they’ll unfollow soon.
  2. Never forget the tags — when you post, you usually tag your photos to certain tags. You choose the tags according to the style of your photos and that’s more than well. Things don’t stop here. When you post and tag your pics, It’s exactly the right time to go through those tags and give some likes to the shots of other photographers that tagged their pic to the same tags as you did. Follow4follow on Instagram is not so popular but when you give love in numerous likes, expect some love in return :) While giving likes (to what you really and honestly like, not to everything and anything), why wouldn’t you leave a kind comment too, to the pics you find amazing. That way you’d meet someone new, find new photographers to follow and get followers who really like you — as an artist and as a person. Those are the people you want to have among your followers.
  3. See who’s online— now this is a trick :) That works. That I figured out. And is proven. Go through your newsfeed, find someone (or a hub) who you really like and admire but who just posted a photo. People who liked that photo are those who are online (on Instagram) at the time when you need them. Visit their feeds, scan it and like few of their pics and leave the comment on one or more that you really like. I won’t exaggerate, but return on investment here :)) is huge. Approx more than half of those accounts followed me every time I would do this exercise.

Your work, your gallery is a reflection of who you are. Your behavior on Instagram is also a reflection of who you are. Instagram community always rewards love, talent, kindness and positivity.

Yours,

MM