5 Easy Ways To Become #Instapopular
Instagram is definitely one of the most popular social media platforms today and it surely doesn’t need an introduction. This app is a great way to showcase just about anything you want via photos. The whole point of being part of the Insta community is to have people liking your photos or followers seeing them. But have you been stuck with a small number for far too long? Here are five easy ways to become Insta-famous!
1. Post At The Right Time
It’s all about the timing! On Instagram, a photo typically lasts only four hours before it gets buried in the news feed and goes away. So the point is to upload your picture when your followers are most active, which is either in the mornings or early evening. The worst time to upload a picture would be late at night. According to social media analytic tool Simply Measured, the best time to post your photo is on a Wednesday, between 5pm and 6pm.
2. Comment On Others’ Photos & Reply To Those Who Comment On Yours
Once you start following people, make sure you like and leave a comment on their pictures. This will make sure they take notice of you and gradually even earn you a steady stream of new followers. It’s also important to interact with your followers; each time someone leaves a comment (especially if it’s someone whose interests are similar to yours), reply to them. Interacting with your followers will also lead to new followers. You could also ask a question when you upload a picture as this will lead to replies, which in turn means more networking with your followers and other Instagram users. The more engagement you have, the more your exposure; and the more you’re likely to get noticed and increase your Instagram followers.
3. Use The Right Hashtags
The key is to use the most popular and relevant hashtags for your pictures. By using the top trending hashtags, you’re more likely to gain visibility and likes for your photos, which will lead to more interaction with other Instagrammers with similar interests. Use hashtags that are applicable to your photo. Some of the most popular hashtags to use on Instagram are:
#love, #instagood, #me, #tbt (throwbackthursdays), #cute, #photooftheday, #instamood, #beautiful, #picoftheday, #igers, #instadaily, #iphonesia, #follow, #happy, #summer, #bestoftheday, #iphoneonly, #igdaily, #fashion, #nofilter, #followme, #fun, #foodporn, #smile, #like, #pretty, #sun, #food, #instagrammers, #friends, #cool.
But remember to not clutter your photos with hashtags; going nuts just to gain followers can make your photos spam and you look desperate.
4. Show Some Personality, Fill Out Your Bio
This is an often overlooked part, but is very important. Fill out your bio using key but fun words describing yourself and what you do. You could hashtag it if you want or add web links about your work, but don’t include words like #follow and #followme as this may come across as too needy. People should follow you seeing your photos and information, not by your fervent pleas.
5. Filters Matter
One of the things that made Instagram so popular is the option of adding a filter to your photo. Filters give photos a distinctive sense of beauty, fitting in with the mood you want to portray, making them visually appealing. They also alter the colours of your photo, giving it a real feel and making it more likely for people to engage and like your photo as everyone wants to see beautiful pictures. Also, if another Instagrammer sees your account, exclusive and striking pictures make it more attractive and interesting. If the picture looks great even without a filter, however, use the hashtag #no filter.
Instagram is a big community, not a competition, so the point is to be part of it. Post often, but don’t plonk all your photos at one time. This will flood your followers’ feeds, which may lead to them skipping your posts altogether. If you have many pictures to upload, space them out and share over several days. You’d rather put two really striking pictures a day than upload everything you click all at once. Be unique, appealing, interactive and interesting and you’re sure to have a bunch of followers!
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