Want to know how to get Instagram followers for FREE? Long gone are the days of buying followers or using bots to grow your account. In fact, now the app is so smart it recognizes this activity and will actually hide your post from potential new followers. So, if you’re looking for a shortcut, the bad news is there isn’t one. However, the good news is there are still tons of things you can do for free to grow your Instagram following.
5 Tips For Growing Your Following On Instagram For Free
#1 Follow Users In Your Target Market
When you do this, there is a good chance they will check out your profile and if they like it, they will follow you back. It is best to follow a mix of other brands in your niche and regular users. Following other brands can give you ideas about what content to post and what content to avoid. While following regular users can give you potential new clients.
#2 Use The Right Hashtags
Hashtags are how people search for posts on Instagram. Users can also follow hashtags on Instagram so, using the right ones could mean your content will appear in their main feed. However, using an overly saturated hashtag will mean that your content will get buried under other user’s posts while using a hashtag that isn’t relevant to your post will get you overlooked. The best hashtag strategy is to use hashtags that relate to your post and are used by thousands of people, not millions.
#3 Like Photos
Think of liking someone’s post on Instagram as the equivalent of smiling at someone in public. This is a simple and easy way you can get someone’s attention. When you like a photo the account gets a notification and, most of the time, will visit your profile to see who you are. When looking for photos to like, stick to personal accounts as liking bigger influencer accounts may not get you noticed.
#4 Comment On Photos
This follows the same logic as liking a photo. However, if your comment is well thought out, you may find that others will see your comments and may check out your profile if they find what you say thoughtful or intriguing. Make sure when you are commenting on a photo that you stay away from comments like “Awesome” or “Nice Pic” as these make you look like a bot account. You can also comment on other’s comments on a photo. For example, big brands might not have the time to comment on all their photo’s comments, but you can. Look for comments on other photos that you can engage with.
#5 Tag Other Accounts
Did you know that there were accounts on Instagram that just feature other people’s content? These feature accounts need content so tagging them in your post can mean you can get shared on their account exposing you to more followers. This also works with other brands as well. Tons of brands use other users’ pictures to provide social proof of what others think of their product. When posting your photos, tag any brands featured in the photo as well as a few relevant feature accounts.
Pro Tip: This works with Instagram stories as well so make sure you tag brands in them too.
How To Get Instagram Followers For Free
While posting to your Instagram feed every day is an important step to grow your following, using these tips is even more important. At first, when you are starting out, creating content for your account every day might be something that you just can’t do. Try to commit to at least 3 posts a week but make sure you are engaging with the app every day. Spend at least 15-30 minutes everyday liking and commenting on other’s photos and you will find that your following will grow despite you not posting daily.
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