I started a fun Instagram project on January 1st call National Day of Nonsense (@nationaldayofnonsense). Leading up to that date, I wanted to do what I could to get my personal (@aliciahibbert) Instagram accounts up in followers throughout December. This way, when I share a future project, it’s to a larger audience.
The easiest thing you can do to bump up your followers right now is to engage via following and commenting.
I first downloaded the app “Unfollowers.” This allowed me to see who I follow, who follows me back, who just unfollowed me, etc.
First, go to the Fans area and follow back anyone that seems relevant to your content. I leave out people with all gym pics, accounts that are selling hair extensions, etc.
Then, go to the Recent Unfollowers tab and unfollow those people. They aren’t engaging with you.
Now, go to the Mutual tab. The idea is to deepen engagement with the people who you follow and who follow you back. Click on each name, which will bring up their Instagram profile. Ideally comment on – or at least like – one or two of their most recent posts.
This activity alone throughout the day brought me from about 450 followers to 635.
I then followed those new followers back right in Instagram.
You can go back to the Unfollowers App and repeat – comment on your new followers’ posts, unfollow anyone that unfollows you (some people will unfollow as soon as they get a follow back), and repeat!
Now that I’m at 638 followers, my next step is to tackle the “Don’t follow back” column.
Please let me know if you have any other tips to get your account up to 1000 followers and beyond!