First of all, I am not an Instagram expert, therefore this article is just based on my experience. I do not have a lot of followers, but with the numbers I have gained so far, I am really satisfied with the progress I have made. Here are some of my effective tips how to gain the followers on Instagram without buying followers. FYI, this is not the ultimate goal when we can get 500 followers in a day. This is a gradual process with the effective fan base.
This is the most important rule we have to consider before posting anything. If you are not serious about this platform, then forget about this, but if you have used it in order to make money, the photo quality is the first and foremost importance. Some say creating the Instagram as a theme, but I would say it is better to make it as we like. The theme is not just about the same colors throughout the platform, because it can be the story we are trying to tell too. I do not really use the Photoshop to change or adapt the colours in each picture, so I try to make it as a whole similar theme which goes along. The Equinox Fashion Instagram consists of black, white, and grey, I can't make all of the pictures go in the same tone, so I have tried to develop it another way round.
ANALYSE THE TRAFFIC (POSTING TIME)
Posting in the right time results in a great feedback! I used to use Iconosquare (when it offered a free service) to analyse my platform. I really loved it actually, because it showed everything we needed to know, such as the engagement from other users, popular contents, etc. However, it is all up to the individual account, though my prime time is in P.M. not in the morning. Overall, I used the app to evaluate my channel, and use it only as a guideline because sometimes I didn't get the best result as it suggested.
CONNECT WITH OTHER USERS
Likes & comments back are the great way to engage with other Instagrammers. I feel like the more I comment on others' photos, the more I can reach them. I know it sounds weird like you don't know me, I don't know you, it just looks weird to comment on stranger's photos. In fact, I don't think it is weird because it shows that we have the similar interest such as fashion, photography, etc. Apart from connecting with you guys on The Equinox Fashion blog, it is also fun to interact with others on that online platform as well.
FOLLOW THEN UNFOLLOW
Have you ever noticed when people follow you, then unfollow in the next 2 or 3 days? Yep, I have. Not even surprise, a lot of people do that. It is not the right method at all (more like annoying). It is no use if we concern the numbers of the followers too much. In fact, people are not stupid.
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