Instagram, is like a boyfriend that just isn’t working out. The whole thing about the Algorithms and having to stick to a theme on your account and how to engage more people to your account, is like Deal or No Deal. You can post a photo within seconds ago, but everyone can see the photo you posted 22 hours ago. For you to see peoples latest posts, you have to use the option ‘Turn on Post Notifications’.
Instagram use to be so basic and different to the other social media accounts, that now Facebook have taken they’ve decided to make it to a whole lot harder for businesses and us bloggers (big or small). They have now the option of promoting your accounts! You have to PAY for people to see more of your photos, and for them to pop up in places. I mean, who would think of there’s @taylorjanenicole photo and she’s a blogger and this is sponsored.. I’ll follow her! NO. It just wouldn’t happen. They want you to pay out of your pocket to try and do something they totally fucked up in the first place. Also you get the people who PAY for followers on apps. You can actually pay for people to follow you. Are they there to stay once followed you? I couldn’t answer that question, but I couldn’t imagine so. You can have twenty people follow you throughout the day, but wake up with less followers than you started off with before they followed you in the first place.
You do get them bloggers, people, businesses/brands that follow you and unfollow you religiously. BOG OFF! I hate hate hate it when there’s someone who pointlessly does this. I AM NOT GOING TO FOLLOW YOU BACK. I mean come onto my account, like some of photos but not photos that I did back in June 2015. Seriously?
How about we all come together and decided how to kick ass this Instagram crap? There’s so many of us that are involved in these Instapods – but how long until they go and screw us over again?
Be Active. You cannot expect to start up a blog or an Instagram page and assume every Tom, Dick and Harry to follow you and like your photos. You need to be active. You need to follow other accounts, preferably accounts that have the same interests as yours. You can’t suspect someone that’s into football to follow you account about beauty. N O T G O I N G T O W O R K. Follow, like, comment on people’s photos. If you repeatedly comment on photos to people who relate to yours, and that has a lot of interaction – possibly, just possibly people might click onto your account. There’s always a possibility? Just don’t be annoying with your comments!!
Think about your caption. When you upload a photo, you want to make the caption relatable. You don’t want to upload a photo of a carrot and talk about what the weather is like. Whose going to seriously comment on that? Lol. You can tell your followers what you got up to, you can add a little humour to it. Give them a question, if you want to tell them what you’re doing for that day – ask them too.
Edit your photos. When do you ever see someone with a big following, that likes a photo that looks like you’ve taken under your quilt cover. You want your photos – white, crisp, bright – eye catching. Just don’t edit them tooooo much. You want to try and make them unique and a little different.
Arrange your photos well. When uploading your next photo, just ask yourself does it match the rest? Not everyone agrees with themes, I don’t personally but I want them to link in with each other. I don’t want to upload a black and white photo next to something lime green. I think it’s good to add a touch of colour to your photos. They always say yellow is pretty eye catching.
Tag your brands. Uploading a photo that has beauty/fashion brands included? Tag them! They might see it themselves and like/comment or even UPLOAD IT THEMSELVES. This has only happened to me a couple of times, but it’s a good feeling! Being recognised. Even on Twitter too peeps – they do take notice. I’ve seen so many fashion bloggers upload photos of Zara items and there’s TONNSSS of different Zara accounts that then repost.
#Hashtag #Up #To #Thirty #Things. Oh if haters don’t like hashtags – do it anyway. You can have up to thirty hashtags on each photo. Don’t include them in your caption when uploading a photo – this doesn’t look too good on the screen. Once uploaded add them into your comments section. I personally have a whole load of hashtags saved in my Notes on my iPhone which I copy and paste to my Instagram. There are apps that you can see what’s the most popular hashtags but if I’m correct – they’ve started to delete/remove these apps. (Correct me if I’m wrong.)
Hopefully this can help. I’m not someone that has a huge following but I’ve nearly doubled since September 2016 and it’s now January 2017 – which is pretty good going for me.
Let me know your thoughts & what you do to keep engagement coming to your account!