Want to gain 1000 Instagram followers in a month? Here are 8 Tips to get 1000 followers in one month!
I created a #Bookstagram account during quarantine to share books I love, and connect with like minded individuals! However, as I gained more followers I started my own research on how to grow my Instagram account. Here are a list of tips that actually worked for me;
1. Choose Your Insta Niche
Before you can even worry about gaining new followers, you first need to establish what you want your Instagram to be! Love books? Create a bookstagram account. Love Cooking? Create a foodstagram.
However, you must remember that most of these accounts are saturated with content. Thus, in order to stand out, you need to discover your niche within the community. Maybe you only want to feature historical fiction novels, or just gluten free recipes. Being more specific will make you stand out and gain a larger following because you offer unique content!
2. Post Everyday
You NEED to be posting content everyday! Its a good way to beat Instagram’s algorithm! If you cannot post everyday, its best to be posting at lease 6 times a week. I’ve seen my followers go down from being absent on Instagram for a few days.
Pro Tip: Its difficult to be thinking of what you are going to post the day of; my best advice is to pick one day a week (Saturday or Sunday) to think, create and develop your content for the upcoming week.
3. Time of Day Matters
Are you posting everyday and still having low engagement on your posts? Its probably because you are posting at the wrong time. For some reason Instagram will boost your post if it gets a lot of engagement within the first hour- so if you are posting midnight, how many of your followers are actually awake and ready to engage in your content? Thats why you need to be strategic on what time of day to post.
Weekdays: The first thing most people do when they wake up is check their phone. So to catch this group of people aim to post around 5:00 am. Otherwise try to catch the lunch crowd, so I post around 10:30 am, which I find is a good time for me to get higher engagements on posts.
Weekends: Saturdays are best to post in the middle of the day, around 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Sundays I always have low engagement, so it is not necessary to post today if you want a day off!
4. Utilize Instagram’s Features
Instagram loves it when you use their features.
So in addition to posting pictures; post videos, post stories, create an IGTV, and use Instagram reels. When posting stories make sure you use questions, quizzes, polls and GIFs. When you add extra features you are more likely to be seen by your followers.
You have to remember your followers are most likely following hundreds (or thousands) of other accounts, but most people are only likely to view the first 50 people’s stories. Thus, to ensure you are seen and pushed to front- post often and utilize features.
5. Engage With Your Followers
I created a Bookstagram so I could be a part of a wonderful community. I truly believe that bookstagram is one of the nicest groups of people on the platform. The support and friendship that has flourished from this account brings me daily joy.
Now wether you decide to join a community like bookstagram, or a more personal account; you need to engage with the people that follow you. Meaning respond to every comment on your post, answer your DMs, like fellow instagrammer’s posts and leave thoughtful comments.
All these things make a huge difference. Instagram likes to know that you are an active user, meaning if you use the app effectivly, your page will more likely show up on people’s suggested followers tab. Trust me, the days that I engaged with my followers, were the days I saw large jumps in followers.
Pro Tip: Search for big influencers in your insta niche and follow their followers. This is a great way to discover new people who will like your content.
6. Hashtags, Hashtags, Hashtags
Hashtags are your most powerful asset.
Instagram allows 30 hashtags per post, use. them. all. If you want as many eyes as possible on your posts then you need to be strategic on the hashtags you use. Choose hashtags that have between 10k to 100k posts in them.
This is key because it is a waste to pick a hashtag that has 1 million or more posts, because your post will never be seen. Equally choosing a hashtag that only has 1k posts means not enough people will find your post.
Using hashtags has been the biggest way for me to attract more people to my account.
Pro Tip: Use a hashtag generator like this one. Its simple- all you have to do is write what kind of hashtags you want ex: “bookstagram” and then copy and past the results.
7. The Person Behind the Account
People like following people.
As much as you might have beautiful pictures on an account, people like to know who is the real person behind the account. Photos that feature my face or something resembling a person without fail get the most likes/comments/impressions. Not to mention my followers went up over 100 people with the first 24hrs of posting a picture featuring my face.
Instagram likes showcasing people, so for sure they will push content featuring you to the top of your followers feeds. This is why you need to do a post along the lines of “#meettheinsatgrammer” that way people know who you are!
Even if you are not showing your face (which is totally cool) then maybe doing a more personal posts sharing some personal facts will also do!
8. Remember Things Take Time
As much as I was able to gain 1000 followers in a month, does not mean that if you follow these steps you are guaranteed to do the same.
BUT, I promise that if you follow these steps while also staying consistent in your Instagram posts, you WILL see a rise in your follower count.
Bottom line, Instagram should be a fun tool for you to share creative content. Do not stress over how many followers you have (unless your goal is to be a influencer). Instead, view Instagram as a way to connect with like-minded people from around the world! And maybe make a few real friends along the way!