This is your How to Get More Instagram Followers Cheat Sheet.
Why do you need one?
One billion people are on Instagram.
You’d think there would be enough users to go around.
However, since Instagram only allows you to follow 7500 people, the competition is fierce.
At other social media sites, you might opt to follow someone back so they don’t unfollow you.
With a 7500 cap on Instagram followers, if you only follow people who follow you, you’ll never have more than 7500 followers.
This limit on how many unfollowers you can have and the massive number of unfollows that results are two of the disadvantages of using Instagram.
As you can see from this January 6, 2020 screenshot, I have more than 7500. I have 15,100, more than twice the maximum number.
How did I generate this large of an Instagram following?
I implement the tips in this How to Get More Instagram Followers Cheat Sheet.
The 15 tips for growing your Instagram account had traditional methods for growing Instagram. This How to Get More Instagram Followers Cheat Sheet has more unorthodox methods.
Let’s dive in and learn some new Instagram tricks.
How to Get More Instagram Followers Cheat Sheet
Cheat 1 Participate in Instagram Follow Loops.
These are reciprocal. You’ll find yourself with hundreds of new followers immediately.
Don’t believe me?
Since you are required to follow everyone who participates, Follow Loops are free of charge.
In case you had any doubts, Follow Loops consist of real people, not bots.
Cheat 2 Pay for ghost spots in Follow Loops.
If you are close to the 7500 capacity and can’t follow people back, I highly recommend paying for Follow Loops.
How much do they cost?
I’ve seen them for as little as $4.00 a loop.
Cheat 3 Ask people to share.
Calls to Action work on social media sites just like they do on blogs.
At the end of your Instagram caption, ask Instagrammers to “Share with 3 people who…” For example, I write, “Share with 3 marketers who want to make more money in 2020.”
You can also ask people to share your Instagram Stories.
Cheat 4 #FollowforFollow.
In the Instagram search bar, type #Follow4Follow.
At the time of this writing, there are more than 286 million people looking to participate in #Follow4Follow. This means if you follow them, they’ll follow back.
Cheat 5 #LikeforLike
At the time of this writing, there are over 300 million people who tagged their photos #LikeforLike.
With so many new people seeing your content, the added exposure should help grow your account. They’ll see you and may follow.
DM Groups have #Like4Like and reciprocal comment groups.
Cheat 6 Share each other’s Stories.
As you can see, the She Means Blogging Account shared my Story.
When she shared my Story, her followers saw my Story and my Instagram account received new exposure.
Cheat 7 Pay to promote.
People wouldn’t do it if it didn’t work. Kat Coroy, for example, pays to promote her Instagram course.
Paying to promote boosts visibility. Clearly, this strategy is effective. Kat has more than 62,000 followers.
The more people that see you, the greater the chance you’ll get more follows.
Cheat 8 Promote each other’s accounts.
Instagram just included templates in Instagram Stories in October of 2019.
Since they are new, many people aren’t using them.
If you want to attract new followers, you need to stand out. You do that by doing different things, like using these new templates.
You can change the color as well.
These 3 accounts aren’t listed in any particular order. These are three Instagram accounts I like and recommend.
Neil Patel has the most followers of the three Instagrammers with 85,500 followers.
When I share this as my Instagram Story, all three will be notified. If they choose to share this to their Story, as many will, I will get tremendous exposure.
Did any of them choose to share? Did my Instagram account get a massive boost in exposure?
Yes! It’s true! Look:
Favour, from the I Brand Your Biz account, shared my Instagram Story with her 42,000 followers.
Cheat 9 Repost other Instagrammer’s Instagram posts.
This hack recommends you share the posts they publish to their Instagram feed.
Several free apps will help you repost people’s Instagram posts. The first is aptly named, Repost. The second tool is Regrammer.
This is easy. Just paste the link to the post you want to share into the app.
Cheat 10 Use the Instazood Automation Tool.
Are you surprised this How to Get More Instagram Followers Cheat Sheet recommends well, cheating?
Although I admit I’ve never used bots, I heard Neil Patel recommend them on his podcast interview.
If you follow this cheat, tread cautiously. Using bots goes against Instagram’s Terms of Service.
Cheat 11 Join Telegram Groups.
Telegram is a free app that Instagrammers use to communicate with each other.
I belong to five Instagram groups on Telegram although I’m not active in them.
Even though this post is about how to boost your Instagram following, the groups I’m in boost your likes and comments.
However, the more people that see your content, the higher the chance they’ll follow you.
People can’t follow you if they don’t know about you. These reciprocal groups give you the exposure you wouldn’t otherwise have.
Cheat 12: Trade Services
In an interview on his Marketing School podcast, Neil Patel said he traded services.
He worked out a reciprocal relationship with companies with a huge number of Instagram followers.
He explained he coached them to be more effective marketers, and they advertised his Instagram account in lieu of financial compensation.
Cheat 13 Join Discord Groups
Are you familiar with Discord?
Although I’ve used Discord groups to boost my Steemit success, I haven’t used Discord to boost my Instagram following.
Discord has social media groups for all sites: Reddit, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch for example.
Although Discord is known for being a site where gamers can network, Discord evolved into a site for networking in general.
To succeed on social media sites like Instagram, you definitely need to network.
Cheat 14 Create a Photo Carousel
Do you see the two white squares in the upper right?
They indicate this is a photo carousel.
A photo carousel is a carousel of photos: One photo follows another, yet they are all in the same Instagram post.
How to make a Photo Carousel:
Click the + sign. Click the first photo you want to use in your carousel. Click “Multiple.”
Click Next. You will be able to apply a filter.
You can apply the filter to all or individual photos. Tap the photo or video to put the filter on just one item.
If you forgot anything, scroll to the right. You’ll see a plus sign. Click it to return to your photo library to add more elements.
When you’re done, click Next.
Add your caption.
Tag people if desired. Tag first.
Under Advanced Settings, you can turn off commenting.
Click Share to share your carousel.
Cheat 15 Use other social media sites.
On Twitter, the Blogging Babes RT account consistently works to get you more followers on all social media sites including Instagram.
Also, there are many Instagram engagement groups on Facebook with tens of thousands of followers.
They have reciprocal threads. Since people are required to follow back within 24-hours, you’ll get followers fast!
I am a member of many Facebook groups to boost Instagram success.
The last time I participated, following people back took a long time, but I definitely grew my following quickly.
Try the Instagram Engagement Group. The group is currently active with over 7,000 followers.
Cheat 16 Layout a Story with four photos.
Go to Instagram Story/Layout
In the bottom left, choose the four photos you want in your layout.
Add text, Stickers, a hashtag, a location, and a link if you have over 10,000 followers. These are all options to add to Instagram Stories and there are many more.
If you’re going to stand out on Instagram, you need to be different. Stories are relatively new. Few people are posting photos to Stories. Even fewer are posting four photos at a time.
Cheat 17 Have aesthetically pleasing Instagram content.
Avoid having your Instagram Stories and posts look cluttered.
Put the hashtag under the text to hide it.
This will help you avoid cluttering your Story but will be just as effective as if you showed the hashtag.
These cheats have a recurring theme. You’ll be more likely to get people’s attention and generate followers if your account looks different than other people’s Instagram content.
People go to Instagram to see beauty. They may be more likely to follow you if your Story doesn’t look cluttered.
Also, people advise putting the hashtags in the first comment box.
This will help your caption look less cluttered.
Cheat #18 Use Instagram’s Story templates.
These are native to the Instagram app.
What’s exciting is that to use this Instagram quote maker, you don’t have to leave the Instagram app.
You don’t have to leave the app to use any of these free Instagram Story templates.
Cheat 19: Use your Unfollow tools.
The Bandwagon Effect will kick in when people see you have so many followers but so few are following you.
Wrapping Up: How to Get More Instagram Followers Cheat Sheet
This cheat sheet provided 19 actionable strategies to grow your Instagram account.
Takeaways: These hacks have common themes.
If you want to grow your Instagram followers:
- Stand out by doing what other Instagrammers aren’t doing.
- Spend money if you want to boost your followers faster.
In closing, How to Get More Followers on Instagram Cheat Sheet is in actuality about taking your Instagram to the next level.
Use this post as a cheat sheet so you can get more Instagram followers.
If making your Instagram so unique that it stands out from the billion on the site is cheating, I say, “so be it.”
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Janice Wald is the founder of MostlyBlogging.com. She is an ebook author, blogger, blogging coach, blogging judge, freelance writer, and speaker. She was nominated as the 2019 Best Internet Marketer by the Infinity Blog Awards and in 2017 as the Most Informative Blogger by the London Bloggers Bash. She’s been featured on Small Business Trends, the Huffington Post, and Lifehack.