How to Get Instagram Followers: 12 Effective Methods

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12 Ways to Kick Ass on Instagram

12 super-effective methods to help you grow your following and build credibility using Instagram.

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Ok – you can admit it. Like most of us, you can’t go an hour without checking your Instagram feed; am I right, or am I right? From those incredible travel pics your friend just posted, to your favorite blogger’s new outfit, there’s always something juicy to look at.

Got an Etsy shop or your own blog on the side? Instagram is arguably the best way to connect with other women, and a great way to build a following for your business. It’s an addictive form of image-based social media, that should not be ignored by anyone wanting to market to women.

Here are 10 tried-and-true tips to help you build an engaged Instagram following, from the basics to the more advanced:

  • 12 Ways to Kick Ass on Instagram

    @Urbanette on Instagram

    Give your feed flow. Don’t just post whatever photo you like individually, but instead think of each potential photo post as part of a whole. Similar to when you pick out an outfit to wear, you consider how each item works and compliments you in relation to the other items on your body. Do the same with photos. They should flow from one to the next, creating an overall feel and look for your feed. That said, don’t post tons of super-similar photos. You don’t want to flood your feed with six different angles of the same outfit. While more photos may mean more likes, the last thing you want to do is annoy your followers.

  • Take professional-looking photos on a real camera. Sometimes you can get away with a cellphone snapshot if you run it through an image editing app, but your feed will end up looking much more impressive if you take high-res photos on a decent camera.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She’s always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 61 Comments

  1. What a helpful and inspiring post! Thank you, Hilary!

  2. Megan Phillips

    A picture is worth a thousand words…Instagram proves that. Your advice teaches how it can be worth a million! I don’t yet have a brand to promote but your advice certainly gives me a lot of food for thought. My favorite tips are about having a congruent theme to tie the pictures together and asking my followers questions. You mentioned that we should put the hashtags in the first comment. Whats the logic behind that? Great article and I appreciate you sharing your secrets with us :-).

  3. Frances Seifert

    You’re a brilliant woman, Hilary! You never run out of great ideas!

    • Awww thanks so much! I read a TON, so that helps. I feel like I’m never not working and thinking about the next article…

  4. Nicky Bryan

    Thank you for the advice and tips. I’m so motivated to start an Instagram account for my Etsy store. 😀

    • Oh – you definitely should! It would help with sales and be a good way for fans to follow and remember your shop.

  5. Catherine White

    Those are some geniues ideas, can be applied by just anyone! I love how simple yet effictive they are. Big thanks!

  6. Emma Blackwood

    ???? this is one of the most helpful aritlces you’ve ever published. i’m so excited to try it all out. ?

  7. Influencers is just what I need for blog / Instagram. I’ll search for some and contact them. Thanks for the great ideas.

  8. Evelyn Sandler

    Great advice, especially for beginners. I’ll share this article on my Facebook timeline. 🙂

  9. Molly Twain

    Hi! Juts wanted to stop by and thank you for this guide. I tried Instagress after reading this, and I already recieved 4 new followers, 32 likes and 8 comments in 2 hours 😀 THANK YOU!

    • Ayla Pennington

      Really? That’s amazing! To be honest I was being skeptic about Instagress. But good to hear it’s legit. I’ll try it.

      • Molly Twain

        Hi! You should know by now that Hilary would never recommend something useless or harmful. 😉

        • We’ve been using it for months and it’s been working great for us!

        • Amelia Beckons

          OMG! Are you absolutely serious? Now I’m so tempted to try it!

  10. Rosemary Robles

    Hi Hilary, there is a ton of great advice here. Can’t wait to dig into it!

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